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

November 18th, 1998

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 13-19 years of age: An RSVP by December 14th would be appreciated but not necessary.

  • Where: Bronte Youth Centre, 2296 Lakeshore Road, W.
  • When: Friday, Dec 19th, 7 pm
  • Contact: 905-845-6932 (Oakville) or 905-582-3592 (Bronte)

Salvation Army Christmas Dinner A ticket is required to attend the dinner. A limited number of tickets will be available starting on Monday, Dec 1st at the Salvation Army Community Church office, 1225 Rebecca Street.

  • When: Monday, Dec 15th
  • Contact: 905-827-5324 ext 22

GIVE HELP: Food, Gift and Toy Drives

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton: Donations of grocery food cards

  • Where: 464 Morden Rd.
  • When: Mon-Fri 9 am-4:30 pm
  • Contact: 905-339-2355 * call ahead to ensure someone is available to receive them

Home Suite Hope: Donations of cash, your time, grocery, gas or clothing gift cards, household items (bedding, housewares, toiletries), diapers (size 5/6), new mattresses, sponsor a child’s music lesson or sports program

  • Where: Budds’ Collision, 2071 S. Service Rd
  • When: 9 am-5 pm until Dec 20th
  • Contact: 905-339-2370 or www.homesuitehope.org for cash donations

The Children of Christmas Past: Choose a tag from the gift tree which contains a senior’s Christmas gift wish. Purchase the gift, wrap it with the gift tag taped securely face up (showing the senior’s name and gift request) and return the gift to the tree location. Gifts will be delivered on Christmas morning.  There are two gift trees located in Oakville:

  • Where: Kicks for Kids, 467 Speers Rd
  • When: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 2 pm-8:30 pm, Thurs 2 pm-8 pm, Sat 10 am-11:30 am
  • Contact: Dave MacKinnon at 905-849-5437
  • Where: Cheerforce All-Stars Wolfpack, 1060 South Service Road W.
  • When: Mon-Fri 5 pm-10 pm, Sat 9 am-4 pm, Sun 9 am-10 pm
  • Contact: 905-844-4884

Children and Teen’s Pyjama Drive: Donate new children’s pyjamas

  • Where: Creating Space Yoga Studio, 594 Chartwell Rd: Donations can be left inside the studio or in the basket outside the studio door.
  • When: Before Friday, Dec 19th
  • Contact: Robyn at 905-337-3598
  • Where: Grace Academy of Dance and Performing Arts 785 Pacific Rd
  • When: Mon-Fri 4 pm-10 pm, Sat 8:30 am-5:30 pm
  • Contact: 905-338-0210

Fareshare Food Bank:Donations of food or cash:

  • Where: 1240 Speers Road, Unit 6 – food and cash
  • When: Mon 10 am-2 pm * Thu 3 pm-7 pm  * food donation bins located in grocery stores during business hours
  • Contact: 905-847-3988

Food for Life – Turkey Drive: Volunteers will be asking shoppers to donate a turkey to Food for Life. The turkeys will then be distributed through social service agencies.

  • Where: Real Canadian Superstore 201 Oak Park Blvd., and Fortino’s, 173 Lakeshore Rd. W.
  • When: Saturday, Dec 13th
  • Contact: exdir@foodforlife.ca

Halton Regional Police Service – Toys for Tots: Donations of new unwrapped toys, Canadian Tire money, cash or gift cards at various locations for distribution by the Salvation Army. This year they are aiming for gifts for 10-16 year olds.

  • Where: Drop off at any police station or any Canadian Tire store, some TD bank branches and some Kerr Street businesses
  • When: Until Dec 19th
  • Contact: HRPS at 905-825-4747 ext 5240

Halton Women’s Place
Donations of diapers (size 4,5,6), wipes, small appliances (blenders, kettles, microwaves, toasters, etc), glasses, cutlery, kitchen utensils, cutting boards, twin sheet sets and comforters/blankets, pillows/pillowcases, shower curtains, feminine hygiene products, hair brushes, gift cards (Walmart, Shoppers), pyjamas (women’s and children’s), slippers, housecoats, towels, socks, underwear.

