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.
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.
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.
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 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.
One of the biggest updates you can expect is the launch of the new RBdigital App.
In the new app, you can…
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.
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.
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.
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