Libraries ramp it up

Libraries are undergoing a dramatic and exciting transformation. 

With the shift to digital from print, libraries everywhere have been forced to look at their business models to find fresh new ways to play their role as the community hub for information and connection. 

Today I want to focus on a couple of the newer and more interesting initiatives and events happening at our local libraries.


Lego at the Library

You can find a Lego program at most of our local libraries. In the video above, I caught up with Cherie, who helps run the Lego program at the Rutland Regional Library.

Their next ‘Lego at the Library’ event happens on the upcoming Pro-D day, Oct 23 ~ 2 to 3 p.m.

The event is aimed at 6 - 12 yr olds, and registration is required. To register, just drop by the library or give them a call at 250.765.8165. There is no cost for this program.

For information on Lego programs at the various local libraries, contact your local branch: http://www.orl.bc.ca/ - click on your branch location to see the upcoming events and programs.


Kelowna Inspiration Pass

The Okanagan Regional Library is piloting a program to give library card members discounts and special offers for some of Kelowna’s premier arts and culture organizations. You can take the pass out just as you would borrow a book, and the pass card is valid for three weeks. The pass offers everything from 2-for-1 tickets to free annual memberships.

To date, participating Kelowna-based cultural organizations include:

    Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art

    Ballet Kelowna

    Bumbershoot Theatre

    Chamber Music Kelowna

    Kelowna Art Gallery

    Kelowna Actor’s Studio

    Kelowna Museums

    Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

    Opera Kelowna

    Rotary Centre for the Arts

I see a lot of growth for this program. 


Indie Films

Launched earlier this week, your library card now offers you access to over 6000 indie films online.

“What’s great about this collection is that the content is always available for streaming. There are no holds or waiting or downloading needed,” explains ORL’s Virtual Branch Head, Chantelle McGee. “The films on IndieFlix can be streamed on any Internet-enabled computer, tablet, smartphone, or even through an Xbox or Roku.”

IndieFlix is the ORL’s first collection of streaming films, and includes a variety of content from documentaries to film shorts to television series. There are channels for PBS, action, romance, festivals, foreign, food, and much more.

“It’s exciting as more and more online content becomes available to library customers,” McGee adds. “Over the past few years we’ve greatly expanded our eBook and eAudiobook collections, and have added services like Zinio, which allows users to download magazines for free.”


Find out more: http://www.orl.bc.ca/online-resources/help/indieflix


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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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