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  • Thursdays, Apr 18, 2024 - Jun 27, 2024
    6:30pm
    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.

  • Sleuth Hounds

    Thursday Apr 18, 2024 at 6:30pm
    60 minutes

    Share the enjoyment of good mysteries in a relaxed atmosphere. Join us for our discussion on Alice Feeney's Rock Paper Scissors. All are welcome!

  • Thursdays, Apr 18, 2024 - Jun 20, 2024
    7:00pm
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Join us for a discussion of cookbooks and recipes. Try a recipe from each month’s cookbook selection and tell us what you think! ​
    All are welcome. 

  • Fridays, Apr 19, 2024 - Jun 21, 2024
    2:00pm
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Do you enjoy reading mysteries? Share the enjoyment of good mysteries in a relaxed atmosphere. Join us for discussion usually every third Friday of the month. 

  • obmn 3D double bill poster

    Saturday Apr 20, 2024 at 1:00pm
    210 minutes

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of The Mask (1961) and Robot Monster (1953) in glorious 3D!!!!!!!!! 3D Glasses will be provided for your enjoyment.

    The film is free to attend, starts at 1:00 PM and will take place in the Main branch auditorium.

  • Mondays, Apr 22, 2024 - Jun 24, 2024
    2:00pm
    120 minutes

    5 sessions remaining

    On the second and fourth Mondays of each month, this event provides an opportunity for local authors and others who enjoy good writing to discuss writing of all types (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, dramatic scripts, graphic novels, etc.) Members will have the opportunity to share their writing and exchange useful feedback. Possible discussion may also include ideas related to publishing written work.

  • seed saving

    Monday Apr 22, 2024 at 5:30pm
    150 minutes

    Take some seeds… bring some seeds!  A sustainable way to grow your garden and chat with other gardeners in the community.

  • Tuesdays, Apr 23, 2024 - Aug 27, 2024
    2:00pm
    60 minutes

    10 sessions remaining

    Want to learn more about your family history or getting stuck working on your family tree?  

    Drop-in to work on your family tree, share research strategies, and discover what resources are available for your research.  

    Specialists from the Ontario Genealogical Society Ottawa Branch and the Ottawa Public Library will answer questions and help you get the most from library resources.  

    Bring your laptop, tablet, or borrow a Chromebook from the library.  

    All welcome! 

  • poster for Yellow Sky

    Tuesday Apr 23, 2024 at 6:00pm
    150 minutes

    Join us for our yellow selection for the Month of Colors with a free screening of Yellow Sky. The film was directed by Wiiliam A. Wellman and was released in 1948. The screening will take place in our auditorium, starts at 6:00PM and is free to attend.

    Note: The film is intended for a mature audience. 98 minutes. In English with subtitles.

  • Wednesday Apr 24, 2024 at 6:30pm
    60 minutes

    Join us for the ultimate armchair travel around Europe. The European Book Club is offered in partnership with European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in Ottawa to promote contemporary European authors and their works. A book title from an EU country is selected for discussion each month.

    We will be discussing "Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World" by Irene Vallejo.

    IRENE VALLEJO

    Irene Vallejo earned her European Doctorate from the Universities of Zaragoza and Florence. Papyrus was awarded the National Essay Prize, the Critical Eye Prize for Narrative and the Bookstore Recommendation Award, and will be published in thirty countries. She is a regular columnist for El País and Heraldo de Aragón, and is the author of two children’s books, two novels, and three collections of essays, articles, and short fiction.

    PAPYRUS

    Long before books were mass-produced, scrolls hand copied on reeds pulled from the Nile were the treasures of the ancient world. Emperors and Pharaohs were so determined to possess them that they dispatched emissaries to the edges of the earth to bring them back.

    Papyrus, traces the dramatic history of the book and the fight for its survival. This is the story of the book’s journey from oral tradition to scrolls to codices, and how that transition laid the very foundation of Western culture. And it is a story full of heroic adventures, bloodshed and megalomania – from the battlefields of Alexander the Great and the palaces of Cleopatra to the libraries of war-torn Sarajevo and Oxford.