All ORL Branches are closed on statutory holidays
Book return is located to the right of the main doors. Our book drops are open 24 hours except for the Easter weekend and Christmas closure, when they are locked.
View the full Armstrong Branch Events Calendar, or click on an event below, to see additional details & registration info.
S.T.E.A.M. After School Drop In
Science, technology, engineering, art and math inspired activities and challenges. Receive a draw ticket every time you participate for a chance to win a prize each month.
Every Tuesday, 3:00-4:00pm
Lego: March 5
Art: March 12
Engineering:Returns in April
Maker Space Kit and KEVA:Returns in April
For ages 5-12
No registration required; drop in
Looking for some amazing fun activities to do during Spring Break?
Join us at the library for FREE, drop in and registration programs.
Sherlock Holmes: The Curious Incident of the Crazy Librarian- Family Escape Room
Solve the clues to unlock the case. It’s elementary, dear Watson!
Friday, March 15: 3:00pm or 4:00pm
Saturday, March 16: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm or 3:00pm
Preschool STEAM Activity
Join us for a special STEAM storytime and activity morning. Favourite books will be read aloud, followed by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities that relate to our stories. Best suited to children ages 2-6 yrs, and their caregivers.
Saturday, March 16: 10:30am
The Code Mobile: Coding and Circuitry
Join the Code Mobile and code your own drum kit! In this workshop, participants will learn how to use Scratch 3.0 (block-coding software) to create a drum kit with five different sounds. Then we'll delve into the world of circuitry to attach everyday objects to a Makey Makey circuit board to control our drum kits.
Registration required for the workshop (suitable for ages 8 +)
Drop in between 4:00pm-5:00pm and have fun with Makey Makeys and Music, plus Xylo Dash robots, where you can code a song and make a robot play it on the Xylophone.
Friday, March 22
Workshop: 2:00pm-4:00pm registration required
Drop in: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Allan Brooks Nature Centre: Nature Nocturnal
Who’s awake? Learn now owls, coyotes, bats, and things that go bump in the night use all their senses to find their way in the dark.
Tuesday, March 26: 10:30am
Free, drop in
Maker Space and STEAM Drop in
Come down to the Library and have fun exploring our Maker Space Kit and STEAM activities.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 19, 20 and 21
10:00am to 12:00pm
Families are welcome throughout the year to engage in creative activities inspired by our collection. Join us for free, interactive workshops, discovery days, and activities that support families learning together, in a fun and relaxed way. Our family events are free and are suitable for children ages 5-12 and their caregivers.
Saturdays at 10:30am
April 6, and May 4
Learn the basics of electricity and circuits. Make a light-up Mother’s Day card using copper tape, LED’s, and a coin cell battery.
Be inspired by Spring by coming to the library and making different crafts. All supplies will be provided.
March 5: Introduction to Quilling
April 2: Mandela Rocks
May 7: Dragonfly Garden Stick
June 4: Beach Painting with Shells
Tuesday(s) at 10:30am
Armstrong Book Club
Join us at the library for good books, good discussion, and good company.
Wednesday, at 1:00pm
Drop in- No registration required
March 6: Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
April 3: The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre
May 1: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
June 5: Forgiveness by Ken Sakamoto
Come and join our friendly group of Mah Jongg players. No experience necessary- we will teach you (American style).
Every Wednesday afternoon at 1:00pm.
This is a free, ongoing, drop in program.
Come and join our friendly group of Canasta players. No experience necessary-we will teach you.
Every Thursday afternoon at 1:00pm.
If you like playing Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition), come and join our friendly group of players.
Every Friday, 5:30-8:00pm
No registration required
Are you struggling with how to use your new electronic mobile device? Do you want to become more comfortable using technologies like the internet, e-mail, smartphones, social media?
Our teen volunteer is here to help you with whatever you wish to learn about. All you need to do is register and bring your device.
Register in person or by phoning us at 250-546-8311.
Six Internet stations
The Armstrong Branch has two rooms available for use during regular open hours free of charge. The rooms may be reserved for 2 hours, a maximum of twice per week, up to 7 days in advance. Please call the library or stop by to reserve one of these rooms.
The same meeting space (Meeting Room and Study Room) is available for rent when the library is closed. The occupancy is 17 in the meeting room and 10 in the study room (although we can only provide a total of 15 chairs at this time). The rental rate is $31.50 ($30.00 for two hour minimum + 5% GST) for the first two hours and $15.75 for each additional hour ($15.00 + 5% GST). This fee includes the use of both rooms, access to washrooms and the kitchenette. A reservation application must be completed and payment for the rental made at least one week prior to your event. Please call the library or stop by the desk to pick up an application.
Are you looking for somewhere to take an invigilated exam, either written or online?
The library can help you out. Please come by and call us for more details.
Printing and photocopying is $0.25 per page, black and white only. Scanning to email is available and is free of charge.
We welcome class tours and visits. Please contact Christa to set a date and make your library visit great! To book your free class tour contact Armstrong Branch at 250-546-8311.