March – Storytelling through Images and Words


OPL’s Canada 150 festivities continue during the month of March, with a focus on storytelling through images and words.  We have planned several appealing programs, including many during March Break, that highlight the power of images and words to tell a story.

Take part in the creation of a community mural to show your love for the French language during the program “Laisse ta marque”.  Franco-Ontarian artist Dominique Boisvenue will be at the Cumberland branch during March Break to guide us in the creation of this unique work of art.

Children and puppetry fans rejoice! The Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre will present A Promise is a Promise, based on the acclaimed book by Robert Munsch and Michael Kusugak,  on March 13 and 14 at the Beaverbrook, Cumberland, Greenboro and Nepean Centrepointe branches. Registration is required.

On Thursday, March 16, Makina and Freg, authors of the French comic La Bande à Smikee ,will be at the Orléans and North Gloucester branches to meet young readers and to lead  a workshop on writing comics.  A drawing class, tips for writing a good story, and humour are sure to be part of  the program “L’Expérience Smikee”!

Also during March break, tell us your Canadian story by creating a stop motion animated video with an iPad, learn DJ techniques, and take part in workshops in brushwork and printmaking.  Visit the OPL Canada 150 webpage for all the details on these programs.

To celebrate the Mois de la francophonie, a film screening of two films from the National Film Board of Canada will take place at the Rideau branch on Tuesday, March 7.  Come and see how young violinist and hockey player Gaston navigates a scheduling conflict in Le Violon de Gaston; and how a group of girls discover the secret a group of boys are trying to keep  from them in Les Tacots

What better way to combine images and words than with calligraphy? Our three-week workshop “Calligraphy with Proverbs” for adults and older adults at the Stittsville branch will give participants the chance to create a calligraphy based on a proverb of their choice.

The variety continues to the end of the month when Kyla Ubbink will present a workshop on the preservation of souvenirs and family archives at the Greenboro branch, while Alex Bissett will help us travel from sea to sea during the Magnificent Canada program at the Carlingwood branch.

The OPL has abundant  resources that combine words and images, from graphic novels and comics, to picture books for children, to books about crafts and art.  Check out our list of recommended reads on the theme of images and words , or keep your eyes peeled for displays in your local branch for more items on this topic.

The OPL Canada 150 webpage offers the complete list of programs and activities offered this March to highlight Canada’s 150th birthday.  Don’t forget to register for the program when it is required!

We hope you join us this March to discover how a picture can be worth a thousand words.


I think you forgot to hyperlink your list of recommended reads!

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