Summer Reading Club 2018 Update

Here’s a peek at some of the fun programs we’ve had at the library so far this summer.

Book Smack and STEAM

The kids all got a chance to talk about a book for 30 seconds. Most of them went over time and had marshmallows thrown at them to let them know their time was up. We then did a fun STEAM activity with KEVA Planks, Lego, and Ozobots. The kids created a city for the Ozobot and drew roads for it to follow. The team work and creativity was fun to see.


Bubble Wonders

Geoff Aikens of Bubble Wonders came and showed us through his bubble presentation that Anything Is Possible!


Maker Crew

The ORL Maker Crew showed us how a 3D printer and green screen work. We even got to try using a handheld 3D printer!


Opera Kelowna: The Joy of Song

We even had Opera in the library! Thank you Haley for a wonderful presentation and for singing to us.



February, March, April & May STEAM

Here’s a quick catch-up on our STEAM activities this past winter. We have had a great time building, creating and exploring with LEGO, KEVA Planks, Ozobots, Little Bits, Magformers and more. Here’s a photo journal of what we did.







The challenge was to build one of the 3 Little Pigs’ house and see if it could stand up to the Big Bad Wolf (a Sphero).

Teen Book Review

First, my apologies on taking so long to post this review. Ardent Book Lover sent it to me a couple of months ago, but I haven’t had a spare moment to post until now. So sorry for the delay.

The Preacher’s Daughter by Beverly Lewis

Review by Ardent Book Lover


Have you ever wanted to experience life as it was a few hundred years ago? Then Beverly Lewis is the perfect author for you! “The Preacher’s Daughter” tells the story of Annie Zook, a young Amish woman who struggles against her Order’s harsh rules against any form of art, and her father’s insistence that she join the church as a baptized member.” Will Annie hold true to her people’s way of

life, or will the call of the world be too strong for her?

I happened on this book entirely by chance. I was browsing the library website one day, and I saw this e-book on display. I checked it out, hoping to find a decent book at the very least. I stayed awake till midnight in order to find out how the book ended! When I reached the end of the book, I found to my dismay that the author had left the ending incomplete! I quickly searched the rest of the website, and to my surprise, not only had Beverly Lewis written two other books in that series, but she had also written at least three or four other series, as well as many other single books, all focused on the Amish lifestyle in Pennsylvania. Being a big fan of anything old-fashioned, I immediately fell in love with the simplicity and novelty of the plain way of life led by the Amish in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the twenty-first century. History enthusiasts in their late teens will love this entire selection.

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.


Book Launch: Arrows, Bones & Stones by Donna White

Don’t miss out on this amazing presentation by Donna White!

When: Saturday, February 3 at 11:00am
Where: Salmon Arm Branch of the Okanagan Regional library.
Cost: Free
Drop-in event.

Due to the theme of this presentation, it is advertised as ages 13 and up (yes, that means adults, too), but children under 13 are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult.  Donna White will talk about the experiences of child soldiers as well as post traumatic stress disorder.


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!