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Stories, music, art, and fun brought to you by the OPL July 7

Jun 26 2018

Ottawa – The much-loved family entertainer Fred Penner is headlining the Ottawa Public Library’s Tales & Tunes: Family Fun Day at the Library happening Saturday, July 7 from noon to 5 pm. Penner, along with other artists, performers, and storytellers will be part of a summer afternoon in celebration of creativity, collaboration and community for families and folks of all ages. Admission and participation is completely free.

As much a community hub as the Library is a resource for information, learning and entertainment, OPL is inviting families from across Ottawa to get in on the fun. Storytelling and music will weave in and around other activities such as dance workshops, an Escape Room, a gardening station, maker activities, crafts, face painting, balloon sculptures, and much, much more! First Nations artist Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone will perform a traditional opening ceremony. CBC Ottawa and House of Paint will gather people to join in the creation of community mural; and City of Ottawa Museums will get kids hopping and laughing with some interactive games.

Tales & Tunes: Family Fun Day at the Library is inspired by the story of Stone Soup, a traditional folktale found in many parts of the world. In all of its versions, the story highlights the value of sharing and the wonderful results that come when everyone contributes. The mix of tales and tunes being brought together by OPL on July 7 is sure to result in a brilliant afternoon for all who participate. Further details and the event schedule are available on the OPL website.

OPL is pleased to thank FOPLA, the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association, for their generous sponsorship of the event, and to highlight the key contributions of our partners: Centrepointe Theatres and CBC Ottawa.  

Tales and Tunes will take place Saturday, July 7 from 12 from noon to 5 pm. at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive (and Nepean Centrepointe branch of OPL) – inside and outside, rain or shine.  The location is easily accessible by public transit, and adjacent to Baseline OC Transpo station. All are welcome! No registration required.

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, physical and virtual at, mobile libraries, and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook Contact us at 613-580-2940 or If it’s out there, it’s in here!