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Story Contest: Pirates of Piccadilly Mall

Friday, March 31, 2023
Salmon Arm
Pirates of Piccadilly Mall Story Contest

Write (or draw!) a one-page story about The Pirates of Piccadilly Mall!

Deadline: March 31, 2023

1. Keep your story to 1 page. Do not use both sides of the page!
2. Only write your name and age on the back of your story - don't put it anywhere on the front!
3. Drop off your story to the Salmon Arm Library or email it to sareference@orl.bc.ca by March 31. 

Story Prompt: 
You’re looking for your favourite book on the shelves at the Salmon Arm Library and – bingo! – you find it! You pull it off the shelf and something brown and crinkly falls out of it and floats to the floor. You pick it up and turn it over. It has a compass drawn on it, and sea monsters, and a large red X in one corner. The X is on Piccadilly Mall. It’s a treasure map!
Why would pirates hide treasure in Salmon Arm? Where is the treasure hidden? What is the treasure?

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🍅🥒🥬 Lab: Seed Library 🍅🥒🥬

Friday, March 31, 2023
Westside Learning Lab
Seed Library: Starting your garden? The Westside Learning Library has a seed library where you can select the seeds you would like to start.
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Seed Library

Saturday, June 03, 2023
Line drawings of a variety of vegetables
Peachland Library has seeds to "borrow". Take the seeds, grow the plant, harvest your crop, but save some seeds and return them to the Library so they can be "borrowed" again for the next year.

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Spring Break

Friday, March 31, 2023

Library Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, April 01, 2023
Yellow happy face holding a magnifying glass
Salmon Arm
Find the hidden images in the library and enter our Scavenger Hunt Draw for a chance to win a prize.  
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Spring Break Out

Saturday, April 01, 2023
Five children play in a sitting room.
Escape the Sicamous Library! Test your skills to solve the puzzles. Drop in with your friend(s) to "escape" the library and win a prize! This is a free, drop-in program.
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Online Kelowna Poetry Contest

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
All Locations

Celebrate Poetry Month with the Online Kelowna Poetry Contest for Adults! Are you feeling creative? Write a poem and submit your entry between April 1 to May 31st. Please email your poem to klreference@or.bc.ca along with your name and phone number or drop hard copies submissions to your branch and we will make sure your poem will be send to Kelowna Downtown Library.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. There is no set theme. Let your imagination run wild!
  2. Poetry can be written in any poetic style and on any subject but must be in English.
  3. Only one poem per person. Multiple entries will not be accepted.
  4. The poem must be an original work by the person entering the contest. Plagiarism is a serious offense!
  5. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday , May 31st 16 at 8:00 p.m. 
  6. Poems containing language that is vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate will not be accepted.
  7. Prizes:

        1st prize- one book and a $25 Mosaic gift certificate

        2nd prize- two books

        3rd prize- one book

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Spring into Action Audiobook Challenge

Friday, June 30, 2023
A person wears headphones that are plugged into a book.
Salmon Arm
Participate from Home
Celebrate warmer weather AND amazing books by springing into action - while listening to audiobooks!

How to participate?
  • Track every kilometre that you're active while listening to an audiobook OR 
  • Track every hour that you're active while listening to an audiobook OR 
  • Track both and enter to win TWICE!
  • Bring in your completed tracker for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate
What counts as being active?
  • Walking, jogging, running (indoors or out!)
  • Cycling, scooting, rolling (indoors or out!)
  • Dancing, stretching, gardening, mopping, vacuuming - whatever gets your heart rate up!
How to find audiobooks?
  • Download Libby (a free app!) to access eAudiobooks through your smartphone, tablet, or computer
  • Borrow from our CD Audiobook collection
(Psst! Need help getting started with Libby? Register for our Libby 101 (for Smartphones!) workshop.)

  • Participants can submit as many trackers as they wish between the dates of the challenge.
  • Participants do not have to be Salmon Arm residents to enter, but MUST be able to pick up their prizes at the Salmon Arm branch.
  • All audiobooks MUST be listened to within the dates of the challenge.
  • All distances MUST be travelled within the dates of the challenge.
  • Trackers must be submitted by Friday July 7th 2023.
  • Trackers can be submitted directly to the Salmon Arm branch or can be scanned and emailed to sareference@orl.bc.ca

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Earth Week

Saturday, April 29, 2023

S.T.E.A.M. Discovery Club

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
South Shuswap
Drop-in and ask to play and discover self-guided S.T.E.A.M. activities using Oz Bots, Keva Planks, Coding Mouse, Lego and more at the South Shuswap Library Branch. 
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Preschool Story Time at Mission Branch

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Children's Area
Preschool time at the Mission Branch uses stories, songs, rhymes, and movement to continue to build your child's language learning skills. Recommended for ages 3 to 6 with a parent/caregiver.
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Rutland Toddler Time

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Toddler Time
Children's Area

Join us at the Rutland Library for fun songs and rhymes, bounces, tickles, fingerplays, instruments, and short picture bookfor toddlers.

