Renovations to our Kelowna branch are continuing into the next exciting phase, and the branch will now be temporarily closed as of Sunday, December 18th, re-opening on January 16th.
Have you got some borrowed items? As of Sunday, November 27th due dates have been adjusted so nothing will come due during this closure with the exception of items that have a six-week loan period that have missed the deadline for a change. Borrowers won't accrue fines because of the closure.
You've still got until December 17th to visit and enjoy and to stock up on material to get you through until we reveal your revitalized library early in the new year!
All ORL Branches are closed on statutory holidays
There are six book drop bins located on the west side of the building. They are locked only during extended library closures (Easter and Christmas).
The entrance to the parkade has now been modified. The original entrance is blocked off and what used to be two exit lanes are now one entrance and one exit. Please be careful and watch for the signage.
Vehicle access to the library and parkade is now off Ellis on a temporary driveway. The entire driveway is one way entering from Ellis and exiting onto Doyle. Please be very careful walking around the library during this period, as the only sidewalk will be the one right against the curved wall of the building.
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For details or registration info, click on an event below.
September 6th - December 3rd. Drop-in!
Bounce, sing, and rhyme with your baby at the library!
Mondays 10:15-10:45am & Wednesdays 11:00-11:30am.
Stories, songs, and more!
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:15-10:45am.
Thursday, Friday, & Saturdays 11:00-11:30am.
Tuesdays 6:30-7:00pm. *Starts September 13th*
Free & Drop-in! Join Teacher Candidates from the UBCO Faculty of Education's French Secondary Teacher Education program for an all-ages Story Time en français, featuring nursery rhymes, songs, activities, and more
!Mondays at 11:00am, September 19th to November 14th.
Build awesome Lego Creations at the library!
Registration required. Call Youth Services at 250-762-2800 ex. 2823 to register.
3:30-4:30pm OR 6:30-7:30pm. Registration starts Thursday, September 15th.
October 20th: Hairy, Scary... Hogwarts!
3:30-4:30pm OR 6:30-7:30pm. Registration starts Thursday, October 6th.
3:30-4:30pm OR 6:30-7:30pm. Registration starts Thursday, November 10th.
A cohosted event, by Wildland Fire Canada 2016 and Okanagan Regional Library.
The biennial Wildland Fire Canada Conference for wildfire management professionals is being held in Kelowna in October 2016. For the first time, this conference includes a free Public Lecture Series, being held at the Kelowna Library on October 25, 26 and 27th at 7:30 pm.
Please register for these free events to save your seat either through the ORL Events Calendar or on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/wildland-fire-canada-lecture-series-tickets-28376058555)
In addition to this free Public Lecture Series, single day conference registration is also available for interested community members. Please see the Wildland Fire Canada 2016 website for details.
Wildfire is an essential process in forest ecosystems, but can be incredibly destructive in the wildland-urban interface. Wildfire is driven by climate, weather and fuels that vary among ecosystems and through time. Combined, land-use change, fire exclusion and global warming have made many forests highly susceptible to intense fires that are difficult to control and spread to large sizes. Revolutionizing forest and fire management will improve ecosystem resilience to climate change, but we will not stop future fires from burning. Successful adaptation must include individuals and communities learning how to live with wildfire.
Lori Daniels is an Associate Professor of Forest Ecology in the Forest and Conservation Sciences Department at UBC-Vancouver, where she directs the Tree-Ring Lab at UBC. Her degrees are in Ecology (BSc, UManitoba), Forest Ecology (MSc, UBC) and Biogeography (PhD, UColorado-Boulder). Her research, published in the journals Science, Climatic Change, Ecology and International Journal of Wildland Fire, applies tree-ring analyses to investigate disturbance regimes and the impacts of climate and humans on forest dynamics. Given her interests in conservation and sustainable resource management, much of her research has practical application and is collaborative with NGOs, government agencies and private companies. She serves as a member of BC’s Prescribed Fire Council. With her graduate students, Lori has on-going research on fire regimes and forest resilience to climate change in the interior of British Columbia, Rocky Mountain National Parks and foothills of Alberta.
From a 3-person Initial Attack Crew to Incident Commander of one of BC’s Top Incident Management Teams, Rob will share his observations about Fire Behaviour, the changing role of wildland firefighting in BC, and his personal experiences from a career with BC Wildfire.
Robert Krause has recently retired from the BC wildfire Service after a 36 year career as a wildland firefighter. He is a certified Type I Incident Commander responsible for the fire suppression activity on the largest and most complex fires in the Province. He is currently the Fire Chief for the Village of Burns Lake, and continues to work with the BCWS as a consultant and coach, assisting up and coming Incident Commanders to develop their skills.
