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  • Notepad, camera, and magnifying glass on old map

    Tuesdays, May 21, 2024 - Jun 18, 2024
    1:30pm
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    All aboard for the final leg of our tour around the world, with Sweden, Nigeria, and Spain! Join us the third Tuesday of each month where we will discuss a title set in a different country and/or written by a foreign author.

    When you register, we will reserve a copy of the book for you - no need to place a hold, unless you would like to enjoy the book in a different format. This is the last chance to get your Reader's Passport stamped before the summer!

  • Open book on an off-white background, with blooming magnolias resting on the open book

    Thursdays, May 23, 2024 - Jun 27, 2024
    7:00pm
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Our final book club sessions before the summer break!

    Come join us the 4th Thursday of every month for lively discussion on a variety of English-language books. Everything from non-fiction to fantasy to gentle reads, there's something for everyone - and you may find a new genre that appeals to you!

    When you register, we will reserve a copy of the book for you - no need to place a hold, unless you would like to enjoy the book in a different format.

    For June, we'll be having a BYOB party... Bring Your Own Book Party, that is! Whether it be an old favourite, or something new and amazing that recently crossed your path, we want to see what you recommend everyone should read and hear why you loved it. A list of the recommended titles will appear on the website after the event.

  • Illustration of a zentangle

    Friday May 24, 2024 at 10:00am
    90 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    For many, this art is considered “yoga for the brain”, since it has calming and stress relieving effects on the people that practice it. It can also improve one’s confidence and concentration.  It allows you to let go of expectations, and really live in the moment without having to worry about anything else. 

    Cet art est considéré comme un « yoga pour le cerveau », car il a des effets calmants et anti-stress sur les personnes qui le pratiquent. Cela peut également améliorer la confiance et la concentration. Il vous permet d'abandonner vos attentes et de vraiment vivre l'instant présent sans avoir à vous soucier de quoi que ce soit d'autre.

  • Asian heritage month with picture of Chef Joe

    Tuesday May 28, 2024 at 6:30pm
     minutes

    Learn all about Indian cuisine and culture with Chef Joe Thottungal. In this online event presented by Ottawa Public Library, Joe will explore Indian recipes, spices, and other ingredients through a cooking demo in his very own restaurant, Coconut Lagoon. Please register to receive a list of ingredients prior to the event so you can cook along with Chef Joe.

    To explore Joe’s cookbooks from OPL’s catalogue, follow this link

  • Rossy Pavilion

    Tuesday Jun 11, 2024 at 7:00pm
     minutes

    In partnership with the National Arts Centre (NAC), the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is hosting an Indigenous Book Club featuring Making Love with the Land, a book of essays. On June 11 at 7pm, join us for this conversation with author Joshua Whitehead (Oji-Cree - Peguis First Nation) to discuss the book and connect directly with the author and other readers.

    In celebration of National Indigenous History Month, the eBook and eAudio versions of Making Love with the Land are available to all OPL readers and listeners from May 17-June 30. Check out a copy from the Ottawa Public Library (physical or digital) before June 11 to participate in the NAC Book Club, Making Love With the Land | Ottawa Public Library | BiblioCommons

    About the Book
    Making Love with the Land is a startling, challenging, uncompromising look at what it means to live as an Indigenous person “in the rupture” between identities. In these ten unique, heart-piercing non-fiction pieces, award-winning writer Joshua Whitehead illuminates the com­plex moment we’re living through now, in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are navigating new and old ideas about “the land.” He asks: What is our relationship and responsi­bility towards it? And how has the land shaped ideas, histories, words, our very bodies?

    About the Author
    Joshua Whitehead (he/him) is a Two-Spirit, Oji-nêhiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary where he is housed in the departments of English and International Indigenous Studies (Treaty 7).

    He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks 2017) which was shortlisted for the inaugural Indigenous Voices Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. He is also the author of Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press 2018) which was long listed for the Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Indigenous Voices Award, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction, the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and Canada Reads 2021. Whitehead is the editor of Love after the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction, which won the Lambda Award in 2021.

    This is a hybrid event: the program is in-person, but will be streamed live: https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/36739. A recording of the event will be provided on the OPL YouTube page afterwards.

    Registration is for the in-person portion of the event- Registration required. This event is free but seating is limited.

  • Sample tile artwork

    Friday Jun 21, 2024 at 10:00am
    90 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Create a unique work of art using ceramic tiles, markers and rubbing alcohol.

    Créez une pièce d'art unique avec des tuiles de céramiques, des feutres et de l'alcool à friction.

  • Woman clutching her hair in frustration, looking at her laptop

    Saturday Jun 22, 2024 at 2:00pm
    120 minutes

    The average time it takes for an unprotected computer to be compromised after connecting to the Internet is under 15 minutes. Don't let it be yours!

    Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group, will show you the simple steps you need to take to keep your PC from being hacked.

    And best of all, it can be done for free!

    **Please note that you are not required to bring your laptop for the session.

  • Banner reading "Dried Flower Suncatchers at the Beaverbrook Branch"

    Saturday May 18, 2024 at 3:00pm
    60 minutes

    Celebrate sunny days ahead by hanging a kaleidoscope of natural materials in your window. Join us at the Beaverbrook Branch for a beautiful craft, calm atmosphere, and good conversation. 

  • Tuesdays, May 21, 2024 - Jun 25, 2024
    6:30pm
    90 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

    Colouring can have a calming effect on the mind and promote overall wellness.

    Join us for a fun and relaxing session of adult colouring.  An opportunity to let your inner artist free and be a kid again!

    All supplies are provided.  No experience required.  All you need to bring is your creativity!

    Registration required.

    Redécouvrez le plaisir de colorier en vous joignant à notre club de coloriage pour adultes - un moment de détente et de relaxation tout en pratiquant l'art-thérapie.

    Tout le matériel est fourni. Aucune expérience requise. 

    Tout ce dont vous avez besoin est votre créativité!

    Inscription requise.

  • Wednesdays, May 22, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
    1:30pm
    90 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Le groupe de conversation en français est un programme d'apprentissge de la langue avec un professeur et un mombre minime d'étudiants de même niveau. 

    Inscription requis

    valuation du niveau de langue requis