You are here

Find a program or event

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.

  • Thursday Aug 15, 2024 at 2:00pm
    90 minutes

    Join us for an afternoon of giant size board game fun! Play some classic oversized games like Connect Four, Guess Who? and Tic Tac Toe. In Candyland you will be the live game piece on a giant game board. All ages welcome.

  • TD Summer Reading Club banner

    Thursday Aug 15, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Join us for a puppet show and fancy dress (or costume) parade to wrap up the TD Summer Reading Club 2024!  Family program. / Joignez-vous à nous pour un spectacle de marionnettes et un défilé costumé pour clôturer le Club de lecture d'été TD 2024!  Programme familial. 

  • summer reading club images

    Thursday Aug 15, 2024 at 2:30pm
    60 minutes

    Suite à la lecture d’un conte provenant de la collection de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa, découvrez comment les mots peuvent se transformer en mouvement! Explorez votre imaginaire en bougeant avec les artistes de Tara Luz Danse de façon ludique et créative. Cette activité multisensorielle se terminera avec un coloriage en lien avec l’atelier vécu. Programme familial pour les 4+ ans. 

  • Thursday Aug 15, 2024 at 2:30pm
    45 minutes

    Let's tell a story about outer space! Join us for space stories and crafts. For ages 4-8. Registration required.

    This is the same program being offered at Beaverbrook and Hazeldean Branches for ages 4-6; and at Constance Bay Branch for ages 4-8. 

    Please register for the program at the branch most convenient for you!

  • musical notes and head shot of Chris White

    Thursday Aug 15, 2024 at 6:30pm
    60 minutes

    Bring your chair or blanket a picnic dinner and join us for the all-ages, outdoor, sing-along with Chris White!  Chris will lead us through songs from decades ago and some new works that make it fun and easy to join in!  

    Raindate: Friday, 16 Aug, 4:30-5:30PM

    About Chris White

    With Nova Scotian roots that combine Black, White and Indigenous heritage, Chris White was born into a musical family and developed skills as a singer, guitarist, songwriter and performer.  Growing up, he performed in a vocal quartet with his siblings and sang in a choir led by his father, Bill White, an accomplished musician and choral director.  Chris’ aunt, Portia White, was a classical singer of “national historic significance”, and his uncle, Lorne White, performed on CBC’s “Singalong Jubilee” program throughout its 13-year national television run.  Chris is known for his engaging stage presence and his talent for getting audiences to sing along enthusiastically!

    Chris writes and performs songs that are sometimes humorous, sometimes touching, always engaging.  He has released three albums of original songs – “I’m a Poet… and I’m Aware of It”, “Inner Voice”, and “Music All Around”.

    Chris co-founded the Ottawa Folk Festival in 1993 and served as Artistic Director for 16 years.  In that role, he created numerous opportunities for attendees to become actively involved with music through participatory choirs, ukulele-building workshops and musical instrument “petting zoos”.  He also worked with the Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society and Writer’s Bloc to create annual events such as “Musical Friends”, “Gil’s Hootenanny” and “The Great Canadian Song-Along”. 

    He is also a co-founder of AfroMétis, a project that delves into Black, Native and Nova Scotian roots to create songs and poems that address and celebrate this largely unacknowledged aspect of Canadian history and culture.

    Chris produces and hosts two weekly music programs on CKCU FM: “Canadian Spaces”, Canada’s longest-running folk music radio show, and “Special Blend”.

     Chris with Lynn Hanson at CKCU

    An active member of local, regional and national music communities, Chris is a founding board member of Home Routes, an organization that presents concerts across Canada.  He has designed large-scale musical events for many organizations, including the National Arts Centre, the Canadian Union of Public Employees and Public Services International.

    Chris has led singing, song writing and performance workshops in elementary schools, secondary schools, colleges, camps and conferences.  He currently directs the following weekly singing groups:

    • The Sparrows, a choir for home schooled children aged 4 to 10
    • Brothers Aloud, a vocal group for men;  
    • Minds In Song, a singing group for people with dementia and their partners
      • under the auspices of the Dementia Society of Ottawa, Chris has been leading sing-along sessions called "Turquoise" for people with dementia and their partners/caregivers for the past ten years
    • The Merry Songsters, a performance ensemble for retirees
    • ESP, an all-ages, all-abilities sing-along group.

    Chris received the Helen Verger Award in 2012 for “significant, sustained contributions to Canadian folk music”.

  • summer reading club images

    Friday Aug 16, 2024 at 2:30pm
    60 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    For this program, Parrot Partners will bring at least 3 parrots, from different areas of the world, ranging in size from very small and ‘spunky’ to massive and ‘mellow.’  We introduce each parrot, one at a time, and share interesting and entertaining facts and stories about their natures and lives in the wild and in our homes.   Participants will be offered the opportunity to give our parrots a treat or drink from a safety cup or feeding skewer, as well as pose for photos with the parrots. Family program for ages 4+. 

  • summer reading club images

    Friday Aug 16, 2024 at 2:30pm
    60 minutes

    The YOU-nique program is all about empowering what makes you – and the animals around you - unique. Discover each animal's unique adaptation, how it makes them all special and how all the animals also benefit from each other's unique characteristics to overcome and problem-solve together. Family program for ages 4+. | Le programme YOU-nique, c’est la chance de faire briller ce qui te rend – tout comme les animaux qui t’entourent – unique. Découvre comment s’adapte chacun des animaux, ce qui les rend spéciaux et comment leurs caractéristiques propres leur permettent de s’entraider pour surmonter et régler leurs problèmes. Programme familial pour les 4 ans +  

  • Friday Aug 16, 2024 at 3:00pm
    120 minutes

    Come watch a FREE screening of fun, family-friendly movies every Friday this summer at the Blackburn Hamlet branch! Popcorn provided. Bring your own water bottle. Costumes are always welcome!  

    The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) - 1hr 33mins - PG 

    A Brooklyn plumber named Mario travels through the Mushroom Kingdom with a princess named Peach and an anthropomorphic mushroom named Toad to find Mario's brother, Luigi, and to save the world from a ruthless fire-breathing Koopa named Bowser.

    Le film sera visionné en anglais / Movie will be shown in English 

    July 5 – Elemental (2023 – PG) 

    July 12 – The Bad Guys (2022 – G) 

    July 19 – The Little Mermaid (2023 – PG) 

    July 26 – Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022 – PG)  

    August 2 – Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2022 – G) 

    August 9 – Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (2023 – G) 

    August 16 – The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023 – PG) 

    August 23 – Wish (2024 – G) 

  • Friday Aug 16, 2024 at 3:30pm
    120 minutes

    Create and build with Lego®! Drop-in program. ​Ages 6-12.

    NOTE: This is a stay and play program without staff supervision.​

    Architectes en herbe, à vos Lego®! Programme portes ouvertes.​ 6 à 12 ans.

    NOTEZ BIEN : Cette activité n’est pas supervisée par le personnel.

  • Saturday Aug 17, 2024 at 10:00am
    300 minutes

    Drop-in to our branch during the day and donate common school supplies.  While you are here pick-up what your students might be missing. ​

    Think: glue sticks, erasers, lined paper, graph paper, colouring pencils, pencils, pens, markers, rulers etc.​

    Saturday August 17th​

    10am- 4pm

    Participez à notre échange de fournitures scolaires.  Laissez ce que vous avez de trop et servez-vous de ce qui vous manque. ​

    Samedi le 17 août

    10 hrs à 16 hrs