Oxford County Library

Oxford County Library branch programs and events

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Oxford County Library! Registration required where noted.
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All Locations
Tuesday, Apr. 20, 7:00 pm
The Hub for Parents & Caregivers is a virtual space for parents and caregivers of children and youth in Elgin or Oxford counties.
It is a space where parents and caregivers can be reminded that they are not alone, both through learning about wellness resources in their communities, and connecting with other parents and caregivers.
The Hub meets twice a month on the first Tuesday of the month at 12:30pm and the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. Each session we will hear about community resources that are available to you and then we will spend some time connecting and sharing with one another.
Learn more at www.parentcaregiverhub.ca.
 
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Wednesday, Apr. 21, 10:00am
Join Holly and Guests for Books for Babies on Wednesdays! Learn how easy and fun it is to read, sing, and play with your baby to develop early language skills and build a solid foundation for future learning. Learn and enjoy stories, songs, bouncing, and tickle rhymes while connecting with your baby. Discover books for babies that you can borrow from our collection. For infants and young toddlers that enjoy lap time. Videos posted to Facebook and our YouTube channel. 
Income Tax Clinic
Wednesday, Apr. 21, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Volunteers with the Community Volunteer Income Tax program are available to assist qualifying indivduals with filing their income tax for present and past years.  Volunteers are available Wednesdays from 11-4 in the program room.

Visit www.cvitp.ca to see if you qualify and to review any forms that may be needed.
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Thursday, Apr. 22, 10:00 am
Every Thursday morning Miss Gail shares 30 minutes of stories, songs and rhymes on Facebook Live. This is a great opportunity to explore early literacy with your little ones and begin to learn rhymes. 
Thursday Night T(w)e
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Thursday, Apr. 22, 6:00pm
Become a trivia master! Every Thursday evening starting at 6:00 p.m. on the OCL Facebook page, join us for a timed quiz that covers exciting topics each week. From movies to geography to Disney and more! The trivia questions are available until midnight, so you can join anytime. Best suited for tweens and teens, but all are welcome.
All Locations
Saturday, Apr. 24
Join us for Oxford County's first virtual Local History Day on Saturday April 24th on Facebook Live, and Youtube.
 
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Saturday, Apr. 24, 11:00 AM
Join this Zoom workshop with an Oxford County Library local history specialist who will guide you through research methods for searching farm history, house history and historical land resources in Oxford County. Gain an understanding of navigating the Ontario Land Records database onland.ca.
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Saturday, Apr. 24, 2pm
Saturday, Apr. 24, 2:00 PM
Join Laurel Beechey of the Tillsonburg Pioneers to learn all about Dr. Joy, Tillsonburg’s Man with Eclectic Interests- Dr. Joy had a fascination life and family. He was a coroner in famous murder cases, and produced award-winning wines and loved himself!

  Sponsored by Tillsonburg Historical Society and the Tillsonburg Pioneers.
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Saturday, Apr. 24, 3:00PM
Explore the resources that Oxford County Library has developed to assist with your family history research.  Join this Zoom workshop to expand your knowledge of local genealogy databases, records and search methods.  
Virtual Reading Budd
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Tuesday, Apr. 27, 5:00pm (Tuesday Evenings April 27th-June 15th)
The Reading Buddies Program offers free, one-on-one help with volunteers to children in Grades 1-4 who are having difficulty reading by:
  • Providing a safe and welcoming environment that inspires a love of reading
  • Creating a positive relationship with a volunteer reading partner
  • Motivating children to read and actively use library resources
  • Introducing children to a variety of reading materials
Reading Buddies sessions are tailored to the interests and abilities of individual children. The program is not designed to duplicate what happens in school or formal tutoring, but rather create a more positive attitude towards reading and practice literacy skills. Volunteers are trained to encourage and motivate children through the use of interesting reading material (physical books and digital resources), games, crafts, and activities that are literacy-based.

Program Dates: 8 sessions on Tuesday evenings
April 27th to June 15th
5 pm-6 pm on Zoom.

Weekly sessions include:
  • All participants having their webcam on to actively engage with each other.
  • 5:00-5:15 pm: Group literacy-based game
  • 5:15-5:45 pm: Your child will be put into a Zoom breakout room with their volunteer buddy for one-on-one support. This may include literacy-based games, conversation, shared reading, and reading to each other. The breakout room will be monitored by library staff.
  • 5:45-6:00 pm: Group storytime led by library staff
Interested in applying? Please complete this online form: https://form.jotform.com/210844817727260

Questions? Contact Holly Brown, Literacy and Innovation Specialist at hbrown@ocl.net
Movie Buffs Oxford
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Tuesday, Apr. 27, 7:00 pm
Movie lovers unite!

Grab some popcorn and watch one or more of the recommended movies from the library’s digital and physical collection then join in a fun monthly discussion sparked by the film. 

