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Celebrate the Season at Free Holiday Events November 27, 2015

Branches throughout the ORL region are getting in the holiday spirit and invite you to join any (or all!) of our special events. Find our what's happening near you with this quick reference guide:


Salmon Arm Branch – Piccadilly Mall:

  • Teen and Tween DIY Holiday Gifts – make ribbon and pearl necklaces, chocolate mice, bath salts and more on Friday, December 4 from 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.; registration required
  • Children’s Winter Wonderland event – Thursday, December 10, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • For adults, destress from holiday season at the Adult Colouring Book Club on Tuesday evenings from December 8-22 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

South Shuswap Branch – Blind Bay Market:

  • Salmon Arm Silverbacks Crafts and Visit for Children - Thursday, December 3, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; drop in and refreshments will be served
  • Santa arrives at the branch on Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m.

Sicamous Branch – 446 Main Street:

  • Christmas Storytime - Friday, December 4 at 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.; drop in

Falkland Branch - 5771 Highway 97:

  • Homemade Christmas Card Making for Adults on Friday, December 4 from 10 a.m. – noon; registration required.
  • Christmas Card Making for Children with their parents - Saturday December 12 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; registration required
  • Ornaments Galore – making handmade decorations using perler beads and origami on Saturday December 19 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; drop in, for children aged 5-12 years.

Vernon Branch - 2800 - 30th Avenue

  • Christmas Special Storytime for Children under 5 years - Thursday December 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Armstrong Branch - 3305 Smith Drive:

  • Fireside Hobbies and Crafts session on Friday, December 11 at 6 p.m. features local photographer Pat Deleenheer sharing tips about how to get great holiday photos; drop in
  • Fireside Hobbies and Crafts on Friday, December 18 at 6 p.m. is a session on making wreaths and swags; drop in

Kelowna Branch – 1380 Ellis Street

  • Christmas Puppet Show for children aged 3-6 years based on the book “Just Right for Christmas” – Tuesday, December 8 from 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. AND Thursday, December 10 from 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; pick up free tickets at the Children’s Information Desk
  • A Kelowna Community Christmas, an afternoon of songs and stories for all featuring the Kelowna Community Chorus – Wednesday, December 9 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Family Holiday Movie Matinee with a special screening of “Rise of the Guardians” for ages 6 and up – Sunday, December 13 at noon
  • Movie Night screening of the classic holiday film “A Christmas Story” – Monday, December 21 at 7 p.m.

Lake Country Branch – Municipal Hall, 10150 Bottom Wood Lake Road

  • Christmas Storytime for ages 5 and younger – Saturday, December 12 at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Rutland Branch – Plaza 33 Mall

  • The Society for Learning in Retirement presents the Geri-Actors in a Christmas Variety Show for adults – Wednesday, December 2 at 2 p.m.
  • Hannukah Celebration with stories, history and food for ages 5-12 years – Tuesday, December 15 at 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; registration required

Mission Branch – Capital News Centre

  • Christmas Puppet Show featuring Froggy’s Best Christmas and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, for ages 2-10 years – Wednesday, December 16 from 10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. AND Thursday, December 17 at 3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Westbank Branch – Westridge Mall

  • A Visit with Santa with stories and music – Wednesday, December 9 at 6 p.m.
  • Holiday Cheer Party hosted by the Friends of the Westbank Library – Wednesday, December 16 at 10 a.m. – noon

Peachland Branch – Peachland Village Mall

  • Craft session for adults to make paper Christmas tree ornaments and paper straw snowflakes – Saturday, December 12 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; registration required
  • Getting Ready for Santa children’s program – Saturday, December 19 at 11:30 a.m.

Summerland Branch – 9533 Main Street

  • Happy Huladays - a Christmas Luau at the Library with stories, songs and snocones – Tuesday, December 10 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Naramata Branch - 3580 Third Street

  • Christmas Fun at the Library Family Event for all ages – Monday, December 14 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Oliver Branch – 6239 Station Street

  • Family Christmas PJ Party - Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Design a New Library Card for the ORL! November 18, 2015

Calling all artists and graphic designers - create new library cards for the ORL system! The ORL is holding a card design contest and inviting designers of all ages to submit their ideas for new library cards.

