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Can a video game engage youth in community planning?

(ABOVE: Screenshot from one of the worlds created during the pilot project.)

Ottawa Public Health is hoping that Minecraft will lay the building blocks to getting kids engaged in their community and its health.

A pilot project recently wrapped up at the Stittsville and Centrepointe libraries, where youth aged nine to 17 attempted to re-imagine and build a part of their local community in the popular building game Minecraft. Continue reading


Stittsville library to close from June 17 to July 14

(via City of Ottawa)

The Ottawa Public Library’s Stittsville branch will be closed from June 17 through July 14 to receive improvements. The improvements include full conversion to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, the installation of new carpeting throughout the branch, and the creation of a single service point.

During the improvement period:

  • Library services will be available throughout the closure via a Library Depot at the rear of the Stittsville branch.  The Depot will open on June 18. Signage will direct customers to the rear door.
  • The Depot will operate during regular branch hours. Customers will be able to drop off materials, pick up holds, and select some materials from small browsing collections.
  • Wheelchair accessibility to the Depot entrance is limited by narrow sidewalks.  The nearest wheelchair accessible branches are Hazeldean (50 Castlefrank) and Beaverbrook (2500 Campeau).
  • FOPLA will not be able to accept donations of books from June 12 through July 16.  The nearest FOPLA drop-off locations are Hazeldean (50 Castlefrank) and Beaverbrook (2500 Campeau).


Little Free Library opens on Friendly Crescent

Amanda Faulkner and her daughter Maëlle. Photo by Christine Vezarov.

Make a left turn from Hartsmere Dr. onto Friendly Crescent and you’ll see the bright yellow picnic table and turquoise mailbox with painted butterflies that are visited by members of the community every day.

A few weeks ago, Amanda Faulkner and her family filled their take-a-book-leave-a-book exchange with over a dozen books in front of their home on 9 Friendly Crescent. Continue reading


“Urban Destinations” photo exhibit opens at Stittsville library

(Above: “South Beach Deco Diner” / Photo by John Edkins)

There is a new photo exhibition at the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. It is called “Urban Destinations – City Sights Seen and Imagined at Home and Abroad” and is a selection of images by local photographer, John Edkins.

As implied by the exhibition title, the collection includes both photographs and “photo art,” which is the re-imagining of an original photograph to make it more interesting. “Painters shouldn’t get to have all the fun,” says Edkins. “Photographers now have the tools that allow us to add a layer of creativity on top of the original photo.” Continue reading


HEADS UP: New exhibition about hats at the Stittsville Library

(Above: Tracey Donaldson puts the finishing touches on the display case. Photo via the Goulbourn Museum.)

During the month of August the Goulbourn Museum will be showcasing a new exhibition at the Stittsville Public Library. This exhibit is all about the history of hats and explains how and why the fashions have changed over the decades. On display is an array of photographs, accessories and of course hats from the Museum’s artefact collection. The museum hopes you’ll have the chance to visit their exhibit at the Library and, if you do, please leave a comment in their guest book! (via Facebook)

Sarah Allen hangs photographs that show how hat fashions have changed over the years. Photo via the Goulbourn Museum.
Sarah Allen hangs photographs that show how hat fashions have changed over the years. Photo via the Goulbourn Museum.


Library display marks 25 years since Stittsville’s last VIA train

Time flies, but it in this case I guess you could say it goes down the track.

It’s been a quarter century since the last train passed through Stittsville, and the Goulbourn Township Historical society has set up a new display at the Stittsville Public Library to celebrate the event. Continue reading