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Parents, Babies, and New Releases

On parental leave? If you are a parent caring for a little one(s) and want to talk about adult books and culture, this is a meet-up you do not want to miss! Pack the diaper bag, stock up on snacks, bring your mini, and head over to the Woodside Branch for some adult conversation about new books and new movies.

Offered on the 2nd Monday of each month
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Woodside Branch
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages

Classes run March 12 – August 13.

An Afternoon with Tom Rachman

Tom Rachman is the author of three works of fiction: his bestselling debut, The Imperfectionists ; the critically acclaimed follow-up, The Rise & Fall of Great Powers and an upcoming novel set in the art world, The Italian Teacher.

Born in London and raised in Vancouver, Tom studied cinema at the University of Toronto and journalism at Columbia University in New York. He worked at The Associated Press as a foreign-news editor in Manhattan headquarters, then became a correspondent in Rome. He also reported from India, Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea, Egypt, Turkey and elsewhere. To write fiction, he left the AP and moved to Paris, supporting himself as an editor at the International Herald Tribune. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

Tom will present his newest novel, The Italian Teacher,answer audience questions and sign copies of his books.

Sunday, March 18
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre
Cost: Tickets are now FREE*
Age: 16Y+

*Tickets available at all branches starting February 18

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.

  • Tuesday, March 20
    3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 235397
  • Monday, March 26
    4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Central Branch, Training Lab
    Course Code: 235396
  • Thursday, April 5
    3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Woodside Branch, Program Room
    Course Code: 235606
  • Monday, April 23
    4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Central Branch, Training Lab
    Course Code: 235607
  • Tuesday, May 22
    3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Woodside Branch, Program Room
    Course Code: 235399
  • Monday, May 28
    4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Central Branch, Training Lab
    Course Code 235399
  • Tuesday, June 5
    3  p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 235400

Cost: Free/1 Class
Age: 16Y+

Please bring your own device. Devices will be available if required. In partnership with ClubRunner, a local software company.

Speaker Series

Join us on Wednesdays to learn from our guest speakers and socialize with your friends.

  • Wednesday, March 21
    Benefit & Credit Entitlements Info presented by the Canadian Revenue Agency
  • Wednesday, March 26
    Tracking Down Quality Health Information Online presented by Oakville Public Library
  • Wednesday, April 4
    It’s Not Right – A Discussion on Elder Abuse presented by Community Development
  • Wednesday, April 18
    Poetry Month! with Ontario Poetry Society – Oakville Chapter
  • Wednesday, April 25
    Seniors’ Art Workshop presented by Oakville Galleries
  • Wednesday, May 2
    The Great Outdoors presented by Bruce Trail Conservancy
  • Wednesday, May 9
    Finding Meaning Through Volunteer Work presented by Volunteer Halton
  • Wednesday, May 16
    In the Garden presented by Bronte Horticultural Society
  • Wednesday, May 23
    Info. on Dementia and Alzheimer’s for Loved Ones presented by Acclaim Health
  • Wednesday, May 30
    Wearable Technology and Big Data with Elder Technology Assistance Group (ETAG)
  • Wednesday, June 6
    The Tai Chi Experience with Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi
  • Wednesday, June 13
    Exploring Virtual Reality presented by the Oakville Public Library

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Central Branch Auditorium
Cost: Free
Age: 55Y+ but all are welcome

Aesthetics is Everything!

Why do we live in rectangular spaces and stare at rectangular screens? Why do some things appear beautiful, but others ugly? What’s the difference between branding and art? If you’d like to learn the answers to these and other questions about aesthetics, join Associate Professor David Tucker of Ryerson RTA for this intriguing presentation.

  • Thursday, March 22
    6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    Cost: Free
    Course Code 235338.
  • Thursday, April 12
    6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
    Cost: Free
    Course Code 235339.

Cost: Free
Age: 16Y+

Gaming Expo!

Game design uses a combination of art, logic, story development, and technology to create engaging interactive experiences. Drop in to check out new games developed by students in the Bachelor of Game Design at Sheridan College. Play their games, talk to them about game design, and test out some of our Creation Zone technology.

Saturday, March 24
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages

In partnership with: Sheridan College

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

Staying Connected with Your iPhone and iPad

Learn to use your Apple device to share photos, Facetime, iMessage, use iCloud, and more.

Wednesday, April 11
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Central Branch, Program Room
Cost: Free
Age: 16Y+
Course Code: 235381

*Please bring your own device. Devices will be available, if required.
Led by an Apple Specialist in partnership with Core1.

Authors on Art with Sheila Heti

Join us for our Authors on Art series with acclaimed writer Sheila Heti. Held alongside Sara Cwynar’s exhibition, which uses film and photography to explore the potent emotional and aspirational charge of material consumption, this talk sees Heti pose the question “Should Artists Shop or Stop Shopping?” Is shopping a form of creativity, and if it is, what is the shopper creating? Is the shopper a creator like the artist is a creator? Can one be an artist of shopping? What would the artist of shopping look like, and what would the artist of not shopping look like? What could each artist teach us, and which one is the better artist?

