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  • Thursday Apr 25, 2024 at 6:30pm
    120 minutes

    Curious about Dungeons and Dragons? Give it a try with this one-session-long adventure for beginners! D&D is a popular fantasy role-playing game in which your characters explore, solve puzzles, and fight or outwit monsters. Learn the basic rules of this popular game as you undertake an adventure with fellow players! Registration Required

    Ages 13-17.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street

    Thursday Apr 25, 2024 at 7:00pm
     minutes

    On April 25, join author Dimitri Nasrallah and CBC’s Alan Neal for a conversation about the One eRead 2024 book: Hotline. Universal human themes - belonging, identity, isolation, and connection - make Hotline a perfect story to read and discuss with thousands of fellow Canadians as part of this year's One eRead /Un livrel program. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a question & answer session at the end of the discussion.  

    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, an Eventbrite account is not required to register. A recording of the event will be provided on YouTube afterwards. A One eRead Canada French language event is being hosted by BAnQ in Montreal on April 23 at 7:00pm (livestream available). 

    The Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) is excited to bring you Canada's largest bilingual book club, while highlighting the need for equitable access to digital books in Canadian libraries. Throughout April, public libraries across the country will participate in One eRead / Un livrel Canada, during which thousands of readers will borrow digital copies of Dimitri Nasrallah's novel Hotline from their public libraries with no waitlists.  

    Longlisted for the 2022 Giller Prize, and a Canada Reads selection in 2023, Hotline is the story of Muna, a mother starting a new life in Montreal after escaping devastation in war-torn Lebanon with her 8-year old son in the 1980s. Even as she struggles to find acceptance, healing, and purpose in a new city where she doesn't feel welcome, Muna finds herself providing solace and a sympathetic ear to fellow Montrealers via her job as a hotline operator for a weight-loss center.  

    Dimitri Nasrallah is the author of four novels. He was born in Lebanon in 1977, and lived in Kuwait, Greece, and Dubai before moving to Canada. His internationally acclaimed books have garnered nominations for CBC Canada Reads, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal, and won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the McAuslan First Book Prize. He is the fiction editor at Véhicule Press. 

    Alan Neal is the award-winning host of the afternoon show All In A Day, heard 3 to 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One and CBC Listen. He has lived in Ottawa almost his entire life, and is known for his carefully researched interviews of authors and musicians.

     

    This program is presented by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, Ottawa Public Library, Library and Archives Canada and the CBC.  

    Accessibility: 
    The Pellan Room at Library and Archives Canada is accessible via elevator. There are gendered washrooms with barrier free stalls on the main floor of the building. There are additional gendered washrooms available on the same floor as the event. There are no universal individual washrooms available at this venue.  

    Related booklist: If You Love Hotline - One eRead Canada 2024 | Ottawa Public Library | BiblioCommons

  • Banner reading "Quilling at Beaverbrook"

    Friday Apr 26, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Create a beautiful scene using strips of paper in this easy-to-follow craft. 

  • Sleuth Hounds

    Saturdays, Apr 27, 2024 - May 04, 2024
    10:00am
    135 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    The program aims to help children practice and improve their reading skills! Children will receive individualized reading help and encouragement. Ages 6-12. Online Registration Required / Ce programme contribue au développement de la lecture chez les jeunes en favorisant l'accompagnement comme moyen privilégié d'apprentissage et de partage. Pour les 6-12 ans. Inscription en ligne requise

    Step 1. Register for program / Étape 1: S'inscrire au programme.

    Step 2. You will be added to the wait list. / Étape 2: Vous serez ajouté à la liste d'attente.

    Step 3. An employee will contact you to complete the registration. / Étape 3: Un employé communiquera avec vous pour compléter l'enregistrement.

  • Saturdays, Apr 27, 2024 - May 25, 2024
    10:00am
    120 minutes

    5 sessions remaining

    Interested in playing D&D?  Then join us on for a D&D adventure.  Dungeons and Dragons is a fantasy role playing game in which your characters explore the world, solve puzzles and fight monsters. For ages 13-17.  Spaces limited.  Note: there is no program on March 30th.

  • Saturday Apr 27, 2024 at 1:00pm
    90 minutes

    You want to be a creative writer. Where do you start? This workshop explores issues of creativity, imagination, and storytelling theory: point of view, pacing, or setting. This workshop is designed to spark your inventiveness and transform the mundane into the extraordinary. Come with writing implements and be prepared to start a new journey into creativity.

  • Saturday Apr 27, 2024 at 1:30pm
    180 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Poetry as Invective: Feeling a little on edge? Do you lack the words to express your disappointment, rage, or, maybe, hope? Consider writing invective! Catallus, Francois Villon, and Sylvia Plath broke hearts and egos with their poems of rage and spite. But here's the secret: that verbal energy can be used to celebrate joys large and small. In this intensive workshop, we'll examine three poems of invective, learn how those poems work, and, with luck, you will draft your own poem of praise or admiration for ... something wonderful. 

    Stephen Brockwell's books Fruitfly Geographic (ECW Press, 2004) and All of Us Reticent, Here, Together (Mansfield Press, 2016) won the Archibald Lampman Award. 

  • girl sewing

    Saturdays, Apr 27, 2024 - Jun 08, 2024
    2:00pm
    90 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Discover the fun of sewing by hand and finish simple sewing projects in this 5-part program. For ages 9-12.

    Registration required. 

  • Saturday Apr 27, 2024 at 2:00pm
    75 minutes

    Join us for a personal finance session about budgeting and saving for teens presented by Scott G. Elliott from CPA Canada.

    Budgeting is important in order for us to know where our money is going and to help us keep our spending and saving habits in balance.

    Drop ins are welcome but registration is recommended to save your spot.

  • Saturday Apr 27, 2024 at 2:00pm
    120 minutes

    We are told: don't write down passwords; don't reuse passwords; make passwords long and complex. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will show how to use free software that stores all your usernames and passwords along with related information and protects them with a single, very strong password. Don't let your online accounts get compromised. It's easy and free.