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Get Help Finding Volunteer Opportunities

We have partnered with Volunteer Halton to help our customers find volunteer opportunities in their communities.

Whether it is for high school students looking to fill their 40 hours, seniors looking to make connections in the community, or anyone else looking to volunteer their time to local organizations, volunteering is a great way to participate in your community, help local organizations, and gain a rewarding experience while gaining useful and marketable skills.

Drop into our Glen Abbey Branch every second Monday, starting September 19th from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm, and receive one-on-one personalized help finding the right volunteer experience for you, with a representative of Volunteer Halton.

Intended for: All Ages
When: Some Mondays, 3-6 pm: Feb 27, Mar 13 & 27, Apr 10 & 24, May 8 & 29, Jun 12, 19, 26
Where: Glen Abbey Branch
Cost: Free

No registration required. This is a drop in program, first come first served.

Teaching Cursive Handwriting 101: with Edda Manley

Learn how to teach children and youth cursive handwriting skills. This workshop is aimed at parents and educators but all are welcome. Topics covered will include: a history of cursive handwriting, physiology of handwriting, development of handwriting in children, how handwriting impacts brain development,effective methods of teaching cursive handwriting, and how to keep children interested in continuing to write cursive.

Presented by: Edda Manley, a Certified Graphoanalyst (CGA) who has been certified through The International Graphoanalysis Society (IGAS) and the American Association of Handwriting Analysts (AAHA)

Age: 18Y and up

Cost: Free

Date: Sat/May 13 9:30am-4:30pm

Location: Central Branch Auditorium

Registration: through iris with Course Code: 225682

Finance 101 for Seniors

Learn everything you need to know about managing your finances and budgeting. This series is aimed at seniors but everyone interested is welcome.

Please note you can register for all topics or just those that interest you. All sessions are free but must be registered.

Retirement Planning covers how to determine your retirement goals, understanding various sources of government and non-government retirement income, maximizing your retirement paycheck, income strategies, tax tips, and understanding how different investment products work.

Central Branch Auditorium

Register through iris with Course Code: 225717

Sun/Jun 11 2:00pm-4:00pm

Estate Planning covers common issues, strategies and considerations when estate planning.

Central Branch Auditorium

Register through iris with Course Code: 225718

Sun/Jun 18 2:00pm-4:00pm

Charitable Giving & Wealth Transfer covers strategies to limit how much money goes to the government vs. your beneficiaries, financial lessons/strategies for your children and grandkids and more.

Central Branch Auditorium

Register through iris with Course Code: 225719

Sun/Jul 09 2:00pm-4:00pm

Financial Aspects of Care-giving when the call comes, be ready! Covers the cost of a retirement home vs. aging in place, how long-term care insurance works, and more.

Central Branch Auditorium

Register through iris with Course Code: 225720

Sun/Jul 16 2:00pm-4:00pm

Adult Board Games Meetup @ the library

This is a meetup for people who enjoy playing board games and tabletop games! The group is informal and inclusive and we play games that are easy to learn and fun to play. Best of all, it’s FREE. Drop in, socialize and choose from a variety of games that we’ll continue to expand.

Age: 16Y and up

Central Branch  120 Navy Street  5:30 – 8:30 pm

In 2017 the meetups will happen on two Thursdays per month. Mostly, we’re in the Auditorium, but if you don’t find us there, we’ll be in Program Room 2! Upcoming dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 12
  • Thursday, January 26
  • Thursday, February 9
  • Thursday, February 23
  • Thursday, March 9
  • Thursday, March 23


Books and Beer: Oh Canadiana!

Celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial at the library’s annual Books and Beer event. Staff will give brief talks on favourite books written by Canadian authors both classic and contemporary. Beer from a local brewery and light appetizers are included in your ticket price and one lucky audience member will win a copy of the books presented.

Age: 19Y and up

Cost: $15/ticket

Central Branch

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 7:00-9:00pm

Tickets available at all branches starting Wed Jan 25, 2017.


Digital Discovery with the Teen Tech Team

Drop by the Training Lab at Central Branch Library and receive tech coaching from members of our Teen Tech Team.

Age: All Ages

WINTER Session Dates from 4pm-6pm:
Tuesday, February 21st, 28th
Tuesday, March 14th

SUMMER Session Dates from 3pm-5pm:
Wednesday, July 5th, July 12th, July 19th, July 26th
Wednesday, August 2nd, August 9th, August 16th, August 23rd


An Evening with Ann Walmsley

Ann Walmsley, an award-winning journalist, joins us to talk about her first book, The Prison Book Club, which was longlisted for the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize, the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and named as a best book of 2015 by the National Post. The Prison Book Club tells the dramatic story of the eighteen months that Walmsley spent participating in monthly book clubs in two men’s federal prisons in Ontario. It reveals how discussing books changed the inmates and how their observations and personal stories changed her.

Age: 18Y and up

Cost: $15/ticket

Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm

Tickets available at all OPL branches and online at starting Feb 8, 2017.


An Evening of Historical Fiction

We are thrilled to present three authors with their latest novels: Roberta Rich, Emily Schultz and Eva Stachniak.  With A Trial in Venice, Roberta Rich concludes her bestselling historical trilogy; this lively novel is a breathtaking follow up to The Midwife of Venice and The Harlem Midwife. Emily Schultz’s previous novels include Heaven is Small and Blondes, both of which were finalists for the Trillium Award. Her new novel, Men Walking on Water, is a compelling story about rum-running in the 1920′s. Eva Stachniak, author of The Winter Palace and Empress of the Night, tells the story of Bronia Nijinska in The Chosen Maiden. Nijinska was a gifted dancer and choreographer overshadowed by her brilliant brother Vaslav Nijinski. All three authors will be talking about their works and will be available for book signing.

Age: 16Y and up

Thu/Mar 23, 2017; 7:00 – 8:30pm

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

Cost: $15/ticket; Tickets go on sale at all branches and online at starting Feb 23, 2017


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