OPL transitions from OverDrive to cloudLibrary for digital collection

Beginning October 1, Oakville Public Library will begin the transition from OverDrive to cloudLibrary for eBooks and audiobooks.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • OverDrive/Libby will no longer be available as of November 18
  • Holds will not transfer over. Privacy laws prohibit existing holds on OverDrive/Libby from being transferred to cloudLibrary
  • Even more titles will be available to you through cloudLibrary. OPL customers will continue to have access to our complete collection PLUS access to eBooks and audiobooks from more than 23 other Ontario library systems. (That’s 135,000+ new titles!)
  • cloudLibrary is compatible with iOS, Android, Nook, Windows, MAC OS, Kobo and Kindle Fire as a mobile or desktop app depending on the device

Have questions about setting up cloudLibrary, troubleshooting, or device compatibility? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.


Here’s how to get started with cloudLibrary:

Step 1: Download the cloudLibrary App

cloudLibrary has downloadable apps available for the following platforms:

*Not supported by all versions: cloudLibrary is currently not compatible with Kindle Paperwhites or Kindle Apps. If you would like to read eBooks from the library on your Kindle, please email and request that Amazon allow compatibility with cloudLibrary.

Step 2: Setup and Log In

Once the download is complete, open the app and follow the prompts on screen:

  • Choose your Language, Country, Province and Library.
  • Read and accept the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and End User License Agreement to continue.
  • Enter your Oakville Public Library card number and PIN (typically the last 4 digits of your phone number).

Note: If using the cloudLibrary Desktop App, please refer to the information on our Frequently Asked Questions page for instructions on how to activate your Adobe ID and Transfer eBooks to your eReader with cloudLibrary.

Step 3: Discover and Enjoy!

You’re ready to begin! Borrow up to 15 items at a time and benefit from a 21 day loan period. You can also place holds on up to 10 items at a time.

Still have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

OPL joins the fight against publisher’s decision to limit public libraries’ access to eBooks

Oakville Public Library is joining forces with the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, the American Library Association and other public libraries across North America to protest new policy changes brought forward by Macmillan Publishers that would limit public libraries’ access to eBooks.

What do these policy changes include?

Beginning November 1, public library systems in North America will only be permitted to purchase one copy of any new eBook release from Macmillan Publishers and will have to wait a minimum of eight weeks before they can purchase any additional copies. Currently, Oakville Public Library purchases between 4-8 copies of bestselling eBooks.

Why should we be concerned?

These restrictions also raise questions about equal access for library customers. Libraries are increasingly dependent on e-content to help meet the growing demand for new materials and eBooks are frequently accessed by people who may not be able to use traditional print books or are unable to visit the library in-person.

How will this policy change affect Oakville Public Library customers?

Beginning on November 1, customers may experience longer wait times for popular eBooks and audiobooks that are published by Macmillan Publishers.

How much does it cost the library to purchase eBooks?

It is significantly more expensive for libraries to purchase an eBook than it is to purchase a physical book. For example, a hardcover copy of Jeffrey Archer’s “Nothing Ventured” currently retails for $20.21 CAD at Indigo, yet the eBook version costs OPL $60.00 CAD from Macmillan Publishers. This particular eBook may only be checked out 52 times or for two years after purchase, whichever comes first, before a new copy must be purchased by the library.

What is driving these policy changes?

Publishers are blaming public libraries for plateauing eBook sales. However, a 2018 BookNet Canada study demonstrates that those who borrow books from public libraries also buy them. In the study, book buyers who had not visited a library in the past month purchased an average of 2.6 books a month, whereas book buyers who had visited a library at least once in the past month has purchased an average of 3.0 books per month.

How can I learn more?

Learn more by visiting

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Ontario Public Library Week (October 20-26)

Customer Appreciation Day – Saturday, October 26

Say Good ‘READance’ to overdue fines! Come into any branch to get up to $10 off your overdue fines.*

As a thank you, enjoy free coffee and treats served from 11 am – 2 pm at all branches (10 am -1 pm at Glen Abbey Depot)

*Customers must come into any branch to have fines waived. Fines cannot be waived by calling or emailing. Does not apply to OPL Express locations.


Lunch & Listen Series

Love podcasts? Listen up! Drop in for live readings of inspiring and engaging stories from OPL’s book-loving staff!

“Entrepreneur Edition” hosted at ACE Coworking Learn more

“Atwood Edition” hosted at White Oaks Branch Learn more

“History Edition” hosted at Oakville Museum Learn more

“Living Your Best Life Edition” hosted at Yellow Door Studio Learn more


“The Public” Movie Screening sponsored by Cinemas – Thursday, October 24

Watch the critically acclaimed social advocacy drama about libraries and the communities they serve. “The Public” was also featured in the 2018 TIFF gala presentations.

1:30 pm showing Get free tickets

7:30 pm showing Get free tickets


Special programming:

Tea with Tara Learn more

Family Game Night Learn more

Cindy Cook from Polka Dot Door Learn more

Exploration Station Learn more


Plus…catch us at our pop-up library event at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on Friday, October 25 from 1-5 pm!





OPL recognizes August long weekend holiday as Emancipation Day

In 2008, Ontario declared August 1 as Emancipation Day, the day that marked the end of slavery in the British Empire in the mid-19th century.

Starting this year, OPL will officially recognize the first Monday in August as Emancipation Day, to honour Oakville’s African-Canadian heritage, celebrate freedom and commemorate the legislation that ended slavery.

The African-Canadian experience is an integral part of our community’s collective history, and we want to ensure we are reflective and respectful of the great diversity that makes Oakville strong.

Provincial legislation allows municipalities to name the August long weekend holiday in honour of a local historical figure or event. The Town of Oakville has recognized the holiday as Emancipation Day since 2015.

This year, the holiday falls on August 5, and all OPL branches will be closed on Sunday, August 4 and Monday, August 5.

FAQ – Online program & event registration

How do I register for a library program online?

We’ve made it easier to register for our fall programs and events online. It’s also a lot simpler to see what’s available at a glance, and personalize your search so you can find exactly what you’re looking for with ease.

To register, follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit our website at and click on the Programs/Events
  2. Browse for programs. Click on the program you want to register for and then click ‘REGISTER’. If there is no ‘REGISTER’ button, this means the program is a drop-in and registration is not required.

Important note: You can search for the program using a keyword, or filter your search by location (branch), event type or age group. You can also use the calendar on the left-hand side of the page to quickly see the programs going on the day-of at a glance.

  1. Complete an online registration form. You will be prompted to fill out a form with some basic information.

Important note:  Your first name, last name, email address and phone number are mandatory to fill in. Alternatively, you can complete the form using your library card number and PIN. Don’t worry — we’ll only use this email address and phone number to send confirmation and any notifications about the event. You can adjust these settings easily through the event management area of the website.

  1. You’re now registered! Enjoy the program. Thank you for using the Oakville Public Library.

We’re striving for a more seamless experience for our customers, and making it easier for everyone to access our programs and events.

Important note: Online registration for upcoming fall library programs will only be available through You can also register for our programs by calling us or visiting one of our branches. Family PINs are no longer required. Registration for programs that occur before August 31 will still be done through the Town of Oakville website.


Can I still register for library programs in person?

Yes. Staff at all of our branches will be able to register you for programs and events. If you don’t have regular access to the internet, visit one of our branches or call us at (905) 815-2042 and our staff would be happy to help you register.


Can I register for programs without an OPL card?

Yes. All you need is a device with internet access, an email address and a phone number.


More questions?

Pop by any OPL branch during opening hours and we would be happy to help you!

Sixteen Mile Branch front entrance closure

We are making improvements to the deck area at the front of the Sixteen Mile Branch. As a result, the front (east) entrance of the branch will be closed from Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29.

The library will remain open during this time.

Customers can use the west entrance at the back of the building to access the library. Unfortunately, this entrance has stairs and is not fully accessible.

We recognize this may be a large inconvenience to some of our customers who require an accessible entrance, and we apologize. As a result of this inconvenience, no Sixteen Mile Branch items will be due on the dates when the front entrance is closed and no holds will expire. The closest, full-service and fully accessible location is Iroquois Ridge Branch.

The external book-drop will also unavailable starting Wednesday, June 26 at 8 p.m. until the completion of the project. Outside of Sixteen Mile Branch open hours, customers can use the return box at the OPL Express inside the upper-level west entrance of Sixteen Mile Sports Complex to drop off their library items.


Fall program registration and room rental requests coming soon to

We’re introducing a new online experience that’s tailored to your needs.

Starting August 1, customers will be able to register for fall programs and events directly through You can browse our program and event offerings online as early as July 8.

What’s new?

  • A seamless online registration experience – browse and register for events and programs all in one place!
  • Filter the calendar of programs & events to suit your preferences – filter by branch location, age group or event type.
  • Manage your registrations online through the event management area of our website
  • Receive email notifications for program cancellations, openings in wait-listed programs and other important program updates and reminders.

Want to learn more?

Check out our Registration FAQ.

Online room rental requests open August 1

Request to rent an OPL room for your events or meetings!

Formerly, you had to call or visit one of our branches to request a room rental. Starting August 1, you can request to rent an OPL meeting or event room through our website.

Now open! New OPL Express location in Palermo

OPL expanding its reach to better serve residents in northwest Oakville with a new and convenient pick-up and return location, called Express @ St. Luke’s CC.

What is OPL Express?
Designed with busy customers in mind, OPL Express locations make it easy to pick-up holds and return library items at several high-traffic community buildings throughout Oakville. OPL Express locations are not staffed.

How do you use OPL Express? 

When placing a hold on a library item, customers simply select their express location of choice as the pick-up location. Customers can also return select library items at these locations.

OPL Express locations: 

You’re Invited! Sixteen Mile Branch Grand Opening

Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. 
Mingle with your neighbours, learn about the library and check out this new community space! There will be a ribbon-cutting, family-friendly activities and light refreshments provided. This event is in partnership with the Town of Oakville’s Recreation and Culture Department.
Sixteen Mile Branch is located at 3070 Neyagawa Boulevard (on the property of the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex).
Branch features:
  • Reading spaces, study tables, computers and laptops
  • A diverse collection of books, DVDs and other materials
  • A variety of recreation, culture and library programming
  • A tinker toy collection to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-learning
  • A children’s area
We look forward to seeing you in the new space!

How the library and town are helping build physical literacy in Oakville’s children and youth

According to ParticipACTION Canada, only nine per cent of five to 17 year olds get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Although most Canadian youth are involved in organized sports, many teens aren’t active outside of these regularly scheduled activities.

Kids must learn to move, just like they learn to read and write. These skills – called physical literacy skills – help young people gain confidence and contribute to healthy life habits.

Sports Equipment Lending Program

Last year, the library introduced the Sports Equipment Lending Program, which made cricket, tennis and multi-sport kits available to borrow from several library branches with a valid teen or adult library card. The kits are available at the following branches: Clearview, Iroquois Ridge, Sixteen Mile and Woodside.

The Meet, Move & Learn series 

These light exercise sessions will be held at local parks throughout the community, featuring the Sports Equipment Lending Kits and a sports game, led by town staff. Library staff will also be on-hand to answer questions about borrowing the kits.

Times & locations: 

• Sunday, May 26, 2 to 4 p.m. at Woodhaven Park
• Sunday, June 9, 2 to 4 p.m. at North Park
• Sunday, June 23, 2 to 4 p.m. at Wynten Park

For an exciting, active, learning opportunity, visit our booth at the National Indigenous Day Celebration on Friday, June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School

We all have a role to play in keeping children and youth in our community active and engaged in physical literacy, and the town and OPL are stepping up to offer these valuable services.


Summer Storytimes in Palermo during Glen Abbey Branch closure

Starting Monday, June 3, join us for summer Storytime programs at the St. Luke’s Community Centre, in Palermo, while the Glen Abbey Branch is closed for renovations.

Mondays & Wednesdays:

10-10:30 am – Family Storytime
(All Ages)

11-11:30 am – Family Storytime
(All Ages)

(*no programs will run on July 1, August 5 and September 2)

No registration is required.

St. Luke’s Community Centre is located at 3114 Dundas St. W in Palermo. The Storytimes will take place on the lower level of the Centre and the building is fully accessible. Maximum number of program participants is 40 people per program. Free parking is available.


Read Glass Beads with Canada-wide eBook club

From June 3 to 30, Oakville Public Library is making the ebook and eaudiobook editions of Glass Beads available with no holds or waitlist. Readers all across Canada are invited to read Glass Beads as part of the One eRead Canada campaign, along with other participating Canadian libraries.


About the book & author 

June is Indigenous History Month. Glass Beads is written by Saskatchewan-born Plains Cree author, actor, and comedian Dawn Dumont. It’s an engaging collection of interconnected short stories about four First Nations people, set against a backdrop of two decades of political, social and cultural change.


How to borrow Glass Beads from OPL 

Starting June 3, borrow an ebook or eaudiobook copy of Glass Beads with no waitlist or holds from the OPL collection, here.


Watch the Facebook Live author event on June 12 

Saskatoon Public Library is hosting an author talk with Dawn Dumont through Facebook Live on June 12. Check out the Facebook event page to find out how to submit questions and catch the live stream!


Update: Oakville Public Library resumes interlibrary loan service as of June 1

The Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) recently experienced a 50 per cent cut to its operating budget. Oakville Public Library uses SOLS to operate the interlibrary loan service (ILLO). As a result of the budget cut, SOLS is no longer able to transport materials between different library systems across of Ontario, and suspended this service as of April 26, 2019.

We recognize the tremendous value of the interlibrary loan service to our customers, and we are responding to the feedback we heard from you about this service suspension.

We have worked to find a temporary solution which will allow the interlibrary loan service to continue at Oakville Public Library. Since SOLS is no longer able to transport materials between library systems, we have decided to take on the transportation costs at our own expense.

Our donors are the reason we are able to offer this temporary solution, to fill the gap the budget cuts to SOLS have left. Without past monetary support from donors, we would not be able to resume the ILLO service in the absence of government funding.

As we move forward, we will keep working in collaboration with our partner libraries to develop a larger, more sustainable solution to continue to offer this important resource-sharing system.

What you need to know:

  • Starting June 1, OPL will resume the interlibrary loan service, with some slight changes.
  • Most notably, customers will no longer be able to request print materials owned by other Halton libraries through ILLO. If you are a Halton resident, you can borrow materials directly from any of the three other Halton libraries (Burlington, Halton Hills and Milton) with your OPL card. For example, if a title is available at Burlington Public Library, you will no longer be able to request it through ILLO.
  • Customers will no longer be able to request audiovisual materials through ILLO. This includes audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray.
  • As a reminder, this does not affect any items owned by OPL. Customers can still pick-up and return OPL items at any OPL branch (for example, an item owned by White Oaks Branch but returned at Central Branch).

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of material can I request through interlibrary loan (ILLO)?

Customers can request items in print format that are not found within the library’s owned collection. Microfilm and microfiche items will also still be available through ILLO.

What can’t I request anymore?

Customers will no longer be able to request audiovisual materials through ILLO. This includes audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray. Customers will no longer be able to request materials that are available at any one of the three other Halton library systems (Burlington, Halton Hills and Milton).

Why can’t I request items from other Halton libraries through ILLO?

We have a special agreement with the other library systems in the Halton region. This means our customers can borrow materials from their systems directly, using their OPL card, so ILLO is not necessary. To borrow items, customers must set up an account with the library system using a valid OPL card. We recommend calling the library to request it holds the material for you, prior to visiting the location in person.

Learn more about our Interlibrary Loan Service here.

All branches closed Friday, June 14 for Staff Development Day

All OPL branches will be closed on Friday, June 14, 2019 for a Staff Development Day.

OPL services at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre and Sixteen Mile Sports Complex will remain open for holds pick-up, and our digital resources are available 24/7.

No items will be due on June 14 and no holds will expire.

Due to the closure, the following drop-in program is cancelled:

As an organization focused on lifelong learning and growth, we are committed to staff development and training, to ensure we continue to provide the best experience to our customers and community. We chose this day specifically, as there are only a few programs scheduled, to minimize the inconvenience to our customers. This is the one time during the year all our staff are able to come together to learn and grow as a team.

Looking for a space to study? 

The South Ridge Room at the Iroquois Ridge Community Centre will be open for students to study on Friday, June 14 from 11 am – 6 pm.

Rooms A and C at Glen Abbey Community Centre will be open for students to study on Friday, June 14 from opening time until 6 pm.

