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Salmon Arm

#285 Piccadilly Mall
1151 10th Ave. SW
Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 1T3
(250) 832-6161 
Email:  salmonarm@orl.bc.ca             


The library has two book return bins - one open 24 hours behind the library, next to the Canadian Tire loading dock, and one inside the mall next to the library entrance and open during mall hours. Book drops are locked during extended closures (Easter and Christmas).

Please find our events below on the branch calendar, or search the ORL Calendar of Events

Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
*The library branch will be closed on Monday, August 1 for the BC Day holiday.

Free parking is available in the mall parking lot.

Summer Reading Club

For school children aged 5-12 and teens aged 13-18.

Click HERE to register online for the club.

When students stop reading for the summer, they lose at least 1 reading level by the time school starts again in the fall. This is call the Summer Slide. Avoid the Summer Slide and join Summer Reading Club. 

Registration for Summer Reading Club programs are done separately from club registration. Online links for program registration go live 2 weeks before each program. You have to be a member of the club to register for the programs.

Youth have until September 6 to complete their reading records, and until September 12 to pick up their medals and cash in their points to enter the grand prize draws. The draws for the grand prizes will be on September 13.

The items in our grand prize draws are a Razor Scooter and a GoPro Hero camera.  

Summer Reading Club Programs

For school children aged 5-12 and teens aged 13-18.

Children between the ages of 5-7 must have an adult accompany them to programs.


Programs Outside the Library


Story Time in the Park

Every Wednesday at 10:30 from June 29 through August17

Geared for ages 2 to 7, but all are welcome.

Check below under the Story Time section or click HERE for the park schedule.



Programs In the Library

**Separate registration is required for each of these programs, and online registration links go live 2 weeks before each program.  


Click HERE to register for: SRC Booksmack at the Library

Every Thursday at 10:30 from July 7 through August 4.

Geared for ages 8-12.

Come share some good books, good food and fun activities & games. We will have a book swap at each Booksmack, so bring a book or two you would like to swap with someone.


Click HERE to register for: SRC Launch Party with Uncle Chris the Clown

Thursday, June 30 at 1:00

Register for Summer Reading Club, pick up your reading records and be entertained by the hilarious Uncle Chris the Clown.


Click HERE to register for: SPCA: Meet Your Match  

For ages 5-8

Tuesday, July 5 at 10:30

Ever wanted to have a hamster, guinea pig, gerbil or rat as a pet? Find out which rodent would be best for you. 


Click HERE to register for: SPCA: Snakes on an Island

For ages 9-12

Tuesday, July 5 at 11:30

Discover the impact exotic pets have on the ecosystem.


Click HERE to register for: Origami for Ages 5-8

Tuesday, July 12 at 3:00pm

Parents are encouraged to stay and participate with their child.

Eiko Uehara will teach the children some fun and simple origami patterns. 


Click HERE to register for: Okanagan Science Centre: It’s a Small World

Wednesday, July 13 at 3:30

Explore the world unseen by the naked eye with the help of microscopes.


Click HERE to register for: Origami for Ages 9-12 & Teens

- Interested teens are welcome to register.

Thursday, July 14 at 3:00

Eiko Uehara will guide tweens through origami techniques suited for those in grades 4-6


Click HERE to register for: Japanese Calligraphy for Ages 9-12 & Teens

- Interested teens are welcome to register.

Tuesday, July 19 at 3:00

Discover and learn the intricate and beautiful art form of Japanese Calligraphy.


Click HERE to register for: Rhythmic Art with Angela Roy

 For ages 5-12

Tuesday, July 26 at 10:30

We will travel the world through drumming, percussion and song.


Click HERE to register for: SRC Celebration with Magician Leif David

For all ages 

Thursday, August 11 at 3:30 *Please note the new 3:30 start time. This is the correct time.

We will enjoy a magic show and hand out Summer Reading Club medals to those who finish their reading records by August 10.



