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    Mardi May 30, 2023 à 19 h

    Throughout the month of May, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will be celebrating Asian Heritage Month.

     Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the many contributions of Canadians of Asian descent but also acts as a reminder for all Canadians to come together to combat anti-Asian racism and discrimination in all its forms. 

    Please join us for a virtual cooking show with local chef Joe Thottungal from popular restaurant, Thali and Coconut Lagoon, in Ottawa Canada.

    Watch as he demonstrates three dishes, Asparagus Thoran, Chicken Kadai, Pomegranate and mint Raita from his new cookbook "My Thali".

    About the author:

    My name is Joe Thottungal. I am a Canadian chef, born and raised in Kerala, India. My culinary journey has taken me from cooking school in Chennai to kitchen work in Mumbai, Saudi Arabia, Toronto, and Windsor before I settled in Ottawa in 2002. Together with my chef de cuisine, Rajesh Gopi, and my brothers Majoe and Thomas, I opened Coconut Lagoon in 2004 and then our second restaurant, Thali, in 2018. I was honored to be named Ottawa Chef of the Year in 2008. My Coconut Lagoon team and I have won gold, silver, and bronze medals at both the regional and national cooking competitions of the Canadian Culinary Championships. I am also extremely proud to be the culinary director of the Ottawa charity, Food for Thought, and to have received an Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award and a United Way Community Builder Award in 2020 for the work were doing in addressing food insecurity in the city. In 2022, I received the Order of Ottawa and an honorary degree from Algonquin College, where I occasionally teach classes. I share these honours with the extraordinary team I have the pleasure to work with at Food for Thought.I am the author of Coconut Lagoon, Recipes from a South Indian Kitchen (Figure 1, 2019) and have a second cookbook, My Thali, published in 2023.Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Board of Trade awarded Joe ‘The Newsmaker of the year 2022’.Joe lives in Ottawa with his wife and three children.

  • parent and baby
    Mercredi May 31, 2023 à 10 h

    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:

  • Mercredi May 31, 2023 à 10 h 15

    Stories, rhymes and songs for children of all ages and a parent or caregiver. Registration required.

    Contes, comptines et chansons pour les enfants de tous âges et un parent ou gardien. Inscription requise.

  • Mercredi May 31, 2023 à 13 h 30

    Désolé, cet événement et sa liste d'attente sont complets.

    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.

  • Mercredi May 31, 2023 à 14 h / jusqu'à Mercredi 14 juin 2023

    Désolé, cet événement et sa liste d'attente sont complets.

    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.

  • Web banner for hobbies and crafts
    Mercredi May 31, 2023 à 15 h

    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.

  • Mercredi May 31, 2023 à 15 h 30 / jusqu'à Mercredi 14 juin 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
    Jeudi Jun 1, 2023 à 10 h

    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:

  • Jeudi Jun 1, 2023 à 10 h 30 / jusqu'à Jeudi 8 juin 2023

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

  • Jeudi Jun 1, 2023 à 16 h

    Come and Knit Yourself a Bracelet

    Beginners Knitting Project- Bracelet

    Knitting Project- Bracelet is for entry-level beginners who are looking to learn how to cast on and cast off, knit and purl stitches. There are two mentors are available to help and step by step instructions video to assist the learners.

    Bracelet is a doable project for 2 hours

    Limited to 10 participants.

    Materials and 4 mm needles are provided for project use.