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  • Mondays, Oct 02, 2023 - Dec 18, 2023
    30 minutes

    11 sessions remaining

    Stories, rhymes and songs for children of all ages and a parent or caregiver.

  • Open book

    Tuesdays, Oct 03, 2023 - Apr 02, 2024
    60 minutes

    7 sessions remaining

    Share the enjoyment of good books in a relaxed atmosphere.  This group meets every first Tuesday of the month from September 2023 to June 2024. 

    Here is the list of books that will be discussed at each month's meeting.  Click each book titles below to place a hold.

    5 September, 2023: Seven Fallen Feathers by Tania Talaga 

    3 October, 2023: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult 

    7 November, 2023: Jennie's Boy: A Newfoundland Childhood by Wayne Johnston

    5 December, 2023: Women Talking by Miriam Toews

    2 January, 2024: Red Notice by Bill Browder

    6 February, 2024: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

    5 March, 2024: A Spy Among Friends by Ben MacIntyre

    2 April, 2024: Apeirogon by Colum McCann

    May and June picks to be discussed.

    This is a drop in program.  All are welcome.  No registration required.

  • Galaxy and head shot Dave Chisholm

    Tuesday Oct 03, 2023 at 6:30pm
    75 minutes

    On 3 Oct, at 6:30PM, join us at Rockcliffe Park Branch to explore our night skies with Astronomer Dave Chisholm, President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Ottawa Centre.  Dave will talk about the best ways from Earth to identify the planets and moons in our solar system, meteors and meteorites, the International Space Station and the constellations.  He will show us different tools and techniques that astronomers use to track the objects in outer space.

    This is a drop-in, adult, English event, and kids are also welcome!

  • Head shot of Barry Cooper, waves and mandolin

    Thursday Oct 12, 2023 at 6:30pm
    60 minutes

    Barry will perform a well rounded selection of mandolin pieces on several instruments particular to the mandolin family of instruments.  His repertoire will include pieces from JS Bach, Raffaele Calace, Thurlough O’Carolan and more. He will talk about the mandolin family instruments and their history.  His performance will surely provide an enchanting musical experience.

    About Barry

    There are very few classical mandolin players in the modern world and Barry has been playing this instrument since he was six years old. As a teenager, he was a first mandolinist in the Montreal Mandolin Orchestra. He has played with many ensembles in the United States, Europe and Montreal. He currently studies classical mandolin with Jacob Reuven, a world class touring all-star in the classical mandolin world. Barry performs with a jazz quartet and as a classical soloist in the Ottawa and National Capital region. 

  • Head shot of Susan Toman and Andrew Mah, harp and guitar

    Thursday Dec 21, 2023 at 6:30pm
    60 minutes

    Back by popular demand!  

    Join us for an evening of unique artistry, featuring two local musicians of international caliber!   Susan Toman and Andrew Mah present a concert on Celtic harp and guitar to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Don't miss a rare opportunity to enjoy this beautiful and seldom heard instrumental combination!   


    About Susan Toman

    Susan is published author and recording artist.

    After completing a doctorate at McGill University, fueled by a love of Irish & Scottish music, Susan studied harp basics with Annabelle Renzo in Montreal. She then completed intensive studies with Grainne Hambly in County Mayo, Ireland (and inspired by many castles!). She has performed throughout NA and most recently at the NAC.  Earlier this year she released her second CD, The Castle.

    About Andrew Mah

    Canadian guitarist Andrew Mah is a unique and exciting musician, widely regarded for his virtuosity, versatility, and heartfelt musicality. 

    Born in Ottawa into a family of guitarists, he has performed professionally on classical guitar for more than 26 years, carving out a uniquely eclectic international career as a solo concert artist, chamber musician, teacher, arranger, producer, and adjudicator. 

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