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Seniors’ Series

Join us on Wednesdays for tea, learn something new and chat with others. Enjoy learning about new topics from our guest speakers and get to know others at these informative and informal sessions! Everyone is welcome, however these sessions are aimed at older adults, aged 55+.

Sessions are as follows, but topics may change:

May 20: Learn about our MakerBot and the emerging world of 3D Printing

May 27: Driving Safety & How to Ace Your Seniors Driver’s Test – with speaker Keith Black of Wheels Driver Training

June 3: Getting to Know Your Digital Library : A look at OPL’s free digital resources

June 10: Accessing the Health Services You Need: Getting to know your Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) – with speaker Hermes Clipa from the Mississauga Halton CCAC

June 17: Ask Granny (free genealogical resources for seniors) & Genealogy Resources from OPL

June 24: Digital making: demonstration & hands on work with OPL’s new maker technologies


Group of smiling seniors

Age: 55Y and up (recommended)

Wednesday, May 20th to Wednesday, June 24th from 11:00am – 12:00pm

Oakville Public Library, Central Branch Auditorium. 120 Navy St., Oakville

Cost: Free

No preregistration required. Drop-in and bring your friends!

An Evening with Jeff Rubin

Jeff Rubin is the author of Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, a national bestseller and the winner of a National Business Book Award. His second book, The End of Growth, was also a bestseller and made multiple best book of the year lists in 2012. Rubin was the chief economist at CIBC World Markets, where he worked for over 20 years. In his new book, called The Carbon Bubble: What Happens to Us When it Bursts?, coming out in May, 2015, he addresses Canada’s national economic future – and the financial security of all Canadians. The Carbon Bubble will provide a real national debate on our economic future.

18Y and Up

Date: Monday, June 8, 2015, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre

$15/ticket; tickets available at all library branches starting May 11, 2015

In Conversation With… Series

Oakville Public Library, the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and A Different Drummer Books are pleased to present a new series that will feed the inquisitive mind. In Conversation With is a speaker series providing you with an opportunity to hear, ask questions and meet three of Canada’s top influencers and authors!

All three events will take place at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets will be available for purchase starting May 13 at 11:00am. Tickets can be purchased at all library branches, online through the OCPA box office and at A Different Drummer Books (Burlington).


Dr. David Suzuki
Letters to My Grandchildren
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7 p.m.
$20 / ticket
In Letters to My Grandchildren, revered environmentalist David Suzuki draws on his experiences and wisdom gained over his life to pass on to future generations. Through inspiring letters to his grandchildren, Suzuki offers grandfatherly advice mixed with reflections from his and Canada’s past, speaking personally and passionately about their future. This evening is presented in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation and Greystone Books. All net proceeds will benefit the David Suzuki Foundation.


Lawrence Hill
The Illegal
Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7 p.m.
$20 / ticket
The Illegal, coming out this Fall, is Lawrence Hill’s fourth novel and tenth book. Hill’s last novel was The Book of Negroes, an international bestseller and winner of various awards including The Commonwealth Writers Prize and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. He co-wrote the adaptation for the six-part television miniseries of The Book of Negroes which was filmed in South Africa and Nova Scotia. It aired earlier this year on CBC in Canada and BET in the United States. Mr. Hill travelled widely to deliver the 2013 Massey Lectures, based on his nonfiction book Blood: The Stuff of Life.


Bob McDonald
Host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks
Being There: Science As I’ve Seen It
Monday, February 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.
$30 / ticket
After more than 30 years of reporting on science, this journalist has seen a lot, from the exploration of our entire solar system by robots, to the computer and genetic revolutions that have profoundly changed our lives. We live in remarkable times where the most powerful tools humanity has ever known are in our grasp. Do we have the wisdom to use these tools wisely?

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