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  • Spaceship, hearts, and dice in pink and blue on black background.

    Saturday Aug 10, 2024 at 1:30pm
    180 minutes

    Get ready for a storytelling adventure that will test the limits of your imagination. We are playing Lasers & Feelings, a beginner-friendly science-fiction roleplaying game. Get ready to stretch your imagination muscles with a bit of storytelling, puzzles, aliens, and dice!
    Registration required (space is limited to 6 participants). Ages 10-14.

    Lasers & Feelings logo with hearts and a spaceship in pink and purple
    You are the crew of the interstellar scout ship Raptor. Your mission is to explore uncharted regions of space. Your ship captain, having suffered an attack by the strange psychic entity known as Something Else, is recovering in a medical pod. You must fend for yourselves (and keep the ship safe) while he recovers!

  • Colourful banner featuring various characters from Japanese anime. Title text anime written in pink and yellow.

    Tuesdays, Aug 13, 2024 - Aug 20, 2024
    5:30pm
    90 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Love anime and manga? Hangout with us to discover new favourites and geek out with fellow enthusiasts. We watch anime, eat snacks, and craft. Drop in program. Ages 13-18.

    Afternoon and evening sessions:

    • Evening of the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
    • Afternoon of the 3rd Tuesday.

    New themes each month!

  • Various colours of paint splatter in front of a galaxy. Title in white: "Galactic Creations"

    Wednesdays, Aug 14, 2024 - Aug 14, 2024
    2:30pm
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Join us for an afternoon of space-themed crafts! Drop-in program. For teens and tweens (ages 10-17).

    Try your hand at "galaxy paint" techniques to create amazing accessories:

    • Constellation rock magnets (for your locker or fridge)
    • Planetoid bottlecap pins (bring your own bottlecap or use one of ours)
    • Galaxy-dye clothes or guear (bring an item with light-coloured fabric to give it new life)

           

    Joignez-vous à nous pour un après-midi d'artisanats à thématique spatiale! Programme portes-ouvertes. Pour ados et pré-ados (10-17 ans).

    Expérimentez avec des techniques de "peinture galaxie" pour créer des accessoires incroyables :

    • Pierre magnétiques à constellation (pour votre frigo ou casier)
    • Macaron planétoide fait avec un bouchon de bouteille (apportez votre propre bouchon si vous voulez)
    • Vêtements ou apparat à teinture galactique (apportez un item en tissus de couleur pâle pour lui donner une nouvelle vie)
  • Monday Aug 19, 2024 at 3:30pm
    90 minutes

    “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – William Faulkner

    In the new feature documentary Unarchived, co-directors Hayley Gray and Elad Tzadok highlight community archives across British Columbia to reveal some of what has been erased from the official record.

    Local knowledge keepers are hand-fashioning a more inclusive history through family photos, newspaper articles and scratchy old VHS tapes. These different collections tell stories of people building connection through work, play, protest, family and tradition.

    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.

    Hayley Gray, Elad Tzadok
    2022 | 1 h 24 m | Documentary | English with French sub-titles

  • poster for Gamera vs. Guiron

    Wednesday Sep 04, 2024 at 6:30pm
    150 minutes

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of Gamera vs. Guiron (1969).

    Please join us from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at the OPL's Main Branch Auditorium. The event will also feature other bad movie items like trailers and serials.

    The event is free to attend. In English.

    Note: This film is intended for a mature audience. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • Photograph of the Parliament Hill skyline taken between the end of the 19th century and 1916.

    Saturday Sep 28, 2024 at 1:00pm
    120 minutes

    In 1924, "les allumetières" (match workers) of E.B. Eddy staged the first trike by women workers in Québec history. Three decades earlier, in 1891, 2,500 unionized sawmill workers had walked out in the largest strike-to-date in Canadian history. 

    Join Brian McDougall, adjunct professor from Carleton History and guide with Peoples’ History Walking Tours, to hear about these strikes and other important labour landmarks that took place in the Chaudière District. 

    Presented in partnership with The Workers' History Museum.

  • poster for The Bat

    Wednesday Oct 02, 2024 at 6:30pm
    150 minutes

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of The Bat (1959).

    Please join us from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at the OPL's Main Branch Auditorium. The event will also feature other bad movie items like trailers and serials.

    The event is free to attend. In English.

    Note: This film is intended for a mature audience. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • Photograph of the Parliament Hill skyline taken between the end of the 19th century and 1916.

    Saturday Oct 26, 2024 at 1:00pm
    120 minutes

    Join Stephen McKenna, historian, author & musician, as we trace the history of a working class Gloucester village-like neighborhood - carved out of the former Billings Estate - and its transition from the era of ice houses, sawmills, brickyards, swimming creeks and horse-drawn wagons into the modern age of shopping malls and the practicalities of present-day suburbia. 

  • poster for Escape from L.A.

    Wednesday Nov 06, 2024 at 6:30pm
    150 minutes

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of Escape from L.A. (1996).

    Please join us from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at the OPL's Main Branch Auditorium. The event will also feature other bad movie items like trailers and serials.

    The event is free to attend. In English.

    Note: This film is intended for a mature audience. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • Photograph of the Parliament Hill skyline taken between the end of the 19th century and 1916.

    Saturday Nov 23, 2024 at 1:00pm
    120 minutes

    Alanis King, originally from Manitoulin Island, Wikwemikong, shares the stories of the Anishnaabe (Algonquin) people through her personal lens as an Indigenous person.

    Blending stories from pre and post-contact, exploring the roles of the Ottawa River and its islands, traditional gathering areas, trade, archaeological digs, legends and landmarks right here in our city, Alanis offers a unique worldview on Ottawa history.