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  • smiling woman playing with virtual reality headset and controllers

    Wednesday Aug 21, 2024 at 1:30pm
    90 minutes

    Drop by to play some of the many games on our Oculus Rift system! Explore mountains or deep seas, ride roller coasters, soar as an eagle, challenge your agility with Beat Saber or Fruit Ninja, defend your castle as an archer or your spaceship with a laser, and many more! 

    All games are single-player with English dialogue/text.

    How it works: drop in during the session and write your name on the sign-up sheet to reserve a 10-minute time-slot (no sign-ups ahead of time)

    Safety tip: to prevent falls, wear closed flat shoes, not flip-flops or high heels

    Ages: 10 to Adult (headset may be too large to fit smaller players)

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

    Tween STEAM 

    Propel yourself into uncharted territories. Drop-in program. Ages 8-12.

    We will be exploring Morse Code.

    STIAM pré-ado 

    Propulse-toi vers des territoires inexplorés. Programme portes ouvertes. Pour les 8 à 12 ans.

    Nous allons explorer le code Morse.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Wednesday Aug 28, 2024 at 10:00am
    300 minutes


    Contest information

    • The contest is open to teens ages 13-17.
    • Artists must have an Ottawa Public Library card.
    • One entry per artist.

    Criteria for submissions :

    • It must be the artist’s original work.
    • 3 dimensional pieces (sculpture, jewelry etc.) must be free-standing (requiring no additional support to display) and may be a maximum of 18 inches high, wide and deep.
    • 2 dimensional pieces (canvas, photographs, etc.) can be a maximum of 24 x 30 inches and must be ready for mounting. Photograph must be a minimum of 8 x 10 inches in size.
    • Participants can use any usual art medium, including oils, acrylics, pastels, pencil, charcoal, etc.
    • Participants can use any surface, including stretched canvas, art paper, card, linen, etc.
    • Participants may not use pre-made graphics for their entry, i.e. they may not use graphic software to produce their entry (except using programs such as Photoshop to edit a photograph they have taken themselves).

    Submitting work:

    • Participants must fill out the submission form (other side of this page).
    • Art pieces must be submitted in person along with the fully complete submission form to the Ruth E. Dickinson branch (100 Malvern Dr.) by Wednesday, August 28 at 5:00 pm.
    • All eligible art will be exhibited during a vernissage on Saturday, September 7th, from 2:30 until 3:30 pm.


    • Prize winners will be announced during the vernissage.
    • The top art pieces will be displayed in the Ruth E. Dickinson branch Teen Zone for the month of September along with the artist’s name and the title of the work.

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    • Le concours s’adresse aux ados de 13 à 17 ans.
    • Les artistes doivent posséder une carte de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa.
    • Une seule participation par artiste sera acceptée.

    Critères à respecter:

    • Il doit s’agir d’une œuvre originale de l’artiste.
    • Les œuvres en trois dimensions (sculpture, bijou, etc.) doivent tenir sans aucun support additionnel et mesurer au maximum 18 pouces de hauteur, de largeur et de profondeur.
    • Les œuvres en deux dimensions (tableau, photographie, etc.) doivent mesurer au plus 24 pouces sur 30 pouces et être déjà prêtes à monter. La photographie doit mesurer au moins 8 pouces sur 10 pouces.
    • Les artistes peuvent utiliser la technique artistique de leur choix, incluant l’huile, l’acrylique, le pastel, le crayon, le fusain, etc.
    • Les participants peuvent utiliser n’importe quelle surface, y compris la toile tendue, le papier couché, le lin, etc.
    • Les images préfabriquées ne sont pas acceptées, c’est-à-dire qu’il est interdit de se servir d’un logiciel graphique pour produire l’œuvre (sauf les logiciels tels que Photoshop pour retoucher une photographie prise par l’artiste).

    Soumission de l’œuvre:

    • Les participants doivent remplir le formulaire de soumission (voir le verso de cette page) .
    • Les œuvres d’art ainsi que le formulaire dûment rempli doivent être soumis à la succursale Ruth E. Dickinson (100, rue Malvern) avant le mercredi 28 août à 17 h.
    • Toutes les œuvres admissibles seront exposées à l’occasion d’un vernissage qui aura lieu le samedi 7 septembre de 14 h 30 à 15 h 30.


    • Le nom des lauréates et lauréats sera annoncé lors du vernissage.
    • Les œuvres primées seront exposées dans la Zone Ados de la succursale Ruth E. Dickinson pendant le mois de septembre, avec mention du nom et du titre de l’œuvre de chaque gagnant.

  • Saturday Sep 07, 2024 at 2:30pm
    60 minutes

    Submissions of the Summer 2024 Teen Art Contest will be on display and prize winners will be announced. Come join us and meet the artists. ​


    Les soumissions du Concours d'art pour ados 2024 seront exposées et les noms des lauréates et lauréats sera annoncé.  Rejoignez-nous et rencontrez les artistes.​

  • Tuesday Sep 24, 2024 at 6:00pm
    60 minutes

    Attend the second workshop of our "Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library (OWSL) Presents..." series.
    During this workshop, we will discuss different types of pollinators/wildlife and how they have evolved with native plants to be their pollination and distribution systems. We will also examine factors to be considered when choosing plants for your personal garden, ensuring plant selection for the conditions you have.

    Examples of simple plans/combinations will be provided. 

    Materials will be available for clients to sketch out plans for their yard.

    Date: Tuesday, September 24 from 6 pm - 7 pm.

    *Clients are encouraged to register for this event as space is limited.

  • Tuesday Jan 14, 2025 at 6:00pm
    60 minutes

    Attend the third workshop of our "Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library (OWSL) Presents..." series.
    During this workshop, you will learn how to sow your native seeds on your own. 

    Date: Tuesday, January 14 from 6 pm to 7 pm

    *Clients are encouraged to register for this event as space is limited.