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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.

  • Man reading to children and woman

    Saturdays, Apr 27, 2024 - May 25, 2024
    10:30am
    30 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Stories, rhymes, and songs for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers.  Drop-in program.

  • May the 4th Be With You

    Saturday May 04, 2024 at 10:00am
    120 minutes

    May the 4th Be With You...

    As we inspire learning, spark curiosity and connect people in this fun, free morning of information and demonstrations showcasing robotics design innovation from our own community.

    Learn about advances in robotics, smart mobility, and other next-gen technology from researchers, industry specialists, and local students. Check out STEM resources offered at the Library, and see OPL’s very own electric powered BiblioBike.

    In collaboration with Area X.O operated by Invest Ottawa, InDro Robotics, Algonquin College Robotics and Automation Program, and local school robotics clubs.

    Logo for AreaX

    Logo for Indro Robotics

    Logo for Algongquin College

  • Tuesdays, May 07, 2024 - Jun 04, 2024
    11:45am
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Spend your lunch hour playing video games, board games, working on homework or hanging out with other teens! Ages 13-18. || Passez votre heure de dîner à jouer à des jeux vidéo, à des jeux de société, à faire vos devoirs ou à passer du temps avec d’autres ados!  Pour les 13 à 18 ans.

  • Dickinson Reads

    Wednesdays, May 08, 2024 - Jun 12, 2024
    10:00am
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    We meet to enjoy lively good-natured discussions of a wide variety of books selected by our members. All assessments, interpretations, and opinions are valued and respected. Everyone is welcome!​

  • Tuesdays, May 14, 2024 - Jun 11, 2024
    3:00pm
    120 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    The Granny Squares for Warmth (GSFW) group was created in November 2020 as a Barrhaven-based group with a mission to create and donate hand-made blankets in the Ottawa area. ​

    In addition to blankets, members have also made and donated shawls, hats, and baby wear. ​

    Join us to crochet and join granny squares, to share and learn crochet stitches and techniques and to build a sense of community by making blankets for those in need. ​
    Everyone is welcome!

  • Tuesday May 21, 2024 at 10:00am
    60 minutes

    Le Club de lecture RD est fier d'accueillir Michèle Vinet, auteure de chez nous.  Son roman, Le malaimant, lauréat du Prix littéraire Trillium fut récemment le sujet de leur rencontre.   Avec sa plume poétique, Michèle Vinet touche, ébranle et confronte.  Ses romans nous aident à mettre en lumière les mystères de la vie. 

  • Barrhaven Builders Club

    Friday May 24, 2024 at 3:30pm
    90 minutes

    Get creative with our Gears, Gears, Gears, Magformers, Keva Planks, Lego, Meccano, K'nex, VEX Robotics and more.

    Drop-in between 3:30 and 5:00pm to build, construct, engineer and design with us.

    Open to ages 5+

  • 3 seedings in brown pots in a row

    Saturday May 25, 2024 at 1:00pm
    180 minutes

    Did you start too many seedlings?
    Have some extra perennials or houseplants?

    Bring them to the Ruth E. Dickinson Branch Spring Plant Swap and take some other plants home!

    Weather permitting, we'll be set up outside of the branch near the main entrance. 

    Please don't forget to clearly label your plants. 

  • Saturday Jun 15, 2024 at 10:00am
    360 minutes

    Drop in to our branch during the day and exchange puzzles with other members of our community.

    Bring one, take one. Bring two, take two! 

    If you are ready to let go of some gently used puzzles ahead of time, please drop them off at the desk on the 2nd floor starting June 12th during opening hours. This will help us prepare for the big day!