Kristy Henning

Kristy Henning

Okanagan Regional Library goes to market

Staff from ORL will establish a mini-library at the market at Kal Tire Place on Thursday and Aug. 21.

Besides cherries, lettuce and other produce, visitors to the Vernon Farmers Market can harvest a love of reading.

Staff from Okanagan Regional Library will establish a mini-library at the market at Kal Tire Place on Thursday and Aug. 21.

“It’s a place where people gather and it will be a ton of fun,” said Tara Thompson, ORL head librarian.

A selection of food-related books will be available.

“We will be able to register people for library cards if they don’t have one and they can sign out books right there,” said Thompson.

There will also be eReaders available to try and children’s story time will take place in the shade at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

The concept of going to the farmers market arose after ORL staff provided some services at the recent Repair Cafe and it met with strong success.

The goal is to increase awareness about library services, particularly among those residents who have never walked into the branch before.

“It’s great to tap into people who may not realize what libraries have to offer,” said Thompson.

The outreach program to the farmers market is also a realization that life is very busy for many residents.

“People are in tons of places so it’s great to have the library where they are,” said Thompson.

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