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This year, Science Literacy Week runs from September 18 to 24, 2017. Across Canada, libraries, universities, museums and other partners invite you to a celebration of science by offering a diversity of activities and programs. The Ottawa Public library invites you to join in the celebration by taking part in one of our activities.

Young scientists are invited to take part in a Hands on Science Workshop led by Let’s Talk Science at Sunnyside branch on Thursday, September 21 and at Main branch on Saturday, September 23. Just drop in and use your hands and brain to create something fun.

Scientists in School will also bring fun experiment with different workshops. On Monday, September 18 meet with them at Emerald Plaza to take part in the workshop Catch Me If You Can. On Saturday, September 23 take part in one of the following workshops: Attrape-moi si tu peux (in French only) at North Gloucester, Please play with your Food at Beaverbrook and Good Clean Fun at St-Laurent. If you’re too busy on Saturday, enjoy the workshop Good Clean Fun at Hazeldean on Sunday, September 24. Children must register for the workshops and be accompanied by an adult.

Teens can connect with their inner geek by participating in our Teen Coding Club at Beaverbrook, every Monday, no prior experience necessary.

Children can also learn about coding with the help of Kids Code Jeunesse and their workshop Plus noir que la nuit (in French only) at Cumberland on Friday, September 22 and Darkest Dark at Stitsville on Saturday, September 23.

The young at heart are invited to join the fun. Take part in our Science Fiction Book Group at Nepean Centrepointe on Monday, September 18. On Wednesday, September 20 come bike! Try the Power-Generating Bicycle from Let’s Talk Energy at Greenboro. On Thursday, September 21, learn how to use our 3D printer and Laser Cutter in the Imagine Space. On Friday, stay home and explore our online resources; Lynda.com or Curio.ca to satisfy your thirst for knowledge.


Don’t forget to check out the Science Exposed exhibit at the Main Branch from September 16 to September 24, 2017.

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 at: http://scienceliteracy.ca/learn/.

Science Literacy Week / Semaine de la culture scientifique 2017by cindy_program

A week-long celebration of science in Canada September 18-24, 2017. | Une semaine de sciences au Canada du 18 au 24 septembre 2017. #SciLit17