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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.

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

    Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Apr 10, 2024
    6:30pm
    60 minutes

    8 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.

  • Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Mar 27, 2024
    6:30pm
    90 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

    Learn and practice new English language skills and meet new people in a relaxed and friendly environment. Offered in partnership with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants of Ottawa.  All are welcome to this drop-in program!

    Apprenez et pratiquez votre anglais parlé et rencontrez des gens dans un milieu décontracté. Offert en partenariat avec le Centre catholique pour immigrants d'Ottawa. Tout le monde est bienvenue à ce programme sans inscription!

  • Mondays, Feb 26, 2024 - Mar 25, 2024
    1:30pm
    90 minutes

    5 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?

    Join our English conversation group!

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

    No program on February 19, 2024.

    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?

    Joignez-vous à notre groupe de conversation en anglais!

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

    Aucun programme le 19 février, 2024.

  • Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Feb 28, 2024
    12:45pm
    120 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    02/07 - Stateless, 2 pm
    In 1937, tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were exterminated by the Dominican army on the basis of anti-black racism. Fast-forward to 2013: the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court stripped the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents, retroactive to 1929, rendering more than 200,000 people stateless. Director Michèle Stephenson’s new documentary follows the grassroots campaign of a young attorney named Rosa Iris, as she challenges electoral corruption and fights to protect the right to citizenship for all people. 2020, 95 min, French and Creole with either English or French subtitles.

    02/14 - John Ware Reclaimed, 2 pm
    John Ware Reclaimed follows filmmaker Cheryl Foggo on her quest to re-examine the mythology surrounding John Ware, the Black cowboy who settled in Alberta, Canada, before the turn of the 20th century. Foggo’s research uncovers who this iconic figure might have been, and what his legacy means in terms of anti-Black racism, both past and present. Please note: This film contains explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised. 2020, 72 min, English with French subtitles.

    02/21 - True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball by Ryan Sidhoo, 12:45 pm and 6 pm

    On the heels of the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA Championship and the record-setting number of Canadian draft picks, the Toronto hoop dream is more alive than ever. In this feature-length doc, director Ryan Sidhoo shines the spotlight on 12-year-old Elijah Fisher, 15-year-old Keone Davis and 18-year-old Cordell Veira as they navigate today’s youth basketball machine in pursuit of their own NBA dreams. 2019, 89 min, English with French subtitles.

    02/28 - The Road Taken by Selwyn Jacob, 6pm

    This 1996 documentary takes a nostalgic ride through history to present the experiences of Black sleeping-car porters who worked on Canada's railways from the early 1900s through the 1960s. There was a strong sense of pride among these men and they were well-respected by their community. Yet, harsh working conditions prevented them from being promoted to other railway jobs until finally, in 1955, porter Lee Williams took his fight to the union. Claiming discrimination under the Canada Fair Employment Act, the Black workers won their right to work in other areas. Interviews, archival footage and the music of noted jazz musician Joe Sealy (whose father was a porter) combine to portray a fascinating history that might otherwise have been forgotten.

    1996, 52 min, English.

  • Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
    1:00pm
    120 minutes

    19 sessions remaining

    Speak, in person, with a Public Health Nurse to get support around infant feeding and parenting. No appointment is necessary, simply drop in during these hours. Learn ways to help your child eat healthy and be active Make sure your child is on track with their growth and development. In partnership with Ottawa Public Health.

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    Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
    1:00pm
    120 minutes

    10 sessions remaining

    Join us for an informal gathering of knitting enthusiasts - from beginners to experts. Share your ideas and projects in a relaxed social atmosphere.  

  • Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
    1:30pm
    120 minutes

    18 sessions remaining

    Bring your knitting project and share advice, ideas and conversations with fellow enthusiasts. For adults of all abilities. Drop-in.

    **Note: No program March 13, 2024. 

  • Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
    2:00pm
    90 minutes

    19 sessions remaining

    Are you looking for a relaxing activity that is low stress and doesn't require any special skills?  Then colouring may be for you!   Join us to explore your creative side, relax and meet new friends.  All supplies will be provided.

  • Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 2:00pm
    30 minutes

    Stories, rhymes and songs for babies and a parent or caregiver. Ages 0-18 months. Drop-in program.

  • Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 2:30pm
    30 minutes

    Following Babytime, join us to play and chat! There will be self-directed activities and toys for parents/caregivers and babies. Drop-in program.