Due to roof damage, the Oyama Branch will be closed for renovations Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Regular operating hours should resume on Thursday, October 27, 2016.
ORL Branches are closed on statutory holidays.
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If you have any questions or would like to contact someone for a tour, please contact our Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Vollick, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message at 250-542-7610 ext. 6829.
All children's programs are free. Events for young children require a parent or guardian to stay and enjoy the program with them.
Parent or guardian participation is always required for this age group.
September 19-December 15
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 10:30am
Oct 26-Nov 30 Wednesdays at 11am
A partnership with Boys & Girls Club. You can register through CCRR (250) 542-3121).
Mondays at 9:30am Sept 19-Nov 14 (no session Oct 10) and Thursdays at 11am from Sept 22-Nov 10.
Mondays at 11am Sept 19-Nov 14 (no session Oct 10) and Thursdays at 9:30am from Sept 22-Nov 10.
Parent or guardian participation is always required for children under the age of 8.
2-4pm, Saturday Oct 8.
Enjoy books, crafts and costumed characters.
drop in time Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm, Oct 25-Nov 29
2pm Saturdays Oct 22-Nov 26.
Story Time for kids in Kindergarten-Gr.3
We are currently planning our Winter Carnival and Spring Break events for 2017
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cookies, drink tea and discuss death. The aim is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.
For more information contact Death Cafe host Claudette Bouchard at 250-938-4345 or email@example.com or Peter at 250-542-7610 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Death Cafe is open in the library meeting room on the main floor at 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Oct. 5, Nov. 23 and Dec. 21.
We are closed on Sundays through the spring and summer. We will open for Sundays again October 2nd.
Get Booksmacked for Culture Days! Come out for our annual evening of reading recommendations at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre with a crew of wild and nerdy book lovers.
Our team will speed review as many books and films as they can in an hour. Booklists promised, hilarity may ensue.
No tickets required, free of charge. Audience participation encouraged. Wine bar available.
Sunday October 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Marie Fleming Hall of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.
Okanagan College Education Adviser Kim Strilchuk will be at the branch, on the second floor adjacent to the information desk, every Monday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. to answer any questions you might have. This service is first-come first-serve.
Join family advocate Susan Inman for a discussion about the challenges families face in supporting a family member with severe mental illness. Co-sponsored by the library, the Mental Illness Family Support Centre, and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Free - drop in.
October 4th, 6:30 pm in the meeting room.
Come play the game of kings! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to seasoned players.
Every Tuesday evening, 6:00 - 9:00 pm upstairs in the library (just outside the computer lab).
A new silent meditation group, with an emphasis on mindfulness and present moment consciousness, will begin meeting at the Vernon branch beginning Sept. 6. It is a free drop-in program open to all.
First and third Tuesday evening of each month, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the community room on the second floor.
Meet with others using AAC devices and learn from and with each other. For more information contact Michelle at 250-809-1098 or email@example.com ; or Katherine at 250-809-6990 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The last Tuesday of the month - 10:00-12:00 noon in the Meeting Room (downstairs). September 27th, October 25th, November 29th.
This an opportunity for students at a more advanced level to receive further training on how to use their AAC devices. For more information and to register, contact Michelle at 250-809-1098 or email@example.com.
Every Tuesday for 8 weeks (except November 8th), noon - 12:30 in the Community Room (upstairs). October 11th, 18th, 25th, November 1st, 15th, 29th and December 6th.
Come join a group of writers dedicated to developing their work through networking and sharing ideas. No registration required, just show up with your ideas!
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm in the Community Room (upstairs).
Are you're interested in learning more about one of the web's most popular website platforms, just recently started to blog with WordPress, or are a pro-blogger wanting to improve your skills? We'd love to have you join the meetup! A group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publisher will be meeting in the library to get together to share their knowledge and experience and to meet other WordPress users in the area. Please come down to the library to join in to discuss and learn all about WordPress to power projects, blogs, and websites. There is a specific topic being discussed every month. Please see http://www.meetup.com/Okanagan-WordPress-Meetup/ for more information. No registration required for this free program - just drop in!
2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs). October - December.
You can make a difference! Join our Amnesty International's Vernon Group and hear presentations on various human rights issues that Amnesty International is working on. We write at least two letters about a cause or case that Amnesty International has performed a thorough investigation and chosen to support.
