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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 2017 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, September 28th
  • Thursday, October 12th
  • Thursday, October 26th
  • Thursday, November 9th
  • Thursday, November 23rd
  • Thursday, December 14th
  • Thursday, December 28th


New Parents, Babies, and New Releases

Parental leave first time? If you are a parent caring for a child younger than 12 months old and want to talk about adult books and culture, you don’t want to miss this. Pack the diaper bad, stack up on snacks, bring your mini, and head over to the Woodside Branch for some adult conversation about new books and movies.

Every second Monday of every month
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Woodside Branch
Age: All Ages
Cost: Free/7 classes*

*Running from September to March. 

Digital Discovery with the Teen Tech Team

Drop-in to Central or Glen Abbey Branch to receive tech coaching from members of our Teen Tech Team.

Central Branch sessions:

  • Tuesday, September 26
  • Tuesday, October 31
  • Tuesday, November 28
  • Tuesday, January 30
  • Tuesday, February 27

Glen Abbey Branch sessions:

  • Thursday, September 28
  • Thursday, October 26
  • Thursday, November 30
  • Thursday, January 25
  • Thursday, February 22

*No dates in December

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Central Branch and Glen Abbey Branch
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Ages: All ages

Tech Under Twenty Presentations

Drop in for exciting presentations from local technologically and business minded youth. This is offered in collaboration with Silicon Halton and Tech Under Twenty.

Understanding Smart Cities
Saturday, December 16
2:00pm – 2:45 pm

Thinking Like a Startup
Saturday, January 13
2:00pm – 2:45 pm

Creating a Business Plan
Saturday, February 3
2:00pm – 2:45 pm

Delivering a Great Pitch
Saturday, February 24th
2:00pm – 2:45 pm

Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone 
Age: All Ages
Cost: Free/Drop-in

Ask the Blue Shirt Expert

Get hands-on and learn about the latest trends in technology from the experts at this interactive information series, in partnership with Best Buy Canada.
Best Buy’s Blue Shirt Experts will bring along their top-selling gadgets for you to test and experiment with. Come explore your techie side and join in on the fun!
Upcoming topics:
  • Smart Home Gadgets – Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • Drones – Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • VR & Wearable Tech – Tuesday, March 6, 2018
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Iroquois Ridge Branch – Creation Zone
Cost: Free – Drop-in
Ages: All ages

Photography with your Phone

Maximize your cell phone camera to take quality photos using apps and other camera settings. Please bring your own device.

Saturday, January 13
10:30am – 12:00pm
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Age: 16Y and up
Cost: $8*

*Register through Iris using course code: 230264

Exploring Creative Writing

This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. This course will open the door to all kinds of creative writing. We’ll visit short story writing and writing true stories, writing in first person and in third person, and writing just for fun. You’ll get a shot of inspiration every week and an assignment to keep you going till the next class. Best of all, this class will provide a zero-pressure, totally safe setting, where your words will grow and flower.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for over 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers.

Thursdays starting January 25, 2018
9:45am – 11:45am*
Woodside Branch, Program Room
Cost: $199/9 Classes
Ages: 18Y and up
*No class will be held on March 15 and the series will run until March 29

To reserve your spot, email and allow 2-3 business days for a response.
No email? Call Elise at 905-815-2042 x 5037.

Personal Narrative: Stories that Resonate

Writing your life story can take many forms, everything from memoir to personal essays to blogs. Join author/blogger Joyce Wayne to explore ways to successfully turn your thoughts and experiences into memorable stories.  Each week workshop participants are invited to share their writing for constructive and gentle critiquing. If you’ve considered capturing your experiences in print or online, this six-week course will help you to express your thoughts in a professional manner. 

Joyce Wayne writes the bi-weekly blog Her first novel, The Cook’s Temptation, was released in 2014 and her second novel, Last Night of the World, will be published in 2018.  Joyce was previously head of the journalism program at Sheridan College and holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature.

Wednesdays starting January 31, 2018
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Iroquois Ridge, Creation Zone
Cost: $75/6 Classes*
Ages: 18Y and up

Register through IRIS with course code: 230322

Participants are welcome to bring their laptop/device, and must be proficient in their use.

Love My OPL: Into to Digital Library Resources

Did you know the library has downloadable movies, music, and more? We also have databases providing you with health, business, and consumer information. Make the best out of your FREE library card by joining us for this hands on session and learn about what your library has to offer.

Wednesday, February 7
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
Age: 16Y and up
Cost: Free*

*Register through Iris using course code: 230302

In Conversation with Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah, best-selling author of The Nightingale, is coming to Oakville to talk about her newest novel The Great Alone – a story of a family in crisis and a young girl struggling to survive at the edge of the world, in America’s last true frontier.

In 1974, when thirteen-year-old Leni Allbright’s volatile, unpredictable father, Ernt, a former POW, loses another job, he makes an impulsive, desperate decision: he will move the family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the land in a spectacular wilderness.

At once an epic story of human survival and an intimate portrait of a family tested beyond endurance, The Great Alone, offers a glimpse into a vanishing way of life in America. With her trademark combination of elegant prose and deeply drawn characters, Kristin Hannah once again delivers a can’t-put-down novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the remarkable, enduring strength of women. A novel as big and spectacular as Alaska itself.

Sunday, February 11
Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural and Community Centre, Rehearsal Hall
Age: 18Y+
Cost: $25

Tickets available through the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts box office and on the OCPA website on Monday, December 4.

