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. to Mar. only|
|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.
Stories, songs and rhymes for preschool aged kids.
Join us on Thursday July 17th and Thursday August 21st at the Vernon Farmers Market at the Kal Tire Place parking lot. We'll have books to borrow, eReaders to try out, a story corner in the shade and storytimes at 9:30 and 11:30 am. You can munch on delicious local food, borrow a book on how to cook it and share a storytime with your kids. Check it out!
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.
From July 5-August 23 Storytimes will be Mondays and Saturdays from 10:30-11. This is a free drop in program.
Registration required. All events are free and take place from 10:30 am-11:30 am unless otherwise noted. Tickets to events become available two Saturdays before an event. They can be picked up on a first come. first serve basis at the downstairs information desk in the library. Event information can be found here: Vernon Kids at the Library: Summer for 5-7 Year Olds.
Registration required. All events are free and take place from 10:30 am-11:30 am unless otherwise noted. Tickets to events become available two Saturdays before an event. They can be picked up on a first come. first serve basis at the downstairs information desk in the library. Event information can be found here: Vernon Kids at the Library: Summer for 8-12 Year Olds.
Our summer teen events include a Crazy about Comics day, a Summer Bookclub with free books, and Wii Tournaments. Check out the teen blog for more information: Hanging at VE Branch.
The Vernon branch recently hosted a poetry and short story contest for adults based on the themes of hope, rebirth and renewal. The winners were announced on May 17th.
1st Place: Greyhound Valhalla by Tom Glenne
2nd Place: Coleman Lanterns and Radio Hockey by Ted Mellenthin
3rd Place: Becoming by Lisa Santos
1st Place: Raspberry Pulp by Sharon McLean
2nd Place: Centurion Child by Matt Ingrouille
3rd Place: Her Name is Hope by Eric Reimer
This project was generously sponsored by the Vernon Friends of the Library.
Community Potlucks @ Your Library
Monday September 8th at 6 pm in the meeting room of the library (enter from the side door).
Join us for a community potluck, where you'll share food, conversation and ideas with new and old friends. Bring food to share and a dish, cup and utensils to eat with.
Organized by the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan, with a focus on food sovereignty and community engagement.
Everyone is welcome!
For more information, contact email@example.com.
Vernon Playwrights Circle
The Playwrights Circle gives both aspiring and established Okanagan playwrights the chance to meet, and to read and discuss their work in a focused, supportive and creative environment. Anyone interested in the development of new dramatic writing is welcome to attend and have their work-in-progress workshopped by fellow participants and guest actors. For further information contact Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meets every second Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the community room.
July 15th & 29th, August 12th & 26th.
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 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.
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.
July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th, October 22nd, November 26th
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.
July 3rd & 10th, August 7th & 14th
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.
October 16th at 6:30 pm in the meeting room
The Food Action Society of the North Okanagan and the library are proud to present a public viewing of the food documentary Growing Cities, followed by a discussion of the urban agriculture movement and what you can do to grow more in your yard.
Canoe Crossings author talk
September 25th at 7 pm in the meeting room
Are you an avid paddler? Do you enjoy history? Check out an evening of 'canoelit' with author Sandford Osler as he discusses his new book, Canoe Crossings.
“Canoe Crossings is not just about the canoe but about the many people throughout history to modern day whose existence and livelihood depended on this noble craft. Sanford Osler brings their passion for paddling to life. If you have ever held a paddle in your hand you should read this book." — Bob Putnam, General Manager and Co-Owner, Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak Centre
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 fourth Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm in the upstairs community room.
July 24th, August 28th, September 25th, October 23rd, November 27th
Book Talk and Writing Workshop with Rosella Leslie
October 25th, 1:30 - 3:30
Rose 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. In the meeting room.
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.
The Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet (July 26th)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (August 23rd)
The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for his Disabled Son by Ian Brown (September 27th)
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (October 25th)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (November 22nd)
Please note: Many titles are also available in ebook and audiobook formats in the ORL catalogue.
Create. Participate. Celebrate.
Friday September 26th, 7pm in the foyer of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
Get Booksmacked! Come out for an evening of great books, film and music recommendations with a crew of wild and nerdy book lovers. A team of librarians, authors and storytellers will speed review as many books and films as they can in an hour. Booklists promised, hilarity may ensue. No registration required. Free.
If you have an idea you'd like to see happen @ your library, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com or 250-542-7610 ext. 6822.
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.
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.
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.
Friends of the Library Book Sale, July 11-13The Vernon Friends of the Library will be holding a library book sale from July 11-13 at the old Coldstream fire hall at 9901 Kalamalka Road. The sale will feature adult fiction for $1 and children's, junior and young adult fiction and non-fiction for 50 cents. Buy 20 or more adult books for $10 - 1/2 price! Buy 20 or more children’s, junior and/or young adult books for $5 – 1/2 price!Friday July 11th 10 am - 8 pmSaturday July 12th 9 am - 3 pmSunday July 13th 11 am - 3 pmFor more information, please call 250-549-1466.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org