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News from Ruth E. Dickinson: your local library branch

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January 27, 2023

🎉 FOPLA's Mammoth Book Sale! Looking for some new reads for the new year? Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association is hosting their monthly Mammoth Book Sale this Saturday January 28 from 10 am to 2 pm at 100 Tallwood drive. This is your chance to take advantage of great deals on used books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks in great condition for sale at a fantastic price!

👷‍♀️ Barrhaven Builder's Club 👷‍♂️ Get creative with our Gears, Gears, Gears, Magformers, Keva Planks, Lego, Meccano, K'nex, VEX Robotics and more! Drop-in between 3:30 pm and 5 pm on Friday February 3 to build, construct, engineer and design with us. Open to ages 5+

📝 Writing Workshops for Teens As part of this year's Awesome Authors Writing Contest, OPL is offering a series of free creative writing workshops! Local renowned authors will share their knowledge and experiences in writing different literary genres and styles. Feel free to show them your writing piece! They will answer your questions and give you valuable advice that will be useful throughout your writing career.

🆕 French Graphic Novels There are now hundreds of French graphic novels (bandes dessinées, or BD) available in Toutapprendre! You will find titles by Catherine Meurisse, Joann Sfar, series such as Les Légendaires and Garfield, Marvel comics, and much more! Toutapprendre also offers French audiobooks, eBooks, and online courses. Bonne lecture!


January 18, 2023

🌙 Happy Lunar New Year!

January 22, 2023 marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit! To learn more about this holiday and how to celebrate it, check out this collection ofstories for children! Visit us in branch to see a special display upstairs celebrating Lunar New Year!

💬 Virtual Workshop: How to Become an Awesome Comic Book Writer

Discover the journey of author and comic book writer Éric Péladeau, judge of the Awesome Authors youth writing contest. Join us for a virtual workshop on Saturday January 21 at 2:00 pm on Zoom. You will learn how to create a comic book and what it takes to become a comic book artist. Ages 9 and up. Registration required.

🏥 South Nepean Satellite Community Health Centre: Information on Services & Programs

Join us on Thursday January 26 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm on the second floor of the branch to learn more about programs and services for children, youth, families and older adults in the Nepean area.

🚼 Library Programs for Babies

Are you the parent of a baby ages 0-18 months? Looking for activities you can do together? The library offers programs that will help you guide your child towards success by promoting language, literacy and social skills. For babies ages 0-18 months old and a parent or caregiver. Join us weekly for:

  • Babytime: Fridays at 10:30 am - Nursery rhymes, knee bounces, board books stories, songs and lullabies are basic literacy foundations for your baby and a great bonding experience for you both!

  • Early On Baby Playgroup: Mondays at 1:30 pm - 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


January 13, 2023

🌙 Happy Lunar New Year!

Visit us in branch to see a special display upstairs celebrating Lunar New Year! Grab some colouring sheets for children and check out the book display in our Children's department!

📘 Homework Help Tutoring and homework help for children in grades 1 to 8 is back starting January 17! Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. This drop-in program is provided in partnership with Frontier College. 📚 Celebrate Family Literacy Day: Storytime with Cubetto! 📚 Family Literacy Day focuses on the importance of encouraging learning to read and write as a family, and to highlight that family literacy is a key factor in childhood skills development. Join us for a special storytime on Saturday January 21 at 2:00 pm - stories, rhymes and songs for children of all ages and a parent or caregiver. There will be a short demonstration of our new robot, Cubetto, a special educational tool. 🍴Cook and Tell! Calling all foodies! Love trying new recipes? Join our new Barrhaven "Cook and Tell" Cookbook Club on select Thursdays at 3:00 pm! Try a recipe from each month’s cookbook selection and tell us what you think!


January 6, 2023

In-Person Winter 2023 Programs Staff at Ruth E. Dickinson are excited to welcome everyone back for in-person programming this winter! We have something for everyone: adults, teens, children and families! Programs will resume the week of January 9, 2023. ✍ Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest 2023 Young authors between the ages of 9 and 18 are invited to participate in the Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest for a chance to win prizes, get published and share their talent with the world! Contest runs from January 10 to February 24, 2023. Need writing tips? Register for a workshop hosted by a local author and contest judge. There are both virtual and in-person workshops available! Registration required. 🆕 Read Comics on Hoopla OPL is pleased to announce that we have launched the Hoopla Comics collection on our existing Hoopla Platform! Legendary characters, classic storylines, iconic entertainment: they’re all on Hoopla Comics, and there’s something for everyone, at any reading level. There are over 26,000 titles from major publishers, all available instantly to borrow!

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