2800 - 30th Ave.
Vernon, B.C. V1T 8S3
There are three book drop bins located on the east side of the building. They are locked during extended library 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 5:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday:||10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday:||10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
|Thursday:||10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
|Friday:||10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday:||10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|Sunday:||12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Oct. 19 to Apr. 19|
|All branches closed on statutory holidays|
There is underground parking available at the branch during open hours, with elevator access into the library. The entrance ramp is located beside the south side of the building. The parking rate is 50 cents per hour, with a two hour maximum. There is also metered street parking available.
More downtown parking information is available here.
3 years and under
Our new computer system is here! On Oct. 6 we switched to a new system, Polaris. Please be patient with staff as we are learning a whole new way to do our jobs!
This year, Vernon Branch will start their Sunday openings on October 19th and will continue until April 19th. Sunday hours are from 12 noon to 4:00pm.
If you have any questions or would like to contact someone for a tour, please contact our Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Vollick firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 250-542-7610 ext. 6829. For pictures from past events and more see our kids blog http://vernonlibrarykids.wordpress.com/
All children's programs are free. Events for young children require a parent or guardian to stay and enjoy the program with them.
Keep up-to-date with fall programs and check out our kids blog: http://vernonlibrarykids.wordpress.com/
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 10:30am
Starts October 1st
Wednesday at 11am
Tuesdays at 9:30am and 11am
Please register with Tracy Williamson at 250-542-3131 ext. 106
A program for parents and their babies. Facilitated by Boys & Girls Club in the library's meeting room.
Full but you can contact us to go on a waiting list. Check out our creations.
Oct 24 10:30am
Registration required-begins Oct 1st
Full but you can contact us to go on a waiting list.
Starts Sept 23
Tuesdays at 3pm
Star Wars Reads Day
Oct 11 2pm
Summer Reading Club stickers are still available at the downstairs information desk. Medals and certificates are also available for completed programs! Congratulations to all!
Check out the teen blog for more information: Hanging at VE Branch.
Please fill out the survey to help us plan the Fall events for teens.
The Performing Arts Centre Librarian
The Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library and the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre are working together to give you more bang for your theatre buck. Check out these titles inspired by the VDPAC's fantastic season and recommended by the ORL's finest:
Here are the titles inspired by Avenue Q on Thursday November 6th at 7:30 pm
Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
The Mysteries of Pittsburg by Michael Chabon
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Paddy Clarke, Ha-ha-ha by Roddy Doyle
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-night Stands by Chelsea Handler
Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies by Tom Perrotta
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Blankets: A Graphic Novel by Craig Thompson
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Here are the titles inspired by Ballet Victoria's Dracula on Friday November 21st at 7:30 pm
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton
Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Fludd by Hilary Mantel
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Hunger by Whitley Strieber
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Come play the game of kings! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to seasoned players.
Every Tuesday evening, 6:00 - 9:00 pm upstairs in the library.
Okanagan Oneness Blessing, a non-denominational meditation group, meets 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the library. The group usually meets in the meeting room on the main floor although occasionally will meet in the community room on the second floor. All are welcome to attend. No experience is necessary, only an open mind and heart.
The Writer's Circle
Come join a group of writers dedicated to developing their work through networking and sharing ideas.
Every 2nd Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm in the library's Community Room
October 21, November, 4 & 18, December 2 & 16
A Discussion of The Trouble with Billionaires with Neil Brooks
November 18th at 7 pm in the meeting room
The library is thrilled to present an evening with York University tax law professor and co-author with Linda McQuaig of The Trouble with Billionaires, Neil Brooks. Neil will speak about the growing gap between the rich and poor in Canada and on what he believes has caused it. He asks, 'Should we be concerned about the increasing concentration of income and wealth in Canada? And is there anything that can be done to ensure that Canada becomes a more just and equal society?' Everyone is welcome, no registration necessary. In the meeting room.
Okanagan WordPress Meetup
Are you're interested in learning more about one of the web's most popular website platforms, just recently started to blog with WordPress, or are a pro-blogger wanting to improve your skills? We'd love to have you join the meetup! A group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publisher will be meeting in the library to get together to share their knowledge and experience and to meet other WordPress users in the area. Please come down to the library to join in to discuss and learn all about WordPress to power projects, blogs, and websites. Check out their website to find out more: http://www.meetup.com/Okanagan-WordPress-Meetup/. No registration required for this free program - just drop in!
2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm in the meeting room.
Amnesty International Meeting
You can make a difference!
