Strengthening literary skills and community outreach through Clearview Kids N’ Me

April 19th, 1990

At the Oakville Public Library (OPL), we are committed to establishing connections and enhancing literacy skills within the community.

We understand the importance of building a foundation of literacy, and we encourage early learning for the essential development of our children and youth. In support of the growing needs of our neighbourhoods, we offer specialized programming for all levels of learning and areas of focus.

In 2011, the OPL introduced the Clearview Kids N’ Me program to provide our high-need communities with access to additional learning and resources. This multifaceted program allows pre-school children to develop and expand their literacy and social skills through various activities, creative play, and storytelling, as well as educates parents and caregivers on childhood development, parenting techniques, and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

In 2016 alone, over 1,300 individuals attended a Clearview Kids N’ Me session, which well-exceeded our expectancy for the program. After receiving a magnitude of positive feedback from parents and caregivers, we are delighted to know that we have been able to provide a tangible resource for our community members.

“My children and I love this program. It is the only daytime program in our area that we can attend regularly. Since attending, my children have become more outgoing and enjoy playing with other kids.”

The success of the Clearview Kids N’ Me program is largely a result of the support from a few amazing OPL partners, such as the Oakville YMCA, the Halton Region Health Department, OPL staff, and student volunteers from Sheridan College.

Last year the program also received a generous donation from our friends at the Oakville Community Foundation. The Oakville Community Foundation encourages and supports organizations in Oakville to reinvest in our community through the funding of special projects and initiatives. With their support, we were able to enhance the Clearview Kids N’ Me program and offer assistance to more deserving families.

We would like to thank our supporters and our community for their ongoing interest and encouragement. We hope to continue this wonderful project for the years to come!

Iroquois Ridge Branch to undergo renovations, introduce Creation Zone

October 18th, 1990

On September 8, 2016 the Oakville Public Library Board approved a plan to renovate the Iroquois Ridge Branch and construct a Creation Zone within its walls. Renovations will take approximately 5 months to complete.


The branch will be closed starting Monday January 23, 2017, reopening in early July. Temporary services will be available within the Iroquois Ridge Community Centre.


Why is Iroquois Ridge Branch being renovated?

  • Iroquois Ridge is being renovated as part of the Strategic Direction identified in the Strategic Plan:  to transform our virtual and physical spaces to encourage creativity, collaboration, and discovery.
  • Renovations will allow for the reconfiguration of space, an enlarged quiet study room, upgraded public access computers, group work and meeting space and the introduction of a Creation Zone to be constructed within library walls.


What is a Creation Zone and what will Iroquois Ridge’s look like?

  • Creation Zones serve as gathering points where individuals can connect to work on meaningful projects, using both new technologies and traditional tools, assisted by helpful mentors (OPL Staff and community volunteers).
  • Iroquois Ridge Branch’s Creation Zone will be a versatile space that inspires collaboration and learning, recreation and reflection. New technology offerings will include:
  • State of the art programming & design software (for 3D designers, web/game developers);
  • Cutting edge videography and photography tools (e.g.: digital camcorders, green screen, editing software, microphones);
  • Space for hands-on learning and coding activities with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering & math)

Why is a Creation Zone needed?

  • Oakville Public Library is committed to its role as a supporter of 21st century literacy skills and providing access to new and innovative technologies. As technology increasingly becomes an integral part of everyone’s life, our branches will continue to evolve as community hubs.
  • Iroquois Ridge’s Creation Zone will provide residents with the tools and space needed to explore and share ideas, create, innovate and connect
  • Through creative hands-on experiences and learning, offerings at IR’s Creation Zone will foster community connectedness and encourage residents to experiment, play, and discover.


What happens to the collection? Will there still be books at Iroquois Ridge Branch when the Creation Zone opens?

  • Oakville Public Library strives to achieve a content mix that meets the needs of all residents.
  • To accommodate the Creation Zone, Iroquois Ridge Branch’s book collection will be downsized somewhat. This gradual process is now being carried out by staff and will continue up until late January 2017 when the branch closes for renovations.
  • Books removed from Iroquois Ridge Branch will be reallocated to other branches or sold at the Friends of the Oakville Public Library’s fundraising book sales when appropriate.
  • As a reminder, books, DVDs and other items within the Oakville Public Library system can be placed on hold and picked up at Iroquois Ridge Branch.


What is the best way to access library services during the Iroquois Ridge Branch closure?

