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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.

  • open book on tree roots, surrounded by leaves

    Thursday Mar 28, 2024 at 7:00pm
    60 minutes

    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.

  • Picture of Naloxone kit

    Tuesday Apr 02, 2024 at 1:00pm
     minutes

    An overdose is a life-threatening medical emergency. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, while waiting for 911 to arrive. Being able to recognize the signs of an overdose quickly and having a naloxone kit can save a life.

    Join Ottawa Public Health nurses for this 30-minute virtual information and training session on how to identify and respond to an overdose, including how to administer Naloxone, followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Information on how to obtain a free kit will be provided as part of this presentation.

    Program is virtual only. Email with link to event will be sent out days before the program.

  • Two trees in winter, Dying with Dignity Canada logo

    Wednesday Apr 03, 2024 at 11:00am
    90 minutes

    Presented by Dying With Dignity Canada (Ottawa Chapter), Advance Care Planning is a workshop about making choices about how you would like to be cared for in the future, at a time when you are not able to speak for yourself. How to prepare an Advance Directive and choose a Power of Attorney for Personal Care are discussed. Materials include worksheets to identify and articulate one's beliefs about end of life care and choices around planning your own health care. Discussion will include how to talk to your loved ones about your health care wishes in the event of illness and unexpected physical events.

  • Wednesdays, Apr 03, 2024 - May 08, 2024
    6:30pm
    90 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

    2024 will be one of the most consequential years in the history of democracy. Elections have been or will be held in many countries ranging in size and power from El Salvador to India. The decisions of voters will determine whether the worldwide growth in authoritarianism over the past twenty years will continue or democracy will begin to make a comeback.

    The US Presidential and Congressional elections on Tuesday November 5 stand out as an especially critical democratic moment for two reasons: first because they will be a supreme test of American democracy; and second because they will send a powerful message to the rest of the world, including the dictatorships and wannabe dictatorships.

    The group will discuss the background and issues of Democracy on Trial and week by week follow the important democratic events and developments of 2024.

    Mr. Robert Miller will lead the discussion. He is the author of Canada and Democratic Development and, prior to his retirement, served as President and CEO of the Parliamentary Centre, Canada’s leading institution promoting and supporting international democratic development.

    Registration recommended.   

  • Saturdays, Apr 06, 2024 - Apr 20, 2024
    1:00pm
    120 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Join Phil Jenkins, a celebrated historian, author, columnist, lecturer, and multifaceted musician and songwriter, as he delves into the profound impact of immigration on our city's rich history.

    Registration is required

  • Saturday Apr 06, 2024 at 1:30pm
    120 minutes

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

    Presentation by the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton.

  • Monday Apr 08, 2024 at 6:30pm
    90 minutes

    Presented by Dying With Dignity Canada (Ottawa Chapter), End of Life Options (including MAiD) is a workshop to educate people about the options available to mitigate or end suffering at life's end, including palliative care, treatment options, and Medical Assistance In Dying (MAiD). Workshop includes the current legislation on MAiD, the process for applying in Ontario and explanation of the experience by a loved one.

  • Monday Apr 08, 2024 at 6:30pm
    90 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Come and make a fun Pop Art picture from your pets photo with water colour paint!

    You supply the picture, we will supply the materials!

  • Tuesday Apr 09, 2024 at 6:30pm
    60 minutes

    Adults are invited to join us in making their own cards. Make greeting cards for your loved ones for any occasion. Supplies are provided but feel free to also bring your own. All skill levels are welcome. Come along and have fun! 

  • picture of living room with text for advance care planning workshop

    Thursday Apr 11, 2024 at 5:30pm
    90 minutes

    Advance Care Planning is a workshop about making choices about how you would like to be cared for in the future, at a time when you are not able to speak for yourself. How to prepare an Advance Directive and choose a Power of Attorney for Personal Care are discussed. Materials include worksheets to identify and articulate one's beliefs about end of life care and choices around planning your own health care. Discussion will include how to talk to your loved ones about your health care wishes in the event of illness and unexpected physical events. Presented by Dying With Dignity Canada (Ottawa Chapter)