Programs, Services & Annual Events

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KinderGO

What is KinderGO?

KinderGo is a program designed to enhance educational awareness through city wide library card distribution to Ontario’s kindergarten students. This program gives kindergarten students and families a personal invite to the library to ensure they are introduced to the services offered to them at the start of their child’s educational experience.

Who does it serve?


KinderGO serves Kindergarten aged students and families. During KinderGO, city staff visit classrooms to share a fun read aloud story and provide students with a KinderGO bag, wallet and library card. 

How?

Ontario City library staff, as well as other departmental staff, visit each kindergarten classroom in the City of Ontario. Visits are coordinated within 4 different districts in the city: Ontario Montclair School District, Mountain View School District, Cucamonga School District, and Chino Valley Unified School District.

Vital Stats?


Over the past four years (2015-2018), over 170 city staff have participated in this educational awareness effort. We have visited 25 different school sites, and over 257 individual classrooms. A total of 8,693 students have received KinderGO library cards, wallets and bags.

Teen Book Fest

This all-day event featuring multiple young adult authors in a series of panels, breakout sessions and keynote presentations.

Check out our event page! 

Lightspeed

Ontario Library’s Lightspeed Makerspace provides a location within the Ovitt Family Community Library that has dedicated equipment and software to create digital media projects, 3D prints, laser cutting and etching, sewing crafts, robotics and coding, electronics, and Minecrafting. Use of Lightspeed equipment is free to the public. 

Lightspeed can be used by individuals or small groups and provides the community free access to technology they might not have had before. Lightspeed can be used by adult customers and high school students. Ontario City Library card holders who are not already in high school can use Lightspeed with a parent or guardian present. 

Lightspeed Hours

Monday: 10:00am - 3:30pm & 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday: 1:00pm - 3:30pm & 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Lightspeed Stations

  1. Design and Build: HP Sprout Pro and LulzBot Taz 6
  2. Graphic Design: Microsoft Surface Studio and iMac
  3. Textiles: Cricut, Cameo, Janome sewing machine, Brother Embroidery machine and Brother Serger
  4. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 and Minecraft Legos
  5. Electronics and Circuits: Snap Circuits, LittleBits, Raspberry Pi and Arduino
  6. Robotics: Ozobots
  7. Coding
  8. Immersive Experiences: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Microsoft HoloLens
  9. Laser Cutter: Boss Laser LS-1630

For Lightspeed workshops and programs, 
please visit the Library Calendar

Local History Room

Robert E. Ellingwood Model Colony History Room

Covering the history of Ontario and the western region of San Bernardino County.

The Model Colony History Room, established in 1970, is located on the basement floor of the Ovitt Family Community Library. The room contains non-circulating materials concerning the social, economic and governmental history of Ontario and the western region of San Bernardino County.

Materials available in the Model Colony History Room include: photographs, ephemera, maps, local school yearbooks, news clippings, Ontario city directories, and manuscript collections. Some materials date back to 1882 when George Chaffey and William Chaffey founded Ontario, the "Model Colony."

Check out the Model Colony Collections and the manuscript Collections Finding Aids

Explore our online collections! Check back often to see what is new.

 

Visit the Internet Archive to watch more film footage from our collections, and learn about the California Light and Sound Project

Visit CLIRWater-California Water Documents Collection to view materials from the Model Colony History Room related to Ontario's early development.

Hours

  • Monday - Wednesday: 1 PM - 6 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 1 PM - 6 PM
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Telephone

  • For all inquiries: (909) 395-2206
  • Fax: (909) 395-2043

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The Model Colony History Room accepts donations of Ontario-related materials such as:

  • Photographs of Ontario and the surrounding area
  • Yearbooks for local schools
  • Maps and aerial photos of the local area
  • Books and audiovisual materials
    • written by local authors
    • set in the area
    • about Ontario, the vicinity and local business, industry, agriculture, or culture
  • Records from local businesses, families, and organizations
  • Historical ephemera items such as brochures, pamphlets, programs, menus, or catalogs related to Ontario and the surrounding area
  • Written genealogies/histories for local area families

Downloadable Files