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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 June 30
  • Thursday, July 14
  • Thursday, July 28
  • Thursday, August 11
  • Thursday, August 25


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


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.


Publishing Oakville

For forty years, Oakville based Mosaic Press has been publishing books reflecting the unique characters and stories of the local community. Throughout its history, Mosaic has published books by local literary icons like Irving Layton, memoirs by prominent community figures and fascinating stories with regional flavour. Join Mosaic founders Michael Walsh and Howard Aster as they recount four decades of publishing with insightful and unknown stories of Oakville’s literary history.

Age: 18Y and up

Cost: $15/ticket

Central Branch Auditorium

Thu Nov 17, 2016, 7:00-8:30pm

Tickets available at all OPL branches starting Oct 20, 2016.


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.

An Hour of Code at Oakville Public Library

Participate in the global movement that has seen100 million learners in 180 countries. Pop by on Sunday, December 11th and see what this coding fuss is all about. An Hour of Code is an event where all participants will be introduced to coding in an informal and collaborative way. Library staff and volunteers will be on hand to guide and encourage exploration into coding. Absolutely no experience is needed, just bring your curiosity! Please consider bringing your own device as access to library devices may be limited.

Age: All Ages
Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Central Branch, Glen Abbey Branch and Iroquois Ridge Branch

This is an intergenerational program that is taking place at Central, Glen Abbey and Iroquois Ridge Branch.

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