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Ottawa Public Library Programs: A Great Way to Have Fun These Last Few Weeks of Summer


The Ottawa Public Library is already a place where parents happily take their kids, especially during the summer. Kids can explore new worlds and discover new ways to enjoy a good book or two.

But beyond just the books, the Ottawa Public Library offers a variety of programming that will appeal to parents with children of all ages. This August, the local branches of the Ottawa Public Library continue to get kids involved with a series of workshops and special events.

And while there are activities and events throughout the year, we think parents may want a few new ways to keep the kids busy until school is back in session.

Here are some of the activities happening across the City of Ottawa at your local library branch over the next couple of weeks that we think your family will love. Visit the full website to look up your location to find out everything that is being offered!

In Greenboro, kids aged 8 and older can visit the Makermobile and create something from the maker cart. We love the ability to let our kids get creative and hands on. Sessions are Fridays at 11 am.

For the video game-loving kids, aged 6-12, check out Game On! On Wednesdays at 2:30 at the North Gloucester branch. Kids will have the chance to play the Wii U. Sure, it’s a little extra screen time, but you’ll be considered a hero for letting them play with other kids their age.

The Beaverbrook branch is hosting a LEGO-building session on Thursdays at 10:30 for ages 4-12.

Family crafts are available at the Richmond branch on Fridays at 1:30. This drop-in program is the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon.

If weekday sessions are difficult for your family, head over to the Hazeldean branch on Saturdays for a Family Story Time activity at 10:30. If weather is permitting, the event will be hosted outside.

Maybe an evening pre-bedtime story session is best for your family. On August 21 at 5:30 pm, visit the North Gloucester branch for a bilingual story time that lasts about 35 minutes. Dress the kids in their pajamas and bring teddy bears!

Family story time with a parent or caregiver includes a story, rhymes and more and will take place at the Orleans branch on Wednesdays at 10:10 until August 23.

Teens can get involved in library programs as well. If you have a teenager between the ages of 13-18, they may want to check out the Anime Club at the Cumberland branch on August 16 at 4:30 pm. They can watch anime, discuss manga and enjoy some snacks together.

No matter the age of your child, the Ottawa Public Library has many opportunities across the City for your family to participate in. Beyond checking out books, the library is inviting families to step out of the pages and get hands-on together with their special programming.

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