Library to offer children’s birthday parties

The Ottawa Public Library will be the first large public library in North America to offer children’s birthday parties when it launches a pilot project starting Wednesday.

The project, which will run until May 2012, is seen as an innovative way to maximize library resources, and as a potential source of future revenue.

“We’re giving the community something new.” said Jane Venus, manager of children and teen services.

“We’re offering kids who love books an option that isn’t really available anywhere else.” 

Three branches – Ruth E. Dickinson, Orléans and Greenboro – have been chosen as sites for the initial project. 
Birthday parties will be available for booking between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays, except from June to September.

Each two-hour party, designed for children ages 4 to 8, will consist of a one-hour story-based program led by a library employee, use of the party room for individual activities for the second hour and a craft for each child. 

There are four party themes to choose from: digging for dinos, fun with furry friends, under the sea and everything princess.
 Parties allow up to 12 children at a price of $20 per child.For parties with eight children or less, a minimum fee of $175 will be applied.

For more information, visit or call 613-580-2940.