All ORL Branches are closed on statutory holidays.
Have a question? Call us at 250-832-6161 during open hours. For eBook, resource or reference help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-844-649-8127.
The library has two book return bins - one behind the library, next to the Canadian Tire loading dock and one inside the mall next to the library entrance and open during mall hours. Book drops are locked during extended closures (Easter and Christmas).
Free parking is available in the Piccadilly Mall parking lot.
To find and register for any of our programs, please see the Salmon Arm Branch Calendar of Events or browse the tabs below:
Family | Registration Required
Saturdays | October 7 to December 16
10:30 AM PST - 11:30 AM PST
Do you want to hang out with the sweetest dog ever? Come meet Rolo at the Salmon Arm library. Rolo is a miniature poodle and a certified St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog. He loves to be read to, petted and talked to. Rachel, his human, is also there to answer questions you may have about Rolo, therapy dogs, and more.
You can sign up for one-on-one sessions or drop- in and see if Rolo and Rachel are free for a chat.
Family | Drop-in
Saturday, Dec 16 | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Join us for family-friendly entertainment, crafts, and holiday stories with the Salmon Arm library and The Mall at Piccadilly! Stay tuned for more details.
Stories, songs, dancing, puppets and lots of fun and laughter for all ages and stages!
Babies | Drop-In
Mondays | January 29-March 25
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Babytime is an wonderful way to bond with your baby, have fun, and develop early literacy and speech skills. Join us for an interactive program full of songs, rhymes, tickles, books, and more! Stay afterwards to socialize with other parents and caregivers.
Recommended for newborns to approximately 18 months. Siblings welcome!
Families | Drop-in
Thursdays Jan18 - Mar 21 |10:30 AM
Saturdays Jan 20 - Mar 23 | 3:30 PM
Story Time celebrates the joys of language and story through the use of music, puppets, picture books, storytelling, and more! Story Time programs are fun! They build social skills, simulate the imagination, and strengthen language, listening and visual skills.
Families | Registration Required
Tuesdays | 6:30 PM
Grab your stuffies and snuggle in for stories, songs and rhymes online!
This online Pyjama Story Time will be brought to you through TEAMS. Registration is required.
Babies | Drop-in
3rd Tuesdays of the month | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gather in a safe, supportive space to share all the challenges, joys, and surprises that come with welcoming a new baby! Facilitated by Deena of Little Mountain Doulas, connect with other new parents and learn more about postpartum health, pregnancy, infant health, and more. Geared towards caregivers of infants 12 months and younger.
Grades 2 - 4 | Registration Required
Reading Buddies is designed to support children who are struggling readers to build their confidence and improve their skills. Children are paired with a teen volunteer and will spend time reading together and playing literacy-based games in a safe, supportive environment.
- Little Buddies must be in Grades 2-4
- caregivers of Little Buddies must remain in the library during each session
- children must have some reading ability already as this program does not teach them how to read.
February 6 - March 12 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM.
Come to our TAG meetings and see how you can help make the library a welcoming and exciting place for all teens in Salmon Arm.
Go to our Events Calendar to see the full list of online activities, details and dates.
Check out our prerecorded oral stories, songs and rhymes on our ORL YouTube Channel:
Songs and Rhymes
Pictures from past programs can be found at our Salmon Arm Kids in the Library blog at https://salibrarykids.wordpress.com/
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All programs and events at the Salmon Arm Library are FREE to the public. For more information about our programs, please call 250-832-6161 or email email@example.com.
Do you have an idea for a library program that you'd like to attend or host? Please speak with the Branch Head Librarian or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear your suggestions!
Saturday, January 13 | 10:00 am -2:30 pm
The world is full of possibilities! How do you want to feel? What do you want to accomplish? Putting your goals on paper helps you to achieve them. All materials will be provided. If you would like to bring magazines from home that you want to cut up, bring them along. Dress comfortably and in layers. Online registration required.
Monday, January 15 | 1:00-4:00 pm
Join us for a FREE beginner ukulele course! No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun, sing and strum. It's easier than you think and more fun than "uke" can imagine! Online registration is required.
Please bring your ukulele and a music stand if you have one. No ukulele? No problem! We have a limited number of ukuleles available to use during the workshop, so please let us know if you need one during registration.
