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The Library is participating in state-wide program to introduce virtual reality technology to the public.  The Library received Oculus Rift equipment including a headset, hand controls, and the computer needed to run the software. The program also includes software titles designed to aid in education and learning.


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Jake and Jody unboxing the virtual reality equipment


You can find more information about the state-wide program here:

Oculus Rift Pilot Brings Virtual Reality To California Libraries






“We’re early in our understanding of how VR works with education,” Cindy Ball, program manager for Oculus Education …We want to focus on understanding how VR can also have a unique and positive impact on learning.”…

Research groups are focusing on several areas from STEM education to the arts and storytelling. “Our definition of learning is broad. Using VR for drug intervention and situational training is something we are very interested in,” she said….

Libraries have a great opportunity to share technology with the communities they serve, and VR is just a small part of that. Oculus aims to help with that effort. California and now Washington will be the testing ground for this program, but it certainly won’t stop there as interest builds, and VR becomes an integral part of education and other areas of our lives.

“If I had magical powers, I would accelerate and expand the educational programming across libraries, Ball said. “The end-goal is for more people to be inspired, educated and empowered. We’ll get there—I just want to get there faster!”

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Learning how to set up the system

Library staff are currently learning how to set up and use the equipment and we will soon announce dates and times of public programs.

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Jody trys out virtual reality for the first time!

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Jake explores the International Space Station using virtual reality!


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City Librarian, Jody Halsey Meza in the Orland Free Library community room

Did you know that the Orland Free Library has a meeting room that is available for free use by the public?

Thanks to the Friends of the Orland Free Library fundraisers and City of Orland library impact fees a library addition was built several years ago that included a great space that is used for all kinds of interesting and educational activities for kids and adults.


Puppet Show in the Orland Free Library community room

Classes and tutoring, author talks, children’s programs and puppet shows have all been offered in the community room. Local groups and clubs are also welcome to utilize the room.


Glenn County Farm Bureau program teaching kids about dairy production on the Orland Free Library community room patio

Two glass double doors lead from the room to a patio area so the outdoors park space can also be enjoyed while using the room.

Please see the policy for room use if you are interested in reserving the space.


Orland Free Library Meeting Room Policy

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Garamendi Honors Carolyn Denton, Jody Halsey Meza, and Christine Stifter at His Annual Women of the Year Awards

It was an honor to receive this award but everything that has been accomplished for the libraries couldn’t have been done without the help and support of the amazing staff, volunteers, and patrons in Orland, Willows, Bayliss, and Elk Creek.
Congratulations to Christine Stifter and Carolyn Denton, the other two Glenn County/Orland recipients. I know I will continue to be inspired by all of the work they have done for the community! – Jody Halsey Meza, City Librarian

2016 Women of the Year Awards

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Thank you to the Orland Rotary Club for their generous donation to the Orland Free Library!  Every year the Club donates money to the Library for the purchase of new books in honor of their speakers.  Check out the new books coming to the Library soon and take a peek in the inside cover and you may find a bookplate that honors someone you know!


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The Fall 2016 Book Sale is now open!


Fall 2016 Friends of the Orland Free Library Book Sale


The Friends of the Library volunteer their time to sort and put out the best books for sale. Nonfiction is sorted into many categories including history, cooking, gardening, etc. There is a great assortment of kids books this year also. Thousands of books are still available and the $2 bag sale will be held on Saturday the 24th.


Friends of the Orland Free Library Fall 2016 Book Sale


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TheGameWardensSonBookCoverMediaKit20160419Award-winning author Steven T. Callan, who grew up in Orland and who earned accolades with his “Book of the Year” finalist Badges, Bears, and Eagles, is highlighting his new book, The Game Warden’s Son, on his 2016 book tour. Callan’s sequel, which was released by Coffeetown Press of Seattle on March 1, recounts his storybook childhood as the game warden’s son in the small farming community of Orland during the 1960s. The Game Warden’s Son, which recently garnered a five-star review from the Manhattan Book Review, is the subject of a presentation Callan will give at the Friends of the Orland Free Library meeting on Thursday, September 1, at 10:00 a.m., at the Orland Free Library. The public is welcome to attend, and a book signing will follow.

