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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.

  • Fridays, Mar 01, 2024 - May 31, 2024
    10:30am
    90 minutes

    13 sessions remaining

    Join us in our children's area to play and chat! Drop-in program.

    Joignez-vous à nous au département des enfants pour jouer et socialiser. Portes ouvertes.

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    Fridays, Mar 01, 2024 - Jun 28, 2024
    3:00pm
    90 minutes

    17 sessions remaining

    Join our free English conversation group to practice speaking in English in a relaxed and friendly environment.

    All levels are welcome to this drop-in program.

    Rejoignez notre groupe de conversation en anglais gratuit pour pratiquer l'anglais dans une atmosphère détendue.

    Tous les niveaux sont les bienvenus à ce programme , inscription non requise.

  • photo of solar eclipse and photo of northern lights

    Saturday Mar 02, 2024 at 1:00pm
    60 minutes

    The Solar Eclipse and the Northern Lights; two of nature's most striking phenomena...and this April is the best time to see both! 

    Most remarkably, Southern Ontario's only total solar eclipse in our lifetime will take place.

    Come listen to adventurer Andrew Macklin explain the background science and share insights on how to best view them near Ottawa.

  • Saturdays, Mar 02, 2024 - Jun 08, 2024
    2:00pm
    150 minutes

    7 sessions remaining

    Do you love board games? Cards? Chess? Any game goes! We will provide an assortment of games, but you're welcome to bring your own board games, too. Drop-in program. 

    Vous aimez les jeux de société ? Les cartes ? Les échecs ? Tous les jeux comptent ! Nous fournirons un choix de jeux, mais vous pouvez également amener vos propres jeux de société. Portes ouvertes

  • nanowrimo logo

    Sundays, Mar 03, 2024 - Sep 01, 2024
    1:00pm
    210 minutes

    7 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! 

  • canada reads text beside CBC logo

    Mondays, Mar 04, 2024 - Mar 07, 2024
    10:00am
    60 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Each day from Monday, March 4 to Thursday, March 7 at 10 am, the Main Branch of OPL will be screening the Canada Reads debates live on CBC Books.

    The event will take place in Room 117 on the first floor from Monday to Wednesday and in the auditorium in the basement on Thursday.  

    2024 contenders:

    Athlete and CBC Sports contributor Dallas Soonias champions Bad Cree by Jessica Johns

    Former Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi champions Denison Avenue by Christina Wong & Daniel Innes

    Fashion influencer Mirian Njoh champions Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune

    Actor Kudakwashe Rutendo champions Shut Up You're Pretty by Téa Mutonji

    Author Heather O'Neill champions The Future by Catherine Leroux, translated by Susan Ouriou

    For more information about the books and their champions, click here.

  • poster for Burning

    Monday Mar 04, 2024 at 6:00pm
    150 minutes

    Thrilla Thursdays are back! Except they are on Monday. But it's still Korean films so that's good. Some revisits and a couple new ones.

    Join us for a free screening of Burning. The film was directed by Lee Chang-dong and was released in 2018. The screening will take place in our auditorium, starts at 6:00PM and is free to attend.

    Note: The film is intended for a mature audience. 148 minutes. In Korean with English subtitles

  • poster for little shop of horrors

    Wednesday Mar 06, 2024 at 6:30pm
    180 minutes

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of The Little Shop of Horrors (1960).

    Please join us from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at the OPL's Main Branch Auditorium. The event will also feature other bad movie items like trailers and serials.

    The event is free to attend. In English.

    Note: This film is intended for a mature audience. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • Mondays, Mar 11, 2024 - Jun 24, 2024
    2:00pm
    120 minutes

    8 sessions remaining

    On the second and fourth Mondays of each month, this event provides an opportunity for local authors and others who enjoy good writing to discuss writing of all types (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, dramatic scripts, graphic novels, etc.) Members will have the opportunity to share their writing and exchange useful feedback. Possible discussion may also include ideas related to publishing written work.

  • Mondays, Mar 11, 2024 - Jun 24, 2024
    6:00pm
    150 minutes

    8 sessions remaining

    Come join us for a fun collage session! Explore your creative side and piece together something beautiful. Collages make nice greeting cards or posters to decorate your home. Drop in program. Welcome to all ages. No registration required. All collage-making supplies (scissors, paper, glue) will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own special papers and materials as well.

    Venez participer à un amusant atelier de collage! Libérez votre créativité et fabriquez quelque chose de magnifique. Faites de jolies cartes de souhaits ou de belles décorations à afficher chez vous. Programme portes ouvertes. Pour tous âges. Aucune inscription nécessaire. Tout le matériel nécessaire vous sera fourni (ciseaux, papier, colle), mais vous pouvez aussi apporter vos propres papiers et outils.