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Hedley Branch Reopens June 15, 2016

Update (June 21): Hedley Branch will reopen with regular operating hours on June 23. Materials borrowed from the branch that had due dates of June 16 will now have due dates of June 23. 

 

Due to unfortunate circumstances, Hedley branch is closed temporarily.  We will update you when it will be open again.  The due dates for materials borrowed will be extended.  For assistance please contact Keremeos branch at 250-499-2313.

2015 Annual Report June 9, 2016

Hot off the presses - our ORL 2015 Annual Report highlights the library system's accomplishments over the past year. Learn more by clicking here.

ORL Endowment Established at the Shuswap Community Foundation April 15, 2016

The ORL is pleased to announce it has contributed seed funding in the amount of $5,000 to establish a permanent endowment with the Shuswap Community Foundation (SCF). When the endowment reaches $10,000 income earned will be used to support library services and programs in the Shuswap region. The Foundation and the ORL look forward to working with donors who would like to contribute to the fund.

Currently there are five ORL locations in the Shuswap: the Salmon Arm Branch in Piccadilly Mall, the South Shuswap Branch in Blind Bay, the North Shuswap Branch in Scotch Creek, the Silver Creek Branch and the Sicamous Branch. Last year, these five branches welcomed 216,002 visitors and had 11,522 children attend story times. 380,460 free materials and resources were also borrowed at these branches.

“We recognize the importance of libraries in the Shuswap communities, and in planning for their future, we wanted to create an endowment to support library services,” explains ORL Board Chair, Catherine Lord of Vernon. “We hope this endowment encourages local residents to invest in the sustainability of their library.”

Dave Wood, SCF President, congratulated the ORL Board on their acknowledgement of how community foundations can play a role in administering endowment funds which will provide future income in support of library services and programs. SCF continues to grow its many agency funds, and welcomes the establishment of Okanagan Regional Library - Shuswap Endowment Fund.

The Okanagan Regional Library – Shuswap Endowment Fund is open for anyone to contribute to in any amount or as part of a bequest. For more information, contact Shuswap Community Foundation at 250-832-5428 or visit their website at http://www.shuswapfoundation.ca

Introducing PressReader - Free Online Newspaper and Magazines! April 6, 2016

Your online experience with the ORL just keeps getting better with the addition of “PressReader”, the world’s largest online newspaper and magazine kiosk. ORL members now have free access to full content digital replicas of more than 4,000 publications from all over the world, such as the Globe and Mail, the Washington Post, and the Daily Mail.

“PressReader is very easy to use and comes jam-packed with features for getting the most out of your experience, such as keyword searching, article translation options for several languages, and options for listening to articles,” says Chantelle McGee, the ORL’s Virtual Branch Head.

To get started, simply visit the ORL’s website at www.orl.bc.ca/online-resources/help/press-reader to get complete information on using the new service. ORL members will be asked to sign in with their library barcode and PIN/passcode to view the PressReader collection.

Also, ORL branches are “hotspots” for PressReader, meaning that it can be accessed on the library’s computer terminals or on mobile devices connected to the ORL’s Wi-Fi without entering a barcode.

“This will be very handy for visitors to our region who want to get news from home,” adds McGee.

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