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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 FULL

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.


Evening for Book Lovers Title Presentation List

Evening for Book Lovers 2015 – Title Selection


1. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
2. Dead wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
3. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
4. Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
5. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
6. The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King
7. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
8. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast
9. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
10. For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu
11. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
12. Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
13. Sutton by J. R. Moehringer
14. Defending Jacob by William Landay
15. Lost & Found by Brooke Davis
16. The Man Who Learned to Walk Three Times by Peter Kavanagh
17. Lila by Marilynne Robinson
18. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

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 four of Canada’s top influencers and authors!

All four 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.

Robert Bateman
Acclaimed painter, author and naturalist
Life Sketches
Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Canadian painter Robert Bateman, internationally acclaimed and locally beloved, has been featured in exhibits across the globe. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of British Columbia, and in 2013, he was awarded the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Gold Medal in recognition for his commitment to preserving the Canadian landscape. He is the bestselling author of thirteen books, and is about to release Life Sketches. Full of never-before-seen illustrations, Life Sketches is an inspiring portrait of Bateman’s life and of his belief that “Nature is an infinite source of reason, imagination, and invention.” Join this renowned naturalist as he shares his artistic vision and the inspiration behind his iconic work.

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?

Seniors’ Housing Seminar

Thinking about your future housing options or those of a parent? Let us answer your questions and give you the information you need!

What is the difference between a retirement home and a seniors’ apartment building with support services? When is it time to start looking for long-term care facilities? And what exactly are these new options such as co-housing for seniors?

Our knowledgeable speaker from Halton Region’s Older Adult Advisory Committee will provide information and answer your questions about seniors’ housing in Halton ranging from subsidized and market rate accommodations to housing with care services and also new housing options.

This seminar is intended for seniors as well as family and friends of seniors who will be involved in their future housing choices.

Date: Saturday Nov 21  10:00 am-12:00 pm

Age: 18Y and up

Cost: Free

Location: Woodside Branch Program Room

Register through IRIS with CourseCode: 210744


Feet First

Discover what will give you purpose & pleasure in your retirement years with Nora Zylstra-Savage. A hands-on course that helps you move forward into this new phase of your life. Through a mini-life review and exercises you can build an action plan to create a retirement life filled with pleasure, challenge and purpose.


Age: 18Y and up

Cost: $20

Location: Central Branch Auditorium

Date: Saturday Oct 24th 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Register through iris at with course code: 210740


Get Ready to Work

This six part series presented by The Centre for Skills Development & Training, will introduce you to the best ways to look for work or volunteer positions in today’s market. Participants who attend all 6 sessions will receive a certificate of completion from The Centre for Skills Development & Training.

Appropriate for newcomers, people returning to the workplace or changing careers, new graduates or anyone interested in an overview of the job search process. Attend all or select from the following topics:

Oct 1 – The Workplace Today

Oct 8 – Targeting your Skills and Interests

Oct 15 – Resumes Today: Stories and Accomplishments Statements

Oct 22 – Resumes Today: Putting it all Together and Cover Letters

Oct 29 – Search Strategies and Social Media

Nov 5 – Interviewing

A list of library resources relating to employment and careers is also available here.


Age: 18Y and up

Cost: Free/6 Classes

Location: Central Branch Auditorium

Date: Thursday Oct 01 to Nov 05  10:00am-12:00pm

To register call The Centre Skills Development & Training at 905-845-1157, ext. 101

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

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