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Join us at the Opening of the new Summerland Branch! September 29, 2015

All members of the public are welcome to join the ORL as we celebrate the Grand Opening of the new library in Summerland! After years of investigation, months of construction and a week-long moving closure, Summerland residents will be able to enjoy their new community library when its doors open this Saturday, October 3. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 9:30 a.m. with speeches and refreshments to happen at 10:15 a.m.

The new library branch is located at 9355 Main Street in Summerland and is over twice the size of the previous library space, featuring meeting space and study rooms, dedicated space for children and teens, and an outdoor terrace. The Okanagan Regional Library paid the capital costs of approximately $4.5 million to build the structure and owns the building.


Get Inspired with the Kelowna Inspiration Pass September 28, 2015

There’s no denying that the arts – be they visual, performance, literary, or music – move and enrich our lives, and that Kelowna boasts some of the finest such cultural organizations in the province. Now the ORL is piloting a program to give library card members discounts and special offers at some of Kelowna’s premier arts and culture organizations, called the “Kelowna Inspiration Pass”.

The Kelowna Inspiration Pass can be reserved through the library catalogue, similarly to a book or other resource, and picked up at any ORL branch. The Pass includes a booklet explaining the program and all of the participating organizations offers, and a pass card valid for three weeks. With these materials, pass holders can visit or contact organizations such as art galleries and museums, and musical, theatre and dance companies to take advantage of everything from 2-for-1 tickets to free annual memberships.

To date, participating Kelowna-based cultural organizations include:

  • Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Ballet Kelowna
  • Bumbershoot Theatre
  • Chamber Music Kelowna
  • Kelowna Art Gallery
  • Kelowna Actor’s Studio
  • Kelowna Museums
  • Okanagan Symphony Orchestra
  • Opera Kelowna
  • Rotary Centre for the Arts

The program will be reviewed, and more organizations may be added, as well as creating passes for other areas.

To reserve your Inspiration Pass, search for “Kelowna Inspiration Pass” in the catalogue above. Once it arrives at your local branch, you have three weeks to enjoy exclusive offers from participating institutions.


ORL Celebrates Culture Day - September 25-27 September 22, 2015

 ORL branches are getting cultural in support of national Culture Days celebrations 2015 this weekend. All events are free and open to the public, and include:


The downtown Kelowna branch kicks off a four-week partnership with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) with interactive performances featuring each of the four families of OSO instruments, in order: brass, winds, strings, and percussion. The first of the series will be held on Saturday, September 26 beginning at 11:45 AM. Each performance will be followed by a “petting zoo” which will allow guests to handle and try playing various symphony instruments, and ask questions of the artists.

The Kelowna Library will also include a special music-themed family storytime at 11:00 AM just before the OSO performance.

A PhotoVoice Exhibit starts on September 25 in the upstairs Great Room - a photographic exhibit resulting from a UBC Okanagan research project on the health of immigrants in Kelowna. The participants took pictures of objects, places, and spaces that represent health and wellbeing related to their settlement experience. 


Booksmack! returns to the lobby of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. It is a fast, furious and fun round of speed book recommendations featuring a local panel of readers - Mayor Jim Garlick, storyteller Gabriel Newman, poet Harold Rhenisch, educator Glenda Dolcetti and Vernon Librarian Kristy Hennings. Booksmack! happens on Friday September 25 at 7:00 PM.

West Kelowna:  

The Westbank branch will be transformed into a colourful and loud place on Friday afternoon as they play host to a variety of Westside artists on Friday, September 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. Featured artists and their mediums include:

  • Ralph Carlson - acrylic painting
  • Elaine Huges-Games - pottery
  • Jean-Anne Copley of Tin Pan Alley - stained glass
  • The Kelowna Woodcarving Club
  • The Granny Squares - knitting and crochet
  • Irene Scott - acrylic painting
  • Bob Harrold - watercolour

Dan Summers from the Music Room Music School will perform on the guitar at 1:30 p.m.



ORL Board Reviews Draft 2016 Budget and Library Trends September 17, 2015

The ORL Board of Directors met yesterday, Wednesday, September 16, to review the draft 2016 budget put forward by the Finance Committee.

Stating that the budget’s goals are to maintain conservative budgeting within a cost-of-living range, the 2016 budget calls for a 1.98% increase. Half of the increase would fund negotiated wage increases for staff, while other increases are related to higher rents and utilities, and higher book and eResource costs based on inflation and the effect of the lower Canadian dollar. The budget increase also covers the cost of moving furnishing purchases into the regular ORL levy. Currently, these are funded by local government in a separate process; ORL Board asked for further clarification about how such a policy would work to be provided at the next meeting.

After the formal Board meeting, directors participated in a strategic planning session that included a presentation by Ken Roberts, former CEO of the Hamilton Public Library and member of the Royal Society of Canada's Expert Panel on the Future of Libraries and Archives in Canada. According to Roberts, libraries around the world are experiencing a critical shift “from information to imagination, from consumption to creation, and to increased collaboration”. His research indicates libraries are becoming places where people connect with technology, can create music, video, or texts, work away from home, collaborate, study, and gather as communities. While libraries still have a strong role in promoting reading and literacy, statistics show more items circulating online, which can free up space for new activities.

Public input will be sought to hear what is most important to the ORL communities and the new strategic plan is targeted to be complete by February 2016. The next ORL Board meeting is scheduled for October 21.

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