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  • Thursday Feb 9, 2023 at 6:30pm

    Join us at the Sunnyside branch for a conversation with Author, Poet, Speaker Leslie Roach.  

    Leslie will discuss her experiences with racism in the past, and how she broke into the literary world. 

    Leslie Roach is an Ottawa-based poet and writer. Born and raised in Montreal to thoughtful and loving parents who immigrated to Canada from Barbados, Leslie has lived and worked in Italy, Mali, Tanzania, Kenya and Senegal, shaping her perspectives and worldview. She then moved to Ottawa, working in the International and Interparliamentary Affairs directorate of the Parliament of Canada. 

    As a lawyer, she previously worked for the United Nations for 10 years in law and HR, specializing in conduct and discipline related to sexual, physical and psychological abuse. 

    She started writing and journaling at a young age as a form of therapy to process the racist experiences she had growing up. 

    In 2020, she released her debut book Finish this Sentence, a collection of poetry about healing from the effects of racism, finding one’s voice and power, and claiming your human right to be happy. She has been featured on major media platforms, including CBC, CBC Books, and Pace Magazine, and has partnered with national brands like Deserres. 

    Today, she is an advocate for finding your power through practicing mindfulness, both at work and at home, as a way to respond effectively to situations. She is also a workshop facilitator on journaling and mindfulness at work, and journaling to find one's true calling and purpose. 

  • Monday Feb 13, 2023 at 6:00pm

    Dr. Amadou Ba is a historian, political scientist, researcher and writer with a PhD in History, a Master’s in Political Science and a Bachelor’s in Education. Currently, Amadou Ba teaches in the School of Education and the Department of Political Science at Laurentian University  and teaches African History at Nipissing University. He will talk about some of the history and contributions of the Black community in Canada.  

    Registration required. Registrants will receive an additional email with the Zoom link ahead of the program.

  • Tuesday Feb 14, 2023 at 6:00pm / until Tue, Feb 28, 2023

    Join Educator, Writer, Artist, Ariel Clarke for a 4-week session of virtual poetry workshops. For ages 13-18.

    With a focus on Maya Angelou and Amanda Gorman, you will be able to examine and explore Black Poets and their work to make powerful statements. You will learn multiple poetic forms to use and express your own voice as well as learn to perform spoken word. Themes include: Using your voice, the power of voice and expression, Self-identity. 

    Materials you will need: Notebook, pencil/pen, markers (optional) 

    Ariel Clarke is a Drama and Education Alumni from the University of Windsor. She went on to complete a Master’s degree in Teaching at OISE-University of Toronto. She has done various community work with marginalized/racialized youth, as well as has taught across multiple Elementary and Secondary schools in Ontario. Ariel has also done specific work in social justice education targeting systemic racism, which has allowed her to implement anti-racist and anti-colonial perspectives as part of lesson design and planning in the classroom and community. 

    Registration required. Registrants will receive an additional email with the Zoom link ahead of the program.

  • parent and baby
    Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 10:00am / until Wed, Feb 22, 2023

    Stories, rhymes, songs and activities for babies (ages 0-18 months) and a parent/caregiver. 

    Using your library card, please register one spot for each child in attendance.

    To get a Library card, register online here: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/getacard

  • Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 10:15am / until Wed, Feb 22, 2023

    Stories, rhymes and songs for children 0-6 years and a parent or caregiver. Registration / Contes, comptines et chansons pour les enfants 0-6 ans et un parent ou gardien. Inscription.

  • Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 1:30pm / until Wed, May 31, 2023

    Le groupe de conversation en français est un programme d'apprentissge de la langue avec un professeur et un mombre minime d'étudiants de même niveau. Les places ne sont disponibles que si certaines se libèrent.

  • Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 2:00pm / until Wed, Feb 15, 2023

    A school readiness program for children 3-4 years-old, who will be entering kindergarten in September 2023, and their adult co-learner.

    Stories and child-centered learning stations focusing on foundational concepts of letter recognition, numeracy, colors, shapes, measurement, rhyming and retelling.

  • Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 3:00pm / until Wed, Mar 22, 2023

    Create watercolour art in good company. This series is perfect for aspiring artists, crafters who are in a rut, and anyone who suspects that a creative habit would be good for their soul. Each week we will explore our creativity using ten minute art prompts from Creativebug. All supplies will be provided.

  • Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 3:30pm / until Wed, Mar 08, 2023

    Looking to keep your mind sharp while socializing and having fun? 

    Come and join Oakpark Retirement Community's Josh Dubovie, for a FREE brain workout!

    You will have access to:

    - Wordle

    - Memory Training Games

    - Mind Bending Word Puzzles

    - FREE giveaways at every session

    - Prizes to be won for repeat attendees

    Join us at OPL for a game of "Do You Mind?!" - biweekly on Wednesdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm

  • parent et bébé
    Thursday Feb 9, 2023 at 10:00am / until Thu, Feb 23, 2023

    Contes, comptines, et chansons pour les bébés (0-18 mois) accompagnés d’un parent ou gardien.

    Lors de votre inscription, veuillez réserver une place pour chaque enfant présent.

    Si vous n'avez pas de carte de bibliothèque, vous pourrez en obtenir une ici: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/fr/getacard