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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.

  • Saturday Mar 02, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    An introduction to the topic of organic gardening, with a focus on growing food.

    Presentation by the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton.

  • computer, notebook and camera on a desk

    Monday Mar 04, 2024 at 6:00pm
    120 minutes

    Think about all the data on your PC; videos of the grand kids playing in a park, photos of your trip to Patagonia (lucky you!), tax records, emails… Now think about whether those files exist anywhere else. If the answer is no, you need to think about backup.

    You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

  • Saturday Apr 13, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

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

    Presentation by the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton.

  • Mondays, Apr 15, 2024 - Jun 17, 2024
    10:00am
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes? Then come and meet with other food enthusiasts and put a cookbook to the test! Each month will be a different cookbook! We will then make recipes at home and share comments on the results with the group.

    No need to put a hold on a copy! You will get the cookbooks at the meetings.

     Cookbook for April              Cookbook for May  

  • Saturday Apr 20, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Growing vegetables in pots and bringing the outside in.

    Presentation by the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton.

  • Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

    Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Feb 28, 2024
    2:00pm
    45 minutes

    2 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.

  • Web banner for hobbies and crafts

    Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 3:00pm
    60 minutes

    Create art in good company. 

    This series is perfect for aspiring artists, crafters who are in a rut, and anyone who suspects that a creative habit would be good for their soul. 

    We will explore our creativity using art prompts from Creativebug.

    All supplies will be provided.

  • Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 5:30pm
    90 minutes

    Would you like to try yourself at an age-old tradition - Gond Art?

    Come and learn about imaginative, mystical paintings by the Gonds artists. Paintings that moved from the walls of the houses to paper and canvas.

    No experience required.

    All materials included.

  • Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 6:00pm
    60 minutes

    Want to learn how to build a resume and cover letter? Join us for a workshop where you will learn the basics of building a winning resume and cover letter. Registration required. 

    Ages  13-17