  • Where: 1250 Brant St, Unit 3, call first
  • When: Dec 8-19, 2014 * 10 am-6 pm weekdays * 9 am-1 pm Saturdays
  • Contact: Kaitlin Gordon 905-332-1200 ext 244 or 905-691-0335 (cell)

Kerr Street Ministries: Donations of food or cash

  • Where: 485 Kerr St.
  • Contact: 905-845-7485

Oakville & Milton Humane Society: Donate cat wands, paper based cat litter, ping pong balls, Hills Science Diet canned cat/kitten/dog food, clip on treat bags, Galileo & large Nylabongs, salt licks, reptile sand, perches, bird toys, cheese cloth, paper towels, towels/washcloths, bowls, batteries.  Monetary donations always welcome.

  • Where: 445 Cornwall Road, Oakville
  • Contact: 905-845-1551

Oakville Professional Firefighters Association – Christmas Toy Drive: Donate toys for infants, children and teens at any Oakville Fire station. Gift cards from local retail stores are also welcome. Especially needed are gifts for infants and teens aged 12-15 years.  Donations are distributed to local families and agencies including Kerr Street Ministries, Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Aid Society, Halton Women’s Shelter, and the Oakville Parent-Child Centre.

Oakville Public Library – Rediscover Your Library Event: Donate non-perishable food items.  Items collected will be distributed by:  Fareshare Food Bank and Kerr Street Ministries.

  • When: December 10, 2014   9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Where: Central, Glen Abbey, Iroquois Ridge, White Oaks and Woodside Branches
  • Contact: 905-815-2042

Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre: Donations of food, cash or grocery gift cards, family Christmas food or gift hampers.

  • Where: 2200 Sawgrass Dr.
  • Contact: 905-257-6029

Safetynet Children and Youth Charities: Donations of food, clothing, toys or cash.

  • Where: 226 Randall St. (drop box inside door on left)
  • Contact: Bill Shields at 905-845-7233

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

  • Where: 1225 Rebecca St.
  • Contact: 905-827-6523

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: The Running Room, 156 Lakeshore Rd. E.
  • When: Dec 6th
  • Contact: register at www.santashuffle.ca

Shoebox Project for Shelters: Collects small gifts packaged in decorated shoeboxes and distributes them to women in local shelters. Items can include jewelry, makeup, hair accessories, scarves, hats, gloves, gift cards (include the value and receipt if possible) as well as personal products. Boxes must be unsealed and items must be unused and packaged and kept to a value of approximately $50.00.

  • Where: Donations can be dropped off at:

- Integra Tire 616 York St. (Speers Rd. and Third Line)
- ellephysio 232 South Service Rd. E. (QEW and Trafalgar Rd)
- The Lounge Salon 154 Kerr St. ( Kerr and Rebecca St.)
- Shoebox Tax & Accounting (contact Sandra)
- B & N Dental, Dorval Crossing (Dorval Dr and QEW)

Trees for Kids – bring in an unwrapped toy or gift, preferably for a teen, and receive a free Christmas tree.  All toys will be donated to children in the Oakville area.  Funds collected will be donated to Easter Seals Ontario for financial assistance to children and youth with physical disabilities for mobility equipment, communication devices and summer camp opportunities.  Entertainment, raffles, Christmas music, visit with Santa.

  • Where: Century 21 Miller Real Estate, 467 Speers Rd
  • When: December 6th
  • Contact: Hans Taal, 905-845-9180 or www.treesforkids.ca

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Oakville Public Library Bed Bug Prevention & Containment Policy

April 18th, 1999

Oakville Public Library has never received a complaint regarding bed bugs, nor has a sighting been reported. Even so, the library acknowledges that proactive inspections, staff training, promptly reporting sightings and destroying bed bugs immediately are the most important actions it can take toward mitigating bed bug problems. As bed bugs become increasingly more common in North American public spaces, Oakville Public Library employs a proactive approach to minimize the risk of their presence.

Oakville Public Library is committed to the providing a positive library experience for all of its customers as well as a safe working environment for its staff.  As part of this commitment the library has implemented a comprehensive and pro-active policy and procedure involving inspections of facilities by pest control professionals and training for staff on the identification and containment of bed bugs.

Prevention, Protocol and Procedures
All library staff are aware of procedures and protocol related to handling materials contaminated with bed bugs. In the event that a customer discovers bed bugs in borrowed materials, containment and proper handling is extremely important. Guidelines for customers who suspect bed bugs in library materials are available in this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Inspection Results

April 2015 Inspection Results
Central: Clear
Woodside: Clear
Glen Abbey: Clear
Iroquois Ridge: Clear
White Oaks: Clear
Clearview: Clear

Downtown Oakville gets new credit card machines in lots and extended on-street parking times

September 24th, 1999

Visitors to Central Branch who park in Lot #10 now have the ability to pay-by-plate and park for 3 hours at a time. Please see the Town of Oakville’s memorandum below regarding the changes or visit www.oakville.ca for more information. If you have comments, questions or would like to provide feedback regarding pay-by-plate parking, please contact Parking Operations – Engineering and Construction at the Town of Oakville via (905) 338-4394.

