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Welcome to Science Literacy Week - September 20 to 26 at Ottawa Public Library

Monday, September 20, 2021

OTTAWA— Science Literacy Week starts today and all week Ottawa Public Library is offering programs, activities and reading recommendations on the theme of climate. The nationwide celebration of science in Canada, led by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada, is an ideal opportunity for Canadians to explore science and learn more about how science can help us better understand our climate and deal with the climate crisis. For Science Literacy Week, OPL, alongside other libraries, museums and schools across Canada, invites cardholders of all ages to explore amazing science content and discover how the climate in Canada has evolved over time; how those changes have impacted our lives; and how our climates might change in the future.

Join in the following live virtual programs during Science Literacy Week, September 20 to 26 to bring you up to date on the latest science findings related to climate change in Canada. Storytime for children:

OPL staff will be hosting storytimes to introduce young children to the wonderful world of science!

Activité de codage Planter des arbres (ages 9-12, in French):

During this workshop by uOttawa Maker Mobile, kids will learn about programming with Scratch, and help create a drone tree-planting game!

My River: Cleaning up the LaHave River (all ages):

Young Citizen Scientist Stella Bowles is an advocate for clean water. She will share her story and inspire young scientists to make a difference in their communities.

Climate Change in Ottawa (all ages):

Mike Fletcher from the City’s Planning, Infrastructure and Eco Development Department, will help you understand climate change, and how you can be part of the solution.

Take science home with OPL’s STEAM kits:

Indulge in your inner scientist with take-home STEAM kits available at OPL branches across Ottawa. These kits contain a science-themed activity and instructions so your family can have fun at home and explore science too! Libraries will also be giving away science-themed creations, such as Gliders for ages 6+ and Bug Tile Memory Game for preschoolers, while quantities last. OPL thanks Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association for the funding to make these two projects a reality. Libraries allow you to follow your curiosity as widely or as deeply as you choose. Our librarians have curated an exciting list of reading suggestions on climate for youth as well as for adults - available at OPL. Register now! Don’t miss the chance to expand your knowledge about climate in Canada and Canada and equip yourself to make informed decisions now and for the future! For more information, visit