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  • New Head Librarian at the Kelowna Branch of the ORL

    by ORL News | Apr 05, 2018
    Chris Stephenson is no stranger to the Okanagan.  On the way to his last position as Head Librarian of the Bancroft Public Library in Ontario, Chris drove through Kelowna and said to himself, “One day I’d like to work for the Okanagan Regional Library system.”  And two years later, here he is.

    Chris began the Branch head librarian role at the central branch just after the Easter weekend and says he’s absolutely thrilled to be a part of the team here:  “The staff here are super enthusiastic, there’s a strong vision for the future already coming into reality, and I’m actively in the process of meeting my new community due to the substantial number of events hosted here.”

    A lifelong passionate library advocate and user himself, Chris comes from a diverse background and has previously worked in the Okanagan in three industries in the past.  He tree-planted around the Vernon area in the 1990s, and he came back as a Vancouver film industry worker to cheer on his colleagues on the set of ‘Fido,’ filmed here in town in 2005.  That same year Chris began running tours and driving for a BC-based business called Moose Network that regularly stopped in Kelowna each trip.  “It was one of the best jobs ever,” he says, “I got to showcase my country and this region for international visitors, and I knew I would one day return because of this experience.”  
    Now Chris sees himself as an information tour guide, helping his new community discover and re-discover some of the exciting trends happening in the library world at the moment.
    Chris looks forward to regularly attending events inside and outside the library.  He’d like to help continue fostering the great outreach services the Okanagan Regional Library is offering, and to personally get out on the streets to promote the library to everyone he meets.  In the meantime, he says, his sleeves are rolled up, and his door is open.  Look out for Chris as he continues to explore the area this spring – he’s already hitting the trails around Kelowna as we speak.
  • New Hours for the Lumby Library

    by ORL News | Feb 27, 2018
    In response to patron feedback, the Lumby branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will have new open hours. Effective Tuesday, March 6th 2018, the new library open hours will be as follows:
     
    Monday. Closed
    Tuesday. 10 am - 3 pm
    Wednesday. 10 am - 3 pm
    Thursday. 2 pm - 7 pm
    Friday. 10 am - 3 pm
    Saturday. 10 am - 3 pm
    Sunday. Closed
     
    Lumby branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is located at Box 116 2250 Shields Avenue, Lumby, BC. V0E 2G0, and can be reached at (250) 547-9528. 
  • New Hours for the Okanagan Falls Library

    by ORL News | Feb 19, 2018
    In response to patron feedback obtained in person and through a locally distributed survey, the Okanagan Falls branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will have new open hours. Effective Thursday, March 1st, the new library open hours will be as follows:
     
    Monday          Closed
    Tuesday         10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Wednesday    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Thursday        Closed
    Friday             10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday        10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday           Closed
     
    Okanagan Falls branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is located at #101 - 850 Railway Lane Okanagan Falls, BC. V0H 1R4; and can be reached at 250.497.5886. 
  • Silver Creek Library New Hours

    by ORL News | Jan 22, 2018
    In response to patron feedback and funding limitations, the Silver Creek branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will have new open hours. Effective Tuesday, January 23rd 2018, the new library open hours will be as follows:
    Monday. Closed
    Tuesday. 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Wednesday. Closed
    Thursday. 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Friday. Closed
    Saturday. Closed
    Sunday. Closed
    Silver Creek branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is located at 921 Salmon River Rd. Salmon Arm, BC. V1E 3G3 and can be reached at (250) 832-4719. 
  • Keremeos Library New Hours

    by ORL News | Jan 22, 2018
    The Keremeos branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will have new open hours effective Thursday, February 1st 2018, the new library open hours will be as follows:
    Monday. Closed
    Tuesday. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Wednesday. 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Thursday. Closed
    Friday. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Saturday. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday. Closed
    Keremeos branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is located at 638 - 7th Avenue, Keremeos, BC. V0X 1N0 and can be reached at (250) 499-2313. 
  • The Okanagan Regional Library’s CEO is sailing away

    by ORL News | Jan 10, 2018
    Stephanie Hall has been the CEO since February of 2013, but come March, she will be resigning in order to sail around the world on the tallship Picton Castle.  
     
