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100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten November 28, 2014

The Okanagan Regional Library is pleased to announce a wonderful way to make sure your child enjoys some of the best children’s books available at the library!

Beautiful booklists of 100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten are available at all library branches for parents and caregivers.  

These booklists have a  literature-based activity and a small prize associated with them. Each book on the list was carefully selected by youth services librarians from across the region.


Parents and caregivers are encouraged to do the following activities with their children aged 0 to 5:

  • Read all 100 books listed and check them off as they do (there is no time limit).
  • Attend at least one storytime at your local library branch.
  • Get a library card for your child.

Once these activities are  completed, go to your library branch to show the booklist to a staff member and receive a small prize  for your family.


Early exposure to books and reading have a multiplying effect on children’s success throughout their school years. Why not enjoy reading with your child now and install that life-long love of reading in them!

Special thanks to the Friends of the Library who have generously covered much of the cost for this fun initiative.

Click here for more information about programs at the library for  babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

ORL Mobile App Replaced with Mobile Catalogue November 6, 2014

As a part of the transition to the new library computer system, and to save on costs to the library, the Okanagan Regional Library will discontinue the use of the ORL Mobile App in favour of the new Mobile Catalogue. Beginning November 17th, the ORL Mobile App will be removed from the app stores, and there will be no longer be a separate app to download to your smartphone or tablet.

The ORL’s Mobile Catalogue is optimised to function on any smartphone or tablet with a modern web browser.

The Mobile Catalogue is available at http://ipac.orl.bc.ca/mobile . Library patrons can save this web page to the home screen of a smartphone or tablet for quick access.

Your experience using the Mobile Catalogue on a smartphone or tablet will be very similar to your experience with the full catalogue website on desktop computers, but optimised to fit the smaller screen.

You will be able to access the same great features as on the full catalogue website including…

  • Searching for items in the catalogue, now including advanced options so you can search by title, subject, or other areas
  • Renewing your items
  • Placing Hold Requests and suspending your Requests
  • Viewing and adding items to your Lists

Near the end of November/beginning of December a new Okanagan Regional Library website will be launched. The new Library website will also be optimised for viewing on your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Thanks for trying out the new mobile catalogue! If you run into any difficulties, please stop in at your local branch.

Summerland New Branch Building Update November 4, 2014

Looking for more information about the new Summerland Library Branch?

Find out more here: New Branch

Okanagan Regional Library Board Highlights from October 15th, 2014 October 24, 2014

Budget 2015

The ORL Board approved the 2015 Budget as presented. An overall 1.72% increase was proposed ($291,850), the majority of which comes from negotiated wage increases and inflationary items, including mandatory increases to Municipal Pension Plan rates. In 2013, the library experienced a surge in program attendance of 12.6% and an increase in reference transactions (many of which are related to help with ebooks and other devices) of 9.4%. In response, the budget includes minor service and training improvements related to programs and staff training on dealing with people who have questions related to technology.

Oliver Branch Update

It was announced to the board that after extensive review it was decided that the Oliver Branch will remain in the same location, with the same square footage.

New Integrated Library System

CEO Stephanie Hall presented information to the board on the new Integrated Library System (ILS) which is now in effect. This new system replaces the current system, which no longer serves the library’s needs. Patrons will notice a change in their on-line accounts. Any questions or concerns can be sent to info@orl.bc.ca. Click here to see a grid of glitches and corrections to find out when issues will be solved.

Community Foundations

The ORL Board passed a resolution instructing staff to invest up to $25,000 in the appropriate community foundations within the ORL service area. The will allow patrons and library supporters to make bequests to the library that will help support programs and services in perpetuity.

Summer Reading Club

The Board received a final report about the 2014 Summer Reading Club, a system wide program that encourages reading for school age children and helps prevent summer learning loss. The theme of the Summer Reading Club is set provincially and this year was “Funny Business”, an exciting one for staff to plan and children to participate in. Program attendance increase by 7% over 2013 with 9529 children taking part. 219 programs were offered. A system wide entertainer, Magician Leif David, visited all 29 branches thanks to generous funding by the Friends of the Library. His program featured the magic of libraries and of reading and was well received in all communities. The Royal Bank donated the Summer Reading Club medals and many other local businesses provided prizes for children that had completed their reading logs.

BC Library Trustee Association

Director Lisa Cameron reported that members of the BCLTA were able to meet with Minister Peter Fassbender at UBCM. The Minister confirmed $14 million dollars a year in funding to BC libraries for the next three years, as a separate line item in his ministry’s budget. Minister Fassbender would like libraries to work more closely with education institutes and there are currently 20 pilot projects going on in the province. He also asked that library trustees bring forward the message of the value of libraries to their local MLAs.

Board Chair Report

The meeting is the last before the municipal elections on November 15th. Board Chair Catherine Lord, liaison for the City of Vernon, thanked a number of out-going trustees for their years of service to the ORL. She also praised staff for the progress that has been made at the ORL over the past year. She commented that the ORL Board was a competent, respectful group and that acting as chair had been an honour.

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