Synopsis of The Game Warden’s Son:

Retired game warden Steven T. Callan’s love of nature and passion for protecting wildlife took root long before he experienced the adventures described in his memoir, Badges, Bears, and Eagles. In The Game Warden’s Son, he recounts more of his own investigations, along with those of his game warden father and their colleagues. Intertwined with a half century of adventures and investigations is a story of the lifelong relationship between a boy and his father. The book begins in the 1950s in the canyons and on the beaches of San Diego with incidents that sparked Steven’s youthful imagination. After an idyllic boyhood in the Northern Sacramento Valley farm town of Orland, where he rode on patrol with his father, Steven became a game warden himself in the early ’70s, joining the desert rats who patrolled the California counties banking the Colorado River. With wry humor, Callan tells how he and his fellow officers outwitted the perpetrators—most of them crafty, some of them hilariously foolish— who poached deer, lobsters, and abalone, baited bears and sold their parts, shot wild ducks to supply restaurants, and killed songbirds for epicurean dinner tables. Their cases took them across the Channel Islands, through the back alleys of San Francisco, up the Sacramento Valley, into the Sierras, and along California’s pristine North Coast. While these dedicated wardens saw their share of greed, they also appreciated the many hunters and fishermen who obeyed the laws and respected the earth’s resources. In the end, it was all about protecting California’s natural resources for future generations, which is what Callan and company did, enjoying themselves every step of the way.

Praise for The Game Warden’s Son

“A witty and enlightening memoir, The Game Warden’s Son brims over with tales of stake-outs using disguises and subterfuge to trap transgressors. . . . The book’s slang or jargon related to wildlife is a fun bonus and makes the timely account of environmental protection even more enjoyable.” —Jane Manster for the Manhattan Book Review

“Callan’s writing is dynamic and authoritative, with an episodic structure that will keep experts and novice readers turning the pages. The dialogue, sharp and resourceful, helps to move the story forward without bogging down the narrative structure.” —Dan Good, NY Daily News

“An exciting series of easy-to-read and gripping detective stories . . . It was extremely hard to put down. Callan is a fine storyteller. Each chapter stands on its own and is a fun read.” —Frank Galusha, founder and former editor and publisher of MyOutdoorBuddy.com

“The Game Warden’s Son is a stellar follow-up to Callan’s first book.” —Gerry Lister for International Game Warden Magazine “A wonderful tribute to the legacy of a father, a son, and many other wildlife professionals dedicated to protecting all of California’s natural resources.” —John D. Nesbitt, award-winning author of Field Work and Dark Prairie

“What a great book! The Game Warden’s Son not only captures the essence of the adventures of being a game warden, it sets the groundwork on how the passion to protect the wildlife resources can be inspired in a young person’s upbringing.” —Michael P. Carion, retired Deputy Director/Chief of the Law Enforcement Division of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

“My desire to continue the same battles protecting fish and wildlife has been rejuvenated by reading Steve’s book.” —Jerry Karnow, Jr., Past President of the California Fish and Game Wardens Association

“Steve Callan will keep you on the edge of your seat and show you that law and order comes in many guises.” —Patricia Lawrence, executive producer, Travel Radio International and reporter for the Palo Cedro East Valley Times

AuthorStevenT.CallanStreamsideOriginalSizeABOUT THE AUTHOR Steve Callan grew up in the small Northern California farm town of Orland, where he spent his high school years playing baseball, basketball, hunting, and fishing. With an insatiable interest in wildlife, he never missed an opportunity to ride along on patrol with his father, a California Fish and Game warden. Steve went on to graduate from CSU, Chico, and attended graduate school at CSU, Sacramento. Hired by the California Department of Fish and Game in 1974, he began his career as a game warden near the Colorado River, promoted to patrol lieutenant in the Riverside/San Bernardino area, and spent the remainder of his thirty-year enforcement career in Shasta County. Callan has earned numerous awards for his work in wildlife protection. He also has earned the 2014, 2015, and 2016 “Best Outdoor Magazine Column” awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of California. Passionate about the environment, Steve and his wife, Kathleen, are avid kayakers, anglers, bird-watchers, and scuba divers. They currently live in the Redding area.

### Complete bio available at steventcallan.com

Review copies of The Game Warden’s Son and Badges, Bears, and Eagles are available upon request.

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A Project of the Friends of the Orland Free Library

You still have a chance to display your name or message permanently in a lovely display at the Orland Free Library.  There are still 44 leaves left to purchase. The first 24 leaves are now being engraved and will be mounted when completed. The Friends thank Mr. Halsey who mounted the leaves on the Donor Tree. The tree was designed by Vic Russell (Corvallis, OR) and carved by John Zuppan.

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Volunteer Steve Halsey mounting the tree trunk and leaf bases to the Library wall.

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Purchase a leaf from the donor tree and your name, love one’s name, or even a short message will be engraved on leaf as part of the Donor Recognition Tree.

This tree will have beautiful leaves in copper, silver and gold and will be placed near the entrance to the library for the community to enjoy. Each leaf will designate those who have so generously gifted to the campaign. The leaves also make wonderful memorials to loved ones.

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