Holiday Closure: All branches of the Okanagan Regional Library will be closed from Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1, for the holidays. See you when the library system re-opens on Thursday, January 2!
Immaculate Conception Parish Hall
839 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna
Thursday 8th November, 9:30am - 7pm
Friday 9th November, 9:30am – 7pm
Saturday 10th November, 9:30am - 2pm
The 29th Annual Book Sale (October 2017) raised over $26,000, thanks to more than one hundred energetic and loyal volunteers. Smaller sales across 2018, Spring (newly at Plaza 33 - Rutland branch) and Summer outdoor Fill it for 5 bag sale (Barlee House) added $2,000 to a successful year of fundraising. Sale stock consists of books withdrawn from the Okanagan Regional Library network plus public donations that are in good condition just needing new homes with grateful readers!
What happens to funds raised at Friends Book Sales?
In May each year FOL Directors review wish lists submitted by our three Library branches – for 2018, $ 10,490; 2017, $10,712; 2016, $6,950; 2015, $8,725 worth of items were approved.
FOLs foremost commitment is to support children’s literacy via Summer Reading Club, with funding ($5,945 in 2018) for contests, prizes, crafts, workshops & guest presenters. Funds are also devoted towards year-round programming for children, teens and adults to keep our libraries lively & relevant.
Top 30 Library Things Funded by Friends
Kelowna: *Latest* MakerSpace tech material; Display end-panels for Fiction shelving; Display shelving units, props & pedestals; Board games & Game board table; Flat-screen TV & mobile stand; Presentation station; Fairytale Mural for Children’s reading nook. Digital microform reader/printer
Mission: Puppet stall; Furniture for reading nook; Display table; *Latest* Keva planks added to Lego sets & iPods for children’s programming; Bean bag chairs for Children’s & Teens area; Christmas trees for adult and children’s areas; Electric Fireplace & seasonal decore for cosy Book Club chats. Teen programming (workshops for duct tape art, cartooning, card & jewellery making)
Rutland: *Latest* rockin ride-on animal seats; Competition chessboards; Keva planks & Lego; Storytime reading chairs & stools. Seasonal decorative items including Christmas tree; Hanging lights for children’s media corner and Tabletop puppet theatre; Word quotations on walls (similar Kelowna & Mission); Children’s Mural Lounging Lions
Finally, 40% of the proceeds from Friends major book sales, ($11,080 for 2017) goes to ORL HQ for system-wide projects such as STEAM kits (3D printing & coding bots) for maker workshops at all branches in Spring 2018, performances valley-wide for Summer Reading Club, pamphlets 100 Books to Read Together before Kindergarten, audio & e-book collections, Support your ORL brochures & ORL book bags.