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Adult Programs

The Orillia Public Library has many fun and informative programs for adults and seniors!  Check out our Calendar of Events for more details!

Upcoming Programs

Hot Readers: Summer Reading Club for Adults
Don't let the kids have all the fun! Sign up as a Hot Reader this summer. Each week, check-in to be entered for a draw for a weekly gift basket as well as a chance to win the Grand Prize of 13 tickets to the Mariposa Arts Theatre Film Night Series!

French Conversation Circle for Beginners
Fridays this August 
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fireplace Room
Want to learn to speak French? Learn new words and improve your French skills at our Beginner French Conversation Circle! Bernard will be in the Fireplace Room every Friday morning this summer from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning Friday, July 8th.  Drop in for one or all!

Ask Eli (Tech Questions)
Thursday, August 25
Thursdays, September 8 and 22
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
2nd Floor Info Desk

Do you have a question that can be answered in just a few minutes? Ask Eli! Our Emerging Technologies Librarian, Eli, will be at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor to answer your quick queries. No registration needed, just drop by!

ESL Conversation Circle
Wednesdays beginning September 7th
4:30 - 6:00 p.m
Programming Room 1
Welcome Centre Immigrant Services welcomes new participants each week to practice English in a relaxed and supportive environment.

VON Canada SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)
Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, and 28
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Programming Room 2
Join VON for an exercise class for seniors 55+. SMART's gentle exercises are for those who want to improve their strength, balance, and flexibility regardless of their current physical ability. For more information and to register, call the Orillia SMART team at 705-326-7021.

Chair Yoga
Thursday, September 8 to Thursday, October 13
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Try Yoga from the comfort of a chair with Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, Melanie Rimkay. Six sessions for $24.00. Registration required.

Bookworms Book Club
Thursday, September 8
1:30 p.m.
Join us to discuss your favourite reads of the summer, and pick up the club's October read.
Please RSVP to get a copy and join the group.

Casual French Conversation Circle
Mondays, September 12, 19 and 26
10:30 a. m. - 1 2:30 p.m.
Fireplace Room
Want to practice speaking French? Bernard will be in the Fireplace Room on Monday mornings this September from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Drop in for one or all!  

LGBQT Adult Drop-In
Monday September 9
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Program Room 1
This LGBQT peer-led support drop-in for adults 21+ meets bi-monthly (every two weeks, excluding holidays). Receive support, offer feedback, and socialize with other LGBQT adults in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment. Participants are welcome to invite allies.

Tech Training - Introduction to Windows 10
Tuesday, September 13
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Have you upgraded to Windows 10 and having trouble finding your way around? Register for our lecture style class.

Ukulele Jam
Tuesday, September 13
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Programming Room 2
Join us at the Ukulele Jam!  All are invited to drop by and strum with us! All skill levels welcome; don't be shy! (In partnership with the Sunshine Ukulele Network.)

Books on Tap
Wednesday, September 14
7:30 p.m.
Study Hall (179 Mississaga St. East)
Head out of the Library and enjoy a night out on the town at Study Hall for this month's meeting of our Book Club for twenty and thirty-somethings! We will enjoy a cold one and discuss "In the Woods" by Tana French. Please RSVP.

Genealogy Club
Thursday, September 15
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Programming Rooms
Join the Genealogy Club for monthly programs, speakers, and tips for doing family history research. This month's topic is Putting Your Family Tree Online: The Pros and Cons. RSVP please!

Book Banter (formerly The Roundtable)
Tuesday, September 20
6:45 p.m.
Fireplace Area
Book Banter is all about discussing good books in a relaxed atmosphere. Share your summer reading list at our meeting. What was your favourite summer read?

Beginner Genealogy
Thursday, September 22
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Programming Rooms
Want to start your family tree, but don't know how or where to begin? Join us and start building that tree with the help of experts and peers! Registration required. Workshop
Thursday, September 29
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Technology Lab
Join us and learn about searching with the world famous database. Bring along some names and we can help you discover something new! Please register.

Family History Festival
Saturday, October 1
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Main Lobby and Programming Rooms
Visit the Library to discover tips in searching for your ancestors and ideas for creating your family tree.  Ask an expert for one-on-one help, learn how to search on and bring the family to begin creating a family tree together that will become a work of art for future generations.  Professional genealogists will be on hand with new ways to search online and interesting and fun ways to connect you with the information you need.  Presentations by professional genealogists, workshops, and family tree colouring table.  Have an "old time" photo taken individually or with your entire family.  Fun for the entire family! Celebrate your heritage at the Orillia Public Library!  (This event is being held in conjunction with Doors Open Orillia/Culture Days).