2800 - 30th Ave.
Vernon, B.C. V1T 8S3
The outside bookdrops are closed during the restoration period. Please return books inside the library during regular operating hours.
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.
Celebrate Freedom to Read Week by making a bracelet with covers of banned books. You’ll be able to show off your love of reading with bookish jewellery after this workshop
Thanks to the great work by Stutter’s Restoration and the staff at the Vernon Branch, we are thrilled to announce that we are once again open to serve our community.
“The ORL is committed to providing service to our patrons and the staff at the Vernon Branch is taking extraordinary steps to mitigate any inconvenience and disruption,” says Tara Thompson, Branch Head Librarian.
The majority of the main floor will still be undergoing restoration and will not be open to the public for some weeks.
A portion of the children’s and teens collections will be housed on the second floor for the interim. Other collections are already housed on the second floor and will be available for browsing as usual.
Programming will be held on the second floor. Some programming will be affected due to logistics – please see below for full details about your favourite programs.
During this time of construction we do ask that guardians accompany their children throughout their visit.
The Vernon Branch of the ORL is one of the busiest branches in the system and we appreciate the inconvenience that this is causing for our patrons. Thank you again for your understanding and patience. We look forward to seeing you at the library!
If you have any questions or would like to contact someone for a tour, please contact our Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Vollick email@example.com 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. It is especially important to keep an eye on your children at this time, as the library is an active construction zone.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays at 10:30am
Tuesdays at 3:00 pm
Mondays 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Our Writer-in-Residence, author Harold Rhenisch, presents a series of workshops to help you with your Okanagan Reads short story entries. Drop-in, everyone is welcome.
March 10 Put Words in My Mouth
March 17 Magic Tricks For Telling Stories
March 31 Teaching Your Story To Talk
April 7 Pages That Whisper, Shout and Sing
April 14 Book Gymnastics
Free, drop-in events. All events are at 1pm and require parent/guardian participation.
Due to damage from the flooding, we have had to temporarily cancel some of our programming until full service on the main floor is restored.
Do you have a story of renewal, rebirth or revival? To celebrate our renewal after the flood of the winter freeze of 2014, the Vernon Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library wants to help you bring it to the world. We have prizes, an online magazine for publishing your work, a gala reading at the re-launch of the library in May, and all the help and encouragement you need from our Writer in Residence, Harold Rhenisch, to bring your story to the Okanagan and the world. Perhaps your story is about tragedy overcome, or new love, or the joy of childhood, faith found on the Camino, or a deep psychological tale only you can unfold. Maybe it’s historical. Maybe it’s lyrical, or funny as can be, or a mystery that leads to the light. Maybe it’s a short story. Maybe it’s an anecdote. Maybe it’s a poem. We know you have it in you, though. Let’s make a library of these stories to share.
Saturday March 15th, 1:30 - 3:30 pm in the upstairs community room
Join storyteller Gabriel Newman for a two hour practical workshop on the art of storytelling. The workshop will explore topics such as “creating your story,” “crafting your story,” and “presenting your story.”
Newman has a masters degree in Interdisciplinary Performance and works as a theatre professor, writer, and community storyteller. In Vernon he is best known as the host of Ghost Tours of Vernon.
Newman believes that everyone is a storyteller. This workshop is designed to provide tools for participants to gain the confidence to tell those stories in public, even if it is only around the dinner table.
Because this workshop is practical and participants will be asked to share stories with each other, enrollment is limited. To register contact Kristy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-542-7610 ext. 6822.
This workshop is generously sponsored by the Vernon Friends of the Library and a grant from the Storytellers of Canada.
Thursday March 20th, 7 pm in upstairs magazine area
Join us for an evening of metaphorical and real monsters and dragons, as we celebrate the art of oral storytelling with Gabriel Newman, Christine Pilgrim, Ken Mather and a group of budding storytellers from around the community. Every year on the equinox storytellers around the world join together for World Storytelling Day; this year the Okanagan is joining in for an evening of fun and food at the Vernon Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. Listeners are essential, so please come out!
Everyone is welcome, but stories have been crafted with an adult audience in mind.
This event is generously sponsored by the Vernon Friends of the Library and a grant from the Storytellers of Canada.
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.
Thursday March 20th at 7:00 pm
See Okanagan Stories above.
Thursday April 17th at 6:30 pm
Charities: Where does your money go? When you donate, do you every wonder how much of your donation actually reaches its intended source? What is better, building schools overseas or teaching skill sets? Let's join together with a panel of experts to discuss the realities of giving to charity.
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.
March 6th, 13th, April 3rd, 10th, May 1st, 8th, June 5th, and 12th.
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.
February 27th, March 27th, April 24th, May 22nd and June 26th.
Every Tuesday evening, 6:00 - 9:00 pm upstairs in the library.
Everyone is welcome, from beginners to seasoned players.
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 Secret History by Donna Tartt (March 22nd)
Chorus of Mushrooms by Hiromi Goto (April 26th)
The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World by Wade Davis (May 24th)
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese (June 28th)
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.
If you have an idea you'd like to see happen @ your library, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This services is temporarily unavailable as we deal with the flood. 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! During the partial closure due to the flood we will have this reserved for quiet studying from 5-9pm on evenings we are open.
This services is temporarily unavailable as we deal with the flood. Are you looking for somewhere to take an invigilated exam, either written or online? The library can help you out. Call or email us for more details at email@example.com or 250-542-7610 ext. 6822.
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. Over the years, the Friends have provided funds for a variety of projects such as a puppet theatre, library outreach programs to Vernon elementary schools, book prizes, author visits and a digital microfilm reader/printer.
In 2013 the Vernon Friends of the Library paid for:
Next book sale is May 1-4, 2014 at the Vernon Curling Rink.
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
The Vernon Branch has meeting rooms available for rent on open days. They are currently unavailable because of the flood.
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.