Wednesday, April 11
7:00 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: Free*
Ages: 18Y+

*Click here to get your free tickets.

Next Step in Creative Writing

​Instructor Brian Henry will challenge you to take a step up in your writing. Over the series, you’ll be asked to bring in five pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. Discover how your greatest growth as a writer comes from critiquing other people’s work, seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and seeing how they write and re-write

Every Thursday from April 12 to June 14
12:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Woodside Branch, Program Room
Cost: $199/10 Classes
Age: 18Y+

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

Oakville Public Library Proudly Presents: Gardening Q&A

Gardening season will soon be upon us. Have all of your gardening questions answered by Master Gardeners David Marshall and Lorne Sparrow, and then join us for a brief presentation on the reopening of the OPL Seed Library. Come grow with us!

Sunday, April 15
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: Free/1 Class
Age: 16Y+
Course Code: 235419

An Evening with Joyce Wayne

Joyce Wayne is an award-winning literary journalist, and the author of the historical novel The Cook’s Temptation and Last Night of the World a new high-energy, creative, and emotionally tense novel.

On a hot Ottawa night in August 1945, Soviet agent Freda Linton’s world is about to fall apart. She’s spent the war infiltrating the highest levels of the Canadian government as an undercover operative for the fledgling Canadian Communist Party and for Moscow’s military police. When Freda discovers that top-secret files exposing her involvement may be turned over to the RCMP, she is faced with an impossible decision and must determine who is on her side. Should she risk everything to smuggle out nuclear secrets that will kick off the Cold War?

Thursday, April 19
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $15*
Age: 16Y+

*Tickets available at all branches starting March 22.

Love My OPL: Intro to Digital Library Resources

Did you know you can download movies, stream music, and read magazines for free using OPL’s digital resources? 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.

  • Saturday, April 21
    10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Central Branch, Training Lab
    Course Code: 235342
  • Wednesday, May 9
    1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
    QEPCCC, Lab
    Course Code: 235589
  • Saturday, June 16,
    10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Iroquois Ridge, Creation Zone
    Course Code 235344.

Cost: Free/1 Class
Age: 16Y+

*Please bring your own device to download our apps. Devices will be available for the program, if required.

Kanopy Film Club

Are you a film fanatic?  Join us for a screening of a Kanopy title, followed by a discussion on these thought-provoking pieces.

Dates and Films

  • *Thursday, April 26
    The Lobster
    Course Code 235355
  • Thursday, May 24
    I, Daniel Blake
    Course Code 235356
  • Thursday, June 28
    Love & Friendship
    Course Code 235357

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: Free/3 Classes
Age: 18Y+

*The Lobster screening and discussion will run until 8:30 p.m.

3D Modelling

A hands-on introduction to 3D design software and
the basics of 3D modelling and printing.

  • Saturday, May 5
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Course Code 235358.
  • Tuesday, July 10
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Course Code 235358.
  • Wednesday, August 15
    1 pm-3 pm
    Course Code 235358.

Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $8/1 Class
Age: 8Y+

Seniors’ Art Talks & Guided Tour

Join Oakville Public Library and Oakville Galleries staff for lively and insightful conversations about the big ideas in contemporary art, film, and literature. Participants will meet in the Auditorium for a discussion, followed by a tour of the exhibition.

Tuesday, May 8
2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: 55Y+ (but all are welcome)

In partnership with Oakville Galleries

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

An Evening with Hannah Mary McKinnon & Karma Brown

Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favor of writing. In her second novel, The Neighbours, a car accident kills a young man and forever changes the lives of three people… Now, twenty years later, they’ll all come to regret the choices they made that day, as the secrets and lies they’ve told to protect each other become the very things that tear their lives apart. 

Karma Brown is an award-winning journalist and author of several bestselling novels. In addition to her novels, Karma’s writing has appeared in several magazines. The Life Lucy Knew is her most recent novel. After hitting her head, Lucy Sparks awakens in the hospital to a shocking revelation: the man she’s known and loved for years—the man she recently married—is not actually her husband. In fact, they haven’t even spoken since their breakup four years earlier. When the life Lucy believes she had slams against the reality she’s been living for the past four years, she must make a difficult choice about which life she wants to lead, and who she really is. Join us just three weeks before the publication date to get a preview of this intriguing story of dark secrets and the pull of the past.

Wednesday, May 23
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $15*
Age: 16Y+

*Tickets available at all branches starting April 25.

Writing and Revising with Brian Henry

​If you want to refine your story-telling skills and cut the time you will need to spend editing, this workshop is for you. Editor and Creative Writing Instructor Brian Henry will teach you how to step back from a manuscript in order to find – and fix – flaws in your plot, structure, characterization and style.

Special Option: You’re invited to bring the first 500 – 1,000 words of one of your pieces of writing. If you do, please bring three (3) copies.

Saturday, May 26
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $49*/1 Class (*$49 in advance or $53 at the door.)
Age: 18Y+

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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