All branches will reopen with regular business hours on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

We thank you for understanding!

Interlibrary loan service suspension

Ontario’s 2019-20 provincial budget, tabled April 11, implemented a 58.6 million dollar cut to the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the governing body for libraries in the province. As a result, the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) is seeing a 50 per cent cut to its 2019-20 operating budget.


What does this mean for OPL?

  • Oakville Public Library uses the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) to operate the interlibrary loan service.
  • Interlibrary loan is a service whereby OPL customers can borrow library items that are owned by another library system (example, Toronto Public Library).
  • As a result of the budget cuts, SOLS has suspended the interlibrary loan service.
  • This does not affect items owned by OPL. Customers can still pick up and return OPL library items at any OPL branch.
  • OPL is working with other Ontario libraries to identify options, pending SOLS making final decisions about the future of the interlibrary loan service.
  • OPL is continuing to review the provincial budget for areas that have the potential to further impact our work.


What does this mean for OPL customers?

  • Some interlibrary loan orders requested before Friday, April 19 will be filled and delivered as per usual. We will send you an individual notification if your interlibrary loan request cannot be filled. No renewals or extensions on currently borrowed interlibrary loan items will be possible.
  • All interlibrary loan orders requested on or after Friday, April 19 will not be filled or delivered.
  • Currently, you may still be able to access your account and place requests on interlibrary loan items, however these requests will not be filled or delivered.
  • We will provide customers with more information and developments about the interlibrary loan service suspension as they become available from SOLS.


What if I am currently borrowing an interlibrary loan item?

  • If your interlibrary loan item is currently overdue, please return the item to Oakville Public Library by Friday, April 26. If overdue interlibrary loan items are not returned by this date, they will be treated as Lost Materials.
  • No renewals or extensions on currently borrowed interlibrary loan items will be possible.


We will provide customers with more information and developments about the interlibrary loan service suspension as they become available.

Sixteen Mile Branch opens on May 1

Oakville Public Library will open new Sixteen Mile Branch on May 1

Join us for our Grand Opening event on June 8

Oakville Public Library’s (OPL) newest location, Sixteen Mile Branch, will open to the public on May 1, 2019, in collaboration with the Town of Oakville’s Recreation and Culture department. The branch is located on the property of the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex at 3070 Neyagawa Blvd.

“We are excited to welcome the public to our newest branch,” says Councillor Jeff Knoll, chair of the library’s Board of Directors. “North Oakville is growing rapidly. We recognized the need for library and additional recreation and culture services in this community and we responded to that need.”

The new branch is 5,000 square feet and features flexible space that will be used for both library and town recreation and culture programs. Many of the services and amenities offered at other library branches are available at Sixteen Mile, including:

  • reading spaces, study tables, computers and laptops
  • A diverse collection of books, DVDs and other materials
  • A collection of toys, called two-hour tinkers, to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-learning
  • A children’s area
  • Youth drop-in programs
  • Recreation program opportunities
  • Automated check-in stations with 24/7 access

In the coming years, the Town of Oakville and OPL will work collaboratively to expand library and recreation and culture facilities at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, with OPL’s Sixteen Mile Branch to serve the growing community in the meantime.

To better understand the community’s needs, library and town staff are seeking public feedback on branch and recreation and culture programming through public consultation. Members of the community can offer their feedback online at

Members of the community are invited to enjoy a grand opening celebration for the branch on Saturday, June 8, starting at 11 a.m.

Construction on the branch began in September 2018.

April 7 to 13 is National Volunteer Week!

Here at OPL, we are celebrating and recognizing our outstanding volunteers for National Volunteer Week, April 7 to 13.

There are many different ways volunteers contribute to OPL’s services, programs and resources, every day. We’re thankful for their amazing effort, tremendous passion and invaluable impact!


We’re getting ready for Sixteen Mile Branch!

In preparation for the Sixteen Mile Branch opening in early May, you may notice some changes in our donation and collection process, from March 25 to April 30. 2019.

Donations will not be accepted at Central Branch

From March 25 to April 30, OPL will not be accepting any donated items (books, DVDs, etc.) at our Central Branch. Donated items will still be accepted at all other branches during this time.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store (356 Kerr St, Oakville) accepts donations.

Collection turnover may be slower

  • During this time, you may notice the turnover of materials (books, DVDs, etc.) may be slower at your local branch. For example, you may see online that a particular title has been released, but it is still showing as “On-order” in our catalogue.
  • This is because our collections team won’t be adding any new material for several weeks, due to the volume of items that need to be processed for Sixteen Mile Branch.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Normal operations will resume on May 1, 2019. At this time, donated items will be accepted at Central Branch, and the collection turnover rate will return to normal.

Customers will not be able to place holds on Sixteen Mile materials until June 12

We want to make sure we have a good selection of materials available on the shelves at Sixteen Mile Branch when it opens, which is why we are making these items non-holdable. These items will be available to customers at the Sixteen Mile Branch on a first-come-first-serve basis. We encourage customers to stop by and visit the new branch when it opens (May 1) to check out these materials in person.

After June 12, customers will be able to place a hold on these items and they will circulate among the branches as usual.

OPL announces 2019-2022 Board of Trustees

OAKVILLE, ON – Oakville Public Library (OPL) has announced its 2019-2022 board, which includes five incumbents and four newly ratified members, to lead the library’s ambitious strategic vision.

“The board is excited to welcome the new members who represent the diverse range of stakeholders OPL serves, and highlight the professional excellence we have in the Oakville community,” says Ward 5 Councillor Jeff Knoll, board chair. “Our new colleagues’ expertise and experience builds upon the skills of our current board, and will complete this strong team of individuals passionate about the transformative power of public libraries.”

The board stewards OPL’s strategic direction and provides sound legal and ethical governance, in addition to engaging in library advocacy and ambassadorship.

The 2019-2022 board table is geographically and professionally diverse: “As a skills-based board, all our members bring a variety of business, leadership and cultural competencies to OPL, as well as representation from all seven wards,” adds Knoll.

This board is also tasked with completing OPL’s 2016-2019 strategic plan, which will deliver on the promises to extend community engagement beyond the library’s physical footprint, create a welcoming community commons and provide enhanced opportunities for children and teens.

The newly ratified board members are:

Paul McIntyre Royston– A proud father of five daughters, his wife Christine and him have lived in Oakville for two years and grew up in Southern Ontario. His current role as CEO of the Canadian Olympic Foundation is to engage Canadians in sport philanthropy by inspiring them through the impact they can make. Previously, he worked at the Calgary Public Library and Foundation where he served as Director, External Relations and President & CEO, respectively. Paul had the privilege to lead the re-brand of the Library system and build the $350 million Add In Campaign for Calgary’s Library. He is grateful for the amazing career experiences offered at Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Sunnybrook Foundation, the University of Waterloo and Katimavik.

Andrew Cashman – An experienced marketing and sales business consultant, Andrew holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and has several years of progressive experience in the consumer packaged goods, retail service and B2B industries. Andrew’s expertise lies in branding and marketing strategy. In his spare time, Andrew is an active community volunteer with Scouts Canada in Oakville and participates in many other community activities and events. 

Susan Fanelli – An active member of the community, Susan was born in Oakville, graduated from the University of Toronto, and returned to Oakville to raise her family. In her 33-year career with the Town of Oakville, she worked on many recreation portfolios including aquatics, programming and youth services. Most recently, she was the first manager of the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, where she worked closely with residents to develop a comprehensive and unique facility to meet community needs.

Councillor Janet Haslett-Theall – Councillor Haslett-Theall has her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation and has worked in strategic human resources for over 30 years, most recently as a consultant for manufacturing, small business and professional services. She was also the co-founder of a coalition of 11 Resident Associations to champion “fair geographic distribution of community services”. Councillor Haslett-Theall and her family have been residents of Ward 3 since 1991.

The new members will join incumbents Councillor Jeff Knoll (board chair), Steven Bright (vice-chair), Preet Sekhon, Pankaj Sardana and Bill Smith to make up the 2019-2022 board.


Light therapy lamps available at OPL

What is a light therapy lamp, and why does OPL have them?

Light therapy lamps mimic natural, outdoor light.

Researchers believe this type of therapy can lessen the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and can contribute to improved mood.

Light therapy lamps can be expensive. OPL is committed to reducing barriers, and these lamps provide all residents of Oakville the opportunity to use light therapy.


Where can I use the lamp?

The lamps are available at Central, Iroquois Ridge and Woodside branches. The lamps are not loanable. They are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.


How do I use the lamp?

  • Turn the lamp on and sit, read or work in front of it for about 20–30 minutes per day.
  • Sit or stand 16-20 inches away from the lamp while you are using it.
  • Keep your eyes open but do not look directly at the light.
  • Do not move the lamp from its location.
  • You can adjust the angle of the lamp to suit your position.


How else can I beat the Winter Blues?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a severe form of depression affecting two per cent of Canadians. Mental health experts dub the milder, more temporary symptoms many of us experience during colder months the ‘Winter Blues’, which are characterized by low mood and lack of energy.

Research suggests 15 per cent of people experience some form of the ‘Winter Blues’ during the colder months of the year. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) also recommends eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly to help combat feelings of tiredness and sadness in the winter months.

(Source: CHMA Ontario)


Is this type of therapy safe?

Light therapy is considered safe.

If you have health concerns (retinal disease, macular degeneration or diabetes), or are taking certain medications (thioridazine, lithium or melatonin), speak with your doctor before using the lamp. Use the light therapy lamp at your own risk and discretion.

Oakville Public Library bears no liability for any health issues or injuries related to the use of the light therapy lamp.

We’re going fine-free for kids!

We’re reducing barriers & giving kids more access to literacy.

Beginning Family Day 2019, no overdue fines will accrue on qualifying children’s print materials at Oakville Public Library, including children’s books and magazines, Storytelling Kits and Enviro-Packs. (See the What’s Included chart below for a detailed list of qualifying items).

What qualifies as an overdue fine?

Overdue fines – also called late fees – accrue on any material not returned on or before its due date. This new program does not apply to fees related to lost or damaged items, holds expired or any administrative fees.

Why is OPL removing overdue fines on these items?

Fines are barriers to library access. The Oakville Public Library is committed to reducing barriers and supporting equitable access to literacy in our community.

Does this program apply to children’s DVDs or CDs?

No. The program only applies to children’s print materials (books), Storytelling Kits, magazines and Enviro-Packs. It does not apply to DVDs or CDs of any kind, including video games. (See the What’s Included chart below for a detailed list of qualifying items).

I’m a parent. Does the program apply to children’s items checked out on my card?

Yes. With this new program, no overdue fines will accrue on qualifying children’s items checked out on any type of card.

What happens to the children’s overdue fines that I had on my account before Family Day 2019 – will they be waived?

Yes. OPL will waive overdue fines on qualifying children’s items that have accrued before February 18, 2019. However, customers must come into any OPL branch and request to have these fines waived – it cannot be done over the phone, automatically or online.

How will this program change my experience at the library?

If you regularly check out children’s materials, this new program will give you more freedom, and remove the added stress of facing overdue fines. To ensure borrowed items are still returned in a timely fashion, we are implementing a new block limit of two overdue items, for qualifying children’s materials. Starting Family Day, cards with more than two qualifying children’s materials that are overdue will be blocked, until the materials are renewed or returned. (See the What’s Included chart below for a detailed list of qualifying items).

How do I get my card unblocked?

Starting Family Day, cards with more than two qualifying children’s items that are overdue will be blocked, until the items are renewed or returned. To remove the block from your card, simply return or renew your overdue items and your card will automatically unblock within 24 hours. Should you need assistance or to speak with someone directly, call us at 905-815-2042, or email

Will this program affect OPL’s revenue?

No. Overdue fines in this category represent a small percentage of the library’s operating budget. Eliminating these types of fines aligns with our strategic priorities as an organization, and will not have a significant impact on our overall budget.


What’s included: What’s not included:
Children’s Print Materials (magazines, easy readers, picture books, junior fiction etc.) DVDs, audiobooks, Blu-rays, or CDs of any type including video games
Enviro-Packs Any FastLane materials
Storytelling Kits Adult print materials (including interlibrary loan items)
Juvenile Interlibrary Loan Items (ILLO) Teen print materials (including interlibrary loan items)
WiFi Hotspots, Osmos, Laptops, Tinker Toys

PRESTO is checking out of OPL

This spring, Oakville Transit will be removing the PRESTO devices and services from library branches and community centre locations effective May 1, 2019.

Where can I load my PRESTO card in person?

PRESTO services will still be available at Oakville Transit, Town Hall, GO stations and all eight Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Oakville. For a full list of service locations, visit the Town of Oakville’s PRESTO page.

How can I load my PRESTO card online or by phone?

PRESTO offers options to load your card online and by phone. Visit or call 1-877-378-6123.

How to set up pre-authorized payments on your PRESTO card

Register your PRESTO card on and set up convenient features to automatically load funds when the balance falls below your preset minimum balance, or automatically renew transit passes to your card each month.

How long will it take for funds loaded online to appear on my card?

It can take up to 24 hours for a load to appear if loaded online, however, pre-authorized loads occur automatically. With thresholds being set in advance, the card will automatically re-load value when tapped on a device.

New Year, New Brand! Contest Rules & Regulations

The intent of the New Year, New Brand Customer Contest is to increase public and community awareness of OPL’s new brand. This contest is compliant with the Oakville Public Library’s policy related to Contests and Lotteries.

The prize will consist of newly branded swag items.

To enter the contest, entrants must bring in the 2019 New Year, New Brand direct mail card sent to every Oakville household via Canada Post.

The New Year, New Brand Customer Contest closes at 9 p.m. EST on January 31, 2018. The winner will be chosen at random on February 8, 2019, and contacted at the number they have provided.

If the winner has not picked up their prize at Oakville Public Library’s Central Branch (120 Navy Street) by 9 p.m. EST on February 28, 2019, they forfeit their winnings.

This contest is not open to Oakville Public Library staff members, volunteers or members of the Board. There is no purchase necessary for entrance into this contest.

New Year, New Brand

Since 1895, the Oakville Public Library has continued to serve and connect the community of Oakville.  As we usher in a new year, we are also ushering in a new visual identity, one that will better reflect who we are today.

Since our last rebrand over 15 years ago, the library and our community has grown immensely. We are expanding our physical spaces with the opening of a new branch in 2019, refreshing our website to better serve our customers and continually sparking innovation with the introduction of new technologies. Our library needed a new brand image that reflects our ever-changing nature and one that represents all our new and emerging services.


Who designed the new logo?

The logo was designed by Intent, a design communications agency that works with organizations that actively contribute to social good. A combination of community consultation and professional design advice determined the new fresh, adaptive and modern logo.

What does the new logo mean?

It is a unique, custom design in which the lines in the logo represent convergence – or, people coming together. The dynamic and fluid colours represent our creative personality, and the shape of the logo is an abstract outline of the Town of Oakville.

How will this change my experience at the library?

We’re hoping our new brand will only improve your experience at OPL. We’ll still be delivering the same high-quality service and resources, but our new brand will feel like a breath of fresh air to our physical branches and online platforms. Your current OPL card will still work at the library and online, however we encourage you to come visit an OPL branch to pick up your newly branded card.

Enter our New Year, New Brand giveaway:

Celebrate our new brand and be entered to win some great OPL branded merchandise!  To enter the contest, bring in your New Year, New Brand direct mail card to any Oakville Public Library branch before January 31, 2019. One direct mail card will be sent to every Oakville household via Canada Post in early January.

The New Year, New Brand Customer Contest closes at 9 p.m. EST on January 31, 2019. The winner will be chosen at random on February 8, 2019, and contacted at the phone number they have provided. If the winner has not picked up their prize at Oakville Public Library’s Central Branch (120 Navy Street) by 9 p.m. EST on February 28, 2019, they forfeit their winnings. This contest is only open to Oakville residents and is not open to Oakville Public Library staff members, volunteers or members of the Board. There is no purchase necessary for entrance into this contest.

OPL Board appoints Tara Wong as new CEO

November 13, 2018

Oakville Public Library’s Board of Directors recently appointed Tara Wong as Chief Executive Officer, effective November 26, 2018.

“Ms. Wong brings a diverse skillset, dynamic experience and great passion to this role – she is the perfect fit,” says Councillor Jeff Knoll, chair of the library’s Board of Directors. “I’m confident in her ability to continue to advance OPL’s strategic direction, and further strengthen OPL’s reputation as a leader among other world-class library systems.”

