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An Evening with Amanda Lindhout – SOLD OUT

Join Canadian-born, NY Times Bestselling author Amanda Lindhout as she recounts her astounding career and the event that changed her life; being kidnapped and held hostage for 15 months by Islamist insurgents in southern Somalia.

Photo:Amanda Lindhout

Age: 19Y and up

Date: Monday September 29, 2014, 7:00-9:00 pm

Location: Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre – Rehearsal Hall, 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, ON L6L 3L5

Cost: $15

Tickets will be available beginning Saturday, August 30th at all branches of the Oakville Public Library and at A Different Drummer Books, 513 Locust Street, Burlington.

Update: Sold Out!

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 out there. it’s the perfect event for book clubs planning their year, or just deciding what to read on your own. Plus, you can enter the draw for a chance to win a complete library of the books presented – every book lover’s dream! Desserts and coffee are included in the ticket price.

Age: 19Y and up

Monday September 22, 2014, 7:00-9:00 pm

Doors open at 6:00pm

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

Cost: $15

Tickets will be available at all branches and online beginning August 25, 2014. To purchase tickets online, visit the Oakville Centre for Performing Arts box office.

Oakville Reads: Oakville Public Library’s Online Book Club


Love books? Join the club! Become a member of OPL’s new online book club, Oakville Reads. We will be reading and discussing a new book every month, throughout the year, beginning October 1. Express your thoughts in the discussion forum, or just sit back, follow along and enjoy what unfolds. You can start your reading now: our October book will be Elephant in the Sky by local author Heather A. Clark.

Age: 16Y and up

Cost: Free

Important: The Oakville Reads Online Book Club is hosted via Goodreads and will open to the public on October 1, 2014. A link to the official Oakville Reads Online Book Club will be posted at this time. In the interim, we encourage you to sign up for a personal account on Goodreads and familiarize yourself with its layout and features. We think you’ll really enjoy it!

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Paths to Publishing

Do you have a manuscript you would like to publish? Would you like to learn more about the options available to you? Are you interested in a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the publishing world? Join published authors and representatives from the publishing industry to explore various paths to publishing. A panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer period.

Age:18Y and up

Thursday November 13, 2014, 7:00-8:30 pm

Central Branch Auditorium

Cost: $15

Tickets available at all library branches from October 2, 2014

Books and Beer: Fiction from Fact

Join us as our librarians present books that were inspired by or based on a true story. Beer from a local brewery and light appetizers are included in the ticket price. Plus, you will have a chance to win all fifteen books presented! Everyone goes home with a terrific to-read list.

Age: 19Y and up

Friday February 20, 2015, 7:00-9:00 pm

Central Branch Auditorium

Cost: $15

Tickets available at all branches from January 23, 2015

Growing Ideas: Culture Days @ OPL

Join the Oakville Public Library on Saturday, September 27 as it celebrates Culture Days in Oakville at QEPCCC. Activities for all ages include storytimes, fun with tablets and eReaders, 3D printing demonstrations, a workshop for adults on how to run a book club and much more. Drop in between 11am – 4pm. Have fun and learn something new!

Ages: All ages

Cost: Free/Drop-in

Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre

Saturday, September 27 / 11:00am – 4:00pm

Schedule of Events:

Tablet Time (11:10 – 11:30am):
Children will have the opportunity to explore story book apps on tablet devices while enjoying a larger than life storytime.

Beads & Rainbow Loom crafts (11:45am – 12:30pm): Library staff will assist children aged 6-12 in creating beautiful keepsakes using beads and rainbow looms. All materials will be provided for this fun crafting program.

How to Run a Book Club workshop (1:00 – 1:30pm): Learn something new from the library’s book club experts. Gain insight on how to get started, choose books and maintain lively, thought-provoking discussions.

MaKey MaKey (2:00 – 2:30pm): In this program designed for tweens and teens, participants will get to get creative and play with what has been dubbed ‘an invention kit for the 21st century’. This clever kit lets imaginative youngsters turn everyday objects or drawings into working buttons, instruments or keyboards for controlling games.

Ongoing programs: ‘Meet the MakerBot’ 3D printing demonstrations, digital library demonstrations, Story Corner for preschoolers and fun with LEGO.

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