 Adult Programs

ESL Conversation Club

Tuesday evenings in July and August between 6:00 and 7:30

Join the conversation!  Practice speaking English with newcomers and long-time Canadians. Play games to improve your English skills.  Drop in the library Tuesday evenings anytime between 6:00-7:30.  This program will run from July 5 - August 30.

ESL tutors will be available to help with discussions.

Wading into the Swamp:  Getting Messy with Writing

Saturday, August 13

Writing Workshop 1:00-2:30

Poetry Reading 3:00

Poet and author Daniela Elza will lead a workshop on getting the writing process started, including examining the generative process, and shaping what your imagination generates.  After the workshop, Daniela will read a selection of her works.  Check out her blog at http://strangeplaces.livingcode.org/ 


Saturday Afternoon Book Club - coming this fall!

Take an afternoon break and be part of the discussion for these books.  Drop in, no registration required.  We will have some copies of the books available to borrow, but we can't guarantee a copy will always be available.  Refreshments will be served.  Meetings start at 2:30

September 17 @ 2:30 - The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
Divided into four parts, the book follows girls born as the unwanted sex in Afghanistan, but who live as the socially favored male gender through childhood and puberty, only to later be forced into marriage and childbirth

October 15 @ 2:30 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
A Shakespearean troupe clings to scraps of civilization after a deadly pandemic... "a brilliantly constructed, highly literary, postapocalyptic page-turner" (Library Journal)

November 19 @ 2:30 - The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill
This novel follows Nouschka and Nicolas Tremblay, 19-year-old twins struggling to forge their own identities separate from each other and their father, a famous but crumbling Quebecois folk singer.

Colouring Book Nights

Tuesday evenings between 5:00 and 7:30

Colour inside or outside the lines at our Colouring Book Nights.  Drop in Tuesday evenings between 5:00 and 7:30; we'll have colouring sheets, pencil crayons and markers ready to go!   Or feel free to bring in your own colouring books and crayons.  Kids and teens are welcome too!  And if you want to display your finished picture, we'll be happy to put  it on display in the library.



 Youth Services: 


A little bit of this and a little bit of that: stories, singing, dancing, puppets and lots of fun and laughter for kids of all ages and stages. All library storytimes are free - just drop in! 

For more information about our children's programs, please contact the Salmon Arm Branch at 250-832-6161, or email Ardie at aburnham@orl.bc.ca


Toddler Time

This program is geared for ages 18 months to 2 years but all ages are welcome.

Toddler Time will move to Saturdays at 10:30 for the summer session (July 2 through August 13). It will return to Thursdays at 10:30 in September.


Family Story Time

Family Story Time at the library will join Toddler Time at 10:30 on Saturdays from July 2 through August 13.

This program is geared for ages 3 to 6 years but all ages are welcome.  

Fall program dates and times will be listed by mid-August.


Story Time in the Park

Story Time in the Park will be on Wednesdays at 10:30am from June 29 through August 17. Here is a list of the parks we will be at: 

  • June 29- Haney Heritage Park- 751 Grindrod-Salmon Arm Hwy
  • July 6 – McGuire Lake Park- 501 10th St NE
  • July 13 – Salmon Arm West School Park- 4750 10 Ave SW
  • July 20 – Jackson Park- Across from the North Canoe Hall at 7210 – 51 Street NE
  • July 27 –Klahani Park- 6391 10 Ave. SE
  • August 3 – Elks Park- 3690 30 Street NE
  • August 10 – Blackburn Park- 681 - 10 Ave. SW
  • August 17- Kin Park- 2460 Auto Road SE

If it is stormy, Story Time will be held at the library in Salmon Arm.


Pyjama Story Time

Pyjama story time will return in the fall.

