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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

Early Dementia Coffee Hour
Tuesday, September 18
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Program Room 1
People with early stages of dementia are welcome to come with their caregiver to this drop-in social time. Puzzles and activities, opportunity to ask questions and share experiences, enjoy each other’s company. No registration required..

iPad 101 and 102
Tuesday September 18 & 24
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Tech Lab

Are you frustrated with your iPad?  Gain the confidence you need to make the most of your iPad. Please register. $2.

Book Chatter
Tuesday, September 18
1:00-2:00 p.m.
2nd Floor at the Red Couch
Book lovers - drop-in to share what you're reading or gather suggestions from other readers durings this relaxed hour of bookish conversation.  Book Chatter will run on the third Tuesday of every month beginning from 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Email us for more information.

Chair Yoga
Thursday September 20 and 27
11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Program Room
Try yoga from the comfort of a chair with Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, Melanie Rimkay. This six week session begins on September 20 and will run until October 25. The cost is $30 for the 6 week session and must be paid in cash at the first class. Registration required.

3D Printer Design
Make a Personalized Keychain to 3D Print!
Saturday September 22
11:00 a.m.
Impress your friends with a 3D printed keychain!  You'll learn some basic 3D modelling skills using Tinkercad to create this fun personalized accessory.  Free!  All ages.  (Those in grades 6 and younger
must be accompanied by an adult.)  Registration required.

Beyond Vision Loss Group
Tuesday, September 25
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Are you living with vision loss? Do you care about someone with vision loss? This group is open to CNIB clients, family and friends. We invite you to join us for light refreshments and the chance to learn, share and meet other people who are experiencing vision loss.This free, informal drop-in group is offered the last Tuesday of each month.  Email us for more information.

Unmasking Brain Injury
Tuesday, September 25 for four weeks
10:00
a.m.-12:00 p.m.
People living with brain injury are invited along with their friends, family and caregivers to create a mask and help raise awareness about brain injury.  This four week program provides an opportunity for those living with brain injury to share their stories.  All materials provided.  Free.  To register please contact Norman Phillips of Impact Rehab at 705-627-3857.

Customized Tote Bag with Cricut!
Tuesday, September 25
5:30 p.m.
Use OPL's Cricut Vinyl Cutter to create a personalized tote bag and show off your style.  $10 per person.  Spaces limited.  Registration required.  (Grades 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult).

How-To Festival
Saturday, September 29
9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
The How-To Festival is back for 2018 and it's going city-wide!  As part of Doors Open/Culture Days, the How-To Festival will be held at three community hubs:  the OPL, OMAH and St. Paul's United Church! Drop by the Library between 9:00 and 1:00 p.m. to learn 40 skills in four hours!  Sessions include how to take better photos  of your pet, how to organize your home, get your home repair questions answered by the "House Doctor," create customized essential oils, pick up some new dance moves, monogram a hankie, fix your bike and more!  Free!

Big Read Finale: Murder Mystery at the Library!
Saturday, October 20

6:30 p.m.
OPL is excited about this year's Big Read selection, "The Broken Girls" by Simone St. James!
For the finale, we'll be hosting our very own evening of Murder in the Library!  Everyone's a suspect!  Gather clues to find the killer.  Tickets are $20 and include wine and appetizers catered by Eclectic Cafe's own Melanie Robinson, a  Chopped Canada Champion!  On sale now at the Library's Check Out Desk.  Please email us or call 705-325-2556 for more information.
Bonus!  Submit a scary story in 13 words or less by email or drop it into the Big Read Ballot box to be entered to win your very own signed copy!  

Connect with Facebook
Tuesday October 2
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Tech Lab
Learn how to stay connected with family and friends. Registration required. $2.


Just Write Orillia
Tuesday October 2,16 and 30
6:45 - 7:45 p.m
Program Room
Do you enjoy creative writing?  Join host Stephen Davids at this free biweekly workshop for inspired local writers!  All ages. Please register.

VON Exercise 
Wednesdays October 3,10,17,24 and 31
10:00-11:00 a.m. or 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Program Room
 Join VON Canada SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) for an exercise class for seniors 55+. SMART's gentle exercises are for those that 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.

La Cle French Conversation Circle
Wednesday October 3,10,17, 24 and 31
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Program Room 
Practice or improve your French speaking skills with Nathalie from La Clé. All skill levels welcome!
Please register.