  • A Library Depot is currently available in the Program Room of the Iroquois Ridge Library, accessible from the Community Centre hall.
  • Hours of operation:
    • Sundays                            1pm to 5pm
    • Monday                            5pm to 8:30pm
    • Tuesday                            9:30am to 1pm
    • Wednesday                     1pm to 8:30pm
    • Thursday                          9:30am to 1pm
    • Friday                                1pm to 5pm
    • Saturday                           9:30am to 1pm
  • Services offered:
    • Holds pick-up
    • Small collection of popular materials to borrow
  • A materials return drop box will be located in the hallway so customers can drop off their library materials during Iroquois Ridge Community Centre open hours


Will there be programming offered during the closure?

  • Iroquois Ridge will host two weekly family story times, both located in the Community Centre’s Southridge Room
    • Tuesday               11:15am to 11:45am
    • Thursday              11:15am to 11:45am
  • White Oaks Branch and Clearview Neighbourhood Branch will host additional programming. Please check our Program Guide or ask staff for more details.


Stay tuned to www.opl.ca for more information and updates.

Oakville Public Library CEO retires after more than 30 years of service

November 2nd, 1990


Oakville, August 17, 2016 — for immediate release

After 30 years Charlotte Meissner, CEO of the Oakville Public Library (OPL), retired on August 12, 2016.

During her tenure she led the OPL in the development of a transformative strategic plan. She introduced the concept of digital hubs and expanded digital services to address evolving public expectations.

“On behalf of the board, we want to thank Charlotte for her dedication and commitment to the library and are tremendously grateful to her leadership over the past several years,” said Councillor Jeff Knoll, OPL Board Chair. “She is leaving the OPL in excellent condition, and I have every confidence that things will continue to run smoothly over these next few months as we transition to the next CEO.”

Recruitment for the CEO position will begin immediately. Lynn Horlor, director, Financial Operations, from the Town of Oakville, will be the interim CEO until the role is filled.

Media contact:

Lynn Horlor

Acting CEO

Oakville Public Library




********* Oakville’s Christmas Sharing Guide *********

November 18th, 1997

Share the Christmas spirit and find ways to give back over the holiday season! NOTE: This list is updated as information becomes available.


Volunteer Halton has volunteering opportunities for a wide range of local nonprofit organizations.

GET HELP: Free Community Dinners

Happy Festivus Dinner
For teens 11-19 years of age
An RSVP would be appreciated but not necessary.
Where: Bronte Youth Centre, 2296 Lakeshore Rd. W.
When: Fri. Dec.23, 2016
Contact: 905-582-3592


Faith Baptist Church
Where: 1415 Trafalgar Rd. (directly across from Sheridan College)
When: Fri. Dec.2, 2016 at 6 pm
Contact: 905-842-0938 or email office@faithoakville.ca to RSVP


GIVE HELP: Food, Gift and Toy Drives

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton
Donations of grocery food cards (call ahead to ensure someone is available to receive them).
Also looking for individuals to sponsor a family for Christmas.


Canadian Blood Services
December blood donor clinics:
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Rd
When: Thu. Dec. 22, 2016 3 pm-7 pm
Where: Oakville Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Rd
When: Fri. Dec. 16, 2016 1 pm-7 pm


Canadian Armed Forces write to the Troops


Home Suite Hope
Donations of cash, grocery, gas or clothing gift cards, sponsor a child’s music lesson or sports program or the gift of your time to volunteer.
Where: Home Suite Hope, 484 Kerr St. (call ahead to ensure someone is there to receive them)
When: Mon. to Fri. 9 am-5 pm until Fri. Dec.16, 2016
Contact: Call 905-339-2370 or visit the website for cash donations


Children of Christmas Past
Choose a tag from the gift tree which contains a senior’s Christmas gift wish. Purchase a gift, wrap it with the gift tag face up (showing senior’s name and gift request) and return the gift to the tree location. Gifts will be delivered on Christmas morning.


