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  • 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 Americal 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. 

     

  • Summerland Branch will be closed March 4

    by ORL News | Feb 24, 2017

    The Summerland library branch will closed on Saturday, March 4, due to the District of Summerland’s planned water shutoff. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, March 7.

    To accommodate for the closure:

    • Late fees will not will not be accrued for borrowed items that are due on March 4.
    • Holds pick-ups will be extended to cover the closure.

    Thank you for your patience during this temporary disruption of service. 

  • 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:

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    Oliver library branch

  • Flooding temporarily closes Oliver branch

    by ORL News | Jan 20, 2017

    The Oliver library branch is closed January 20 due to flooding.

    The library branch will re-open with regular hours beginning January 21 to allow patrons to pick up holds and to return borrowed items. Full services and access to the main part of the library will not be available for patrons.

    A date for when the library branch will re-opened with full access and services is to be determined.

    We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Welcome back! Our Kelowna library branch has re-opened.

    by ORL News | Jan 16, 2017

    Our Kelowna library branch has re-opened.

    We’ve been busy at our downtown Kelowna library branch this winter as we continue with our Re-VITAL-ization, and thank all of our patrons for their patience as we work on improvements for your library.

    More changes are coming, but we now have new flooring, new locations for our service desks, and we’ve renovated the second floor reference area. Our friends at the UBC Innovation Library have relocated, as have our public internet stations.

    In the coming weeks, we’ll finish connections to the Okanagan Centre for Innovation, a new tots washroom, two new bookable group study rooms and two new bookable classrooms, and a nice new reading lounge.

    These renovations are scheduled for completion in February, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our revitalized library.

  • Digital Books and More to Enjoy Over the Holidays

    by ORL News | Dec 20, 2016

    All ORL branches are closed beginning Friday, December 23 and resuming normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Loan periods have been changed so no materials are due over the closure and book bins are closed. Find out more.

    Though library branches may be closed over the holidays, our online library is always open!

    Stay cozy and warm inside while delighting in free movies, magazines, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more – all available through your library website with library membership.

     

    Digital books for the whole family

    ORL eBooks is the ORL’s largest collection of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks. With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, this collection will have something for everyone. You can enjoy best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more. Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/orl-ebooks.

     

    The TumbleBook Library for Kids features animated, talking picture books as well as puzzles and games, based on books in the collection.

    TumbleBookCloud is great for tweens and teens. A part from a eBooks, the collection includes graphic novels, quite a few books found on High School Language Arts curriculum, and eAudiobooks.

    With these two collections, there are no downloads or waitlists and the book plays right in the browser of your computer or your tablet. 

    Find these and other digital book collections for kids at http://www.orl.bc.ca/kids-teens/kids/digital-books-and-more.

     

    The OneClickdigital Collection features thousands of eAudiobooks (and a small selection of Classic eBooks). It is a great way to find books to listen to while you are travelling to see family or knitting at home – hopefully by a nice fireplace. Most of the eAudiobooks are always available to borrow. Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/oneclickdigital.

     

    Get a head start on New Year’s resolutions of self-improvement, learn a new language or a new skill!

    Use the holidays to learn a new language through Rosetta Stone. You will receive fifty hours of instruction for each of the thirty languages offered. Learn Spanish, German, Korean, Arabic, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese and more. You can enjoy Rosetta Stone on your computer, or you can enjoy it on your smartphone or tablet using the Rosetta Stone mobile app. Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/rosetta-stone.

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to improve your photography skills, learn how to design a logo, or develop business and marketing skills? You can watch video tutorials on these topics, and so much more, for free with your library card, through Lynda.com. Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/lynda.

     

    Watch Free Movies

    InstantFlix gives ORL customers unlimited access to over 7,000 film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, as well as and shorts and documentaries from around the world. There is no software or apps to download! The movies play directly on your browser through the internet. Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/emovies.

     

    Read Free Magazines and Newspapers

    Want to catch up with the latest in politics, business, and celebrity gossip? Or get new crafting, hobby, or holiday entertainment ideas? Check out Zinio for Libraries. This collection offers ORL customers access to hundreds of popular magazines! Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/zinio.

    Keep up with news from Canada and all over the world, with PressReader, the world’s largest online newspaper and magazine kiosk. ORL members have free access to full content digital replicas of more than 4,000 publications including, such as the Globe and Mail, the Washington Post, and The Guardian. Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/pressreader.

    This is just a taste of the digital resources the library has to offer. Discover all of the ORL's digital resources.

     

    Enjoy your holidays – we can’t wait to see you when the library system re-opens on January 3.

