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  • Open book

    Tuesday Jun 06, 2023 at 1:30pm
    60 minutes

    Share the enjoyment of good books in a relaxed atmosphere.

    This group meets every first Tuesday of the month until next June 2023. 

    October 4th was our very first meeting and here is the list of books that will be discussed at subsequent meetings.  Click each book titles below to place a hold.

    May and June picks to be discussed.

    This is a drop in program.  No registration required.

  • Harp guitar head shots of Susan Toman and Andrew Mah

    Thursday Jun 15, 2023 at 6:30pm
    60 minutes

    Join us at Rockcliffe Park branch for an evening of unique artistry, featuring two local musicians of international caliber!  A newly formed ensemble, Susan Toman and Andrew Mah present a concert on Celtic harp and guitar, with composers from the 17th and 18th centuries. Music by O’Carolan, Connellan, Playford, Purcell, and more. Don't miss a rare opportunity to enjoy this beautiful and seldom heard instrumental combination!  

    English.  Drop-in. All ages.  

    Susan Toman

    Susan decide to take up the Celtic harp, fueled by a love of Irish & Scottish music. Having briefly studied harp basics with Annabelle Renzo in Montreal, she decided to immerse herself in Irish culture and tradition by learning from an Irish master of the harp. After intensive studies with Grainne Hambly in County Mayo, Ireland (and inspired by many castles!), Susan returned to Canada and prepared to record her first solo harp album (Emerald Shores), publishing her arrangements in her book "Dance Tunes & Airs." Since then she has recorded a solo Christmas album (Angels on High), and an album of Irish and Scottish traditional 
    ​music with singer Ellen MacIsaac.  

    Andrew Mah

    Canadian guitarist Andrew Mah is a unique and exciting musician, widely regarded for his virtuosity, versatility, and heartfelt musicality. 

    Born in Ottawa into a family of guitarists, he has performed professionally on classical guitar for more than 26 years,  carving out a uniquely eclectic international career as a solo concert artist, chamber musician, teacher, arranger, producer, and adjudicator. 

    Having concertized throughout Canada, the US,  and Europe,  he was the first North American ever to tour in the Republic of Cape Verde.  

    Adjunct to his performing career, he has been active in a presenting capacity as former President of the Ottawa Guitar Society, and is often sought out for his expertise in the arrangement and notation of music from other cultures and styles into readable scores for classical musicians.  

    His long term project to record J.S Bach's entire catalog of solo music for lute, violin, and cello is currently underway. 

    For more information please visit  

  • children playing with craft materials

    Thursday Jul 06, 2023 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Join us at Rockcliffe Park for our art alien-building workshop where you will build space creatures from sticks and stones and other fun stuff!

    We will photograph your work and post it on our board!

    English event.  Space is limited, registration required. Ages 6-10.

    Make big things out of little things.  

  • Mondays, Jul 10, 2023 - Aug 21, 2023
    0 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

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

  • a girl is reading a science book

    Tuesday Jul 18, 2023 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Registration opens on Monday, June 12, 2023 - 10:00am

    Discover what happens when science meets art! Explore perception as you use shadows, colour, motion, and light to create art from science. You’ll make a puppet, a spinning top and a kaleidoscope, as well as design your own galaxy. As Albert Einstein said: “The greatest scientists are always artists as well!”

    Come join us for this hybrid program (in-person with presenter online) with our partner, Scientists in School! Ages 8-12.

  • Creatures playing musical instruments and a swimming turtle holding a camera.

    Thursday Jul 27, 2023 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Registration opens on Monday, June 12, 2023 - 9:00am

    Join us at Rockcliffe Park in this workshop with Dave Chisholm to learn about the planets, the constellations, meteors, meteorites and craters.  Participants will be able to hold a rock from space, use a star finder and make their own craters using flour (moon dust) and marbles (meteorites).  The session ends with a walk through the night sky using planetarium software (Stellarium).

    Dave is an amateur astronomer and is currently the President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Ottawa Centre.  He has been active in astronomy for the last 15 years.  When he is not doing astronomy he teaches first aid and volunteers with the Scouts.

    English event.  Space is limited, registration required. Ages 5-7 years.

    See the world through new eyes.

  • Summer Reading Club Turtle

    Tuesday Aug 01, 2023 at 1:00pm
    60 minutes

    Registration opens on Monday, June 12, 2023 - 10:00am

    Join the Ottawa Humane Society and learn to be a good buddy to dogs! Participants will learn how to safely approach a dog and explore bite-prevention tips through role-playing scenarios. Family program for ages 5+

  • children playing with craft materials

    Thursday Aug 10, 2023 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Registration opens on Monday, June 12, 2023 - 9:00am

    Join us at Rockcliffe Park to create stars and nebulas with natural dyes in the tie dye art workshop.  Kid will each make a dye from things found in nature.

    English event.  Space is limited, registration required.  Ages 8-12.

    Is it weird, or is it true? Is it science or magic? 

  • children playing with craft materials

    Tuesday Aug 15, 2023 at 2:00pm
    90 minutes

    Registration opens on Monday, June 12, 2023 - 9:00am

    To start us off, biologist Iola Price, will walk us through our own mini-forest here at Rockcliffe Park Branch and show us the ways that nature adapts and protects itself.  She will uncover some of nature’s very cool secrets.   Then create an art work that you think would look like an alien or alien plant using natural, found material from our grounds, and paint a picture of it en plein air!

    English event.  Space is limited, registration required. For adults and kids!


                                                                                                      Image by Jazella

    Iola is a biologist.  She has worked her entire career to help save our environment.  As a scientist she has had many adventures including helping baby Peregrine Falcons until they were big enough to fly free, counting migrating shorebirds from a small airplane over the North coast of South America to studying the effects of toxic chemicals in Black-crowned Night Herons on Lake Ontario. 

    She is active in our community to remove invasive plants that crowd out our native plants (like Trilliums) and is helping to create a natural mini forest (woodlot) here at the Rockcliffe Public Library. 

    Get a close-up look at the science of the world around you.