You are here

Find a program or event

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.

  • Forest with trees, headphones over books

    Thursday Feb 22, 2024 at 1:30pm
    60 minutes

    Listen to a curated list of podcast episodes (see list and links below) on a particular topic or theme and then we meet at the Rockcliffe Park branch for a moderated discussion led by Heather Goldik.

    It’s the perfect discussion for time-starved folks. No long books to read! Listen to the podcasts while you commute, do chores or go for a walk. Listening to podcasts is such a great way to learn something new and then further reinforce that knowledge by discussing with others.

    This month's theme is Forests! Join us as we go deep into the forest to learn how trees communicate and collaborate, the role of Good Fire for ecological health and Indigenous cultural empowerment and what we humans can learn from trees. We’ll look deep into the ground and up into the canopy and even into the place the forest has in our imaginations.

    English event, Adult. Registration is required as space is limited.

    4 Podcasts:

    1) BBC World Service: The Compass 

    Under the Canopy: Forests of Folktale and Imagination (27 minutes)

    Jessica unpicks the profound role that forests play in our imaginative life. We know of course that they feature heavily in the fairy tales and myths we use to navigate life as children, and as we hear from writers like Max Porter, Richard Powers and Melissa Harrison, they also offer ways of understanding the complexities of desire, politics and history in our adult lives. Poet Carl Phillips describes how forests mirror the wilderness within us, while Jinni Reddy tells of how she found beauty in the forest through facing down her fears. 

    2) Radiolab 

    Forests on Forests (25 minutes)

    We journey up into the sky and discover Forests above the forest. We learn about the secret powers of these sky gardens from ecologist Karuna Mafune, and we follow Nalini Nadkarni as she makes a ground-breaking discovery that changes how we understand what trees are capable of.  

    3) Good Fire 

    Episode: Welcome to Good Fire (23 minutes) 

    Wildfire is often portrayed in the media as being ‘destructive’ and ‘catastrophic’. In this podcast we explore the concept of fire as a tool for ecological health and cultural empowerment by Indigenous people around the globe. Good Fire is a term used to describe fire that is lit intentionally to achieve specific ecological and cultural goals. Good fire is about balance. 

    4) BBC World Service: The Compass

    Under the Canopy: Forests of Science and Knowledge (26 minutes)

    Writer Jessica J Lee, sets out to describe the myriad ways that forests operate in our lives and the life of the planet. She outlines the exciting developments that have taken place in our understanding of the ways forests work over recent decades, with science offering radical new ways of recognizing these places as communities of mutually supportive trees rather than competitive spaces where individual trees fight one another for survival. 

    5) Science of Happiness 

    Episode: What Humans Can Learn From Trees (17 minutes) 

    Trees don’t just compete with one another for resources, they also cooperate. Scientist and author Suzanne Simard explains the surprising science of trees. 

    About Heather

    Heather has worked in libraries for over 15 years. As Adult Service Coordinator at the Nelson Public Library in BC—and inspired by her love of learning through books, podcasts, and conversation — Heather started a podcast club. Now living in the Ottawa area, Heather is happy to be sharing her interests with Rockcliffe Park.

  • Books with tea cup on top

    Wednesday Feb 28, 2024 at 10:30am
    60 minutes

    Join the staff at the Rockcliffe Park Branch for a cuppa, a cookie and book talk.  

    ֎ Hear 6-8 book suggestions and what we liked about these books ֎

    ֎ On display, will be a curated list of books that you can check out ֎

    ֎ See an engaging short author video ֎ 

    It's a cozy event all about books while enjoying a hot tea or coffee.

    Adult, English, Drop-in

  • Open book

    Tuesdays, Mar 05, 2024 - Apr 02, 2024
    1:30pm
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Share the enjoyment of good books in a relaxed atmosphere.  This group meets every first Tuesday of the month from September 2023 to June 2024. 

    Here is the list of books that will be discussed at each month's meeting.  Click each book titles below to place a hold.

    5 September, 2023: Seven Fallen Feathers by Tania Talaga 

    3 October, 2023: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult 

    7 November, 2023: Jennie's Boy: A Newfoundland Childhood by Wayne Johnston

    5 December, 2023: Women Talking by Miriam Toews

    2 January, 2024: Red Notice by Bill Browder

    6 February, 2024: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

    5 March, 2024: A Spy Among Friends by Ben MacIntyre

    2 April, 2024: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

    7 May, 2024:  Hamnet and Judith by Maggie O’Farrell

    June pick to be discussed.

    This is a drop in program.  All are welcome.  No registration required.

  • Cartoon kids running to open door

    Tuesday Mar 12, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Ever tasted a book?  

    Join us at Rockcliffe Park to get a taste of your next favourite read!  There will be a smorgasbord of books, picked by staff and recommended by other kids, for you to sample and enjoy.

    Tables will be set up for kids of all ages. 

    For dessert, cupcakes will be served. 

    Drop-in, ages 2+, English , 2-3PM

  • 2 kids sitting under a tree, silhouette with vibrant sky

    Tuesdays, Mar 26, 2024 - May 21, 2024
    4:00pm
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Join us as we kickoff the 2023-2024 RP Rebel Readers Bookclub at Rockcliffe Park.  For the first meeting our book is "Children of the Fox" by Kevin Sands.

    Click here to place a hold for Children of the Fox for the physical book, eBook or audiobook.

    This bookclub is for kids ages 9-12 and will be in English.  Registration is required as space is limited.

    For our first meeting on 26 Sept at 4:00PM, bring at least one suggestion of a book to suggest to the group to read.  We will create our list of books for the remaining meetings.  

    We will meet once a month, on a Tuesday from 4-5PM on these dates:  You can click the link on the book titles below to place a hold.

    26 Sept, 2023

    24 Oct, 2023

    28 Nov, 2023

    19  Dec, 2023

    23 Jan, 2024 : The School of Good and Evil - book 1

    20 Feb, 2024 : The Land of Stories - The Wishing Spell - book 1

    26 Mar, 2024 : Keeper of Lost Cities - book 1

    23 April, 2024: The Revenge of Magic - book 1

    21 May, 2024 :The Blackthorn Key - book 1

    June date to be determined