To better serve the Salmon Arm community Okanagan Regional Library is taking steps to update its Salmon Arm branch and outfit it with meeting spaces and mobile furniture to accommodate larger numbers of patrons during programs, events and classes. A fresh coat of paint and some much-needed upgrades will make the Library space friendlier, more comfortable and much more appealing to all ages.
Starting Monday, December 17th, customers are welcome to pick up holds, browse from a small selection of items, and return their materials. Majority of the library will remain closed due to the renovations. We apologize for any inconvenience but look forward to seeing you when we reopen on January 10th.
We ask the Salmon Arm community to be patient while we update and renovate the Library.
All branches of the Okanagan Regional Library will begin their annual holiday closure period beginning Saturday, December 22 and will resume normal operating hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Loan periods for physical items such as books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines; have been extended to ensure that you can keep your borrowed items over the closure without late fees.
Please note that book-drops at several library branches will be locked over the closure, so please hold on to your books and other items until the library system re-opens!
Loan periods will go back to normal when library branches re-open in the new year. If unsure, check due dates of items by logging into your online account or call your library branch before December 22.
The ORL website, including the catalogue and all online collections, will continue to be available during the closure period.
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 Sale stock consists of books withdrawn from the Okanagan Regional Library network plus public donations that are in good condition just needing new homes with grateful readers!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.
Okanagan Regional Library received a $7,400 grant from the Central Okanagan Foundation for a Sign With Me Story Time.
The ASL story-time is a 90-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 members to participate in a story time to learn early literacy skills in English and American Sign Language. All the content is presented simultaneously in ASL and English with a Librarian and a Deaf Storyteller. This program is offered in the Rutland and Westbank branches of the ORL.
During this story-time, a variety of tools are used to keep kids engaged and learning including, stories, songs, rhymes, puppets, and other props.
This program enhances community well-being by increasing the understanding of the deaf community, provides opportunities for families to meet and socialize with each other, and helps the library become more inclusive to the deaf community and better able to meet their needs.
ASL Story Time series provides families with a library program that provides equal opportunity for speech, language, education, and communication. Deaf children, they will be included in a story-time that increases their literacy skills and knowledge of the resources available. For hearing children they will get to experience a new language, ASL.
3rd Saturday of the month @ 10:30 am
Starting September 15, 2018
Rutland Branch of the ORL is located at #20 - 301 Hwy. 33 West, Kelowna, BC. V1X 1X8; call the branch at (250) 765-8165 for more information.
4th Saturday of the month @ 10:30 am
Starting September 22, 2018
Westbank Branch of the ORL is located at #31 - 2484 Main St. (Hwy 97 S), West Kelowna, BC. V4T 2G2; call the branch at (250) 768-4369 for more information.
About the Central Okanagan Foundation:
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.
About Okanagan Regional Library:
Established in 1936, the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is the 16th largest library system in Canada, serving over 370,000 residents through 29 branches. It covers 59,600 square kilometres of some of the most beautiful territories in BC, stretching from Golden in the Rockies to Osoyoos in the heart of the Okanagan wine and fruit growing areas. The system is staffed by energetic and committed people who have begun the shift to a more learning and technology-focused service.
Naxos Music Library Classical is an online collection of classical music. The service offers streaming access to more than 135,000 recordings, totalling over 2 million tracks, and new recordings are added monthly.
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Naxos Music Library Jazz is an online collection of jazz music. The service offers streaming access to over 185,000 tracks, representing over 200 record labels.
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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.