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Creation Zone Open Studios

Stop by the Iroquois Ridge Creation Zone every Wednesday* for a fun and interactive Open Studio session!

Every Wednesday*
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge, Creation Zone
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Ages: All Ages

Culture Days @ OPL!

This year during the weekend of September 28-30th, OPL will host a variety of activities at numerous branches that will inspire you to create, collaborate and help build community through shared experiences.   

This year’s theme is onBeat,  for more information on Culture Days and what is happening in Oakville, please visit this website  https://culturedays.ca/en

 

Drum making & music exploration

Celebrate music, expression, and the collaborative spirit by creating your own drum and participate in OPL’s 1st Drum Jam session. Bring in objects from home, or experiment with various materials provided by the library including technology.

  • Saturday September 29th
  • 10-12pm Iroquois Ridge Branch

 

Rhythm of Poetry Wall

Come down to the Glen Abbey Branch for an opportunity to showcase your poetry skills by using words that capture the rhythm of language.  There will be an opportunity to take a picture and share poems via social media.

  • Friday September 28-Sunday September 30th
  • Glen Abbey Branch
  • During Branch Hours

 

Community Mural: What does Community mean to me?

Come and share what culture means to you!  Fill up our community mural and share what you feel is the heartbeat of the community.

  • Friday September 28-Sunday September 30th
  • Iroquois Ridge Branch
  • During Branch Hours

 

Drum Circle

Come join us for our drum circle at Central Branch led by Mississauga Company Drum in. Embracing rhythm as a universal cultural experience with our Oakville community.

  • Sunday September 30th
  • Central Branch, Centennial Square
  • 2-3pm

Let’s Talk About Books

Have you read a book that you can’t stop talking about? A good book can pique your interest, provoke your curiosity, captivate and enthrall you, or it can make you laugh out loud. Drop in to this monthly book chat for an opportunity to discuss a book that has captured your imagination or get inspired with suggestions for your next great read.

Wednesday, September 5
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Woodside Branch, Program Room

Cost: Free
Age: 55Y+

Occurs on the first Wednesday of the month from September until March.

Tech Help

Bring your tablet, smartphone, or laptop and receive help with basic computer skills. We can assist with email, sharing photos, messaging, Microsoft Word, downloading library apps and more. Small class size will allow for individual attention.

  • Wednesday, September 12
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Monday, September 24
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, October 9
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch, Program Room
  • Monday, October 29
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Wednesday, November 7
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Monday, November 26
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, November 27
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Wednesday, January 9
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Monday, January 28
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Wednesday, February 6
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Monday, February 25
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, March 5
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch, Program Room

Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

Virtual Reality

Drop in to the Creation Zone every Wednesday between 6-8pm to try out virtual reality and chat with our Creation Specialist.

Wednesdays
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages

Game Night

Join us for FREE Adult Board Games. Meet up at Central Branch every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

 

  • Thursday, September 13
  • Thursday, September  27
  • Thursday, October 11
  • Thursday, October 25
  • Thursday, November 8
  • Thursday, November 22
  • Thursday, December 13
  • Thursday, December 27
  • Thursday,  January 10
  • Thursday, January 24
  • Thursday, February 14
  • Thursday, February 28

 

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Central Branch

Cost: Free/Drop-in

Age: All Ages

 

Speaker Series

Drop in on Mondays to learn about new topics from our guest speakers and get to know others at these informative and informal sessions. Everyone is welcome.

Dates and Topics*

  • Monday, September 17
    Opera 101 presented by Southern Ontario Lyric Opera
  • Monday, September 24
    Love my OPL: an introduction to Digital Resources presented by Oakville Public Library
  • Monday, October 1
    Fraud and Scammers presented by Halton Regional Police
  • Monday, October 15
    A walking tour –Without walking presented by Oakville Historical Society
  • Monday, October 22
    Using the Library to Research your Family Tree presented by Elise C. Cole, Local Collections Librarian
  • Monday, October 29
    Organizing your Finances in One Month presented by the Credit Counselling Society
  • Monday, January 14
    Living Well on Retirement Income presented by the Credit Counselling Society
  • Monday, January 21
    Communication Strategies for People with Alzheimer’s and Dementia presented by Acclaim Health
  • Monday, January 28
    Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging presented by Karolina Otto, Nutritionist
  • Monday February 11
    Seniors – Benefits & Credits presented by Canada Revenue Agency

 

Stay tuned for February 4th topic and presenter.

 

10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.

