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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

Living With Early Dementia Coffee Hour
Tuesday, May 3 & 17
Programming Room
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.

"Shark Assault" with Peter Jennings and Nicole Moore
Tuesday, May 3
Programming Room
We are pleased to welcome Peter Jennings, author of "Shark Assault" which details the story of Nicole Moore who survived a brutal shark attack that took her arm and much of her leg.  Nicole will also be on hand to share her death-defying recovery.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.  Everyone welcome.  Registration required.

 Bookworms Book Club
Thursday, May 5
Programming Room
This friendly group of readers meets each month to discuss specific books in a fun and welcoming environment. This month the group will discuss The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Please RSVP to get a copy and join the group.

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music
Tuesday, May 10
Orillia Opera House
Dress as your favorite Sound of Music character and come and sing along to the big screen!  This a fundraising partnership between the Orillia Public Library and the Orillia Opera House.  Admission by donation; tickets available at the door.  Donations will go to the Library's Local History Digitization Project and the Opera House's Restoration Fund.  Call 705-325-2338 for more information. 

Ukulele Jam
Tuesday, May 10
Programming Room
Bring your ukulele and jam with others! This partnership with the Sunshine Ukulele Network encourages fun and friendly playing together!  All are welcome!  No registration required

Books on Tap
Wednesday, May 11
Brewery Bay Food Co.
Join our club for people in their 20s and 30s where we will be meeting at Brewery Bay to drink and discuss the first cyberpunk novel Neuromancer by William Gibson.  Drop by the Library to join and get a copy of the book or email us for more information.

The Roundtable Book Club
Tuesday, May 17
Fireplace Room
New members are always welcome to join the Roundtable! This month we will have a classic book discussion based on one book: The Humans, by Matt Haig, a compulsively readable novel about a witty alien on earth!  Please RSVP or email us for more information.

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!