Today’s electronic and print media are replete with stories about extreme weather and climate events from all over the world. These stories draw our attention because of their immediacy and the devastating impacts of these events, which often result in deaths and hundreds or even billions of dollars in damage.
In the aftermath of such devastation, media raise questions over whether extreme events such as the Fort McMurray wildfire (2016, >$3.6B in insured losses) or the Calgary floods (2013, $6.7B USD in total losses) are more frequent and intense than in the past, whether the particular event just passed was caused by human influence on the climate and whether it represents a harbinger of more intense extreme events in the future. Dr. Zwiers will discuss these questions and provide an overview of the latest answers that climate science is able to provide.
Dr. Francis Zwiers is director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) at the University of Victoria. His former roles include chief of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis and director of the Climate Research Division, both at Environment and Climate Change Canada. As a research scientist, his expertise is in the application of statistical methods to the analysis of observed and simulated climate variability and change. Dr. Zwiers is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Meteorological Society, a recipient of the Patterson Medal and President’s Prize, has served as an IPCC Coordinating Lead Author of the Fourth Assessment Report and as an elected member of the IPCC Bureau for the Fifth Assessment Report.
Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Meeting Room.
This new program is a conversational English group for people with beginner to intermediate English skills. We discuss topics that unite and inspire us plus we have fun and form a community of friends. No registration required. If you have questions, contact email@example.com.
Second Thursday of the month, 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Meeting Room.
Kelowna Branch is continuing our popular book club for adults. We invite you to read the suggested titles and come to the library at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of each month for a lively, facilitated discussion of the featured title.
The book club is open to all interested adults, and pre-registration is not required.
September 8 - Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins
October 13 - Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
November 10 - 17 Carnations by Andrew Morton
December 8 - The Martian by Andy Wiebe
Tuesdays, 1:00 to 2:30 pm in the Meeting Room. Starts January 5.
Registration required - Call 250-762-2800 to register.
An all-inclusive book club, welcoming everyone regardless of reading ability and encouraging adults with diverse abilities to take part in discussions about new as well as classic titles. Books will be read together in a group setting with all participants invited to read aloud. Assistance with echo reading will be provided for those who wish to use it.
Current Book: Gary Paulsen's adventure novel The River.
Come to the Library to chat with genealogists from the Kelowna and District Genealogical Society. Learn how to find more on your family tree, or ask about your next steps if you've hit a wall in your research.
Watch a video about this service.
Family History Forums are hosted by the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and the Okanagan Regional Library.
They are free to everyone with an interest in tracing their Family History!
Where: Main Floor Meeting Room, Downtown Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library
When: Fourth Monday of each month (except Sep., Dec., Jul. & Aug.), 7-9pm.
The Forums will be back in October. Stay tuned for the next list of topics!
Every Tuesday from 5:00 pm in the Meeting Room.
No registration required.
Attention board gamers! Join us for our Board Games in the Meeting Room off the lobby. A veteran gamer and librarian will be on-hand to moderate and to play. Bring your games, bring your friends or come alone and meet other gamers. Feel free to bring snacks.
The Kelowna Branch has meeting rooms available for rent.
The meeting rooms are available on open days and are booked in 4-hour blocks.
With a theatre style set-up, the North meeting room has a capacity of 40, and South meeting room a capacity of 80. Together, with the dividing wall removed, the total capacity is 120.
Fees for a 4-hour block are $80.00 for each of the smaller rooms and $160.00 for both rooms.
Bookings are not confirmed until the rental fee has been paid.
We also have a small Group Study Room on the 2nd floor of the library which holds about 8-10 people. There is no charge for its use and it is bookable in advance.
Please contact the branch at 250-762-2800 for further information or to book a room.
We can provide an introduction to the library or tailor the visit around a project/assignment.
Contact us today to see how we can help your class.
Daycares/Preschools must register if they wish to attend a storytime.
To book a free tour for kids contact Kelowna Youth Services Department 250-762-2800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups of adults can enjoy a tour at the library too!
ESL classes, retirement homes, book clubs and more can contact Kelowna Reference for further information.
To book a free tour for adults contact the Kelowna Reference Department 250-762-2800 or email@example.com.
The Kelowna Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization formed in 1988, is registered under the Society Act of British Columbia and the Canada Income Tax Act. All persons interested in libraries can obtain a membership for $5.00 per year at the Kelowna, Mission or Rutland branch libraries.
For membership and donation information, please call 250-763-7323 (READ) or www.kelownafol.ca
The major fundraiser, the Great Okanagan Book Sale, takes place in October each year. The Kelowna Friends of the Library sponsor an endowment fund with the Central Okanagan Foundation and they also host various public meetings and author events throughout the year.
Directors of Kelowna Friends of the Library hold meetings in the Kelowna Branch, at 5:30 pm on the second Monday of each month. No board meetings are held in July & August.
For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.