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Civic Engagement at OPL: DemocracyKit workshops

Jul 3 2018


Ottawa – Over the next few months, and leading up to the fall municipal election, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will be offering the DemocracyKit workshops, presented in partnership with Open Democracy Project, a not-for profit organization working to empower everyday citizens to drive change through political action. The DemocracyKit workshops are a great starting point to learn how to make a difference in your community as an informed, engaged citizen.

The workshops will be offered, in English, at OPL’s Sunnyside and Beaverbrook branches; and, in French, at OPL’s St-Laurent branch. TheDemocracyKit series has three progressive workshops: the first on driving political change, the second on campaigning fundamentals, and the third on getting out the vote. Each presenting branch will offer the entire series over the summer. The workshops explain how election campaigns work and provide practical lessons, tools, and ideas for getting started and making a meaningful contribution to a civic campaign team.

With a vision to build community and transform lives, the OPL acts as a catalyst for exploration and discovery and provides learning opportunities that support members of the community as they seek to  engage actively in our democratic society.

Workshops dates:


DemocracyKit Workshop 1:  Drive Political Change

Monday, July 16, 6:30-8:00 pm at Beaverbrook.

Thursday, July 19, 6:30-8:00 pm at Sunnyside.

Saturday, July 28, 10:30 am-12 noon at St-Laurent. In French.


DemocracyKit Workshop 2:  Learn Campaign Fundamentals

Thursday, August 9, 6:30-8:00 pm at Sunnyside. 

Monday, August 13, 6:30-8:00 pm at Beaverbrook

Saturday, August 25, 10:30 am-12 noon at St-Laurent. In French.


DemocracyKit Workshop 3: Get out the Vote

Thursday, September 6, 6:30-8:00 pm at Sunnyside.  

Monday, September 10, 6:30-8:00 pm at Beaverbrook.

Saturday, September 22, 10:30 am-12 noon, at St-Laurent. In French.


The three sessions can be taken individually or as a series. Registration to these workshops is recommended, but drop-ins will be welcome, space permitting. For more information on the DemocracyKit workshops please visit the OPL website.


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!


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