    This is not the first time Hall has taken an offshore sailing voyage, having sailed from Seville, Spain to Victoria BC aboard the topsail schooner Pacific Swift at the age of 20.  “It was a difficult decision”, said Hall, “as the team at the ORL has been stellar, and the work our staff do in communities is so important.  But I’ve wanted to do a total circumnavigation for a long time, and the best time to pursue your dreams is never ‘in a few years’.”
     
    Hall’s time at the ORL has been marked by a series of changes, from a renewed focus on the learning and technological role of the library, restructuring, to a series of library building projects and renovations designed to create flexible spaces with more capacity for community involvement.  Says library Board Chair, Catherine “Stephanie has been a driving force for streamlining the ORL processes and fostering an atmosphere of creativity and enthusiasm among the staff. She is a professional, dedicated and inspirational leader, and will be sorely missed by the staff and the Board.  We wish her "Bon voyage" and happiness in this new phase of her life. ”.
     
    Also leaving the ORL’s senior team is Director of Public Services, Southern Branches, Georgia McKay, who is retiring after a long and distinguished career at the ORL.  ‘Georgia has been a mainstay of too many major projects to list’ said Hall, ‘but standout projects included the new library in Summerland and the renovations in Peachland, Rutland, and Kelowna’s downtown branch.  She will truly be missed.’  Georgia will work closely on the transition with her successor, Christine McPhee, formerly of the downtown Kelowna branch.
     
    The ORL will now conduct a national search for a new CEO.


  • Library Open Hours Survey | Okanagan Falls Branch

    by ORL News | Dec 04, 2017
    The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is considering a change in Okanagan Falls Branch open hours. ORL is seeking community feedback on an optimum open time. Currently, the Okanagan Falls Branch of the ORL is open on Tuesdays from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm but a number of time variations are being considered, including:
    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    11:00 am – 7:00 pm
    12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    "As per the request of a  community member/s, we are also considering a change to our wifi policy and availability," said Michal Utko, Marketing & Communications Manager. "We encourage everyone who uses any of the Okanagan Falls library services to help us by filling out the very brief survey".  The survey can be obtained at the Okanagan Falls Branch or can be filled out electronically by clicking on the link below.
    goo.gl/SLb1wS
  • Library Open Hours Survey | Lumby and Golden Branches

    by ORL News | Dec 04, 2017
    Lumby and Golden Branches of the Okanagan Regional Library are asking for the public’s assistance in determining which open library hours would best serve the community’s needs. 

    An “Hours of Operation” survey will be conducted at the Lumby and Golden Branches between November 30, 2017, and January 6, 2018. Customers of the ORL and members of the public are welcome to visit the branch and request a survey at the front desk or complete an online survey.

    Current Lumby Branch Hours:
    Monday:           CLOSED
    Tuesday:          10 am - 7 pm
    Wednesday:     10 am - 2 pm
    Thursday:         3 pm - 7 pm
    Friday:              10 am - 2 pm
    Saturday:          10 am - 2 pm
    Sunday:            CLOSED

    Lumby Branch Survey
    https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/lumby

    Current Golden Branch Hours:
    Monday:          CLOSED
    Tuesday:         10 am - 5 pm
    Wednesday:    Closed
    Thursday:        10 am - 8 pm
    Friday:             10 am - 5 pm
    Saturday:        10 am - 5 pm
    Sunday:           CLOSED

    Golden Branch Survey
    https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/Golden
     
  • ORL Patrons, We Would Like to Hear From You!

    by ORL News | Nov 20, 2017

    The ORL would like to know learn about what collections and resources you like using in the eLibrary and to hear what you would like to see the ORL offer.

    Please helps us out by taking this short, 3-minute survey.

    Go to the survey: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/orl/online-resources-customer-survey.

    The survey opens November 20 and closes December 1.

    Your feedback will help the ORL to get a better idea of the direction to take its eLibrary.

    Thank you for participating! The ORL appreciates all of your suggestions and responses to the survey; however, the library will not be able to act on every suggestion due to budget constraints and the costs of services.

  • ORL Re-Brand Launch

    by ORL News | Nov 09, 2017
    Okanagan Regional Library will reveal its new brand and will hold a community event to showcase the renovations done to the branch.

