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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

Be a Hot Reader This Summer!
Don't let the kids have all the fun!  Become a Hot Reader this summer!  Tell us what you are reading each week to be entered for a draw to win gift baskets as well as a chance to win the Grand Prize of 10 tickets to Mariposa Arts Theatre Film Nights at the end of the summer!  Ballots available now at the Check Out Desk.

3D Printer Training
Wednesday, August 15    1:30 -3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 5       1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday, September 10           1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 19     1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 8            11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Monday, September 24            1:30 - 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. Two training sessions will be held in August. Please register.

Ukulele Jam
Tuesday, August 14

5:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Program Room 
Bring your ukuele and play along with the Sunshine Ukulele Network. All ages and skills welcome. No registration required.

Just Write Orillia
Every other Tuesday evening beginning September 4

6:45 -7:45 p.m.
Do you enjoy creative writing?  Join host Stephen Davids at this free biweekly workshop for inspired local writers!  All ages. Please register.

La Cle French Conversation Circle
Wednesdays in September starting September 5
10:30-12:30 p.m.
Program Room 1
Practice or improve your French speaking skills with Nathalie from La Clé. All skill levels welcome!
Please register.

English Conversation Circle
Wednesdays in September beginning September 5

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

VON Exercise 
Wednesdays in September beginning September 5
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.

Bookworms Book Club
Thursday, September 6
1:30 -3:00 p.m.
Programming Room
Join us to discuss the Club's favourite summer reads.  Please RSVP.

More than a Book Club
Tuesday, September 11
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities are invited, along with their caregivers, to join us on the second Tuesday of each month for this new book club. This is a place to share ideas and be creative.  Each month members will choose a book to read based on the monthly theme and do a theme-related art project.  All skill levels welcome.  Please register.

Find it with Google!
Tuesday, September 11
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Tech Lab
Learn best practices and advanced search techniques to find what you are looking for with Google.  $2
Please register.

Ukulele Jam
Tuesday, September 11

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, September 12

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 "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders.  Please RSVP.

Age of Information:  The Promise and Peril of the Social Media Age
Thursday, September 13

6:00-7:30  p.m.
Program Room
Join Matthew Ward as he discusses "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins in Part One of this series about books that have shaped our age.  Everyone welcome.  Please RSVP.

Ojibway Conversation Circle
Thursdays beginning September 13

5:30-7:30  p.m.
Speakers and learners of the Ojibway language are invited to join in the fun, laughter, conversation and sharing.  Everyone welcome.  Please RSVP.

Trivia Night!
Saturday, September 15

6:00-9:00 p.m.
Lake Country Grill (425 West Street N.)
After the raging success of our last Trivia Night, we're doing it again!  Test your trivia mettle and register on your own or as part of a team of up to six players.  Appetizers and prizes will be provided!  Don't miss out on the delicious eats at Lake Country Grill!  Doors open at 6 p.m. and trivia starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.!  Cost is $5 per person.  Age 19+.  Registration required.  Must be a library member.  

Accessing Online Learning with Contact North
Monday, September 17

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Program Room
Join Robin Brushey of Contact North to learn how Contact North can help connect you to online learning opportunities to boost your skills and your career!  No registration required.

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 and 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.

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.

Unmasking Brain Injury
Tuesday, September 25 for four weeks
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 CheckOut 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!