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

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

    Sorry this event is full

    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.

  • Wednesdays, Jun 26, 2024 - Aug 28, 2024
    6:30pm
    60 minutes

    10 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

    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

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

    Thursday Jun 27, 2024 at 7:00pm
    60 minutes

    Our final book club session before the summer break!

    We invite you to come rave about your favourite books, and share your love for them with other passionate readers.

    Whether it be an old favourite from your childhood, 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*, to share with other members of the community what Cumberland-area residents are reading.

    We are excited to see your recommendations!

    *Please note that the published list will be limited to titles currently in the OPL collection.

  • Yellow Summer Reading Club banner with space images and NFB logo

    Thursday Jul 04, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Join us for a screening of a great selection of short films about the Milky Way, space travel, and friendly aliens!

    Observation ♦ The Moon Changes ♦ What Does It Feel Like? ♦ Lift Off ♦ Extracting Resources ♦ Invasion of the Space Lobsters ♦ Comet ♦ Arctic Song ♦ Return

    54 minutes. Courtesy of the National Film Board.

  • National Film Board of Canada logo on pink and purple field

    Saturday Jul 06, 2024 at 2:00pm
    90 minutes

    Did you know that July is Disability Month? Take a seat to enjoy these short films on how art and disability intersect!

    Courtesy of the National Film Board.

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    How Does It Feel is a meditation on performance, self-expression, (dis)ability, and the power of art. At age 58, Kazumi has decided to use his singing voice to channel his cerebral palsy (CP). As Kazumi draws from his exuberant, poignant and painful experiences, performer and teacher Fides Krucker guides him to embrace his inner artist. Kazumi's one-man show features songs like Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of my Tears" which take on new and unexpected meaning in this moving account of transformation through the power of song.

    2011. 34 minutes.

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    “We’re beautiful, the whole gang. We’re special,” says Jean of the 15-odd employees at The Artisan—a workshop employing people with intellectual disabilities. Jean is the self-described “handyman and best-looking” member of the group. A moving celebration of difference, The Artisans captures daily life at an organization where the workers are as courageous as they are colourful.

    2018. 51 minutes.

  • National Film Board of Canada logo on pink and purple field

    Saturday Jul 20, 2024 at 2:00pm
    75 minutes

    Art and activism are the starting point for a funny and intimate portrait of five surprising individuals with diverse disabilities. Packed with humour and raw energy, this film follows the gang of five from B.C. to Nova Scotia as they create and present their own images of their disabilities.

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    Ce long métrage documentaire sur l’art, le militantisme et les personnes vivant avec un handicap propose un portrait à la fois intime et amusant de cinq artistes étonnants, y compris la réalisatrice Bonnie Sherr Klein. Avec un humoriste, une poétesse, un danseur et un sculpteur, Klein se rend dans diverses provinces canadiennes et aux États-Unis afin de créer des autoportraits aux multiples facettes. Un regard tendre et humoristique sur la passion de l’art et la vie avec un handicap, ses complications et ses richesses inattendues.

    2006. 1 h 11 min. Courtesy of the National Film Board. Gracieuseté de l'Office national du film.

  • National Film Board of Canada logo on pink and purple field

    Saturday Aug 17, 2024 at 2:00pm
    90 minutes

    In community archives across British Columbia, local knowledge keepers are hand-fashioning a more inclusive history. Through a collage of personal interviews, archival footage and deeply rooted memories, the past, present and future come together, fighting for a space where everyone is seen and everyone belongs. History is what we all make of it.

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    Dans les communautés de la Colombie-Britannique, des gardiennes et gardiens du savoir s’appuient sur les archives pour façonner une histoire plus inclusive à l’échelle locale. Grâce à un collage composé d’entrevues personnelles, de plans d’archives et de souvenirs profondément enracinés, le passé, le présent et l’avenir se fondent pour faire émerger un espace où tout le monde est visible et où tout le monde a sa place. Car l’histoire devient ce que, ensemble, nous en faisons.

    1 h 24 minutes. Courtesy of the National Film Board. Gracieuseté de l'Office national du film.

  • Saturdays, Jun 22, 2024 - Dec 28, 2024
    10:30am
    30 minutes

    19 sessions remaining

    Stories, rhymes and songs for children of all ages and a parent or caregiver. 30 min. Drop-in

    Please note that there will not be Saturday Storytime during the months of July and August.

  • Saturdays, Jun 22, 2024 - Jun 29, 2024
    10:30am
    30 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Stories, rhymes and puppets for children and a parent /caregiver. 

    Please note: There will be no Family Storytime on Saturday, March 30.

    Drop in.

    30 minutes

  • four people with speech bubbles

    Saturdays, Jun 22, 2024 - Aug 17, 2024
    1:00pm
    90 minutes

    5 sessions remaining

    Practice your English conversation skills in a relaxed and friendly environment. All levels are welcome. / Pratiquez vos habilités de conversation en anglais dans une ambiance décontractée et amicale. Pour tous les niveaux.

    Language learning online resources / Ressources en ligne pour l'apprentisage des langues