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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

French Conversation Circle
Mondays in September 
10:30 a.m.
Fireplace Room
Join Nathalie Lanthier of Le ClĂ© as she leads a friendly group who get together to converse in French. Please join us!  Email us for more information or to register.

Tour your Library's Art Collection!
Thursdays: September 21, & 28
2:00 p.m.
Tours begin at the Greeter Desk 
Did you know that the Orillia Public Library houses a valuable art collection with works by famous artists such as Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Shilling and Elizabeth Wyn Wood? Do you know how these artists and others are intimately connected to our fine city? Join us for a guided tour of selected pieces from the Orillia Public Library Art Collection. You will learn about the art and artists in the collection as well as how these works link to our history and community. Tours will take place starting at the Greeter Desk in the front lobby. No need to register. Free!

Living With Early Dementia Coffee Hour
Tuesdays: September 19, October 3 & October 17
10:00 a.m.
Program Room
Join Michelle in the Programming Room for a drop in coffee hour for individuals with early dementia and their caregivers or friends. Enjoy some social time in a warm, supportive environment. No registration required; everyone welcome.  Email us for more information.

Genealogy Club
Thursday, September 21
2:00 p.m.
Program Room
Join the Genealogy Club!  Come out and join a group of individuals with similar interests, and listen to guest speakers. Please RSVP.

Tech Class: Downloading Music from Your Library
Tuesday, September 26
10:00 a.m.
Tech Lab
Do you want to learn to download music from your Library? Learn how to download your favourite music with Freegal from your Library. Once downloaded, the music is yours to keep! Please RSVP. 

Creative Crossroads Songwriting Circle
Thursday, September 28

6:00 p.m.
Fireplace Room
New and experienced songwriters are welcome to join Darrin for the Creative Crossroads Songwriting Circle!  Learn techniques to enhance your process and have fun in a supportive environment.  
Please RSVP.

How-To Festival
Saturday, September 30

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Don't miss OPL's first ever How-To Festival! More than 40 special guests will be on hand to teach and share their special skills and talents. Learn to dance, take better photos, create amazing works of art, do yoga and so much more! There will even be Kid Experts teaching classes for other kids! Pick up your Schedule of Events at any of your Library's Service Desks and see all the things you could learn in just 4 hours!   Everyone welcome, no registration required.  Free!

Bookworms Book Club
Thursday, October 5
1:30 p.m.
Program Room
Join us to discuss "the Kitchen House" by Kathleen Grissom.  Please RSVP.

Ukulele Jam
Tuesday, October 10
5:45 p.m.
Program Room
Bring your ukulele and play with others for fun.  Hosted by the Sunshine Ukulele Network.
Everyone welcome; no registration required. 

Books on Tap
Wednesday, October 11
7:30 p.m.
Our Book Club for twenty and thirty-somethings, will be discussing "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" by J.K. Rowling.  Please RSVP.

OPL Exclusive!  Hot Detox Secrets with best selling author Julie Daniluk!
Thursday, October 12
6:30 p.m.
Program Rooms
We are thrilled to welcome nutritionist, bestelling author and TV host Julie Daniluk! Enjoy this fun and entertaining workshop packed with stress-busting remedies and hormone-balancing foods!  Learn the secrets that people who live over 100 years have in common, and discover the 4 habits that will extend your life and increase your happiness now.  Julie is the nutritionist and co-host of reality cooking show Healthy Gourmet (Oprah Winfrey Network), and in-house nutrition expert on the Marilyn Denis Show (CTV).  Presented by Nature's Way in partnership with Gaudaur Natural Foods. Everyone welcome. 
Please register.   

Adulting like a Bawse
Friday, October 13
5:45 p.m.
Teen Scene

Learn to adult like a "bawse" at our after-hours program for youth 16 to 25.  Register in groups of 2-4 and compete against your peers in unique adulting 101 challenges.  Not sure how to get rid of cockroaches or bedbugs?  We can help!  Keep believing fake news?  We'll teach you how to spot it.  Are you starving  because you keep spending your entire weekly food budget on pizza Fridays?  Let us help you plan better!  You'll never have more fun learning how to be an adult.  Please register.

Tech Class: iPad 101
Tuesday, October 17
10:00 a.m.
Tech Lab
Do you want to learn to make the most of your iPad?  Do you want to keep in touch with family and friends? Gain the confidence you need to become an iPad whiz in no time!  Registration required.  $2 per class.
Please register.

Tabletop Game Night
Tuesday, October 17
6:00 p.m.
Cafe Area
Join us for a fun night of tabletop gaming!  Brandon, veteran gamer and owner of Fanboy, will bring the creepy game "Overkill: Halloween Slasher".  Age 18+  Please register.

In Conversation with Lakehead U.
The Oldest Zodiac
Tuesday, October 17
6:15 p.m.
Program Rooms
In 2002, an ancient astologer's board with engraved zodiac signs was discovered in Croatia.  Join Lakehead University's Dr. Tim Kaiser as he discusses the significance of this find.  Everyone welcome. Please RSVP.

Learning Ancestry.com
Wednesday, October 18
10:30 a.m.
Tech Lab
Join Jayne in the Tech Lab and learn how to search this world famous database. 
Please register.

Beginner Genealogy
Thursday, October 19
12:30 p.m.
Program Room
Join Jayne and get some help starting your family tree!  Please register.

Genealogy Club
Thursday, October 19
2:00 p.m.
Program Rooms
Learn to make the most of your research with a group of like-minded genealogy enthusiasts. 
Please register.

Stephen Leacock Re-Tour Storytelling
Friday, October 20
2:00 p.m.
Program Rooms
Join Voyageur Storytelling duo Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway as they honour Stephen Leacock with storytelling and performance.  Part One:   "The Unsolved Riddle(s) of Stephen Leacock" talk and tell.
Please email us for more information.

Stephen Leacock Re-Tour Storytelling
Saturday, October 21
11:00 a.m.
Program Rooms
Join Voyageur Storytelling duo Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway as they honour Stephen Leacock with storytelling and performance.  Part Two:  "Frenzied Foolishness."  
Please email us for more information.

Big Read Finale 2017 featuring Kyo Maclear!
Saturday, October 21
7:30 p.m.
It's that time of year again for the Big Read Finale!  Kyo Maclear will be joining us to share the inspiration behind her charming memoir "Birds Art Life".  Wine and appetizers provided by Rustica Pizza Vino. 
Doors open at 7 p.m.  Tickets available now at the Checkout Desk.  $15 per person.  Please email us for more information.

Tech Class: iPad 102
Tuesday, October 24
10:00 a.m.
Tech Lab
Do you want to learn to make the most of your iPad?  Do you want to keep in touch with family and friends?  This second part of the iPad class will help you gain the confidence you need to become an iPad whiz in no time! (Must have taken iPad 101).  Registration required. $2 per class.

Creative Crossroads Songwriting Circle
Thursday, October 26
6:00 p.m.
Fireplace Room
New and experienced songwriters are welcome to join Darrin for the Creative Crossroads Songwriting Circle!  Learn techniques to enhance your process and have fun in a supportive environment.  
Please RSVP.

Chair Yoga
Thursday, October 26
11:30 a.m.
Program Rooms
Join Melanie Rimkay for a new six week session of gentle and relaxing Chair Yoga.  The cost is $30 for the session.  Registration required.

Managing Memory on your iPad
Tuesday, October 31
10:00 a.m.
Tech Lab
Are you running out of storage space on your iPad?  We can help with that!  
Registration required. $2 per person.