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IMPORTANT: Cancellation of pre-overdue e-mail notices from BiblioCommons

Regrettably, as of December 31, 2013, the provider of these e-mail notifications, BiblioCommons, will be discontinuing the service as they work towards developing a broader, more reliable notification system. As a result it will no longer be available to Oakville Public Library customers.

We are looking for other reliable options to provide this reminder service as we know that it is valuable to you.

In the interim, there are many ways to manage your library account and keep track of when your books are due.    

· Date due slips will continue to be printed when you check out materials that indicate when items are due back.

· Call (905) 815-5996 to renew items or check due dates via our automated telephone renewal line.

· Ask a staff member to check your account for you the next time you stop in or call any Oakville Public Library branch.

· You can check due dates, place holds, create reading lists and review checked out items right from your mobile device using our OPL to Go mobile app. It is available for iPhone and Android devices.

· Another alternative is to log in to our website at www.opl.ca.  From there you can also review your account, check due dates, manage your holds and see what is new at OPL from your computer or tablet.
 
We do apologize for any inconvenience this discontinuance may cause and hope you will explore our digital account management platforms going forward.

Should you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to contact: Susan Kun, Manager, Branch Support at (905) 815-2042 ext. 5141

New Chair and Vice Chair for the Oakville Public Library Board

On Thursday, November 28, 2013 the elections for the 2014 Oakville Public Library Board took place.

Eric Sutherland was elected Chair, Oakville Public Library Board. He previously held the role of Vice Chair, Oakville Public Library Board.

Eric Sutherland has lived in Oakville since 2007 and holds a Bachelor and Master of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

 Eric has spent most of his professional career at TD Bank where he has held a variety of roles. Most recently he has focused on implementing improved business practices, controls and project management.

Adrian Paris was elected Vice Chair, Oakville Public Library Board.

Adrian is a recent graduate of the Corporate Communications program of Sheridan College. His entrepreneurial spirit, and background in political science, has driven his passion to serve as an active volunteer for several local organizations, such as the United Way, Terry Fox Run and Santa Claus Parade.

Friends of the Oakville Public Library Spring Book Sale

This year, the Friends of the Oakville Public Library will be hosting their Spring Book Sale from April 9-13. Come out to the Central Branch to purchase gently used books for all ages; there are many genres to choose from! Books are $1.50 per pound (marked reference books are $0.75 per pound); half price on Sunday!

These semiannual sales have generated over $500k which has been used to support library services such as the Battle of the Books, teen writing workshops, eBook reader purchases and more.

Central Branch Book Sale Hours:
Wednesday, Apr. 9 / 6:00 – 9:00pm / Members Only Sale
Thursday, Apr. 10 / 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, Apr. 11 / 9:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday, Apr. 12 / 9:30am – 5:00pm
Sunday, Apr. 13 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

We hope to see you there! For more information on the Friends of the Oakville Public Library, visit their website.

New SMS notification method available Sept. 30

On September 30, 2013, Oakville Public Library will offer a new notification method for your holds and overdue items. Besides the already existent email, phone and print notification methods,  it will now be possible to receive text message notifications on your cellular device. The service is free of charge. If you wish to switch to SMS notifications, please ask for this service at the circulation desk of your branch the next time you visit and make sure you provide your cell phone number.

Please note: Only one notification method per library account is possible at this time. Example: If you switch to the SMS notification method you will no longer receive e-mail notices.

New Enviro-packs added (March 2014) – fun-filled environmental awareness kits!

Last April, Enviro-packs were added to our Bookpack collections at all 6 Oakville Public Library branches. In partnership with the Town of Oakville Environmental Policy Department, these packs were created to provide kids with fun, easy to use activities and information on local wildlife, recycling, wise energy use and climate change. Much of the material contained in the colorful, whimsical back packs is produced by the Town of Oakville and the Region of Halton. These kits provide resources and activities for kids to learn about Oakville’s environment and share ideas about how to support the earth we live on. Puppets, activity sheets, books and other surprises are contained within; they are suitable for kids, families and educators.

This March, two new Enviro-packs will be available. Stay tuned for the reveal!

To borrow one of these great learning kits, check one out at your local branch! Ask a staff member or check their availability by searching our catalogue for “Enviro-packs”.

Cessation of Interlibrary Loan Service from Library and Archives Canada

Important Update

Due to budget cuts, Library and Archives Canada has informed all public libraries that they will stop their Interlibrary Loan service effective December 11, 2012.

This means that Oakville Public Library will no longer be able to acquire any material on Interlibrary Loan from this institution. Library and Archives Canada is working to digitize its content so users can have access electronically. Oakville Public Library will do its best to locate material previously held at Library and Archives Canada from alternative sources. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information please visit the Library and Archives Canada website.

Thank You Staff for Service Excellence!

According to the results of the sixth Citizen Survey, 85 per cent of Oakville residents believe that Oakville is better than most areas in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) when it comes to overall livability. And when it comes to their public library service, they are particularly happy.

Residents were asked to rate 11 services provided by the town, one of which was library services, for which satisfaction exceeded 90 per cent! Library services were one of only three services to exceed the 90 per cent satisfaction level.

In accordance with the library’s business plan that cites delivering ‘exceptional customer experience’ as one of its key values with the over-arching vision of ‘Love the experience’, the survey results clearly show that we are committed to maintaining and developing customer service excellence in all areas.

These results are the continued efforts of all library staff and I am extremely proud and fortunate to work with an engaged and customer-orientated staff!

For more information regarding the 2013 Citizen Survey, please visit http://www.oakville.ca/townhall/citizen-surveys.html

From,

Charlotte Meissner, CEO, Oakville Public Library

PRESTO! Cards Available @ Select Branches

Iroquois Ridge, Woodside, Glen Abbey and Central branches, in co-operation with Oakville Transit, are offering easy access to the PRESTO electronic fare system. The PRESTO system eliminates the need for coins, tickets and transfers.

PRESTO cards can now be purchased for $6 from a Circulation Desk at the Iroquois Ridge, Woodside, Glen Abbey or Central library branch. Library staff are able to pre-load and re-load fare dollars onto PRESTO cards at any time during library hours.

PRESTO makes it easier to pay your fare while traveling within and between transit systems by the simple tap of a card.

For more information on the PRESTO electronic fare system, please visit the Oakville Transit website.


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