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Okanagan Regional Library Board Highlights for May 15, 2013
Summerland – New Branch Report
The Board heard an update about the status of the Summerland Plaza Development, where the board has been in discussions with the developers regarding a new location for the Summerland branch. The project has been unavoidably delayed due to a serious health issue with one of the developers. This unfortunate occurrence has set the project back by some months and the Board has agreed to defer further discussion until the fall meetings. The Board looks forward to being able to reach agreement with the developer by the fall to provide the residents of Summerland with a brand new library facility.
2012 Financial Statements - Auditor’s Report
BDO Canada has provided a clean audit to the Okanagan Regional Library Board for its 2012 Financial Statements. The significant items in the statements were related to the building and completion of the new Vernon branch
The Board voted to make changes to the Facilities Guidelines based on input from the Policy and Procedures Committee. The new guidelines recognize location differences for urban neighbourhood branches and also address branch size requirements and hours of operations. The guidelines will be used over the long-term to further improve equitable library access in all the member communities.
2012 Executive Summary
Executive Director Stephanie Hall presented the 2012 Executive Summary to the Board. The Summary can be found at http://www.orl.bc.ca/assets/files/About%20Us/Agendas/BOD%20Agd_15May13.pdf beginning on page 83.
Trustee Lisa Cameron, representing Lake Country, was acclaimed to the board of the BC Library Trustee Association at their recent conference. She will hold the position for a two year term and looks forward to being in an advocacy role for library patrons within the Okanagan Regional Library system and the rest of British Columbia.
Executive Director Stephanie Hall has been elected to the board of the Association of BC Public Library Directors to the position of Vice-Chair and Chair-elect. Congratulations to both Lisa and Stephanie.
An Enderby customer recently noted, "By moving to a small town I thought I would have less choice at my library. But the ORL & the website (requesting items from home) are amazing! I love it!"
The ORL's Vernon branch is 1 year old!
Help Us Celebrate!
Saturday May 25th
Last May the Vernon branch opened the doors to a brand new building. Mark this historic milestone and celebrate spring at the same time! We are your community's entertainment and information source, as well as being a fantastic community space. Join us for the inaugural anniversary of the opening featuring a series of presentations about local food, permaculture, food writing and some delicious cooking demonstrations from local cookbook authors. All events are free and are drop-in
10:30-11:00am Special Children's Program - Food/Garden theme (Junior Department near the fireplace)
10:30-11:20am Adult Book Club - Discussion of Barbara Kingsolver's novel: Prodigal Summer (Upstairs Study Room)
10:30-11:30am "Composting & Water Harvesting" - Learning about Permaculture with Gord Hiebert (Meeting Room Downstairs)
12:00 Noon Cake/Toasts/Speeches to the new branch (Vernon Branch Foyer)
1:00-2:30 "Why Eat Local?"- with Kathryn Hettler, organic farmer & author of Real Food, Real Health: A Guide to Finding, Preparing & Enjoying Local Foods. Food Demo (Meeting Room Downstairs)
2:45-4:00pm "Exploring Food Writing" with Judie Steeves, a columnist with the Kelowna Capital News, author of Jude's Kitchen, & co-author of Okanagan Trips & Trails. Food Demo (Meeting Room Downstairs)
The Lumby branch is making a change to its open hours. As of April 16, 2013, the new branch schedule will be as follows:
Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
All branches of the Okanagan Regional Library will be closed from Good Friday, March 29th through Easter Monday, April 1st. Branches will close during their normal operating hours proceeding Good Friday, and will resume operation on Tuesday, April 2nd or their normal hours thereafter.
During the closure, all book bins will be locked and items are not due over the closure period. Any items damaged or missing as a result of being left outside of branches will be the customer’s responsibility.
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