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  • Mardi Mar 28, 2023 à 13 h 30 / jusqu'à Mardi 20 juin 2023

    Cover to Cover - Book Club

    Book club for adults that love to share a good book!

    Please register online (each date individually) and pick up your copy of the book about a month before the meeting date at the main desk of the Cumberland Branch.

    These are the next books:

    An American Marriage by Tayari Jones - March 28, 2023

    The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George - April 25, 2023

    A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson - May 23, 2023

    One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle - June 20, 2023

  • Poetry month
    Samedi Apr 8, 2023 à 13 h

    Using figures of speech and other simple literary techniques, learn to develop your writing skills.

    Stimulate your imagination with a series of visual prompts to create original and lively works. With a few tools and strategies of the craft, discover the joys of writing poetry.

    This workshop promotes the development of rich, colourful and personal work. No steadfast rules, no competition, just fun for everyone!

    For adults and teens ages 15+. 

    About the presenter: 

    Michèle Vinet, guest of honour at the 2021 Salon du Livre de l’Outaouais, is an award-winning author. She has published three novels in French (Prise de parole) that have gleaned seven nominations and three awards: le prix Trillium, le prix Émile-Ollivier (Conseil supérieur de la langue française) and le prix littéraire Le Droit. She has also published poetry in English, Tendrils (BookLand Press). Her novel Le malaimant (L’Interligne), published in 2021, was finalist to the Trillium Book Award and is the winner of the City of Ottawa Book Award 2022. JAZ, her next novel will be out in September 2023.

    The author offers creative writing workshops to the public as well as for the Ottawa Public Library, in schools and universities, community centres, in the penitentiary system, in the field of mental health and Amnesty International.

    Her work is the subject of interviews, articles, signings, book fairs, videos, podcasts and various literary presentations.

  • Climate feelings: A writing workshop for teens
    Samedi Apr 15, 2023 à 15 h

    The world is on fire and nothing is okay. What does this feel like? There are a lot of standard names for what we feel when we think about global warming, wide-spread extinction of creatures, and, well, [gestures generally]: Anxiety, grief, anger, fear, blankness. Sometimes the way we talk about feelings shapes what we feel, and so it matters what words we have. We might not have all the words we need to understand the experience of climate crisis.

    In this hands-on workshop, we’ll discuss some theories about emotions and expression, why writing is a good way to explore feelings we don’t have a name for, and how to practice finding our “outlaw emotions” about big problems.

    About the presenter

    Alexis Shotwell is a professor at Carleton University, on unceded Algonquin land. She is a writer, SF nerd, queer, functional potter, currently obsessed with doing handstands. She’s the author of Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times and working on a book about getting together to solve big problems in which we are complicit.

    Presented in partnership with the Ottawa Writers Festival.

  • Poetry month
    Mardi Apr 18, 2023 à 18 h 30

    Using figures of speech and other simple literary techniques, learn to develop your writing skills.

    Stimulate your imagination with a series of visual prompts to create original and lively works. With a few tools and strategies of the craft, discover the joys of writing poetry. 

    This workshop promotes the development of rich, colourful and personal work. No steadfast rules, no competition, just fun for everyone.

    For adults and teens aged 15+.

    About the presenter: 

    Michèle Vinet, guest of honour at the 2021 Salon du Livre de l’Outaouais, is an award-winning author. She has published three novels in French (Prise de parole) that have gleaned seven nominations and three awards: le prix Trillium, le prix Émile-Ollivier (Conseil supérieur de la langue française) and le prix littéraire Le Droit. She has also published poetry in English, Tendrils (BookLand Press). Her novel Le malaimant (L’Interligne), published in 2021, was finalist to the Trillium Book Award and is the winner of the City of Ottawa Book Award 2022. JAZ, her next novel will be out in September 2023.

     The author offers creative writing workshops to the public as well as for the Ottawa Public Library, in schools and universities, community centres, in the penitentiary system, in the field of mental health and Amnesty International.

    Her work is the subject of interviews, articles, signings, book fairs, videos, podcasts and various literary presentations.