How To Order Books from Other Libraries
Wednesday, October 3
10:30 -11;30 a.m.
Tech Lab
Can't find a certain book in our collection? Join Emily in the Tech Lab as she shows you how to search all libraries in Ontario. Registation is required.

English Conversation Circle
Wednesday October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

4:30-6:00 p.m.
Program Room 1
Join our English Conversation Circle to have fun and practice speaking English, connect with your community and share your settlement experience. Come join our welcoming ESL conversation group in the program room on the main floor. You can contact the Welcome Centre directly for more services at mobileunit@welcomecentre.ca.

Chair Yoga
Thursday October 4, 11, 18 & 25
11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Program Room
Try yoga from the comfort of a chair with Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, Melanie Rimkay. This six week session began on September 20 and will run until October 25. Cost is $30 for the 6 week session. Registration required.

Bookworms Book Club
Thursday, October 4
1:30 -3:00 p.m.
Program Room
Join the Bookworms as they meet to discuss "The Cellist of Sarajevo". Please RSVP.

Ojibway Conversation Circle
Thursday October 4, 11, 18 & 25
5:30-7:30  p.m.
Program Room
Speakers and learners of the Ojibway language are invited to join in the fun, laughter, conversation and sharing.  Everyone welcome.  Please RSVP.

3D Printer Training
Saturday October 6         11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday October 10    1:30 p.m. - 3 :00 p.m.
Monday October 15           1:30  p.m. -3:00 p.m.
Tech Lab
OPL has a new 3D printer! Join in on one of our 3D printing training sessions to learn how to create 3D objects! Staff will show you how to prepare a digital file to print and use the printer safely. 
Please register.

Ukulele Jam
Tuesday, October 9

5:45-7:45 p.m.
Program Room
Bring your ukulele and jam with some others! This partnership with the Sunshine Ukulele Network encourages fun and friendly playing together! All are welcome.

Books on Tap
Wednesday October 10

7:30 -8:30 p.m.
Hog N'Penny (9 Matchedash St. N.)
OPL's book club for twenty and thirty somethings, will be discussing the 2018 Big Read selection "The Broken Girls" by Simone St. James. Please RSVP.

Age of Information:  The Promise and Peril of the Social Media Age Part Two
Thursday, October 11

6:00-7:30  p.m.
Program Room
Join Matthew Ward as he discusses "Sapiens: A Brief HIstory of Humankind" by Yuval Noah in Part Two of this series about books that have shaped our age.  Everyone welcome. Please RSVP.

Ontario Public Library Week
Monday October 11 - Friday October 19
Let's celebrate libraries! We will be raising the OPL flag outside the Opera House on Monday October 15 at 11:00 a.m. with cake and coffee to follow! Plus free coffee all week long and OPL coupon books with great Library deals! 

Early Dementia Coffee Hour
Tuesday October 16
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Program Room 
People with early stages of dementia are welcome to come with their caregiver to this drop-in social time. Puzzles and activities, opportunity to ask questions and share experiences, enjoy each other’s company. No registration required.

Book Chatter
Tuesday, October 16
1:00-2:00 p.m.
2nd Floor at the Red Couch
Book lovers - drop-in to share what you're reading or gather suggestions from other readers durings this relaxed hour of bookish conversation.  Book Chatter will run on the third Tuesday of every month beginning from 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Email us for more information.

OPL Art Collection Tour
Thursday October 18
2:00 p.m.
Greeter Desk
Meet us at the Greeter Desk for a guided tour of pieces from OPL's Art Collection. Everyone welcome.
No registration.

Tablets 101 and 102
Tuesday October 16 and October 23
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Tech Lab
Learn to make the most of your Android tablet (Samsung, Lenova and more!) in this two-part class. Registration required. $2.

Genealogy Club
Thursday October 18
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Program Room
Join Fred Blair as he presents "Insights into Upper Canadian Life: Researching, Writing and Publishing. Please register.

Beyond Vision Loss Group
Tuesday October 30
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Are you living with vision loss? Do you care about someone with vision loss? This group is open to CNIB clients, family and friends. We invite you to join us for light refreshments and the chance to learn, share and meet other people who are experiencing vision loss.This free, informal drop-in group is offered the last Tuesday of each month.