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Rutland Library Celebrates Expansion July 14, 2015

120 children and many adult guests gathered in the newly expanded ORL Rutland Branch in Plaza 33 Mall last Thursday to celebrate the library's addition and kick off Summer Reading Club. Special performer "Ronald McDonald" entertained the children with readings and songs in the new kids area, which encompasses part of the 4,000 extra square feet of the library.

"It's so nice that there is actually room to do things like this", said Rutland resident and library page Andrew Fredrick. "Before, it seemed like there was only space for about 20 kids and now there are 120 here comfortably."

Summer Reading Club registration at the Rutland library has topped over 400 children.

Andrew's mother, Rhonda, added, "I've lived my life here and it's wonderful that Rutland is starting to bloom. The addition to the library feels roomy and it's great to have the kids' section away from quiet study areas and the Internet stations."

The expanded space also includes a teens' area and a community meeting room. Furniture in the extra areas were purchased thanks to proceeds from the Dick and Jean Hall Funds held at the Central Okanagan Foundation.

The Foundation's Executive Director, Bruce Davies, was on hand to visit the renovations and said, "It's wonderful to see the legacy of the Halls' philanthropy living on to support literacy and helping youth in the Rutland area."

Information about the ORL's Rutland branch programs and hours are available here.

Keremeos Branch Hours Survey July 8, 2015

In 2015, the Keremeos Branch's hours will be changing. Due to budget constraints they will likely be slightly reduced. Therefore it is critical that we retain the hours that are most important to you.

Please let us know when you would be most likely to use the library branch. 

Please fill out our online survey on or before July 31, 2015.  Paper copies of the survey will also be available in branch for those that need them.

Information about the Keremeos Branch, its hours of opening, location, and programs may be found on the Keremeos Branch webpage.

Come Visit the Newly Expanded Rutland Branch June 24, 2015

The Rutland Branch in Plaza 33 Mall is happy to welcome everyone to its newly expanded space. An extra 4,000 square feet was added to the Rutland library, bringing the branch's floor plan to over 10,000 square feet. This space was used to create a much larger children's area to accommodate storytime crowds, plus a special teens area. A meeting room is also now available with sliding glass doors to allow for quiet meeting or study space.

Visit your new Rutland library at #20 - 301 Hwy. 33 West in Plaza 33 and feel free to contact the branch at (250) 765-8165 for more information.




Magician Kicks off Summer Reading Club Tour June 23, 2015

One of the most popular events of the Okanagan Regional Library’s annual Summer Reading Club is a touring performer who visits all 29 branches throughout the vast ORL region, from Golden to Osoyoos. For 2015, the ORL is once again hosting Okanagan-based magician Leif David, known to many by his previous stage name Ali K. Zam. Leif has created a brand new 45-minute show featuring magic, storytelling, comedy, music, and tons of audience participation. Leif's first show is at the Summerland Branch June 23 at 6:30 p.m.

“I love performing magic because I love seeing the reaction on people's faces. Every performance and every audience is unique, and it's just amazing to see how different audiences react”, Leif says.

“Performing in libraries is especially important to me because I got my start in magic when I was 8 years old by taking out books on the magic from the local library in Westbank. Now I get to inspire a new generation of readers by sharing my story of magic.”

During the free show, David builds on the Summer Reading Club theme of “Build It!” and incorporates several popular children’s books including “The Goblin Rainbow” and “The Empty Pot”. Participants will also learn a trick they can make at home and hear about how David got his start in magic.

The Summer Reading Club targets children aged 5-12 and encourages a love of literacy. Registration in the Summer Reading Club is free to all Okanagan Regional Library members; however, space for David’s show may be limited at some locations. Check your local branch's webpage for further details. Leif's tour schedule is as follows:








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