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Newcomers

Welcome to Orillia!  Simcoe County Libraries are focused on creating spaces that are welcoming and inclusive for newcomers by developing multilingual collections, offering programs that encourage participation regardless of language, and providing professional development that enables staff to become more culturally aware. The Orillia Public Library is proud to be an Immigrant Hub; providing resources and services that are inclusive and mindful of Simcoe County‚Äôs changing demographic.

 Library staff can connect you with service providers who will help your family settle and feel at home in your community. We can recommend programs, services and resources useful to newcomers and we offer library materials in multiple languages. Staff are happy to take you on a tour of the library and to register you for a free library membership card. During your next visit to the library, ask us about free services and programs we offer to newcomers.

English Language Learning

ESL Conversation Circle
Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Library Program Room

Join our weekly English Conversation Circle to practice speaking English, connect with your community and share your settlement experience in a fun and informal setting. This is a free program run by the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services Mobile Unit. Visit www.welcomecentre.ca to learn more about all of the services offered by the Welcome Centre, or call them at 1-877-761-1155.

Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning database that teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world's most popular languages. This database is free and easy to use, all you need is internet access and your Library card. Visit our Mango Languages page to get started.  Create an account to track your progress and learn at your own pace.

Multilingual Materials

The Orillia Public Library is pleased to offer a variety of multilingual items. Our multilingual and French collections consist of fiction and non-fiction books and DVDs for adults and children. These collections are rotated annually and semi-annually, so there is always something new to discover. Available languages include Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Tagalog, and more.

Simcoe County Libraries Multicultural Book Club

The Multicultural Book Club features recent bestsellers and award winning titles that tell diverse stories. These books are either written or translated into English. Reserve book club sets online and pick up at the Orillia Public Library. Visit http://www.eventkeeper.com/kitkeeper/index.cfm?curOrg=simcoe for a list of available titles and to make your reservation.