A notable professional in the Canadian library industry, Wong previously held management positions at Regina Public Library and Ottawa Public library before joining the OPL executive team in 2014. She currently holds the position of Director, Innovation and Integration.

In her four years at OPL, Wong built strong relationships with community partners, including the Town of Oakville, implemented modern technological advancements to improve operational efficiency and introduced a new programming model to better serve the thriving and diverse Oakville community.

Wong was also the driving force behind the wildly popular ‘Creation Zone’ at the Iroquois Ridge Branch, and describes herself as a true advocate for embracing technology and innovation in public libraries:

“I’m motivated to turn innovative ideas into reality, and I am excited to continue to empower community connection in Oakville by pushing the boundaries of what is typical for a public library.”

Wong holds an undergraduate degree from University of King’s College and a Masters in Library Science from Dalhousie University.

OPL’s Board of Directors would also like to take this opportunity to thank retiring CEO, Lynn Horlor, for her quality and admirable leadership during the past two plus years.

Appointed Acting CEO in August 2016, and then CEO in March 2017, Horlor successful managed several dramatic changes with the demeanour of a seasoned and skilled executive.

Highly respected by her staff, the Board and the community at large, Horlor will retire at the end of the year after serving over 31 years in public service for the Town of Oakville and OPL.

Exciting renovation planned for Glen Abbey Branch

Oakville Public Library’s busiest branch is getting a whole new look in 2019.

The Glen Abbey Branch, located within the Glen Abbey Community Centre in north Oakville, hosts over 350,000 visitors annually –the library’s most active location.

The library renovation stems from the changing use and role of the branch, and the increased demand for library services, programs and collections in the thriving and diverse surrounding neighbourhoods.

To better meet the needs of this dynamic community, many innovative features are planned for the Glen Abbey Branch, including a versatile ‘Creation Zone’, which will feature technology and materials to inspire creativity in the community.

Another focus of the renovation will be on creating and reconfiguring flexible program and study spaces to improve operational efficiency and serve our customers better. The newly renovated branch will be a community and cultural hub, attracting and engaging youth and increasing the potential for community partnerships.

This renovation supports our strategic goals to create a welcoming and thriving community commons, transform our physical spaces to encourage creativity, collaboration, and discovery and provide enhanced opportunities for children and youth.

Throughout the renovation process, we will be collecting feedback and input from the community on what they would like to see in their new library branch.

The renovation will begin in spring 2019 and will see the branch closed for approximately six months.

Glen Abbey Community Centre Parking Lot Repaving Oct 29 –Nov 23, 2018

The Glen Abbey Community Centre Parking Lot is being repaved from Oct 29 –Nov 23, 2018.

Due to this repaving of the North West parking lot, the main parking lot entrance off Third Line will be closed.

There is a secondary entrance off Third Line.

Please note, the library’s front door entrance and access to book drop will not be affected.

To reach accessible parking spaces, vehicles should use the Glen Abbey Gate entrance.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lila Saab, Manager, Customer Experience at

We’re redesigning our website & we need your help!

We are modernizing and redesigning our website to help serve our customers more effectively.

Through this process, we’re looking to improve the user experience and help our customers find what they are looking for faster and with greater ease.

Your input and feedback will be collected to better understand what type of website features will serve our community and customers best.

Click here to take the survey.

Thank you!

OPL hosts Information Session for prospective Board Members

Oakville Public Library (OPL) is constantly evolving, and we are seeking dynamic professionals to help lead and shape our forward-thinking and ever-changing organization.

Interested? We are hosting a prospective Board Member Information Session on Monday, October 15, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the Iroquois Ridge Creation Zone, at 105 Glenashton Dr. Oakville.

Who are we looking for?

As a Board Member, you will join a team of passionate leaders who see the power of our library and who understand the importance of literacy and lifelong learning. Your expertise will guide us towards achieving our ambitious goals, and your support and advocacy will help us cultivate lasting relationships and emphasize our value in the community.

During your term, you will:

  • Provide strategic leadership on several innovative projects, including the opening of a new branch at Sixteen Mile and a renovation of the Glen Abbey Branch with a new Creation Zone
  • Finish the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan and create the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan
  • Maximize our resources, revenue and mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Establish OPL as an innovative leader in the library industry

Is it a good fit for you?

We’re looking for someone who can:

  • Hold office for a term concurrent with the current term of council (four years), or until a successor is appointed
  • Devote their time to perform the responsibilities of a Board Member, including:
    • Attend monthly Board meetings in person
    • Attend several library programs and events
    • Host and speak at library functions, when required
  • Represent and advocate for OPL
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to the Town of Oakville and its public services including OPL
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with OPL Board Members and employees to achieve common goals
  • Bring professional experience related to our strategic direction. The strongest candidate will bring expertise in Charity and Not-for-Profit Organization; Fundraising; Human Resources; Strategic Planning; Architecture/Environmental Design.
  • Provide insight and experience from current or previous work in a not-for-profit organization

Mandatory Qualifications for Consideration

  • You are over the age of 18
  • You are a Canadian Citizen
  • You are a resident of the Town of Oakville
  • You are not employed by any members of the Board or by the Town of Oakville
  • You are currently an OPL cardholder



Ignite old passions and discover new ones during Ontario Public Library Week

October is Canadian Library Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. In Ontario, the third week of October is Ontario Public Library Week.

Libraries are doors into the knowledge of the world — community pillars committed to reducing barriers, providing outlets for creative expression and promoting literacy and lifelong learning. OPL is using Public Library Week as an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the treasured role of our institution in Oakville’s community and cultural fabric.

If you haven’t visited OPL in years, or ever, you will be happily surprised to discover all the resources and materials we have available to enlighten and entertain. Whether it’s streaming your favourite movies, researching your family history, starting a vegetable garden by borrowing seeds, or producing your latest creation on a 3D printer, we have something for every person and every passion. Not an OPL cardholder yet? What are you waiting for!

The Public Library Week festivities kick-off on October 13 with the Robotics Expo, featuring robot experts from across the region who will showcase their state-of-the-art creations. The event is for all ages, and takes place from 10 a.m. — 3 p.m. at the Iroquois Ridge Branch.

For a list of events and programs taking place during Public Library Week, pop by your local branch or visit us on the web, or social media.

The week wraps up on Saturday, October 20 with a Customer Appreciation Day, when we will be saying ‘good READ-ance’ to library fines! OPL is forgiving all overdue fines up to $10 at all branches. As a thank you for your dedication and commitment, we also invite you to enjoy coffee and treats from 11 a.m. — 2 p.m.

To all Oakville residents, from those who have yet to discover the power of our library, to those dedicated patrons who we are so lucky to serve, we hope you will join us in celebrating Ontario Public Library Week at OPL!

OPL breaks ground on new Sixteen Mile Branch

On Tuesday, September 18, officials from Oakville Public Library (OPL) and the Town of Oakville broke ground on the construction of the new Sixteen Mile Branch, located at 3070 Neyagawa Blvd., near the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.

Scheduled to open in 2019, OPL’s newest library branch will feature a flexible program space that will be used for both Town and Library programming.

“The library is excited to partner with the Town of Oakville to offer this branch to our community,” says Councillor Jeff Knoll, chair of the library’s Board of Directors. “North Oakville is growing rapidly in population size — our Glen Abbey Branch, also located in the north end — is the library’s busiest location. We recognize the current and growing need for valuable library services in this community, and we are responding to that need.”

In the coming years, the Town of Oakville will work in collaboration with OPL to expand library and recreation facilities at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. The construction of Sixteen Mile Branch will look to serve this community in the interim.

The new branch will be 5,000 square feet – slightly smaller than a standard basketball court – and will offer many of the amenities and services typical of other OPL branches, including:

–           A collection of books, DVDs and other library materials

–           Reading spaces and study tables

–           Computers

–           A children’s area

–           Automated check-in stations with 24/7 access

As construction commences, those looking for library services in the Sixteen Mile Creek area are encouraged to visit OPL’s Sixteen Mile Holds Depot, located inside the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, to pick up holds and return library materials.

Newly renovated White Oaks Branch reopens on Monday, September 17, 2018

The Oakville Public Library is excited to welcome the public back to the newly renovated White Oaks Library Branch on Monday, September 17, 2018.

Identified as an action item in the library’s 2016-19 Strategic Plan, the White Oaks Branch renovation focused on the library’s goal to transform our virtual and physical spaces to encourage creativity, collaboration and discovery.

The newly renovated space will have a whole new look, with an increased lounge area, additional seating, added workspaces, new carpets and fresh paint!

During the renovation of the White Oaks Branch, a temporary Library Depot was set up at Town Hall. Now that the White Oaks Branch is opening to the public, the Town Hall Library Depot will permanently close on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. As such, there will be no library service for White Oaks from September 13 to September 16, until the opening of the new branch. If you are expecting a hold in this time period, please note that the dates for hold pickup will be extended, and you can pick up your holds at the White Oaks Branch any time after September 17.

Please visit this page or follow OPL on social media for the latest updates on the White Oaks Branch renovation and reopening.

Due to the delayed reopening, the following programs have been cancelled at the White Oaks Branch:

  • Tuesday, September 11, Preschool Dance Party (10:15am – 10:45am)
  • Wednesday, September 12, Family Storytime (10:15am – 10:45am)
  • Thursday, September 13, Babytime (11:00am – 11:30am)
  • Saturday, September 15, Neighbourhood Storytime (10:15am – 11:00am)

We apologize for the inconvenience.


We look forward to seeing you at the newly renovated White Oaks Branch!

We are expanding to better serve you!

The Oakville Public Library is excited to expand our reach, deepen our community connection and inspire you further with the construction of the new Sixteen Mile Branch, scheduled to open to the public May 1, 2019.

In the future, the current Sixteen Mile Sports Complex will expand to include a library and recreation facility. However, OPL recognized the current and growing need for valuable library services in this area, and as such is constructing the Sixteen Mile Branch to serve this community in the interim. The branch will be located on the property of the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, at 3070 Neyagawa Blvd.

The branch will be 5,000 square feet – slightly smaller than a standard basketball court – and will offer many of the amenities and services you expect from OPL branches, including:

–        A collection of books, DVDs and other library materials

–        Reading spaces, study tables, computers and laptops

–        A Tinker Toy collection (to support STEM-learning!)

–        A children’s area

–        Automated check-in stations with 24/7 access

OPL is excited to offer this library branch to our valued customers on May 1, 2019. If you are looking for library services in the Sixteen Mile Creek area in the meantime, we encourage you to visit OPL’s Sixteen Mile Holds Depot (inside the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex), where you can pick up holds and return library materials.

We thank you for your patience while we go through this transition, and we look forward to seeing you at the new Sixteen Mile Branch!

Oakville Public Library hosts world-renowned authors for “In Conversation With…” – a series for inquisitive minds

This fall and winter Oakville Public Library (OPL) welcomes a truly spectacular line-up of nine world-renowned authors for intimate conversations and discussions on their work and lives as part of the “In Conversation With…” series, in partnership with the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and A Different Drummer Books.

The series starts in September, when OPL hosts novelists Esi Edugyan, a long-listed candidate for this year’s Man Booker Prize, and Linwood Barclay, an international bestselling author. Continuing into October, Dave Bidini joins us to talk about his fast and poignant chronicle Midnight Light, and the esteemed former Governor General David Johnston will enthrall audience members with a discussion of his latest piece, Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country.

Also in October, author Eden Robinson visits Oakville to present her captivating book, Trickster Drift, and the astronaut Dr. David Williams will fascinate audiences with stories about his zero gravity adventures, as detailed in his new memoir Defying Limits.

The “In Conversation With…” series continues into November with the former Chief Justice of Canada, Beverly McLachlin, discussing her razor-sharp thriller, Full Disclosure, and actor and author Jay Baruchel presenting his new book Born Into It, which chronicles his memories as a die-hard fan of the Montreal Canadiens. The series wraps up in December when bestselling cookbook author and ‘Canada’s baking sweetheart’, Anna Olson, comes to town.

“This series is the result of a truly collaborative effort to bring such talented authors to Oakville and provide the community with unforgettable literary events”, says Ian Elliot, owner of A Different Drummer Books. “Not only does this series provide the opportunity to see and hear some of the world’s most illustrious authors, it offers an intimate setting for audience members to ask questions and meet these influential, internationally celebrated people of letters.”

For a full list of dates, times and ticket prices, please visit All “In Conversation With…” events are held in the beautiful Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, and tickets are currently available for purchase on


OPL and Oakville Transit team up to offer accessible resource

On August 1, Oakville Public Library and Oakville Transit launched the new MagnusCards app, designed to help individuals with autism or other cognitive disabilities interact independently and with confidence in the Oakville community.

The app provides step-by-step instructions to help guide users through daily activities, such as riding an Oakville Transit bus or using Oakville Public Library services.

On the day of the launch, residents of all ages attended an open house, where they got to try out the app on an Oakville Transit bus at and visit the Library branch at the Iroquois Ride Community Centre.

OPL’s MagnusCards initiative was funded in part by proceeds collected from the Oakville Public Library’s May 2018 event, Help Yourself: The Séan McCann Story. At the event, Séan used a combination of music and anecdote to portray the battles many individuals face and to shed light on the stigmas associated with mental health.

OPL and Oakville Transit are excited to jointly provide this much-needed resource to the community. To learn more about MagnusCards, download the app on your Apple or Android device and search for Oakville, or visit or

Oakville Public Library brings the past to life with new digital collection of the Oakville Beaver

July 26, 2018 

With support from June and Ian Cockwell and Amarna, the de Vries Family Foundation and the Heritage Trust Fund, funds held at the Oakville
Community Foundation, the Oakville Public Library (OPL) has recently digitized close to 500 late 20th century issues of the Oakville Beaver and made them available on the Library’s Newspaper Database. Through this digitization initiative, OPL provides yet another opportunity for community members to experience and engage with Oakville’s rich local history in a modern and accessible way.

Past issues of the Oakville Beaver, and its predecessor newspapers, are one of the few remaining sources of local history from the Town of Oakville, the Village of Bronte and Trafalgar Township. Local newspapers like the Oakville Beaver offer a rare and fascinating glimpse into the past, and are well-used by many Oakville residents including local historians, genealogists, students and community organizations.

Although the Library’s Newspaper Database is popular – it was accessed over 8,800 times in 2016 – prior to the digitization, many of the Oakville Beaver issues were of poor quality, and the Library routinely received requests for articles not available online.

As a result of the growing need for this type of digital resource in the community, the Library made thousands of pages from past Oakville Beaver issues available through the  Database, which can be accessed for free with an OPL card. The newly digitized collection allows users to search articles using keywords, and the issues can also be read by screen readers, which is helpful for users with visual impairments.

“With digitally accessible issues of the Oakville Beaver now available on our Database, users can complete their research more efficiently and effectively,” says Elise C. Cole, Local Collections Librarian at the Oakville Public Library.

“This project places valuable information right into the hands of the researcher, whether that be a student completing a school project, a local historian collecting details for a book or a community member exploring his or her family history.”

It is the hope that this ongoing digitization effort will provide support for local community,  local history, school curriculum and genealogical research.

Although the Oakville Public Library continues to evolve and look ahead, it is always respectful of the past, and confident in its ability to build community by connecting people and ideas. This initiative demonstrates the Library’s commitment to preserving Oakville’s treasured community heritage and collective memory.

Oakville Public Library’s White Oaks Branch to close for renovations

August 30, 2018

The Oakville Public Library is excited to welcome the public back to the newly renovated White Oaks Library Branch in late September. Although the reopening was originally scheduled for September 4, it has been moved to the end of the month.

Identified as an action item in the library’s 2016-19 Strategic Plan, the White Oaks Branch renovation focused on the library’s goal to transform our virtual and physical spaces to encourage creativity, collaboration and discovery.

The newly renovated space will have a whole new look, with an increased lounge area, additional seating, added workspaces, new carpets and fresh paint!

The White Oaks Branch is located within the White Oaks Secondary School. As such, students will have access to the newly renovated branch in the beginning of September, but the branch will officially open to the public in late September.

Please visit this page or follow OPL on social media for the latest updates on the White Oaks Branch renovation and reopening.

