Okanagan Regional Library has partnered with University of British Columbia Aboriginal Programs and Services and the UBC Library to create this webspace to enable individuals to engage with the reconciliation process through reading, coursework, facilitated community discussion, and connections to the vital work of other arts and culture organizations. Join us at the Vernon Branch as we offer exciting programs, events and resources that help us explore this topic bring our communities together.
Calendar of Vernon Branch Events
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There are three book drop bins located on the east side of the building. They are locked during extended library closures (Easter and Christmas).
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Have a question? Would you like to arrange a tour? If so, please contact our Youth Services Librarian, Stephanie Thoreson, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 250-542-7610, ext. 6829.
All children's programs are FREE.
NOTE: Events for young children (under age 8) require a parent or guardian to stay and enjoy the program with them.
There is a break between our Summer and Fall programs. Staff are spending September getting ready for the new season of events.
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Bring the family for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! Ideal for ages 2-5, but the whole family is welcome.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:30 to 11:00 am. Drop-in; no registration required.
11 am Tuesdays for kids under 3 who can walk
Please register with Boys & Girls Club (250-542-3121) our partners who offer this toddler program in our space.
10:30am spooky stories for kids in the library meeting room.
3:30pm spooky stories for kids in the library meeting room.
Diwali celebration (October 11)
Celebrate the festival of lights with a free children's workshop.
Science, technology, enginerring, arts and math inspired activities and stories. Special guests Code Mobile on October 16.
Registration required through Canadian Parents for French at French Immersion schools
Walk and Talk for Life is an exciting research study jointly offered by UBC and Interior Health, in conjunction with the Okanagan Regional Library, that will investigate the benefits of exercise and socialization for seniors.
Every Monday and Wednesday| 10 a.m. - 12 noon| Meeting room (on main floor).
Okanagan College Education Adviser Kim Strilchuk will be at the branch, on the second floor adjacent to the information desk, every Monday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. to answer any questions you might have. This service is first-come first-serve.
This program is not being offered July and August. It will resume this September.
Join astronomer and SFU instructor Robert Conrad for an interactive workshop on learning how to starhop using binoculars and telescopes. There is both an art and science to starhopping that will change the way you look at the hobby whether you’re a beginner or expert. This workshop will open up a plethora of observing objects you might otherwise overlook. You’ll also learn how to use detailed star charts and a free software program called Stellarium to practice stahopping on those rainy or cloudy nights. Bring your laptop along as well with Stellarium installed for a virtual experience.
September 25 | 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | Meeting Room (downstairs)
The Audiobook Club is not a conventional book club. It focuses on the audio resources the Okanagan Regional Library offers now and in the future, with numerous audiobook titles previewed each book club session the last Tuesday of every month. This is a free event open to all.
The Audiobook Club will begin the last Tuesday of October.
Last Tuesday of month| 2 p.m.| Community Room (upstairs adjacent to computers)
Meet with others using AAC devices and learn from and with each other. For more information contact Michelle at 250-809-1098 or email@example.com ; or Katherine at 250-809-6990 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Tuesday | September through November | 10:00 am | Meeting Room (downstairs)
Come play the game of kings! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to seasoned players.
Every Tuesday | 6:00 pm | Community Room (upstairs beside the computers)
The Suitcase and the Jar is a profoundly moving story of a mother's courage and resilience. It explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: how one finds the strength to reconfigure a new life in the wake of a child's death.
This event is free and open to all.
Oct. 17| 7 p.m.| Meeting room on main floor.
Mathieu Roy’s The Dispossessed is an impressionistic journey that sheds light on the daily strife of the world’s hungry farming class. The film examines the mechanisms by which farmers are falling into a tragic cycle of despair, debt and dispossession.
The John Rudy Health Resource Centre Association will be at the library offering free, one to one support with a variety of health literacy needs, including:
For more information, please see the John Rudy website.
Wednesdays | 11 am - 1 pm | Upstairs office
A learning series for families with members who are coping with mental illness hosted by the Mental Illness Family Support Centre. Details to follow.
October 10th | Addictions and Concurrent Disorders
November 14th | Understanding Mental Health Resources in Vernon
6:30 pm | Community Room (upstairs beside computers)
You can make a difference! Join our Amnesty International's Vernon Group and hear presentations on various human rights issues that Amnesty International is working on. We write at least two letters about a cause or case that Amnesty International has performed a thorough investigation and chosen to support.
3rd Wednesday | 7:00 pm | Community Room (beside the computers)
Drop-in Vernon Permaculture is an open community group whose aim is to share regenerative knowledge and hands on experiences with one another in order to build a stronger community and healthier local environment. Everyone is welcome.
Last Wednesday | 7:00 pm | Community Room (beside the computers)
We're a group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. The WordPress meetup is open to all who love WordPress --- join us! For more details, see https://www.meetup.com/Okanagan-WordPress-Meetup/.
2nd Wednesday | 6:00 pm | Meeting Room (downstairs)
Tea with the Doulas is a free program that provides expectant parents with the opportunity to meet and question doulas about what they do and how they can support your birth-team. Coffee or tea and snacks will be provided.
This is a free event open to the public held in the community room on the second floor of the library the second Wednesday of the month.
2nd Wednesday of each month | 10 a.m. to 12 noon | Community Room (beside the computers.)
