As the fall back-to-school ritual settles in for children over 5, the Okanagan Regional Library is ensuring preschool children don’t miss out on literacy learning by beginning a new season of storytimes and special events at seven branches throughout the Central Okanagan.
All these programs are free.
The Kelowna library branch at 1380 Ellis St. is running several programs that began this week and will continue until Dec. 3:
• Preschool Storytimes are geared for 3-6 year-olds and will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m.
• Toddler Time for children aged 18 months to 3 years will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.
• Babytime for newborns to 18 months will run on Mondays at 10:15 a.m. and Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
• Pyjama Storytimes for 3-6 year-olds will be held each Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, contact the Kelowna branch at 250-762-2800, ext. 1409 or check out the webpage at www.orl.bc.ca/branches/kelowna .
The Rutland branch in Plaza 33 Mall runs 30-minute programs from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. for a variety of age groups beginning Sept. 15:
• Preschool Storytimes are for 3-5 year-olds and will run Fridays until Dec. 16.
• Toddler Time for children aged 18 months to 3 years will be on Thursdays until Dec. 15.
• Babytime for newborns up to prewalkers will occur each Tuesday until Dec. 18.
The Rutland Branch can be reached at 250-765-8165 or www.orl.bc.ca/branches/rutland .
The Mission branch in the Capital News Centre also runs 30-minute programs from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. starting Sept.13:
• Preschool Storytimes for 3-5 year-olds on Thursdays until Dec. 15.
• Toddler Time for children aged 18 months to 3 years will run each Wednesday until Dec.14.
• Babytime for prewalkers is on Tuesdays until Dec. 6.
The Mission branch’s phone number is 250-764-2254 and webpage www.orl.bc.ca/branches/mission .
Westbank’s branch in Westridge Mall on Main Street in West Kelowna has the following programs:
• Preschool Storytimes are for children aged 18 months to 5 years will run each Thursday at 10 to 10:30 a.m. on now until Dec. 15.
• Babytime for newborns to 18 months will happen on Tuesday at 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. beginning Oct. 11 and running until Dec. 13
Their number is 250-768-4369 and information is also available at www.orl.bc.ca/branches/westbank .
Peachland Branch in Peachland Village Mall will hold 30-minute Preschool Storytimes for 3-5 year-olds each Thursday at 11:30 a.m. starting Oct. 6 and running until Dec. 22.
The Peachland Branch can be reached at 250-767-9111 or www.orl.bc.ca/branches/peachland.
At the Lake Country branch, 10150 Bottom Wood Lake Rd., the programs will to be held are:
• Preschool Storytimes for 3-5 year-olds started at the beginning of September and will run until Dec. 16, every Friday at 10:15 a.m.
• Babytime will run on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. from Oct. 4 to Dec. 13.
For more information, call 250-766-3141 or check out www.orl.bc.ca/branches/lake-country.
Oyama Branch’s Preschool Storytime will begin on Sept. 22 and run until Oct. 27, every Thursday at 1 p.m.
Their program is 30 minutes and geared for 2-5 year-olds.
Contact the Oyama branch at 250-548-3377 or www.orl.bc.ca/branches/oyama.
All of these programs are drop-in with no registration required, and parents are encouraged to visit as many branches in the Central Okanagan as they wish. Please note that all ORL branches are closed on holidays Monday, October 10 and Friday, Nov. 11 so there will be no storytimes on those dates.