S.T.E.A.M. Adventures

For S.T.E.A.M Adventures this month, the children and parents explored with Ozobots, Lego, Keva Planks and Magformers. A good time was had by all, and some marvelous problem solving and creative thinking occurred.

Next month’s S.T.E.A.M. Adventures gathering is on Thursday, February 22 at 3:00PM. Registration opens two weeks before.



Unplug & Play 2018

It’s Unplug & Play week in Salmon Arm, and we are all having a marvelous time getting out and playing together. Leif David did a magic show at the library yesterday evening, and the turn out was amazing! Thank you LASS (Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society) for sponsoring this event!

Hope to see you all at other events throughout town!

SRC: Book Smack & Marshmallow Toss

For some of us, 30 seconds isn’t enough time to say all we want to say about a good book. However, it is long enough to get the audience curious enough to want to read it…while throwing marshmallows to get the speaker to stop talking.

This summer’s Books Smack & Marshmallow Toss has been filled with fast paced book reviews, fast pitched marshmallows, and hilarious Minute to Win It games.

DSCN0032Here are some Book Smackers playing the Minute to Win It game ‘Cookie Face’.


SRC: Out of This World!


Colleen O’Hare, a volunteer from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada- Okanagan Centre, enthralled her audience with a wild trip through Space. We learned everything from Black Holes that don’t suck to gamma rays that rudely knock into each other. Now, we are all looking forward to the total eclipse of the sun (not the heart) on August 21! (Yes, the technical term is Total Solar Eclipse, but I couldn’t resist the offhand nod to Bonnie Tyler.)




SRC: Andy the Musical Scientist

We had a great time with Andy the Musical Scientist on Monday. We were all impressed by the incredible instruments he created out of household items and amazed by the cools sounds he made with them. Summer programs at the library have kicked off to a great start!

Check our website if you are interested in learning more about our summer programs: http://www.orl.bc.ca/hours-locations/salmon-arm.


Unplug & Play Box Unveiling

Unplug & Play Box InvitationCome to Blackburn Park tomorrow for the unveiling of the Unplug & Play box that was created for Canada’s 150. We will start our event with Story Time in the Park at 10:30.  After story time, we will have Diane and Tori Jewel do a friendship dance. Then there will be presentations by an Early Childhood Development member  , Mayor Nancy, and Shuswap Foundation. Following that we will have our Party in the Park with CCRR!

Looking forward to playing in the park with all of you!

~Cheryl Niemi

Early Childhood Development Chair for Salmon Arm




2017 Summer Reading Clubs

First, a huge thank you to our Salmon Arm Friends of the Library (FOL) for sponsoring our programs year after year. I don’t know what we would do with out you!

Registration for Summer Reading Club begins Tuesday, June 20 and is free. Just contact the library by email, phone or in person to register. (No online registration is available this year to join the club.)

We have 3 Summer Clubs this year.

  1. Read-to-Me Club for ages 1 – 4 years.
  2. BC Summer Reading Club for ages 5 -12 years.
  3. Summer Challenge Tracker for ages 1 – 18.

We also have free summer programs and contests for students. Registration for these programs is available online and opens 2 weeks before the event. Contact the library or go to our branch page at http://www.orl.bc.ca/hours-locations/salmon-arm to register for a program. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 9-11 must have an adult within easy contact.

Here is a list of our programs:

SRC Programs

Here is a list of our contests and sponsors:

SRC Contests

And here is a peek at this year’s Challenge Tracker:

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