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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

Hunting for Ancestors
Thursday, May 19
Programming Rooms

Are you searching for your British and Irish family tree roots overseas? Professional Genealogist, Ruth Blair will present "Researching your UK and Irish Ancestors" at this month's Genealogy Club. Please register.

Nordic Pole Walking
Wednesday, May 25
Programming Room
Try out a new way to get fit with Melissa Lang, a Certified Nordixx Instructor. Learn the health benefits of Nordic pole walking, how to pole walk and proper measurement of poles. No registration required; everyone welcome!  Please email us for more information.  This program is in partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Giant Book Sale
Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28
10am - 5pm
We will be rolling out our Giant Book Sale again this year! Look for some great deals on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Downtown Dewey Dash
Saturday, May 28
Beginning at the Orillia Public Library
The Downtown Dewey Dash is an all-inclusive one mile fun run down Orillia's main street!  The run will start and finish in front of the Library, running the length of Mississaga Street to Front Street and looping both North and South on Peter Street so that participants get a full downtown tour.  Family entry is $20, child/student entry is $5.00 and Adult entry is $10.   First 150 registrants will receive a free cap.  Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the race.  Register now!
*We need course marshals and volunteers to help with registration and to hand out refreshments after the race.  Email us if you are interested in volunteering. 
Please email organizer Lisa Avery with any questions about the event.
Thanks to our sponsors:
Home Hardware
John Mayo of BMO Wealth Management
Saturday Afternoons
Jack and Maddy's
Twig Creative Solutions

Big Read Launch!

Saturday, May 28
Library Lobby
It's our annual Big Read launch! What is Orillia reading this summer? Find out and check out a copy!

Living With Early Dementia Coffee Hour
Tuesday, June 7 & 21
Programming Room 2
People in the early stages of dementia and their caregivers are invited to drop-in for puzzles, activities, opportunities to share experiences, and enjoy each other's company. No registration required, please contact us for more information.

Tech Training: Introduction to the Internet
Tuesday, June 7 - Level 1
Tuesday, June 14 - Level 2
Want to brush up on your Internet searching? Signup for an Introduction to the Internet, Level 1 on June 7 and Level 2 on June 14. You can bring your own device or use one of our computers. Registration is required. $2 per person per class.

Summer Reading Club
Saturday, June 11
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 at the end of the summer!

One-On-One Tech Help
Tuesday, June 21 & 28
10 or 11am
Stil have more tech questions? Book an hour-long session with our tech expert for one-on-one help tailored just for you. Appointment required.

Chair Yoga
June 9, 16 &30
Programming Room
Join Melanie Rimkay for Chair Yoga. $12 for all three or $4 per class. Please register.

Genealogy Club
Thursday, June 16
Join Jayne for the Genealogy Club. New members are always welcome! Please register.

Book Club - Bookworms
Thursday, June 2
This month the group will discuss "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson. RSVP to get a copy and join the group!

Book Club - Books on Tap
Wednesday, June 8
Brewery Bay Food Co.
Head out of the Library and enjoy a night out on the town for this month's meeting of Books on Tap, our Book Club for twenty and thirty-somethings. We will enjoy a cold one and discuss "Cooked" by Michael Pollan. Our special guest will be Mayor Steve Clarke. Please RSVP.

Book Club - "What's 4 Dinner"
Tuesday, June 21
Fireplace Room
This month our Cookbook Club asks "What's in your picnic basket?" Bring your ideas to our flavourful discussion about what to eat when your're outside: summer picnic and party food. Please RSVP.