All Programs and Events

Winter/Spring 2023 Programs and Events

*** Registration begins January 12th ***


Pressed for time? Need some picture books and activities for your little one(s)? Request a Family Story Bundle: A ready-made bundle which will include picture books, a song, and instructions for a craft based on age and theme. Simply email or call us with your request for a Family Story Bundle with the age and desired theme. 613.445.5331


Kids Programs – Beanstack Challenges

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
On-Going Challenge

The Township of Russell Public Library is excited to announce a new on-going program at both of our branches. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy program designed to help parents and caregivers give their young children the confidence necessary to become strong readers. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your little one finishes kindergarten.
We are using the reading platform Beanstack to track participants’ milestones and we will also have a Reading Wall and prizes. Interested to participate? Have a look at this page.

Kids Programs – Winter/Spring 2023

Heure du conte avec Emily (French Activity)
Embrun Branch
Tuesdays 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
February 7th to April 18th (no activity on March 14th)

Join us for stories, songs and crafts with Emily!
For children 3 to 4 years old. Registration required. Cost: $25 (or $2.50/session)

Storytime & Crafts with Kristina (English Activity)
Russell Branch
Wednesdays 10:30 -11:30 AM
February 8th to April 19th (no activity on March 15th)

Get ready for stories, crafts, and laughs with Kristina !
For children 3 to 4 years old. Registration required. Cost: $25

Babies & Books (Bilingual activity)
Russell branch
Mondays 11:00-11:30 AM
January 16th to March 27th
(no activity on February 20th)

Join the fun with Allison! Sing songs and rhymes, discover finger plays & other book related activities. For babies 0 to 18 months old & their parent or caregiver. Drop-in program. No cost.
In partnership with la Maison de la famille.

Toddler Time with Stephanie (Bilingual Activity)
Russell Branch
Fridays at 10:00-10:30 AM
February 3rd to April 21st
(no activity on March 17th and April 7th)

Listen to Stephanie read stories, sing songs together, and play games. A bilingual program for children 18 to 36 months old & their parent or caregiver.
Drop-in. No cost.

Storytime and Games (Bilingual Activity)
Russell Branch
Thursdays 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
January 5th to April 27th

An imaginary world let’s go! With each book, a new adventure begins. Have fun participating in the activities after the story. A free, drop in program for the whole family.
In partnership with Early On Child and Family Centre.

Club de lecture junior (French Activity)
(Grades 3-5)
Embrun Branch
3rd Wednesday of the month at 4:15 PM – 5 PM

Join us for a monthly book discussion and a craft. New members welcome at any time. No cost.
Registration required.
January 18, February 15, *March 22, April 19, May 17

Junior Book Club (English Activity) FULL
(Grades 3-5)
Russell Branch
1st Wednesday of the month at 4:15 PM – 5 PM

Join us for a monthly book discussion, a craft and a snack. New members welcome at any time. No cost.
January 11, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3
Click here to view the list of books.

Youth Book Club (English Activity)
(Grades 6-8)
Russell Branch
1st Thursday of the month at 4:15 PM – 5 PM

Join us for a monthly book discussion, a craft and a snack. New members welcome at any time. No cost.
January 12, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4
Click here to view the list of books.

After School Club (Bilingual Activity)
Russell Branch : last Tuesday of the month 4 PM – 5 PM –FULL–
Embrun Branch : last Thursday of the month 4 PM – 5 PM
For children 7 years old and up

New challenges every month: Pokémon battles, Minecraft board games and Lego challenges.
Registration required. No cost.
Russell Branch dates: January 31, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 30 –FULL–
Embrun Branch dates: January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27, May 25

Storytime in pyjamas : its spring!
Russell Branch in English
Embrun Branch in French
Friday April 21st at 6:30 PM

For children 5 to 7 years old.
Come celebrate spring with us: stories, crafts and snacks. Wear your favorite pyjamas!
Registration required. Cost: $ 7

Adult and Young Adult Programming – Winter/Spring 2023

French Language Lessons
Russell Branch
Wednesdays from 1:30 PM to 3 PM
February 8th to April 12th
(no activity on March 1st)
Registration required as space is limited. Cost: $20/10 weeks

This program will help develop your writing, speaking, and comprehension skills in French through role play activities, opportunities for discussion, writing exercises, verb conjugations, listening exercises, and assigned homework. It is recommended that anyone interested in the program have a basic knowledge of the French language and is capable of forming simple sentences as the lessons are taught in French. Not sure if this program is for you? Please contact library staff for more information. (613-445-5331 /

French Conversation Group
Russell Branch
Mondays from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
January 16th to April 24th
Free. Drop-in program.

Practice conversational French in a relaxed atmosphere.
This program is appropriate for those with some experience with the French language and is intended to help participants become comfortable hearing and speaking French.
*Please note, this is not a French course; attendees need to be able to have basic conversations in French. A native-speaking volunteer will be present to help with pronunciation, etc.

Climate Solutions Board Game Night
Russell Branch
Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00 PM
Free event

Lisa Deacon, volunteer with Eco East will host a board game night with the game ‘Solutions: A Game of Hope & Action for the Climate‘. It’s a race against time to fight climate change. You and your friends must work together to reduce global emissions before it’s too late! 10 years and up. Registration required.

Discover the Wonderful World of the Monarch
Russell Branch
Thursday, April 13th at 6:30 PM
Free event.

Christina Enright, leader of the Butterfly Away project, will share some fascinating information on monarch butterflies and ways in which each of us can help them thrive. Registration required.

Author visit with Michelle Young
Russell Branch
Thursday, April 20th at 7 PM
Registration required. Cost: $5

Psychological thriller fans will not want to miss this opportunity to meet with Ottawa author Michelle Young. She will give a sneak peek into her new book !

Knitting Group (bilingual)
Russell Branch
Every Tuesday at 6:30 PM
Registration not required.

Want to learn how to knit with a fun group of people? Looking for help with your knitting project? All levels of knitters welcome. Bring your projects with you.

Adult Book Club (in English)
Russell Branch
First Tuesday of the month at 8:00 PM
Registration required.

For the Love of Books.
An adult book club you can join anytime. Discuss your readings and meet new people.
Click here to view the Book Club page for the list of titles.

20s & 30s Book Club (in English)
Russell Branch
Last Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM
Registration required.

Join other adults in their 20s and 30s to talk about books and meet new people. New members welcome at any time.
Click here to view the Book Club page for the list of titles.

Club de lecture pour adultes (in French)
Embrun Branch
Last Saturday of the month at 1:00 PM
Registration required.

Come and discuss your readings with the Book Club each month. New members welcome at any time. New members welcome at any time.
Click here to view the Book Club page for a list of themes.