Questions? Please contact Kristy Smith at email@example.com
Tuesday, January 23 | 6:30-7:45 pm
A nondual (inclusive) approach to improving mental/physical wellbeing. Whether you are an experienced healthcare worker, caregiver or you have the caregiver personality, this talk is for people who are feeling burdened, fatigued and and/or overwhelmed by their role as a caregiver. Join us for a unique, informative and experiential approach to including more of your own needs and limitations that can significantly improve all areas of mental and physical health, while not sacrificing your responsibilities in fulfilling your important work.
Michael Cruickshanks is an experienced BodyTalk Practitioner & Nondual Kabbalistic Healer working in supporting clients in education and individual sessions and works in Salmon Arm. He is also trained as an Acupuncturist and practices Tai Chi and teaches classes on developing wisdom and compassion for oneself and others.
Monday, February 5 | 2:30-4:30 pm
The Island Strum is broadly regarded as the most classic and popular strum pattern in the world of ukulele. This pattern originated from Hawaiian music and has followed the ukulele into a broad range of popular musical styles throughout the globe. We will learn how to play the Island Strum, then practice using a variety of songs. This workshop will be repeated throughout the year with different songs, so join us as many times as you'd like! Registration required.
Join us for an engaging and informative workshop led by Dr. Jake Deeble of Active Chiropractic as he highlights keys to maintaining a healthy mind and body through practical tips, simple exercises and expert insights. From spinal health to mindful living, this free event will empower you to make positive changes for a vibrant and balanced life.
Monday, March 25 | 1:00-4:00 pm
Explore the beauty of 4 instrumental classical music pieces while learning how to read tablature and learning the individual notes on the ukulele fretboard. It's easier than you think! We'll look at chord melody and finish the day with a uke-stration of our new skills!
This workshop is suitable for beyond beginners and intermediate levels. Not suitable for lefties or baritones. High or low g is fine. Participants may find a soprano or concert size uke easier for this workshop. Limited loaners are available. Bring your uke, music stand, tuner, pencil and enthusiasm! Registration is required.
PRE-REQUISITES: Participants should be able to keep a steady rhythm in 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8 time and be proficient in playing the C scale both ascending and descending, smoothly and at various tempos. Essential chords to know for this workshop are Am, C, G, Em, F, E7, D and Dm.
1st Thursday of the month | 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Do you need free, confidential legal assistance? Our Legal Advocate can assist you with:
provincial and federal benefits programs
Drop-in any time between 1:30 - 3:30 pm with your questions! This initiative is generously provided by The Shuswap Family Centre.
Fridays | 1:30 - 3 pm
Do you need assistance with housing in Salmon Arm? Drop by the Salmon Arm Library to talk with the Housing Outreach Coordinator for CMHA.
Computer & Technology Training
February 6-March 12
Tuesdays | 3 - 4 pm
The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society is offering a drop-in technology help desk to assist with basic questions about using digital devices. This includes tablets, cell phones, laptops and computers. Examples of topics suitable for the drop-in technology help desk include:
This is a Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society initiative.
Tuesdays | 1 - 4 pm
Join us at the Salmon Arm Library for free one-on-one tutoring sessions for seniors who have never used computers or have a very basic knowledge of computers. Decide what devices, programs and skills you want to work on.
To register as a learner or tutor, contact Sierre Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-463-4555. This is a Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society initiative.
Book Clubs & Literary Events
1st Tuesday of the month | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Come listen to wonderful stories - or even share your own!
Shuswap Storytellers is open to everyone -- storytellers as well as dedicated listeners. Our goal is to cultivate the oral traditions of storytelling in a supportive and positive environment. Most people tell stories about themselves but they can be about other people, a place or a happening. Stories affirm who we are and allow us to experience the similarities between ourselves and others. Please join us for an entertaining morning of storytelling in a warm and comfortable setting. Find more details and guidelines on our Events Calendar!
2nd Tuesday of the month | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Love reading and talking about books? Join our Salmon Arm Reads Book Club! We meet monthly on Tuesday mornings to discuss our latest title in a fun and friendly atmosphere. No registration required - just drop in!
A limited number of copies may be available at the circulation desk (call 250-832-6161 to check availability). Large print copies and ebooks may also be available through our catalogue.
