All ORL Branches are closed on statutory holidays
There are three book drop bins located on the east side of the building. They are locked during extended library closures (Easter and Christmas).
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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 Thoreson, 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.
Fall Session October 17-Dec 15
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays at 10:30am
Winter Session Feb 12-March 10 and Spring Session April 3-April 26
Fall Session October 18-November 22, Wednesdays at 10:30am
Winter Session Feb 14-March 14
Christmas December 19 at 2pm
A partnership with Boys & Girls Club. You can register through CCRR (250) 542-3121).
Parent or guardian participation is always required for children under the age of 8.
Tuesdays Oct 17-Dec 12. 3:30-4:30pm
Learn through play with Lego, Goldie Blox, Fairy Tale kits, Cubelets and more
Thursdays Oct 19-Nov 28
A partnership with Canadian Parents For French
Okanagan College Education Adviser Kim Strilchuk will be at the branch, on the second floor adjacent to the information desk, every Monday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. to answer any questions you might have. This service is first-come first-serve. Sessions scheduled Oct. 23, Oct. 30 and Nov. 13 are cancelled and will resume Nov. 20.
This informal knitting group is an informal circle of knitters that meets every Tuesday of the month. It is a free, drop-in program open to all.
Every Tuesday | 7:00 pm | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
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
Last Tuesday | September through November | 10:00 am | Meeting Room (downstairs)
Come play the game of kings! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to seasoned players.
Every Tuesday | 6:00 pm | Community Room (upstairs beside the computers)
A compilation of stories the meld both culture and bloodlines, Chilcotin Chronicles by Sage Birchwater is set in the wild and untamed country of central British Columbia’s Chilcotin Plateau. Birchwater explores the men and women caught in the interface of cultures and the changing landscape. Indigenous inhabitants and white newcomers brought together by the fur brigades, then later by the gold rush, forged a path together, uncharted and unpredictable. Birchwater discovers that their stories, seemingly disconnected, are intrinsically linked together to create a human ecosystem with very deep roots. The lives of these early inhabitants give substance to the landscape. They give meaning to the people who live there today.
Wednesday December 6 | 7:00 pm | Community Room (beside the computers)
Join us for free showings of films from the National Film Board of Canada. Film starts at 6:30 pm.
January 10 | Birth of a Family
Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.
February 14 | Trick or Treaty
Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper. In recent years, an awareness-raising movement has been surfacing in First Nations communities. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out.
March 14 | Finding Dawn
Dawn Crey. Ramona Wilson. Daleen Kay Bosse. These are just three of the estimated 500 Indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years. Directed by acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh, Finding Dawn is a compelling documentary that puts a human face to this national tragedy.
2nd Wednesday | September through November | 6:30 pm | Meeting Room (downstairs)
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 .
Cancelled until further notice.
A learning series for families with members who are coping with mental illness hosted by the Mental Illness Family Support Centre. Details to follow.
January 24 | Mental Illness & Substance Abuse
6:30 pm | Meeting Room (downstairs)
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 | 7:00 pm | Community Room (beside the computers)
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 | 7:00 pm | Community Room (beside the computers)
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 email@example.com.
January 17th | 6:30 pm | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
Tea with the Doulas is a free program that provides expectant parents with the opportunity to meet and question doulas about what they do and how they can support your birth-team. Coffee or tea and snacks will be provided.
This is a free event open to the public held in the community room on the second floor of the library every second Wednesday of the month.
2nd Wednesday of each month|10 a.m. to 12 noon| Community Room (beside the computers.) In December only, the meeting will be held at the same time Dec. 6, the first Wednesday of the month.
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. Teens and kids are also welcome. Want to know more? Join our Facebook group: Okanagan Board Gamers for more information and special events
Thursdays | 5:30 pm | Community Room (upstairs beside the computers)
First Nations Elders are invited to get together and play games. New players from every walk of life are always welcome.
Thursdays | 6:00 pm| Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
Come to the library, learn how to play Mah-Jongg (American Version), and stay for a game. Drop-in and Free!
Thursdays | 6:30 pm | Magazine area (upstairs)
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.
Saturdays | 10:00 am | Community Room (upstairs beside the computers)
A group of fiction writers offering critique and feedback on each other's work. We've been described as "Squirrels with ADHD", as we're passionate about our writing and discussing it with one another to help each other grow as writers. New members are welcome, but prior registration is necessary as pieces for critique are sent out ahead of time. To register or for more information, contact Angelika at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Saturday | 10:00 am | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
A new silent meditation group, with an emphasis on mindfulness and present moment consciousness. It is a free drop-in program open to all.
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month| 3:30 pm | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
This circle is for writers both new and seasoned to get together and discuss ideas and challenges in their work. This group is more casual than the critique group. Drop-ins welcome.
2nd and 4th Saturday of each month| 1:00 pm | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
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. Both meetings are the same discussion, so you can choose to attend either.
3rd or 4th Saturday | 10:30 am | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis (January 20th or 27th)
Gently to Nagasaki by Joy Kogawa (February 17th or 24th)
The Heaviness of Things That Float by Jennifer Manuel (March 17th or 24th)
Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-up Call by Arthur Manuel (April 21st or 28th)
Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia (May 19th or 26th)
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (June 16th or 23rd)
Unless by Carol Shields (July 21st or 28th)
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (August 18th or 25th)
Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) by Kamal Al-Solaylee (September 15th or 22nd)
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (October 20th or 27th)
Exit West by Moshin Hamid (November 17th or 24th)
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.
Celebrated Okanagan author Ken Mather is at the Vernon Library to speak about the land and people of the Okanagan Valley beginning November 19th. This is the first of five lectures in a series that will explore the history of the Okanagan Valley up to 1867. Each session will include a 45-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. It is a free program and open to all.
Sunday, December 3
Saturday, December 9
Sunday, December 17
1:30-2:30 p.m. I Meeting Room (downstairs)
Feeling crafty? Take advantage of Vernon Library's crafting tool kit and create a holiday greeting card. This is a free drop-in program for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sundays in December | 1:00-2:30 p.m. I Community Room (upstairs beside the computers)
If you have an idea you'd like to see happen @ your library, email us at email@example.com.
The Vernon Lyme Disease Support Group is new group that meets monthly at the library to provide support and education for those afflicted with the disease and family members as well. It is moderated by Merina Brisdon, responsible for founding and facilitating the same type of group at Victoria.
This is a free drop-in program open to all.
April 29 2:00 - 3:30 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs).
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 study/board room that can be booked by groups or individual for up to two hours at a time, free of charge. You may book the room up to 24 hours in advance by calling 250-542-7610 ext. 6820. It's a great space for tutoring, studying, meetings, scrap-booking 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 during regular business days and hours.
The main floor 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.
Rental fees are $50.00 for a 3-hour block. There is a fee of $10.00 for each additional hour. Bookings are not confirmed until the rental fee has been paid.
There is also a small group study room, the Okanagan 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 24 hours 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.
Previous purchases the Vernon Friends of the Library have paid for include:
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.