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  • Scissors, needle and thread, markers and glue / Ciseaux, fil et aiguille, marqueurs et colle.

    Tuesday Aug 06, 2024 at 2:30pm
    90 minutes

    Sorry this event is full

    Join us for a crafty afternoon as we stream a short Creativebug course that will teach you how to make your own permanent design on a ceramic plate.

    All supplies – including the plates and refreshments – will be provided and you get to keep your creation!

    Registration is required, but drop-in attendees will be considered the day of the event, depending on capacity.


    Venez bricoler avec nous tandis que nous diffusons un bref cours de Creativebug qui vous apprendra à décorer une assiette en céramique de manière unique et permanente.

    Tout le matériel – y compris les assiettes et les rafraichissements – sera fourni et vous garderez votre création!

    Inscription requise. Ceux n’étant pas inscrits pourraient être admis le jour de l’événement, tout dépendant de la capacité d’accueil.

  • An illustrated adult reads to a child. To the side, two aliens read on a planet.

    Wednesday Aug 07, 2024 at 2:30pm
    60 minutes

    Climb on board my rocket ship. Drop-in program. Ages 4-6. We will be sharing stories, singing songs, and helping our friend Cubetto get to his interstellar destination.

    Grimpe à bord de mon vaisseau spatial. Programme portes ouvertes. Pour les 4 à 6 ans. Nous partagerons des histoires, chanterons des chansons et aiderons notre ami Cubetto à atteindre sa destination interstellaire.

    A blocky coding toy decorated as a rocket ship sits beside its controller on a space-themed mat.

  • poster for Stunt Rock

    Wednesday Aug 07, 2024 at 6:30pm
    150 minutes

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of Stunt Rock (1978).

    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.

  • Friday Aug 09, 2024 at 2:30pm
    60 minutes

    Learn beginner-level ukulele in a fun and engaging way with our resident musician, Amir. Take your first steps with the instrument, learn the chords, and even play your first songs! Instruments provided by the library. Ages 13-18. 

  • 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!

  • Mondays, Aug 12, 2024 - Aug 26, 2024
    120 minutes

    2 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.

  • Mondays, Aug 12, 2024 - Dec 23, 2024
    150 minutes

    10 sessions remaining

    Come join us for a fun collage session! Explore your creative side and piece together something beautiful. Collages make nice greeting cards or posters to decorate your home. Drop in program. Welcome to all ages. No registration required. All collage-making supplies (scissors, paper, glue) will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own special papers and materials as well.

    Venez participer à un amusant atelier de collage! Libérez votre créativité et fabriquez quelque chose de magnifique. Faites de jolies cartes de souhaits ou de belles décorations à afficher chez vous. Programme portes ouvertes. Pour tous âges. Aucune inscription nécessaire. Tout le matériel nécessaire vous sera fourni (ciseaux, papier, colle), mais vous pouvez aussi apporter vos propres papiers et outils.

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

    Tuesdays, Aug 13, 2024 - Aug 20, 2024
    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
    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