For Newcomers

Welcome to the Okanagan Regional Library!

Newcomers

Get a library card

With your free library card you can borrow and enjoy books, movies, music and more. Please bring ID and proof of your current local address.

Find out more about what you need to get a library card.

 

Online Resources from the Library

Your library card number will give you access to many online digital resources, including:

 Learn English online with Rosetta Stone

 Learn computer and business skills, and more,  from Lynda.com

 Read newspapers from all over the world with PressReader

 

Recommended Books from the Library

Books for Practicing English

Kids' Picture Books about Canada in English and French

Tours at your library

Many library branches offer tours where you can learn about the services and events they offer.

Call or visit your closest library branch to ask about booking a tour.

 

Information from Government and Community Organizations

North Okanagan Community Organizations

Vernon & District Immigrant Services Society, http://www.vdiss.com

VDISS offers free English language instruction for newcomers, support in getting a jobs, and help with fitting in.

 

Shuswap Immigrant Services, http://www.welcomeshuswap.com

Shuswap Settlement Services Society  provides support and services for fitting in to Canadian life, such as job search help.  They can also help with translation and interpretation.

 

Shuswap Family Resource and Referral Centre, http://familyresource.bc.ca

The Shuswap Family Resource and Referral Centre provides programs and referral services to help families and individuals in Salmon Arm and area. 

 

Shuswap Survival Guide, http://www.shuswap-revelstoke.cmha.bc.ca/get-informed/local-resources/shuswap-survival-guide-2014

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Shuswap/Revelstoke Branch has created a guide to help find local organizations in the Enderby, Salmon Arm, Sorrento and Sicamous areas.

 

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, http://www.cbal.org

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy provides English language training and settlement services for people in the Revelstoke region.

 

Central & South Okanagan Community Organizations

Kelowna Community Resources (KCR)- Immigrant Services, https://kcr.ca/immigrant-services

KCR provides support for youths, adults, and seniors.  They can help  with finding a job, translation, and finding other help from services and resources in the Central Okanagan. 
KCR has been chosen by the provincial governement to be the lead refugee response team in Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm, and Kamloops.

 

Lower Similkameen Community Services Society, http://ttpwebhost.com/lscss/languagetraining.html

The Lower Similkameen Community Services Society provides English language training for people new to the Keremeos and Hedley areas.

 

South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services, http://www.soics.ca

South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services has offices in Penticton and Oliver, and provides help with settlement and fitting into Canadian life.

 

British Columbia

WelcomeBC, http://www.welcomebc.ca

Check out the Welcome to BC for a  Newcomers Guide and Health Care information pages.

 

New to BChttp://newtobc.ca

Focuses mainly on services available in Vancouver and surrounding areas (the  Lower Mainland), but the website has good information on their Newcomer Resources and their Frequently Asked Questions pages.

 

Government of Canada

Getting Health Care, http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/outside/arriving-healthcare.asp

Welcome Refugees, http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/welcome/index.asp

 

 


For Sponsors

Help them get a library card

Help the sponsored person or family get a library card at one of our library branches. Adults will need to bring ID and proof of residence.

Find out more about what you need to get a library card.

 

Online Resources from the Library

Learn more about the sponsored person's language through Rosetta Stone

Learn more abour the sponsored person's country from Global Road Warrior

 

Recommended Books & DVDs from the Library

For Syrian Refugee Sponsors 

Information from Government and Community Organizations
 

Community Organizations

North Okanagan Refugee Committee, http://norc.ca

Okanagan Refugee Coalition for Advocacy, http://orcabc.org

 

Government of BC

Family Sponsorship, http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/tourism-immigration/immigrating-to-bc/sponsorship

 

Government of Canada

Sponsor a Refugee, http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/sponsor/index.asp

Using the library