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  • two women and toddler in storytime audience on Pride colours background

    Saturday Jun 01, 2024 at 10:30am
    45 minutes

    Join us for a heartwarming Pride-themed family story time that celebrates love, acceptance, and diversity! Our enchanting stories will take children and their families on a joyful journey through tales that highlight the beauty of different identities and relationships, to explore themes of kindness, understanding, and the importance of embracing who we are. Let's come together to share the magic of stories that inspire us to be proud of who we are and to spread the message of love in all its vibrant forms. 

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    Joignez-vous à nous pour une heure du conte en famille sur le thème de la fierté qui célèbre l'amour, l'acceptation et la diversité ! Nos histoires emmèneront les enfants et leurs familles dans un joyeux voyage à travers des contes qui mettent en lumière la beauté des différentes identités et relations, pour explorer les thèmes de la gentillesse, de la compréhension et de l'importance d'accepter ce que nous sommes. Venez partager la magie des histoires qui nous inspirent à être fiers de qui nous sommes et à diffuser le message de l'amour sous toutes ses formes vibrantes. 

  • Personnes et arc-en-ciel

    Tuesday Jun 04, 2024 at 10:15am
    45 minutes

    Joignez-vous à nous pour une heure du conte en famille sur le thème de la fierté qui célèbre l'amour, l'acceptation et la diversité ! Nos histoires emmèneront les enfants et leurs familles dans un joyeux voyage à travers des contes qui mettent en lumière la beauté des différentes identités et relations, pour explorer les thèmes de la gentillesse, de la compréhension et de l'importance d'accepter ce que nous sommes. Venez partager la magie des histoires qui nous inspirent à être fiers de qui nous sommes et à diffuser le message de l'amour sous toutes ses formes vibrantes. 

  • People and rainbow

    Wednesday Jun 05, 2024 at 10:15am
    45 minutes

    Join us for a heartwarming Pride-themed family story time that celebrates love, acceptance, and diversity! Our enchanting stories will take children and their families on a joyful journey through tales that highlight the beauty of different identities and relationships, to explore themes of kindness, understanding, and the importance of embracing who we are. Let's come together to share the magic of stories that inspire us to be proud of who we are and to spread the message of love in all its vibrant forms. 

  • The Chamber

    Thursday Jun 27, 2024 at 7:00pm
     minutes

    Drawing from over 15 years of queer and trans advocacy, as well as over a decade in practice as a wellness professional, trauma recovery expert, and conflict transformation facilitator, award-winning author and spiritual teacher Kai Cheng Thom offers a revitalizing perspective on the meaning of love in a time of intense social strife and political polarization : How do we understand love not as a fuzzy feeling, not as an intellectual concept, but as a discipline and set of practices that we can apply to strengthen our resilience and deepen relationships for the purpose of pursuing justice? Love as our greatest power in the struggle for social change? This highly engaged, practically focused presentation will leave you with: 1) A simple but powerful psychological framework for understanding love and resilience as a practice, 2) 3 simple tools that you can use to resolve conflict and engage in meaningful conversations with people who may hold bigoted or prejudiced beliefs, 3) A visualization practice for self-care and personal development.

    There will be a Q&A and book signing with the author to follow the event.

    This is a hybrid event: the program is in-person, but we will also stream live on OPL's YouTube page.

    Registration is for the in-person portion of the event.

    In-person attendees will get the chance to win a copy of Falling Back in Love with Being Human.

    This event is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association.

    About Kai Cheng Thom:

    Kai Cheng Thom, Master of Social Work, MSc Couple & Family Therapy, is a Certified Somatic Sex Educator, Qualified Mediator, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Professional Life Coach based in tkaronto/Toronto. She is the author of six award-winning books in various genres, including the Publishing Triangle Award-winning essay collection on Transformative Justice, I HOPE WE CHOOSE LOVE, the New York Times-featured picture book From the Stars In the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, and the recent Canadian bestseller Falling Back In Love With Being Human.

    Kai Cheng's work as a noted practitioner and teacher of Somatic Sex Education, Sexological Bodywork, and Somatic Coaching focuses on the intersection of social justice, pleasure activism, and transformative approaches to healing conflict and harm. She maintains a private practice as a hands-on sex and intimacy coach with individuals, couples, and polycules, as well as a consultancy as a master facilitator and leadership coach with organizations across North America. She also teaches as Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for the Study of Somatic Sex Education and Faculty at The Embody Lab, having trained hundreds of practitioners in body-based, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive approaches to individual and social change.

  • NFB logo

    Thursday Aug 08, 2024 at 6:30pm
    35 minutes

    International Pride Month

    Picture This (2017) by Jari Osborne

    What does it mean to be disabled and desirable? In Picture This, a new documentary by Jari Osborne, we meet Andrew Gurza, a self-described “queer cripple” who has made it his mission to make sex and disability part of the public discourse.

    33 minutes - English only