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The Vernon Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library Is Set To Reopen the Main Floor on April 23 April 14, 2014

Thanks to the efforts of the staff at the Vernon Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library and Stutter’s Restoration, the library will be reopening in full on Wednesday, April 23rd!


A flood ran through the entire main floor of the library on Monday, February 10th and caused damage to carpets, walls, furniture and some books. The culprit was an insulated pipe that burst in the book return room. Staff and restoration crews worked hard to have service returned as quickly as possible even through the restoration process.


The library will be closed as usual for the Easter weekend (April 18 through 21) as well as an extra day, April 22, to allow staff to restock the shelves. Books that have a due day of April 18 to 22 will have no late fines charged if the books are returned on April 23. The book return bins will not be open until later that week, so books need to be returned during regular open hours.


Families can celebrate the library’s reopening by attending Unplug & Play events:  puppet plays “Elephant’s Child” (April 25 at 3:30 pm) and “Mashenka and the Bear” (April 26 at 11 am and 1 pm), an Origami Workshop (April 29 at 3:30 pm), and Free Comic Book Day (May 3 all day).


Lego club and Toddlertime won’t be back until September. However, Wednesday Storytimes and after school board games will resume until May 17th when we take a break to get ready for the fantastic lineup of Summer Reading Club activities. This year’s theme is “Funny Business” and you can expect lots of laughs with special guest Uncle Chris the Clown. A detailed schedule will come to your child’s school in June.


A special party will be held to celebrate the reopening on May 17th, almost two years after the original Grand Opening of the branch! We will also be announcing the winners of the  creative writing “Big Orange Story Tent” contest. Details will be available soon.


For more information, please take a look at www.orl.bc.ca or call the branch at 250-542-7610. The Vernon Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is located at 2800-30th Avenue.


 Vernon Branch Exterior with Stutter's Restoration trucks

Vernon Branch Offers Storytelling prizes inspired by the Big Orange Tent March 20, 2014

The Vernon Friends of the Library, the Vernon Writer-in-Residence and the staff at the Vernon Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library are pleased to present the silver lining to February’s flooding! It's time for the BIG ORANGE STORY TENT Writing Contest for kids and adults!


Kids Writing Contest: The Orange Story Tent

Prizes for 8 and under, ages 9-11 or ages 12-15

Deadline: 9pm, April 30th 

The Vernon Branch of Okanagan Regional Library is very orange these days. Big orange tarps cover most of the first floor. What is going on behind them? Is the world becoming orange? Are all the books going to taste like oranges now? Are the words extra juicy? Are the workmen building something extra special for us back there? Is it going to be a zoo full of orange animals? Only you can tell us, with your imagination. If you are a kid age 15 or under, we want your stories and your poems, and your drawings of the world behind the big orange tent! We’ll help you, too, on Monday afternoons after school, or anytime you want to come by and talk to our writer in residence, Harold Rhenisch. He’s helped a lot of young writers and many young adult and children’s authors, and he is waiting to help you this March and April at the library.

Drop off your stories at the information desk or by e-mailing svollick@orl.bc.ca.


Adult Writing Contest: The Hope Project

Deadline:  9pm, April 30th 

Do you have a story of renewal, rebirth or revival? To celebrate our renewal after the flood of the Winter freeze of 2014, the Vernon Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library wants to help you bring it to the world. We have prizes, an online magazine for publishing your work, a gala reading at the launch of the library on May 2, 2014, and all the help and encouragement you need from our Writer in Residence, Harold Rhenisch, to bring your story to the Okanagan and the world. Perhaps your story is about tragedy overcome, or new love, or the joy of childhood, faith found on the Camino, or a deep psychological tale only you can unfold. Maybe it's historical. Maybe it's lyrical, or funny as can be, or a mystery that leads to the light. Maybe it's a short story. Maybe it's an anecdote. Maybe it's a poem. We know you have it in you, though. Let's make a library of these stories to share. After all, spring is coming.

Please submit your entries to khennings@orl.bc.ca.



Young Kids (under 8)

  • 1st place: $50 Gift Certificate to a local bookstore
  • 2nd place: Pop Up Book Making Kit  and Storyworld Kit
  • 3rd place: 2 books and a spinner of crayons

Older Kids (ages 9-11)

  • 1st place: $50 Gift Certificate to a local bookstore
  • 2nd place: pocket microscope, a book, and a writing notebook
  • 3rd place: 2 books

Teen (12+)

  • 1st place: Kobo eReader
  • 2nd place: 5 books of your choice
  • 3rd place: 2 books of your choice


  • 1st place: $250 cash
  • 2nd place: Kobo Glo
  • 3rd place: $50 gift certificate to a local bookstore


Plus, the Vernon Friends of the Library will provide every entry into the story contest a $5 coupon for their May book sale!


The Vernon Branch of the ORL is located at 2800-30th Avenue. Remember, the library is open during the restorations, so please pop in and get inspired by the Orange Story Tent! For more information please call 250-542-7610

three library staff in front of orange construction area at Vernon

Update: No Service Interruption for Sunday, March 9th March 4, 2014

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.

Great News from the Vernon Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library! February 21, 2014

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!

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