Ottawa and Stittsville Public Library celebrate Asian heritage month

Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity to learn more about the many contributions of Canadians of Asian descent who have helped create the amazing country we share today. The Ottawa Public Library and the Stittsville Branch are inviting everyone to discover the legacy and diverse cultures of Asia through livestreamed educational and cultural programs during the month of May – for all ages!

On May 17 at 8:00pm, tune in for a live moderated discussion with Jen Sookfong Lee about her acclaimed debut poetry collection, The Shadow List. She’ll be speaking with Ellen Chang-Richardson, the founder of Little Birds Poetry and the co-founder of Riverbed Reading Series. This evening is brought to you in partnership with Ottawa International Writers Fest. Register at this link.

Thursday, May 20th brings you into the kitchen with a live demonstration of a traditional Japanese cooking class with cooking instructor Emi Buzza. During the demonstration, adults will learn to make a Vegetarian Salad Roll and a Teriyaki Chicken Roll. The session starts at 7:00pm and registration is required.

How about learning some Bollywood Dance moves? Learn the basic movements of the popular Indian dance from the Bollywood musical films. Join instructor and MASC artist, Kuljit Sodhi for a family Bollywood dance class! Kuljit will be teaching Bhangra (folk dance), Dhandia (stick dance) and the ever-popular Bollywood dances. For the whole family! It happens on Saturday, May 29 at 3:00pm. Registration is required.

And a REMINDER for all the new dog owners, join OPL for the workshops in their Pet Series: You adopted a new pet? Congratulations. Now what? on Wednesday, May 12 at 7:00pm; Training fundamentals on Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00pm; and, Hands on Tips and Tricks on Friday, May 21 at 4:30pm. Registration is required – just click on the links to do so.

Reading, Research and More!
From eBooks, Audiobooks and online magazines, to researching some family history in Ancestry library there are over 80 resources available. Did you know that until June 30, 2021, the Ancestry Library can be accessed from home?  Ancestry Library is a collection of thousands of genealogy databases from many different institutions. It includes American, Canadian and U.K. sources as well as some for Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Canadian coverage includes major sources such as the censuses from 1851 to 1916, Ontario civil registration of births, marriages and deaths, and the Quebec Drouin Collection (courthouse copies of parish registers). German records include passenger lists for many people leaving Eastern Europe. New databases are constantly being added.  Many of the sources are digitized.  Bring a USB flash drive to download your records. Great for updating your family tree!!

Curbside Pick-up:
The library is working at a curbside pickup basis at the moment. Please place holds on items you would like from the library website, and you will receive and email or telephone call when they are ready to be picked up! Once you receive your email/call, come to the Stittsville Library Branch with your library card or account number (masks are required) and open the front door. The staff will be there to check out your items and bring them back to you!

Do you have questions about library programs or online resources? Email us at or by telephone at 613-580-2940. 

Stittsville branch hours are as follows:

  • Monday         10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday       1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday      1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Friday            10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday       10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Sunday         Closed

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