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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. To accommodate the renovations, the branch will be closed from late January – June 2017.

Creation Zones, Makerspaces, Idea Labs and other community-building hub models are becoming increasingly common throughout North America, especially in public libraries. They serve as access points to new technologies and provide unifying, inspiring spaces where creativity and knowledge can be shared. Most importantly, they support the development of 21st century literacy skills and a culture of engaged, lifelong learning.

As technology increasingly becomes an integral part of day-to-day life, library branches will continue to evolve as community hubs. In light of these changes, Tara Wong, Director, Collections & Technologies, advises that “highly valued, traditional services like book-borrowing will remain a mainstay.” Though Iroquois Ridge Branch’s collection will be downsized somewhat, books will be reallocated throughout the system and available for pickup at the branch.

For the duration of the closure (late Jan – June 2017), Iroquois Ridge Branch will be closed to the public. Cardholders will still be able to pick up holds, return items and borrow popular materials from the Book Depot which will operate out of the branch program room. Family Storytimes will still be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays within the Iroquois Ridge Community Centre, and White Oaks Branch will host additional programming until renovations are complete.

Once complete, Iroquois Ridge’s Creation Zone will provide residents with exciting opportunities and more space to connect, share ideas, create and innovate. The reconfigured branch will feature an enlarged quiet study room, upgraded public access computers and new work and meeting spaces. A variety of cutting-edge technologies will also be available for public use, including state of the art programming & design software (for 3D designers, web/game developers) and photography & videography tools (e.g: digital camcorders, green screen, editing software, microphones).

A hands-on children’s learning station will also be offered within the Creation Zone, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math. Both self-moderated learning and library-facilitated programs will be offered. “The space is going to be incredibly versatile,” says Wong. “Residents will not only be able to stop in and read, but pursue their curiosity, creativity and desire to learn even more,” she adds.

Further details and updates on the Iroquois Ridge Branch renovations and Creation Zone project will be posted on as they become available. To stay up-to-date with library programs and services, you can follow OPL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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

November 1st, 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 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


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


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.
Ellephysio, 232 South Service Rd. E., Unit A
The Lounge Salon, 154 Kerr St.
Palermo Village Dental, 2525 Old Bronte Rd. #290
When: Mon. Nov. 7, to Mon. Dec.12, 2016 * check locations websites for hours
Contact: Sandra 416-450-5904 or email


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: Every second Monday, 3-6 pm: Sept 26th, Oct 10th & 24th, Nov 14th & 28th, Dec 12th
Where: Glen Abbey Branch
Cost: Free

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

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 2016 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, September 15
  • Thursday, September 29
  • Thursday, October 13
  • Thursday, October 27
  • Thursday, November 10
  • Thursday, November 24
  • Thursday, December, 8
  • Thursday, December 22


Oakville Public Library Bed Bug Prevention & Containment Policy

April 18th, 1999

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

June 2016 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 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 (expired holds). 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 or call your local branch. We are always happy to assist.

Holds Not Picked Up Fee — FAQ Document