Okanagan library system to celebrate 75 years of book lending

Open house March 19.

For the first time in its 75-year history, all 29 branches throughout the Okanagan Regional Library’s system will be open on Saturday, March 19 for an open house celebration in honour of the system’s anniversary.

The public is invited to join in the events at their local branch, including free entertainment, refreshments and speakers.

At the open house, a commemorative video about the ORL will be premiered and special booklists for adults and children will be available highlighting favourite stories of the past 75 years.

The ORL will also kick off its two-week Read Away Fines program for children, where young people can lessen any outstanding fees for overdue materials by reading over spring break.

The ORL was formed in March 1936 and has branches from Golden south through the Shuswap and Okanagan Valley to Osoyoos, and west to Princeton. These events have been sponsored by the ORL’s Friends of the Library groups. For more information about the Open House celebrations at your area, call your local branch or their webpage at www.orl.bc.ca/branches.