Due to the delayed reopening, the following programs have been cancelled at the White Oaks branch:

  • Tuesday, September 11, Preschool Dance Party (10:15am – 10:45am)
  • Wednesday, September 12, Family Storytime (10:15am – 10:45am)
  • Thursday, September 13, Babytime (11:00am – 11:30am)
  • Saturday, September 15, Neighbourhood Storytime (10:15am – 11:00am)

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Oakville Public Library collaborates with tech start-ups to create augmented reality Report to the Community

May 2, 2018

For Immediate Release

OAKVILLE, ON – Oakville Public Library (OPL) is excited to present its augmented reality (AR) enabled 2017 Report to the Community. In addition to highlighting the organization’s significant achievements from last year, this special edition report reflects the library’s initiative to provide the Oakville community with modern technology and engaging opportunities.

Along with four special augmented reality experiences, this year’s document outlines specific library undertakings from 2017 that directly influenced the community. The report details the organization’s various endeavors, including outreach initiatives, service improvements, branch enhancements, collection expansions, and program developments.

“Last year, we successfully accomplished numerous objectives from the Oakville Public Library’s strategic plan,” says Lynn Horlor, CEO. “We completed many of our project commitments, including a complete renovation of our Iroquois Ridge Branch, as well as laid the groundwork for our upcoming ventures.”

The report, which is released annually, also includes OPL’s 2017 financial statement, a “Year in Review” infographic, a section about the library’s future goals, and a “Gratitude Report” dedicated to the organization’s supporters.

To develop this year’s interactive document, the library commissioned Silicon Halton tech start-ups M2F Inc. and Mi6 Agency to enhance the report with augmented reality. To create AR experiences, the agencies coded images within the document to play short, charming videos through the company’s app, Amagiq.

“Over the years we have actively introduced new technology into our services and programs to educate our customers about the value and importance of technology in our society,” says Horlor. “It was important for us to incorporate augmented reality into this year’s report to showcase how we, as an organization, are embracing and using technology to benefit our everyday operations.”

Oakville Public Library’s 2017 Report to the Community is available on the library’s website at

To learn more about M2F Inc. and Mi6 Agency, please visit or


Last chance to purchase tickets for Oakville Public Library’s fundraiser

May 3, 2018

Oakville Public Library (OPL) will be holding its First Annual Fundraiser next week on May 10 at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (OCPA). The fundraiser, which is being held in recognition of Sexual Assault Prevention Month and Mental Health Week, features Canadian musician Séan McCann – formerly of the folk-rock band Great Big Sea.

With a limited amount of tickets still available, the library is encouraging locals to support their community by attending the event or by participating in the event’s online auction, which opens on May 7 and runs until 11:59 p.m. on May 13.

McCann frequently tours around the country to present audiences with his genuine life story about surviving abuse, battling addiction, and becoming sober. Using a combination of music and anecdotes, McCann portrays the battles many individuals face and helps his audiences better understand the importance of mental health.

Acting as a safe space for its community, OPL aims to introduce new initiatives to support those in need. Funds raised from the event will enable the library to develop and expand vital services.

In addition, a portion of the proceeds raised from the event and online auction will be donated to the Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) of Halton to aid in their work of helping survivors of violence.

The event`s tax-deductible tickets are available to purchase through the OCPA box office or website. VIP ticket-holders are invited to attend an exclusive meet-and-greet reception and will receive a seat in the theatre’s preferred viewing section.

OPL has dozens of items up for bid in its online auction, such as hand-crafted quilts, original paintings, and authentic Chinese décor. The online auction will be accessible and open to anyone, regardless of whether they are attending the event.

To learn more about the event, purchase tickets, or to view items and participate in the event`s online auction, please visit

Oakville Public Library expands Seed Library to all branches

April 19, 2018

This past week, Oakville Public Library (OPL) rang in the spring season by officially opening its sought-after Seed Library. The library, which is now available at all six OPL branches, offers a selection of organic and non-hybrid, untreated seeds that customers can use for growing plants in their personal gardens.

Like all of OPL’s collections, customers are able to “borrow” from the collection free of charge, using only their library card.

There are currently 10 types of seeds available in the collection, including eggplant, squash, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, and lavender. This year’s seeds were purchased from William Dam Seeds Ltd., a local farm in Dundas, ON.

Once the customer has grown their plants and nurtured them to maturity, they are encouraged to harvest the seeds and return them to the library. All returned seeds are placed back into the Seed Library for the following year’s collection, providing additional seeds for more individuals to participate in the future.

The OPL Seed Library project launched last year as an initiative to help strengthen customer relationships and build a culture of sharing within the community. In addition, the collection helps promote healthy lifestyles and provides an educational experience for customers to better-understand agriculture and sustainability.

The Seed Library was originally established from a very generous donation made by avid Oakville Public Library supporters, Richard and Barbara Birkett. Mr. Birkett has been a long-time donor, was a former board member, and has volunteered with the library over the past 35 years. OPL also received its initial collection of seeds as a donation from Ball Seed, a Chicago-based company.

For more information on the OPL Seed Library, including growing and harvesting instructions, please visit

YMCA Oakville Youth Peace Award winner donates painting to Oakville Public Library

March 30, 2018

2017 YMCA Oakville Youth Peace Award winner and autism artist Aiden Lee has generously donated a custom painting to Oakville Public Library (OPL) in support of resources for children’s with developmental disabilities. The painting, which will be displayed in the library’s Iroquois Ridge Branch, will be revealed at a public unveiling at the branch at 11:30 a.m. on Thurs., Apr. 5.

The unveiling takes place during Autism Awareness Week, which was intentionally scheduled as a way to promote and recognize the talents and accomplishments of individuals living with developmental disabilities.

The 14-year-old was originally commissioned by OPL to create the large 4’ by 6’ for the recently renovated branch, but requested that the funds be donated back to the library and invested in resources to assist autistic children attending library programs.

It took three months for Lee to complete his painting, using a combination of paint, wood, and pages from books to create his portrayal of both the library and the community.

“We are each an original painting, always adding new colours and designs with our choices and decisions,” says Lee. “We need to see the beauty in other people, accept them for who they are, and believe in their art.”

Before Lee began working on his creation, he took time to get to know the space and the staff to ensure his artwork blended well with the library’s atmosphere. He also instructed at an Art Night for OPL staff members to teach painting techniques while learning about them.

“Flags are great for autism awareness – they look good in the wind – but action and inclusion means so much more.” Says Lee. “Libraries mean learning and belonging.”

Lee’s painting was kept under lock-and-key until it was officially revealed to OPL’s Board on Thurs., Mar. 22.

The library is honoured to hang Lee’s meaningful and inspirational artwork, entitled “Storytime”, in its Iroquois Ridge Branch and invites the community to partake in the unveiling and visit the branch to see it first-hand.    

For more information regarding Oakville Public Library, please visit

Gaming Expo coming to Oakville Public Library this weekend

March 23, 2018

Oakville Public Library (OPL) will be hosting a special Gaming Expo in partnership with Sheridan College this Sat., Mar. 24. The expo, which is free to attend, will be running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library’s Iroquois Ridge Branch.

The library will transform into a temporary arcade as 50 students from Sheridan’s Bachelor of Game Design and Animation program set up and showcase games they’ve developed for their final year project.

Community members will have the opportunity to engage with the students, play their games, and learn more about game design, animation, process and production, as well as Sheridan’s one-of-a-kind program.

Many of the fourth-year students used a combination of psychology, art, and technology concepts to develop games that address and solve business and social issues, such as improving relationships between youth and police officers and measuring the outcomes of post-secondary education.

Attendees will be able to participate in augmented and mixed reality demonstrations, as well as gain more insight into mechanics, level design, programming, narrative, professional development, and project management.

In addition, OPL staff will be running sessions on learning basic game design with Bloxels and iPads for interested customers.

OPL’s Gaming Expo is open to all ages and is a great opportunity for individuals interested in gaming or pursuing a career in game design and animation.

For more information regarding the Gaming Expo and other upcoming programs, please visit

Exciting March Break programs at the library

March 9, 2018

Oakville Public Library (OPL) is set to kick off its line-up of March Break programs next week. The library has a long list of programs scheduled to run each day of the week, starting on Mar. 12 and running through to Mar. 18.

March Break is an exciting time for OPL as it marks the beginning of the library’s spring and summer calendar of programs.

While a few of the activities fall under the library’s regular programming – such as family storytime and family movie day – there are many other new and exciting options for your family to attend this year.

The week starts with a special magic show by Bumbling Bert, as well as a workshop on how to create a garden ornament, an intriguing spy-science training class, and a fun storytelling activity.

The week continues with a handful of engaging art-making programs, including a puppet-making workshop, a flowerpot design activity, painting with vegetables, and a session on creating a tissue paper bouquet.

OPL will also be running a couple of Mad Science programs with educational science experiments for kids, and a Fun with Plants session where your children will learn interesting facts about plants from a Royal Botanical Gardens guest.

Most of the library’s March Break programming requires registration. Interested participants are encouraged to visit OPL’s website or browse through the Spring/Summer guide to get more information about available programs, and to register early before the programs fill up.

For the adults who would also like to take advantage of the short break, author Tom Rachman will be at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre on Mar. 18 to discuss his upcoming novel, The Italian Teacher. Tickets for the event are $20 each and can be purchased at any OPL branch.

For more information regarding March Break and other upcoming programs, please visit

Tickets now on sale for Words & Wine event

January 12, 2017

Tickets for Oakville Public Library’s (OPL) anticipated Words & Wine event are now on sale to the public. The event, formerly titled Books & Beer, will be held in the library’s Central Branch Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9.

The annual event draws large crowds of enthusiastic readers – and wine connoisseurs – looking for new titles to pick up or to introduce to their book clubs.

At the two-hour long event, OPL staff will present 15 books with light, humorous, and charming stories – each perfectly representing the event’s theme of ‘Let there be Light.’

Speakers will provide the audience with a brief synopsis of their book and highlight any key details – such as interesting characters or plot twists – that make it stand out on the shelf.

Prior to the presentations, ticket holders are welcomed to a reception with a selection of wine and appetizers – an appealing characteristic of the event. This year, attendees can enjoy various wines from Megalomaniac winery, a local winery from Vineland, ON.

Tickets are expected to sell out very quickly – tickets to last year’s Book & Beer event sold out in less than one week.

Interested customers can purchase tickets to the event for $20 at any Oakville Public Library branch. Each ticket includes admittance to the event’s reception and entrance into a draw to win a copy of all titles presented.

For more information about the event, please visit the library’s website at

Free streaming services to try out over your holiday break

December 15, 2017

Between baking cookies, visiting relatives, and sharing your holiday moments on social media, Oakville Public Library (OPL) is reminding you to take time for yourself by reading a book, watching a movie, or learning new skills using its free digital resources.

OPL cardholders are able to access a list of numerous streaming, downloading, and self-learning services through the library’s website. At the click of a button, a customer is able to browse through thousands of digital media collections and instantly download or stream titles.

Among its wide selection of digital resources, the library currently has two prominent video streaming services – similar to Netflix – that are available to all individuals with an Oakville Public Library card.

Hoopla – one of the library’s most popular resources – allows customers to borrow from a selection of movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, and audiobooks. Users can choose to either stream directly from the app, or download and borrow it for the title’s specific lending period.

Similarly, the library’s newest digital resource, called Kanopy, offers documentaries, series, and indie titles. Kanopy offers many educational films and carries a collection of over 30,000 titles.

For individuals who love reading eBooks or listening to audiobooks, OPL also has a handful of apps and online services that source thousands of titles.

Libby – or Libraries on the Go – is one of OPL’s most-used applications, which offers a large selection of audio books and eBooks. Previously known as OverDrive, the new app was recently updated with a groundbreaking eBook reader, audiobook player, and with the capability to save your history, positions, bookmarks, and notes, all of which will automatically sync across your devices.

Another popular app that was recently updated is RBDigital – formerly known as Zinio. RBDigital offers dozens of magazines that users can access on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. This app also allows you to browse, borrow, and read all in one place, rather than moving you into a web browser to view your selected publication.

Individuals looking to expand their job skillsets or learn a new language over the holiday break can use the library’s or Mango Languages resources. These resources require paid memberships for access, but customers with an Oakville Public Library card have the benefit of using them for free.

OPL carries many other resources for customers, including Ancestry Library Edition, Naxos Music Library, and Canadian Business Online.

To browse through the library’s full collection of digital resources, visit

To sign up for a library card and gain access to all library services and resources, please visit your local branch.

Oakville Public Library Receives $3,500 for Creation Zone Enhancements

December 11, 2017

Princeton, ON – The Oakville Public Library recently introduced a new Creation Zone that provides up to date resources for lifelong learning at its Iroquois Ridge branch. The Frank Cowan Company Home Town Program and Affiliated Insurance Management have contributed $3,500 to help with the purchase of the tools and resources needed to support the program. This includes enriching print and digital collections, acquiring the latest software and hardware in a rapidly changing technology world and enhancing programs and services for all age groups.

Photo of Virginia Kuypers, Development Officer; Rick Dresher, President Affiliated Insurance Management Inc.; Lynn Horlor, CEO Oakville Public Library; Viano Ciaglia, Frank Cowan Company; Florence de Dominicis, Director of Community Engagement

In photo from left to right: Virginia Kuypers, Development Officer; Rick Dresher, President Affiliated Insurance Management Inc.; Lynn Horlor, CEO Oakville Public Library; Viano Ciaglia, Frank Cowan Company; Florence de Dominicis, Director of Community Engagement


Larry Ryan, President, Frank Cowan Company
“The Frank Cowan Company Home Town Program is pleased to support important community initiatives such this. We hope that these resources help to create an improved experience for everyone to enjoy.”

Lynn Horlor, CEO, Oakville Public Library
On behalf of the Oakville Public Library, I would like to thank the Frank Cowan Company Home Town Program for their $3,000 donation and also Affiliated Insurance Management Inc. for their $500 donation in support of our Iroquois Ridge Branch and new Creation Zone.  The funds will be used to enrich our print and digital collections so that we can continue providing the most up-to-date resources for lifelong learning that best meet the needs of our diverse and evolving community.

Rick Dresher, President, Affiliated Insurance Management
“As a long serving member of the Oakville business community we are happy to support this important community initiative that will enhance the lives of Oakville residents.”

Terry Reidel, Executive Director, The Cowan Foundation
“We are pleased to support Frank Cowan Company’s Home Town Program because it provides us with an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of Canadians and the broader well-being of our communities by supporting initiatives that are important to municipalities across Canada.”


About The Home Town Program
The Frank Cowan Company Home Town Program gives financial support to municipal-related community focused, grassroots initiatives across Canada that help to improve the safety and quality of life in the communities that we insure. This program is made possible through the collaboration of Frank Cowan Company business partners and The Cowan Foundation.

About Frank Cowan Company
Frank Cowan Company is a Canadian leader in providing specialized insurance programs, including risk management and claims services for municipalities and public service, healthcare, education, community, children’s and social service organizations across Canada.

About Affiliated Insurance Management

Affiliated Insurance is an independent insurance broker that has been helping its personal & business clients in Oakville and surrounding area to protect the things they have worked hard for since 1903.

For additional information about Frank Cowan Company, or the Home Town Program, visit For more information about Affiliated Insurance Management, visit

For more information, contact:
Caryn McLean, Manager, Marketing & Communications
Frank Cowan Company
1-800-265-4000 ext. 55344 |


Submitted on behalf of Frank Cowan Company

Oakville Public Library launches ticket sales to first annual fundraiser featuring Séan McCann

December 1, 2017

Oakville Public Library (OPL) has officially opened ticket sales to its first-ever annual fundraiser featuring renowned musician Séan McCann. McCann – formerly of Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea – will present his Help Your Self performance on Thurs., May 10, 2018 at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (OCPA).

Held in recognition of Sexual Assault Prevention Month and Mental Health Week, McCann will tell his captivating story of surviving abuse, battling addiction, and becoming sober, providing the audience with a strong message about mental health.

In his genuine performance, McCann uses a combination of music and anecdotes to portray the battles many individuals face, which includes shedding light on associated stigmas and the importance of self-help.

Serving as a safe space for many, the library hopes the event will help educate community members about mental health, as well as provide comfort and insight for those with similar experiences.

The event is OPL’s first fundraiser – which also includes a silent auction – with proceeds raised from the event used to support library resources, services, and programming, as well as the development and revitalization of its spaces. The library will also donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to SAVIS (Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services) of Halton to aid in their work of helping survivors of violence.

