OTTAWA | YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY: WHAT YOU’VE BEEN MISSING
Updated: Apr 12
On any given day of the week, I can go to my local library; Kanata Hazeldean branch, and fight for a spot to park. A library parking lot that’s packed? Really!? Some have said this to me in the past, and to them I say, “you’re obviously not using this public service enough, and getting the best out of what it has to offer. It’s not just books anymore!"
First off, when you walk in to the library, especially my preferred location, you will be witness to boards of information on services they offer, and events coming up. Weekly they have play groups where moms, dads, grandparents, and child care providers can come and have the little ones in their care entertained by new faces, toys, and singing, and dancing. What a relief for many people who use this as a break from the everyday struggle of trying to figure out what they’re going to do with their tiny human that day.
Aside from baby and toddler groups, there are a plethora of events and activities for all ages from Chess clubs, to walking groups, Cooking sessions, and knitting clubs. The website is set up so you can find a location that you are looking for, and see what is happening that day. If you’re looking for a specific kind of event, you can always search for it and see if anything similar pops up at any other locations throughout the city. What if the event I’m looking for doesn’t exist? You can always speak to a contact from the library about having that kind of gathering created. If you know a lot about the topic, perhaps you could offer to host an event!
The library has rooms that can be rented out for meetings, groups, and clubs which are very affordable, and a great place to teach a new skill or hobby, and meet new people who share the same interests as you.
Are you an Author? Another great benefit from your local library if you are; you can submit your book to be a part of their bookshelves so that local people can find your book and read it, which could lead to recommendations to others. You can choose which branch you would like your book placed at, and it’s completely free to do this. I took advantage of this recently, and submitted my book so that it can be found, and hopefully enjoyed by people in my community.
What if you want a book that your branch doesn’t have? There’s a great option that allows you to find the title, and request to borrow it from your library choice. You simply find it in their system and request to borrow it, which will create a report that will have it sent to you. In a few days time; you get a call from a staff member notifying you that the book is in, and then you go and pick it up. It doesn’t get easier than that.
Primarily, I use the library to study for courses. The setting is perfect as it’s very quiet, and a relaxed space. Daily I’m in the company of many others working on their studies, or projects as well. There’s plenty of space to sit, plug in your laptop, use the free wifi, and get down to work. I highly recommend everyone to use this service as much as you want. It’s there in the community for the community. A place where all are welcome no matter what YOUR STORY is.