Workshops to prepare your teen for their future

September 8, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on our upcoming teen programs, please visit

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

August 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Introducing Libby and RBDigital

July 31, 2017

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

Overdrive and Libby

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

Zinio and RBDigital

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

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

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

July 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online registration through Iris opens on Saturday, August 12.

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

Opportunity: Oakville Public Library Board Member

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

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

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

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

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

Is it a good fit for you?

We’re looking for someone who can:

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

Mandatory Qualifications for Consideration

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

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

How to Apply

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

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

July 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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