February 13: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
March 12: TBA
Thursdays | 12 pm - 1 pm (online via Teams)
Welcome to Classics Book Club, a virtual book club where we tackle a classic novel together and meet online every 1st and 3rd Thursday to discuss what we’ve read.
Participants are responsible for finding their own copy of the books. Many books are availble as ebooks or audiobooks on Okanagan Regional Library - OverDrive.
Online registration is required. Please ensure your email address is entered correctly, as we will be sending you the the link to participate shortly before the event. You will need a computer, smartphone or tablet and WiFi connection to participate.
2024 Reading Schedule (subject to change):
January 4 - February 1: In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
February 15: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
March 7 and 21: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
April 4 and 18: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
May 2 and 16: A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
June 6: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
July 4 and 18: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Special Interest Groups
2nd and 4th Mondays | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Have you ever wanted to research your family tree? Join our friendly group of genealogists at the library to share ideas, learn new tips and tricks, and solve research roadblocks. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned family historian, we'll help you with your research. Bring your own computer, or bring a USB drive and use one of ours. We meet every second and fourth Monday at 10:30 am. Drop in, no registration required.
Tuesdays | 1:00 - 3:45 pm
If you spin (or are interested in learning!), join the Shuswap Spinners and Weavers on Tuesday afternoons in the meeting room. Drop-in; no registration required.
Thursdays | 11:00 am - Noon
Saturdays | 1-2 pm
Interested in playing Scrabble and meeting new friends? Come to the new Scrabble club at the library every Thursday morning and Saturday afternoon!
Fridays | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Join the Odd Socks knitting group every Friday afternoon. New members and all capabilities are welcome! Drop in, no registration required.
Thursdays | 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Come strum with us! Join us for a fun and relaxed jam with fellow uke enthusiasts. All skill levels are welcome, but players should know the basics. Please bring your ukulele and a music stand. Contact Kristy with any questions: email@example.com
Need assistance? We can draw upon our Reference collection, which includes many print and digital resources, such as vehicle repair manuals, legal reference works, and directories.
Looking for some inspiration on what to read next? Ask our staff for suggestions on good books or authors to read, movies or TV series to watch, or music to listen to. If you’re browsing in the library, we also have displays on various topics.
We display art work from local artists and artist groups in the community. Please contact the Branch Services Supervisor if you are interested in displaying your work in the library: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need assistance downloading eBooks and other digital content to your tablet or eReader, we can help!
Click here for more information about our digital resources, such as eBooks, or magazines you can download to your tablet for free!
We have 7 Internet stations you can use for free; you just need an ORL library card to log on the computers.
We also have a printer (25 cents/page, black and white copies).Our computers have Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), as well as Google Earth, and access to subscription services such as Ancestry, Alldata (vehicle repair), BC Codes (BC Plumbing and Fire Codes), and Grant Connect (a fundraising/grants website).
Our photocopier does double-sided copying, as well as enlarging/reducing. Copies are 25 cents/page, and are black and white.
You can also scan documents with our photocopier, and email as a PDF copy. Scanning is free, but you have to deposit a quarter to activate the menu. Staff are available if you need assistance.
As of January 2020, we are unable to provide invigilation services at the Salmon Arm Branch. Please contact your nearest branch to inquire about their exam policies. The Salmon Arm Okanagan College campus (250-832-2126) offers invigilation services at a fee.
We can provide an introduction to the library or tailor the visit around a project/assignment. Contact us today to see how we can help your class. To book a free tour for kids, call Ardie Burnham at 250-832-6161 ext. 5828 or email her at email@example.com
Next meeting: Monday Jan 22nd at 11am at the Salmon Arm Library.
The Friends of the Library group supports the library through advocacy and fundraising. We have recently helped fund:
We are looking for new members! If you love the library and would like to join our group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Annual membership dues are $5.
The October 2023 book sale was a wonderful success, raising over $2600 for the Salmon Arm and South Shuswap libraries. Thank you to all who volunteered at, donated to, and/or supported the book sale!
Next book sale: January 19th and 20th at the South Shuswap Library.
We appreciate book donations from the public of gently used materials. We will happily accept the following items:
The following materials are not accepted:
Thank you for thinking of the library! If you have more than one box of books to donate, please call ahead (250-832-6161) to ensure we have space.