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    Wednesdays, Jun 26, 2024 - Jul 31, 2024
    6:30pm
    90 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

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

    All levels are welcome to this drop-in program.

    Rejoignew notre groupe de conversation en anglais gratuis pour pratiquer l'anglais dans une atmosphère détendue.

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

  • Wednesdays, Jun 26, 2024 - Dec 18, 2024
    6:30pm
    90 minutes

    25 sessions remaining

    Got a portable craft project? Bring it along and chat with some fellow crafters while you work! Share your expertise if you're comfortable, and learn about what other folks are working on (or just make friends and bond over your latest tv show obsession)! Knitting, crochet, embroidery, felting, beading, scrapbooking and more.

  • Thursday Jun 27, 2024 at 3:00pm
    60 minutes

    Miss Campbell: Inuk Teacher
    Heather Campbell | 2023 | 15 min
    Part oral history and part visual poem, Miss Campbell: Inuk Teacher is the story of Evelyn Campbell, a trailblazer for an Inuit-led educational system in the small community of Rigolet, Labrador.

    Hebron Relocation
    Holly Andersen | 2023 | 15 min
    In Hebron Relocation, Holly Andersen explores what makes a place a home as she learns more about her community’s connection to generations of displaced northern Labrador Inuit.

    Nalujuk Night
    Jennie Williams | 2021 | 13 min 7s

    Run as fast as you can, the Nalujuit are here! Filmmaker Jennie Williams brings us the story of an exhilarating and sometimes terrifying Nunatsiavut tradition in Nalujuk Night.

    Evan's Drum
    Ossie Michelin | 2021 | 14 min

    In Evan’s Drum, an adventurous young boy and his determined mother share a passion for Labrador Inuit drum dancing.

  • Books

    Thursdays, Jun 27, 2024 - Sep 26, 2024
    6:30pm
    60 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Join us for some great book discussions, tea and treats! 

  • NIHM logo, OPL logo, NFB logo, & pictures of indigenous peoples

    Thursday Jun 27, 2024 at 6:30pm
    90 minutes

    Join us for a presentation of three short documentaries: 

    In the short documentary Heartbeat of a Nation, which celebrates Dene cultural reclamation and revitalization, a father passes on traditional knowledge to his child through the teachings of a caribou drum. Directed by Eric Janvier. 

    Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again shares the powerful story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for more than two decades to challenge sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada's Indian Act and became a key figure in Canada's women's rights movement. Directed by Courtney Montour. 

    Our Maternal Home follows a family who, tracing their origins to the Cree Nation of Waswanipi, confronts the impacts of generational and cultural disconnection, discovering a potent form of medicine: the bonds of kinship. Directed by Janine Windolph. 

    81 minutes total. Multiple languages. Ages 14+. 

    Short films brought to you by the National Film Board. 

  • 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.

  • Parenting in Ottawa

    Tuesdays, Jul 02, 2024 - Dec 17, 2024
    1:30pm
    120 minutes

    25 sessions remaining

    Speak, in person, with a Public Health Nurse to get support around infant feeding and parenting. No appointment is necessary, simply drop in during these hours. Learn ways to help your child eat healthy and be active Make sure your child is on track with their growth and development. In partnership with Ottawa Public Health.

    Related link
    Parenting in Ottawa
    Ottawa Public Health

  • Tuesdays, Jul 02, 2024 - Aug 27, 2024
    2:00pm
    60 minutes

    5 sessions remaining

    Want to learn more about your family history or getting stuck working on your family tree?  

    Drop-in to work on your family tree, share research strategies, and discover what resources are available for your research.  

    Specialists from the Ontario Genealogical Society Ottawa Branch and the Ottawa Public Library will answer questions and help you get the most from library resources.  

    Bring your laptop, tablet, or borrow a Chromebook from the library.  

    All welcome! 

  • Knitting

    Tuesdays, Jul 02, 2024 - Aug 27, 2024
    2:00pm
    120 minutes

    9 sessions remaining

    Do you like to knit, crochet, or do handwork of some sort? Please join like-minded individuals for an enjoyable afternoon of crafting. Bring any project that you are working on.  Drop In

  • Vernon Book Club

    Wednesdays, Jul 03, 2024 - Sep 04, 2024
    6:30pm
    90 minutes

    3 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.