Join our Amnesty International's Vernon Group and hear presentations on various human rights issues that Amnesty International is working on. We write at least two letters about a cause or case that Amnesty International has performed a thorough investigation and chosen to support.
Third Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm October to May in the Meeting Room.
November 19th, December 17th. January 21st, February 18th, March 18th, April 15th, May 20th.
Do you love stories? Are you a storyteller at heart? Amateurs or professionals are invited to take part in our monthly storytelling circle, hosted by local storyteller Gabriel Newman. No registration required for this free program - just drop in! The fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in our upstairs community room. Generously sponsored by the Vernon Friends of the Library.
October 22nd, November 26th
Food Action Society of the North Okanagan's AGM
November 5th at 7 pm in the meeting room.
Join the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan for a discussion about food security and the future of the local food movement in our area. Everyone is welcome. www.foodaction.ca
Strategy Board Games Night
The library invites you to use our space to meet with friends and play your favourite board games. From Settlers of Catan to historical war gaming, a veterean gamer and librarian will be on-hand to moderate and to play. Bring your games, bring your opponents or come alone and meet others who share your hobby. Lengthier games can be stowed away and picked up again the following session. The librarian will be bringing Mage War with more to come. The first and second Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm in the upstairs community room.
The Idea Exchange
Join us for The Idea Exchange, a regular forum where community members can join together to discover new thoughts, debate topics and share ideas. The public is welcome to propose themes and can contact the Idea Exchange Coordinator, Kristy, at email@example.com to inquire about presenting.
Who's Taking Care of the Kids?
Thursday November 20th at 7 pm in the meeting room
A community forum on affordable, high quality childcare featuring Sharon Gregson, spokeswoman for the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC, and Lynne Reside, North Okanagan Early Years Coordinator. Everyone is welcome.
Co-sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women, the Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia, the Coalition of Childcare Advocates of BC, and the Okanagan Regional Library.
November 13th at 6:30 pm in the meeting room.
North Okanagan Shuswap Crime Stoppers and the library are hosting a presentation on human trafficking by RCMP officer and Human Trafficking Awareness Coordinator for the Pacific Region, Jassy Bindra. Join us for an informative evening on human trafficking related enforcement, awareness and prevention opportunities within BC.
Vernon Permaculture Group Drop-in
Vernon Permaculture is an open community group who's aim is to share regenerative knowledge and hands on experiences with one another in order to build a stronger community and healthier local environment. Everyone is welcome.
The 4th Thursday of every month at 7 pm in the meeting room, beginning in January 2015.
Role Playing Games Night
The library invites you to join in on an ongoing campaign of mystery and horror. A traditional pencil and paper role-playing night will be hosted once a month at the library. Travel back to the 1920s and join a team of globe travelling investigators and attempt to unravel a complex and ominous mystery. No experience with role-playing necessary. The last Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm in the upstairs community room.
September 25th, October 30th, November 27th
Complimentary Hearing Health Checks with Connect Hearing
Stay Connected to the sound you love. Please register for a free hearing test at the library on October 24, 2014. Appointments are available between 1:00-3:00pm. Call 250-542-7610 ext. 6820 to book your time.
Vernon Knitting Circle
These drop-in sessions are for knitters of all experience levels and are open to anyone interested in knitting, whether new or experienced. Bring along yarn and needles, and a project you are working on. Hosted by Allison Griswold and Janet Armstrong, both passionate, experienced knitters who love sharing their knowledge. Bring your knitting questions and problems, and they’ll happily work out the solutions for you.
Every Saturday morning, 10 am - noon. Throughout November the circle will be held at the tables upstairs near the computer lab. In December the circle will move into the community room. Free of charge.
Saturday Adult Book Club
Vernon Branch invites you to read the suggested titles and to join us for a lively, facilitated discussion of the featured title. The book club is open to all interested adults and preregistration is not required. Held the fourth Saturday of every month from 10:30 - 11:30 am in the library's community room. Thank you to the Vernon Friends of the Library for their support of the Adult Book Club.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (October 25th)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (November 22nd)
The Sudden Weight of Snow by Laisha Rosnau (January 24th)
The Omnivore's Dilemma: a Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (February 28th)
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (March 28th)
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: a Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya Von Bremzen (April 25th)
In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje (May 23rd)
The Patience Stone Atiq Rahimi (June 27th)
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller (July 25th)
Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay (August 22nd)
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (September 26th)
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (October 24th)
The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing (November 28th)
You are responsible for placing a hold on a copy of the book.
