Special Programs & Events

How-To Festival 
Saturday, September 29
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
This September, Orillia will once again join the national Culture Days initiative with its very own How-To Festival.  A “How-To Festival” is a free, cooperative learning experience, teaching practical, hands-on skills that can be taught in short sessions. The Orillia Public Library started this festival in 2017, featuring more than 40 special guests including kickboxers, horticulturalists, beaders and woodworkers. This year, we have teamed up with the City of Orillia’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department to grow the festival across Doors Open sites and cultural venues. Join in the fun!

Drag Queen Storytime
Saturday, October 13
10:30 a.m.
Join us for a fabulous new family storytime with some glamorous special guests!  Songs and stories will be presented with glitzy, glittery flair.  After storytime, create your own fabulous craft and show off your style! 
Registration required, space is limited.  Admission by donation to The Gilbert Centre.  Please call 705-325-2559 or email us for more information or to register. 

Pumpkin Decorating Contest 
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join us for our Fourth Annual OPL Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Bring your own pumpkin and we will provide the decorating supplies. Pumpkins will be on display in the Children’s Department until Wednesday October 31st for public voting. Prizes awarded for each age group. This program is free however registration is required. Please contact Children’s Services to register.

Halloween Family Lock-in Party
Saturday, October 27 
4:30-6 p.m.  

Bring the whole family for an after-hours Halloween Party at OPL. Pizza dinner, games and art projects are all part of the fun. Please wear your costumes, prizes will be awarded. $5 per family, registration required, please contact Children’s Services to register.

There is always something fun for kids to do at the Orillia Public Library. Check the Program Calendar for details on all the Library fun or sign up for our eNewsletter and always been in the loop!