BC Day Closure: All locations will be closed on Monday, August 3. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, August 4.
Our Re-opening Plan: Check your library branch webpage to see services offered and open hours. View Re-opening plan details.
Connect with library staff: Email email@example.com anytime or phone 1-844-649-8127: Monday 9AM-1PM, Tuesday to Friday: 9AM-5PM, Saturday: 11AM-3PM (PT).
This library branch is re-opened to the public. View the ORL's Phase 3 Plan.
All ORL Branches are closed on statutory holidays and during Christmas and Easter holiday times. The book drops are closed on these days.
Starting Thursday, July 23, Mission Branch will re-open to the public as part of the Okanagan Regional Library's Phase 3 "Browse and Borrow" stage of service.
Our open hours will return to those of the pre-COVID-19 time, and the return slots at the west side of the building will be open 24/7. The "Curbside" service will not continue.
Due to the continuing risk of COVID-19 infection, there will be several changes to branch services:
1. No items can be returned indoors. Please use the slots on the west side of the building.
2. Patrons will enter the library from inside the Capital News Centre, but exit the library through the door in the Children’s area. A maximum of 33 people will be allowed into the library at one time.
3. Patrons are asked to use the self-checkout terminals to borrow materials. Staff can help you get started.
4. There will be no exam invigilation or interlibrary loan services.
5. Newspapers and magazines will not be available for reading or check-out.
6. No seating, tables or study rooms will be available.
7. We will not be accepting payment for fines or damaged materials. Patrons can pay online with PayPal or a credit card through the Library’s “My Account” link at orl.bc.ca .
8. Patrons may use the internet terminals for up to one hour per day.
9. All in-branch programs remain suspended for the time being. Please check the events calendar for listings of online programming events.
10. Please maintain a “social distance” of 2 metres from staff members and other patrons.
We regret the inconvenience that these restrictions will cause, but join you in hoping that we will be able to return to full service soon.
Mission Branch Head Librarian
Visit us at the Mission library branch.
Please take some time to review our many programmed events. All programs at the Mission library branch are free of charge. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian at all times.
When the library is closed, there are book return drops located on the west side of the building, below the Library sign. The drops are open 24 hours a day, except during the Easter and Christmas closures.
View events in calendar format.
For details or registration info, click on an event below.
Join the Summer Reading Club online this year!
Enjoy StoryWalk® from July 4th to July 11th in the park beside the Mission Library (on Lequime Road). Hop, skip, jump and walk your way through the park while reading individual picture book pages that are posted along the path.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Story-walk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
All in-branch programs have been suspended for the time being. Please check out our online programming listed above and on our calendar.
All children's programs are FREE. Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian at all times.
Develop your baby's language and literacy skills with songs, rhymes and finger plays. Suitable for parents with children up to two years old.
Tuesdays, 10:15 - 10:45 AM
Toddler time is a fun and active story time that includes books, songs, flannel board and puppets! Engage with your toddler in a memorable library experience. Suitable for children 18 months to 3 years of age.
Wednesdays, 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Feel free to wear your pyjamas and bring your favourite stuffie as you join us for an evening of interactive stories, songs and rhymes.
Wednesday evenings from 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Join us January 9 through April 30 for Preschool Story Time. Have fun with your preschooler and help them get ready to read with stories, songs and rhymes.
Thursdays, 10:15 AM -10:45 AM
Children from toddlers to kindergarteners will enjoy stories, rhymes and songs promoting early language and literacy skills.
Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Bring your imagination and develop your building skills. The library will supply large amounts of LEGO, larger Duplo blocks, and hundreds of wooden KEVA blocks for you to work with. Each creation will go on display at the Mission Branch until next time. Drop-in.
Build and program some awesome robots, including Ozobots, Cubelet Robots, Code & Go Mouse mazes and Electronic Snap Circuits. Suitable for inventive kids ages 5 to 85. Drop-in.