Please note: Many titles are also available in ebook and audiobook formats in the ORL catalogue.
NaNoWriMo: Introduction to Novel Writing Workshop with Laisha Rosnau
October 25th, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm in the meeting room FULL - waitlist only
Vernon's Laisha Rosnau, author of the novel The Sudden Weight of Snow and of three collections of poetry, will be presenting this two hour workshop. If you are interested, please register by calling 250-542-6820 or email Kristy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited, registration is required. Free of charge.
NaNoWriMo: Book Talk and Writing Workshop with Rosella Leslie
October 25th, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm in the meeting room
Rosella Leslie will be doing a reading from her new book, The Cougar Lady, followed by a workshop on how to research and write both historical fiction and non-fiction, as well as how to discover the stories, tips on interviewing, and on making the most of your research. Free, no registration required.
These workshops are generously sponsored by the Vernon Friends of the Library.
Multilingual Book Exchange
November 29th at 12 pm - 5 pm in the meeting room.
Join us for a multicultural storytime from 11:15 am - 11:45 am, followed by an afternoon multilingual book swap. Trade, share and receive books in a variety of languages! Donate your books in languages other than English at the library now and they will be shared with others on the 29th. Sponsored by the library, the Vernon Friends of the Library and the Vernon and District Immigrant Services Society.
If you have an idea you'd like to see happen @ your library, email us at email@example.com.
Basic eBook Training
We offer free one-on-one training sessions to help you learn to use our digital resources including our eBook collections, digital audiobooks and Zinio. Check here to see if your eReader or Tablet is compatible with the library's eBook provider. Do you have questions about what the library can offer you? Call today to sign up! 250-542-7610 ext. 6822.
For some tips on purchasing an eReader/Tablet please check out the ORL's Blog post that's loaded with tips.
Free Community Space
The library has a beautiful community meeting room that can be booked for up to two hours at a time, free of charge. You may book the room up to one day in advance by calling 250-542-7610 ext. 6822. It's a great space for tutoring, studying, meetings, scrapbooking and more!
Are you looking for somewhere to take an invigilated exam, either written or online? The library can help you out. Basic information can be found on the Exams in the Library page. Call or email us for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-542-7610 ext. 6822.
Internet, Photocopying and Scanning
The Vernon Branch has 17 internet terminals with word processing capabilities available for one hour per day with a valid ORL library card. Unlimited wifi access is available all day. Printing and photocopying is $.25 per page, black and white only. Scanning to email is available at the 2nd floor photocopier and is free of charge.
Meeting Room Rental
The Vernon Branch has meeting rooms available for rent on open days.
The main meeting room has a capacity of 100 with a theatre style set-up, and can be divided into two smaller rooms, each with a capacity of 50.
Rental fees are $50.00 for a 3-hour block for each of the smaller rooms and $85.00 for the whole room. There is a fee of $10.00 for each additional hour for both room sizes. Bookings are not confirmed until the rental fee has been paid.
For further information, please contact the branch at 250-542-7610 ext 6819.
There is also a small group study room on the second floor of the library which holds about 8-10 people. There is no charge for its use, but bookings are only taken up to one day in advance.
For further information, please contact the branch at 250-542-7610 ext 6820.
Seed Lending Library
The Vernon branch is creating a seed lending library, in conjunction with Okanagan College and Patchwork Farms. Once the library is sufficiently stocked, patrons will be allowed to check out seeds on the condition they replace the seeds the following season from the plants they grew.
Two step-by-step guides on how to save heirloom seeds are now available at the library. Any patron interested in contributing seeds to the library is asked to place seeds from each vegetable in its own envelope and label it with the type of vegetable, variety if known, date collected and general location. The seeds can be dropped off at the upstairs information desk at the library.
For more information please contact the library at 250-546-7610 and ask for Peter.
The Vernon Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization formed in 1989, is registered under the Society Act of British Columbia.
The major fundraiser is the huge book sale held in early May every year.
In 2013 the Vernon Friends of the Library paid for:
- new blinds in the Community Room upstairs
- refreshments at the Adult Book Club
- our "Teen" sign
- Rolling Art cart used in craft programs
- Exhibit case used to hold the board games
- items in the staffroom
- plates & mugs for use in the meeting rooms
- writer's workshop as part of NaNoWrit month
- digital camera for the branch
- Christmas decorations for the branch
The Friends also hold smaller book sales throughout the year, and provide book bags to purchase at the branch.
New members are always welcome, and anyone interested in more information can contact Linda Wills at 250-549-1466 or email@example.com