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Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 17. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 18 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Arts Oasis des arts 55+ Bollywood Dance workshop

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Time to refresh and relax with Arts Oasis 55+!  

With support from the Crabtree Foundation, Ottawa Public Library and MASC invite older adults across the city to explore different aspects of creativity. First up in our Arts Oasis 55+ series are Dance Fridays – three week sessions led by MASC artists exploring unique and exciting dance forms. In June, get some exercise and build community while exploring basic Bhangra and Bollywood dances with Kuljit Sodhi. In September, explore the fundamentals of Afro-Caribbean dance while learning traditional movements and then integrating them into a short choreography, under the direction of Suzan Richards. And in November, learn Jigging, the traditional dance of the Métis people and a blend of First Nations and settler cultures, with Brad Lafortune.  


You can also join live via our Facebook page (no Facebook account required): https://www.facebook.com/BiblioOttawaLibrary/posts/2074715609333116


All Arts Oasis 55+ dance workshops take place Fridays at 3:30 p.m. Regardless of age or ability, start your toes tapping and shimmy your way to one of the following workshop series: 

Join us for  Bollywood Dance Workshops with MASC artist Kuljit Sodhi on:

  • June 4
  • June 11
  • June 18 


Get ready to dance!