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  • Fridays, Sep 20, 2024 - Jun 20, 2025
    2:00pm
    60 minutes

    9 sessions remaining

    Do you enjoy reading mysteries? Share the enjoyment of good mysteries in a relaxed atmosphere. Join us for discussion usually every third Friday of the month. 

  • Tuesday Sep 24, 2024 at 6:00pm
    60 minutes

    Attend the second workshop of our "Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library (OWSL) Presents..." series.
    During this workshop, we will discuss different types of pollinators/wildlife and how they have evolved with native plants to be their pollination and distribution systems. We will also examine factors to be considered when choosing plants for your personal garden, ensuring plant selection for the conditions you have.

    Examples of simple plans/combinations will be provided. 

    Materials will be available for clients to sketch out plans for their yard.

    Date: Tuesday, September 24 from 6 pm - 7 pm.

    *Clients are encouraged to register for this event as space is limited.

  • Books

    Thursdays, Sep 26, 2024 - Jun 26, 2025
    10:00am
    120 minutes

    9 sessions remaining

    Come meet to enjoy and discuss a wide variety of books selected by book club members. All are welcome!

    Drop-in program.

    This group meets the last Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    • September 26, "The Lincoln Highway" by Amor Towles
    • October 31, "A Sea of Tranquility" by Emily St. John Mandel
    • November 28, "The Librarianist" by Patrick deWitt
    • January 30th, "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly
    • February 27, "Snow Road Station" by Elisabeth Hay
    • March 27, "Run Twoards the Danger" by Sarah Polley
    • April 24, "The Marrow Thieves" by Cherie Dimaline
    • May 29, Discussion about books we enjoyed
    • June 26, Book Selection for next year
  • Fridays, Sep 27, 2024 - May 30, 2025
    2:00pm
    60 minutes

    8 sessions remaining

    Join in stimulating discussions on selected titles in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere on the last Friday of the month.

  • Photograph of the Parliament Hill skyline taken between the end of the 19th century and 1916.

    Saturday Sep 28, 2024 at 1:00pm
    120 minutes

    In 1924, "les allumetières" (match workers) of E.B. Eddy staged the first trike by women workers in Québec history. Three decades earlier, in 1891, 2,500 unionized sawmill workers had walked out in the largest strike-to-date in Canadian history. 

    Join Brian McDougall, adjunct professor from Carleton History and guide with Peoples’ History Walking Tours, to hear about these strikes and other important labour landmarks that took place in the Chaudière District. 

    Presented in partnership with The Workers' History Museum.

  • Monday Sep 30, 2024 at 6:30pm
    90 minutes

    Join us for a discussion of cookbooks and recipes. Try a recipe from each month’s cookbook selection and tell us what you think!

     No registration required.

    All are welcome!

  • poster for The Bat

    Wednesday Oct 02, 2024 at 6:30pm
    150 minutes

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of The Bat (1959).

    Please join us from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at the OPL's Main Branch Auditorium. The event will also feature other bad movie items like trailers and serials.

    The event is free to attend. In English.

    Note: This film is intended for a mature audience. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • Picture of an open book

    Monday Oct 21, 2024 at 1:30pm
    60 minutes

    Join us as we discuss "Permanent Astonishment" by Thomson Highway.

    Copies of the book are available at the Osgoode Service Hub.  Drop in.

  • Monday Oct 21, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Members of the Blackburn Hamlet Book Club meet to enjoy and discuss a wide variety of books selected by book club members. All welcome!

    Drop in.

    Oct. 21 2024          Braiding Sweetgrass              by Robin Wall Kimmerer

    Nov 18, 2024         Radicalized                              by Cory Doctorow

    Dec.16, 2024         All Together Now                    by Alan Doyle

    Jan 20, 2025         Yiddish for Pirates                   by Gary Barwin

    Feb 10, 2025*       The Lonely Hearts Hotel         by Heather O'Neil

    Mar 17 2025         Hench                                        by Natalie Zina Walschots

    Apr 14, 2025*         Jonny Appleseed                      by Joshua Whitehead

    May 12,2025*         All the light we Cannot see      by Anthony Doerr

  • Photograph of the Parliament Hill skyline taken between the end of the 19th century and 1916.

    Saturday Oct 26, 2024 at 1:00pm
    120 minutes

    Join Stephen McKenna, historian, author & musician, as we trace the history of a working class Gloucester village-like neighborhood - carved out of the former Billings Estate - and its transition from the era of ice houses, sawmills, brickyards, swimming creeks and horse-drawn wagons into the modern age of shopping malls and the practicalities of present-day suburbia.