Toddler Time is our interactive literacy program that helps grow the roots of a lifelong love of language. Bond with your toddler through play time, songs, books, and dance.

This program is recommended for toddlers from 18 months to 3 years of age. Caregiver participation is required.

Drop in to this free program!

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Family Story Time

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Group tweens holding open books.
Children's Area
Family fun featuring picture books, interactive songs and rhymes. Story Time helps in the development of early literacy skills
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Family Story Time at Downtown Kelowna Library

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Five penguins are bundled in scarves and hats.
Downtown Kelowna
Children's Area

Featuring longer books, puppets and fun, children will sing, dance and rhyme for another season of Story Time.

This FREE DROP - IN Story Time is recommended for children ages 3 - 6 years and their caregiver, but all children are welcome to join in the fun! 

Story Times are offered Thursdays and Saturdays 10:30 - 11: 15 am,  January 12 to April 1.

No program on January 28th, February 11th or March 11th.

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Story Time at Lake Country Library

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Lake Country
Recommended for children 2 to 5 years and their caregiver(s).
Siblings are welcome!
Join us for great stories, silly songs and fun puppets!

FREE & drop-in.

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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
A forest scene featuring deer, fox, and bear, over which Preschool Story Time is written.
Children's Area
Join us for fun stories, lively songs, dancing, and other fun!
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Registration is open

Space Clues Room

10:45 AM - 3:45 PM
The Magic School Bus, shaped like a rocket ship, flying through space.
Okanagan Room
You will not be escaping a room, but you will be solving clues and puzzles to find a small prize. This is a group activity so bring your friends or join the group that is here at that time. Enter to win a 3-D moon and stand, or a Magic School Bus Space Lab.
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Scrabble @ Salmon Arm Library

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Salmon Arm
Interested in playing Scrabble and meeting new friends? Come to the new Scrabble club at the library every Thursday morning! 

Game boards and dictionary provided (though you're welcome to bring your own!).  All levels of experience welcome. 

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Registration is open

March Break STEAMWorks Camp

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Stylised image of computer and robotic car.
Register for an afternoon of FUN STEAM exploration in our lab. Coding, robotics, circuitry, hands on science and more!
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Registration is open

eBook Help

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Technical Tutoring
Curious about eBooks, digital audio, or any of the ORL's many electronic resources? Having trouble making Libby work on your device? Book a time with one of our knowledgeable staff. Please bring in your device, library card and PIN number, and any necessary passwords.
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Parent-Child Mother Goose Baby Time

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Children's Area
This program is for adults to learn skills to entertain, distract, and play with their babies. Learn songs, rhymes, stories and bounces that will help you connect with your child. Gather with other parents and babies, have some fun, make connections and find books to enjoy with your children.
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The Spring Break Club

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Silhouettes of children in bright rainbow colours.
For children in kindergarten to grade 7.
In-branch activities from 2:00 to 3:30 pm on Tuesdays (21&28), Thursdays (23&30) and Fridays(24&31.) Children can come to one session or all six! Plus take-home challenges, reading logs, great prizes and more! To register your child please contact the Golden library.
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Spring Tech-stravaganza

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Downtown Kelowna
Children's Area
Experiment with cool tech toys!
From 3D pens to squishy circuits and VR headsets, we've got plenty for a STEM enthusiast to try. 
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Ukulele Circle at the Salmon Arm Library

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Library Ukulele Circle
Salmon Arm
Meeting Room

Come strum with us! Join us for a fun and relaxed jam with fellow uke enthusiasts. All skill levels are welcome, but players should know the basics. Please bring your ukulele and a music stand. Contact Kristy Smith with any questions: ksmith@orl.bc.ca

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Chess and Cubing

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Meeting Room
We have chess boards and a lot of super cool rubiks cubes! Drop by and give it a try! We have a fun group of kids who love to share tips and tricks!
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