    “It was time for the ORL brand to evolve to represent better what Libraries are and how they benefit the community,” says Michal Utko, Marketing and Communications Manager. “All ORL branches have personalities that reflect the communities they serve. We invested a lot of time and effort into gathering and implementing gathered feedback from our staff and communities about what the Library means to them".

    "Connecting curious minds" is our tagline. This tagline is the spirit of our approach and purpose. It encapsulates the mission of Libraries and safe learning spaces where everyone is welcome and respected.

    People will start seeing the new brand on our truck, vans, buildings, print materials, website and social media. We will soon launch an e-commerce store where people can purchase library-branded merchandise in support of the library. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend the official ORL Brand reveal and Peachland community celebration. Help us celebrate and enjoy cake, refreshments, snacks, door prizes, tech demos and more! It will take place in the Peachland Library on November 18th between 11 am and 3 pm. This event will be live-streamed on our Facebook page, and additional activities will take place on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and our Website. We hope to see you there!
     
  • Rutland Library ASL Story Time

    by ORL News | Sep 13, 2017
    Okanagan Regional Library has been awarded a Central Okanagan Foundation grant to continue it's American Sign Language Story Time program at the Rutland Library.
     
    The Central Okanagan Foundation is a community foundation providing an ongoing contribution to the quality of life in our community through building endowments, grant making and community leadership.  We bring donors and charities together to provide for the needs of the community today, tomorrow and forever.
     
    It is estimated that 10% of our community is linguistically Deaf (Canadian Association of the Deaf).  We know that friends and families wish to connect with deaf or hard of hearing children and their community. 
     
    The ASL Story Time is a 45-minute library program for preschool to early elementary children and their families.  It is a bilingual program that enables both the deaf and the hearing community to participate in a Story Time to learn early literacy skills in both English and American Sign Language using songs, stories, finger plays, and rhymes.
     
    With partnerships, ORL created the ASL Story Time program to help deaf or hard of hearing individuals break through the obstacles and barriers they will or may already be experiencing.  Earlier in the year, we were able to determine some of the benefits and impacts of this program due to a partnership with The Provincial Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.  They helped us pilot this service by providing the ASL story teller and ASL interpreter for three programs.  
     
    We surveyed the attendees at one of these programs, and 100% of respondents reported that as a result of the ASL story time: 
     
    - They learned something they could share with their children
    - They felt more confident in helping their children learn
    - They would spend more time reading with their children
    - They became more aware of the resources and services of the library.
     
    All survey respondents requested that we continue with this program which we can do because of the generosity of the Central Okanagan Foundation.
     
    The ASL Stroy Time starts on August 19th and runs months the Rutland Library.
  • Change in ORL’s Wi-Fi hours

    by ORL News | Aug 11, 2017

    Because of customer feedback, there is a slight change in the hours during which the ORL provides Wi-Fi access.

    The ORL will now be providing free Wi-Fi access beginning at 6:30 AM and ending at 9:30 PM, each day.  (Previously, it had been provided from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM).

    If you have any questions or concerns about the change in hours, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

     

  • Mission Library Open on Sunday

    by ORL News | Jul 07, 2017
    People asked for it, and we are delivering. Beginning Sunday, July 30th Mission Library will be open every Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm, and on Wednesdays, it will remain open until 8 pm. 
     
    Thanks to the Mission Library's location in the Capital News Center and its proximity to the H2O recreation complex the Library continues to be one of the busiest branches of the ORL. The demand from the community for more time and resources is apparent. On average 26,000 items are checked out monthly, an increase of approximately 6% over 2016. We are also seeing about 12,000 people per month coming to the branch for programs, events and resources. ORL is always welcoming new members and in June alone Mission Library signed up 585 new members.
     
    What it means is that people will have more time to find their favourite novels, magazines, books and materials. More time for kids and adult programs, computer & internet access. Come and take advantage of the study spaces and kids area or just sit down next to the fireplace, read and relax. 
     
    ORL is constantly reviewing how we can best serve all the communities, and extending the hours of operation at the Mission Library is an excellent example of that process. ORL strives to provide the best possible service to the people, organizations, and communities. We look forward to seeing Kelowna residents taking advantage of these new times and opportunities.
     
