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Free streaming services to try out over your holiday break

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 Lynda.com 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 www.opl.ca/research/databases.

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

Quotes:

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.”

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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 www.frankcowan.com. For more information about Affiliated Insurance Management, visit www.affiliatedinsurance.ca.

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

 

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 virginia.kuypers@oakville.ca.

To purchase tickets to Séan McCann Help Your Self fundraiser, please visit the www.oakvillecentre.ca.

For more information about the Séan McCann Help Your Self fundraiser can be found at www.opl.ca.

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 www.donate2opl.ca.

Oakville Public Library introduces new hours for 2018

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 www.opl.ca 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 www.friendsofthelibrary.com.

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 www.opl.ca for specific dates, times, and locations.

For more information on any of the programs mentioned above, please visit www.opl.ca.

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 www.opl.ca or pick up the library’s fall/winter guide.

For more information on any of the programs or events listed above, please visit www.opl.ca.

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 www.opl.ca.

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 www.opl.ca.

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 virginia.kuypers@oakville.ca.

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

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 www.opl.ca 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 oplreference@oakville.ca.

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 Lynda.com, 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 www.opl.ca.

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 www.opl.ca 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 www.opl.ca.

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 www.opl.ca.

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 www.opl.ca.

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 www.opl.ca/strategic-plan.

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 Lynda.com 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 www.opl.ca/guide.

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 www.opl.ca/2016-RTTC.

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 oplreference@oakville.ca.

 

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 www.friendsofthelibrary.com.

 

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 www.opl.ca/programs/battle.

 

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 www.opl.ca.

 

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 www.opl.ca 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 – Lynda.com. 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 www.opl.ca 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: www.opl.ca. For information on funding and naming opportunities, please contact Virginia Kuypers at Virginia.Kuypers@oakville.ca.

 

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 www.opl.ca 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

905-815-2031

lynn.horlor@oakville.ca

 

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.

Policy
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 www.oakville.ca 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 oplreference@oakville.ca 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.

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.

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.

 

PRESTO! Cards Available @ Select Branches

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

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

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

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

Update (September 22, 2014): Monthly passes are now available on PRESTO! Oakville Transit’s monthly passes for adults, seniors and students can now be loaded onto a PRESTO card! Student and senior cards need be programmed in person at a library branch listed above or another authorized agent in Oakville to be eligible for discounted fares. Once programmed, PRESTO cards can be reloaded online at prestocard.ca. For more information on the PRESTO electronic fare system, please visit the Oakville Transit website or prestocard.ca.
 


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