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Creation Zone Open Studios

Stop by the Iroquois Ridge Creation Zone every other Wednesday* for a fun and interactive Open Studio session!

Every Other Wednesday*
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge, Creation Zone
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Ages: All Ages

Speaker Series

Drop in on Mondays to learn about new topics from our guest speakers and get to know others at these informative and informal sessions.  Topics range from learning about your family history to personal finance.

Dates and Topics*

  • Monday, March 18
    “Continue Your Learning Journey” presented by Sheridan Continuing & Professional Studies
  • Monday, March 25
    “Death, Taxes and Beyond” presented by Credit Counselling Society
  • Monday, April 1
    “Senior Services at the Town” presented by Town of Oakville, Recreation & Culture
  • Monday, April 8
    “Recognizing Dementia” presented by Acclaim Health
  • Monday, April 15
    “Researching your Family Tree: Using FamilySearch.org” presented by Oakville Public Library
  • Monday, April 29
    “Frauds and Scams” presented by Halton Regional Police
  • Monday, May 6
    “A Walking Tour – Without the Walk” presented by Oakville Historical Society
  • Monday, May 13
    “Ready for Rain” presented by Oakvillegreen Conservation Association

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Woodside Branch
Cost:  Free
Age:  55Y+ ***Presenters and topics are subject to change, depending on facilitator availability.
**Targeted at ages 55Y+, but all are welcome.

Literacy South Halton – Open the Door to Your Future

Literacy South Halton offers a variety of part-time Literacy and Basic Skills programs for adults aged 19+ who require upgrading in reading, writing, math and workplace computer skills.

Help is provided to adults to build the essential literacy skills needed to communicate and connect at home, at work, and in the community.  Set up a free appointment if you are looking to increase your job opportunities, go back to school, attend a training program, or increase your independence.

Starting Sunday, March 17
Woodside Branch
Cost:  Free/By Appointment
Age:  19Y+

Please call 905-631-1770 to book an appointment or email info@literacycouncil.ca for more information.

Services are confidential & flexible.

Tech Help

Bring your tablet, smartphone, or laptop and receive help with basic computer skills. We can assist with email, sharing photos, messaging, Microsoft Word, downloading library apps, and more.

  • Tuesday, March 19
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Monday, March 25
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Monday, April 29
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, May 14
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
  • Monday, May 27
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, June 11
    3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
  • Monday, June 24
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Monday, July 8
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Friday, July 26
    10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
  • Monday, July 29
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, August 13
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Thursday, August 22
    5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
  • Monday, August 26
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium

Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

Meet & Knit

Bring your needles & yarn to this social knitting and crochet drop-in.

  • Every Friday from March 22 – June 28
    10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
    Woodside Branch
  • Every Wednesday from April 3 – August 28
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Central Branch

Free/Drop-in
Age : 12Y+

 

 

Get Ready to Volunteer or Work

A six-part introduction on how to look for work or volunteer positions in today’s market. Appropriate for newcomers, people returning to the workplace or changing careers, new graduates or anyone interested in an overview of the job search process. Attend all or select from the following topics, presented by a staff member from The Centre:

  • Tuesday, March 26 – The Workplace Today
  • Tuesday, April 2 – Target and Market Your Skills
  • Tuesday, April 9 – Writing Resumes for Success
  • Tuesday, April 16 – Targeting your Cover Letter
  • Tuesday, April 23 – Hidden Job Market
  • Tuesday, April 30 – Interview Skills and Practice

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

To register call Alice Maroti at 905-336-5444 ext. 103 or contact alice.maroti@centreforskills.ca

 

 

Game Night

Join us for FREE Adult Board Games. Meet up at Central Branch every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Thursday, March 28
5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: Free/ Drop-in
Age: All Ages

Occurs Mar 28, Apr 11 and 25, May 9 and 23, Jun 13 and 27, Jul 11 and 25, Aug 8 and 22

Citizenship Information Session

This session will help you learn about new regulations and forms for Canadian citizenship. Find out about the documents you will need and how to check the status of your application online. Get valuable tips on preparing for the citizenship test.

  • Tuesday, April 2
  • Tuesday, May 7
  • Tuesday, June 4
  • Tuesday, July 2
  • Tuesday, August 6

5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

To register call HMC at 905-464-3222

Digital Privacy & Security

Do you use social media or shop online? Are you concerned or unsure about the privacy and security aspects of the online landscape? Come to this session to learn advice and best practices to keep your identity and information safe, while still enjoying all the internet has to offer.

