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Some in-branch programs require registration with your library card. Please log in with your library account or follow this link to apply for a card online. You can also apply for a card in person at any of our 33 locations.

  • Two trees in winter, Dying with Dignity Canada logo

    Wednesday Apr 03, 2024 at 11:00am
    90 minutes

    Presented by Dying With Dignity Canada (Ottawa Chapter), Advance Care Planning is a workshop about making choices about how you would like to be cared for in the future, at a time when you are not able to speak for yourself. How to prepare an Advance Directive and choose a Power of Attorney for Personal Care are discussed. Materials include worksheets to identify and articulate one's beliefs about end of life care and choices around planning your own health care. Discussion will include how to talk to your loved ones about your health care wishes in the event of illness and unexpected physical events.

  • Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

    Wednesdays, Apr 03, 2024 - Apr 24, 2024
    2:00pm
    45 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    A school readiness program for children 3–4 years old, who will be entering kindergarten in September 2024, and their adult co-learner.

    Stories and child-centered learning stations with a focus on the foundational concepts of letter recognition, numeracy, colors, shapes, measurement, rhyming, and retelling.

  • poster for Score: A Hockey Musical

    Wednesday Apr 03, 2024 at 6:30pm
    180 minutes

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of Score: A Hockey Musical (2010).

    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.

  • Wednesdays, Apr 03, 2024 - May 08, 2024
    6:30pm
    90 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

    2024 will be one of the most consequential years in the history of democracy. Elections have been or will be held in many countries ranging in size and power from El Salvador to India. The decisions of voters will determine whether the worldwide growth in authoritarianism over the past twenty years will continue or democracy will begin to make a comeback.

    The US Presidential and Congressional elections on Tuesday November 5 stand out as an especially critical democratic moment for two reasons: first because they will be a supreme test of American democracy; and second because they will send a powerful message to the rest of the world, including the dictatorships and wannabe dictatorships.

    The group will discuss the background and issues of Democracy on Trial and week by week follow the important democratic events and developments of 2024.

    Mr. Robert Miller will lead the discussion. He is the author of Canada and Democratic Development and, prior to his retirement, served as President and CEO of the Parliamentary Centre, Canada’s leading institution promoting and supporting international democratic development.

    Registration recommended.   

  • chessboard set up with brown- and cream-coloured playing pieces

    Thursdays, Apr 04, 2024 - Apr 25, 2024
    4:00pm
    60 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Do you enjoy chess, or do you want to learn the game?

    Drop in to play with other youth! Learn the basics and test your wits with a weekly chess challenge.

    Ages: 8 to 18

  • Fridays, Apr 05, 2024 - Jun 07, 2024
    1:30pm
    90 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Share the enjoyment of good books in a relaxed atmosphere at the Hazeldean Library.  Join us for discussion on the first Friday of every month.

    NOVEMBER 10, 2023

    “Atonement” by Ian McEwan (Fiction)

    DECEMBER 1, 2023

    “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”by Daniel Pink (Non-Fiction)

    NO MEETING IN JANUARY

    FEBRUARY 2, 2024

    “Washington Black” by Esi Erdugan (Canadian-Fiction)

    MARCH 1, 2024

    “Five Little Indians” by Michelle Good (Canadian-Fiction)

    APRIL 5, 2024

    “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles (Fiction)

    MAY 3, 2024

    “The Vanishing Half” by Britt Bennett (Fiction)

    June 7, 2024

    “Full Disclosure” by Beverley McLachlin (Canadian-Mystery)

  • Saturdays, Apr 06, 2024 - Jun 01, 2024
    10:15am
    30 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    On the first Saturday of the month starting in February 2024, wear your pajamas, bring along your favourite stuffie, and come get cozy with us!  

    Stories, rhymes, and songs for children of all ages and parents or caregivers.

  • Saturday Apr 06, 2024 at 10:30am
    60 minutes

    Join us for a program about "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" story and more!

    Stories, rhymes, songs and a craft for children, accompanied by parent or caregiver.

    Family program. Ages 0-6 years. 

  • Saturdays, Apr 06, 2024 - Apr 20, 2024
    1:00pm
    120 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Join Phil Jenkins, a celebrated historian, author, columnist, lecturer, and multifaceted musician and songwriter, as he delves into the profound impact of immigration on our city's rich history.

    Registration is required

  • Saturday Apr 06, 2024 at 1:30pm
    120 minutes

    Annual and perennial herbs are great additions to your garden and your kitchen!

    Presentation by the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton.