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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

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, September 5
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Woodside Branch, Program Room

Cost: Free
Age: 55Y+

Occurs on the first Wednesday of the month from September until March.

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. Small class size will allow for individual attention.

  • Wednesday, September 12
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Monday, September 24
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, October 9
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch, Program Room
  • Monday, October 29
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Wednesday, November 7
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Monday, November 26
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, November 27
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Wednesday, January 9
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Monday, January 28
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Wednesday, February 6
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Monday, February 25
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, March 5
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch, Program Room

Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

Virtual Reality

Drop in to the Creation Zone every other Wednesday between 6-8pm to try out virtual reality and chat with our Creation Specialist.

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

Game Night

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

 

  • Thursday, September 13
  • Thursday, September  27
  • Thursday, October 11
  • Thursday, October 25
  • Thursday, November 8
  • Thursday, November 22
  • Thursday, December 13
  • Thursday, December 27
  • Thursday,  January 10
  • Thursday, January 24
  • Thursday, February 14
  • Thursday, February 28

 

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Central Branch

Cost: Free/Drop-in

Age: 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. Everyone is welcome.

Dates and Topics*

  • Monday, September 17
    Opera 101 presented by Southern Ontario Lyric Opera
  • Monday, September 24
    Love my OPL: an introduction to Digital Resources presented by Oakville Public Library
  • Monday, October 1
    Fraud and Scammers presented by Halton Regional Police
  • Monday, October 15
    A walking tour –Without walking presented by Oakville Historical Society
  • Monday, October 22
    Using the Library to Research your Family Tree presented by Elise C. Cole, Local Collections Librarian
  • Monday, October 29
    Organizing your Finances in One Month presented by the Credit Counselling Society
  • Monday, January 14
    Living Well on Retirement Income presented by the Credit Counselling Society
  • Monday, January 21
    Communication Strategies for People with Alzheimer’s and Dementia presented by Acclaim Health
  • Monday, January 28
    Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging presented by Karolina Otto, Nutritionist
  • Monday February 11
    Seniors – Benefits & Credits presented by Canada Revenue Agency

 

Stay tuned for February 4th topic and presenter.

 

10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.

Central Branch Auditorium

Cost: Free

Age: 55Y+**

 

*Presenters and topics are subject to change, depending on facilitator availability.
**Targeted at ages 55Y & up, but all are welcome.

Photography with your iPhone

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

  • Thursday, September 20
    Course Code: 239987
  • Thursday, November 15
    Course Code: 239988
  • Thursday, February 7
    Course Code: 240045

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

safeTALK Suicide Alert Education

Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through safeTALK alertness training, you can learn to recognize important signs and take action by connecting people with life-saving intervention resources. Join us for this half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.  Lead by safeTalk educator Marcus Logan.

  • Saturday, October 6
    12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Course Code: 239992
  • Saturday, February 16
    12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Course Code: 240050

Central Branch

Cost: Free

Age: 15Y+

 

Love My OPL: Intro to Digital Resources

Did you know the library has downloadable movies, music, and more? We also have databases providing you with health, business, and consumer information. Make the most of your free library card by joining us for this hands-on session and learn about what your library has to offer.

  • Tuesday, October 9
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
    Course Code: 239952
  • Wednesday, October 17
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 239954
  • Thursday, January 31
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 240033
  • Tuesday, February 12
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
    Course Code: 240030
  • Friday, February 22
    10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    White Oaks Branch
    Course Code: 240031
  • Thursday, March 7
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 240032

Cost: Free

Age: 16Y+

Adult Book Clubs

Join one of our book clubs and enjoy great books and in-depth discussions led by our team of friendly and knowledgeable librarians. We’ll read a variety of fiction from different genres, plus a little non-fiction. Differing viewpoints and new ideas will get everyone thinking and talking!

Sessions run once per month from October to May, excluding December. Included in your registration fee is a complimentary ticket to An Evening for Book Lovers (on Sept. 17, 2018), at which you’ll vote for five of the books that you’ll read during the Fall/Winter season.

  • Tuesday, October 9
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 239957
  • Tuesday, October 16
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 239956
  • Wednesday, October 17
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
    Course Code: 239955

Cost: $87.50/7 meetings
Age: 18Y+

Iroquois Ridge club is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, Woodside on the 3rd Tuesday, and Central on the 3rd Wednesday. Books are provided for borrowing and refreshments are served at each meeting.

Oakville Genealogy Meetup

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, January 9
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 13
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 13
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Central Branch Auditorium
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

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

Build Your Own Website

Have you ever needed a website for a small business idea, a hobby, or an artist gallery, but don’t know where to start? This 90-minute workshop will provide you with the necessary tools to understand how to build and go live with a website without having to write a line of code.

  • Thursday, October 18
    Course Code: 239962
  • Thursday, January 10
    Course Code: 240020

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

Introduction to Computers

This hands-on workshop is designed to help newcomers enhance their computer literacy skills through the introduction of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Thursdays, October 18 – December 6
  • Thursdays, January 17 – March 7

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

To register call Halton Multicultural Council Connections at 905-842-2486 x.241

Film Club

Are you a film fanatic? Join us for a screening of a film from the Kanopy streaming service, followed by discussion of some thought provoking pieces. Stay tuned for more information on title selection.

  • Tuesday, October 23
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Course Code: 239972
  • Tuesday, February 19
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Course Code: 240027

Central Branch, Auditorium

Cost: Free

Age: 18Y+

Meet & Knit

Starting in November come by the Creation Zone on Thursdays with your needles & thread for a social knitting and crochet drop-in.

Thursdays
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: 12Y+

Exceptions: Thursday December 27, January 3, March 7

Photogrammetry

In this workshop, we’ll learn how to turn your smartphone into a 3D scanner. We’ll produce scans that can be 3D-printed at a later time. Smart phone or iPad required. Bring your own device.

  • Saturday, November 10
    Course Code: 239986
  • Saturday, January 19
    Course Code: 240044

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $8
Age: 16Y+

A Day in the Life of Oakville 2018

Our photo project returns a fourth time with fall/winter with Oakville as our subject. Grab your camera or device and take photos of the town on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Open to all ages!

Update 4 Dec 2018
: As the upload link continues to be unavailable, please see the instructions below to submit your photographs taken in Oakville on Dec. 1, 2018: We will continue to accept submissions until the end of day on Wed., Dec. 12. Thank you for your patience!

Lighthouse on pier at the shore of Lake Ontario at sunset
To submit, please email each individual photo to elise.cole@oakville.ca and include:

1. Your photo as an attachment with the title of the image as the subject line. Feel free to provide a further description if you like, perhaps of why you took the photo, what area you were in, the meaning of the image.
2. Your name and your email address. We will publish your name unless you indicate that you would prefer not to have it made available publicly. Your email address will never be shared.

Want to include your family or friends in your pics? Please be sure to download and fill out our Photo Consent form and drop off at your local branch to the attention of the Local Collections Librarian.

Terms of Use:
1. Your image(s) will be under your copyright.
2. By submitting your photograph, you acknowledge that you are granting Oakville Public Library permission to store and make available, in perpetuity, your photograph as a permanent record of events and people in Oakville’s history.
3. You further agree that by submitting your photograph, you hereby grant the Oakville Public Library permission to use it in print materials (for internal or external distribution), online and social media platforms, in-branch displays or televised/radio broadcasted media as deemed appropriate by Library officials for the purpose of publicizing and promoting the library.

 

 

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, December 13
    Course Code: 239965
  • Thursday, March 7
    Course Code: 240025

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

Learning Excel with Lynda.com

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

  • Saturday, January 12
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Central Branch
    Course Code: 240028
  • Monday, February 25
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    CourseCode: 240029

Cost: Free

Age: 16Y+

How to Build Your Story

This workshop with Brian Henry will show you how writers plot a novel and will give you the best tips on writing short stories. We’ll also look at where to get your stories published and how to win contests. Best yet, you’ll learn how to apply story-building techniques to your own writing. Brian’s guest speaker will be local author Hannah McKinnon.

Saturday, January 19
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $49 in advance / $53 at the door
Age: 18Y+

To reserve your spot, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca and allow 2-3 business days for a response.  Don’t have an email account?  Call Elise at 905-815-2042 ext. 5037.

For details about parking and directions, please visit tinyurl.com/z4nfm3e

Writing Kid Lit: Picture Books to YA

From picture books to young adult novels, this weekly course with Brian Henry is accessible for beginners and meaty enough for advanced writers. Through lectures, in-class assignments, homework, and feedback on your writing, we’ll give you ins and outs of writing for younger readers and set you on course toward writing your own books. We’ll have two published children’s authors as guest speakers.

Thursday, January 24
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $199 /9 classes*
Age: 18Y+

*No class on March 14, 2019

To reserve your spot, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca and allow 2-3 business days for a response.  Don’t have an email account?  Call Elise at 905-815-2042 ext. 5037.

For details about parking and directions, please visit tinyurl.com/z4nfm3e

 

Hear This! Words & Wine

Audiobooks grow in popularity every year, and we’re eager to share some of our favorites at our annual event. Listening to a book narrated by a skilled actor or author can transform the reading experience, making it more personal and pleasurable. Join us while our librarians give brief talks about outstanding audio books – classic and contemporary, fiction and non-fiction.

Friday, February 8
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Central Branch
Cost: $20*
Age: 19Y+

*Tickets are available at all branches starting January 7, 2019.

Wine and tasty appetizers are included in your ticket price
Lucky audience members will win door prizes!

Introduction to the Canadian Tax System

This session helps you prepare for your annual tax filing. Topics include what you can claim on your tax returns, filing your taxes, dates to remember, and RRSP contributions.

Tuesday, February 19
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

Call the Newcomer Information Centre to register at 905-875-3851 x.5008

Seedy Sunday

Oakville Public Library is pleased to present its first ever Seedy Sunday! Come and celebrate the launch of the OPL Seed library, exchange seeds and visit with a variety of organizations all related to seeds, plants and gardening!

Sunday, February 24
10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: 18Y+

For more details, please visit our website at www.opl.ca/blog/seed-library/ starting September 24.

Colouring 2.0

Wind down with colouring and then we’ll show you how to bring your artwork to life using iPads and Osmos.

Saturday, March 2
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages

Maximizing Your Use of Ancestry

Come join our Local Collections Librarian and learn some tips and tricks to maximize your use of Ancestry and Ancestry Library Edition.

Wednesday, March 6
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+
Course Code: 240034

In Conversation With… Anna Olson

Join us for an intimate afternoon with “Canada’s baking sweetheart”, chef and television personality Anna Olson, where she discusses her career and her latest book, Set for the Holidays!

Sunday, December 16, 2018
2 p.m.
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Cost: $50/Ticket*
Age: 18Y+

*Ticket comes with a free copy of Anna Olson’s new book Set for the Holidays. Tickets for all events are available through oakvillecentre.ca

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books are pleased to present this series that feeds the inquisitive mind. It provides you with an opportunity to hear, ask questions and meet some of Canada’s top influencers and authors.

In Conversation With… Erin Davis

Join us for an evening with beloved longtime co-host of 98.1 CHFI’s morning show, Erin Davis, to talk about her new book, Mourning Has Broken. 

Monday, February 25, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Cost: $25/Ticket*

Age: 18Y+

Tickets available through oakvillecentre.caThe Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books are pleased to present this series that feeds the inquisitive mind. It provides you with an opportunity to hear, ask questions and meet some of Canada’s top influencers and authors.

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