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  • Web banner for hobbies and crafts

    Wednesdays, May 01, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
    60 minutes

    5 sessions remaining

    If you are a knitter, a crocheter or a crafter, come and join us at Hazeldean Stitches. Share your ideas and projects with other yarn artists. All ages welcome! 

  • chess board

    Thursdays, May 02, 2024 - May 30, 2024
    60 minutes

    5 sessions remaining

    Do you enjoy chess, or do you want to learn the game?

    Drop in to play with other youth! Learn the basics and test your wits with a weekly chess challenge.

    Ages: 8 to 18

    Note: Chess Club will be paused during June for exam period, but will return in July! Stay tuned for scheduled dates.

  • May the 4th Be With You

    Saturday May 04, 2024 at 10:00am
    120 minutes

    May the 4th Be With You...

    As we inspire learning, spark curiosity and connect people in this fun, free morning of information and demonstrations showcasing robotics design innovation from our own community.

    Learn about advances in robotics, smart mobility, and other next-gen technology from researchers, industry specialists, and local students. Check out STEM resources offered at the Library, and see OPL’s very own electric powered BiblioBike.

    In collaboration with Area X.O operated by Invest Ottawa, InDro Robotics, Algonquin College Robotics and Automation Program, and local school robotics clubs.

    Pour la journée Star Wars, le 4 mai, nous voulons vous inspirer à apprendre, piquer votre curiosité et favoriser les échanges en présentant des innovations robotiques conçues ici à Ottawa.

    Joignez-vous à la succursale Ruth-E.-Dickinson de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa, à Zone X.O (exploitée par Investir Ottawa), à InDro Robotics, au programme de génie et d’automatisation du Collège Algonquin et à des clubs scolaires locaux de robotique pour une activité portes ouvertes amusante, gratuite et informative.

    Logo for AreaX

    Logo for Indro Robotics

    Logo for Algongquin College

  • colourful comic book explosion

    Saturday May 04, 2024 at 1:00pm
    240 minutes

    Continue the Free Comic Book Day celebration with a comic book movie double feature!! (Bonus points for those who show up in costume or cosplay and pose for a picture in front of our green screen!)

    • Big Hero 6 (1PM to 2:45PM)
    • Intermission: cosplay picture time! (2:45PM to 3PM)
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (3PM to 4:40PM)

    Big Hero 6 movie poster        Mutant Mayhem - movie poster

  • Saturday May 04, 2024 at 1:30pm
    120 minutes

    Bring some plants… take some plants!

    Chat with other avid gardeners and pick up a few books.

    Amenez vos plantes et repartez avec d'autres variétés!

    Partagez vos connaisances avec d'autres jardiniers et ramassez quelques livres

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Saturday May 04, 2024 at 2:00pm
    135 minutes

    Celebrate "May the 4th Be With You" with a screening of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

    Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, Han Solo and his young allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and the First Order. 

    Rated PG.

  • Saturdays, May 04, 2024 - Jun 01, 2024
    120 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Join us for our monthly e-sports tournament where we play PS4 games such as NBA 2K24, FC Sports 24, and Rocket League.  Snacks provided.

    For kids and teens.  Registration beings 30 minutes before the program at the door.


    Rejoignez-nous pour notre tournoi mensuel d'e-sports où nous jouons à des jeux PS4 tels que NBA 2K24, FC Sports 24, et Rocket League.  Collations fournies.

    Pour les enfants et les adolescents.  L'inscription se fait 30 minutes avant le programme à la porte.

  • Saturday May 04, 2024 at 10:30pm
    150 minutes

    This year, May the 4th is both Free Comic Book Day AND Star Wars Day! Stupendous!!

    While comic books are always free at the library (as long as you return them, of course) we also want to celebrate this occasion. So join us this morning at the library for some geeky (and family friendly) arts and crafts:

    • Super hero themed face painting (10:30 am to noon)
    • Star Wars themed colouring and crafts (10:30 to 1PM)
    • Make your own button with comic book art (10:30 to 1PM)

    Bonus points for anyone who shows up in costume or cosplay!!

  • nanowrimo logo

    Sundays, May 05, 2024 - Sep 01, 2024
    210 minutes

    5 sessions remaining

    The Ottawa Municipal Liaisons of NaNoWriMo would like to invite you to join them for a monthly recurring write-in to help you keep up your writing habits during the months that are not November.

    Bring your pen, paper, laptop, ideas, write besides other writers and participate in challenges! 

  • Tuesdays, May 07, 2024 - Jun 04, 2024
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Spend your lunch hour playing video games, board games, working on homework or hanging out with other teens! Ages 13-18. || Passez votre heure de dîner à jouer à des jeux vidéo, à des jeux de société, à faire vos devoirs ou à passer du temps avec d’autres ados!  Pour les 13 à 18 ans.