Salmon Arm Branch Renovation Closure: The Salmon Arm Branch is closed for renovations January 2-9. We will be open for limited services starting Thursday, January 10: Customers can pick up holds and return items, but the rest of the library will be closed. The library will RE-OPEN to the public on Monday, January 14. Find out more.
Lumby Branch Maintenance Closure: Due to building maintenance, the Lumby branch is closed and is expected to RE-OPEN on Tuesday, January 15.
All ORL Branches are closed on statutory holidays
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Starting the third week in January our weekly children's programs are back! Join Jeff, Cherie and Diana from 10:15-10:45am for stories, songs, rhymes and more!
Babytime (0-18 months): Tuesdays, starting Jan. 15
Toddlertime (18 months-3 years): Thursdays, starting Jan. 17
Storytime (3-5 years): Fridays, starting Jan. 18
Sign with Me Story Times Family Free Drop-in
Join a deaf storyteller and a children's librarian for stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts presented in both American Sign Language and English. Financial assistance provided by the Central Okanagan Foundation.
Every third Saturday of the month; 10:30-12 noon in the Community Room
Join us on the last Wednesday of every month for an evening of Hearthstone from 5:30-7:30pm.
To learn more about Hearthstone and register for a FREE account visit http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/
Bring your own device (Android or Apple phones/tablets, Windows or Mac laptops) and come on in! No registration necessary.
If you require assistance setting up a free Battle.net account ask for Jeff at the front desk.
Join us at the Rutland library for the greatly anticipated return of the Rutland LEGO Club, now hosted by Lee!
Unplug and Play
January 21 to 26, 2019
Escape Room Adventures
Your team is in a race against time to solve the mystery and win the prize. You choose a Hardy Boys or Percy Jackson mystery to solve. Bring 2 or more people to build your team. Best suited to ages 9 to 12. Registration required.
Dates: January 21, 22, 24
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Location: Group Study Room
Rutland Kids who Knit
Learn basic knitting techniques and complete a beautiful winter scarf or your own project. Experienced knitters also welcome! Ages 7 years and older please. Registration required.
Date: January 21, 2019
Rutland Lego Club
Have fun building with everyone's favourite toys. Freebuilding or themes encouraged. Targeted towards children and youth. Drop-in.
Date: January 23, 2019
Location: Community Room
Rutland Board Gamers
Come out and play! Our friendly group features gamers of every skill level with a great variety of games played. Bring your own favourite or join us to try out something new. Teens and supervised kids are also welcome. Drop in.
Date: Tuesday January 22, 2019
Time: 4:30 to 7:45 pm
American Sign Language 101
Learn American Sign Language and become exposed to deaf culture in a fun, engaging, and creative environment. Experienced teachers will use rhymes, stories, games, and even crafts to help you learn a new language. All ages. Registration required.
Time: 3:45 to 4:45 pm
Date: January 24, 2019
Calling all scientists (good and evil)! Try your hand at science experiments led by science students and teachers. Drop in.
Date: Saturday January 26, 2019
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Extra special event: Unicorn Party!!!
Join us for unicorn stories and a unicorn craft! Welcome to all magical and non-magical beings alike. Ages 5 years and older please. Registration Required.
Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Community Room
March 18 to 29, 2019
Your team is in a race against time to solve the mystery and win the prize. Bring 2 or more people to build your team. Best suited to ages 9 to 12. Registration required.
Dates: March 21
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am, 1 to 2 pm, 2:30 to 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Date: March 18 and 25, 2019
Rutland Lego Club
Date: Wednesday March 20, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Come out and play! Our friendly group features gamers of every skill level with a great variety of games played. Bring your own favourite or join us to try out something new. Teens and supervised kids are also welcome.
Date: Tuesday March 19 and 26, 2019
Date: Saturday March 23, 2019
Extra special event: Unicorn Party!!
Join us for tea and great conversation. Meeting held second Wednesday of each month from 6:15 - 7:45 pm.
Jan. 9 The Goldfinch by Geraldine Brooks
Feb. 13 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrille Zevin
Mar. 13 The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
Apr. 10 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
May 8 Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
June 12 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Join us for a great afternoon of knit and chat.
When: Every Wednesday afternoon
Time: 1-3 pm
The Rutland Branch has a meeting room available for rent during open hours.
The room has 50 chairs and 6 tables.
You may rent it for $20 an hour for the first 3 hours, and then $10 for each additional hour.
Please contact the front desk of the library for more information at 250-765-8165 ext. 5611.
The Rutland Branch also has a study room for a maximum of 5 people. Book the space in person or contact the library at 250-765-8165 ext. 5611.
Free computer access & wireless hotspot
All computers have access to a printer (except wireless)
The Kelowna Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization formed in 1988, is registered under the Society Act of British Columbia and the Canada Income Tax Act.
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 1898 Barlee Road, Kelowna. Volunteers are on duty to review and accept items at the house on Fridays, 9am to noon.
Kelowna Friends major fundraiser, the Great Okanagan Book Sale, takes place in October 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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