  • One eRead Un livrel
    Mercredi Apr 19, 2023 à 19 h

    The completely bilingual virtual book club Un livrel / One eRead Canada, offered in Canadian libraries from one ocean to the other, is launching its third edition.

    In April 2023, we offer you Ce qu’on respire sur Tatouine/Tatouine par/by Jean-Christophe Réhel.  For the month of April, the eBooks and eAudio will be available for simultaneous access.*

    Come and join us for a discussion with the English translators, Katherine Hastings and Peter McCambridge, who will be interviewed by Shelagh Rogers. You can join them on the Zoom call or watch live on YouTube.

    Registrants will receive an additional email with the Zoom link two days before the program.

    This event is happening in partnership with CULC. The Canadian Urban Libraries Council has the mission to facilitate advocacy, collaboration, and research that strengthens and promotes the value of Canada’s urban libraries as integral to a vibrant democracy, a strong economy, and thriving communities.

    Peter McCambridge 

    Originally from Ireland, Peter McCambridge holds a BA in modern languages from Cambridge University, England, and has lived in Quebec City since 2003. His translations have been World Literature Today Notable Translations, longlisted for Canada Reads, and finalists for the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Translation.

    Katherine Hastings

    Katherine Hastings is a Quebec-based French-to-English translator and English copyeditor. She has translated two novels by Jean-Michel Fortier, The Unknown Huntsman (published 2016) and The Electric Baths (2020); co-translated Tatouine, a novel by Jean-Christophe Réhel (2020); and revised numerous other books for QC Fiction, an imprint of Baraka Books, including Éric Dupont’s 2018 Giller Prize finalist Songs for the Cold of Heart. She has also translated several works of non-fiction, including Montreal and the Bomb by Gilles Sabourin (2021) and The Plains of Abraham: Battlefield 1759 and 1760 by historian Hélène Quimper and the National Battlefields Commission, published in 2022. 

    Shelagh Rogers 

    Shelagh Rogers is a veteran broadcast-journalist, currently host and co-producer of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, devoted to writing in Canada. She is an honorary witness to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2016, she was awarded the inaugural Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy. She holds honorary doctorates from eight Canadian universities and is Chancellor of the University of Victoria. Shelagh is of Métis and Scottish ancestry. Her great-grandmother Edith Rogers was the first Michif woman, and the first woman, elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Edith was from Norway House, where David A. Robertson’s family has deep roots.

    *The French eAudio is available from a special production of Radio-Canada’s OHdio, available now.

  • Lundi Mar 27, 2023 à 13 h / jusqu'à Lundi 26 juin 2023

    Love to play cards?  Seniors in Bells Corners are invited to join an informal card group.  Drop-in.

    Mondays 1-3 pm at Centennial Branch. No sessions on April 10 or May 22.

    In partnership with South Nepean Satellite Community Health Center

                       

  • Barrhaven Knitting Group
    Lundi Mar 27, 2023 à 13 h 30 / jusqu'à Lundi 26 juin 2023

    Come join our group of experienced knitters. We make substantial donations of knitted materials each year to Ottawa's premature babies and adults in need. You can choose to knit for charity or for yourself while making new friends and getting new project ideas. A fun time for all!

  • Lundi Mar 27, 2023 à 13 h 30 / jusqu'à Lundi 5 juin 2023

    Baby playgroups are facilitated by Early Childhood Educators with early learning activities for babies and a chance for caregivers to network and share experiences.   A partnership between the Early On Family and Child Centre and the Library. 

    Ages 0-18 months.  Drop in Program.

  • Lundi Mar 27, 2023 à 16 h 30

    Practice your English conversation skills in a relaxed and friendly environment. All levels are welcome to this drop-in program.

  • Cookbook
    Lundi Mar 27, 2023 à 18 h 30 / jusqu'à Lundi 26 juin 2023

    Meet with fellow food enthusiasts and put a cookbook to the test. Sample a few recipes from the selected cookbook and review your results with the group. Drop-in program.