Watch some or all of the suggested movies then join us on a Zoom call to participate in a conversation. 

We meet the last Tuesday of each month.
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Wednesday, Apr. 28, 10:00am
Join Holly and Guests for Books for Babies on Wednesdays! Learn how easy and fun it is to read, sing, and play with your baby to develop early language skills and build a solid foundation for future learning. Learn and enjoy stories, songs, bouncing, and tickle rhymes while connecting with your baby. Discover books for babies that you can borrow from our collection. For infants and young toddlers that enjoy lap time. Videos posted to Facebook and our YouTube channel. 
Income Tax Clinic
Wednesday, Apr. 28, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Volunteers with the Community Volunteer Income Tax program are available to assist qualifying indivduals with filing their income tax for present and past years.  Volunteers are available Wednesdays from 11-4 in the program room.

Visit www.cvitp.ca to see if you qualify and to review any forms that may be needed.
All Locations
Thursday, Apr. 29, 10:00 am
Every Thursday morning Miss Gail shares 30 minutes of stories, songs and rhymes on Facebook Live. This is a great opportunity to explore early literacy with your little ones and begin to learn rhymes. 
Thursday Night T(w)e
All Locations
Thursday, Apr. 29, 6:00pm
Become a trivia master! Every Thursday evening starting at 6:00 p.m. on the OCL Facebook page, join us for a timed quiz that covers exciting topics each week. From movies to geography to Disney and more! The trivia questions are available until midnight, so you can join anytime. Best suited for tweens and teens, but all are welcome.
Science Saturday-Kit
Virtual
Saturday, May 1, 10am
Pre-recorded Video - No Registration Required 
Visible on Facebook and YouTube 

Science Saturday is celebrating a belated Earth Day by experimenting with simple kitchen composting and the science behind this green process!  What is compost? How does compost work and what are the benefits? What sort of materials can go in a composter? Did you know there are different types of composting, some that even require worms! Join us and dig into this introduction to kitchen composting! 
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Monday, May 3, 1:00PM
Join us on Facebook Live for our bi-weekly virtual tech talks! Every other week we will be joined by either Ryan or Vicki, our Digital Literacy & Local History Technicians, who will explore a variety of tech topics! 
This week we will dive into Apps for Book Lovers, including GoodReads & LiBib. Learn how to track your reading, explore book suggestions and join reading communities.
Do you have a suggestion for a future tech talk topic? Email us at localhistory@ocl.net with your ideas!
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Tuesday, May 4, 12:30 pm
The Hub for Parents & Caregivers is a virtual space for parents and caregivers of children and youth in Elgin or Oxford counties.
It is a space where parents and caregivers can be reminded that they are not alone, both through learning about wellness resources in their communities, and connecting with other parents and caregivers.
The Hub meets twice a month on the first Tuesday of the month at 12:30pm and the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. Each session we will hear about community resources that are available to you and then we will spend some time connecting and sharing with one another.
Learn more at www.parentcaregiverhub.ca.
 
Virtual Reading Budd
All Locations
Tuesday, May 4, 5:00pm (Tuesday Evenings April 27th-June 15th)
The Reading Buddies Program offers free, one-on-one help with volunteers to children in Grades 1-4 who are having difficulty reading by:
  • Providing a safe and welcoming environment that inspires a love of reading
  • Creating a positive relationship with a volunteer reading partner
  • Motivating children to read and actively use library resources
  • Introducing children to a variety of reading materials
Reading Buddies sessions are tailored to the interests and abilities of individual children. The program is not designed to duplicate what happens in school or formal tutoring, but rather create a more positive attitude towards reading and practice literacy skills. Volunteers are trained to encourage and motivate children through the use of interesting reading material (physical books and digital resources), games, crafts, and activities that are literacy-based.

Program Dates: 8 sessions on Tuesday evenings
April 27th to June 15th
5 pm-6 pm on Zoom.

Weekly sessions include:
  • All participants having their webcam on to actively engage with each other.
  • 5:00-5:15 pm: Group literacy-based game
  • 5:15-5:45 pm: Your child will be put into a Zoom breakout room with their volunteer buddy for one-on-one support. This may include literacy-based games, conversation, shared reading, and reading to each other. The breakout room will be monitored by library staff.
  • 5:45-6:00 pm: Group storytime led by library staff
Interested in applying? Please complete this online form: https://form.jotform.com/210844817727260

Questions? Contact Holly Brown, Literacy and Innovation Specialist at hbrown@ocl.net
Thursday Night T(w)e
All Locations
Thursday, May 6, 6:00pm
Become a trivia master! Every Thursday evening starting at 6:00 p.m. on the OCL Facebook page, join us for a timed quiz that covers exciting topics each week. From movies to geography to Disney and more! The trivia questions are available until midnight, so you can join anytime. Best suited for tweens and teens, but all are welcome.
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