Central Branch Auditorium

Cost: Free

Age: 55Y+**

 

*Presenters and topics are subject to change, depending on facilitator availability.
**Targeted at ages 55Y & up, but all are welcome.

Photography with your iPhone

Maximize your cellphone camera to take quality photos using apps and other camera settings.

  • Thursday, September 20
    Course Code: 239987
  • Thursday, November 15
    Course Code: 239988
  • Thursday, February 7
    Course Code: 240045

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $8
Age: 16Y+

An Evening with Helen Humphreys

A seasoned writer stumbles across an obituary and imagination is sparked. The brief words of memoriam describe a woman who  was both extraordinary-eccentric, revered in her field, a renowned expert-but also utterly ordinary. How does a writer, intrigued by all that isn’t said, create a story? Capture an unknowable woman and all the secret passions, choices and compromises that make up a life? In Machine Without Horses, Helen Humphreys explores famous and famously private salmon-fly dresser, Megan Boyd, a craftswoman who worked for sixty years out of a bare-bones cottage in a small village in the north of Scotland. Helen Humphreys’ previous novels have won or been nominated for prestigious awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Toronto Book Award.

Tuesday, September 25
7:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre
Cost: $15/ticket
Age: 18Y and up

Tickets available at all OPL branches and A Different Drummer Books starting September 4.

Presented by Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books

Welcome to Creative Writing

This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment.  This course with Brian Henry will open the door to all kinds of creative writing.  We’ll visit short stories and children’s writing, writing in first and 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 zero-pressure, totally save setting, where your words will grow and flower.

Thursday, September 27
12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Woodside Branch, Program Room
Cost:  $199/10 classes
Age:  18Y+

To reserve your spot, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca and allow 2-3 business days for a response.  Don’t have an email account?  Call Elise at 905-815-2042 ext. 5037.

Culture Days: Get OnBeat at the Library

What moves you?
Find, share, explore during our Culture Days Celebration
September 28, 29, 30

Cost: Free
Age: All Ages

Stay tuned for more information.  Check  opl.ca for updates.

Learning Word with Lynda.com

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word with the various resources available to you through Lynda.com in this hands-on workshop.

  • Saturday, September 29
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Central Branch
    Course Code: 239975
  • Monday, November 5
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 239978

Cost: Free

Age: 16Y+

safeTALK Suicide Alert Education

Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through safeTALK alertness training, you can learn to recognize important signs and take action by connecting people with life-saving intervention resources. Join us for this half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.  Lead by safeTalk educator Marcus Logan.

  • Saturday, October 6
    12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Course Code: 239992
  • Saturday, February 16
    12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Course Code: 240050

Central Branch

Cost: Free

Age: 15Y+

 

Love My OPL: Intro to Digital 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 most of your free library card by joining us for this hands-on session and learn about what your library has to offer.

  • Tuesday, October 9
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
    Course Code: 239952
  • Wednesday, October 17
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 239954
  • Thursday, January 31
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 240033
  • Tuesday, February 12
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
    Course Code: 240030
  • Friday, February 22
    10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    White Oaks Branch
    Course Code: 240031
  • Thursday, March 7
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 240032

Cost: Free

Age: 16Y+

Adult Book Clubs

Join one of our book clubs and enjoy great books and in-depth discussions led by our team of friendly and knowledgeable librarians. We’ll read a variety of fiction from different genres, plus a little non-fiction. Differing viewpoints and new ideas will get everyone thinking and talking!

Sessions run once per month from October to May, excluding December. Included in your registration fee is a complimentary ticket to An Evening for Book Lovers (on Sept. 17, 2018), at which you’ll vote for five of the books that you’ll read during the Fall/Winter season.

  • Tuesday, October 9
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 239957
  • Tuesday, October 16
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 239956
  • Wednesday, October 17
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
    Course Code: 239955

Cost: $87.50/7 meetings
Age: 18Y+

Iroquois Ridge club is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, Woodside on the 3rd Tuesday, and Central on the 3rd Wednesday. Books are provided for borrowing and refreshments are served at each meeting.

In Conversation With… The Right Honourable David Johnston, Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country

From our esteemed former Governor General and author of the bestsellers The Idea of Canada and Ingenious comes Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country, a timely guide for restoring personal, community, and national trust.

Tuesday, October 9
7  p.m.
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Cost: $25/Ticket*
Age: 18Y+

*Tickets for all events are available through oakvillecentre.ca

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books are pleased to present this series that feeds the inquisitive mind. It provides you with an opportunity to hear, ask questions and meet some of Canada’s top influencers and authors.

