2800 - 30th Ave.
Vernon, B.C. V1T 8S3
When the library is closed there is a book drop on 28th St, south of the library's front entrance. It is open 24 hours a day, except on Halloween night, and the Easter and Christmas closures.
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 December 23rd through January 1st for the 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
All children's programs are free. Events for preschool kids require a parent or guardian to stay and enjoy the program with them.
Drop in for some holiday stories, puppets, and songs.
Join us on Thursday December 19th for a showing of the very funny family film, Elf, starring Will Ferrell. Bring your own popcorn! Everyone is welcome. The film starts at 6:30 pm in the meeting room and is 95 minutes long. Rated G.
All branches of the ORL will be closed beginning Monday, December 23rd and reopening on Thursday, January 2nd.
Stock up on books, CDS, DVDS and magazines early, and remember that our book drops will also be locked during the closure, so please wait to return your items until reopening!
Art on Display
Students from Clarence Fulton Secondary have their storybook art displayed in the children's area. You can see pictures here or better yet come see them in person!
Events for Kids
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays at 10:30am
Wednesdays at 1:30
Come dressed for bedtime with your stuffies in tow and we'll sing our way to dreamland!
Wednesdays 11:00 - 11:30 am
This drop-in program is geared for children under the age of three and is held in the meeting room.
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. We will meet in the meeting room of the library.
Thursday January 16th at 7:00 pm
The Vernon Branch of the ORL, the Canadian Federation of University Women – Vernon Chapter and the National Film Board of Canada invite you to a screening of the documentary film, Buying Sex. This important NFB documentary examines the state of prostitution laws in Canada through the eyes of sex workers, former sex workers, policy makers, lawyers and even male buyers who make their own claims for why the laws need to be changed. It also looks at different legal models in Sweden and New Zealand to help the viewer weigh the arguments and draw their own conclusions. Discussion will follow, facilitated by Professor Melissa Munn of Okanagan College. Doors open at 6:45 pm and the film begins at 7:00 pm. In the meeting room.
Thursday February 20th at 7:00 pm
The library and the Vernon Interfaith Initiative will be joining together to present an evening of discussion. Details to follow.
Thursday March 20th at 7:00 pm
Introducing the first annual Okanagan Stories, a celebration of storytelling uniting professional and amateur storytellers from around the community! March 20th is also World Storytelling Day, when as many people as possible around the world tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night. We'll be celebrating here in Vernon with an evening of stories on the theme of Monsters and Dragons, great food and good wine. Please join us!
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 second Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm in the upstairs community room.
December 12th, January 9th, February 13th, March 13th, April 10th, May 8th and June 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.
Thursday January 23rd, 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.
Y by Marjorie Celona (January 25th)
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (February 22nd)
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.
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.
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. 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 and the Canada Income Tax Act.
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.
Next book sale is at 9901 Kalamalka Road, at the old Coldstream Fire Hall next to the Coldstream Municipal Hall,
The Friends also hold smaller book sales throughout the year, and provide book bags and t-shirts for 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.
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.
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 6819.