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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.


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

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

In Conversation With… Charlotte Gray

Oakville Public Library is pleased to partner with A Different Drummer Books and the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts to offer its In Conversation With… series. The series brings some of Canada’s top authors and influencers to discuss their work and insights, and provides an opportunity for residents to meet and ask question of these talented minds. Past speakers include David Suzuki, Bob McDonald, Lawrence Hill and Robert Bateman. Margaret Atwood will take the stage October 24 (SOLD OUT).

In Conversation With… Charlotte Gray
Monday, November 21 / 7:00pm
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Willson Auditorium
$20 tickets on sale Tuesday, September 6 at all library branches, A Different Drummer Books & online

Join Canadian author Charlotte Gray, will talk about her new book The Promise of Canada, 150 Years – People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country.

On the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations comes a richly rewarding new book from acclaimed historian Charlotte Gray about what it means to be Canadian. Now, in The Promise of Canada, she weaves together masterful portraits of nine influential Canadians, creating a unique history of the country over the past 150 years. What do these people—from George-Étienne Cartier and Emily Carr to Tommy Douglas, Margaret Atwood, and Elijah Harper—have in common? Each, according to Charlotte Gray, has left an indelible mark on our country.

University Admissions: What Parents Should Know

Attending University is a crucial point in your child’s educational journey. Our aim is to provide an overview of the university admissions process. We discuss factors to consider in choosing universities, review the various elements of admission applications, and reveal how your student can prepare a winning application. We also review the many ways you can finance post-secondary education, including scholarships, grants and the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

Wednesday, November 23rd from 6:30-8pm
Central Branch – Auditorium
Register by emailing

Writing Your Life & Other True Stories

Have you ever considered writing your memoirs or family history? This workshop with writing coach Brian Henry and special guest Ross Pennie will introduce you to the tricks and conventions of telling true stories and will show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Whether you want to write for your family or for a wider public, don’t miss this event!

Ross Pennie is the author of The Unforgiving Tides, a doctor’s memoir of Papua New Guinea. At the workshop, Ross will speak on how to turn ordinary life into dramatic material and answer questions about how he wrote his memoir and got it published.

Central Branch Auditorium Sat/Dec 03 10:00am-4:00pm
Age: 18Y and up Cost: $46*/1 Class

To reserve a spot now, email and allow 2-3 business days for a response. No email? Call Elise at 905-815-2042 x. 5037
*$46 paid in advance or $49 at the door
Details about paid parking and directions are available on the library`s website.

Complete program listings available:

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