The Best Gifts Are Free!

It’s gift giving season. At the library, we know budgets can get really tight, and time seems to dwindle down to nothing. That’s where public libraries come into play. Trust us…we’ve got you covered!

Visit a museum together.

Museums can be expensive, especially if you want to attend as a family. Our library offers family passes to Ottawa and area museums, the National Art Gallery, The Brockville Aquatarium, Rideau Valley Conservation Areas, Ontario Provincial parks, and Gatineau Park Ski Trails, just to name a few. All you need is a library card to experience any of these amazing places with your family…for little to no money at all. (Some places charge for parking, and some have a small fee involved. Please ask.) What a great way to spend some quality time together over the holidays!

Attend a class.

We have programs for babies, toddlers, school age children, teens, adults and seniors at the library. Most are totally free, and some of them even include snacks! Learn about your computer or cell phone, attend a financial seminar, safeguard your health by attending a workshop about food, meet new people at a writers’ meeting or adult craft night, join a cookbook book club and go home full, or attend a movie night and enjoy some popcorn. Most of our programs only require registration, and we advertise well in advance. Make sure to pick up the latest newsletter to see what’s happening all season long.

Do a puzzle.

Our library has a HUGE collection of puzzles donated by patrons that you can take home and bring back. Choose from 100 pieces to 1000 pieces, in many different styles and subjects. Or stop by for an hour and help us put together our always ongoing puzzle in a quiet space. If you’re a puzzle addict, we always have puzzles for “sale”, too. Donate whatever you think the puzzle is worth, and then pass it on to someone else when you’re finished!

Download free eBooks, Audiobooks, TV shows, movies or music.

Did you know we offer TWO great resources for downloading free media? Get the HOOPLA app, or download LIBBY to enjoy bestsellers, binge watch shows, or learn something new. All you need is your library card and PIN. It’s easy, with minimal setup, and thousands of options for the whole family.

Fast, free WiFi.

If you’ve given up your printer, don’t have the internet at home, or you want to get out of the house to work on that books you’ve been meaning to write, we have fast, free WiFi, with lots of options. Bring your own device and find a comfy chair to surf the web. Hop onto the express computer for 15 minutes to check your email, or log into one of the regular computers using your library card to enjoy an hour online.

Join a club.

We’re not just about book clubs, you know. Although we do have book clubs for teens, adults, and even a special book club for food lovers (our cookbook book clubs is one of the fastest growing clubs in our library!), we also have an RPG gaming night, reading clubs for kids and teens and adults a few times during the year, and our monthly adult craft club.

And this just skims the surface of what the library has to offer. We have a warm space during the winter months, and lots of cool areas during the summer. We have areas for working, tutoring, reading, or sitting. We have lots of space to advertise your business, and places to find out what’s going on in our community. View some artwork, or buy a used book for your vacation. There is lots to do at the library! Talk with a librarian and find out how we can make your library experience even better. And don’t forget about us during the holidays…we’ll be open much of the time, so pop in to pick up a schedule.

See you at the library!

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