Full contest details and entry forms are available at any of the ORL’s 29 branches or online here at www.orl.bc.ca/cardcontest. Entries can be either handmade or digital, and have to be submitted by January 4, 2016 to a branch or by emailing cardcontest@orl.bc.ca . Four winning designs will be chosen and printed for use throughout the region, with each designer receiving a $100 cash prize. 

Your Input Sought on Future of Library Services October 30, 2015

As the next step in the ORL’s strategic planning process, members of the public are invited to “Idea Labs” throughout the ORL region to provide input and feedback on the future of library services.

“The world is changing, and so are we. Our library Board and staff working group have been working hard over the past few months developing ideas and themes for change”, says ORL CEO Stephanie Hall. “Now we want to hear the voices of our community – both library users and non-users. The library exists to support our residents, and we want to hear feedback on the best direction forward.”

Stategic directions identified to date are around:

  1. Advancing learning, creativity and imagination
  2. Being an integral part of diverse communities
  3. Being fresh and relevant
  4. Focused on customer service

Each idea lab will explore these themes and ask participants what programs and services are most important to them. Sessions will be held as follows:

  • West Kelowna – Tuesday, November 3 at the WFN Health and Wellness Centre from 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Revelstoke – Wednesday, November 4 at the Revelstoke Library Branch from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Kelowna – Thursday, November 5 at the downtown Kelowna Library Branch from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Keremeos – Friday, November 6 at the Victory Hall from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Salmon Arm – Tuesday, November 17 at the Salmon Arm Library Branch from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

All are welcome and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact your local branch or call 250-878-5814.

Other communities in the ORL region will have an opportunity to participate in strategic planning as the process continues.

Get Spooked (Safely) at your Local Library this Halloween October 27, 2015

Branches throughout the Okanagan Regional Library system are ready to spook children this week leading up to Halloween festivities. Families are welcome to join any of the following free events:

The Revelstoke Branch is having a special Halloween Pyjama Song & Storytime on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM for children 5 years and under. Wear your PJs or costume and drop in for the fun!

The South Shuswap Branch in Blind Bay will host its Halloween Pyjama Song & Storytime on Wednesday, October 28 from 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM. Children 5 and under can join this evening of songs, puppets and snacks sponsored by the North and South Shuswap Community Resources – Early Years Table.

In Sicamous, the library is having a Halloween Campfire Storytime for all ages on Friday, October 30 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Bring a carved Jack’o’Lantern to win a prize at this free drop-in event.

Create your pumpkin masterpiece at the Armstrong Branch on Friday, October 30 at 6:00 PM. Everyone is invited for a pumpkin decorating session with gourds graciously donated by Illidge Farms.

The Vernon library branch will host a preschool Halloween Special on Friday, October 30 at 10:30 AM. Registration is required.

The Lake Country Branch in the Municipal Hall is holding its Halloween Storytime for ages 5 and under on Saturday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. This is a drop-in program and children are encouraged to come in costume.

The Rutland Branch in Plaza 33 Mall will have a Halloween Bash featuring special guest Ronald McDonald on Thursday, October 29 at 6 p.m. Come in costume for this special storytime.

The downtown Kelowna Branch on Ellis Street will host special Halloween puppet shows for ages 3-6 years based on “The Snatchabook” on Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30 at 11 a.m. Registration is required by picking up free tickets at the children’s information desk.

The Westbank Branch in Westridge Mall is hosting Ronald McDonald on Wednesday, October 28 at 6 p.m.

The Peachland Branch in Peachland Village Mall is having their Storytime Spook-takular on Saturday, October 31 at 11:30 a.m. All ages welcome.

Not for the faint of heart - the Naramata Branch is having a special program for youth aged 10-16 called “Night of the Barbie Undead”. Register for this event on Thursday, October 29; all supplies included to turn your doll into a flesh-eating zombie!

For more information on these or other ORL programs, visit www.orl.bc.ca/branches.

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