Oakville Genealogy Meetup

Whether you’re new to genealogy or an experienced researcher, come learn in this informal seminar setting. Here’s a chance to ask and answer questions about genealogical research and get some tips and tricks!

  • Wednesday, October 10
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 14
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 9
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 13
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 13
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Central Branch Auditorium
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

Preregister prior to each date by emailing elise.cole@oakville.ca to ensure a seat!
Brought to you in partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Oakville Public Library.

Robotics Expo!

Drop by to explore with several local robotics experts who will showcase their creations in action!

Saturday, October 13
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages

Family and Local History: A Perfect Pairing

One step that many people may miss in their research is learning more about the local history of the area in which their ancestors lived. It is important to understand the time and place of an ancestral location and its place in your family history. Find out how to learn more about researching local history to add flavour and substance to your family history.

Tuesday, October 16
7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $8
Age: 18Y+
Course Code: 239964

Build Your Own Website

Have you ever needed a website for a small business idea, a hobby, or an artist gallery, but don’t know where to start? This 90-minute workshop will provide you with the necessary tools to understand how to build and go live with a website without having to write a line of code.

  • Thursday, October 18
    Course Code: 239962
  • Thursday, January 10
    Course Code: 240020

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $8
Age: 16Y+

Introduction to Computers

This hands-on workshop is designed to help newcomers enhance their computer literacy skills through the introduction of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Thursdays, October 18 – December 6
  • Thursdays, January 17 – March 7

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free/8 classes
Age: 18Y+

To register call Halton Multicultural Council Connections at 905-842-2486 x.241

Orientation to Ontario

This two-part workshop can smooth your transition to living in Ontario. Topics include health care, housing, education, working, recreation and community participation, transportation, and legal services.

Saturday, October 20 & October 27
12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free/2 classes
Age: 18Y+

To register call Halton Multicultural Council Connections at 905-842-2486 x.257 or email jchen@hmcconnections.com

Film Club

Are you a film fanatic? Join us for a screening of a film from the Kanopy streaming service, followed by discussion of some thought provoking pieces. Stay tuned for more information on title selection.

  • Tuesday, October 23
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Course Code: 239972
  • Tuesday, February 19
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Course Code: 240027

Central Branch, Auditorium

Cost: Free

Age: 18Y+

Jazz & Drawing

Oakville Public Library is pleased to offer an evening of live jazz music and drawing in the Creation Zone. Create drawings in your own sketch book inspired by live jazz. Drawing what you hear and not what you see integrates music and the visual arts in a rich approach that experiments with the representational and non-representational form. Drawing is optional – you are welcome to join us for the enriching auditory experience alone.

Thursday, October 25
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free
Age: 16Y+
Course Code: 239966

In Conversation With… Eden Robinson, Trickster Drift

Following the Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted Son of a Trickster comes Trickster Drift, the second book in Eden Robinson’s captivating Trickster trilogy.

Thursday, October 25
7 p.m.
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Cost: $25/Ticket*
Age: 18Y+

*Tickets for all events are available through oakvillecentre.ca

Presented by Toronto International Festival of Authors – Lit on Tour in partnership with the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and Different Drummer Books.

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books are pleased to present this series that feeds the inquisitive mind. It provides you with an opportunity to hear, ask questions and meet some of Canada’s top influencers and authors.

Immigration Updates in Mandarin

Learn about new Canadian immigration policies and regulations. Topics include: general guidelines for Permanent Resident application, PR Card renewal, and general guidelines for Canadian Citizenship application, questions, and answers. Conducted in Mandarin.

Friday, October 26
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

To register call Halton Multicultural Council Connections at 905-842-2486 x.257 or email jchen@hmcconnections.com

Oakville’s 2nd Annual Family History Fair

October is Family History Month, and our Family History Fair returns on October 27! Drop in to visit with historical and genealogical groups, family history vendors, or attend one of our free workshops* with genealogical speakers on a variety of topics.

Saturday, October 27
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages

*Workshops are 16Y+, and limited to 30 people.
Pre registration is required by emailing elise.cole@oakville.ca

Workshops:
11am-12pm: Why Can’t I find it Online? Good Question! Other resources to help you with your research with Ruth Blair, PLCGS
These days it seems like you can find everything online. There are a lot of great databases out there but if you are relying only on those then you will be missing out on a lot of useful information. This lecture will discuss what is not available online, using case studies from England, Scotland, Ireland and Canada.

