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ORL Branches closed over Easter Holiday March 25, 2015

All branches of the Okanagan Regional Library will be closed from Good Friday, April 3rd through Easter Monday, April 6th. Branches will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, April 7th or their normal hours thereafter.

Please note that during the closure, all book bins will be locked and library materials 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.

First family completes "100 Books to Read Together" Booklist March 16, 2015

The Okanagan Regional Library congratulates the Ainslie family from West Kelowna!  They are one of the first families to have read all of the books on our 100 Books to Read Together Before  Kindergarten booklist!

Katrina Ainslie and her daughters Isley (age 5) and Cambria (age 3) enjoyed reading their way through the list.  They read some tried and true favourites, such as Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin, but also discovered new authors via the list such as Jeremy Tankard’s Boo Hoo Bird.  Congratulations Isley and Cambria for reading all of our suggested stories! 


Ainslie Family


Research has proven that early exposure to stories and books has a positive effect on children’s success in school.  ORL’s youth services staff created this list of one hundred exceptional books hoping it will help instill that life-long love of reading in your little ones. The booklist of 100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten is available at all library branches or can be viewed online [PDF].


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

Read in French - Lisez en fran├žais March 16, 2015

A whole new collection of French materials for people of all ages will hitting our shelves later this Spring thanks to the Province of B.C. with assistance from the City of Kelowna.

Book selections were made in consultation with Francophone and Immersion schools, as well as the Okanagan French Cultural Centre (Centre culturel francophone de l'Okanagan).

The Okanagan Regional Library acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the City of Kelowna and the Canada-British Columbia Official Languages Agreement on French-Language Services for the additional purchase of French material.

La bibliotechèque régionale de l’Okanagan reconnaît le soutien financier de la province de la Colombie-Britannique par le biais de la ville de Kelowna et de l’Entente Canada-Colombie-Britannique en matière de langues officielles pour les services on français pour l’achat supplémentaire de materiel en français.

Rutland Branch Expansion Plans March 10, 2015

ORL customers in the Rutland area of Kelowna love their well-used library, but have long endured a library space that is significantly undersized for the population it serves.  A recent opportunity came up to expand the Rutland Branch at its current location.

Over the next couple of months, construction will happen to expand from 6,000 up to 10,000 square feet. The new space will include a small group study room, as well as a multi-purpose space that can be used as part of the library or closed off for special programs and events. This multi-purpose area will include a separate entry so that it can be rented by groups outside of library hours, which is something that the community has long inquired about.

The project is made possible by shifts in how the ORL allocates its funding to more closely match taxation.

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