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  • Wednesdays, Aug 21, 2024 - Jun 18, 2025
    90 minutes

    11 sessions remaining

    Storytelling Open Mic is a perfect place for newcomers to discover oral storytelling in a warm and supportive atmosphere or for more experienced tellers to test out new stories. Listeners are needed and welcome! You will hear folk tales, historical pieces, fractured fairy tales, true personal stories, recitations, ballads, and original stories - ranging from funny to poignant. Attendees can listen or tell a story 5-10 minutes long.

    In collaboration with Ottawa Storytellers.

  • TD Summer Reading Club - Get Your Summer Read On

    Thursday Aug 22, 2024 at 1:30pm
    60 minutes

    Get Crafty! Come craft at the library. We have all the supplies you need to satisfy your creativity!  Help us create a mini art gallery for our community, your mini easel creations will be on display in the library.  

    Ages 6-12

    Register online.   

  • Thursday Aug 22, 2024 at 2:30pm
    60 minutes

    Eye spy...a giant purple people eater! We will be searching for the hidden aliens through stories. Registration required. Ages 4-6. 

  • Rainbow-striped banner with OPL logo and NFB logo

    Thursday Aug 22, 2024 at 7:00pm
    90 minutes

    In this feature documentary-musical by Chelsea McMullan, indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses of the Canadian Prairies, the film features Spoon crooning about their queer and musical coming of age. Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician.


    Le long métrage documentaire musical de Chelsea McMullan nous invite à une odyssée poétique à travers champs. Ce portrait intimiste du chanteur transgenre Rae Spoon est aussi poignant et introspectif que les chansons du célèbre artiste. S’exécutant tantôt dans des mises en scène recherchées, tantôt dans de simples haltes routières, le chansonnier se raconte devant les paysages grandioses des Prairies. Le tout compose un portrait indélébile d’un artiste canadien inimitable.

    1 h 16 minutes. Courtesy of the National Film Board. Gracieuseté de l'Office national du film.

  • two pink paper roses

    Friday Aug 23, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Join us for an afternoon of crafting fun! We will be making paper roses. All materials will be provided. Please bring a bag to take your creation home.

  • summer reading club images

    Friday Aug 23, 2024 at 2:30pm
    60 minutes

    Come join award-winning author & illustrator Rob Justus for a goofy character draw-along. Rob will highlight some of his work, but more importantly give a quick tutorial on some of the basics of drawing and creating fun-loving characters. These workshops are for any level of budding artists. Registration Required. Ages 8-12. 

  • SRC webcard stargazing children

    Friday Aug 23, 2024 at 2:30pm
    60 minutes

    Discover the surprising science hiding in a bag of Skittles. Explore solubility, buoyancy, reactivity and investigate the odds of finding your favourite colour. How sweet it is! Presented by Scientists in School. Ages 8-12.

  • Friday Aug 23, 2024 at 2:30pm
    60 minutes

    Learn beginner-level ukulele in a fun and engaging way with our resident musician, Amir. Take your first steps with the instrument, learn the chords, and even play your first songs! Instruments provided by the library. Ages 13-18. 

  • Pride logo, NFB logo, & pictures of people

    Friday Aug 23, 2024 at 2:30pm
    90 minutes

    “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – William Faulkner

    In the new feature documentary Unarchived, co-directors Hayley Gray and Elad Tzadok highlight community archives across British Columbia to reveal some of what has been erased from the official record. 

    Local knowledge keepers are hand-fashioning a more inclusive history through family photos, newspaper articles and scratchy old VHS tapes. These different collections tell stories of people building connection through work, play, protest, family and tradition. 

    Through a collage of personal interviews, archival footage and deeply rooted memories, the past, present and future come together, fighting for a space where everyone is seen and everyone belongs. History is what we all make of it. 

    2022. English with French subtitles, 84 minutes.

    Film is courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada. 

  • Friday Aug 23, 2024 at 3:00pm
    120 minutes

    Come watch a FREE screening of fun, family-friendly movies every Friday this summer at the Blackburn Hamlet branch! Popcorn provided. Bring your own water bottle. Costumes are always welcome!  

    Wish (2024) - 95 mins - G

    Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force, a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen. 

    Le film sera visionné en anglais / Movie will be shown in English 

    July 5 – Elemental (2023 – PG) 

    July 12 – The Bad Guys (2022 – G) 

    July 19 – The Little Mermaid (2023 – PG) 

    July 26 – Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022 – PG)  

    August 2 – Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2022 – G) 

    August 9 – Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (2023 – G) 

    August 16 – The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023 – PG) 

    August 23 – Wish (2024 – G)