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Some in-branch programs require registration with your library card. Please log in with your library account or follow this link to apply for a card online. You can also apply for a card in person at any of our 33 locations.

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

    Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Apr 10, 2024
    6:30pm
    60 minutes

    8 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.

  • Chamber at Ben Franklin

    Friday Feb 23, 2024 at 7:00pm
     minutes

    Freedom to Read Week is an annual event, taking place February 18-24, 2024. This week provides Canadians with the opportunity to discuss book challenges, censorship, representation in literature, intellectual freedom, access to information and the literary community’s and library's role. It serves as an opportunity to reaffirm Canadians commitment to intellectual freedom and the fight for on-going access for all against all threats to that access either through book challenges, the digital divide or otherwise.

    The Ottawa Public Library’s (OPL) Mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people; our core values are Community, Inclusion, Integrity, Intellectual Freedom, and Literacy. This is why it is important to us to participate in Freedom to Read Week. OPL takes a stance against limitations of lawful freedom of expression, including freedom to read.

    Lawrence Hill will discuss his lifelong literary passion for dramatizing neglected corners of Black history in Canada. He will explore the challenges of censorship that he and other writers have faced, and share thoughts about the title change of The Book of Negroes in the United States as well as the burning of images of The Book of Negroes in the Netherlands. He will discuss how increasing opposition to use of the N-word in literature affects Black writers and all readers.

    Meet and Greet with Lawrence!

    Time: 6:00-6:45pm

    Freedom to read discussion with Lawrence Hill

    Time: 7:00-8:15pm

    Book signing and meet and greet

    Time: 8:15-9 pm

    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.

    LAWRENCE HILL is the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, including the internationally bestselling The Book of Negroes and The Illegal. His latest novel is Beatrice and Croc Harry. He has received the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, Canada Reads (twice), a Canadian Screen Award, ten honorary doctorates and is a member of the Order of Canada.

    Hill has volunteered with Crossroads International, The Black Loyalist Heritage Society, The Ontario Black History Society, and in federal penitentiaries. Hill is writing a novel about the African-American soldiers who built the Alaska Highway in British Columbia and Yukon during World War Two.

  • Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
    10:30am
    60 minutes

    19 sessions remaining

    Do you need a casual, friendly environment where you can practice your English-speaking skills?  Look no further than the English Conversation Group!  Receive guidance from our experienced conversation group leaders, meet new people, and gain confidence in your English speaking.

  • Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - May 29, 2024
    12:00pm
    120 minutes

    15 sessions remaining

    Bring your knitting or crochet and meet fellow enthusiasts at the Sunnyside branch.  Knitters of all abilities are welcome.

    Apportez votre tricot ou votre crochet et rencontrez d'autres passionnés à la succursale Sunnyside.  Les tricoteurs de tous niveaux sont les bienvenus.

  • wool used to knit

    Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
    1:00pm
    120 minutes

    10 sessions remaining

    Join us for an informal gathering of knitting enthusiasts - from beginners to experts. Share your ideas and projects in a relaxed social atmosphere.  

  • Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
    1:30pm
    90 minutes

    18 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

  • Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
    2:00pm
    90 minutes

    19 sessions remaining

    Are you looking for a relaxing activity that is low stress and doesn't require any special skills?  Then colouring may be for you!   Join us to explore your creative side, relax and meet new friends.  All supplies will be provided.

  • Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Apr 24, 2024
    2:30pm
    60 minutes

    9 sessions remaining

    Come join us and learn basic computer skills! Personal laptop not required though you may bring one if you would like. 

    Open to all ages!

  • Web banner for hobbies and crafts

    Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 3:00pm
    60 minutes

    Create art in good company. 

    This series is perfect for aspiring artists, crafters who are in a rut, and anyone who suspects that a creative habit would be good for their soul. 

    We will explore our creativity using art prompts from Creativebug.

    All supplies will be provided.

  • Community Arts & Craft Swap

    Wednesdays, Feb 21, 2024 - Apr 24, 2024
    6:30pm
    90 minutes

    10 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, and more.