All ORL Branches are closed on statutory holidays
We are freshening up the branch creating new meeting rooms and common areas to serve the community better.
Renovations will likely begin early to mid-November. The Library will remain open during most of the renovations. Patrons visiting the branch should expect an increased level of noise. We apologize for any inconvenience or interruption in service.
A few highlights:
The library has two book return bins - one behind the library, next to the Canadian Tire loading dock and open 24 hours; and one inside the mall next to the library entrance and open during mall hours. Book drops are locked during extended closures (Easter and Christmas).
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For ages 5-12
Registration is required. Click HERE, go to our online calendar of events or call our branch to register.
Does singing with others sound like fun? Then sign up to be a part of our new Library Children's Choir. For November and December, we will learn fun Holiday and winter songs.
We will practice from 3:30-4:15 on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 14 & 28 and Wednesday, Dec. 5 & 12. Please note that the choir will not practice on November, 21.
Children age 9 and under must have a responsible adult stay with them.
Parents or caregivers of registered choir members are welcome to sing with us.
Choir Director: Ardie
Lego, Keva Planks, Meccano, Magformers and more!
For ages 5 - 12.
Registration is required for each program.
Click HERE, go to our online calendar of events or call our branch to register.
Tuesday, October 16 from 3:30-4:30
Thursday, November 8 from 3:30-4:30
Tuesday, December 4 from 3:30-4:30
A little bit of this and a little bit of that: stories, singing, dancing, puppets and lots of fun and laughter for kids of all ages and stages. All library storytimes are free - just drop in! For more information about our children's programs, please contact the Salmon Arm Branch at 250-832-6161, or email Ardie at email@example.com
This program is geared for ages 18 months to 2 years but all ages are welcome.
Thursday Toddler Time at 10:30 will run from September 20 through December 13.
This program is geared for ages 3 to 6 years, but all ages are welcome.
Family Story Time will run every Wednesday at 10:30 and Saturday at 3:30 from September 19 through December 12.
This program runs one Friday a month at 6:00PM and is geared for ages 3 to 6 years. All ages are welcome.
Fall dates are:
Pictures from past programs and Summer Reading Club events can be found at our Salmon Arm Kids in the Library blog at https://salibrarykids.wordpress.com/
Our Youth Services Librarian, Ardie, will be regularly updating this blog with news about children's programs and special events. We welcome your comments and suggestions!
Saturday Afternoon Book Club
Take an afternoon break and be part of the discussion for these books. Drop in, no registration required. We will have some copies of the books available to borrow, but we can't guarantee a copy will always be available. Refreshments will be served. Meetings start at 2:30.
November 17 @ 2:30 - The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan may be the preeminent author today writing about food and food production. This book from 2006 examines the basic ways human societies have obtained food: the current industrial system, the big organic operation, the local self-sufficient farm, and the hunter-gatherer. From Kirkus Reviews: "Revelations about how the way we eat affects the world we live in, presented with wit and elegance".
Informal drop-in knitting group for all experience levels. Come share your projects and your ideas!
If you spin or would like to learn to spin, join the Shuswap Spinners and Weavers Tuesday nights. If you need a spinning wheel you can rent one from the guild. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for rental information or visit their blog http://shuswapspinnersweavers.blogspot.ca/
Whether you want suggestions on a good book to read, or need assistance with in-depth research, our Reference staff can help you. We can draw upon our Reference collection, which includes many print and digital resources not freely available on the internet (such as vehicle repair manuals, legal reference works, and directories).
Drop by, give us a call (250-832-6161, ext. 5821) or send us an email at email@example.com.
Looking for some inspiration on what to read next? Ask our staff for suggestions on good books or authors to read, movies or TV series to watch, or music to listen to. If you’re browsing in the library, we also have displays on various topics.
We display art work from local artists and artist groups in the community. Please contact the Branch Head Librarian if you are interested in displaying your work in the library.
If you need assistance downloading eBooks and other digital content to your tablet or eReader, we can help!
Phone us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can schedule an individual, one-to-one appointment with you.
Click here for more information about our digital resources, such as eBooks, or magazines you can download to your tablet for free!
We have 7 Internet stations you can use for free; you just need an ORL library card to log on the computers.
We also have a printer (25 cents/page, black and white copies).Our computers have Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), as well as Google Earth, and access to subscription services such as Ancestry, Alldata (vehicle repair), BC Codes (BC Plumbing and Fire Codes), and Grant Connect (a fundraising/grants website).
Our photocopier does double-sided copying, as well as enlarging/reducing.
Copies are 25 cents/page, and are black and white.
You can also scan documents with our photocopier, and email as a PDF copy. Scanning is free, but you have to deposit a quarter to activate the menu.
Staff are available if you need assistance.
If you are taking a course, and need to have an exam invigilated/proctored, one of our librarians can do this.
Click here for more information on exam invigilation.
Call us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at email@example.com.
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. To book a free tour for kids call us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at 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 us for further information.To book a free tour for adults call us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at email@example.com.
Salmon Arm's Friends of the Library group was formed in 1998. The Friends support the library through advocacy and fundraising, such as organizing two book sales a year, in January and June. Book sale proceeds help sponsor library programs such as author visits and special children's programs and contests. The Friends have donated several furnishings for the library,including our lounge chairs and the loveseat in the children's area. Friends also volunteer with the library's Homebound delivery program.
Meetings are held in April, September and November.
The next meeting is Monday, November 12, at 2:00 in the Piccadilly Mall Board Room (down the corridor just past InView Optical).
Click the link below for minutes from the 2018 Annual General Meeting
Friends of the Library Annual General Meeting Minutes (April 2018)
Friends of the Library have recently helped fund:
The Friends are actively looking for new members who would like to support the Salmon Arm and South Shuswap ORL Branches. If you love the library, and have time to help, please contact Branch Head Librarian James Laitinen at 250-832-6161 or firstname.lastname@example.org