Provincial State of Emergency: Impact to OPL Services


OPL services have not been impacted by the provincial announcement on Tuesday, January 12. Curbside returns and holds pickup services will continue at open branches.

Hours of operation will remain the same for most branches. Greely, North Gower, and Richmond branches will shift their hours to close by 8 p.m., and all Bookmobile stops will close by 8 p.m.

For details about current services, please visit this page.

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Science Literacy Week 2019


This year, Science Literacy Week runs from September 16 to 22, 2019. Across Canada, libraries, universities, museums and other partners invite you to celebrate science by offering a diverse range of activities and programs. Ottawa Public library invites you to join the fun by taking part in one (or many) of our activities. This year’s Science Literacy Week is focused around the themes of science and ocean research.

We’ve got lots to offer the young scientists in your life!

Is computer science your thing? We’ve got coding workshops!

Code Your Game with Scratch, by the University of Ottawa’s Maker Mobile
Greely branch, Saturday, September 21 10:30 am
Stittsville branch, Saturday, September 21 1:30 pm

Code Your Own Aquatic Adventures with Kids Code Jeunesse
A workshop based on Eric Carle’s book “A House for Hermit Crab”. Join them Saturday afternoon at Nepean Centrepointe and the following Thursday at Greenboro.

Virtual Ventures: Micro:bits
Tiny computers designed for beginners in electronics and coding. Learn the basics of coding to code games and robots.
Beaverbrook branch, Saturday September 21, 1:30 pm

Young scientists are invited to take part in a workshops led by Scientists in Schools. Please note: For the Scientists in Schools programs, each scientist (child) must be accompanied by a lab assistant (adult)

Please Play with your Food
Learn more about chemistry! Create elephant toothpaste, explore solubility with sweet treats, and more.
St-Laurent branch, Saturday, September 21, 10:30 am
Orleans branch, Saturday, September  21, 2PM
Hazeldean branch, Sunday, September 22, 2 pm

Come have some fun at our French workshop!

Un amusement bien propre!
This workshop allows kids to make a soapy work of art, a math bomb, and discover the fascinating things bubbles can do.
North Gloucester branch, Saturday September 21, 10:30 am
Elmvale Acres branch, Saturday September 21, 3 pm

Catch Me If You Can
Aspiring forensic scientists can explore footprints, fingerprints and more in the program! Ruth E. Dickinson branch, Sunday, September 22

Let’s Talk Science
Learn how to build a variety of simple machines at Sunnyside. Saturday, September 21, 2PM

Everyone can learn more about oceans in various Ocean themed storytimes!
Ocean themed storytime:

Carlingwood branch, Wednesday, September 18, 10:30 to 11:15 am (preschool)
Carlingwood branch Thursday, September 19, 6:30 to 7:00 pm
Carlingwood branch, Saturday, September 21, 10:30 to 11:10 am
Nepean Centrepointe branch, Monday, September, 6:30 to 7 pm
Nepean Centrepointe branch, Saturday, September 21,10:30 to 11am

Film screening screening: Oceans, a Disney Nature film
Nepean Centrepointe, Friday, September 20, 4 to 5:30 pm

Ruth E. Dickinson branch will be hosting ongoing programs throughout the fall to celebrate Science Literacy.

Spark: A STEM Storytime (ages 3-5)Dickinson Discovery Club (ages 6-8 and their adult co-learner)
Saturday Family STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math for problem solvers ages 4-10) and their adult co-learner. Sign up for one of the sessions today!

Science Literacy events for adults!
We’ve got a great line-up of science and ocean themed programs for Science Literacy Week:

Jurassic Trivia
Come test your knowledge on paleontology and dinosaurs in a fun and interactive 60 minutes game of that will challenge every dinosaur lover in Ottawa!
This will be hosted by Jordan Mallon, Paleobiologist, Research Scientist and Section Head from the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Thursday, September 19, 7 pm, Happy Goat Coffee Co.

Science Fiction Book Group
Nepean Centrepointe branch, Monday, September 16, 7:30 pm
Discuss the book they are reading, “All Systems Red” by Martha Wells.

Check out the Science Exposed exhibit at the Main Branch from September 14 to September 20, 2019.

Explore science through Carleton University’s popular Science Cafés at the Sunnyside branch. Cafés are held twice a month during the fall and winter terms. Each café begins with a 20-minute talk by a scientist followed by a 40-minute open discussion period. Sunnyside branch also hosts Ingenious talks. In these talks, Faculty of Engineering & Design professors will be sharing their research with you. (Each session is a new and fascinating subject.) All are welcome!

Check out the other Science Literacy Week events across the city on the official Science Literacy Week website.

Finally, if you want to bring science home with you, the Science Literacy Week founder, Jesse Hildebrand, created lists of the best scientific books, blogs and podcasts for you to explore.
We hope you enjoy the celebration!

Explore the Ottawa Public Library’s Programs and Events page regularly throughout the year for new and exciting science events! Science programming at the Ottawa Public Library can be enjoyed year-round! Fun science workshops for kids continue to be a highlight during March Break and as part of TD Summer Reading Club. Be sure to check out the Imagine Space at the Nepean Centrepointe branch, digitization lab at the Beaverbrook branch and music editing lab at the Ruth E. Dickinson branch.

The programs are free to attend and open to the public. Online registration may be required for some programs. For more information, please visit our website, call 613-580-2940 or email