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  • Photograph of the Parliament Hill skyline taken between the end of the 19th century and 1916.
    Saturday Feb 25, 2023 at 10:30am / until Sat, Apr 22, 2023

    Black History Ottawa, the Ubuntu Legacy Network and the Historical Society of Ottawa invite you to the first of a three-part book club on Tom Zoellner's "Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire"

    Learn how the forces of literacy and revolution brought an end to slavery in the British Empire. 

    This inclusive community safe-space legacy workshop series is part of the 2023 commemoration of the 230th anniversary of the 1793 Act to Limit Slavery in Upper Canada and the 190th anniversary of the 1833 Act to Abolish Slavery in the British Empire. 

    Visit IslandonFire.eventbrite.ca to register for this workshop. Places are limited. Due to the nature of the content explored in this workshop, only those aged 18 years and older may participate. 

    The second and third sessions will take place respectively on March 25, 2023 and on April 22, 2023. They will both take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room B125 of the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe Street). 

  • Tuesday Feb 28, 2023 at 6:00pm

    Listen to music and create art by drawing, painting, or sculpting.  This program will increase sensory awareness, facilitate mindfulness, and encourage emotional expression.

  • Friday Mar 3, 2023 at 11:00am

    Join us for a tour of the Digitization Lab. This lab is equipped with bookable work stations that allow you to digitize your old photographs, slides and negatives, as well as your VHS and 8mm films. This tour will be an orientation of the equipment, the stations and the online booking system.

  • paperbag princess
    Saturday Mar 4, 2023 at 10:30am

    Celebrate Robert Munsch's The Paper Bag Princess with stories, crafts, and fun activities for kids of all ages.

    Saturday March 4 from 10:30-11:15 am. Family Program. Registration Required.

    Please register for each child attending.

  • Saturday Mar 4, 2023 at 10:30am

    We're celebrating Paper Bag Princess Day on March 4th!  Join us for stories, songs and a craft. Dress up as your favourite princess, prince, knight, or dragon! For children ages 3-8. Registration required.

  • Saturday Mar 4, 2023 at 10:30am

    Celebrate Robert Munsch's "The Paper Bag Princess".  Join us for stories and crafts for children of all ages.

    Saturday March 4, 10:30 -11:15 am.  Registration Required.

    Please register each child attending on our website.

    Dress up as your favourite princess, prince, knight, or dragon! 

    Family program.

  • polyhedral dice spread across a battle map
    Saturday Mar 4, 2023 at 2:30pm

    Curious about Dungeons and Dragons? Give it a try with this one-session-long adventure for beginners!

    D&D is a popular fantasy role-playing game in which your characters explore, solve puzzles, and fight or outwit monsters. Learn the basic rules of this popular game as you undertake a mission with fellow players!

    This adventure uses pre-generated characters, so you must register at least 5 days in advance to bid of your preference of character and get your info sheet before game-day. Late registrants will be assigned a random character.

    Ages 12-17

    Note: this session is a repeat of the adventure played on January 23rd and January 30th, so if you played that session, it would not be as fun knowing the puzzles and enemies ahead of time. Stay tuned for new games coming up in April/May!

  • Saturday Mar 4, 2023 at 3:00pm / until Sat, May 27, 2023

    Meet with other Lego enthusiasts once a month on a Saturday afternoon for a lively book discussion and building challenges. Books and bricks will be provided. Ages 6-12.

  • books; glasses
    Thursday Mar 9, 2023 at 1:30pm

    Meet to enjoy and discuss a wide variety of books selected by book club members.  All are welcome.

    March 9 book: The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. 

    Please register one spot for each adult in attendance. Each registrant must have their own individual Library card in order to register. If you need a Library card get one here: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/getacard

  • Thursday Mar 9, 2023 at 6:45pm / until Thu, May 11, 2023

    Writing group for teens 13-17, facilitated by the Stittsville Creative Writing Group. A member of the SCWG will help teens express their ideas in writing through a variety of lessons and formats. Encouraging the next generation of writers will strengthen literacy in the future.               

     Participants are asked to come prepared to write, with a device or pen/pencil and paper.