UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22


Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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SCHEDULE – Tales and Tunes: Family Fun Day at the Library!



All programs are free, open to all ages and drop-in at any time.

Bring your own bottle of water and refill it at the Aquahaulics station or inside Ben Franklin Place


Main Stage (12:30 pm – 5:00 pm)

12:30 pm - Twin Flames

Twin Flames band creates a sonic landscape that spans Canada and the Arctic. Honouring their ancestors, they sing songs in English, Inuttitut and French.

1:40 pm – Monkey Rock Music

Monkey Rock Music's 100% participatory rock show features kids' classics, original tunes, and rock covers parents will get a kick out of, too.

2:50 pm – Ariko (French only)

Whether at a festival or in a kitchen, the party ignites when Ariko takes the stage. Homegrown in Tiny, Ontario, Ariko features the rich vocal harmonies and dynamic fiddle stylings of the Lefaive sisters.

4:00 pm – Splash’N Boots

Splash’NBoots rose to prominence in the hearts and minds of families through music, live shows and television. Their music creates family dance parties; it is a sound track to bed times, meal time and all moments in between.


On the Grounds (12 pm to 4 pm)

Community kiosks to visit:

  • Master Gardeners of Ontario
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Ottawa
  • Ottawa Public Health
  • Parks Canada  


  • CBC Ottawa News Truck
  • Craft Tent with the Ottawa Art Gallery
  • Reading Nook
  • Children’s Tattoo Parlor
  • Balloon Twisters
  • Henna
  • Face Painting
  • Stilt Walker
  • Giant Games
  • Mini Bookmobile


Ben Franklin Place (12 pm – 4pm)

  • Atrium - Take your picture at the photo booth.
  • Room 1 A - Stop by the CBC Ottawa pop-up studio to sit behind the news anchor desk and learn what it takes to be a broadcaster.
  • Room 1 B - Show your moves to Propeller Dance


Chamber (12 pm – 4:30 pm)

Storytelling Forest

12:15 pm - Storytelling with Ruth Stewart-Verger

1:00 pm - Storytelling with Sébastien Lemay (French only)

1:45 pm - Storytelling with Doreen Stevens

2:30 pm - Storytelling with Doreen Stevens (French only)

3:15 pm - Storytelling with Ruth Stewart-Verger

4:00 pm - Storytelling with Sébastien Lemay (French only)


Meridian Theatres - Studio Lobby (12:00 pm - 1:30 pm)

Instrument Play Station with Ottawa Suzuki Strings

Explore string instruments with the Ottawa Suzuki Strings music school. Mini concert at 12: 40 pm (20 min.)


Meridian Theatres - Studio (12 pm – 4:30 pm) (bilingual)

12:30 pm - Drumming workshop with Fana Soro

2:00 pm - Dance with Emilie & BPM Dance Troupe

3:30 pm - Ukulele Jam with Joel Jacques

     (a few ukuleles will be available, bring you own uke if you have one!)


Nepean Centrepointe Branch

Imagine Space (12 pm – 4 pm)

Visit the Imagine Space on the first floor; see our laser cuter and our 3D printer in action


Children Program room (lower floor) (12 pm – 4 pm) (bilingual)

12:00 pm – Stay and Play

12:30 pm – Family storytime

1:30 pm – Magic Show with Luc Leduc

3:00 pm – Stay and Play

3:30 pm – Family storytime


OPL is pleased to thank FOPLA, the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association, for their generous sponsorship of the event, and to highlight the key contributions of our partners: Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe and CBC Ottawa. 


Subject to change.