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Telus has cancelled the upgrade for March 9th, 2014. All on-line services will be available as normal.
Downtown Kelowna Branch will still be closed for a major reshuffling of stock.
Vernon and Salmon Arm will be open as usual.
We apologize for the confusion.
Telus will be performing an upgrade between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm on Sunday, March 9th that will cause a service interruption for all ORL patrons. During this time, there will an interruption in service for the both the Enhanced and Standard Catalogues, access to the catalogue and your account through the ORL Mobile app, and for the online resources and databases, including the ability to check-out digital books from ORL eBooks and Library to Go. Other services affected during the Telus upgrade include wireless access and telephone renewals through Telecirc.
Vernon Branch will be closed and downtown Kelowna Branch will be closed as well as they undergo a major reshuffling of stock. Salmon Arm Branch will be open for regular hours but service will be limited to browsing the stacks and checking out books.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Thanks to the great work by Stutter’s Restoration and the staff at the Vernon Branch, we are thrilled to announce a modified reopening to the public beginning Monday, February 24th.
“The ORL is committed to providing service to our patrons and the staff at the Vernon Branch is taking extraordinary steps to mitigate any inconvenience and disruption,” says Tara Thompson, Branch Head Librarian.
The Vernon Friends of the Library will be providing coffee, juice and cookies in the lobby on Monday to celebrate the partial opening.
Linda Wills is the chair of the VFoL. “I didn’t understand the devastation the flood had caused until I was able to tour the library on Monday. The staff have been working under terrible conditions, yet they are still positive and friendly. Their first concern has been how to serve library patrons as best they can during this disruption. So this partial reopening is fantastic news!”
The majority of the main floor will still be undergoing restoration and will not be open. Programming will be held on the second floor. A portion of the children’s and teens collections will be housed on the second floor for the time being. Other collections are already housed on the second floor and will be available for browsing as usual.
During this time of construction we do ask that guardians accompany their children throughout their visit.
Regular operating hours will be in effect. Some programming will be affected due to logistics – please visit www.orl.bc.ca/branches/vernon for full details about your favourite programs.
The restoration company estimates that the main floor will be closed for a number of weeks still as drywall, insulation and carpeting is replaced.
Updates will be available at www.orl.bc.ca and on the library Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you again for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you at the library!
The Okanagan Regional Library and the District of Summerland are pleased to announce the selection of a site for a new library branch in Summerland. The current building is less than half the recommended size and the construction of a new branch has been on the books for several years. The space crunch at the branch has reached record proportions during recent library programs, with some attendees having to peer between bookshelves to see the speaker.
Summerland library goers, who last year borrowed over 130,000 items from the branch, won’t have to travel far to the new location, as it will be just across the street along Main Street at Kelly Avenue. The new building will be more than double the current size, at about 8,000 square feet and will sit on a 23,000 square foot site assembled from privately-held and District-owned lots. Cost for the project is estimated at $3.2 million.
“This project has been a long time in coming,” says Past Chair of the ORL Board Carol Zanon. “Summerland’s representative on the ORL Board, Peter Waterman, has been consistently pushing for a new branch. We are pleased to be able to make this announcement that will result in expanded service for library patrons in the Summerland area.”
Newly elected ORL Board Chair Catherine Lord is excited about the prospect of this new branch being built. “We hope to start construction in 2014 and have completion in 2015, and community consultation will be part of the planning process. Libraries are changing and this is an opportunity to design a library that is responsive to the community’s evolving needs.”
While the Okanagan Regional Library will be responsible for building the library and has purchased the land, the commitment of the District of Summerland to this new branch has also been demonstrated. “Summerland Council are very supportive of this project,” says Mayor Janice Perrino. “The new branch will enhance the downtown core and provide better library service for the citizens of Summerland. We look forward to partnering with the ORL and helping to expedite this project.”
The ORL and the District of Summerland would also like to acknowledge the extraordinary staff at the Summerland Branch, Coldstream Councillor Maria Besso, who has chaired the ORL’s Summerland Building Committee, Sean and Colleen Greenwood, owners of the mechanical shop property, and the very active and committed Friends of the Summerland Library.
Vernon Branch Update
On February 10th a pipe burst in the unheated book drop of the Vernon branch. Book drops are not heated because of the high cost to do so with openings to the outdoors and limited library budgets. The pipe was insulated, but apparently this was not sufficient for the rapid freeze and thaws that occurred at that time. Restoration crews were scrambled as soon as the leak was discovered, and are attempting to fast-track the required repairs.
The Vernon branch is the busiest branch in the Okanagan, and we are very much aware that the break in service is hard on the public. Please be aware that branch staff care about library patrons, and have been taking extraordinary measures to establish even a limited service, while maintaining patron safety until a path can be established to the second floor to enable people to use the branch’s collections.
Currently, patrons can pick up holds and drop off returns in the foyer of the library in a modified open schedule. At this time no firm date has been given for providing access to the second floor, but as soon as this is known, the ORL will alert media outlets. Updates will also be posted on the ORL website, Facebook and Twitter. The Vernon media have been extremely helpful in spreading information to patrons.
As per the Library Act, elections were held for key positions on the ORL board. The following have been elected for the 2014 term:
Catherine Lord - Chair
Maria Besso - Vice Chair
Lori Mindnich - Finance Committee Chair
Marilyn Harkness - Personnel Committee Chair
Maria Besso - Policy and Planning Committee Chair
The board wishes to thank outgoing chair Carol Zanon, councillor from the District of West Kelowna, and vice-chair Jim Edgson of the Regional District of Central Okanagan for their service over the past year.
Okanagan Reads for Kids
Okanagan Reads for Kids Valley-Wide Book Club for kids aged 8 to 15 is well underway. This year’s chosen author is Julie White from Armstrong. Julie has written four books for boys and girls centered around horses. Almost 500 circulations of the books have already occurred. In addition to reading the books, young people will have the opportunity to attend 31 programs featuring a number of guest speakers ranging from jockeys to large animal veterinarians. Julie White is also doing 11 author readings throughout the region. There are four contests running with some great prizes. Details are available at www.okanaganreads.ca.
New Integrated Library System
The board received a report from the Integrated Library System Committee about the process of selection of a new vendor to provide an integrated library system. The successful vendor was Polaris. The committee based their decision on a number of factors including usability by the public, efficiency for staff and cost. Phase two, which includes a training component for staff and transition from the former system, will begin over the next months.
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