Social and educational opportunities for golden agers

October 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlighting and preserving Oakville’s history

September 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workshops to prepare your teen for their future

September 8, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on our upcoming teen programs, please visit

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

August 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Introducing Libby and RBDigital

July 31, 2017

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

Overdrive and Libby

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

Zinio and RBDigital

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

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

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

July 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online registration through Iris opens on Saturday, August 12.

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

Opportunity: Oakville Public Library Board Member

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

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

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

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

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

Is it a good fit for you?

We’re looking for someone who can:

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

Mandatory Qualifications for Consideration

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

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

How to Apply

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