    To learn more or to book an interview contact Michal Utko, Marketing & Communications Manager at 250.878.5814 or email mutko@orl.bc.ca
  • Updates to Zinio for Libraries & Oneclickdigital Coming June 27

    by ORL News | Jun 22, 2017

    Do you enjoy eMagazines from Zinio for Libraries, or eAudiobooks from OneClickdigital?  Then be on the look out for some enhancements coming on June 27!

    These collections are getting a bit of a makeover with new names, updated websites, and a new app!

    Other than that, you can expect the same great collections and there will be no major changes for the way you checkout and enjoy these eMagazines and eAudiobooks.

    Your username and password used to log in to these two collections will remain the same, and you will be able to enjoy the same great digital books or magazines as you did before.

     

    Planned Downtime

    As a part of the update, there will be downtime for these two collections beginning at 5:00 PM on Monday, June 26, and lasting until the morning of Tuesday, June 27 (approximately 14 hours).

     

    The changes you can expect

    The name of Zinio for Libraries is changing to RBdigital Magazines.

    The name of OneClickdigital is changing to RBdigital, and its website will be updated.

    A new RBdigital mobile app will be launched that combines these two collections.

     

    Highlights of the New RBdigital App

    One of the biggest updates you can expect is the launch of the new RBdigital App.

    In the new app, you can…

    • Get access to both the eMagazines and eAudiobook collections with a single RBdigital username and password.
    • Search, download, and enjoy the eMagazines, eAudiobooks right from the app.

     

    Do you use the Zinio for Libraries App to read eMagazines?

    Once the new RBdigital App is available at your app store, you will see a message on your Zinio for Libraries App prompting you to download the new RBdigital App.

    Not quite ready to make the switch? Don’t worry! The Zinio for Libraries App will remain active for a few months; however, keep in mind that it will no longer be supported and it will eventually be discontinued.

     

    Do you use the OneClickdigital App to download and listen to eAudiobooks?

    The new RBdigital App replaces the current OneClickdigital App through an update. Once the new RBdigital App is available at your app store, you will receive a notification on your OneClickdigital App to update it to the RBdigital App.

     

  • Peachland Library Now Open

    by ORL News | Jun 16, 2017

    We repaired the walls, installed new windows, changed the carpet and replaced damaged furniture. Our spirits are high, and we can't wait to see you in the Library.

     

    It was imperative to the staff of the ORL to have the Library open as soon as possible. It took a lot of hard work and dedication from the staff, suppliers and contractors to be able to open the doors on June 20th, almost a week ahead of schedule. Although not all furniture and supplies have arrived, ORL felt it was vital that we start serving the community as soon as possible. Since the incident that forced the Library to close, Peachland residents and the community have expressed their need for the branch to re-open. 

    Thank you to all who submitted comments, send us your feedback and kind thoughts. We are excited to have our doors open again and to welcome you and your family in our newly renovated Peachland Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

    About ORL

    The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is YOUR library – your most green, relevant, and economic resource for information and entertainment. Established in 1936, the ORL serves over 350,000 people across an area covering 59,600 square kilometres through 29 branches and online. Each year, we circulate more than 3 million items and get over 1 million hits on www.orl.bc.ca 

    Membership Benefits

    • It's Free
    • Access to extensive selection of fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, newspapers, and reference materials
    • Access to audiobooks, music, movie streaming & learning resources
    • Programs for children and adults 
    • Free internet and Wifi access
    • Online book clubs
    • Hundreds of feature film DVD titles
    • Great selection of databases on-line
    • Research and reference help, exam proctoring, and more!
  • New Open Hours for Sicamous Branch

    by ORL News | Jun 02, 2017

    In order to serve you better, the Sicamous Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will be making a slight change to its open hours. Beginning Friday, June 2, the NEW hours are:

    Tuesdays:  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

    Wednesdays:  12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Fridays:  12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Saturdays:  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

     

  • Peachland Library Update

    by ORL News | May 04, 2017

    The Peachland Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is currently temporarily closed for repairs. Due to a recent incident involving a car, the building sustained a significant amount of external and internal damage. We are working closely with the building owner to ensure that we have the library up and running as quickly as possible. We are also taking steps to have the areas of the Library that have been minimally affected by the incident open before completion of the renovations.  

