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  • Wednesdays, Mar 06, 2024 - May 29, 2024
    6:30pm
    60 minutes

    12 sessions remaining

    Do you already have some basic English language skills, and are you looking for a casual, friendly environment where you can practice your English speaking skills? All levels are welcome.

    Join our free English conversation group!

    Receive guidance from our leaders, meet new people and gain confidence in your ability to speak English.

    Every Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm (no conversation group on April 17)

    Vous avez déjà une base en anglais et vous cherchez un endroit avec une ambiance décontractée et amicale pour pratiquer vos habiletés de converser en anglais? Tous les niveaux sont les bienvenus.

    Joignez-vous à notre groupe de conversation en anglais! C'est gratuit!

    Recevez des conseils, rencontrez de nouvelles personnes et gagnez de la confiance à converser en anglais.

    Tous les mercredis soirs de 18h30-19h30 (sauf le 17 avril)

  • Monday Mar 04, 2024 at 5:30pm
    90 minutes

    Come enjoy a night of fun at the library. Play a new board game or bring your own to play with a friend.

  • Monday Mar 04, 2024 at 5:30pm
    90 minutes

    From a dot to a Pointillism.

    Come and join us for an evening of creating a Masterpiece using a simple dot. You do not have to be a Georges Seurat to produce a masterpiece.

    No experience required.

    All materials provided.

  • Mondays, Mar 04, 2024 - Jun 03, 2024
    6:00pm
    120 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Join author Michael F. Stewart for an evening of shared writing, support, and constructive criticism from peers. No experience necessary, all forms of writing welcome.

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    Monday Mar 04, 2024 at 6:00pm
    150 minutes

    Thrilla Thursdays are back! Except they are on Monday. But it's still Korean films so that's good. Some revisits and a couple new ones.

    Join us for a free screening of Burning. The film was directed by Lee Chang-dong and was released in 2018. The screening will take place in our auditorium, starts at 6:00PM and is free to attend.

    Note: The film is intended for a mature audience. 148 minutes. In Korean with English subtitles

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    Monday Mar 04, 2024 at 6:00pm
    120 minutes

    Think about all the data on your PC; videos of the grand kids playing in a park, photos of your trip to Patagonia (lucky you!), tax records, emails… Now think about whether those files exist anywhere else. If the answer is no, you need to think about backup.

    You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

  • Monday Mar 04, 2024 at 6:30pm
    90 minutes

    Join us for an evening of mandala dot painting where we will create a beautiful canvas. 

    All materials will be provided.

    Registration required.

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    Mondays, Mar 04, 2024 - May 06, 2024
    7:00pm
    90 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Share the pleasure of reading and discussing books ranging from the classics to the contemporary, but mostly fiction, in a relaxed atmosphere

    (If the first Monday of a month falls on a Civic Holiday, the book club will be postponed to the following week)

    January 8 - The Trees by Percival Everett (US) 

    February 5 - The Magician by Colm Toibin (Irish)

    March 4 - The World: A Family History of Humanity by Simon Sebag Montefiore (non-fiction)

    April 8 - White Noise by Don DeLillo (US)

    May 6 - What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad (Canadian, Giller) 

  • Tuesdays, Mar 05, 2024 - Jun 25, 2024
    10:00am
    180 minutes

    17 sessions remaining

    Get feedback on your writing (any genre)and ideas from the group. Hear the work of other writers and offer your feedback. Discuss ideas about writing and publishing. Share your triumphs, trials and tribulations with a supportive, informal group.

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    Tuesdays, Mar 05, 2024 - Mar 07, 2024
    10:00am
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Each day from Monday, March 4 to Thursday, March 7 at 10 am, the Main Branch of OPL will be screening the Canada Reads debates live on CBC Books.

    The event will take place in Room 117 on the first floor from Monday to Wednesday and in the auditorium in the basement on Thursday.  

    2024 contenders:

    Athlete and CBC Sports contributor Dallas Soonias champions Bad Cree by Jessica Johns

    Former Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi champions Denison Avenue by Christina Wong & Daniel Innes

    Fashion influencer Mirian Njoh champions Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune

    Actor Kudakwashe Rutendo champions Shut Up You're Pretty by Téa Mutonji

    Author Heather O'Neill champions The Future by Catherine Leroux, translated by Susan Ouriou

    For more information about the books and their champions, click here.