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  • Rainbow Storytime

    Saturday Jun 15, 2024 at 10:30am
    45 minutes

    Join us for a heartwarming Pride-themed family story time that celebrates love, acceptance, and diversity! Our enchanting stories will take children and their families on a joyful journey through tales that highlight the beauty of different identities and relationships, to explore themes of kindness, understanding, and the importance of embracing who we are. Let's come together to share the magic of stories that inspire us to be proud of who we are and to spread the message of love in all its vibrant forms. 

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  • Sleuth Hounds

    Thursday Jun 20, 2024 at 7:00pm
    90 minutes

    Join us to discuss books from the science fiction and fantasy genres each month.  All are welcome! 

    Every 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

    Here's what we're reading spring/summer 2024:

    Please note: Registrants are responsible for securing a copy of the book to read or listen to.

  • Craft supplies on table

    Tuesday Jun 25, 2024 at 2:00pm
    90 minutes

    Let’s get creative! Join us as we guide you step-by-step through the process of making origami marine animals such as fish, whales, and stingrays.

    Participants will be provided with all the materials needed to complete the craft, from start to finish. No prior skills needed!

    Please note: Registration will open on June 11th at 8:00am

  • The Chamber

    Thursday Jun 27, 2024 at 7:00pm
     minutes

    Drawing from over 15 years of queer and trans advocacy, as well as over a decade in practice as a wellness professional, trauma recovery expert, and conflict transformation facilitator, award-winning author and spiritual teacher Kai Cheng Thom offers a revitalizing perspective on the meaning of love in a time of intense social strife and political polarization : How do we understand love not as a fuzzy feeling, not as an intellectual concept, but as a discipline and set of practices that we can apply to strengthen our resilience and deepen relationships for the purpose of pursuing justice? Love as our greatest power in the struggle for social change? This highly engaged, practically focused presentation will leave you with: 1) A simple but powerful psychological framework for understanding love and resilience as a practice, 2) 3 simple tools that you can use to resolve conflict and engage in meaningful conversations with people who may hold bigoted or prejudiced beliefs, 3) A visualization practice for self-care and personal development.

    There will be a Q&A and book signing with the author to follow the event.

    This is a hybrid event: the program is in-person, but we will also stream live on OPL's YouTube page.

    Registration is for the in-person portion of the event.

    In-person attendees will get the chance to win a copy of Falling Back in Love with Being Human.

    This event is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association.

    About Kai Cheng Thom:

    Kai Cheng Thom, Master of Social Work, MSc Couple & Family Therapy, is a Certified Somatic Sex Educator, Qualified Mediator, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Professional Life Coach based in tkaronto/Toronto. She is the author of six award-winning books in various genres, including the Publishing Triangle Award-winning essay collection on Transformative Justice, I HOPE WE CHOOSE LOVE, the New York Times-featured picture book From the Stars In the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, and the recent Canadian bestseller Falling Back In Love With Being Human.

    Kai Cheng's work as a noted practitioner and teacher of Somatic Sex Education, Sexological Bodywork, and Somatic Coaching focuses on the intersection of social justice, pleasure activism, and transformative approaches to healing conflict and harm. She maintains a private practice as a hands-on sex and intimacy coach with individuals, couples, and polycules, as well as a consultancy as a master facilitator and leadership coach with organizations across North America. She also teaches as Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for the Study of Somatic Sex Education and Faculty at The Embody Lab, having trained hundreds of practitioners in body-based, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive approaches to individual and social change.

  • Tuesday Jul 09, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    What can the stars predict? Step into the enchanting world of astrology with our summer reading program tailored for kids aged 10 to 12+. Discover the magic of astrology as we delve into the zodiac signs and explore the art of divination, unlocking ancient mysteries and empowering young minds to interpret the unseen. Join us for an illuminating journey through the cosmos and beyond!

  • Wednesday Jul 10, 2024 at 10:30am
    45 minutes

    Make your dreams come true with your own hands. Your little ones will be transported into enchanting worlds through captivating stories and a special craft activity.

  • Sleuth Hounds

    Thursdays, Jul 11, 2024 - Feb 13, 2025
    1:30pm
    90 minutes

    8 sessions remaining

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

    Every second Thursday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.00pm.

    Here's what we're reading in 2024/2025:

    • March 14: Dead Wake by Eric Larson
    • April 11: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje 
    • May 9: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
    • June 6: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Start-Up by John Carreyrou
    • July 11: Mansions of the Moon by Shyam Selvadurai
    • August 8: Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall
    • September 12: On the Ravine by Vincent Lam
    • October 10: The Story of Us by Catherine Hernandez
    • November 14: Snow by John Banville
    • December 12: Three Holidays and a Wedding by Uzma Jalaluddin
    • January 9: A Newfoundlander in Canada by Alan Doyle
    • February 13: The Drowning Woman by Robin Harding
  • Tuesday Jul 16, 2024 at 10:30am
    60 minutes

    Who knows where your creation will take you?

    We will be participating in a drama program. Get ready to be a star and participate in various drama activities and act out a space themed play. 

    Grade 1-3 reading level recommended. Registration required. Ages 7-9

  • An alien reading a map

    Tuesday Jul 23, 2024 at 10:30am
    45 minutes

    Come meet the creatures who walk among us. There will be stories, songs and parachute fun. We will look at real animals that resemble aliens, make a space aliens craft, and navigate a huge bouncy planet obstacle course. Ages 4-6. Registration Required.

  • Thursday Jul 25, 2024 at 2:00pm
    45 minutes

     Climb on board my rocket ship,  3,2,1 Blast Off!

     What does it take to be an astronaut? We will read space travel stories and do a space related craft.