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  • Photograph of the Parliament Hill skyline taken between the end of the 19th century and 1916.
    Saturday Mar 25, 2023 at 10:00am / until Apr 22, 2023

    Black History Ottawa, the Ubuntu Legacy Network and the Historical Society of Ottawa invite you to the first of a three-part book club on Tom Zoellner's "Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire"

    Learn how the forces of literacy and revolution brought an end to slavery in the British Empire. 

    This inclusive community safe-space legacy workshop series is part of the 2023 commemoration of the 230th anniversary of the 1793 Act to Limit Slavery in Upper Canada and the 190th anniversary of the 1833 Act to Abolish Slavery in the British Empire. 

    Visit to register for this workshop. Places are limited. Due to the nature of the content explored in this workshop, only those aged 18 years and older may participate. 

    The second and third sessions will take place respectively on March 25, 2023 and on April 22, 2023. They will both take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room B125 of the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe Street). 

  • father mother children reading
    Saturday Mar 25, 2023 at 10:30am / until May 06, 2023

    Stories, rhymes, and songs for children ages 0-6 accompanied by a parent or caregiver. The first half hour will be an interactive storytime program. The last half hour will explore STEM activities! 

  • Saturday Mar 25, 2023 at 10:30am / until Jun 24, 2023

    Stories, rhymes and songs for children of all ages and a parent or caregiver.

    Drop In

    30 minutes

  • Hobbies and crafts
    Saturday Mar 25, 2023 at 11:00am / until Jun 10, 2023

    Join us Saturdays at 11am - 1pm for open ended art and crafting. All you need to bring is your creativity.  
    March 25th to June 10th, 2023 

  • Saturday Mar 25, 2023 at 1:30pm

     Welcome to Writing Series - Narration and Narrators with Thom Whalen

    The Stittsville Creative Writing Group, in conjunction with the Ottawa Public Library, is pleased to present the Welcome to Writing Series. This is a collection of seminars or workshops with the goal of making you a better writer. Our intent is to foster creativity, literacy, and love of the written word. Members of the SCWG will present on the indicated topic.  

    Often an author will often have a fictional character tell a story from his or her point of view, using his or her voice. This character is called the internal narrator. The choice of the internal narrator is a major factor in determining, not just the way the story is told, but what is included in the story and how it is to be interpreted. Thus, different narrators will tell different stories about the same events. Six short stories will be used to illustrate and stimulate discussion of the implications of using different internal narrators.

  • Storyteller telling a story to a group of children
    Saturday Mar 25, 2023 at 1:30pm / until May 13, 2023

    Everyone has a story. Some of us have 1001 stories! Marie Victoria Robertson and Brad Denys will introduce you to the art of storytelling. How do you find a story to tell? Shape the story? Present the story in a way that others want to listen?

    The workshop will weave in the use of digital media: as a learning tool

  • Sensory Storytime, Mothercraft Ottawa
    Saturday Mar 25, 2023 at 2:00pm / until Jun 03, 2023

    Our Storytime welcomes and respects the needs of children aged 0-6 years living with developmental disabilities and/or Autism, who may face barriers related to sensory experiences, show signs of, or are at risk for a developmental delay.

    A family member must be present for the entirety of the event.

    Offered in partnership with Mothercraft Ottawa.

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday Mar 25, 2023 at 2:00pm / until Jun 24, 2023

    Practice your English conversation skills in a low-pressure, friendly environment. All levels are welcome. 

  • LEGO figure holds flower
    Saturday Mar 25, 2023 at 2:30pm / until Jun 10, 2023

    Create and build with Lego®!  Drop-in Program. Family Program.

  • Child reading.
    Saturday Mar 25, 2023 at 3:30pm / until May 27, 2023

    Bravo, you have started reading simple books on your own! Each month we’ll be doing a literacy activity based on a favorite book series from the Early Readers collection of the library. Ages 5-7. In English only.