What’s happening in March

What's Happening graphicFind out about this month’s activities at the Library.  For more info about any of the library’s programs, contact us (or 613-269-3326).

Click here to find out what’s new in the collection.


The Library has lots on the go this month: a Photoshop workshop, Off the Shelf, and some great maker activities for March Break!

March Break at the Library!:

Come to the Library for our March Break Maker Space for school-aged kids.

Please Note: Space is limited – contact the library to register (613-269-3326 / merrickville_library@bellnet.ca ).

Captain Underpants: the epic March Break activity (Sat, Mar. 10, 1:00):

Join us for Captain Underpants games and activities – and the epic movie! Ages 6+
Become a Superhero! (Mon, Mar. 15, 2:00): Who doesn’t want to be a Superhero? Come create a costume and reveal your superpowers with our green screen! Ages 5+.

Jewelry-Making (Tues, Mar. 13, 2:00):

Explore your creativity and make some wearable art! Local jeweler Kenna McCall (Terradore Jewelry) will be leading a session for ages 12+ on making jewelry – for girls and guys – using metal, leather, stones, beads, crystals, bone, & more. Materials provided.

Build a High Tech Obstacle Course (Wed., Mar. 17, 2:00):

Like to build stuff and experiment with technology? Join us in building an (indoor) obstacle course and attaching circuits using a Makey-Makey (Google it!), then we’ll try it out to see if (and how) it works. Ages 6+. Contact the library to find out more!

Make a Sock Snowman! (Thurs, Mar. 15, 2:00):

Winter’s almost over, but let’s make one more snowman! Join us in turning an old sock into an adorable pal. Ages 5+.

Coding Hackathon Day! (Thurs, Mar. 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm):

Coding enthusiasts are invited to our all day hackathon with Drew Avis. Spend the day working on a group project that will test your programming skills! For experienced coders only. Contact the library for more info or to register.

Maze-Making! (Fri, Mar. 16, 2:00):

Come build mazes and “teach” our robotic mouse ‘Colby’ how to find his way to the cheese. This is a fun and easy intro to programming concepts. Ages 5-10.

Every Week:

StoryTime (Fridays, 10ish):

Bring your toddler or preschooler (ages 5 & under) to the library for StoryTime Friday mornings at 10:00(ish). Our drop-in StoryTime is a great way to develop your child’s early literacy and group interaction skills in a fun and relaxed setting. StoryTime encourages key skills that will help your child become a successful reader – through stories related to a theme, songs, rhymes & rhythm instruments, and a simple craft. New StoryTimers are always welcome!

LEGO Club (Saturdays, 10 – 12 noon):

Our drop-in LEGO Club (for ages 4 & up) continues on Saturday mornings between 10 and noon.

Museum Passes:

A museum visit is a great March Break family activity! The library lends free family passes to several Ottawa museums & the Aquatarium. Or try a MAPsack for an outdoor family adventure and family park pass. Contact the library for more info.

For Adults:

Off the Shelf! (Mon, Mar. 19, 7:00 pm):

Off the Shelf continues to delight audiences with short stories and other literary gems for adult listeners. Expect the unexpected!

Photoshop Workshop (Sat, Mar. 24, 10:30 am):

Join Chris Chinkiwsky to learn how to use the power of Photoshop to make your photos amazing. He’ll be covering some of the basics, plus some tips and tricks to take you to the next level. Contact the library to register.

Friday Movies at the Library (Fridays, 2:00 pm):

This month we’ll be viewing some hit movies from yesterday and yesteryear!   Bring a friend and join us  at 2:00 pm for a cozy  Friday afternoon enjoying the big screen.    Click here for movie titles and trailers.

NEW for Teens!

Youth Art/Jewelry Workshops (Sat, Mar. 31, 1:00):

Kenna McCall will be running a new series of free art workshops for ages 12+. Experiment with pour painting, fibre art, mixed media, jewelry-making, & more. It’s a great opportunity to explore a variety of art techniques. Materials and instruction provided. Come get your art on! Contact the library for more information.
Note: Gloria Stowell’s art workshops for 8 – 11 year olds will continue on Sat, Apr. 14th.

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