Regular and VIP tickets are now available to purchase through the OCPA box office or the OCPA website. Both ticket-types offer admittance to the performance as well as a charitable tax receipt. In addition, VIP ticket-holders are invited to attend an exclusive meet-and-greet reception and will receive a seat in the theatre’s preferred viewing section.

The library is currently seeking event sponsors and has secured Schiavone Diamond as its first “The Novelist” sponsor, in addition to Penguin Random House Canada, Arsenal Cleaning Services Ltd., and an anonymous donor as “The Poet” sponsors.

Individuals or organizations interested in becoming an event sponsor or donating an item to the silent auction can contact Development Officer, Virginia Kuypers at

To purchase tickets to Séan McCann Help Your Self fundraiser, please visit the

For more information about the Séan McCann Help Your Self fundraiser can be found at

Give the gift of lifelong learning

November 17, 2017

This year, Oakville Public Library (OPL) will participate in the global movement of Giving Tuesday. On Tues., Nov. 28, OPL is encouraging residents in the Town of Oakville to consider giving back to their community by making a donation in support of library services and resources.

Giving Tuesday, or the National Day of Giving, was established in 2012 by two US-based organizations to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy and recognize the generosity of donors around the world.

Falling on the first Tuesday after American Thanksgiving – following the consumer observances of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Giving Tuesday has become an international campaign that reminds individuals to give back to charities and the less fortunate amid the chaos of holiday shopping.

OPL is now joining the community of other charitable organizations across the world to help share and spread the message about the importance of giving back during the season.

Public libraries are important institutions that bring communities together by providing safe, welcoming spaces, engaging resources, and educational experiences for all.

From childhood through to the age of retirement, Oakville Public Library welcomes individuals of any ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and social status. The library is a place for everyone.

By updating its services and resources, introducing new programs and events, and by enhancing its spaces and technology, OPL continues to focus on the needs of the community and reinvest in the families that reside in Oakville.

Although the library receives government funding, its budget is only able to fulfill its basic operational needs. To continue providing invaluable opportunities for our community, the library relies on alternative funding to support the development of its programs and the enhancement of its services.

As a member of the community, you can help Oakville Public Library provide instrumental resources that make a difference in the lives of your neighbours. A gift to OPL will contribute to the success of your library and help provide additional educational opportunities.

This Giving Tuesday, give the gift of lifelong learning. Visit

Oakville Public Library introduces new hours for 2018

November 10, 2017

On October 26, 2017, the Oakville Public Library (OPL) Board of Directors supported a recommendation to reorganize the operational hours of all OPL branches, which will take effect beginning January 2, 2018. The proposed change to hours comes after an extensive analysis of data suggested a significant and increasing demand for service in OPL’s northern branches.

Using the library’s new RFID technology to record branch traffic and item circulation, in addition to data collected on program attendance, it was confirmed that over 50 per cent of its customer base utilized its Glen Abbey (GA) and Iroquois Ridge (IR) branches. Together, the GA and IR branches reflect 55 per cent of the library’s total amount of customer visits and 52 per cent of the library’s overall circulation.

The data collected from the OPL branches further demonstrates Oakville`s growing population in the north and a need for additional library service. Using this information, and by comparing the data from each branch, library staff proposed a slight modification of hours across the system, focusing on increasing hours of the branches in the north.

In total, the Glen Abbey, Iroquois Ridge, and Clearview (CV) branches will receive additional hours to help service the growing need, while the Central (CE), Woodside (WS), and White Oaks (WO) will maintain consistent service and run on a slightly condensed schedule.

The new hours will also be transitioned through the summer, eliminating the library’s previous summer schedule, but, overall, increasing the total system-wide hours of operation throughout the year, providing customers with more access to library services and simplifying the confusion around summer hours and summer staff schedules.

The increase of hours across the system relates back to the library’s goal to serve all community residents purposefully, as outlined in its current Strategic Plan. As library staff continue to work toward achieving the library’s strategic direction, the organization will undergo many enhancements – such as branch renovations and the introduction of alternative service models – to better service the Oakville community. Many exciting plans are coming down the pipeline – stay tuned to for updates on future initiatives.

For more information regarding the library’s change to hours, please click here.


Friends of the Library Annual Fall Book Sale

November 3, 2017

The Friends of the Oakville Public Library (FOL) will be hosting their annual Fall Book Sale at the Oakville Public Library’s (OPL) Central Branch Auditorium from Nov. 8-12.

The first day of the sale will be for FOL Members only, allowing individuals with memberships to gain early and exclusive access to browse through the large collections of items available this fall.

Community members have the opportunity to become a FOL Member by signing up at any of the library’s six branches and paying the annual fee of $10.

Doors will officially open to the public on Nov. 9, continuing through to the final day of the book sale on Nov. 12.

The Friends of the Oakville Public Library hold both a spring and a fall sale annually, allowing members of the Oakville community to purchase books, DVDs, and other gently used items for a minimal fee. Most books at the upcoming sale are selling for just $1.50/pound.

This past year, the Friends of the Library introduced their new Pop-Up Sale initiative. The Friends held three pop-up sales during the year – in March, July, and September – garnering approximately $5,000.

To date, the Friends of the Library book sales have raised over $525,000, which has supported numerous library resources, services, and programs like the library’s annual TD Summer Reading Club.

The next FOL book sale is scheduled to run in early next year from Feb. 28 to Mar. 4, with a pop-up sale to follow from Jun. 2-3.

Individuals who are unable to attend any FOL sale have the option of purchasing items from the ‘Friendly Finds’ bookshelves located at all branches and at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

The annual book sales have been a highlight of the library for well over 10 years, and the Friends of the Oakville Public Library look forward to welcoming the community back again this fall.

For more information on the Friends of the Oakville Public Library, and the sale, please visit

Get techy this fall with the Oakville Public Library

October 20, 2017

This fall, Oakville Public Library (OPL) will be running a series of tech-focused programming for teens and adults. From beginner to expert, OPL has many different options for tech-lovers of all learning levels.

Equipped with 3D printers at every branch, OPL continues to offer 3D learning opportunities for community members. In addition to its 3D Printer certification class, the library also runs a hands-on 3D Modelling for 3D Printing session that introduces design software and the basics of 3D modelling and printing. OPL has two more sessions this fall – on Oct. 26 and Nov. 30 – with a couple more to follow next year.

On Nov. 16, the library will be holding a 2-hour virtual reality program that includes a viewing of the TED Talk ‘VR as an Art Form,’ followed by an engaging virtual reality experience with the library’s Oculus Rift and SirsiDynix and VR cardboard headsets.

The library will be highlighting its exciting augmented reality technology later this year, which allows participants to colour and bring their artwork to life using iPads. The Colouring 2.0 program will be held on Nov. 28 at the Woodside Branch, and again on Dec. 14 at Glen Abbey.

Community members who are interested in learning how to code are encouraged to attend the library’s intergenerational An Hour of Code workshop on Dec. 10. In this free, drop-in program, library staff will introduce the basics of coding and various coding techniques. Individuals of all ages are welcome and no experience is required.

OPL will continue with its tech programming into the New Year, picking up again on Jan. 9 with an Ask the Blue Shirt Expert info-session on Smart Home Gadgets.

The following week, the library will hold a workshop on taking beautiful photos using your cellphone. Photography with your Phone runs on Jan. 13 and will teach participants how to maximize their phone’s camera and editing software.

The library will also introduce a new program early next year, which focuses on OPL’s digital resources and collections, including streaming apps for movies, books, TV series, and more. The hands-on Love My OPL info-session runs on Feb. 7, and any interested customers can register for it online.

Also in the winter, the library will have Microsoft Word (Feb. 11) and Microsoft Excel (Mar. 11) workshops, a session on filming drones and GoPros (Feb. 15), and an interactive Instagram workshop (Feb. 20).

In addition, the library runs a series of Digital Discovery with the Teen Tech Team sessions where individuals can receive tech coaching. The library only has a few more sessions left for this season – interested individuals can visit for specific dates, times, and locations.

For more information on any of the programs mentioned above, please visit

Social and educational opportunities for golden agers

October 6, 2017

Retired Oakville residents looking to socialize or learn new things can take advantage of Oakville Public Library’s (OPL) free seniors’ programming this fall.

The library runs a series of educational and entertaining events and workshops for individuals in their advancing years. From practical life safety tips to art and technology, OPL has dozens of programs for seniors to choose from this season.

This fall’s Seniors’ Series offers a wide range of topics, including driver’s license renewal, fire prevention and home safety, frauds and scams, and art, music, and politics. Most of these programs are presented by professional organizations from the community, such as the Oakville Fire Department, the Halton Regional Police Service, and Oakville Chamber Orchestra. The series runs every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Central Branch.

For individuals who are thinking about going back to work, or who are interested in volunteering for their community, OPL is running two information sessions to support their job search.

On November 1, Mark Venning – founder of Change Rangers – will present a two-hour seminar on Prospecting for Work in Later Life. In this seminar, Venning will discuss the concept of retirement, global trends and work options for individuals over the age of 55, as well as provide five important steps to prove your value at work.

OPL has also partnered with Volunteer Halton to offer assistance for community members searching for volunteer opportunities. At the Get Help Finding Volunteer Opportunities drop-in, individuals can receive one-on-one personalized help for finding the best position for their interests. There are three more session dates running this fall – November 13, November 27, and December 11 – all running from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Glen Abbey Branch.

In addition to these great events, the library is running a handful of entertainment and culture-related events that provide opportunities to get out, socialize, and have some fun.

Oakville Galleries and OPL will be holding a Seniors’ Art Workshop & Tour on November 2 that is perfect for both the avid collector and art novice. At this program, participants will enjoy an informative tour of Canadian artist Tamara Henderson’s exhibition, followed by an art-making workshop.

The library also has exciting author visits, including Ann Cleeves (Oct. 16), Jowi Taylor (Oct. 26), Alexander McCall Smith (Nov. 7), and Karen Swan (Nov. 14). Tickets are currently on sale for the first three events, while tickets for Swan’s visit will become available on Oct. 24.

The library runs so many other great programs and events for all ages – if you would like to learn more about what is available, please visit or pick up the library’s fall/winter guide.

For more information on any of the programs or events listed above, please visit

Highlighting and preserving Oakville’s history

September 22, 2017

Oakville Public Library’s (OPL) Local and Family History department is working on some exciting ventures to highlight and preserve the Town of Oakville’s history, as well as encourage community members to take interest in their own family history.

The season starts with OPL’s annual photo project on Sep. 23. A Day in the Life of Oakville is an engaging community initiative that invites residents to take photos of the town throughout the day and submit them into a gallery as historical documents.

Oakville is celebrating many significant anniversaries this year, including Canada’s sesquicentennial, the 50th anniversary of OPL’s Central Branch (Centennial Building), and the 40th anniversary of the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, which are great subjects for participants to focus on and capture memories. Submission details for A Day in the Life of Oakville will be available online starting Sep. 23 and photos will be accepted from Sep. 23 to Sep. 30.

In light of the library’s upcoming anniversary, a free, all-ages celebration will be held on Dec. 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Central Branch Auditorium. More details about this event will become available on the library’s website.

OPL will hold its First Annual Family History Fair later this fall. Fair attendees will have the opportunity to drop in and speak with historical and genealogical groups and family history product vendors, as well as pre-register for free workshops with genealogical speakers. The event will run on Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and take place at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.

The library has also recently released a series of videos focusing on moments in Oakville’s history. The initiative is helping to spread awareness about Oakville’s extensive lineage and share information on interesting historical events, organizations, and monuments. Six Oakville Heritage Moments are currently available to view on OPL’s YouTube page.

In addition to these special projects and events, OPL will be holding a great lineup of information sessions and workshops on genealogy and family history.

On Sep. 28, OPL will welcome Trish Keogh from Pictures in Place, a local photo organization business, to lead a session on photo organization and storytelling. The two-part workshop – second session to run on Oct. 26 – will provide participants with tips for preserving their family history through photos and will introduce them to new technology for sharing their collection.

Also in September, professional genealogist Tammy Tipler-Priolo, also known as The Ancestor Investigator, will present a lecture on how to conduct Quebec genealogical research. In this session – running on Sep. 30 – Tipler-Priolo will discuss the differences between historical records and provide information on reliable research tools.

Ruth Blair, a well-known local professional genealogist, will give a presentation on Nov. 23 to discuss modern day research for WWI veterans. Blair’s presentation will cover the different types of technology and resources available to help locate documents such as military service records.

Blair will return on Feb. 20 to conclude the season with an information session focused on the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). In this session, Blair will walk participants through the GPS and help decipher information they have uncovered.

OPL runs multiple programs on genealogy and history throughout the year and provides library cardholders with access to numerous resources for genealogical and historical research, including Ancestry Library Edition, a popular genealogy and DNA database.

The library will release next season’s programming in early 2018 – stay tuned for announcements on the launch of the Spring/Summer guide.

To sign up for a library card, please visit any OPL branch with your valid form of ID.

To learn more about the programs mentioned in this article, or to register for any of OPL’s upcoming Family History programs, please visit

Workshops to prepare your teen for their future

September 8, 2017

This season, Oakville Public Library (OPL) will be a one-stop-shop for your young adult. From learning tips and tricks for applying to post-secondary school, to learning how to manage finances, OPL will aid your teen in their transition into adulthood.

OPL understands the challenges that many young adults face, so we have developed programming to help them overcome their struggles, focus on their personal growth and learning, and provide an outlet to explore their creativity and have fun.

Teens who are currently on track to attend college or university will benefit from a few of our highly anticipated programs.

Our upcoming University Applications: All You Need to Know program runs on Sep. 14 and will provide an in-depth review of what to expect when applying to post-secondary school and our Writing Your Personal Statement workshop on Oct. 19 will teach your teen how to draft a personal elevator pitch that will help their application stand out.

Although these two programs are fully registered, we recommend you sign up for our waitlist, as an opening may become available.

On Sep. 19, we will be running a workshop that explores ways to finance schooling. Money 101: Financial Aid & Scholarship Writing will present various financial aid options available to new and returning students, and will provide advice on scholarship writing and how to better showcase your accomplishments.   

Later in the winter, we will hold a session that will help soon-to-be high school graduates plan out their educational path. Our Jan. 18 Own Your Education: Succeed at University program will teach students how to prioritize their workloads in university and provide insight on how they can manage their time.

As a parent, if you would like to gain a better understanding of what your teenager might be experiencing and how you can help, we highly encourage you to attend our University Admissions: What Parents Should Know info-session on Oct. 25. This program will equip you with the tools you need to assist them through their application process.

OPL is also offering a variety of exciting activities for teens who need a break from all their educational planning. This season we are offering a handful of great tech programs for teens, including 3D printing and design, wearable tech, virtual reality, audio coding, and colouring 2.0 with OSMOs. We will also be kicking off our annual Teen Book Club in early October at our Teen Book Club Information Night.

Later in the season, OPL will also hold three programs that focus on high-interest topics for teens. Reading the Rainbow is an amazing new program that allows teens to openly discuss their favourite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters, while Messages from the Media with SAVIS and Keep Your Selfie Safe: Online Safety Tips raise awareness about media portrayals and the online world.

In addition, the library is currently running its annual Write2Xpress Contest. The contest allows students in grades seven through 12 to get creative and write a short story or poem based on this year’s photo. Students have up until Oct. 22 to submit their work for a chance to win great prizes and be recognized at a celebration of winners.

We are very excited to offer these programs for teens and know all attendees will benefit from the information shared.

For more information on our upcoming teen programs, please visit

Celebrate creativity at the Iroquois Ridge Grand Opening celebration and Community Expo

August 25, 2017

Oakville Public Library (OPL) invites the Oakville and Halton Region communities to the Iroquois Ridge Branch on Sep. 9 for a Grand Opening celebration and the library’s 2017 Community Expo.

Members of the community are welcome to drop-in anytime between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to tour the recently renovated space. Throughout the day, guests will also be able to participate in hands-on demonstrations of the branch’s new technology, as well as learn about this year’s Community Expo exhibitors.

The Community Expo is an annual event that brings together local makers, innovators, artisans, and creators to showcase their professional work. This year the library will present incredibly talented exhibitors from various creative fields.

One of the event’s highlights will be Sheridan College’s student-built arcade. The group will be bringing along some of their newest games that attendees can demo.

Kitchener-born 3D printing company, Inksmith, will lead workshops in Tinkercad, a 3D modelling software, while father-son maker team, Brent and Jack, will show off their 3D prints and designs.

