Libraries celebrate 75th special anniversary

The public is invited to celebrate 75 years of library service.

All branches of Okanagan Regional Library will be open at the same time Saturday to host open houses to celebrate ORL’s founding in 1936.

“Each branch has refreshments and special activities planned, and also available will be special booklists for children and adults highlighting favourite stories from the past 75 years,” said Marla O’Brien, public relations officer.

“That day, a commemorative video will be shown and kids can pick up their reading records for the launch of the Read Away Fines program.”

At the Vernon branch, there will be a cake-cutting and speeches at 2 p.m. with Vernon Coun. Patrick Nicol and Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick in attendance.

In Lumby, council will take part in a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. at the local library, and a retired librarian will share the history of the branch.

There will be a ceremony at the Armstrong branch at 11 a.m.

In Enderby, Coun. Beryl Ludwig and Mayor Dee Wejr will participate in a ceremony at the local branch at 1 p.m.

Open houses will also be held at the library branches in Oyama, Cherryville and Falkland.

For more information, go to www.orl.bc.ca.