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Read Local – Buy Local April 10, 2015

The Association of Book Publishers of BC is promoting April as Read Local BC month, a project to celebrate the diversity of authors and depth of BC publishing. Thousands of books are published in BC each year, so for your next read, why not try something local!

Want a quick list of recommended local reads?  BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrates the achievements of BC writers and publishers. Congratulations goes to Betty Keller, the winner of this year’s BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence! Some of the other 2015 finalists are:

Ellen in pieces by Caroline Adderson

Ancient pathways, ancestral knowledge by Nancy J. Turner

Washita by Patrick Lane

Great bear wild: dispatches from a northern rainforest by Ian McAllister

Hana Hashimoto, sixth violin by Chieri Uegaki

Cloudwalker by Roy Henry Vickers.


You can find hundreds of great books from BC publishers in the ORL Catalogue, including books from publishers such as Anvil Press, Caitlin Press, Greystone Books, Orca Book Publishers, Rocky Mountain Books, Self-Counsel Press, and Tradewind Books


For a more complete list of BC publishers as well as some recommended reads, check out The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia website. 

Looking for a list of local authors?  CWILL BC, Children’s Writers and Illustrator’s of British Columbia Society, has a list of over 150 members of BC published writers and illustrators for children.  The Federation of BC Writers also lists local talent who are committed to excellence and professionalism in the literary arts in BC. 

Both The Writers Union of Canada, a national organization of professional published book authors, and the Association of Canadian Publishers provide a searchable database by province or city.  Another useful site to visit is ABC Bookworld, which provides extensive reference information for books and authors pertaining to BC, including an online archive of BC BookWorld, the best newspaper on the market dedicated to BC books and authors.


Try reading local – there is much to fill your plate.  Enjoy!


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 français 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.

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