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  • English conversation group

    Wednesdays, Nov 29, 2023 - Dec 20, 2023
    10:00am
    90 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Join our free English conversation group to practice speaking in English in a relaxed and friendly environment.

    All levels are welcome to this drop-in program.

    Rejoignez notre groupe de conversation en anglais gratuit pour pratiquer l'anglais dans une atmosphère détendue.

    Tous les niveaux sont les bienvenus à ce programme , inscription non requise.

  • Groupe de conversation en français

    Wednesdays, Nov 29, 2023 - Dec 20, 2023
    2:00pm
    90 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Rejoignez notre groupe de conversation en français gratuit pour pratiquer le français dans une atmosphère détendue.

    Tous les niveaux sont les bienvenus à ce programme , inscription non requise.

    Join our free French conversation group to practice speaking in French in a relaxed and friendly environment.

    All levels are welcome to this drop-in program.

  • webcard for Chess Club with black Queen defeating white King

    Wednesdays, Nov 29, 2023 - Dec 27, 2023
    4:00pm
    120 minutes

    5 sessions remaining

    Join us for open games of chess. Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, this is a relaxed environment where everyone is welcome. Bring your own board or borrow one of ours. 

  • Multiple speech bubbles in a gray background

    Thursdays, Nov 30, 2023 - Dec 21, 2023
    6:00pm
    90 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Join our free English conversation group to practice speaking in English in a relaxed and friendly environment.

    All levels are welcome to this drop-in program.

    Rejoignez notre groupe de conversation en anglais gratuit pour pratiquer l'anglais dans une atmosphère détendue.

    Tous les niveaux sont les bienvenus à ce programme , inscription non requise.

  • Multiple speech bubbles in a gray background

    Fridays, Dec 01, 2023 - Dec 22, 2023
    3:00pm
    90 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Join our free English conversation group to practice speaking in English in a relaxed and friendly environment.

    All levels are welcome to this drop-in program.

    Rejoignez notre groupe de conversation en anglais gratuit pour pratiquer l'anglais dans une atmosphère détendue.

    Tous les niveaux sont les bienvenus à ce programme , inscription non requise.

  • The NaNoWriMo crest stands against a blue field. It is a shield containing a cup of coffee, two pens crossed in the shape of an x, a ream of paper, and a laptop. On top of it rests a horned helmet. Two quills in their respective inkwell are on the sides.

    Saturday Dec 02, 2023 at 2:30pm
    90 minutes

    After a month of furious novel-ing, you’re invited to join your fellow writers and the local Ottawa event coordinators to celebrate a month well spent at our “Thank Goodness It’s Over” Party! Come join in for games, prizes, socializing, and more!

    Every year in November, writers of all shapes, sizes, and genres come together to tackle National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). With a goal of writing 50,000 words in 30 days, the event challenges both aspiring and experienced novelists to prioritize putting pen to page to see what they can accomplish.

    Find out more about NaNoWriMo here! 

  • poster for Do the Right Thing

    Tuesday Dec 05, 2023 at 6:00pm
    150 minutes

    Join us for a free screening of Do the Right Thing. The film was directed by Spike Lee and was released in 1989. The screening will take place in our auditorium, starts at 6:00PM and is free to attend.

    Note: The film is intended for a mature audience. 120 minutes. In English with subtitles.

  • drawing of killer shark with red eyes and a Santa hat on its fin

    Wednesday Dec 06, 2023 at 6:30pm
    180 minutes

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of Santa Jaws (2018).

    Please join us from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, 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.

  • poster for La Haine

    Tuesday Dec 12, 2023 at 6:00pm
    150 minutes

    Join us for a free screening of La Haine. The film was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and was released in 1995. The screening will take place in our auditorium, starts at 6:00PM and is free to attend.

    Note: The film is intended for a mature audience. 98 minutes. In French with English subtitles.

  • poster for City of God

    Tuesday Dec 19, 2023 at 6:00pm
    150 minutes

    Join us for a free screening of City of God. The film was directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, and was released in 2002. The screening will take place in our auditorium, starts at 6:00PM and is free to attend.

    Note: The film is intended for a mature audience. 130 minutes. In Portuguese with English subtitles.