The library will also introduce Oakville Community’s First Robotics Team – a community-based group that builds robots for competition – and Dr. Jane Coryell, who will be bringing along her hand-made stage design furniture.

In addition, local game designers will lead demos in virtual reality and OPL staff will help participants test out the branch’s new technology, such as its modular synthesizer and green screen.

Guests are encouraged to interact with exhibitors and find out more about the work of the businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs in their community.

Many of the exhibitors are simply passionate about their field and produce their work as a hobby, while others have evolved their talents into leading businesses.

The Community Expo is open to everyone, with many activities running for all ages. You do not need to be an Oakville Public Library cardholder to attend the event, although we encourage individuals to sign up for a card so they can take advantage of all of the library’s services and resources.

Oakville Public Library would like to thank this year’s exhibitors for their contributions to the creative industry and for being advocates of public libraries.

OPL also recognizes the contributions of its generous donors. With their help, the library will be able to continue providing integral resources and services for its community, as well as developing and operating programs like the Community Expo.

There are many ways to support the Oakville Public Library, including various naming opportunities in the Iroquois Ridge Branch. For more information on how to contribute to the success of your library, please email Virginia Kuypers at

For more information regarding the Iroquois Ridge Grand Opening and Community Expo, or on OPL programs and services, please visit

Come celebrate creativity with us at the 2017 Community Expo! We look forward to seeing you on September 9!

Don’t miss Oakville Public Library’s upcoming author visits

August 11, 2017

This fall and winter Oakville Public Library (OPL) will welcome 10 world-renowned authors to Oakville for intimate conversations and discussions on their work and lives as writers.

In September, OPL will welcome authors Linden MacIntyre, Alison Pick, Carol Off, and Doug Saunders, while October and November bring Measha Brueggergosman, Ann Cleeves, Jowi Taylor, Karen Swan, and Alexander McCall Smith. In addition, OPL has two exciting events lined-up for the ultimate book-lover.

On September 7, MacIntyre and Pick will join us for an evening at Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) and talk about their newest novels. MacIntyre, a Scotiabank Giller prize-winner, will present his newest novel – The Only Café and Pick will introduce her latest work, Strangers with the Same Dream.

Journalists Carol Off and Doug Saunders will visit Oakville on September 23 for an “In Conversation with…” presentation at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (the Oakville Centre). The two will discuss their books In All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others (Off) and Maximum Canada – Why 35 Million Canadians Aren’t Enough (Saunders).

Also in September, OPL will be holding its annual Evening for Book Lovers. At the event, OPL staff will present audience members with a list of great-read titles that are perfect for book clubs or individual book lovers. The very popular event will take place in the Oakville Centre on September 18.

Grammy-nominated singer Measha Brueggergosman will present her new book – Something Is Always On Fire – at the Oakville Centre on October 2. Her book dives into her personal life, highlighting her successes as an opera singer, as well as her personal hardships.

OPL will welcome Ann Cleeves on October 16 at QEPCCC for a presentation on her latest novel, The Seagull. Cleeves has written over 25 novels, has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide, and is the author behind PBS’s Vera and BBC’s One’s Shetland.

Jowi Taylor will conclude October with a fascinating conversation on Voyageur, the Six String Nation guitar that has travelled the world and been played by numerous musicians such a Feist, K’nann, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Taylor and Voyageur will join us at the Oakville Centre on October 26.

We will see distinguished fiction writer Alexander McCall Smith at the Atrium in Town Hall on November 7 for a conversation on his latest book, The House of Unexpected Sister. McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, who has written numerous books and with millions of copies of sold worldwide.

Internationally bestselling author Karen Swan will conclude OPL’s fantastic book extravaganza season with a visit to OPL’s Central Branch on November 14. Swan will spend the evening discussing her newest book The Christmas Secret as well as offer book signings for attendees.

The book-lover event lineup continues into the New Year with three highly anticipated events. Enthusiasts will enjoy February’s Words & Wine event – a revamp of Books & Beer – as well as OPL’s Women of Crime event with presentations by five bestselling authors, and an exciting visit by award-winning producer and director Paul Saltzman in April. More information on these 2018 events is available on the OPL website.

Oakville Public Library is very happy to partner, yet again, with the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and A Different Drummer Books for many of these presentations. The library is excited to both welcome so many talented authors to Oakville and to provide the community with these unforgettable events.

Tickets are currently available to purchase for many of these upcoming events. Please visit for specific ticket pricing and purchasing information.

Introducing Libby and RBDigital

July 31, 2017

Overdrive and Zinio are being revamped for a better customer experience. This fall, Libby will be introduced as Overdrive’s (Libraries on the Go ) improved counterpart, and RBDigital will take over the former Zinio app. Here’s

Overdrive and Libby

  • Libby is the new Overdrive (Libraries On The Go), offering customers a better user experience
  • No account needed – you’ll be able to sign in to Libby using just your library card barcode
  • The new app gives you access to OPL’s full list of ebooks and audiobooks, which you can download for offline reading, or stream for extra space
  • In the app, all your loans and holds are consolidated on a single shelf, while your positions, bookmarks, and notes are kept in sync across all your devices
  • It only takes a few taps to find, sample, and borrow a title
  • With a ground-breaking ebook reader and enhanced audiobook player, you’ll love using Libby
  • Libby is compatible for both Android and Apple devices with iOS 9 or higher – users who are unable to download Libby onto their device can still use Overdrive to access OPL’s full ebook and audiobook library
  • To get Libby on your device, click here – for more information, or to download Overdrive, click here

Zinio and RBDigital

  • This September, the Zinio app will no longer be accessible to library cardholders
  • A new app, called RBDigital, has been introduced as Zinio’s upgraded replacement
  • Current Zinio customers can enjoy signing into RBDigital using their existing Zinio login credentials – new customers can easily sign up for an RBDigital account by clicking here
  • RBDigital offers OPL cardholders the same great list of digital magazines found on Zinio, and allows customers to browse, borrow, and read all within the application
  • Enjoy the convenience of RBDigital – click here to download the app today

If you have any questions about Libby or RBDigital, please contact your local branch or email

Oakville Public Library announces great fall and winter programs for the whole family

July 28, 2017

This past week, Oakville Public Library (OPL) released its new Programs and Events Guide for the upcoming fall and winter season. With hundreds of programs scheduled to run from September through March, customers have the opportunity to enjoy an activity almost every day of the week.

The new guide includes many of the library’s recurring programs, as well as repeats of some very popular programs, such as Learning with, Audio Coding for Teens, and Ozobots.

The season also brings a variety of new programming for all age groups, including many tech-focused workshops in OPL’s new Creation Zone at the Iroquois Ridge Branch.

The library has a great selection of programs for adults, with a handful of noteworthy author presentations, engaging creative writing workshops, as well as many informational classes like How to Harvest Seeds and University Admissions: What Parents Should Know.

Teens in the community will benefit from a few new library programs, in addition to the library’s regular sessions. With a focus on empowering young adults, OPL has introduced workshops to prepare teens for post-secondary school, assist in writing their personal statement, as well as help manage their money.

Along with the great list of teen programs, Oakville Public Library is encouraging teens to attend a new program that focuses on equality – Reading the Rainbow. In partnership with The Positive Space Network, teens will have the opportunity to present their favourite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters, and contribute to an open discussion on the topic.

OPL also has plenty of engaging and hands-on programs for children throughout the season. The library will continue to run many of its popular STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) classes in addition to its entertaining literacy-focused programs.

The library is excited to be partnering with Oakville’s Chartwell Retirement Residence in a new intergenerational storytime, called Come Together. This new initiative brings children and seniors together, allowing them to interact with one another and build new, meaningful friendships.

In addition, OPL has a few special events and celebrations later this year, such as the Centennial Celebration where the community will celebrate the Central Branch’s 50th anniversary.

If you are interested in attending one or more of the library’s upcoming programs, please check the program guide or OPL’s website for information on registration. Many programs that require registration are set-up through the Town of Oakville’s online booking platform, called Iris, while others have alternative sign-up instructions.

Online registration through Iris opens on Saturday, August 12.

Oakville Public Library has many other great fall and winter programs for everyone in your family. For a full list of upcoming events or more information on a specific program, pick up the new program guide at any OPL branch, or visit

Opportunity: Oakville Public Library Board Member

Oakville Public Library (OPL) is changing, and we need dynamic professionals to help lead our 100-year-old community organization. You can shape the future of OPL by becoming a member of our Board.

There are currently two positions available on the Oakville Public Library Board of Management.

As a Member of our Board, you will join a team of passionate individuals who see the power of our library, and who understand the importance of literacy and lifelong learning. Your leadership and expertise will help guide us in achieving our future goals, and your support and advocacy will allow us to cultivate lasting relationships and highlight our value in the community.

During your term, you will provide insight and advice as we tackle our Strategic Direction. Together, we will:

  • Serve our growing population
  • Revitalize our spaces and create fully-accessible branches
  • Extend our outreach
  • Enhance our programming and events
  • Maximize our resources, revenue, and mutually beneficial partnerships

Is it a good fit for you?

We’re looking for someone who can:

  • Hold office for a term concurrent with the current term of Council, or until a successor is appointed
  • Devote their time to perform the responsibilities of a Board Member
    • Attend monthly Board meetings in person on the fourth Thursday each month at 7:00 p.m.
    • Ability to attend occasional library programs and events
  • Represent and advocate for OPL
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to the Town of Oakville and its public services including OPL
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with OPL Board Members and employees to achieve common goals
  • Bring professional experience related to our strategic direction. The strongest candidate will bring experience or expertise in Charity and Not-for-Profit Organization; Fundraising; Human Resources; Strategic Planning; Architecture/Environmental Design.
  • Provide insight and experience from current or previous work in a not-for-profit organization

Mandatory Qualifications for Consideration

  • You are over the age of 18
  • You are a Canadian Citizen
  • You are a resident of the Town of Oakville
  • You are not employed by any members of the Board or by the Town of Oakville
  • You are currently a library cardholder and user of OPL

Who We Are
Oakville Public Library (OPL) strives to build community by connecting people and ideas. With innovative programs for all ages, expansive collections of books, ever-growing digital media offerings, and town-wide outreach endeavors, OPL is committed to community development and providing learning opportunities for all.

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining Oakville Public Library’s Board, click here to apply.

Get back into reading this summer with the Oakville Reads online book club

July 14, 2017

Oakville Public Library (OPL) is encouraging the Oakville community to catch up on reading this summer by joining Oakville Reads. Oakville Reads is an on-going, free online book club for adults, offering a new book and engaging discussions every month.

Oakville Reads is the perfect outlet for book lovers with busy schedules, who are unable to commit to in-person book clubs. The club offers the freedom of reading at your leisure, whether you are at home, on lunch break, or on vacation, miles away.

The book club, which has been running for the past two years, has nearly 250 members from across the globe, including many OPL staff who actively read along and participate.

This low-commitment club has an open-membership policy, allowing members to join in on discussions at any time, as well as skip reads if it impedes with their schedule. Members also have the opportunity to get a head start on future reads, with book titles announced a month in advance.

Members are periodically surprised with Advanced Reading Copy giveaways, as well as the occasional author discussion drop-in. Renowned authors Plum Johnson, Lynwood Barclay, and Robert Rotenberg have previously joined in on dialogues on their books to interact with members and answer their questions.

For those who prefer the traditional, in-person book club, OPL also runs three in-house clubs at the Central, Woodside, and Glen Abbey branches, with books supplied for borrowing for all members. Registration is required to participate in these clubs, which opens in August and fills up quickly.

Oakville Public Library also offers Book Club Kits for those who are interested in starting and running their own book club. These hassle-free and money-saving kits can be borrowed for six weeks at a time; kits include up to 10 copies of the book, as well as discussion questions to help jump-start group conversation.

OPL currently has approximately 90 kit titles to choose from, and introduces eight to ten new titles every year. Although most kits are intended for adult-readers, the library also carries several teen and crossover titles to encourage younger audiences to create their own book clubs.

If you are interested in joining Oakville Reads or one of OPL’s traditional book clubs, please visit for more information.

If you would like to take advantage of the library’s Book Club Kits, visit your local branch to view our full list of titles, borrow, or get reading recommendations from staff.

Oakville Public Library to re-open newly renovated tech-focused branch

June 30, 2017

After a five-month long renovation, the Oakville Public Library’s (OPL) Iroquois Ridge Branch is set to reopen its doors on Tuesday, July 4.

The freshly-renovated branch focuses on inspiring creativity and features a versatile Creation Zone, a new collection, and exciting technology.

As a modern-day community hub, this reconfigured branch will allow community members to come together to connect, create, discover, and learn. The space still serves as a traditional library, but also acts a place where you can work on meaningful and creative projects, and explore various areas of technology.

In addition, the branch houses an extended quiet zone, a comfortable reading lounge, and modern collaboration pods. The branch is also equipped with some of the latest technology, including iPads and drones.

In the near future, the branch will carry photography and videography editing software, 3D and graphic design programs, as well as in-branch loanable laptops, virtual reality, and GoPros.

“We are very excited to reopen the doors to our Iroquois Ridge Branch,” says Councillor Jeff Knoll, board chair. “We are proud to offer our community a place where they can use valuable resources and have access to specialized learning experiences.”

Along with the great functional space comes a new model of STEAM-focused (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programming. Now that the branch is equipped with the technology, OPL will begin offering hands-on classes where customers can physically touch and learn to use the devices.

Programs will be run by fully-qualified staff members, with some special presentations made by guest experts.

The Iroquois Ridge Branch will also have an on-site Creation Specialist who will be able to assist customers with using the Creation Zone, as well as provide creative advice and guidance.

“Technology is an integral part of everyday life, and, as a community organization, it is important that we continually revitalize our spaces to meet the needs of our customers,” says Knoll.

“We have many plans for our other branches in the pipeline — Iroquois Ridge was just our first step.”

OPL will be holding an Open House at the Iroquois Ridge Branch on July 4. Community members are welcome to drop-in to explore the space, join in on an iPad tour, and mix and mingle. The branch’s official grand opening will be held in September.

OPL welcomes the Oakville community to visit the new Iroquois Ridge Branch and sign up for a library card. As an OPL cardholder, you will have access to the branch’s new resources, as well as all additional resources at the other library locations.

Please visit any Oakville Public Library branch to sign up for a library card.

For more information regarding the Iroquois Ridge Branch renovation and reopening, please visit

Keep your kids engaged this summer with the TD Summer Reading Club

June 16, 2017

Oakville Public Library (OPL) is getting ready to launch their annual TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC) this month. TDSRC is a great program that engages and motivates children to read throughout the summer months through goal setting and rewards.

This year’s program, which commences later this month, is themed around Canada’s 150th birthday. Children who sign up for the program can select through a wide variety books to read, including books by Canadian authors – independently or with a parent, guardian, or friend.

The program, which promotes literacy, encourages reading from a young age, and boosts confidence, saw over 3,500 participants last year.

Parents can register their child for the program beginning June 26 and set their reading goals together. Children have the opportunity to set three goals in total – once they have accomplished each goal, they are able to visit any OPL branch to report back and receive their prize.

This year’s prizes include vouchers to Conservation Halton and the YMCA, as well as coupons to McDonalds.

The library has also set-up a number of TDSRC programs through July and August that children and families can enjoy while working toward their goals. Some noteworthy events include our Summer Celebration to commemorate Canada’s birthday, the Great Canadian Magic Show, and our Celebrating Stories program with an appearance by a Canadian author.

There are also numerous drop-in programs to keep children engaged, such as our Summer Storytimes, LEGO™time, and our themed Celebrating Canada drop-ins.

This year’s TD Summer Reading Club has been made possible thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Conservation Halton, YMCA of Oakville, McDonalds, Legoland, the Optimist Club, Centre for Equitable Library Access, the Friends of the Oakville Public Library, and of course, TD Bank.

TDSRC is also largely supported by volunteers who help run the drop-in sessions as well as interact and encourage the children to reach their goals throughout the program.

The library is currently accepting applications for those interested in volunteering. If you or someone you know is in high school and looking to accumulate their volunteer hours for credit or add experience to their resume, this is the perfect opportunity.

We are excited to jumpstart the program again this year, and look forward to seeing more children get excited about literacy and reading.