1-2 pm: Loyal Then, Loyal Now – Researching and Proving your UEL Ancestry with Linda Corupe, UE

2:30-3:30pm: Accessing and Preserving Family Heirlooms with Denise Psaila, Manager, Archives of Ontario
This presentation is of particular interest to genealogical researchers, and explores best practices for storing personal treasures, with a particular focus on paper records. Participants will learn how to care for their family history documents at home, including detailed instructions on proper storage and handling. The presenter will offer advice about where to acquire archival supplies or the help of an independent conservator. This presentation also includes information about digitizing private collections to ensure they will be available for future generations.

Exhibitors
Archives of Ontario
Bronte Historical Society
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Oakville Ward
e-Scapes Photography Family Tree Printing Services
Halton Black History Awareness Society
Halton-Peel Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Hamilton Branch, United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada
Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives Department
Linda Corupe, UE
Lynn Palermo, the Armchair Genealogist
Nasagiweya Historical Society
Oakville Historical Society
Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate
Trafalgar Township Historical Society
And more to come!

In Conversation With… Dr. Dave Williams, Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe

Dr. Dave has led the sort of life that most people only dream of. He has set records for spacewalking. He has lived undersea for weeks at a time. He has saved lives as an emergency doctor, launched into the stratosphere twice, and performed surgery in zero gravity. But if you ask him how he became so accomplished, he’ll say: ‘I’m just a curious kid from Saskatchewan.’ Curious indeed. Presentation will include a performance by the Bidiniband.

Tuesday, October 30
7 p.m.
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Cost: $25/Ticket*
Age: 18Y+

*Tickets for all events are available through oakvillecentre.ca

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books are pleased to present this series that feeds the inquisitive mind. It provides you with an opportunity to hear, ask questions and meet some of Canada’s top influencers and authors.

Meet & Knit

Starting in November come by the Creation Zone on Thursdays with your needles & thread for a social knitting and crochet drop-in.

Thursdays
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: 12Y+

Exceptions: Thursday December 27, January 3, March 7

Authors on Art: Alissa York

Join us for the Authors on Art series with acclaimed writer Alissa York in parallel with Oakville Galleries’ fall exhibition David Hartt: in the forest. Alissa York is the award-winning author of the novels The Naturalist, Fauna, Effigy and Mercy, and the short fiction collection, Any Given Power.

Thursday, November 1
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Central Branch Auditorium
Cost: Free/Ticket*
Age: 18Y+

*To reserve your free tickets, please visit oakvillegalleries.com.
Presented in partnership with Oakville Galleries.

Photogrammetry

In this workshop, we’ll learn how to turn your smartphone into a 3D scanner. We’ll produce scans that can be 3D-printed at a later time. Smart phone or iPad required. Bring your own device.

  • Saturday, November 10
    Course Code: 239986
  • Saturday, January 19
    Course Code: 240044

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $8
Age: 16Y+

In Conversation With… Beverley McLachlin, Full Disclosure

From the former Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, comes a riveting thriller about a rising, young defense attorney faced with a case that hits close to home. When everyone has something to hide, the truth is the only defense. From the gritty streets of Vancouver to the fateful halls of justice, Full Disclosure is a razor-sharp thriller that pulses with authenticity and intrigue.

Tuesday, November 13
7 p.m.
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Cost: $25/Ticket*
Age: 18Y+

*Tickets for all events are available through oakvillecentre.ca

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books are pleased to present this series that feeds the inquisitive mind. It provides you with an opportunity to hear, ask questions and meet some of Canada’s top influencers and authors.

In Conversation With… Jay Baruchel, Born Into It

Writer, actor, director and comedian Jay Baruchel joins the In Conversation With… Series to talk about his new book Born Into It. In Born Into It, Baruchel’s lifelong memories as a Canadiens’ fan explode on the page in a collection of hilarious, heartfelt and nostalgic stories that draw on his childhood experiences as a homer living in Montreal and the enemy living in the Maple Leaf stronghold of Oshawa, Ontario.

Monday, November 19
7  p.m.
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Cost: $25/Ticket*
Age: 18Y+

*Tickets for all events are available through oakvillecentre.ca

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books are pleased to present this series that feeds the inquisitive mind. It provides you with an opportunity to hear, ask questions and meet some of Canada’s top influencers and authors.

A Day in the Life of Oakville

Our photo project returns a fourth time with fall/winter in Oakville as our subject. Grab your camera or device and take photos of the town on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Saturday, December 1
Cost: Free
Age: All Ages

Submission details will be available online starting December 1, and photos will be accepted December 1-7.

iMovie Video Editing on iPad Pro

In this workshop we will go over basic video editing and training fundamentals for iMovie on the iPad Pro. iPad Pro and sample media will be provided for this workshop.