Starting September 9, 2014, two changes to parking in downtown Oakville will make it more convenient and efficient for anyone shopping, dining or visiting the area.

“These parking upgrades are just the start of facilitating even easier and more convenient access to all of the worthwhile experiences downtown Oakville has to offer,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Earlier this year, Council and I asked residents and businesses for their input on improving parking in downtown Oakville. We listened and we’re making changes.”

The first change includes replacing all existing pay and display machines in downtown municipal lots (including Kerr Village), with more convenient and efficient pay-by-plate machines that accept credit cards. You no longer need to display a ticket on the dashboard of your car, simply enter your licence plate, pay and go.

“Pay-by-plate machines are very convenient,” said Dan Cozzi, director of Engineering and Construction for the town. “For right now, these new machines will only be in the municipal lots, but in the spring, we will be converting all on-street machines to these pay-by-plate as well.”

Cozzi added that you just need to make sure you know your licence plate number to use the machine. His trick is to take a photo of your plate with your smart phone.

The second change extends the on-street parking time to three hours from its current two-hour limit starting September 9. All on-street parking spaces, including metered spaces, will be updated by the end of September. The extended three-hour parking will allow visitors to stay a little longer. All machines on the streets and in the lots will accept credit cards and coins. The cost to park on the street in downtown Oakville is now $2 per hour except along Water Street which remains at $1 per hour, and parking lots remain at $1.50 an hour.

In early 2015 the town will be making additional parking changes downtown that include improving parking and directional signage to make it easier to find parking locations, and introducing 20-minute quick stop parking spaces throughout downtown.

A detailed map of on-street parking areas, municipal lots and information on how to use the new pay-by-plate machines are available on the Municipal Parking Lots and Garages page.

$1 fee applied to holds not picked up effective January 5, 2015

December 4th, 1999

As of January 5, 2015, a $1 fee will apply to items that are not picked up within the allotted 4-day pickup window. The fee is being implemented to provide more opportunities for cardholders to access library materials. Holds that aren’t picked up are a lost opportunity – time spent sitting on the shelf and in transit from branch to branch means that they aren’t being enjoyed by anyone.

There are many ways to manage your holds and avoid the accumulation of expired hold fees. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document below should provide insight and answer any questions you may have. Should your enquiry not be addressed in the FAQ document, please feel free to e-mail us at oplreference@oakville.ca or call your local branch. We are always happy to assist.

Holds Not Picked Up Fee — FAQ Document

Calibre Softwear and OverDrive

April 30th, 2001

Calibre softwear is not compatible with OverDrive DRM (Digital Rights Management). If you try to read OverDrive eBooks on Calibre it will give you an error message reading something like “Copy not allowed”. In order to read eBooks through OverDrive you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions Softwear, available for free through OPL.

FAQ: Printing with Zinio

May 4th, 2001

Currently there is no option to print a magazine from the web browser view. In order to print portions of a magazine, please use the Zinio Reader 4 for your desktop. Please keep in mind that using the Zinio Reader 4 does require a Zinio.com account. If you have not yet created one, please go to Zinio.com and create an account using the same email address that is associated with library’s RBdigital account.

To install Zinio Reader 4 for your desktop, please visit this page http://www.zinio.com/www/apps/desktop.jsp. For additional information on Zinio Reader 4 compatibility, please visit their website directly at http://imgs.zinio.com/faq/zr4.htm.

Please keep in mind that the magazine publishers determine whether or not their materials are able to be printed.  While some publishers will allow printing of individual pages, very few will allow you to print the entire magazine.


Comics and ebooks on Hoopla

May 15th, 2001

Prior to logging in to your account you may notice that Hoopla is now offering comics and eBooks. At this time OPL is focused on ensuring that as many customers as possible enjoy our existing Hoopla formats – audiobooks, tv series, music and film. While OPL has chosen not to participate in this latest offer right away these new formats may be considered at a later date.


Zinio: FAQs

November 25th, 2002

Zinio is Oakville Public Library’s digital magazine service, available to Oakville Public Library cardholders. There are nearly 100 up-to-date magazines available for your enjoyment! Questions? Take a look at our FAQ below.

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