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Cozy Week at the Main Branch: Get Hygge With It!


Out and about downtown Ottawa for Winterlude, and in need of a warm-up? Join us at the Main Branch for COZY WEEK!


Throughout the week from Saturday, February 10 to Saturday, February 17, we are offering activities perfect for a little downtime by the fire. Three zones in the branch have been designated for these low-stress, no-pressure activities – drop by any time, give your skates a rest, and unwind!


Activities include:

  • A variety of boardgames to use in-branch, including chess, checkers, and crokinole;

  • A fully-stocked colouring station (for grown-ups, too!) with colouring books, pages, and colouring supplies;

  • Crossword puzzles;

  • Selected books on all things cozy;

  • Crafternoon: knit along with Norwegian Slow TV (bring your own knitting/crochet/embroidery project while you watch Norwegians knit from sheep-to-sweater!);

  • A paint-along with Bob Ross (We’ll provide the supplies and the inspiration, episodes of “The Joy of Painting” with Bob Ross will provide the encouragement! Please note that registration is required for this limited-space event);

  • Winter Listening Party featuring Adam Gopnik’s acclaimed Massey Lecture on “Winter” (bring along some colouring/knitting/sketchpads to keep your hands busy while you listen!)


We will also be featuring some cozy children’s programming! Drop by the children’s section for:

  • Cozy Bilingual Babytime (stories, rhymes and songs for babies 0-18 months) Tuesday,  2:00 - 2:30 pm, Feb 13;

  • Snuggle Family Storytime (Stories, rhymes & songs for children of all ages & a parent or caregiver) Thursday, 10:15 - 10:45 a.m. February 15;

  • Music and Mindfulness Storytime (Stories and songs to encourage mindfulness and movement for kids of all ages) Bring your own mat or towel! Saturday, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Feb 17


So come by the Main Branch all week from February 10-17 to take off the chill and enjoy these low-key, cozy activities!