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Adult Book Clubs: NEW! Extended Season

Join one of our in-house book clubs and enjoy an enhanced club experience with discussions led by our team of friendly and knowledgeable librarians. We will read a variety of fiction from different genres, plus a little bit of non-fiction, too. We like to get everyone thinking! 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 21, 2015), at which you will have the chance to vote for most of the books that you’ll read during the 2015/16 season. Books are provided for borrowing. Refreshments are also provided at each meeting.

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

Central Branch CourseCode: 210797
Wed/Oct 21 7-8:30pm  FULL

Woodside Branch CourseCode: 210838
Tues/Oct 20 1-2:30pm

Iroquois Ridge BranchCourseCode: 210839
Tues/Oct 13 7-8:30pm  FULL

Central runs the 3rd Wednesday evening of the month, Iroquois Ridge the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month, and Woodside the 3rd Tuesday afternoon of the month.


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+.

Dates: Wednesdays, Sept 16 to Nov 18th, from 11:00am – noon

Location: OPL Central Branch Auditorium. 120 Navy St., Oakville

Cost: Free,  no registration required. Drop-in and bring your friends!

Sessions are as follows, but topics may change:

Sept 16 : Seniors & Volunteering: Volunteer Halton presents their Senior Ambassador Program.  Learn about volunteer opportunities that are seeking seniors, and the wonderful personal benefits volunteering brings.

Sept 23: Diet & Nutrition for Seniors: Healthy eating is an important part of aging well.  Get ideas for eating well on a budget, meal planning for one and nutrition for older adults.

Sept 30: Run Your Own Book Club: Learn how to run a successful book club, how to use OPL’s Book Club Kits and about OPL’s in-person and online book clubs.

Oct 7: Genealogy and Local History Resources at OPL

Oct 14: Estate and End of Life Planning: Everything you need to know about having essential documents and plans in place.

Oct 21: OPL’s Digital Resources & eBooks: Learn about our free digital resources – books, magazines, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and more!

Oct 28: Falls Prevention: Falls account for 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations.  Learn how to prevent the 6 most common fall risks, either for yourself or someone you care for.

Nov 4: Dementia: Tips for warding off dementia, reducing your risk, and strategies for coping.

Nov 11 : Fraud & Scams: How to protect yourself, presented by the Halton Region Police.

Nov 18 : What You Need to Know About Calling an Ambulance: Understand what happens when you call an ambulance, how to prevent the most common causes for calls and why it’s important to participate in the Halton EMS Emergency Vial Program.


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 – SOLD OUT
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?

An Evening for Book Lovers

Join us for our most popular event of the year!

Our staff of passionate readers will recommend some of the best books they’ve recently read. It’s the perfect event for book clubs 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 & savoury treats and coffee are included in the ticket price.

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

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Monday, September 21 7:00pm-9:00pm

Tickets available online and at all branches starting August 24, 2015. Cash bar will also be available. Doors open at 6pm

Feet First

Join us for this hands-on workshop that helps you move into your retirement years. Author Nora Zylstra-Savage will help participants develop a meaningful plan for this next phase of life. You’ll learn about  the happiness model and how to apply it to your own life. It’s based on your values, beliefs and experiences. Participants will be taken through a mini-life review and exercises to build an action plan and create a retirement filled with pleasure, challenge and purpose.

Date: Tuesday Oct 06  1:00pm-4:00pm

Age: 55Y and up (recommended)

Cost: $20/1 Class

Location: Central Branch Auditorium

Register through IRIS with Course Code: 210740

An Evening with Don Gillmor

Don Gillmor’s brilliant new novel, Long Change, examines the world of oil through the life and loves of one man, Ritt Devlin; both stories are epic. The narrative spans almost seventy years and follows the geology and politics of oil from Texas to the Canadian oil patch. Gillmor is an award winning, bestselling non-fiction and fiction writer. Join us as he introduces his newest novel.

18Y and up
Wed Nov 4, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm
Central Branch
$15; tickets available at all branches starting Oct 7

How to Write Great Dialogue: The Writer’s Most Important Tool

Accessible to beginners and meaty enough for experienced writers, workshop leader Brian Henry will show you how to use dialogue to make your stories more dynamic and dramatic. Whether you’rewriting fiction or memoir, you need to be able to write great dialogue and need to know how to mix your dialogue and narrative so that your characters come alive.

Central Branch Auditorium Sat/Nov 07 10:00am-4:00pm
Age: 18Y and up Cost: $46*/1 Class

* $46 paid in advance or $49 if paid at the door. Preregistration is required. Space is limited to 60.
To reserve a spot now, email: Don’t have email? Call Elise at 905-815-2042 ext. 5037.

An Evening with Sonia Faruqi

Sonia Faruqi, author of Project Animal Farm: An Accidental Journey into the Secret World of Farming and the Truth about our Food, will offer a revealing look at what truly happens behind farm doors and will describe the impacts of factory farms on animal welfare, human health and the environment.

18Y and up
Thu Nov 26, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm
Central Branch
$15/ticket; Tickets available at all branches starting Oct 29, 2015

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