  • Thursday, December 13
    Course Code: 239965
  • Thursday, March 7
    Course Code: 240025

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $8
Age: 16Y+

Learning Excel with Lynda.com

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel with the various resources available to you through Lynda.com in this hands-on workshop.

  • Saturday, January 12
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Central Branch
    Course Code: 240028
  • Monday, February 25
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    CourseCode: 240029

Cost: Free

Age: 16Y+

How to Build Your Story

This workshop with Brian Henry will show you how writers plot a novel and will give you the best tips on writing short stories. We’ll also look at where to get your stories published and how to win contests. Best yet, you’ll learn how to apply story-building techniques to your own writing. Brian’s guest speaker will be local author Hannah McKinnon.

Saturday, January 19
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $49 in advance / $53 at the door
Age: 18Y+

To reserve your spot, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca and allow 2-3 business days for a response.  Don’t have an email account?  Call Elise at 905-815-2042 ext. 5037.

For details about parking and directions, please visit tinyurl.com/z4nfm3e

Writing Kid Lit: Picture Books to YA

From picture books to young adult novels, this weekly course with Brian Henry is accessible for beginners and meaty enough for advanced writers. Through lectures, in-class assignments, homework, and feedback on your writing, we’ll give you ins and outs of writing for younger readers and set you on course toward writing your own books. We’ll have two published children’s authors as guest speakers.

Thursday, January 24
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $199 /9 classes*
Age: 18Y+

*No class on March 14, 2019

To reserve your spot, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca and allow 2-3 business days for a response.  Don’t have an email account?  Call Elise at 905-815-2042 ext. 5037.

For details about parking and directions, please visit tinyurl.com/z4nfm3e

 

Hear This! Words & Wine

Audiobooks grow in popularity every year, and we’re eager to share some of our favorites at our annual event. Listening to a book narrated by a skilled actor or author can transform the reading experience, making it more personal and pleasurable. Join us while our librarians give brief talks about outstanding audio books – classic and contemporary, fiction and non-fiction.

Friday, February 8
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Central Branch
Cost: $20*
Age: 19Y+

*Tickets are available at all branches starting January 7, 2019.

Wine and tasty appetizers are included in your ticket price
Lucky audience members will win door prizes!

Introduction to the Canadian Tax System

This session helps you prepare for your annual tax filing. Topics include what you can claim on your tax returns, filing your taxes, dates to remember, and RRSP contributions.

Tuesday, February 19
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

Call the Newcomer Information Centre to register at 905-875-3851 x.5008

Seedy Sunday

Oakville Public Library is pleased to present its first ever Seedy Sunday! Come and celebrate the launch of the OPL Seed library, exchange seeds and visit with a variety of organizations all related to seeds, plants and gardening!

Sunday, February 24
10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: 18Y+

For more details, please visit our website at www.opl.ca/blog/seed-library/ starting September 24.

Colouring 2.0

Wind down with colouring and then we’ll show you how to bring your artwork to life using iPads and Osmos.

Saturday, March 2
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages

Maximizing Your Use of Ancestry

Come join our Local Collections Librarian and learn some tips and tricks to maximize your use of Ancestry and Ancestry Library Edition.

Wednesday, March 6
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+
Course Code: 240034

Ask an Employment Advisor

Drop in to the Glen Abbey branch library for a one-on-one chat session with an employment advisor.

Discussion topics include

  • Job searching
  • Résumé writing
  • Interview skills
  • Connecting with employers.
  • Career assessments and planning
  • Training and education option

This is a partnership between the library and The Centre for Skills and Development and Training
For more information call Lila Saab at 905-815-2039 x.3596

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Thursday, December 6, 2018

2:30pm-4:30pm
Glen Abbey Branch

Cost: Free
Ages: 16Y+

In Conversation With… Anna Olson

Join us for an intimate afternoon with “Canada’s baking sweetheart”, chef and television personality Anna Olson, where she discusses her career and her latest book, Set for the Holidays!

Sunday, December 16, 2018
2 p.m.
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Cost: $50/Ticket*
Age: 18Y+

*Ticket come with a free copy of Anna Olson’s new book Set for the Holidays. Tickets for all events are available through oakvillecentre.ca

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books are pleased to present this series that feeds the inquisitive mind. It provides you with an opportunity to hear, ask questions and meet some of Canada’s top influencers and authors.

Complete program listings available:


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