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  • Chamber at Ben Franklin

    Friday Feb 23, 2024 at 7:00pm
     minutes

    Freedom to Read Week is an annual event, taking place February 18-24, 2024. This week provides Canadians with the opportunity to discuss book challenges, censorship, representation in literature, intellectual freedom, access to information and the literary community’s and library's role. It serves as an opportunity to reaffirm Canadians commitment to intellectual freedom and the fight for on-going access for all against all threats to that access either through book challenges, the digital divide or otherwise.

    The Ottawa Public Library’s (OPL) Mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people; our core values are Community, Inclusion, Integrity, Intellectual Freedom, and Literacy. This is why it is important to us to participate in Freedom to Read Week. OPL takes a stance against limitations of lawful freedom of expression, including freedom to read.

    Lawrence Hill will discuss his lifelong literary passion for dramatizing neglected corners of Black history in Canada. He will explore the challenges of censorship that he and other writers have faced, and share thoughts about the title change of The Book of Negroes in the United States as well as the burning of images of The Book of Negroes in the Netherlands. He will discuss how increasing opposition to use of the N-word in literature affects Black writers and all readers.

    Meet and Greet with Lawrence!

    Time: 6:00-6:45pm

    Freedom to read discussion with Lawrence Hill

    Time: 7:00-8:15pm

    Book signing and meet and greet

    Time: 8:15-9 pm

    This is a hybrid event: the program is in-person, but we will also stream live on OPL's YouTube page.

    Registration is for the in-person portion of the event.

    LAWRENCE HILL is the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, including the internationally bestselling The Book of Negroes and The Illegal. His latest novel is Beatrice and Croc Harry. He has received the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, Canada Reads (twice), a Canadian Screen Award, ten honorary doctorates and is a member of the Order of Canada.

    Hill has volunteered with Crossroads International, The Black Loyalist Heritage Society, The Ontario Black History Society, and in federal penitentiaries. Hill is writing a novel about the African-American soldiers who built the Alaska Highway in British Columbia and Yukon during World War Two.

  • Colorful picture of people conversing, with different shape bubbles above their heads

    Wednesdays, Feb 28, 2024 - Apr 10, 2024
    6:30pm
    60 minutes

    7 sessions remaining

    Every Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm

    September 13th- December 20th

    Practice your English conversation skills in a relaxed and friendly environment. All levels are welcome in this free program.

  • Thursdays, Feb 22, 2024 - May 30, 2024
    10:00am
    90 minutes

    13 sessions remaining

    Improve your English, share stories and make new friends!

    Améliorez votre anglais, partager des histoires et faites des amis!

  • Thursdays, Feb 22, 2024 - Feb 29, 2024
    1:00pm
    90 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Ready for more than conversation? These 4-week module classes will help build on your English language skills. Beginner and Intermediate sessions. Each session's registration will open three (3) weeks prior to the first class. 

    Everyone welcome! Register online.  

    You are registering for: Session 4 Intermediate: February 8, 15, 22, 29, 2024

    Vous cherchez un peu plus qu'une conversation? Nos classes en format module de 4 semaines vous aideront à développer vos compétences linguistiques en anglais. Sessions au niveau débutant ainsi qu'intermédiaire. Ouverture des inscriptions trois (3) semaines avant la première classe pour chaque session. 

    Tous sont bienvenus ! Inscription en ligne.  

    Vous vous enregistrez pour: session 4 intermédiaire: les 8, 15, 22, 29 février

  • Thursdays, Feb 22, 2024 - Feb 29, 2024
    1:00pm
    90 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Ready for more than conversation? These 4-week module classes will help build on your English language skills. Beginner and Intermediate sessions. Each session's registration will open three (3) weeks prior to the first class. 

    Everyone welcome! Register online.  

    You are registering for: Session 4 beginner : February 8, 15, 22, 29, 2024

    Vous cherchez un peu plus qu'une conversation? Nos classes en format module de 4 semaines vous aideront à développer vos compétences linguistiques en anglais. Sessions au niveau débutant ainsi qu'intermédiaire. Ouverture des inscriptions trois (3) semaines avant la première classe pour chaque session. 

    Tous sont bienvenus ! Inscription en ligne.  

    Vous vous enregistrez pour: session 4 débutant: les 8, 15, 22, 29 février 2024

  • Thursdays, Feb 22, 2024 - Aug 29, 2024
    2:00pm
    60 minutes

    26 sessions remaining

    There is no session on Thursday March 14th, 2024. 

    Coloring can have a calming effect on the mind and promote overall wellness. Join us for a fun and relaxing afternoon of adult coloring. 

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

    Drop-in.

  • Thursdays, Feb 22, 2024 - Apr 25, 2024
    6:00pm
    120 minutes

    10 sessions remaining

    Come knit/crochet/chat at the Munster Library Thursdays 6-8pm All levels are welcome!

  • Thursdays, Feb 22, 2024 - Jun 13, 2024
    6:30pm
    90 minutes

    17 sessions remaining

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Do you love to write? Is writing the air you breathe, or is there ink in your veins?

    The Stittsville Creative Writing Group is a collection of people who love to write.

    We meet weekly to read from text we have written on our own time during the previous week, and engage in other writing activities.

    This is not a class on writing, or a workshop for manuscripts. Instead, we are people who love to write and share our works. 

    There are those who mostly listen rather than write, those who write prolifically but only share with the group, and a broad spectrum in between.

    If your interest is in the love of writing, this group may be for you.

  • Thursdays, Feb 22, 2024 - Jun 20, 2024
    7:00pm
    60 minutes

    5 sessions remaining

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

  • open book on tree roots, surrounded by leaves

    Thursdays, Feb 22, 2024 - Mar 28, 2024
    7:00pm
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    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.