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  • Open book on a white blanket on the grass, with coffee and a pastry

    Thursdays, Apr 18, 2024 - Jun 20, 2024
    11:00am
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Nos dernières sessions avant la pause d'été! Veuillez nous joindre le 3e jeudi de chaque mois pour des rencontres conviviales afin de discuter des livres de langue française.

    Quand vous vous inscrivez, nous vous réservons une copie du livre - pas besoin de le commander vous-même, à moins que vous préférez apprécier le titre dans un autre format. Au plaisir de vous voir!

  • Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street

    Thursday Apr 18, 2024 at 7:00pm
     minutes

    Presented in partnership with Library and Archives Canada and Writer's Fest.

    Join us for the launch of Out of Darkness: Rumana Monzur's Journey through Betrayal, Tyranny and Abuse .

    From the bestselling author of The Concubine’s Children and The Girl in the Picture, it is a gripping story of a domestic assault that shocked the world, of the exercise of power and political influence, and of the Bangladeshi woman whose irrepressible spirit found light in sudden darkness.

    From the outside, Rumana seemed an unlikely victim of domestic abuse: married to a man of her own choosing and progressing in her career as a professor of international relations at Dhaka University. But in 2011, on return from graduate studies at the University of British Columbia, her husband attacked and blinded her in front of their young daughter. As Rumana's horrifying story garnered international headlines, and connections brought her to Vancouver in an attempt—ultimately futile—to restore her sight, her plight underscored the fact that there are no typical victims of intimate-partner violence.

    Denise Chong goes behind the headlines to reveal the devolution of a love story into a tale of tyranny behind closed doors, and the pursuit of justice that proved all the more elusive during the rise of social media. Out of Darkness tells a globe-spanning narrative of loyalty, perseverance and a woman’s determination to face the future and rebuild a life with meaning.

  • Open book on an off-white background, with blooming magnolias resting on the open book

    Thursdays, Apr 25, 2024 - Jun 27, 2024
    7:00pm
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Our final book club sessions before the summer break!

    Come join us the 4th Thursday of every month for lively discussion on a variety of English-language books. Everything from non-fiction to fantasy to gentle reads, there's something for everyone - and you may find a new genre that appeals to you!

    When you register, we will reserve a copy of the book for you - no need to place a hold, unless you would like to enjoy the book in a different format.

    For June, we'll be having a BYOB party... Bring Your Own Book Party, that is! Whether it be an old favourite, or something new and amazing that recently crossed your path, we want to see what you recommend everyone should read and hear why you loved it. A list of the recommended titles will appear on the website after the event.

  • Notepad, camera, and magnifying glass on old map

    Tuesdays, May 21, 2024 - Jun 18, 2024
    1:30pm
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    All aboard for the final leg of our tour around the world, with Sweden, Nigeria, and Spain! Join us the third Tuesday of each month where we will discuss a title set in a different country and/or written by a foreign author.

    When you register, we will reserve a copy of the book for you - no need to place a hold, unless you would like to enjoy the book in a different format. This is the last chance to get your Reader's Passport stamped before the summer!

  • Illustration of a zentangle

    Friday May 24, 2024 at 10:00am
    90 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    For many, this art is considered “yoga for the brain”, since it has calming and stress relieving effects on the people that practice it. It can also improve one’s confidence and concentration.  It allows you to let go of expectations, and really live in the moment without having to worry about anything else. 

    Cet art est considéré comme un « yoga pour le cerveau », car il a des effets calmants et anti-stress sur les personnes qui le pratiquent. Cela peut également améliorer la confiance et la concentration. Il vous permet d'abandonner vos attentes et de vraiment vivre l'instant présent sans avoir à vous soucier de quoi que ce soit d'autre.

  • Sample tile artwork

    Friday Jun 21, 2024 at 10:00am
    90 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Create a unique work of art using ceramic tiles, markers and rubbing alcohol.

    Créez une pièce d'art unique avec des tuiles de céramiques, des feutres et de l'alcool à friction.

  • Woman clutching her hair in frustration, looking at her laptop

    Saturday Jun 22, 2024 at 2:00pm
    120 minutes

    The average time it takes for an unprotected computer to be compromised after connecting to the Internet is under 15 minutes. Don't let it be yours!

    Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group, will show you the simple steps you need to take to keep your PC from being hacked.

    And best of all, it can be done for free!

    **Please note that you are not required to bring your laptop for the session.

  • Wednesday Apr 17, 2024 at 1:00pm
    90 minutes

    Presented by Dying With Dignity Canada (Ottawa Chapter), Advance Care Planning is a workshop about making choices about how you would like to be cared for in the future, at a time when you are not able to speak for yourself. How to prepare an Advance Directive and choose a Power of Attorney for Personal Care are discussed. Materials include worksheets to identify and articulate one's beliefs about end of life care and choices around planning your own health care. Discussion will include how to talk to your loved ones about your health care wishes in the event of illness and unexpected physical events.

  • Wednesdays, Apr 17, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
    1:30pm
    90 minutes

    11 sessions remaining

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Le groupe de conversation en français est un programme d'apprentissge de la langue avec un professeur et un mombre minime d'étudiants de même niveau. 

    Inscription requis

    valuation du niveau de langue requis

  • Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

    Wednesdays, Apr 17, 2024 - Apr 24, 2024
    2:00pm
    45 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    A school readiness program for children 3–4 years old, who will be entering kindergarten in September 2024, and their adult co-learner.

    Stories and child-centered learning stations with a focus on the foundational concepts of letter recognition, numeracy, colors, shapes, measurement, rhyming, and retelling.