Social and educational opportunities for golden agers

October 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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