For more information on the TD Summer Reading Club, volunteering, and more, please visit

Ask the Blue Shirt Experts about new tech at Oakville Public Library’s new interactive digital series

June 2, 2017

Last month, Oakville Public Library (OPL) introduced a new digital program in partnership with Best Buy Burlington. The new drop-in series, Ask the Blue Shirt Expert, invites customers of all ages to get hands-on and explore the latest trends in technology with top-selling items from Best Buy.

Customers have the chance to talk with tech experts from the big-box store, ask questions about technology, get one-on-one interactive tutorials, and test out high-tech gadgets.

OPL launched on May 2 with wearable technology. At the session, the Blue Shirt experts introduced three trending smart watches, including the Martian Smartwatch, the ASUS ZenWatch, and the widely popular Apple Watch.

After the experts demonstrated each watch, customers were able to wear and “test-drive” the devices, allowing them to see how they could use it in their everyday lives.

The series will continue to run on the first Tuesday of each month.

At the June 6 Ask the Blue Shirt Expert session, the experts will present Best Buy’s best-selling drones. At this session, customers will learn all about drone technology and how they are used in various industries.

Upcoming topics for the Ask the Blue Shirt expert program include DSLRs and Go Pros, today’s newest toys, and gaming.

Oakville Public Library is excited to collaborate with Best Buy in educating the community on the uses of new technology, adding to OPL’s already robust digital portfolio.

For more information about OPL’s Ask the Blue Shirt Expert program and other digital resources and tech services available to customers, please visit

Oakville Public Library announces 2016-19 Strategic Plan

May 25, 2017

OAKVILLE, ON – Oakville Public Library (OPL) is pleased to announce the launch of its 2016-19 Strategic Plan.

With a focus on expanding its resources, revitalizing its spaces, and promoting lifelong learning, this new plan outlines the series of goals and objectives that the library will implement over the next two years.

In an effort to enhance its overall customer experience, the library determined its areas of greatest needs and developed overarching goals and objectives to work toward accomplishing.

The plan encompasses initiatives such as creating fully accessible branches with thriving atmospheres, extending the library’s engagement by participating in additional community events, and increasing the library’s fundraising goals.

“Our team worked diligently to address the wants and needs of our community in this plan,” says Councillor Jeff Knoll, Board Chair. “We put a lot of thought and effort into developing our strategic direction, and we are excited to start working toward achieving our organizational goals.”

The planning process took several months to complete and included numerous consultations, interviews, surveys, and discussions with key library stakeholders and community members.

“OPL has come a long way over the past few years, and we have many exciting plans for the future,” says Knoll. “With this new plan in place, we are able to focus on a direction and we are able to envision what our library will look like in 2019.”

The Oakville Public Library 2016-19 Strategic Plan is available to view online at

Specialized programming for Oakville seniors

May 19, 2017

Oakville Public Library (OPL) has planned a series of programs that both inform and engage Oakville seniors.

OPL started their Seniors’ Series program this past April, and continues to run this popular imitative with sessions every Wednesday until June 7. This free, drop-in program offers topics ranging from invasive species and advanced care planning, to learning and meeting Oakville’s Mayor, Rob Burton.

This past week, OPL welcomed the Town of Oakville’s Age-Friendly Committee to present the results of the Town’s latest Age-Friendly Survey. The group discussed the survey’s findings and had an open forum for participants to share their personal thoughts.

The library also collaborated with the Halton Environmental Network, Acclaim Health, and SAVIS for the Seniors’ Series, and will be working with The Tomato Ladies for the upcoming “Eating Healthy on a Budget” session on May 24.

“This series was developed to provide important information on common issues and topics that arise within the senior community,” says Kathleen Staves, who plans and organizes seniors programs. “It also gives them the opportunity to raise their own questions, and have their voices heard.”

After the series wraps up, seniors will still have the opportunity to attend four in-depth programs on managing finances.

The Finance 101 for Seniors program will begin on June 11 and cover the topic of retirement planning. The series continues on June 18 with information about estate planning, and again on July 9 for charitable giving and wealth transfer. The series wraps up with a final presentation on the financial aspects of caregiving, which will be held on July 16.

“We encourage seniors to come out and attend any of these programs,” says Staves. “It’s a great opportunity to learn more about topics that directly relate to them, and allows them to meet and connect with other seniors in our town.”

If you’re interested in attending a Seniors’ Series or Finance 101 for Seniors session, please view our program and events guide for information on dates, times, and how to register. Our guide is available at all OPL branches, and is accessible online at

Oakville Public Library releases 2016 Report to the Community

May 15, 2017

OAKVILLE, ON – Oakville Public Library (OPL) is happy to present its 2016 Report to the Community.

The Report to the Community is an annual document that features the library’s significant achievements, initiatives, and enhancements from the year prior.

Last year, OPL took noteworthy steps toward becoming a more inclusive and modern resource centre, incorporating many additions and improvements to various programs and services.

“We are excited to share this document with our community,” says Lynn Horlor, CEO. “It provides a synopsis and full review of what we, as an organization, accomplished in 2016.”

This year’s report specifically focuses on the library’s value of lifelong learning and features its endeavors from 2016 through the categories of children, teens, adults, and seniors.

The document also includes the library’s financials, pays tribute to OPL supporters – donors, partners, volunteers, and customers – and provides a glimpse into the library’s forthcoming ventures.

“Our library is very fortunate to have so many wonderful supporters,” says Horlor. “It was very important for us to recognize them in this document as well as demonstrate the important role they play in shaping our future.”

The Oakville Public Library Report to the Community is available to the public and is accessible on the library’s website at

Oakville Public Library introduces OPL Seed Library

May 5, 2017

Last week, Oakville Public Library (OPL) launched a new and exciting ‘green’ collection – the OPL Seed Library. Currently housed at the Clearview Branch, the OPL Seed Library offers a wide selection of organic seeds that customers can borrow to plant and grow in their own backyards.

With planting season upon us, those looking to start or enhance their gardens will benefit from the opportunity to borrow from the Seed Library, completely free of charge. Once their plants have matured, borrowers will harvest their plant’s seeds and return them back to the library, allowing more customers to partake in and experience the pleasures of gardening.

The Seed Library carries seeds for a variety of plants, including eggplant, squash, lettuce, tomatoes, and lavender. Through returns and donations, the collection will continue to grow to hold more seeds, including seeds for plants not currently in the collection.

“This new library initiative acts as a community project that promotes healthy and sustainable living, as well as encourages a culture of sharing,” says Lisa Williams, Manager – Collections. “It’s a great way to bring our community closer together.”

The Seed Library was established from a very generous donation made by avid Oakville Public Library supporters, Richard and Barbara Birkett. Mr. Birkett has been a long-time donor, was a former board member, and has volunteered with the library over the past 35 years.

“Throughout the ages, planting a garden has always been one of life’s greatest pleasures,” says Mr. Birkett.  “Growing plants from seeds takes one to a new level of delight.”

Chicago-based company, Ball Seed, also contributed to the OPL Seed Library by graciously donating the first installment of seeds.

Customers are excited about this new collection and have already started to take advantage by borrowing seeds. In less than one week, the library had to restock seeds for lavender, basil, and tomato.

In the near future, the OPL Seed Library will make its way into other library branches. The library’s Woodside Branch will be the next location to receive a collection, which will launch on May 8, 2017.

In an attempt to expand the current selection, the library is also accepting seed donations. Those who are interested in contributing to the Seed Library’s collection can donate open-pollinated and heirloom seeds by dropping them off at the Clearview Branch.

To avoid cross-pollination and the creation of invasive plants, OPL cannot accept hybrid seeds. If you are interested in donating seeds from your own garden but are unsure of their type, we encourage you to visit your local greenhouse or garden store for more information.

The OPL Seed Library is a very exciting initiative that we are proud to share with the Oakville community. We encourage our participants to share the story of their experience with us by sending updates and photos to


A version of this article was originally published in the Oakville Beaver on May 5, 2017.

Friends of the Library Annual Spring Book Sale

April 21, 2017

The Library’s annual Spring Book Sale – hosted by the Friends of the Oakville Public Library (FOL) – will take place at the Oakville Public Library’s (OPL) Central Branch auditorium from May 4 through May 7.

The sale, which was previously scheduled to begin on May 3, has recently changed to open on May 4. The first day of the sale is open to FOL Members only, allowing members to gain early and exclusive access to browse through the large collection of items.

The sale officially opens to public on May 5, continuing through May 7.

Community members have the opportunity to become a FOL Member by signing up at any of our six branches and paying the annual fee of $10.

The Friends of the Oakville Public Library hold two annual sales – one in the spring and one in the fall – allowing members of the Oakville community to purchase books, DVDs, and other gently used items for a minimal fee. Most items at the upcoming sale are selling for just $1.50/pound.

This past March, the Friends of the Library held their first every Pop-Up Sale, garnering approximately $1,800. To date, these book sales have raised over $520,000 which has supported numerous library programs and services such as the annual TD Summer Reading Club.

The next FOL book sale will be held in the fall, from November 8-12, 2017.

Individuals who are unable to attend any FOL sale have the option of purchasing items from the ‘Friendly Finds’ bookshelves located at all branches and at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

This ongoing initiative has been a highlight for the Library for well-over 10 years, and the Friends of the Oakville Public Library look forward to welcoming the community back again this spring.

For more information on the Friends of the Oakville Public Library, and the sale, please visit


A version of this article was originally published in the Oakville Beaver on April 21, 2017.

The Power of Libraries to Transform a Life

April 7, 2017

Canada lost a prominent Native author and storyteller on March 10, when Richard Wagamese died. Canadian libraries lost a friend and advocate. In the 1970s, Richard was a homeless teenager in St. Catharines. The library there changed his life.

My name is Susan Cameron and I am a librarian at Oakville Public Library. In September 2013, I attended a reading for Richard’s book Ragged Company with my colleague Ruth Borst. His words that night were unforgettable.

Ragged Company tells the story of four homeless people who find a lottery ticket and win $3.5-million. It is a powerful, beautifully written novel that deepens one’s understanding of the homeless.

After Richard’s talk, someone in the audience asked him to speak about his education and the important teachers he had had. He asked how many librarians were in the room. Ruth and I put up our hands along with about 15 other people. He then told us about the St. Catharines librarian who changed his life.

Richard spent every day in the library there, where it was warm and dry, behind a stack of books on his desk. He told us more about the special librarian who answered his questions patiently, recommended books, and quietly brought him food.

One day, Richard asked her about a musician he had been reading about, named Beethoven. He said, “Did you know he was deaf and still composed symphonies, and he could put a hand on the lid of the piano and recognize the notes by their vibration?” The librarian asked Richard if he would like to hear some of Beethoven’s music, and she took him to the listening room.

Shortly after, she took him to see Beethoven’s opera Fidelio, in Toronto. This was followed by outings to see Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, and to art galleries. She opened the world for him. He told us that the librarian taught him to read, see, hear, and feel through everything she introduced to him.

Richard left St. Catharines and turned his life around. He lost touch with the librarian but never forgot her. He became a journalist and, became the first indigenous writer to win the 1991 National Newspaper Award for column writing. Stories about his win appeared in all the newspapers. One day he received a card from the librarian. She told Richard how proud she was of his accomplishments. Richard was touched by those words then, and still so emotional about them that he had to pause, speaking through his tears. He realized the librarian probably did not know what a big part she played in his success.

Two years later, he got a call from one of the librarian’s children. She had died and her family wondered if he would he come to the funeral? He decided to make the trek and flew from Alberta to St. Catharines to pay his respects.

Once he arrived at the church, the librarian’s five adult children surrounded him; they had never met Richard, but they embraced him in a group hug. They told him he was a central figure in their upbringing. Their mother always talked about Richard at home, telling her kids about what he was reading or learning. They said they were never allowed to complain about their own lives or struggles in school, because their mom would say, “Look what Richard is doing and he has so little.” The kids felt they owed much of their own success to Richard’s inspiration.

Ruth and I are fairly certain that Richard ended his talk by encouraging us to treat the homeless with respect, and to help them. We cannot be sure though, as we were so emotional and looking at him through tears. We were both thinking about the homeless customers who spend time in our library, and how we might help them.

We never felt so proud to be librarians as we did that evening or more resolved to treat the homeless with respect and understanding. We will miss Richard’s voice, but his stories remain with us.


A version of this article was originally published in The Globe and Mail on March 29, 2017, and again in the Oakville Beaver on April 7, 2017.

Students get ready for Battle of the Books competition

March 24, 2017

Students from the community have been gearing up and studying hard for the Oakville Public Library’s (OPL) upcoming Battle of the Books competition. The exciting program runs from April 3-6 and sees approximately 500 people, including 400 students from various schools around Oakville.

The junior group (ages seven to nine years) kicks off the tournament on April 3, and the seniors (ages 10 to 12) begin on April 5. Each group includes 20 teams made up of 10 students and one coach. This year, 22 schools in Oakville have signed up for the competition.

In the round-robin based program, teams are asked a series of questions about specific books from a list given to them in February. Students are encouraged to read and thoroughly study the plots, characters, and themes of the books to prepare for the competition.

“Battle of the Books is an event hosted by OPL that promotes literacy skills, love of reading, teamwork and community,” says Justine Gerroir, Acting Manager, Programs and Outreach. “I remember having so much fun when I participated in the battles as a kid.”

Over the course of two days, teams face-off in back-to-back battles to secure a spot in the top two and win the tournament. Winners receive medals, a trophy for their school, as well as move on to a regional competition between other winners from Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills.

Each day concludes with a special presentation given by an author of one of the books studied. This year the OPL welcomes Mahtab Narsimhan (April 3), Rona Arato (April 4), Joel Sutherland (April 5), and Richard Scrimger (April 6).

“The tournament gains more and more interest every year, and registration fills up in as little as one week,” says Gayle Casey, Branch Supervisor – Children’s. “We have so many people signing up that we’ve had to create a waitlist in case anyone cancels.”

Battle of the Books is one of OPL’s most successful school-aged programs that has seen over 10,000 students over the past 30 years. The well-sought program teaches teamwork, encourages good sportsmanship, promotes literacy, and boosts self-confidence among children.

This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Oakville Public library, a group of volunteers who believe in the importance of library resources and programs.

Registration has closed for this year’s Battle, but we encourage any interested parents, teachers, or students to connect with their schools to set-up a team for 2018’s battle.

For more information on Battle of the Books, please visit


A version of this article was originally published in the Oakville Beaver on March 24, 2017.

Exciting new technology at Oakville Public Library

March 10, 2017

Over the past few months, Oakville Public Library (OPL) has taken great steps in implementing modern technology into the library system. With the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, Smart Gates, and Check-out Kiosks, the library is well on its way to enhancing the overall customer experience with the efficiency of its services.

In September 2015, OPL began working on a project to enable RFID technology on its existing collection of 1.3 million items. The project, which took 16 months to complete, involved placing RFID tags on each item and programming each tag into the tracking system.

This past January, the library installed 22 RFID-reading Smart Gates across all six branches. These Smart Gates work together with the RFID tags to help keep track of all items from the library’s collection.

The Smart Gates provide the library with additional information, as well. Not only do these gates ensure items have been correctly checked-out and secure the library’s inventory, they also count traffic. This counting feature allows the library better understanding the flow of traffic coming through its doors and plan accordingly.

The most recent addition to the library is the Check-out Kiosk. These beautifully designed kiosks allow our customers to conveniently check-out all of their items with ease. New kiosk features such as the ability to view account details, place holds, and renew items will become available later in 2017.

Working together with the RFID tags, these kiosks are able to scan and track multiple items simultaneously, resulting in a much faster check-out process.

The library will also be installing automatic sorters and check in stations in the near future. Connected to each branch’s drop box, these check in stations and sorters scan and track all returned materials and organize each item into circulation bins.

This new technology allows library staff to focus more on our customers by being readily available to assist with various inquiries. With additional face-to-face interaction, staff will be able to learn more about the needs of our community, which, in turn, assists in the development and creation of new library initiatives.

Oakville Public Library is committed to providing our customers with exceptional service, and will continue to grow and adapt to our community’s ever-changing needs.

For more information on our new technology and future branch enhancements, please visit


A version of this article was originally published in the Oakville Beaver on March 10, 2017.

Friends of the Library Pop-Up Book Sale

February 24, 2017

The Friends of the Oakville Public Library (FOL) are excited to be holding their first-ever Pop-Up Book Sale from March 4 to March 5. The sale will take place in the auditorium of the Oakville Public Library’s Central Branch, and will offer a wide selection of books and DVDs for all age groups and interests.