Come out and play! Our friendly group features gamers of every skill level with a great variety of games played. Bring your own favourite or join us to try out something new - we play everything from light social games all the way to in-depth miniature strategies. Teens and kids are also welcome. Want to know more? Join our Facebook group: Okanagan Board Gamers for more information and special events
Thursdays | 5:30 pm | Community Room (upstairs beside the computers)
Elders Games Night
First Nations Elders are invited to get together and play games. New players from every walk of life are always welcome.
Thursdays | 6:00 pm | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
You are invited to learn how to play the American Version of Mah-Jongg. Everyone is welcome.
Thursdays | 6:30 pm | Magazine area (upstairs)
Come and celebrate the turning of the season with us as Mollie Bono guides our circle on a discussion of the role of the aunties in our lives. Bring along your drums and songs, as well as a snack to share with the group. We will smudge, share and sing!
September 20th | 6:30 pm | Meeting Room (downstairs)
Do you love to read? Are you always looking for new titles to pique your interest? Join our panel of wild and nerdy book lovers as they speed review their favourite reads of the past year for your delight! The Library and the Performing Arts Centre are celebrating Culture Days by inviting you to our annual evening of raucous, literary fun.
September 28th | 7:00 pm | Marie Fleming Hall, Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
These drop-in sessions are for knitters of all experience levels and are open to anyone interested in knitting, whether new or experienced. Bring along yarn and needles, and a project you are working on. You are also welcome to bring your knitting questions and problems, and someone in the group will happily help you work out a solution.
Saturdays | 10:00 am | Community Room (upstairs beside the computers)
A new silent meditation group, with an emphasis on mindfulness and present moment consciousness. It is a free drop-in program open to all.
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month| 3:30 pm | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
Vernon Branch invites you to read the suggested titles and to join us for a lively, facilitated discussion of the featured title. The book club is open to all interested adults and preregistration is not required. Both meetings are the same discussion, so you can choose to attend either.
3rd or 4th Saturday | 10:30 am | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) by Kamal Al-Solaylee (September 15th or 22nd)
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (October 20th or 27th)
Exit West by Moshin Hamid (November 17th or 24th)
You are responsible for placing a hold on a copy of the book. Please note: Many titles are also available in ebook and audiobook formats in the ORL catalogue.
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The Vernon Lyme Disease Support Group is new group that meets monthly at the library to provide support and education for those afflicted with the disease and family members as well. It is moderated by Merina Brisdon, responsible for founding and facilitating the same type of group at Victoria.
This is a free drop-in program open to all.
April 29 2:00 - 3:30 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs).
The Vernon branch created a seed lending library, in conjunction with Okanagan College and Patchwork Farms, and it is sufficiently stocked. Patrons can now check out seeds on the condition they replace the seeds the following season from the plants they grow.
Two step-by-step guides on how to save heirloom seeds are now available at the library. Any patron interested in contributing seeds to the library is asked to place seeds from each vegetable in its own envelope and label it with the type of vegetable, variety if known, date collected and general location. The seeds can be dropped off at the upstairs information desk at the library.
For more information please contact the library at 250-546-7610 and ask for Peter.
We offer free one-on-one training sessions to help you learn to use our digital resources including our eBook collections, digital audiobooks and Zinio for Libraries.
Check here to see if your eReader or Tablet is compatible with the library's eBook provider.
Do you have questions about what the library can offer you? Call today to sign up! 250-542-7610 ext. 6820.
The library has a beautiful community study/board room that can be booked by groups or individual for up to two hours at a time, free of charge. You may book the room up to 24 hours in advance by calling 250-542-7610 ext. 6820. It's a great space for tutoring, studying, meetings, scrap-booking and more!
Are you looking for somewhere to take an invigilated exam, either written or online? The library can help you out. Basic information can be found on the Exams in the Library page.
Call or email us for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-542-7610 ext. 6820.
The Vernon Branch has 17 internet terminals with word processing capabilities available for one hour per day with a valid ORL library card. Unlimited wifi access is available all day. Printing and photocopying is $0.25 per page, black and white only. Scanning to email is available at the 2nd floor photocopier and is free of charge.
The Vernon Branch has meeting rooms available for rent during regular business days and hours.
The main floor Meeting Room has a capacity of 100 with a theatre style set-up, and can be divided into two smaller rooms, each with a capacity of 50.
Rental fees are $50.00 for a 3-hour block for each of the smaller rooms and $85.00 for the whole room. There is a fee of $10.00 for each additional hour for both room sizes. Bookings are not confirmed until the rental fee has been paid.
Rental fees are $50.00 for a 3-hour block. There is a fee of $10.00 for each additional hour. Bookings are not confirmed until the rental fee has been paid.
There is also a small group study room, the Okanagan Room, on the second floor of the library which holds about 8-10 people. There is no charge for its use, but bookings are only taken up to 24 hours in advance.
For further information, please contact the branch at 250-542-7610 ext 6820.
A. Those chair were bought as part of the the new library and are called Bouloum Lounge chairs.
A. Most of the artwork should have information tags beside each piece. Our Friends of the Library co-ordinates the artwork in the library and the vast majority is displayed by the Vernon Art Gallery.
The Vernon Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization formed in 1989, is registered under the Societies Act of British Columbia.
The major fundraiser is the huge book sale held in early May every year.
Past contributions made by the Friends of the Library include:
The Friends also hold smaller book sales throughout the year, and provide book bags for purchase at the branch.
New members are always welcome. Anyone interested in more information can contact Linda Wills at 250-549-1466 or email@example.com.