  • Tuesday, April 2
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
    Course Code: 245167
  • Thursday, July 11
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 245241

Cost: Free
Age: 16Y+

Let’s Talk About Books

Have you read a book that you can’t stop talking about? A good book can pique your interest, provoke your curiosity, captivate and enthrall you, or it can make you laugh out loud. Drop in to this monthly book chat for an opportunity to discuss a book that has captured your imagination or get inspired with suggestions for your next great read.

  • Wednesday, April 3
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
  • Saturday, April 6
    10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
    White Oaks Branch

Cost: Free/5 classes
Age: 18Y+

Immigration Updates in Mandarin

Learn about new Canadian immigration policies and regulations. Topics include: general guidelines for Permanent Resident application, PR Card renewal, and general guidelines for Canadian Citizenship application, questions, and answers. Conducted in Mandarin.

  • Wednesday, April 3
  • Wednesday, August 7

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

To register call Halton Multicultural Council Connections at 905-842-2486 ext. 257 or email jchen@hmcconnections.com

Intermediate Computer Skills

Hands-on workshop to help newcomers enhance their intermediate computer skills. Includes Microsoft Word, introduction to Excel, and introduction to PowerPoint.

Thursday, April 11
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free/8 classes
Age: 18Y+

To register call HMC Connections at 905-842-2486 ext. 241

Learning with Lynda.com – Word

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word with the various resources available to you through Lynda.com in this hands-on workshop.

Saturday, April 20
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Woodside Branch

Cost:  Free/1 class
Age: 16Y+
Course Code: 245219

Please bring you own laptop.

Genetic Genealogy with Grandma’s Genes: All day learning!

“Getting Started” – Opening lecture, followed by a beginner’s workshop: Why DNA? Includes Q&A with the audience and a lesson on how to get started with DNA testing for genealogy.

Saturday, April 27
9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium*
Cost: $8/1 Class
Age: 16Y+
Register via IRIS using Course code: 245172

“Next Steps” – Participants will learn how to move their DNA information into the intermediate level by looking at matching and more.

Saturday, April 27
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium*
Cost: $8/1 Class
Age: 16Y+
Register via IRIS using Course code: 245171

Professional genealogist and Grandma’s Genes founder Mags Gaulden specializes in genetic genealogy. Mags currently leads several WikiTree projects including the DNA project, the United Empire Loyalist Project, the British Home Children Project and the Templeton and McElmoyle Name Studies. She is a member of the Canadian Casualty Identification Team, working to connect living family with the remains of soldiers.

*Parking is free on Saturdays in downtown Oakville starting April 6.

iMovie Video Editing on iPad Pro

In this workshop we will go over basic video editing and training fundamentals for iMovie on the iPad Pro. iPad Pro and sample media will be provided for this workshop.

Thursday, May 2
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $8
Age: 16Y+
Course Code: 245177

African-Canadian Roots for the Armchair Researcher

Join historian Janie Cooper-Wilson for a discussion on navigating research into early African-Canadian residents, and explore their role in Ontario’s collective history.

Saturday, May 4
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium*
Cost: $8
Age: 16Y+
Register via IRIS using Course Code: 245157

Janie has pursued her lifelong passion for research in Black History in her academic and personal life. Through research and DNA testing, she has connected her maternal lineage to the first Angolan Slaves, exported to Virginia in 1619; and her paternal lineage to 1693 Madagascar.

*Parking is free on Saturdays in downtown Oakville starting April 6.

May the 4th

Drop by the library for Star Wars themed activities for Jedi masters of all ages.

Saturday, May 4
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free
Age: All Ages

Repair Café

Don’t throw it away! Bring in your broken items such as jewellery, electronics and small home appliances, and our skilled ‘fixer’ volunteers will help you repair them, for free! Participating in the Repair Café is a great way to reduce waste and build a strong and more resilient community.

Sunday, May 5th
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Central Branch Auditorium
Free
Drop-in

Hosted in partnership with Halton Environmental Network, Sheridan College and the Town of Oakville.

Oakville Genealogy Meetup: Spring Dates

Whether you’re new to genealogy or an experienced researcher, come learn in this informal seminar setting. Here’s a chance to ask and answer questions about genealogical research and get some tips and tricks!

