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August 26, 2014

Okanagan Regional Library has received official support from the District of Summerland Council for their plans for a new library building in Summerland.

After an extensive public consultation with patrons and other interested stakeholders in Summerland, an initial design was drafted by architects from Urban Arts Architecture. These plans were supported by district staff and the Summerland Design Committee, resulting in a successful presentation and adoption by council at their August 25th meeting.

Board Chair Catherine Lord was pleased with the evening’s results. “We knew going into this project that the District of Summerland was committed to streamlining the approval process as much as possible to meet our aggressive timelines, and we also knew that by doing our homework and coming up with an excellent, community-supported design we would make council’s job easy. We have an excellent team led by ORL Finance Manager Don Nettleton, along with Tango Management.”

The plans include ample meeting space within the library for a variety of uses, a special teens area and an outdoor reader’s terrace.

Library patron Linda Noble is excited about the new plans. “We need more space and we need it yesterday!” she exclaimed. “I really like the community area and I’m excited about the self-checkouts. It will be great for the librarians to have a quiet place for themselves to take proper breaks, and also more room for books and cds. I love that the library is going on Main Street – this will really dress up downtown Summerland and make it easier for newcomers to find the library.”

The entire project will be paid for by the Okanagan Regional Library from their building reserve funds, on land that was purchased from local landowners, Sean and Colleen Greenwood, and the District of Summerland.

Safety fencing will be going up around the site on September 2nd and demolition of the existing buildings will commence shortly. An official ground-breaking ceremony will be held in mid-September.

Questions about this project can be directed to Michele Rule, Communications Manager for the Okanagan Regional Library, at mrule@orl.bc.ca.

ORL Photo Contest! July 8, 2014

We are redesigning our Friends of the Library Book Bags and your photo could be featured!

Send in your photo, along with your name, phone number and the place where the photo was taken.

All entries must be in to mrule@orl.bc.ca by Friday, August 29th at 4 pm.

Digital photos must be 300 dpi at 8" by 10" with a maximum file size of 10 megabytes.

Entrants must be registered ORL library card holders. Photos must portray a location within the ORL service area.

Each entry will go into a random draw for a $50 gift card to the book store of your choice. If your photo is chosen for the bookbag, you will be credited on the bag and will receive 5 bookbags.

Good luck everyone and we look forward to seeing all of your amazing pictures!

Summer Reading Club Kicks Off With a Lot of Funny Business! June 23, 2014

Branches throughout the Okanagan Regional Library district are now taking registration for the 2014 Summer Reading Club!

There will be a lot of funny business going on this summer for kids aged 5 to 12. Best of all – it’s free!

 

No need for kids to be bored this summer. Registration in the ORL Summer Reading Club includes an awesome reading log, chances to win great prizes, lots of special events including magician Leif David, and great programs in the library to help your kids enjoy the world of reading. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Club is “Funny Business” and our librarians have developed a summer full of opportunities for your kids to laugh out loud. Find out more information about Summer Reading Club here, and discover the details in your area here.

Travelling around a bit this summer? Kids are welcome to drop in at any branch of the ORL to take out books, get stickers on their reading logs and participate in the special events. Please note that some events require preregistration because of space restraints. Please call the branch to preregister your child

Some branches are also offering teen reading clubs and preschool storytimes – check out your branch page for more information.

We hope your kids have a lot of fun at the library this summer!

Architect Selected and Open House Date Set for Summerland May 29, 2014

ORL announces Architect for New Summerland Branch and Invites Residents to attend Design Open House.

Okanagan Regional Library is pleased to announce that Urban Arts Architecture has been awarded the contract for the new Summerland Branch library building.

Urban Arts Architecture (UAA) is an award winning Vancouver based architectural firm specializing in community and cultural projects across the province. Their projects include libraries, cultural facilities, advanced education facilities, community centres, childcare facilities, recreation, and other multi-use civic facilities.

The architect will be working closely with Tango Project and Construction Management, the project manager for the new building. There will be consultations with stakeholders in the coming weeks, culminating with a public open house on Tuesday, June 10th from 4 to 7 pm in the current Summerland Branch of the ORL. Everyone is welcome to attend to view the initial plans for the library and provide input.

 

“It’s a very exciting time,” says Catherine Lord, board chair for the ORL. “We are so pleased with the pace that everyone has been able to set for this important project. We know the community can’t wait to walk through the doors of the new library and choosing an architect that can provide a superb quality of work and meet our timelines was very important for us.”

“All of the applicants were excellent quality and we want to thank them all for the time and effort they put into their responses,” says Carol Zanon, chair of the ORL Summerland Project Board Committee. “It was a difficult decision but we are very pleased with the proposal that Urban Arts Architecture put forward and look forward to working with them.”

The Summerland Branch of the ORL is currently located at 9525 Wharton Street. For more information please call Michele Rule at 250-860-4033 ext 2456 or email mrule@orl.bc.ca.

 

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