  • ORL Holiday Closure: December 23 through January 2

    by ORL News | Dec 12, 2016
    All branches of the Okanagan Regional Library will begin their annual holiday closure period beginning Friday, December 23 and will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. (Exception: the downtown Kelowna branch will be closed for renovations beginning December 18, reopening on January 16).

    Loan periods for physical items such as books, CDs and magazines has been extended to ensure members can keep their items over the closure without fines. Loan periods will revert back to normal when branches reopen in the new year. If unsure, check due dates of items by logging into your online account or call your local branch before December 23. 

    The ORL website, including the ORL’s catalogue and all digital resources, will continue to be accessible 24/7 during the closure period. 
  • Do you live in Silver Creek? Complete our Library Services Survey

    by ORL News | Dec 12, 2016

    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 now open online and 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 and at the Salmon Arm branch in Piccadilly Mall. The survey will be open until January 15.

  • Closure Begins December 18 to revitalize Kelowna Library

    by ORL News | Dec 05, 2016

    Interior revitalization of the downtown Kelowna Library at 1380 Ellis Street has begun! The next phase involves a a month-long closure beginning December 18 to complete major renovations including new flooring, connections to the Okanagan Centre for Innovation, a more inviting entry way, new self-service pickup of holds, a service desk re-location, and the creation of the Great Room event and programming space on the second floor.

    This is Phase 1 of a multi-million dollar project designed to innovate the 20-year-old library branch into a community hub with more reading, working, creating and meeting space and access to new technologies. The plans for this revitalization were designed with community input, and align with the Okanagan Regional Library’s strategic goals to advance learning and creativity at inviting public spaces. The complete renovation is expected to take over a year and will require investment from local citizens and business. A one-month-long closure is necessary in order to complete Phase 1 changes as quickly as possible.

    Have you got some borrowed items? As of Sunday November 27 due dates were adjusted so nothing will come due during this closure with the exception of Items that have a six-week loan period that have missed the deadline for a change. Borrowers won't accrue fines because of the closure. You've still got until December 17 to visit and enjoy and to stock up on material to get you through until we reveal your revitalized library early in the new year! Note that book bins will be closed. Members are also always welcome to use other nearby ORL locations in Rutland, Mission, Lake Country, and Westbank. 

    The Kelowna Branch is slated to re-open to the public on Monday, January 16, 2017 and special opening day festivities are in the works. Progress updates will be posted on our website and on the ORL’s social media channels.

     
  • Sicamous Residents - Tell Us what Hours You Prefer for Library Service

    by ORL News | Nov 21, 2016
    The Okanagan Regional Library Board is working to align the costs of library services with revenue received from participating municipalities. We are examining open hours at the Sicamous Branch Library as the library costs more than revenue received from this area.

    If you are a resident of Sicamous, please complete our survey so we can learn what open hours are the most important for you.
  • A Fresh New Look for the ORL eBooks Collection

    by ORL News | Nov 02, 2016

    The new look for the ORL eBooks website is now live! Check it out at https://orl.overdrive.com and discover the thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be borrowed and enjoyed.

    Find out more about borrowing digital books from the ORL eBooks collection.

    Updated November 15


     

    On November 14, the ORL eBooks website will getting a new look! While there will be no changes to the way you borrow and download eBooks and eAudiobooks, here are some new features you can expect to see: 

    • It will be easier to tell if a book is available or not. Books covers will be labelled with the word "Available" if the books can be checked out, or with "Wait List" if all copies are out on loan.
    • Searching for authors or book titles will be easier with auto-completing search suggestions.
    • You can browse by Subject or by Collection to explore what ORL eBooks has to offer and discover featured items.

    You can find out more about the features coming with new look for the ORL eBooks website on the OverDrive Help website by clicking here.  

    If you want to have a sneak peek of the site before November 14, check it out here.

  • Summerland Library is Award-Winning

    by ORL News | Nov 01, 2016

    Congratulations to Tango Project Management (general contractor), Urban Arts Architecture (architect/designer), and the ORL Board and staff - the ORL’s Summerland Branch was honoured with the Runner-Up Award of Merit in the Community Institutional category at the Southern Interior Construction Association’s Awards night last week! Accepting the award are (left to right): Presenter Robin Smith – RBC, Catherine Lord – ORL Board Chair, Sue Kline – Summerland Branch Community Librarian, Don Nettleton – ORL Finance Manager, Peter Waterman – Summerland Mayor. Photo credit: Ethan Delichte at Prime Light Media.

    The newly constructed Summerland Branch opened its doors on October 2, 2015 and has had a tremendous community impact over the past year.