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ORL Photo Contest! July 8, 2014

We are redesigning our Friends of the Library Book Bags and your photo could be featured!

Send in your photo, along with your name, phone number and the place where the photo was taken.

All entries must be in to mrule@orl.bc.ca by Friday, August 29th at 4 pm.

Digital photos must be 300 dpi at 8" by 10" with a maximum file size of 10 megabytes.

Entrants must be registered ORL library card holders. Photos must portray a location within the ORL service area.

Each entry will go into a random draw for a $50 gift card to the book store of your choice. If your photo is chosen for the bookbag, you will be credited on the bag and will receive 5 bookbags.

Good luck everyone and we look forward to seeing all of your amazing pictures!

Summer Reading Club Kicks Off With a Lot of Funny Business! June 23, 2014

Branches throughout the Okanagan Regional Library district are now taking registration for the 2014 Summer Reading Club!

There will be a lot of funny business going on this summer for kids aged 5 to 12. Best of all – it’s free!


No need for kids to be bored this summer. Registration in the ORL Summer Reading Club includes an awesome reading log, chances to win great prizes, lots of special events including magician Leif David, and great programs in the library to help your kids enjoy the world of reading. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Club is “Funny Business” and our librarians have developed a summer full of opportunities for your kids to laugh out loud. Find out more information about Summer Reading Club here, and discover the details in your area here.

Travelling around a bit this summer? Kids are welcome to drop in at any branch of the ORL to take out books, get stickers on their reading logs and participate in the special events. Please note that some events require preregistration because of space restraints. Please call the branch to preregister your child

Some branches are also offering teen reading clubs and preschool storytimes – check out your branch page for more information.

We hope your kids have a lot of fun at the library this summer!

Architect Selected and Open House Date Set for Summerland May 29, 2014

ORL announces Architect for New Summerland Branch and Invites Residents to attend Design Open House.

Okanagan Regional Library is pleased to announce that Urban Arts Architecture has been awarded the contract for the new Summerland Branch library building.

Urban Arts Architecture (UAA) is an award winning Vancouver based architectural firm specializing in community and cultural projects across the province. Their projects include libraries, cultural facilities, advanced education facilities, community centres, childcare facilities, recreation, and other multi-use civic facilities.

The architect will be working closely with Tango Project and Construction Management, the project manager for the new building. There will be consultations with stakeholders in the coming weeks, culminating with a public open house on Tuesday, June 10th from 4 to 7 pm in the current Summerland Branch of the ORL. Everyone is welcome to attend to view the initial plans for the library and provide input.


“It’s a very exciting time,” says Catherine Lord, board chair for the ORL. “We are so pleased with the pace that everyone has been able to set for this important project. We know the community can’t wait to walk through the doors of the new library and choosing an architect that can provide a superb quality of work and meet our timelines was very important for us.”

“All of the applicants were excellent quality and we want to thank them all for the time and effort they put into their responses,” says Carol Zanon, chair of the ORL Summerland Project Board Committee. “It was a difficult decision but we are very pleased with the proposal that Urban Arts Architecture put forward and look forward to working with them.”

The Summerland Branch of the ORL is currently located at 9525 Wharton Street. For more information please call Michele Rule at 250-860-4033 ext 2456 or email mrule@orl.bc.ca.


Okanagan Regional Library Board Highlights from May 21st, 2014 May 22, 2014

Audited Financial Statements
                The board received a report from Ken Carmichael of BDO Canada about the 2013 Audited Financial Statements. The ORL received a clean audit report and 2013 was consistent with previous years in the statement of financial position. The Board approved the 2013 Financial Statements as presented and approved BDO Canada as the financial auditor for 2014.

Summerland Building Committee Report
                The subjects have now come off the two properties that ORL is purchasing for a new library building in Summerland. Tango Management Group has been hired as project manager. The Committee is currently reviewing shortlisted architectural firm candidates and an announcement of the successful candidate will be made in late May.

Summer Reading Club
                Preparations are underway for a lot of “Funny Business” at ORL branches this July and August! Magicians, comics, cartoonists and clowns are among the special programs being offered to encourage kids to keep reading throughout the summer. Stop in at any branch to register for this free program. Summer Reading Club is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Library Groups across the region.

BC Library Trustee Association
                Director Cameron will be representing the ORL at the upcoming BC Library Trustee Association conference. A “Lunch and Learn” will be held specifically for regional library trustees on the topics of board governance and education. More information on the BCLTA can be found at BCLTA.org.

Trustee Reports
                The board discussed the question of dogs in library buildings. The public are reminded that with the exception of registered service dogs, no dogs are allowed in the library in consideration of allergies and cleanliness, even those small enough to be carried.

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