Branch Services


Reference / Information Assistance

Whether you want suggestions on a good book to read, or need assistance with in-depth research, our Reference staff can help you.  We can draw upon our Reference collection, which includes many print and digital resources not freely available on the internet (such as vehicle repair manuals, legal reference works, and directories).  Drop by, give us a call (250-832-6161, ext. 5821) or send us an email (sareference@orl.bc.ca)  


Reading Advice / Displays

Looking for some inspiration on what to read next?  Ask our staff for suggestions on good books or authors to read, movies or TV series to watch, or music to listen to.  If you’re browsing in the library, we also have displays on various topics.

We also display art work from local artists and artist groups.

Current Displays

  • Mount Ida Painters Guild

Basic eBook Assistance

If you need assistance downloading eBooks to your tablet or eReader, we can help!  Phone us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at sareference@orl.bc.ca and we can schedule an individual, one-to-one appointment with you. 

Click here for more information about our digital resources, such as eBooks, or magazines you can download to your tablet for free!


Internet Access

We have 7 Internet stations you can use for free; you just need an ORL library card to log on the computers. 

We also have a printer (25 cents/page, black and white copies).

Our computers have Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), as well as Google Earth, and access to subscription services such as Ancestry, Alldata (vehicle repair), BC Codes (BC Plumbing and Fire Codes), and Grant Connect (a fundraising/grants website)


Photocopying and Scanning

Our photocopier does double-sided copying, as well as enlarging/reducing.  Copies are 25 cents/page, and are black and white.

The photocopier also scans, so you can scan a document, and email a PDF copy.  Scanning is free, but you have to deposit a quarter to activate the menu.  Staff are also available if you need assistance.


Exam Invigilation

If you are taking a course, and need to have an exam invigilated/proctored, one of our librarians can do this.  Click here for more information on exam invigilation.  Call us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at sareference@orl.bc.ca.


Branch Tours

For Children and Teens

We can provide an introduction to the library or tailor the visit around a project/assignment. Contact us today to see how we can help your class.

To book a free tour for kids call us at 250-832-6161ext. 5821 or email us at sareference@orl.bc.ca

For Adults

Groups of adults can enjoy a tour at the library too! ESL classes, retirement homes, book clubs and more can contact us for further information.

To book a free tour for adults call us at 250-832-6161ext. 5821 or email us at sareference@orl.bc.ca

Salmon Arm Kids and Library Services 4 SA Teens Blogs

Pictures from past programs and Summer Reading Club events can be found at our Salmon Arm Kids in the Library blog at http://salibrarykids.wordpress.com.  Teens can access our Library Services 4 SA Teens blog at http://salibrary4teens.wordpress.com.  Our new Youth Services Librarian, Ardie, will be regularly updating this blog with news about children's programs and special events. We welcome your comments and suggestions!


Friends of the Library 

Salmon Arm's Friends of the Library group was formed in 1998. The Friends support the library through advocacy and fundraising, such as organizing two book sales a year, in January and June. Book sale proceeds help sponsor library programs such as author visits and special children's programs and contests. The Friends have donated several furnishings for the library,including our lounge chairs and the loveseat in the children's area. Friends also volunteer with the library's Homebound delivery program.

Meetings are held 5 times a year in January, April, June, September and November.   The next meeting is Monday, February 1 at 2pm, in the Piccadilly Mall Boardroom (down the hallway past InView Optical)

Friends of the Library have recently helped fund:

  • a lectern and AV cart for guest speakers and author visits
  • Summer Reading Club programs and prizes
  • a set of wire mesh browsing baskets for library users to carry items while browsing our shelves
  • a large Canada wall map

The Friends are actively looking for new members who would like to support  the Salmon Arm and South Shuswap ORL Branches.  If you love the library, and have time to help, contact Sherry at sherrius@telus.net  or 250-804-0936 for more information.       

The June Book Sale is scheduled for Friday, June 24 (9:00-8:00) and Saturday, June 25 (9:00-4:00).

The next meeting is Monday, June 27 (2:00) in the Piccadilly Mall boardroom (just past In-View Optical).