Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches

17/06/2021

There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Wellness Fridays for seniors

10/05/2021

 

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 start this June for Seniors Month and 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! 

Registration is already open for June and July classes: 

Telling Life Stories
July 9 and 16 at 10:00 am

Art Journaling
July 23 and 30 at 10:00 am

Dessin de la nature (in French) 
June 11 and 18 at 11:15 am  

Zen et mandala (in French)
Le 16 et 23 juillet à 11 h 15

Nous annoncerons les classes d'août sous peu!

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

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,