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Black History Month at the Library

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February is Black History Month, and we welcome you to join us for events, children’s programming, and curated displays.

On Saturday, February 2 at 3 pm, join us as OPL partners with the NAC to present “Joujou raconte Mandela”, as storyteller Joujou Turenne shares the history of Nelson Mandela along with music and songs. This event is presented in French, with no registration required. Please click here for more details about this special storytime.

On Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30 pm, come to the book launch for Cecil Foster’s “They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada”. Presented jointly by the OPL, Library and Archives Canada, and the Ottawa International Writers Festival, this event will be hosted by Adrian Harewood. Learn more about the history of these fascinating men, and how their actions and spirit had a significant – and often unrecognized – impact on Canadian and U.S. history. Registration is required for this event. Please click here for more information and to secure your tickets to this fascinating event.

At the Main branch at 120 Metcalfe Street, “Viola Desmond: Canadian Heroine” will be presented on Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 pm. Norma Domey, Viola Desmond’s great-niece, will discuss the life and times – and fight for human rights – of her great-aunt. Come to learn more about the accomplished and inspiring woman who now graces Canada’s $10 bill. Please click here for more information and to register your place for this event.

At Nepean Centrepointe branch on Sunday, February 10, join us for family storytime with “Stories From the Black Diaspora”.

Main branch is showcasing the art of two black artists during this month. Artist Marilyn Wilson is displaying her exhibit, Fantasy Gardens, a collection of twelve paintings done in acrylics and oil. Some of the works are tropical, inspired by her trips to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. Artist Winton Bascombe, born in Trinidad and Tobago, is displaying his exhibit entitled Colours and Trees. Winton's art reflects his love for colour and trees - many scenes are from memories of where he lived growing up. 

Honour, celebrate, and learn about black heritage with this curated list of e-Books and e-Audiobooks.

Schools in the Alta Vista area can look forward to class storytimes, and Blackburn Hamlet branch features an interactive display of award-winning books by black authors. Don’t forget to check your local branch for displays and recommendations!


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