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Come Visit the Newly Expanded Rutland Branch June 24, 2015

The Rutland Branch in Plaza 33 Mall is happy to welcome everyone to its newly expanded space. An extra 4,000 square feet was added to the Rutland library, bringing the branch's floor plan to over 10,000 square feet. This space was used to create a much larger children's area to accommodate storytime crowds, plus a special teens area. A meeting room is also now available with sliding glass doors to allow for quiet meeting or study space.

Visit your new Rutland library at #20 - 301 Hwy. 33 West in Plaza 33 and feel free to contact the branch at (250) 765-8165 for more information.




Magician Kicks off Summer Reading Club Tour June 23, 2015

One of the most popular events of the Okanagan Regional Library’s annual Summer Reading Club is a touring performer who visits all 29 branches throughout the vast ORL region, from Golden to Osoyoos. For 2015, the ORL is once again hosting Okanagan-based magician Leif David, known to many by his previous stage name Ali K. Zam. Leif has created a brand new 45-minute show featuring magic, storytelling, comedy, music, and tons of audience participation. Leif's first show is at the Summerland Branch June 23 at 6:30 p.m.

“I love performing magic because I love seeing the reaction on people's faces. Every performance and every audience is unique, and it's just amazing to see how different audiences react”, Leif says.

“Performing in libraries is especially important to me because I got my start in magic when I was 8 years old by taking out books on the magic from the local library in Westbank. Now I get to inspire a new generation of readers by sharing my story of magic.”

During the free show, David builds on the Summer Reading Club theme of “Build It!” and incorporates several popular children’s books including “The Goblin Rainbow” and “The Empty Pot”. Participants will also learn a trick they can make at home and hear about how David got his start in magic.

The Summer Reading Club targets children aged 5-12 and encourages a love of literacy. Registration in the Summer Reading Club is free to all Okanagan Regional Library members; however, space for David’s show may be limited at some locations. Check your local branch's webpage for further details. Leif's tour schedule is as follows:








Town of Princeton supports keeping hours at the Library June 19, 2015

The Mayor and Council of Princeton are pleased to report that the Town of Princeton and the Okanagan Regional Library reached an agreement on Monday to maintain current service levels at the Princeton Library. The initial revised open hours schedule for the branch, based on public consultation and the request for extended evening opening is as follows:

  • Tuesdays - 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm (extends current schedule by 1 hour)
  • Thursdays - 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm (move from Wednesdays to Thursdays)
  • Friday - 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (unchanged)

By working together to find a solution, the Town of Princeton and the ORL were able to find a solution that works well for the community. Council agreed to fund the weekly staffing levels necessary to maintain the twenty hours per week of opening at the Princeton Library. The cost for 2016 will be $10,330, and Princeton's Mayor and Council committed to including the required funding in the 2016 budget.

Councillor Doughty, who also sits on the ORL Board, stated, “This is a win-win for the community, the Town of Princeton and the Okanagan Regional Library. Our library service will remain intact.”

Saying goodbye to BC Library to Go June 5, 2015

The ORL will be saying goodbye to BC Libraries’ Library to Go collection after nearly eight years of eReading. ORL’s access to this shared provincial collection of digital books is ending on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. While BC Library to Go’s time is coming to an end, the ORL eBooks collection will still be going strong! It is our most popular digital collection with over 13,000 eBook and eAudiobook titles and an average of 17,000 check-outs a month.

On June 30, titles you have on hold in the BC Library to Go collection will be transferred to titles in the ORL eBooks collection, if they are available in that collection. Not all titles on hold will be able to be transferred.

While the library is working to make sure the popular titles from the Library to Go collection are purchased for the ORL eBooks collection, some digital books may no longer be available to purchase. Furthermore, budget limitations will prevent the library from purchasing all titles our patrons have placed on hold or on their wish lists in the Library to Go collection.

Please make a copy of the list of digital book titles you have on hold, in case there are any issues in transferring them to your ORL eBooks account.  Make a copy of the titles on your Library to Go Wish List if you wish to keep a record of them.

For Library to Go digital books that will be checked-out over a loan period that spans the end of the service, be sure to download the title to your eReading device before July 1 so that you will be able to read the title until your lending period is over.


Why is this change occurring?  

The ORL began its participation in the BC Libraries’ Library to Go shared provincial collection of digital books in 2007, beginning with just offering downloadable audiobooks!

In late 2011, OverDrive, the company that licenses our access to eBooks and eAudiobooks through the collection, changed its business model and required all libraries serving populations of over 100,000 people to negotiate individual contracts with them, resulting in the creation and launch of the ORL eBooks collection in 2012. 

As part of the negotiation, the Okanagan Regional Library and other larger libraries no longer have access to the digital books added to BC Libraries’ Library to Go collection after April 2012. Books purchased for the BC Library to Go collection before April 2012 remained available to borrow by ORL patrons for a limited amount of time, which is now coming to an end on July 1.  


Updated: An ealier version of the story indicated that titles that are on hold will be transferred, if available, on July 1. The transfer date has been changed to June 30 due to the Canada Day holiday.

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