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  • Open book on an off-white background, with blooming magnolias resting on the open book

    Thursdays, Apr 25, 2024 - Jun 27, 2024
    7:00pm
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Our final book club sessions before the summer break!

    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.

    For June, we'll be having a BYOB party... Bring Your Own Book Party, that is! Whether it be an old favourite, or something new and amazing that recently crossed your path, we want to see what you recommend everyone should read and hear why you loved it. A list of the recommended titles will appear on the website after the event.

  • Notepad, camera, and magnifying glass on old map

    Tuesdays, May 21, 2024 - Jun 18, 2024
    1:30pm
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    All aboard for the final leg of our tour around the world, with Sweden, Nigeria, and Spain! Join us the third Tuesday of each month where we will discuss a title set in a different country and/or written by a foreign author.

    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. This is the last chance to get your Reader's Passport stamped before the summer!

  • Wednesday Apr 24, 2024 at 6:30pm
    60 minutes

    Join us for the ultimate armchair travel around Europe. The European Book Club is offered in partnership with European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in Ottawa to promote contemporary European authors and their works. A book title from an EU country is selected for discussion each month.

    We will be discussing "Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World" by Irene Vallejo.

    IRENE VALLEJO

    Irene Vallejo earned her European Doctorate from the Universities of Zaragoza and Florence. Papyrus was awarded the National Essay Prize, the Critical Eye Prize for Narrative and the Bookstore Recommendation Award, and will be published in thirty countries. She is a regular columnist for El País and Heraldo de Aragón, and is the author of two children’s books, two novels, and three collections of essays, articles, and short fiction.

    PAPYRUS

    Long before books were mass-produced, scrolls hand copied on reeds pulled from the Nile were the treasures of the ancient world. Emperors and Pharaohs were so determined to possess them that they dispatched emissaries to the edges of the earth to bring them back.

    Papyrus, traces the dramatic history of the book and the fight for its survival. This is the story of the book’s journey from oral tradition to scrolls to codices, and how that transition laid the very foundation of Western culture. And it is a story full of heroic adventures, bloodshed and megalomania – from the battlefields of Alexander the Great and the palaces of Cleopatra to the libraries of war-torn Sarajevo and Oxford.

  • Thursdays, Apr 25, 2024 - Jun 27, 2024
    10:00am
    120 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    The St. Laurent Book Club meet to enjoy and discuss a wide variety of books selected by book club members. ​

    All are welcome.​

    Upcoming dates and books:

    • Thursday, September 28th, 10am to 12pm - A Good Man by Guy Vanderhaeghe
    • Thursday, October 26th, 10am to 12pn - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    • Thursday, November 30th, 10am to 12pm - Circe by Madeline Miller
    • Thursday, January 25th, 10am to 12pm - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
    • Thursday, February 29th, 10am to 12pm - Klara in the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Thursday, March 28th, 10am to 12pm - All Things Consoled by Elisabeth Hay
    • Thursday, April 25th, 10am to 12pm - Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Gamus
    • Thursday, June 6, 10am to 12pm - The Covenant of Water by Abraham Varghese
    • Thursday, June 27th, 10am to 12pm - Selection of titles for fall 2024
  • books with headphones ocean fish

    Thursday Apr 25, 2024 at 1:30pm
    90 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 Oceans!

    In April we’ll be diving deep into the history of the oceans, its animal life and sounds and conservation.

    1) Podcast: BBC History Extra

    Episode: How Oceans Shaped Human Civilization (25 minutes)

    Physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski discusses the impact of oceans on human civilisations through history, from providing food to connecting trade routes. Plus, she explores how our relationship with the oceans has changed throughout the ages.

    2) Podcast: NPR Ted Radio Hour

    Episode: An SOS From the Ocean (48 minutes)

    For centuries, humans have relied on the oceans for resources and food… but even the deepest sea has its limits. This hour, TED speakers discuss how we can save our seas to save our planet.

    3) Podcast: Overheard at National Geographic

    Episode: She sails the seas without maps or compasses (35minutes)

    A Hawaiian navigator describes how she sails the seas without maps or modern instruments to keep Polynesian wayfinding traditions alive.

    4) Podcast: Twenty Thousand Hertz

    Episode: 20,000 DBS Under the Sea (26 minutes)

    71% of the Earth is covered by water. And most of us imagine it to be a serene, almost silent world. But why should we have all the fun up here? Discover what sound is like just below the surface and all the way down to the ocean’s depths. And see how mankind might be making it unpleasant for everyone and everything that calls the oceans home.

    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.  This is her second podcast club event at Rockcliffe Park.

  • Thursday Apr 25, 2024 at 6:00pm
    60 minutes

    In honour of our earth, let's do some green-minded crafting.  We will read a storybook, sing a song and recycle and re-purpose old CDs into beautiful suncatchers. 

    Ages 6+. Please register online. 

     

  • Books

    Thursdays, Apr 25, 2024 - Sep 26, 2024
    6:30pm
    60 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

    Join us for some great book discussions, tea and treats! 

  • Fridays, Apr 26, 2024 - May 31, 2024
    2:00pm
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Join in stimulating discussions on selected titles in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere on the last Friday of the month.

  • Monday Apr 29, 2024 at 5:15pm
    30 minutes

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Do you have children ages 5-8?  Would you like them to read more?  Then join our weekly Reading Buddies program.   Each child will be paired with a teen volunteer for fun and interactive read aloud sessions.  Together they will share the joys of reading in a friendly, encouraging and enthusiastic environment.  Registration required.    

  • Tuesdays, Apr 30, 2024 - Jun 04, 2024
    10:30am
    30 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

    Stories, rhymes and songs for babies and a parent or caregiver. Ages 0-18 months.

    Drop-in.