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  • Thursday Apr 25, 2024 at 6:15pm
    90 minutes

    Join Marlene Marrow from the Home Hospice Association for a group-directed discussion of death. This event doesn’t have any particular objectives or themes aside from increasing everyone’s awareness of death and exploring our relationships with death, dying and grief. As we grapple with what life looks like today, having a safe and non-judgmental space to talk about difficult subjects is so important and can have a significant impact both on how we live and how we die.

  • Books

    Thursdays, Apr 25, 2024 - Sep 26, 2024
    6:30pm
    60 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

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

  • NFB ONF logo on a pink and purple background

    Thursday Apr 25, 2024 at 6:30pm
    90 minutes

    When Jennifer Abbott lost her sister to cancer, her sorrow opened her up to the profound gravity of climate breakdown. Abbott’s new documentary The Magnitude of All Things draws intimate parallels between the experiences of grief—both personal and planetary. Stories from the frontlines of climate change merge with recollections from the filmmaker’s childhood on Ontario’s Georgian Bay. What do these stories have in common? The answer, surprisingly, is everything.

    For the people featured, climate change is not happening in the distant future: it is kicking down the front door. Battles waged, lamentations of loss, and raw testimony coalesce into an extraordinary tapestry, woven together with raw emotion and staggering beauty that transform darkness into light, grief into action.

    2020. 85 min. English only.

  • Thursday Apr 25, 2024 at 7:00pm
    60 minutes

    Find warmth in the winter season with camaraderie, conversation and crafting at this casual, drop-in meet-up! Bring your own craft project and supplies to work on in the good company of your neighbourhood and community. 

    Open to adults (18+) of all levels of interest and ability. Bring your knitting, crochet, hand-stitching, coloring, drawing etc. (nothing messy or requiring machinery please!). Don't have a project? No problem! Options will be provided.

    Held every 2nd and 4th Thursday, January - April.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street

    Thursday Apr 25, 2024 at 7:00pm
     minutes

    On April 25, join author Dimitri Nasrallah and CBC’s Alan Neal for a conversation about the One eRead 2024 book: Hotline. Universal human themes - belonging, identity, isolation, and connection - make Hotline a perfect story to read and discuss with thousands of fellow Canadians as part of this year's One eRead /Un livrel program. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a question & answer session at the end of the discussion.  

    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, an Eventbrite account is not required to register. A recording of the event will be provided on YouTube afterwards. A One eRead Canada French language event is being hosted by BAnQ in Montreal on April 23 at 7:00pm (livestream available). 

    The Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) is excited to bring you Canada's largest bilingual book club, while highlighting the need for equitable access to digital books in Canadian libraries. Throughout April, public libraries across the country will participate in One eRead / Un livrel Canada, during which thousands of readers will borrow digital copies of Dimitri Nasrallah's novel Hotline from their public libraries with no waitlists.  

    Longlisted for the 2022 Giller Prize, and a Canada Reads selection in 2023, Hotline is the story of Muna, a mother starting a new life in Montreal after escaping devastation in war-torn Lebanon with her 8-year old son in the 1980s. Even as she struggles to find acceptance, healing, and purpose in a new city where she doesn't feel welcome, Muna finds herself providing solace and a sympathetic ear to fellow Montrealers via her job as a hotline operator for a weight-loss center.  

    Dimitri Nasrallah is the author of four novels. He was born in Lebanon in 1977, and lived in Kuwait, Greece, and Dubai before moving to Canada. His internationally acclaimed books have garnered nominations for CBC Canada Reads, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal, and won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the McAuslan First Book Prize. He is the fiction editor at Véhicule Press. 

    Alan Neal is the award-winning host of the afternoon show All In A Day, heard 3 to 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One and CBC Listen. He has lived in Ottawa almost his entire life, and is known for his carefully researched interviews of authors and musicians.

     

    This program is presented by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, Ottawa Public Library, Library and Archives Canada and the CBC.  

    Accessibility: 
    The Pellan Room at Library and Archives Canada is accessible via elevator. There are gendered washrooms with barrier free stalls on the main floor of the building. There are additional gendered washrooms available on the same floor as the event. There are no universal individual washrooms available at this venue.  

    Related booklist: If You Love Hotline - One eRead Canada 2024 | Ottawa Public Library | BiblioCommons

  • Fridays, Apr 26, 2024 - May 31, 2024
    2:00pm
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Join in stimulating discussions on selected titles in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere on the last Friday of the month.

  • Banner reading "Quilling at Beaverbrook"

    Friday Apr 26, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Create a beautiful scene using strips of paper in this easy-to-follow craft. 

  • smiling woman playing with virtual reality headset and hand-controllers

    Friday Apr 26, 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.

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

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

  • Photograph of the Parliament Hill skyline taken between the end of the 19th century and 1916.

    Saturday Apr 27, 2024 at 1:00pm
    120 minutes

    The Karsh brothers, arriving in Ottawa as young Amernian refugees, built careers as world-acclaimed photographers -- Yousuf with his penetrating portraits of some of the twentieth century's most prominent figures, and Malak for his exquisite eye in capturing the sublime beauty of nature and landscape.

    Guest speaker Paul Couvrette, friend and colleague of the Karsh brothers, recounts their legacy.

  • Saturday Apr 27, 2024 at 1:30pm
    180 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Poetry as Invective: Feeling a little on edge? Do you lack the words to express your disappointment, rage, or, maybe, hope? Consider writing invective! Catallus, Francois Villon, and Sylvia Plath broke hearts and egos with their poems of rage and spite. But here's the secret: that verbal energy can be used to celebrate joys large and small. In this intensive workshop, we'll examine three poems of invective, learn how those poems work, and, with luck, you will draft your own poem of praise or admiration for ... something wonderful. 

    Stephen Brockwell's books Fruitfly Geographic (ECW Press, 2004) and All of Us Reticent, Here, Together (Mansfield Press, 2016) won the Archibald Lampman Award.