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Celebrate Seniors’ Month at the Library!

Jun 6 2018

Ottawa – This June marks the 34th annual province-wide Seniors’ Month celebration, an opportunity to celebrate and honour the contributions older adults make to our communities. The Ottawa Public Library invites you to celebrate this year’s Seniors’ Month theme, “Now’s the time to start something new”, at the Library. Meet new people, learn something new, and rediscover your local OPL branch, its programs, its collections, and so much more!


Join us for our fantastic Seniors’ Month’s programs and events:


  • Save Your Mind: Seven rules for Preventing Dementia

Prominent Ottawa neurologist Dr. Antoine Hakim wants to keep you sharp. Dr. Hakim explains several factors that contribute to the damage suffered by the brain such as vascular conditions, poor diet, and a sedentary lifestyle. He also debunks certain myths and addresses questions many of us have surrounding the maintenance of our mental vitality.


Wednesday, June 6, 2 pm
Emerald Plaza branch, 1547 Merivale Road

Register for Save Your Mind: Seven Rules for Preventing Dementia



  • Discover the Ukulele and Learn to Play a Song!

The instrumentalist Joel Jacques will teach you how to hold it, how to play two or three easy chords and how to accompany easy songs.


Wednesday, June 13, 10:30 am

Vanier branch, 310 Pères-Blancs Avenue
Register for Discover the Ukulele


Thursday, June 21, 2 pm
Nepean Centrepointe branch, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Register for Discover the Ukulele


Wednesday, June 27, 6:30 pm
Carlingwood branch, 281 Woodroffe Avenue
Register for Discover the Ukulele


Friday, June 29, 2 pm
Elmvale Acres branch, 1910 St-Laurent Boulevard

Register for Discover the Ukulele


  • Introduction to Gouache

Visual artist Véronique will introduce participants to gouache paint, leading them through exercises on how to paint uniform backgrounds, gradations and 'dark on light' painting. While focusing on a round shape, participants will learn shading techniques which they will use to produce a final painting.


Thursday, June 21, 1:30 pm
Manotick branch,  5499 South River Drive
Register for Introduction to Gouache


Friday, June 22, 1:30 pm
Hazeldean branch, 50 Castlefrank Road
Register for Introduction to Gouache



  • Stress Relief

This workshop offers a variety of techniques designed to protect your bones, muscles, and joints, within a context that nurtures the whole person. The workshop will look at  alignment and breath, with how you sit, stand and walk, with the aim helping you develop a level of ease and comfort in your body as you move through your day.


Thursday, June 28, 1:30 pm
Stittsville branch, 1637 Stittsville Main
Register for Stress Relief



  • Learn to Sing with Ferline Regis

Special group singing instruction with Ottawa based vocalist, Ferline Regis!


Thursday, June 14, 6:30 pm

Sunnyside branch, 1049 Bank Street

Register for Learn to Sing with Ferline Regis


Wednesday, June 20, 2 pm

Beaverbrook branch, 2500 Campeau Drive

Register for Learn to Sing with Ferline Regis



  • Poetry Workshop with Stephen Brockwell

"Let Us Consider the Vast Finiteness of Words”. Often, writers get stuck in their own patterns of speech and writing: a restricted diction, cadence, or tone. The exercises in this workshop involve expanding our understanding of how syllables actually work in a poem.


Carlingwood branch, 281 Woodroffe Avenue

Saturday, June 30, 1 pm

Register for Poetry Worship with Stephen Brockwell



Always a resource for learning, discovery, and connection for people of all ages, OPL invites you to make the most of Seniors’ Month with a little help from the Library!



The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, physical and virtual at, mobile libraries, and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook Contact us at 613-580-2940 or If it’s out there, it’s in here!