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  • Wednesdays, Apr 24, 2024 - Jun 05, 2024
    60 minutes

    7 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? All levels are welcome.

    Join our free English conversation group!

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

    Every Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm (no conversation group on April 17)

    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? Tous les niveaux sont les bienvenus.

    Joignez-vous à notre groupe de conversation en anglais! C'est gratuit!

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

    Tous les mercredis soirs de 18h30-19h30 (sauf le 17 avril)

  • Open book on an off-white background, with blooming magnolias resting on the open book

    Thursdays, Apr 25, 2024 - Jun 27, 2024
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Our final book club sessions before the summer break!

    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.

    For June, we'll be having a BYOB party... Bring Your Own Book Party, that is! Whether it be an old favourite, or something new and amazing that recently crossed your path, we want to see what you recommend everyone should read and hear why you loved it. A list of the recommended titles will appear on the website after the event.

  • Notepad, camera, and magnifying glass on old map

    Tuesdays, May 21, 2024 - Jun 18, 2024
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    All aboard for the final leg of our tour around the world, with Sweden, Nigeria, and Spain! Join us the third Tuesday of each month where we will discuss a title set in a different country and/or written by a foreign author.

    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. This is the last chance to get your Reader's Passport stamped before the summer!

  • Woman clutching her hair in frustration, looking at her laptop

    Saturday Jun 22, 2024 at 2:00pm
    120 minutes

    The average time it takes for an unprotected computer to be compromised after connecting to the Internet is under 15 minutes. Don't let it be yours!

    Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group, will show you the simple steps you need to take to keep your PC from being hacked.

    And best of all, it can be done for free!

    **Please note that you are not required to bring your laptop for the session.

  • National Canadian Film Day 2024

    Wednesday Apr 17, 2024 at 3:30am
    105 minutes

    Twenty-five years after starring in the hit 90s film Smoke Signals, Cody Lightning directs and stars in this uproarious mockumentary about a fictionalized version of himself attempting to make a sequel. When a mysterious fan offers a full budget for the film, Cody jumps at the chance, promising the full participation of the original cast. The only thing standing in his way is the small fact that the entire original cast hates him. A refreshing and occasionally raunchy comedy, this charming underdog story is a great movie about how to make a terrible one. 2023. 102 min. English with French subtitles.

    Vingt-cinq ans après avoir joué dans le film à succès des années 90, Le secret des cendres (Smoke Signals), Cody Lightning réalise et joue dans ce faux documentaire hilarant qui raconte la tentative d'une version fictive de lui-même qui veut tourner une suite au film. Lorsqu'un mystérieux fan lui offre la totalité du budget pour le film, Cody saute sur l'occasion, promettant la participation totale de la distribution originale. La seule chose qui lui barre la route est le fait que toute la distribution originale du film le déteste. Cette comédie rafraîchissante et parfois grinçante, qui raconte l'histoire d'un anti-héros, est un excellent film sur comment faire un mauvais film. 2023. 102 min. Anglais avec sous-titres français.

  • A hand holding a bill surrounded by coins of various denominations

    Wednesdays, Apr 17, 2024 - Apr 25, 2024
    180 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Do you need help with your tax return? If you have a modest income and a simple tax situation, trained volunteers may be able to complete your tax return for you for free. Ottawa Public Library is partnering with the Canada Revenue Agency to offer free tax preparation through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.

    The Ruth E. Dickinson branch will be offering free tax clinics in English on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    Before arriving at the free tax clinics, you must verify whether you meet the Canada Revenue Agency’s eligibility criteria and ensure to bring the appropriate documentation with you. Our volunteers will not process self-employment or business taxes. 

    Click on the "View full schedule" button on the right of the screen to see when the clinics will be offered.

  • English conversation group

    Wednesdays, Apr 17, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
    90 minutes

    11 sessions remaining

    Join our free English conversation group to practice speaking in English in a relaxed and friendly environment.

    All levels are welcome to this drop-in program.

    Rejoignez notre groupe de conversation en anglais gratuit pour pratiquer l'anglais dans une atmosphère détendue.

    Tous les niveaux sont les bienvenus à ce programme , inscription non requise.

  • Wednesday Apr 17, 2024 at 10:15am
    90 minutes

    Le français suit l’anglais. 
    Wallace (Radcliffe) is a medical school dropout who’s been burned by bad relationships. Just when all his friends, and even his goofy roommate Allan (Driver), seem to be finding love, Wallace decides to put romance on hold. Of course, that’s when he meets Chantry (Kazan), an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend, Ben (Spall). The dreaded “F word” in this contemporary and hilarious romantic comedy is “friendship.” Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, but are both committed to keeping things platonic, which might prove to be more difficult than either one of them imagined. “The F Word has charm to spare, and Radcliffe and Kazan are irresistible.”
    — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    2013. 102 min. English with French subtitles

    Wallace (Radcliffe) est un décrocheur de l'école de médecine qui accumule les échecs amoureux. Lorsque tous ses amis, même son nigaud de coloc Allan (Driver), semblent avoir trouvé l'âme sœur, Wallace décide de mettre l'amour en veilleuse. Bien sûr, c'est à ce moment-là qu'il rencontre Chantry (Kazan), une dessinatrice d'animation qui vit avec son amoureux de longue date, Ben (Spall). Le « F Word » du titre anglais de cette comédie romantique et contemporaine très drôle ne fait pas référence à ce que l’on pense, mais plutôt à « friendship », ou amitié. Une complicité s'installe immédiatement entre Wallace et Chantry, mais ils sont résolus à ne rester que de bons amis, ce qui pourrait s'avérer plus difficile qu'ils ne le croient. « Et si jamais est une comédie tout à fait charmante. Radcliffe et Kazan sont irrésistibles. »
    — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    2013. 102 min. Anglais avec sous-titres français.

  • Wednesdays, Apr 17, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
    60 minutes

    11 sessions remaining

    Do you need a casual, friendly environment where you can practice your English-speaking skills?  Look no further than the English Conversation Group!  Receive guidance from our experienced conversation group leaders, meet new people, and gain confidence in your English speaking.

  • Wednesday Apr 17, 2024 at 12:00pm
    90 minutes

    Courageous and emotionally powerful, Fire follows Sita (Nandita Das) and Radha (Shabana Azmi), two women living in New Delhi who are disappointed with their arranged marriages. While Sita is trapped in a relationship with her cruel and unfaithful husband, Jatin (Jaaved Jaafei), Radha is married to his brother, Ashok (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), a religious zealot who believes in suppressing desire. Lonely and lacking in love and passion, the two women begin to seek solace and friendship in each other, only to discover a passionate romantic love that must be kept secret. When it was released in the late 1990s, Fire’s incendiary subject matter led to protests and government interventions in India. Years later, the internationally acclaimed film is as seductive and moving as ever. The film won seven awards at film festivals around the world, including "Most Popular Canadian Film" at the Vancouver International Film Festival. 1996. 104 min. English only.