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  • Colorful picture of people conversing, with different shape bubbles above their heads

    Wednesdays, Sep 27, 2023 - Dec 20, 2023
    60 minutes

    13 sessions remaining

    Every Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm

    September 13th- December 20th

    Practice your English conversation skills in a relaxed and friendly environment. All levels are welcome in this free program.

  • Open book on a table

    Thursdays, Sep 28, 2023 - Dec 21, 2023
    60 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Come join us the 4th Thursday of every month for lively discussion on a variety of English-language books.

  • NAC

    Thursday Sep 28, 2023 at 7:00pm

    For National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, the Ottawa Public Library in partnership with the National Arts Centre, will be hosting a one man play called "Bloodline", written by elder Albert Dumont and Co-creator, writer and musician Phil Jenkins.

    This one-person play, “Bloodline”, examines Indian Act harms. Using autobiography, poetry and photography, Albert tells the story of how the Indian Act shaped not only his own life, but the lives of his parents and grandparents.

    Elder Albert Dumont, an Algonquin poet, storyteller and artist has been named the City of Ottawa's next English-language poet laureate in 2021.

    Phil Jenkins is a local renowned historian, author, columnist, lecturer, musician & songwriter will explore the musical & visual arts and architectural.


    Please note the NAC will be streaming Bloodline on Thursday September 28, should anyone not have access to tickets, or can no longer attend in person. Please follow this link:

    Bloodline | Livestream | Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 7:00 pm | National Arts Centre (

  • Tuesdays, Oct 17, 2023 - Dec 19, 2023
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Pack your bags and prepare for the first chapter in a tour around the world! Joins us every third Tuesday until June 2024, where we will discuss a title set in a different country and/or written by a foreign author.

    When you pick up a copy of September's title, you will receive a Traveler's Guide to keep with you for the year, in which you may keep notes as you read, draw something from the book that has inspired you, or bring up points you'd like to discuss during the meet-ups.

    At every meeting you attend, you will get your "passport" stamped. We hope to see you well-traveled by summer 2024!

  • slim white-covered book on a round wooden table

    Thursdays, Oct 19, 2023 - Dec 21, 2023
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Veuillez nous joindre le 3e jeudi de chaque mois pour des rencontres conviviales afin de discuter des livres de langue française.

  • Image of coffee cup and playing cards

    Mondays, Sep 25, 2023 - Oct 30, 2023
    90 minutes

    5 sessions remaining

    Join us for a social hour of conversation, cards, games and coffee.  Drop in.

  • Monday Sep 25, 2023 at 1:00pm
    120 minutes

    Participants will explore their current banking or shopping habits, learn how to safely shop and bank online, as well as when and how online banking and shopping can be helpful as an alternative to conventional methods.  

  • Mondays, Sep 25, 2023 - Dec 18, 2023
    90 minutes

    12 sessions remaining

    Practice your English conversation skills in a relaxed and friendly environment. All levels are welcome to this drop-in program.

  • Mondays, Sep 25, 2023 - Sep 29, 2023
    60 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Learning and commemorating the truth of our history from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit knowledge keepers is an important part on the path of reconciliation. Interested in learning more? During Truth and Reconciliation Week 2023 we invite you to join us for an immersive virtual experience to UN-learn the myths of colonial history in Canada. Presented virtually by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

    •  September 25 from 1:30 to 2:30 : Indigenous peoples and the History of residential schools.
    • September 27 from 1:30 to 2:30: Intergenerational impacts and ongoing systemic discrimination.
    • September 28 from 1:30 to 2:30: Indigenous Peoples’ rights and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
    • September 29 from 1:30 to 2:30: Taking action towards Reconciliation.

    All sessions will have simultaneous English-French interpretation. 


    L’apprentissage et la commémoration de la vérité de notre histoire par les gardiens du savoir des Premières Nations, des Métis et des Inuits constituent un élément important sur la voie de la réconciliation. Vous souhaitez en apprendre davantage? Pendant la Semaine de la vérité et de la réconciliation 2023, nous vous invitons à vous joindre à nous pour vivre une expérience virtuelle immersive qui vous permettra d’apprendre les mythes de l’histoire coloniale au Canada. Présenter virtuellement par le Centre national pour la vérité et la réconciliation.

    • 25 septembre de 13h30 à 14h30 : Les peuples autochtones et l’histoire des pensionnats.
    • 26 septembre de 13h30 à 14h30 : Les préjugés inconscients et la démystification des stéréotypes.
    • 27 septembre de 13h30 à 14h30 : Répercussions intergénérationnelles et discrimination systémique persistante.
    • 28 septembre de 13h30 à 14h30: Les droits des peuples autochtones et la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones.
    • 29 septembre  de 13h30 à 14h30: Agir pour la réconciliation. 

    Toutes les sessions auront interprétation simultanée anglais-français.

  • Beaded Orange shirt / Gilet orange en bille

    Monday Sep 25, 2023 at 7:00pm
    60 minutes

    As we reflect on the legacy of the residential school system in Canada, we remember the Indigenous lives lost and honor the survivors and their families. Show your support by creating a remembrance rock. 

    Alors que nous réfléchissons à l'héritage du système des pensionnats au Canada, nous nous souvenons des vies autochtones perdues et nous rendons hommage aux survivants et à leurs familles. Montrez votre soutien en créant une roche de souvenir.