Each month will feature a new creative project involving coding, robots or work with circuitry. Suitable for ages 7 to 13. Sessions are free, and materials are supplied. Registration required.
Teens & 'Tweens
All youth programs are FREE.
Bring out the artist within you with the Zentangle Method. An easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This session is free, and materials will be provided. Suitable for ages 9 to 16. Registration required.
Register for this event.
Mission Branch remains closed to the public, but staff are in the branch to process materials and provide Curbside pick-up for patron holds. Below is an outline of the COVID-19 transmission risk factors identified, along with the measures taken to mitigate those risks. This safety plan will be updated regularly, based on staff input.
Date of Risk Assessment: __May 19 and 20, 2020___
Location of Risk Assessment: ___Mission Branch ORL________________________________
Possible Route Exposure?
Action by when?
Sanitizer station set up at entry.
Ensure only one person in entry space at a time.
Locking/unlockingbookdropbox from outside.
Sanitize book drop with wipes and/or wash/sanitize hands.
Handling book bin before or after book quarantine period.
Gloves required when handling book bins and/or removing books that have not been quarantined for 72 hours.
Moving (walking; dancing) inside branch.
Total staff limited to five in branch.
Taped pathways and work zones to maintain 2m separation.
Staff communication: “I need to get over there. Can you move?”
Sanitize cart before and after use.
Maintain 2m separation through taped pathways and staff communication.
Holds checkout work zone
Sanitize work zone surfaces before and after use.
Maintain 2m separation through taped work zones and staff communication.
Passing holds to patron.
2m separation to be maintained between staff and patrons.
Exterior signage and taped line up and pick up area.
Door propped open for access to hand washing sink (unless someone is in washroom).
Sanitize surfaces (door handle, etc.) before and after use.
Contact + Airborne
Alternating breaks to limit one person in lunchroom at a time.
No shared cutlery or dishes.
Sanitize surfaces before and after use.
Move book box drop off location closer to staff entrance door.
Taped pathways to maintain 2m separation.
Mission library branch is happy to welcome class visits to the library for children and teens. We can provide an introduction to the library, or tailor a visit around a class project or assignment. Contact us to see how we can help your class. To book your free class visit, call Mission Library at 250-764-2254.
The library is a great resource to enjoy with your family or friends, before or after sporting events.Drop by the library on your next trip to the Capital News Centre or H2O! The Mission library branch is conveniently located inside the Capital News Centre, which features two arenas, two indoor soccer fields, a walking track, a gym and many outdoor playing fields. Next door is H2O, an aquatic and exercise facility with water slides, a wave pool, indoor river, lane swimming and a gym. Free parking!
The Kelowna Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization formed in 1988, is registered under the Society Act of British Columbia. Persons interested in libraries are encouraged to volunteer with Friends as we support the downtown Kelowna, Mission & Rutland branches through our fundraising book sales and joint activities.
Funds raised significantly support Summer Reading Club and year-round programming for babes to toddlers to teens plus guest speakers & events for adults, and enhanced facilities at the three branches. Towards their various year-round book sales, Kelowna Friends accept donations of gently used books to their sorting house at #114 - 2476 Westlake Road, West Kelowna (next to the Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital). Volunteers are on duty to review and accept items at the house only on Fridays, 9:00 to 11:30 am, except on public holidays and book sale Fridays. There is no book drop-off at other times.
Kelowna Friends' major fundraiser, the Great Okanagan Book Sale, takes place in November each year. The Kelowna Friends sponsor an endowment fund with the Central Okanagan Foundation.
For volunteer and donation information, please visit www.kelownafol.ca, or email Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow Kelowna Friends on Facebook to keep updated on their latest activities and read posts on ORL, libraries, reading & literacy
Directors of Kelowna Friends of the Library hold meetings rotated between the three branch libraries, at 5:30 pm on the second Monday of each month. No board meetings are held in July & August. The society's AGM is held on a Saturday in late November.
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