3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs). October 19th & November 16th.
Wednesdays Okanagan Board Game Group is pleased to host a night of tabletop miniature wargaming. All types of miniature games are available, from X-Wing Miniatures to the WW2 setting of Dust. New players and experienced players are welcome. Come down and get eye-to-eye with your favourite figures.
First and Third Wednesdays of every month at 6:00 pm upstairs, outside the computer lab.
Drop-in Vernon Permaculture is an open community group whose aim is to share regenerative knowledge and hands on experiences with one another in order to build a stronger community and healthier local environment. Everyone is welcome.
Last Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs).
Community Gathering Every month the Okanagan Chapter of the BCSEA will discuss a new topic related to sustainability and transitioning communities away from fossil fuels. Come, get involved, learn, connect and network; everyone is welcome! Learn more at http://www.bcsea.org/chapters/okanagan or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room (upstairs). September 21st, October 19th, November 16th & December 21st.
Come out and Play! Our friendly group features gamers of every skill level with a great variety of games played. Bring your own favourite or join us to try out something new - we play everything from light social games all the way to in-depth miniature strategies. Want to know more? Join our Facebook group: Okanagan Board Gamers for more information and special events
Every Thursday night at 5:30 pm upstairs in the library (just outside the computer lab).
First Nations Elders are invited to get together and play games. New players are always welcome.
Every Thursday night at 6 pm in the Community Room (upstairs).
Come to the library, learn how to play Mah-Jongg (American Version), and stay for a game. Drop-in and Free!
Every Thursday night 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Magazine area.
Vernon Knitting Circle
These drop-in sessions are for knitters of all experience levels and are open to anyone interested in knitting, whether new or experienced. Bring along yarn and needles, and a project you are working on. You are also welcome to bring your knitting questions and problems, and someone in the group will happily help you work out a solution.
Every Saturday morning, 10 am - noon upstairs in the library (just outside the computer lab).
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 third and fourth Saturday of every month (*except March) from 10:30 - 11:30 am in the library's upstairs community room. Both meetings are the same discussion, so you can choose to attend either.
Thank you to the Vernon Friends of the Library for their support of the Adult Book Club.
Sweetland by Michael Crummey (October 15th & 22nd)
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (November 19th & 26th)
The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg (December 3rd & 10th)
You are responsible for placing a hold on a copy of the book. 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 email@example.com.
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 for Libraries.
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. 6820.
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. 6820. 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. Basic information can be found on the Exams in the Library page.
Call or email us for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-542-7610 ext. 6820.
The Vernon Branch has 17 internet terminals with word processing capabilities available for one hour per day with a valid ORL library card. Unlimited wifi access is available all day. Printing and photocopying is $0.25 per page, black and white only. Scanning to email is available at the 2nd floor photocopier and is free of charge.
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.
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.
The Vernon branch is creating a seed lending library, in conjunction with Okanagan College and Patchwork Farms. Once the library is sufficiently stocked, patrons will be allowed to check out seeds on the condition they replace the seeds the following season from the plants they grew.
Two step-by-step guides on how to save heirloom seeds are now available at the library. Any patron interested in contributing seeds to the library is asked to place seeds from each vegetable in its own envelope and label it with the type of vegetable, variety if known, date collected and general location. The seeds can be dropped off at the upstairs information desk at the library.
For more information please contact the library at 250-546-7610 and ask for Peter.
The library and NexusBC Seniors Services are working together to deliver library materials to patrons physically unable to visit the library. Service is available in the Coldstream and Vernon areas, and will begin again in September 2015. If you are a homebound senior or know a homebound senior who would benefit from this program, contact NexusBC Seniors Services at 250-545-0585 to be screened for the program.
Supported by the ORL, Nexus BC, the Vernon Friends of the Library, and Southward Medical Supplies.
A. Those chair were bought as part of the the new library and are called Bouloum Lounge chairs.
A. Most of the artwork should have information tags beside each piece. Our Friends of the Library co-ordinates the artwork in the library and the vast majority is displayed by the Vernon Art Gallery.
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.
In 2014 the Vernon Friends of the Library paid for:
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 email@example.com.