    During the temporary closure of the Peachland Library, patrons are welcome to make full use of the Westbank or the Summerland branches or any other branch that is convenient for them. Patrons may return, reserve, and pick up items at those or any other ORL location. We also encourage people to utilize our online resources through the e-library at orl.bc.ca that feature electronic versions of books, magazines, newspapers as well as movie streaming and educational services. 

    We understand that it may be inconvenient for people to travel to other branches. Peachland residents do not need to worry about returning items that may be overdue; late charges will not be applied.

    The Library staff are very grateful for everyone's patience, understanding & support. We received an overwhelming amount of support from the community, and we look forward to re-opening the branch for all to enjoy. If you would like to receive updates via email, please sign up for ORL Peachland Library Update Newsletter here: eepurl.com/cMYRu9

    Feel free to contact the ORL with questions or concerns:

    Michal Utko
    Marketing & Communications Manager
    mutko@orl.bc.ca

  • Funding Reduction Effects on the Keremeos Branch of the ORL

    by ORL News | May 04, 2017

    The RDOS announced earlier this month that they would provide supplementary funding in the amount of $16,311.  This funding comes from Areas B, G,  and the Village of Keremeos, who are each contributing a proportional amount based on their population.  This funding is much appreciated and will help to keep the library’s doors open five days a week. Local government has many priorities seeking tax dollars, and we want to recognize all three jurisdictions for their decision to contribute to learning and literacy in the Keremeos, Cawston, and Olalla areas.

    However, it’s important to clarify that, as the funding is reduced by roughly $9,000, it will have an impact on staff.  The ORL presented three funding options at a public council meeting in 2015, and the option to provide funding at the $16,000 level incorporated a reduction in staffing.  Average staffing over the year will be reduced from 60.5 staff hours per week to 53.5 hours per week.  The impact of this will be felt in a few ways – staff will be very busy coping with an already full workload, and there will be less capacity for some partnerships, programs, and outreach. 

    The decision to place the priority on open hours was based on public feedback received at a large public meeting convened in 2015, and via email and survey feedback.  The ORL heard from many passionate library supporters that hours of opening were critical.  One item to note is that the supplementary funding provided by the RDOS is for 2017 only.  If no additional funding from provincial or local government sources can be found for 2018, staffing levels would be reduced further, and open hours would drop to 20 per week.

    The library will be looking at ways to support the Keremeos staff through this transition, and will be providing some additional staffing in the busy summer season. Any questions about staffing and services should be directed to ORL’s CEO, Stephanie Hall, who may be reached at shall@orl.bc.ca.  CEO Stephanie Hall will host an information session in the branch later in May, and the date will be publicized in the branch, online and in the paper.  Questions on funding should be directed to the RDOS. 

     

  • Library Services Survey for the Silver Creek community

    by ORL News | Feb 17, 2017

    In 2015 the ORL conducted a community meeting to discuss library service in Silver Creek. A key recommendation from that meeting was that a survey should be done with the goal to learn about how people in Silver Creek and surrounding areas are using their local branches and which services they find most important.

    This survey is available by clicking this link: http://www.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/orl/silver-creek .

    Paper copies are also available at the Silver Creek library branch at 921 Salmon River Road.

    The survey will be open until February 28.

  • Oliver branch is open with limited services, restoration continues

    by ORL News | Jan 26, 2017

    Update for January 31:

    The Oliver library branch remains open with regular hours to allow patrons to pick up holds, return borrowed items, renew items, and pay late fees.

    There are no programs for the week.

    There is an expanded seating area with newspapers/magazines available, and complete access to the children’s area.

    Three internet computers are available:

    • One 30 minute internet terminal with a printer
    • One 60 minute internet terminal (no printer)
    • One 15 minute internet terminal (no printer)

    Oliver Library staff thank you for your continued patience.

    Damage from a roof leak is impacting our service to you. The Oliver library branch is open during its regular hours, but with limited service because there is no access to the main part of the library. 

    Public are invited to pick up holds, renew or return items, and borrow from a small selection of books and other items.  

    We hope to have two 15 minute public internet stations (one with a printer) available on Tuesday, January 31.

    We expect that access to our full library collection and services will return to normal on Tuesday, February 7. 

    We apologize any inconveniences caused during the time.

     

    To get an idea of the recovery the library branch is facing, please view the images below:

    Oliver library branch

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Oliver library branch