Adult Programs/Events

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Get Help Finding Volunteer Opportunities

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

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


Books and Beer: Oh Canadiana!

Celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial at the library’s annual Books and Beer event. Staff will give brief talks on favourite books written by Canadian authors both classic and contemporary. Beer from a local brewery and light appetizers are included in your ticket price and one lucky audience member will win a copy of the books presented.

Age: 19Y and up

Cost: $15/ticket

Central Branch

Fri Feb24, 2017, 7:00-9:00pm

Tickets available at all branches starting Wed Jan 25, 2016.


In Conversation With – Margaret Atwood

The In Conversation With series continues with a presentation by Margaret Atwood. In Conversation With is a partnership of Oakville Public Library, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and A Different Drummer Books. Margaret Atwood will launch her newest novel, Hag-Seed, a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

18Y and up

Mon Oct 24, 2016, 7:00pm

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

Tickets $20

Tickets go on sale on Wed May 11 at all library branches, at A Different Drummer Books and at


Digital Discovery with the Teen Tech Team

Drop by the Training Lab at Central Branch Library from 4-6pm and receive tech coaching from members of our Teen Tech Team.

Age: All Ages
FALL Session Dates:
Tuesday, September 13th, 20th, 27th
Tuesday, October 4th, 11th, 18th

WINTER Session Dates:
Tuesday, February 14th, 21st, 28th
Tuesday, March 14th

Central Branch


Adult Book Clubs

Would you like to discuss interesting books with interesting people? Join one of our in-house book clubs and enjoy an enhanced club experience with friendly and casual discussions led by our team of knowledgeable librarians. We’ll be reading a variety of fiction from different genres, plus a little bit of non-fiction, too. We like to get everyone thinking and talking! Sessions run once per month from October to May, excluding December. Included in your registration fee is a ticket to An Evening for Book Lovers (held September 19, 2016), at which you will have the chance to vote on many of the books that you’ll read during the 2016/17 season. Books are provided for borrowing. Refreshments are also provided at each meeting.

Age: 18Y and up
Cost: $70/7 Classes

Register through IRIS using the following course codes:

220237 Glen Abbey  FULL
220238 Woodside   FULL
220239 Central   FULL

Glen Abbey club runs on the 2nd Tues evening (7-8:30pm) of the month, Woodside on the 3rd Tues afternoon (1-2:30pm) of the month, and Central on the 3rd Wed evening (7-8:30pm) of the month

Evening for Book Lovers

At one of our most popular events of the year, our staff of passionate readers will recommend some great titles. It’s the perfect event for book club members planning their year or for individual book lovers who are deciding what to read next. All audience members will be entered in a prize draw to win a complete library of the books presented – every book lover’s dream! Sweet & savory treats and coffee will be served beforehand and are included in the ticket price. Cash bar will also be available.

Age: 19Y and up
Cost: $15/Ticket

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Mon/Sep 19 7:00pm-9:00pm

Tickets available online at and at all branches Aug 22, 2016. Doors open at 6pm.

An Evening with Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue returns to Oakville Public Library to present her newest book: The Wonder.

A small community in 1850s Ireland is baffled by Anna O’Donnell, a child said to be living without food. Tourists flock in droves to her family’s cabin, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensational story. A nurse named Lib is hired to keep watch and determine whether or not Anna is a fraud. As the girl deteriorates, Lib finds herself responsible not just for her patient’s care but for getting to the root of what could be a murder happening in slow motion.

The Wonder is a simple tale of two strangers who will transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil in its many masks.

Age: 18Y and up

Cost: $15/ticket

Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre

Wed Sep 28, 2016, 7:00-8:30pm

Tickets available at all OPL branches, A Different Drummer Books and online at starting Aug 31, 2016.


Complete program listings available:

  • Fall/Winter Adult Programs @ your library programs guides (PDF)