  • Wednesday, May 8

Central Branch Auditorium
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+
6:30-8:30pm (doors open at 6:00pm)

Thinking of stopping by? Email elise.cole@oakville.ca to ensure a seat!
Brought to you in partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Oakville Public Library.
Past dates: October 10, November 14, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10

Learning with Lynda.com – Google Docs

Learn the basics of Google Docs with the various resources available to you through Lynda.com in this hands-on workshop.

Thursday, May 9
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Woodside Branch

Cost:  Free/1 class
Age:  16Y+
Course Code:  245178

Please bring your own laptop.

Photography with your Phone

Maximize your cell phone camera to take quality photos using apps and other camera settings.

Thursday, May 16
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $8
Age: 16Y+
Course Code: 245198

*Please bring your own device.

3D Modelling for Adults

A hands-on introduction to 3D design software and the basics of 3D modelling and printing.

Thursday, May 23
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $8
Age: 18Y+
Course Code: 245153

Genealogy Resources

Feeling overwhelmed trying to sift through all of the genealogical information available on the web? Join our Local Collections Librarian as she demonstrates some of the best websites and other tools to use when researching your family history. This session is suitable for the beginner researcher and anyone looking for a refresher session.

Tuesday, May 28
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free
Age: 16Y+
Register via IRIS using Course Code: 245169

Canadian Citizenship Process, Rights & Responsibilities

Learn about eligibility criteria, documents required and the application process. Find out about what it means to be a Canadian, your rights as a citizen and how to be a responsible citizen.

Monday, June 3
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+
Call NIC to register at 905-875-3851 ext. 5008

Photography 101 Workshop

Learn the necessary skills to produce well-composed and well-edited photographs. On our last workshop date, we will hold a Photography Critique.

Thursday, June 6
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $24/3 classes
Age: 16Y+
Course Code: 245197

Learning with Lynda.com – Google Sheets

Learn the basics of Google Sheets with the various resources available to you through Lynda.com in this hands-on workshop.

Monday, June 10
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Woodside Branch

Cost:  Free/1 class
Age:  16Y+
Course Code: 245179

Please bring your own laptop.

 

Creating Characters

Whatever you’re writing ~ fiction or nonfiction ~ readers will care about your story only if they care about your people. In this workshop, you’ll learn techniques for creating fictional characters and depicting real people. You’ll learn how to breathe life into the page so that your characters start telling you how the story should go.

Saturday, June 22
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $49 in advance or $53 at the door
Age: 18Y+

Email brianhenry@sympatico.ca to register in advance. No email, call Ashley at 905-815-2042 x 5338

Summer Creative Writing

This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment.  This course will open the doors to all kinds of creative writing.  We’ll visit short story and children’s writing, writing in first and third person, and writing just for fun.  You’ll get a shot of inspiration every week and an assignment to keep you going until the next class.  Best of all, this class will provide a zero pressure, totally safe setting, where your words will grow and flower.

Tuesday July 2
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Woodside Branch

Cost:  $189/7 classes
Age:  14Y+

To reserve your spot, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca.  No email?  Call Ashley at 905-815-2042 ext. 5338.

 

 

Learning with Lynda.com – Excel

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel with the various resources available to you through Lynda.com in this hands-on workshop.

Monday August 19
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Woodside Branch

Cost:  Free/1 class
Age:  16Y+
Course Code:  245247

Please bring you own laptop.

How to be an Audiophile

Join vinyl enthusiast and local record store owner John Anczurowski from PCV Records to learn and share about purchasing, selling, collecting and listening to vinyl.  There will also be an opportunity to learn about or improve your turntable set-up.

Saturday April 6
2:30-3:30pm
White Oaks Branch
Age: All Ages

Please register by emailing oplprograms@oakville.ca

 

 

Crime Writers of Canada

Canadian Crime Writers of Canada return for the fourth visit to Oakville Public Library. Join Lynn McPherson, Ian Hamilton, Jen J. Danna, John Lawrence Reynolds and Melodie Campbell for a spine-tingling evening of mystery and suspense.

Tuesday, May 7
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
QEPCCC, Black Box Theatre
Cost: $10/Ticket*
Age: 16Y+

*Tickets are available at all OPL branches and A Different Drummer Books starting April 8. Presented by OPL and A Different Drummer Books.


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