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  • Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 7:00pm
    45 minutes

    Are you a new library user and want to learn about what we offer at the Ottawa Public Library? Have you been an OPL member for years, but want to learn more about our collections, services, and programs? Join us to discover what you can access at your local library branch, and have a chance at winning some OPL merch! Registration encouraged but drop-ins always welcome.

  • Thursdays, Feb 22, 2024 - Feb 29, 2024
    1:00pm
    90 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Ready for more than conversation? These 4-week module classes will help build on your English language skills. Beginner and Intermediate sessions. Each session's registration will open three (3) weeks prior to the first class. 

    Everyone welcome! Register online.  

    You are registering for: Session 4 Intermediate: February 8, 15, 22, 29, 2024

    Vous cherchez un peu plus qu'une conversation? Nos classes en format module de 4 semaines vous aideront à développer vos compétences linguistiques en anglais. Sessions au niveau débutant ainsi qu'intermédiaire. Ouverture des inscriptions trois (3) semaines avant la première classe pour chaque session. 

    Tous sont bienvenus ! Inscription en ligne.  

    Vous vous enregistrez pour: session 4 intermédiaire: les 8, 15, 22, 29 février

  • Thursdays, Feb 22, 2024 - Feb 29, 2024
    1:00pm
    90 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Ready for more than conversation? These 4-week module classes will help build on your English language skills. Beginner and Intermediate sessions. Each session's registration will open three (3) weeks prior to the first class. 

    Everyone welcome! Register online.  

    You are registering for: Session 4 beginner : February 8, 15, 22, 29, 2024

    Vous cherchez un peu plus qu'une conversation? Nos classes en format module de 4 semaines vous aideront à développer vos compétences linguistiques en anglais. Sessions au niveau débutant ainsi qu'intermédiaire. Ouverture des inscriptions trois (3) semaines avant la première classe pour chaque session. 

    Tous sont bienvenus ! Inscription en ligne.  

    Vous vous enregistrez pour: session 4 débutant: les 8, 15, 22, 29 février 2024

  • 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.

  • Thursdays, Feb 22, 2024 - Jun 13, 2024
    6:30pm
    90 minutes

    17 sessions remaining

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Do you love to write? Is writing the air you breathe, or is there ink in your veins?

    The Stittsville Creative Writing Group is a collection of people who love to write.

    We meet weekly to read from text we have written on our own time during the previous week, and engage in other writing activities.

    This is not a class on writing, or a workshop for manuscripts. Instead, we are people who love to write and share our works. 

    There are those who mostly listen rather than write, those who write prolifically but only share with the group, and a broad spectrum in between.

    If your interest is in the love of writing, this group may be for you.

  • open book on tree roots, surrounded by leaves

    Thursdays, Feb 22, 2024 - Mar 28, 2024
    7:00pm
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Come join us the 4th Thursday of every month for lively discussion on a variety of English-language books. Everything from non-fiction to fantasy to gentle reads, there's something for everyone - and you may find a new genre that appeals to you!

    When you register, we will reserve a copy of the book for you - no need to place a hold, unless you would like to enjoy the book in a different format.

  • Saturdays, Feb 24, 2024 - Mar 09, 2024
    10:00am
    120 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Interested in playing D&D?  Then join us on for a D&D adventure.  Dungeons and Dragons is a fantasy role playing game in which your characters explore the world, solve puzzles and fight monsters. For ages 13-17.  Spaces limited.

  • Saturday Feb 24, 2024 at 10:15am
    45 minutes

    AgVenture (Canada Agriculture and Food Museum) is coming for a visit to Storytime! Learn about bunnies, listen to a bunny storytime, sing a song about bunnies and have a face-to-face visit with a real rabbit. 

    ** Family program for ages 4 and older. **

  • Saturday Feb 24, 2024 at 10:30am
    60 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Spend your Saturday investigating the world of S.T.E.M. 

    This month we will be looking at magnets and magnetism.

    Ages 8-12.

    Registration is required.

  • Saturday Feb 24, 2024 at 11:00am
    60 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Get a Techno Buddy!

    Technology and Social Media can be overwhelming.

    Teen Volunteers share their Social Media knowledge with older Adult in a two-on-one setting.  

    Areas of technology help will focus on user’s personal account use by initial setting up of the accounts and how use the site:

    Facebook

    Instagram

    X (former Twitter)

    Pinterest

    One hour = One topic

    If you want to cover a different topic from the list, Facilitator will need to approve it, as this is only a one hour session.

    Meeting place:  Teen Zone on the 3rd floor.

    Please bring your device fully charged (ex. cell phone, tablet, or laptop).

    Please provide a phone number we can contact you about your topic.

    You can sign up for one session and one waiting list slot per quarter.