Oakville Fare Share Food Bank
Donations of food or cash accepted at the food bank, 1240 Speers Rd. Unit 6 (call ahead for hours).
Donations of food at any Oakville fire station 24 hours a day * food donation bins located at local grocery stores during business hours.
Contact: 905-847-3988


Food for Life Turkey Drive
Volunteers ask shoppers to donate a turkey to Food for Life. The turkeys will be distributed through social service agencies.
Where: Real Canadian Superstore, 201 Oak Park Blvd. * Fortinos, 173 Lakeshore Rd. W. * Fortinos 493 Dundas St. W.
When: Sat Dec.10 and Sun Dec.11, 2016 from 9 am-5 pm
Contact: 905-635-1106 ext. 225 or sarah@foodforlife.ca


Halton Regional Police Service Toys for Tots
Donations of new unwrapped toys, Canadian Tire money, cash or gift cards (especially those of interest to teens) for distribution by the Salvation Army and Halton Police.
Where: Drop off at any police station, Canadian Tire store, some TD bank branches and some Kerr Street businesses.
When: Fri. Nov.18 to Fri. Dec.16, 2016
Contact: HRPS at 905-825-4747 ext 5240


Halton Women’s Place
Donate to the Holiday Hamper Program or donate women’s and children’s clothing, diapers, household and personal hygiene items.
When: Wed. Dec.7 to Tue. Dec.20, 2016
Contact: 905-332-1200 ext 244 for drop off location and times.


Kerr Street Mission
Christmas Wonders and Beyond


Oakville Professional Firefighters Association Christmas Toy Drive
Donate toys for infants, children and teens. Especially needed are gifts for infants and teens aged 11-15. Gift cards from local retail stores are also welcome.
Donations are distributed to local families and agencies including Kerr Street Mission, Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Aid Society, Halton Women’s Place, Oakville Parent-Child Centre, Military Family Resource Centre, Halton Community Housing and Safetynet Children and Youth Charities.
Where: starting at Oakville’s Santa Claus parade or drop off at any Oakville Fire station until Dec. 18, 2016
When: starting Sat., Nov.19, 2016
Contact: click on the link for more information and locations of fire stations.


Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre
Donations of food, cash, grocery gift cards and Christmas food/gift hampers.


Safetynet Children and Youth Charities
Donations of clothing or cash.


Salvation Army Oakville Community Church
Donations of food, cash or new unwrapped toys.


Salvation Army – Santa Shuffle 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk
Helps the Salvation Army of Oakville assist families and individuals at Christmas and throughout the year.
Where: St. Paul’s United Church, 454 Rebecca St. (beside the YMCA)
When: Sat. Dec. 3, 2016 at 10 am
Contact: register online


Oakville & Milton Humane Society
Urgently needed items include:
large Nyla and Galileo bones, aspen shavings, canned cat food, insulin syringes, extra strong black garbage bags (30”x 38”), paper towels, toilet tissue

Other items needed: tissues, Rollover treats for dogs, canned Purina DM formula for diabetic cats (at veterinarians), recycled newspaper cat litter, Canadian Tire money, gas cards for volunteer wildlife drivers who transport animals to rehab centres, Kongs – Large, XLarge and XXLarge.

The shelter partners with Hill’s Pet Foods who provide all their dry maintenance cat and dog foods. In the best interest of the animals they would be happy to accept any other Hill’s products:
Prescription diets – veterinarian prescribed:
Hill’s C/D stress, Hill’s I/D and Z/D (canine and feline), Hills canned K/D feline, Royal Cain Urinary S/O (canine and feline), Hill’s A/D
Regular Diets:
Science Diet Feline Hairball Remedy, Science Diet Feline Light, Science Diet Canned (canine and feline), Purina canned DM formula


Celebrate the Lights
Horse drawn wagon rides to enjoy the Christmas lights in the neighbourhood.
Enjoy Christmas carols, raffles and snacks with 100% of the proceeds to Easter Seals, Ontario to send children with disabilities to summer camp.
The event is free but participants are asked to make a donation.
Where: Sunningdale School, 1434 Oxford Dr.
When: Sun. Dec.11, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Contact: Liz Polak 905-617-3556 or email liz.polak@century21.ca


Shoebox Project for Shelters
Collects small gifts packaged in decorated shoeboxes for distribution to women in local shelters and others who use shelter outreach services. Items can include jewelry, makeup, hair accessories, scarves, hats, gloves, socks, gift cards (Tim Horton’s, Wal-Mart-include the value and receipt if possible) as well as personal products. No candles, products containing alcohol, razors, Halloween candy, books or clothes that are sized.
Boxes must be unsealed and items must be unused and packaged and kept to a value of $50. Visit the website for complete details.

