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  • National Film Board of Canada Logo on pink and purple field

    Saturday Mar 09, 2024 at 1:00pm
    90 minutes

    Afin de souligner la journée internationale des femmes, Cumberland a le plaisir de vous offrir une sélection de l'Office national du film du Canada. Prenez place et profitez de ce film gratuit!

    Cumberland branch is thrilled to screen a selection from the National Film Board of Canada to highlight International Women's Day. Take a seat and check out our free film!

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    samedi, 9 mars, 13h
    Les femmes arabes disent ÇA ? par Nisreen Baker - 2023, 82 min, pour adultes
    En anglais avec sous-titres français

    Avec beaucoup de franchise et autant de nuance, Les femmes arabes disent ÇA ? brosse un portrait sans précédent de femmes arabes vivant au Canada. Allant à l’encontre des idées reçues, le récit révèle les expériences et le point de vue uniques de huit femmes arabes qui partagent leurs opinions, leur cuisine et leurs éclats de rire. Au rythme de la poésie et de la musique, elles s’expriment sur le féminisme, la politique, l’exil et leur désir d’appartenance.

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    Saturday, March 9, 1 pm
    Arab Women Say What?!
    by Nisreen Baker - 2023, 82 minutes, for adults
    English with French subtitles

    Arab Women Say What?! embodies the essence of living between two worlds: speaking and dreaming in different languages and lands. Nermeen, a young and bold Egyptian Canadian, invites us to join her circle of friends, a group of eight outspoken, daring Arab women who found each other through their shared love of laughter, food and life. The women examine feminism in Arab society, tackling challenging and often taboo sociopolitical issues. Their conversations offer a glimpse into their personalities, providing a complex understanding of what it means to “not be from here.”

  • Sundays, Mar 10, 2024 - Jun 09, 2024
    12:00pm
    180 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Interested in miniature gaming with toy soldiers? Join in to play science fiction, high fantasy and historical games. Presented by the Ottawa Miniatures Gamers.

    Drop-in program for ages 12 and up.

    All materials will be supplied.

  • smiling woman playing with virtual reality headset and hand-controllers

    Monday Mar 11, 2024 at 3:00pm
    90 minutes

    Drop by to play some of the many games on our Oculus Rift system! Explore mountains or deep seas, ride roller coasters, soar as an eagle, challenge your agility with Beat Saber or Fruit Ninja, defend your castle as an archer or your spaceship with a laser, and many more! 

    All games are single-player with English dialogue/text.

    Safety tip: to prevent falls, wear closed flat shoes, not flip-flops or heels

    Ages: 10 to Adult (headset may be too large to fit smaller players)

  • Tuesdays, Mar 12, 2024 - Jun 11, 2024
    5:30pm
    150 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Bring your friends & family in for exciting card & board games! We have many to choose from including Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, King of Tokyo, Dutch Blitz, Bananagrams, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Chess, & more! You are also welcome to bring your own games. 

    Second Tuesday evening of each month

    Drop-in

  • Saturday Mar 23, 2024 at 2:00pm
    120 minutes

    Radio-Canada, en partenariat avec la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa, vous invite à la projection du documentaire Le mur du silence.

    Le monde des personnes sourdes demeure méconnu. Ce documentaire met en lumière les défis auxquels elles doivent faire face dans leur quotidien.

    Assistez à la projection gratuite du documentaire Le mur du silence, à une table ronde avec des protagonistes du film, ainsi qu’une initiation à la langue des signes québécoise (LSQ).

    Interprétation en LSQ et sous-titrage en direct offerts sur place.

  • photo of a tornado and photo of a bolt of lightening

    Sunday Mar 24, 2024 at 1:00pm
    60 minutes

    Ottawa was under five tornado warnings in 2023! Did you get them on your phone?

    Local storm chaser Andrew Macklin dives into the basics of tornadoes, chasing storms, and recaps the notably active 2023 thunderstorm season in Eastern Ontario.

  • Monday Mar 25, 2024 at 7:00pm
    60 minutes

    Calling all trivia fans, game show enthusiasts, and people who know a lot of random facts! Join us for a trivia night at the Beaverbrook Branch where you'll tackle questions from a wide range of categories (not just about books!) to win a prize and the respect of the trivia community. Enjoy a fun atmosphere, good music, questions for teens and older adults alike, and refreshments!

  • smiling woman playing with virtual reality headset and hand-controllers

    Tuesday Mar 26, 2024 at 3:30pm
    90 minutes

    Drop by to play some of the many games on our Oculus Rift system! Explore mountains or deep seas, ride roller coasters, soar as an eagle, challenge your agility with Beat Saber or Fruit Ninja, defend your castle as an archer or your spaceship with a laser, and many more! 

    All games are single-player with English dialogue/text.

    Safety tip: to prevent falls, wear closed flat shoes, not flip-flops or heels

    Ages: 10 to Adult (headset may be too large to fit smaller players)

  • Picture of Naloxone kit

    Tuesday Apr 02, 2024 at 1:00pm
     minutes

    An overdose is a life-threatening medical emergency. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, while waiting for 911 to arrive. Being able to recognize the signs of an overdose quickly and having a naloxone kit can save a life.

    Join Ottawa Public Health nurses for this 30-minute virtual information and training session on how to identify and respond to an overdose, including how to administer Naloxone, followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Information on how to obtain a free kit will be provided as part of this presentation.

    Program is virtual only. Email with link to event will be sent out days before the program.

  • Tuesdays, Apr 02, 2024 - Apr 17, 2024
    1:00pm
    45 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    An overdose is a life-threatening medical emergency. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, while waiting for 911 to arrive. Being able to recognize the signs of an overdose quickly and having a naloxone kit can save a life. 

    Join Ottawa Public Health nurses for this 30-minute virtual information and training session on how to identify and respond to an overdose, including how to administer Naloxone, followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Information on how to obtain a free kit will be provided as part of this presentation. 

    This is a hybrid program.  The presenter is remote and will be on-screen in the Beaverbrook Branch.