This Pop-Up Book Sale is a great opportunity for book enthusiasts to stock up on items for their personal collections. All items on sale are either new or gently used, are in great condition, and are no more than $2 each. Customers also have the option to purchase a bag full of books for only $10.

The Pop-Up Book Sale is a new initiative of the FOL, piggybacking off their annual spring and fall book sales. Over $500,000 was raised from past sales and has been used to support various library services, including events like Battle of the Books and Write2Xpress.

The FOL have held over 20 Book Sales to date, and have seen hundreds of thousands of items sold to community members.

The FOL 2017 Book Sale will run from May 3 to May 7, with the following 2017 Fall Book Sale running from November 8-12. The first day of each sale is a special ‘Friends Only’ night for individuals who are registered FOL Members.

Community members have the opportunity to become a FOL Member by signing up at the library and paying the annual fee of $10. Becoming an FOL Member allows you to gain early and exclusive access to the annual spring and fall book sales, and supports both the Oakville Public Library and your community.

Individuals who are unable to attend any FOL sale have the option of purchasing items from the ‘Friendly Finds’ bookshelves located at all branches.

The Friends of the Oakville Public Library are excited to pilot this new initiative with the community, and hope to plan additional pop-up sales throughout the year.


A version of this article was originally published in the Oakville Beaver on February 24, 2017.

Spring months call for programming to inspire writers and readers alike

February 10, 2017

Oakville Public Library has great adult programming scheduled throughout the spring months, including two can’t-miss talks from notable authors in March alone.

On March 8, the library will welcome journalist and author Ann Walmsley to the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre to speak about her first book, The Prison Book Club, and describe her personal experiences with writing the publication.

The Prison Book Club tells the story of Walmsley’s time while participating in monthly book clubs at two male prisons over the span of eighteen months. The telltale book was longlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize, the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, and named as a best book of 2015 by the National Post.

The library will also see authors Roberta Rich, Emily Schultz, and Eva Stachniak on March 23 at An Evening of Historical Fiction where they will discuss their most recent novels.

Rich’s A Trial in Venice concludes the dramatic bestselling trilogy following protagonist Hannah Levi’s journey during the 16th century.

Men Walking on Water – Schultz’s latest novel – is a compelling story about rum-running in the 1920’s.

Finally, Stachniak’s The Chosen Maiden tells the story of dancer and choreographer Bronia Nijinska, sister of Vaslav Nijinsky.

After presenting their works, the authors will offer book signings for audience members.

Attending either talk will offer inspiration and insight for interested writers and book enthusiasts, while additional upcoming programs will provide motivation for pursuing hobbies in reading and writing.

The How to Write a Novel and How to Make Yourself Write programs present a great opportunity for aspiring writers who want to begin their writing careers. Led by industry professionals, these two programs will guide customers through the writing process, teach various writing styles, as well as encourage participants to get creative with their ideas and set goals.

The library also offers a free online book club – Oakville Reads – where customers who love to read are able to discuss their thoughts and insights with others. Oakville Reads is an ongoing open program, and interested customers are welcome to join at any time.

The Oakville Public Library offers a variety of programming throughout the year and continues to provide various workshops and classes catered to inspire both readers and writers.

For a full list of programming, please visit or pick up a copy of our Program Guide from your local branch.


A version of this article was originally published in the Oakville Beaver on February 10, 2017.

Oakville Public Library gears up for 2017 with new technology programming

January 27, 2017

In the coming weeks, the Oakville Public Library will open registration for TechTalk – a new series of valuable technology programs that library cardholders can take advantage of. With planned workshops and information sessions scheduled throughout the year, the Oakville community will have the opportunity to brush up on computer skills, create 3D prints, and learn about new trends in technology.

The TechTalk Series will feature lectures and workshops with topics on website design, smart home devices and wearable technology, as well as tutorials for Microsoft Office and – one of the library’s newest additions – The TechTalk sessions are open to all levels of expertise, and are either free of charge or have a minimal admission fee.

For customers who are interested in one-on-one coaching, the library will continue its Book a Tech Coach and Digital Discovery with the Teen Tech Team programs. Aimed specifically at beginners, these programs will help you get started with your computer or tablet, learn how to download eBooks, and grasp the basics of social media.

Teens and children can also explore cutting-edge technology with workshops on 3D printing and design, coding with Ozobots and Lego Robotics, and film-making and animation for beginners.

Registration for registered programs will open February 11, 2017.

For more information on upcoming programming, visit or come into your nearest Oakville Public Library branch to pick up our new guide.


A version of this article was originally published in the Oakville Beaver on January 27, 2017.

Exciting Renovations for Iroquois Ridge

January 13, 2017

One of Oakville Public Library’s busiest branches is getting a facelift over the winter/spring months. Iroquois Ridge is OPL’s second busiest branch, hosting roughly 200,000 visitors and circulating almost 400,000 items annually. The renovations are being performed by STF Construction and will see the library temporarily close for five months starting on January 23rd, with a depot location in the Iroquois Ridge Community Center opening on February 1st. The Depot will offer a holds pick-up service, a small collection of popular materials to borrow, a return bin and a family story time program twice weekly.

The need for the renovation stems primarily from the changing use and role of the library within the community. Iroquois Ridge Branch is a hub of activity in the area and the renovations will add new community oriented and technology-centric spaces.

With a thriving community surrounding it, the library faces increasing demand for its programming space as well as access to technology and collections. To better meet these needs, the renovated branch will offer two programming spaces, along with expanded group collaboration and quiet individual study spaces.

Technology will play a significant role in the new space with the inclusion of a Creation Zone. The Creation Zone will serve as a gathering point where individuals and groups of all ages can connect to work on meaningful projects, using both new technologies and traditional tools, assisted by helpful mentors (OPL staff and community volunteers).

The Creation Zone will offer digital media technologies that will enhance the Library’s current 3D printing offerings as well as a focus on digital creation and design. With the introduction of laptop bars, there will also be increased capacity for computer and internet access throughout the facility.

The library will also sport a new stunning look, with new flooring, furniture, seating and millwork installed throughout to create a flexible and true community space.

If you would like more information on the new Creation Zone, please visit: For information on funding and naming opportunities, please contact Virginia Kuypers at


A version of this article was originally published in the Oakville Beaver on January 13, 2017.


Strengthening literary skills and community outreach through Clearview Kids N’ Me.

At the Oakville Public Library (OPL), we are committed to establishing connections and enhancing literacy skills within the community.

We understand the importance of building a foundation of literacy, and we encourage early learning for the essential development of our children and youth. In support of the growing needs of our neighbourhoods, we offer specialized programming for all levels of learning and areas of focus.

In 2011, the OPL introduced the Clearview Kids N’ Me program to provide our high-need communities with access to additional learning and resources. This multifaceted program allows pre-school children to develop and expand their literacy and social skills through various activities, creative play, and storytelling, as well as educates parents and caregivers on childhood development, parenting techniques, and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

In 2016 alone, over 1,300 individuals attended a Clearview Kids N’ Me session, which well-exceeded our expectancy for the program. After receiving a magnitude of positive feedback from parents and caregivers, we are delighted to know that we have been able to provide a tangible resource for our community members.

“My children and I love this program. It is the only daytime program in our area that we can attend regularly. Since attending, my children have become more outgoing and enjoy playing with other kids.”

The success of the Clearview Kids N’ Me program is largely a result of the support from a few amazing OPL partners, such as the Oakville YMCA, the Halton Region Health Department, OPL staff, and student volunteers from Sheridan College.

Last year the program also received a generous donation from our friends at the Oakville Community Foundation. The Oakville Community Foundation encourages and supports organizations in Oakville to reinvest in our community through the funding of special projects and initiatives. With their support, we were able to enhance the Clearview Kids N’ Me program and offer assistance to more deserving families.

We would like to thank our supporters and our community for their ongoing interest and encouragement. We hope to continue this wonderful project for the years to come!


Iroquois Ridge Branch to undergo renovations, introduce Creation Zone

On September 8, 2016, the Oakville Public Library Board approved a plan to renovate the Iroquois Ridge Branch and construct a Creation Zone within its walls. To accommodate the renovations, the branch will be closed from late January – June 2017.

Creation Zones, Makerspaces, Idea Labs and other community-building hub models are becoming increasingly common throughout North America, especially in public libraries. They serve as access points to new technologies and provide unifying, inspiring spaces where creativity and knowledge can be shared. Most importantly, they support the development of 21st century literacy skills and a culture of engaged, lifelong learning.

As technology increasingly becomes an integral part of day-to-day life, library branches will continue to evolve as community hubs. In light of these changes, Tara Wong, Director, Collections & Technologies, advises that “highly valued, traditional services like book-borrowing will remain a mainstay.” Though Iroquois Ridge Branch’s collection will be downsized somewhat, books will be reallocated throughout the system and available for pickup at the branch.

For the duration of the closure (late Jan – June 2017), Iroquois Ridge Branch will be closed to the public. Cardholders will still be able to pick up holds, return items and borrow popular materials from the Book Depot which will operate out of the branch program room. Family Storytimes will still be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays within the Iroquois Ridge Community Centre, and White Oaks Branch will host additional programming until renovations are complete.

Once complete, Iroquois Ridge’s Creation Zone will provide residents with exciting opportunities and more space to connect, share ideas, create and innovate. The reconfigured branch will feature an enlarged quiet study room, upgraded public access computers and new work and meeting spaces. A variety of cutting-edge technologies will also be available for public use, including state of the art programming & design software (for 3D designers, web/game developers) and photography & videography tools (e.g: digital camcorders, green screen, editing software, microphones).

A hands-on children’s learning station will also be offered within the Creation Zone, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math. Both self-moderated learning and library-facilitated programs will be offered. “The space is going to be incredibly versatile,” says Wong. “Residents will not only be able to stop in and read, but pursue their curiosity, creativity and desire to learn even more,” she adds.

Further details and updates on the Iroquois Ridge Branch renovations and Creation Zone project will be posted on as they become available. To stay up-to-date with library programs and services, you can follow OPL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Oakville Public Library CEO retires after more than 30 years of service


Oakville, August 17, 2016 — for immediate release

After 30 years Charlotte Meissner, CEO of the Oakville Public Library (OPL), retired on August 12, 2016.

During her tenure she led the OPL in the development of a transformative strategic plan. She introduced the concept of digital hubs and expanded digital services to address evolving public expectations.

“On behalf of the board, we want to thank Charlotte for her dedication and commitment to the library and are tremendously grateful to her leadership over the past several years,” said Councillor Jeff Knoll, OPL Board Chair. “She is leaving the OPL in excellent condition, and I have every confidence that things will continue to run smoothly over these next few months as we transition to the next CEO.”

Recruitment for the CEO position will begin immediately. Lynn Horlor, director, Financial Operations, from the Town of Oakville, will be the interim CEO until the role is filled.

Media contact:

Lynn Horlor

Acting CEO

Oakville Public Library



Oakville Public Library Bed Bug Prevention & Containment Policy

The library acknowledges that proactive inspections, staff training, promptly reporting sightings and destroying bed bugs immediately are the most important actions it can take toward mitigating bed bug problems. As bed bugs become increasingly more common in North American public spaces, Oakville Public Library employs a proactive approach to minimize the risk of their presence.

Oakville Public Library is committed to the providing a positive library experience for all of its customers as well as a safe working environment for its staff.  As part of this commitment the library has implemented a comprehensive and pro-active policy and procedure involving inspections of facilities by pest control professionals and training for staff on the identification and containment of bed bugs.

Prevention, Protocol and Procedures
All library staff are aware of procedures and protocol related to handling materials contaminated with bed bugs. In the event that a customer discovers bed bugs in borrowed materials, containment and proper handling is extremely important. Guidelines for customers who suspect bed bugs in library materials are available in this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Inspection Results

June 2016 Inspection Results
Central: Clear
Woodside: Clear
Glen Abbey: Clear
Iroquois Ridge: Clear
White Oaks: Clear
Clearview: Clear

Downtown Oakville gets new credit card machines in lots and extended on-street parking times

Visitors to Central Branch who park in Lot #10 now have the ability to pay-by-plate and park for 3 hours at a time. Please see the Town of Oakville’s memorandum below regarding the changes or visit for more information. If you have comments, questions or would like to provide feedback regarding pay-by-plate parking, please contact Parking Operations – Engineering and Construction at the Town of Oakville via (905) 338-4394.

Starting September 9, 2014, two changes to parking in downtown Oakville will make it more convenient and efficient for anyone shopping, dining or visiting the area.

“These parking upgrades are just the start of facilitating even easier and more convenient access to all of the worthwhile experiences downtown Oakville has to offer,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Earlier this year, Council and I asked residents and businesses for their input on improving parking in downtown Oakville. We listened and we’re making changes.”

The first change includes replacing all existing pay and display machines in downtown municipal lots (including Kerr Village), with more convenient and efficient pay-by-plate machines that accept credit cards. You no longer need to display a ticket on the dashboard of your car, simply enter your licence plate, pay and go.

“Pay-by-plate machines are very convenient,” said Dan Cozzi, director of Engineering and Construction for the town. “For right now, these new machines will only be in the municipal lots, but in the spring, we will be converting all on-street machines to these pay-by-plate as well.”

Cozzi added that you just need to make sure you know your licence plate number to use the machine. His trick is to take a photo of your plate with your smart phone.

The second change extends the on-street parking time to three hours from its current two-hour limit starting September 9. All on-street parking spaces, including metered spaces, will be updated by the end of September. The extended three-hour parking will allow visitors to stay a little longer. All machines on the streets and in the lots will accept credit cards and coins. The cost to park on the street in downtown Oakville is now $2 per hour except along Water Street which remains at $1 per hour, and parking lots remain at $1.50 an hour.

In early 2015 the town will be making additional parking changes downtown that include improving parking and directional signage to make it easier to find parking locations, and introducing 20-minute quick stop parking spaces throughout downtown.

A detailed map of on-street parking areas, municipal lots and information on how to use the new pay-by-plate machines are available on the Municipal Parking Lots and Garages page.

$1 fee applied to holds not picked up effective January 5, 2015

As of January 5, 2015, a $1 fee will apply to items that are not picked up within the allotted 4-day pickup window (expired holds). The fee is being implemented to provide more opportunities for cardholders to access library materials. Holds that aren’t picked up are a lost opportunity – time spent sitting on the shelf and in transit from branch to branch means that they aren’t being enjoyed by anyone.

There are many ways to manage your holds and avoid the accumulation of expired hold fees. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document below should provide insight and answer any questions you may have. Should your enquiry not be addressed in the FAQ document, please feel free to e-mail us at or call your local branch. We are always happy to assist.

Holds Not Picked Up Fee — FAQ Document

SMS notification method now available

On September 30, 2013, Oakville Public Library introduced a new notification method for your holds and overdue items. Besides the already existent email, phone and print notification methods,  it is now 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.

Borrowing material from Library and Archives Canada through Interlibrary Loans.

Important Update

We will able to borrow this material through interlibrary loans conditional to:

  • Clients being willing to pay costs related to the loan including shipping and any additional or extraordinary costs agreed to in advance. The client agrees to assume responsibility for compliance with the Copyright Act.
  • Reproduction of the loaned item(s) by client(s) by any means, including, but not restricted to, photocopying, digitization, or photography is prohibited.
  • The institution will make the item available for consultation only on its premises. The borrowed item(s) must be held in custody and returned in the same condition in which they were received by the institution.
  • The client will be held financially responsible for LAC’s applicable insurance deductible should damage or loss occur, resulting from negligence (or gross negligence) of the client(s).
  • The duration of the loan is fifteen (15) business days with no option to renew.


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.

Summer Reading Club available at River Oaks Community Centre

While White Oaks Branch is being renovated, participants of the summer reading club have the opportunity to sign up for the club and  log their reading to win great prizes at the River Oaks Community Centre.  Volunteers will be available every Tuesday 3pm-7pm throughout the summer.

The River Oaks Community Centre is located at 2400 Sixth Line.

Oakville Public Library’s Most Popular Books of 2019

Need a good book for the holidays, or a gift idea for the book lover in your life? Then check out Oakville Public Library’s list of the most popular books of 2019.

To determine the most popular books of the year, the library calculated the number of times a book was borrowed from its collection over the past 12 months (as of Dec. 10).

Top 2019 Adult Fiction Titles

Top 2019 Adult Non-Fiction Titles