ORL and COF Partner to Help Print-Disabled Members
A new pilot program at Kelowna library branches is bringing a wealth of new materials to members with print disabilities, thanks to funding from the Central Okanagan Foundation (COF).
The "iPad Accessibility Project" enables those who cannot read traditional print books - either due to a visual disability, an inability to manipulate books manually, or a cognitive disability - to use tablets for their reading pleasure and education. The project takes advantage of specially-created files designed by the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) and the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) that can convert books in text format to audio.» Read More
Thousands of Children Reading this Summer!
The ORL's annual Summer Reading Club (SRC) is already a smashing success with thousands of children aged 5-12 year-old throughout the library district signed up! 5,000 reading records were distributed to the ORL's 29 branches earlier this summer and many locations are already running low. Stocks of more reading records will be coming to branches shortly.
This year's SRC theme is "Book A Trip" and each library branch is hosting special events, contests and prizes to encourage school-age kids to read during the holidays and keep their literacy skills sharp.» Read More
2015 Annual Report
Hot off the presses - our ORL 2015 Annual Report highlights the library system's accomplishments over the past year. Learn more by clicking here.» Read More
ORL Endowment Established at the Shuswap Community Foundation
The ORL is pleased to announce it has contributed seed funding in the amount of $5,000 to establish a permanent endowment with the Shuswap Community Foundation (SCF). When the endowment reaches $10,000 income earned will be used to support library services and programs in the Shuswap region. The Foundation and the ORL look forward to working with donors who would like to contribute to the fund.
Currently there are five ORL locations in the Shuswap: the Salmon Arm Branch in Piccadilly Mall, the South Shuswap Branch in Blind Bay, the North Shuswap Branch in Scotch Creek, the Silver Creek Branch and the Sicamous Branch. Last year, these five branches welcomed 216,002 visitors and had 11,522 children attend story times.» Read More