Donations can be dropped off at:
Integra Tire, 616 York St. www.integratire.com
Ellephysio, 232 South Service Rd. E., Unit A www.ellephysio.com
The Lounge Salon, 154 Kerr St. www.thelounge.ca
Palermo Village Dental, 2525 Old Bronte Rd. #290 www.palermovillagedental.com
When: Mon. Nov. 7, to Mon. Dec.12, 2016 * check locations websites for hours
Contact: Sandra 416-450-5904 or email Sandra@shoeboxtax.ca


Trees for Kids
Bring an unwrapped toy/gift-preferably for a teen and receive a free Christmas tree. Toys are donated to Oakville children and teens, funds are donated to Easter Seals Ontario.
Where: Century 21, 467 Speers Rd.
When: Sat. Dec.3, 2016, from 10 am to 2 pm
Contact: Hans Taal 905-845-9180

** Created by Information Oakville, a service of the Oakville Public Library **

Get Help Finding Volunteer Opportunities

January 1st, 1999

We have partnered with Volunteer Halton to help our customers find volunteer opportunities in their communities.

Whether it is for high school students looking to fill their 40 hours, seniors looking to make connections in the community, or anyone else looking to volunteer their time to local organizations, volunteering is a great way to participate in your community, help local organizations, and gain a rewarding experience while gaining useful and marketable skills.

Drop into our Glen Abbey Branch every second Monday, starting September 19th from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm, and receive one-on-one personalized help finding the right volunteer experience for you, with a representative of Volunteer Halton.

Intended for: All Ages
When: Some Mondays, 3-6 pm: Jan 30, Feb 13 & 27, Mar 13 & 27, Apr 10 & 24, May 8 & 29, Jun 12, 19, 26
Where: Glen Abbey Branch
Cost: Free

No registration required. This is a drop in program, first come first served.

Teaching Cursive Handwriting 101: with Edda Manley

January 20th, 1999

Learn how to teach children and youth cursive handwriting skills. This workshop is aimed at parents and educators but all are welcome. Topics covered will include: a history of cursive handwriting, physiology of handwriting, development of handwriting in children, how handwriting impacts brain development,effective methods of teaching cursive handwriting, and how to keep children interested in continuing to write cursive.

Presented by: Edda Manley, a Certified Graphoanalyst (CGA) who has been certified through The International Graphoanalysis Society (IGAS) and the American Association of Handwriting Analysts (AAHA)

Age: 18Y and up

Cost: Free

Date: Sat/May 13 9:30am-4:30pm

Location: Central Branch Auditorium

Registration: through iris with Course Code: 225682

Finance 101 for Seniors

January 20th, 1999

Learn everything you need to know about managing your finances and budgeting. This series is aimed at seniors but everyone interested is welcome.

Please note you can register for all topics or just those that interest you. All sessions are free but must be registered.

Retirement Planning covers how to determine your retirement goals, understanding various sources of government and non-government retirement income, maximizing your retirement paycheck, income strategies, tax tips, and understanding how different investment products work.

Central Branch Auditorium

Register through iris with Course Code: 225717

Sun/Jun 11 2:00pm-4:00pm

Estate Planning covers common issues, strategies and considerations when estate planning.

Central Branch Auditorium

Register through iris with Course Code: 225718

Sun/Jun 18 2:00pm-4:00pm

Charitable Giving & Wealth Transfer covers strategies to limit how much money goes to the government vs. your beneficiaries, financial lessons/strategies for your children and grandkids and more.

Central Branch Auditorium

Register through iris with Course Code: 225719

Sun/Jul 09 2:00pm-4:00pm

Financial Aspects of Care-giving when the call comes, be ready! Covers the cost of a retirement home vs. aging in place, how long-term care insurance works, and more.

Central Branch Auditorium

Register through iris with Course Code: 225720

Sun/Jul 16 2:00pm-4:00pm

Adult Board Games Meetup @ the library

March 20th, 1999

This is a meetup for people who enjoy playing board games and tabletop games! The group is informal and inclusive and we play games that are easy to learn and fun to play. Best of all, it’s FREE. Drop in, socialize and choose from a variety of games that we’ll continue to expand.

Age: 16Y and up

Central Branch  120 Navy Street  5:30 – 8:30 pm

In 2017 the meetups will happen on two Thursdays per month. Mostly, we’re in the Auditorium, but if you don’t find us there, we’ll be in Program Room 2! Upcoming dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 12
  • Thursday, January 26
  • Thursday, February 9
  • Thursday, February 23
  • Thursday, March 9
  • Thursday, March 23