Learning Word with

Join us for a hands on tutorial on the basics of Microsoft Word and how to use resources to support learning.

Sunday, February 11
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Central Branch
Age: 16Y and up
Cost: Free*

*Register through Iris using course code: 230253

Film in Motion

Explore the impact of using devices such as drones and GoPros when taking video

Thursday, February 15
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Age: 16Y and up
Cost: $8*

*Register through Iris using course code: 230242

Instagram Workshop

Learn about filters and posting to Instagram in this hands-on workshop. iPads will be available for use but bringing your own device is recommended.

Tuesday, February 20
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Central Branch
Age: 18Y and up
Cost: Free*

*Register through Iris using course code: 230248

Women of Crime

Since Agatha Christie, women have been a dominant force in crime writing.  Join Maureen Jennings (creator of Murdoch), Joy Fielding, Barbara Fradkin, Melodie Campbell, and Janet Bolin, all award-winning and best-selling authors who span the crime genre from suspense to mysteries to capers. Panel, readings, and a criminally good time.

Thursday, February 22, 2018
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre
Cost: $20/ticket
Ages: 16Y and up

Tickets are available at all OPL branches starting Jan 25, 2018

How to Get Published: An Editor and Literary Agent Tell All

​If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover everything from getting started to getting an agent, from getting your short pieces published to finding a book publisher, from writing a query letter to writing what the publishers want. Bring your questions. Come and get ready to be published! Brian’s guest details are below!

Special Option: Participants are invited to bring a draft of a query letter you might use to interest an agent or publisher in your book. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you do, three copies could be helpful.

Be sure to bring your elevator pitch! Following the end of the formal workshop at 3:30, Brian will be staying for at least half an hour and helping interested attendees, who didn’t have their queries critiqued earlier, write query letters that will get a yes, while the guest literary agent will be listening to your pitches. Agents come to these events wanting to hear what you’ve got and hoping to find authors they want to represent.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for over 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers.

Guest speaker, Martha Webb, is a literary agent and part owner of the CookeMcDermid agency, a new company formed through the amalgamation of the Cooke Agency and the McDermid agency. CookeMcDermid represents more than 300 writers, among them Man Booker nominees, Giller and Governor General’s award–winning authors, prize-winning journalists, New York Times bestsellers and some of the literary world’s most notable names.
Martha was with the McDermid Agency for twelve years, and with CookeMcDermid, she continues to represent a wide range of books. Primarily, though, her list focuses on literary fiction, narrative nonfiction (including memoir and true crime) and ideas-driven nonfiction.

Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:00am – 4:00pm
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $49/1 Class or $53 at the door
Ages: 18Y and up

To reserve your spot, email and allow 2-3 business days for a response.
No email? Call Elise at 905-815-2042 x 5037.

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Learning Excel with

Join us for a hands-on tutorial on the basics of Microsoft Excel and how to use resources to support learning.

Sunday, March 11
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Central Branch
Age: 16Y and up
Cost: Free*

*Register through Iris using course code: 230252

In Conversation with… Paul Saltzman: The Beatles in India

The historic meeting of The Beatles, the Maharishi and Paul Saltzman in 1968 through photos and stories.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – 7:00pm
The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Cost: $20
Ages: 18Y + up

Tickets available at all library branches, at the Oakville Centre Boxoffice, online at

Help Your Self (the Séan McCann Story)

Renowned performer Séan McCann – formerly of Great Big Sea – will join us at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 10 and present his captivating story about surviving abuse, battling addiction, becoming sober, and pursuing his dream of making a difference in the world.

In his genuine Help Your Self performance, Séan uses a combination of music and anecdotes to portray the battles many individuals face and to shed light on the stigmas associated with mental health. Encompassing an inspirational message about self-help and hope, Séan’s resonating narrative allows the audience to enter a world of understanding.

Feel good about joining us for this captivating performance – funds raised from this event will help support library programs, resources, and spaces. In addition, a portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) of Halton to aid in their work of helping survivors of violence.

Attendees will also be welcome to participate in the event’s Silent Auction, which will open at 7:15pm. More information on Silent Auction prizes will be announced at a later date.

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

6:45 p.m.
VIP reception in the Studio Theatre

7:15 p.m.
Doors open for regular ticket-holders
Silent Auction opens in the Lobby

8:00 p.m.
Help Your Self – Séan McCann performance

VIP Ticket: $100*
Regular Ticket: $50**

Tickets will be available through the Oakville Centre’s box office and website beginning December 1, 2017.  

*VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet reception with appetizers and cash bar, one non-alcoholic drink ticket, and preferred seating for the performance. Purchaser will receive a $50 tax receipt.

** Regular tickets include admittance to performance. Purchaser will receive a $25 tax receipt.


This event is generously sponsored by:

The Novelist
Schiavone Diamond

The Poet
A Different Drummer Books
Arsenal Cleaning Services Ltd.
Penguin Random House Canada
Anonymous Donor

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email Development Officer, Virginia Kuypers at

Words & Wine – Let there be light!

It’s time to change things up!  Our fabulous Books & Beer is undergoing a mild transformation this year:  we will be pairing our literature with wine instead.  Join us while our librarians give brief book talks on their favourite light, humorous and charming reads.  Wine and tasty appetizers are included in your ticket price.  One lucky audience member will win a copy of all titles presented!


Friday, February 9, 2018
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Central Branch 3rd Floor
Cost: $20/Ticket
Ages:  19Y and up

Doors open at 6:30pm for refreshments.  Tickets available at all OPL branches starting January 10, 2018.

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