Regular hours resume on September 7 2021

03/09/2021

Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch

17/09/2021

The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service

15/09/2021

The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

Holiday Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

20/09/2021

All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 30. Access our online services 24/7 on the Ottawa Public Library website.

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Wellness Fridays for seniors

May 10, 2021

 

Wellness is a topic on many people’s minds these days as we face many challenges.  We are recognizing increasingly that the conscious practice of self-care and wellness is important for our mental wellbeing.  Ottawa Public Library has developed a series of wellness programs and activities for older adults called Aging Well Together at the Library: Wellness Fridays.       

Aging Well Together at the Library: Wellness Fridays programs are offered in partnership with City of Ottawa and funded by the City of Ottawa Older Adult Plan. 

Wellness Fridays programs continue through December!  Join us on Friday mornings on Zoom, every week in English and twice a month in French. You can also join us by phone (via Zoom) if you do not have access to a computer or the internet. Each topic has a two-part program. Themes for program topics include drawing, movement (Tai chi, for example), writing and journaling, and puzzles.  We have activity kits for each, including supplies and instructions. Registration is required; supplies and spaces are limited so register early to reserve your spot and your kit! 

Imaginative Watercolours September 24 and 1 October at 10 am

Dessin couleur de la nature (in French) le 24 septembre et 1 octobre à 11 h 15

Yoga for Seniors October 15 and 22 at 10 am

Yoga doux (in French) le 15 et 22 octobre à 11 h 5

Mixed Media Art for Seniors October 6 and 13 at 10 am (Wednesday monrnings)

Imaginative Watercolours (a repeat for those who missed the first time) October 20 and 27 at 10 am  (Wednesday mornings)

Coloured Pencils October 29 and November 5 1t 10 am

Breathe & Flow Meditation and Mindfulness November 12 at 10 am (a repeat for those who missed this the first time)

Dessin à pastels d'huile (in French) 19 et 26 novembre à 11 h 15

Zen Drawing and Doodling November 26 and December 3 at 10 am (a repeat of the program this spring for those who missed it ithe first time!)

Dessin à l'aquarelle (in French) le 3 et 10 décembre à 11 h 15

Art Journaling December 10 and 17 at 10 am (a repeat of the program this summer for those who missed it the first time!)

Also scheduled this fall is a mini-series "Keeping Your Memory Fit" with three programs in English and one in French, delivered by Memory Fitness facilitators.  

 

To register, you need an Ottawa Public Library card.  Get a card online or call InfoService 613-580-2940.   

You can also email WellnessFridays.Vendredissante@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca with your questions.

We have made booklists of titles you can borrow to make these wellness activities part of your everyday life!

Drawing, Colouring, and Paintingby Jill_Biblio

Dessiner et peindreby Jill_Biblio

Wellness and Mindfulnessby Jill_Biblio

Tai Chi and Yoga for Older Adults | Tai Chi et Yoga pour les aînésby Jill_Biblio

A list with English and French resources | une liste de ressources en français et an anglais

Comments

Art classes

I just got the email today may 31st and there are already waiting lists...how can that happen if a notice goes out people already knew about them.

Re: Art classes

Hi rhondacaplan! Interest in the Wellness Fridays series is very high and registration is capped to allow for full participation. We apologize that some programs have filled up so quickly. More programs will be listed in the coming weeks as the series continues throughout the rest of the year. We encourage you to visit the Library website regularly for announcements of further programs. Thank you,

Wellness Fridays

I enjoyed my class this morning -zen doodling. I am disappointed there is not the opportunity or flexibility to participate in more classes. It seems they are all full with no wait list. Is there a possibility to add more classes or have larger classes? There are many many seniors in the Ottawa area who are not going to be able to participate in your programs. I really appreciate the community approach the library takes, and all the services you provide. It is an essential service Thank you Maureen

Re: Wellness Fridays

Hi Maureen! We apologize that some programs have filled up so quickly. We know interest in the Wellness Fridays series is very high but we are limiting registration to allow for full participation. More programs will be listed in the coming weeks, so we encourage you to visit the Library website regularly for announcements of further programs. Thank you,