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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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