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  • nanowrimo logo

    Saturdays, Aug 03, 2024 - Sep 01, 2024
    1:00pm
    210 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    The Ottawa Municipal Liaisons of NaNoWriMo would like to invite you to join them for a monthly recurring write-in to help you keep up your writing habits during the months that are not November.

    Bring your pen, paper, laptop, ideas, write besides other writers and participate in challenges! 

  • Wednesday Aug 07, 2024 at 6:00pm
    105 minutes

    Join us for the free screening of a wonderful adaptation of Judy Blume’s classic novel. It is a timeless coming-of-age story that sparkles with insightful humour while candidly exploring life’s biggest questions. Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, and Abby Ryder Forston form an amazing ensemble that is so enjoyable to watch.

    14A rating.

  • Vernon Book Club

    Wednesdays, Aug 07, 2024 - Sep 04, 2024
    6:30pm
    90 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Wouldn't it be great to have a book club where you could just enjoy books—without any homework? At Silent Book Club, there's no assigned reading, just reading in companionable silence!

    Each Silent Book Club will start with a short intro, where everyone gets to share what they are reading. Then there's silent reading hour!  No pressure, no homework questions, just quiet social time with other people who love to read.

    Drop-in program.

  • 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.

  • Wednesday Aug 07, 2024 at 6:35pm
    35 minutes

    International Pride Month

    Picture This (2017) by Jari Osborne

    What does it mean to be disabled and desirable? In Picture This, a new documentary by Jari Osborne, we meet Andrew Gurza, a self-described “queer cripple” who has made it his mission to make sex and disability part of the public discourse.

    33 minutes - English only

  • Thursdays, Aug 08, 2024 - Sep 26, 2024
    10:30am
    90 minutes

    8 sessions remaining

    Improve your English, share stories and make new friends!

    Améliorez votre anglais, partager des histoires et faites des amis!

  • Sleuth Hounds

    Thursdays, Aug 08, 2024 - Feb 13, 2025
    1:30pm
    90 minutes

    7 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
  • smiling woman playing with virtual reality headset and controllers

    Thursday Aug 08, 2024 at 3:00pm
    90 minutes

    Drop by to play some of the many games on our Oculus Rift system! Explore mountains or deep seas, ride roller coasters, soar as an eagle, challenge your agility with Beat Saber or Fruit Ninja, defend your castle as an archer or your spaceship with a laser, and many more! 

    All games are single-player with English dialogue/text.

    How it works: drop in during the session and write your name on the sign-up sheet to reserve a 10-minute time-slot (no sign-ups ahead of time)

    Safety tip: to prevent falls, wear closed flat shoes, not flip-flops or high heels

    Ages: 10 to Adult (headset may be too large to fit smaller players)

  • Thursdays, Aug 08, 2024 - Oct 10, 2024
    6:00pm
    90 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Join us for gardening club! Learn how to start seedlings and gather information on the best way to start your garden from fellow gardeners. Come for coffee, tea, great gardening conversations and free resources to start your garden along with the opportunity to share and swap seeds and plants. All are welcome, and no experience necessary!

  • Saturday Aug 10, 2024 at 11:00am
    180 minutes

    Interested in miniature gaming with toy soldiers? Join in to play science fiction, high fantasy and historical games. Presented by the Ottawa Miniatures Gamers.

    Drop-in program for ages 12 and up.

    All materials will be supplied.