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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups

    15/05/2020

    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

    We will be communicating all new developments in our service offering to you on all our platforms, as soon as we have updates. 

    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 

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    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

    You can use the Library online:

    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

Encourage Literacy and Language

Helping promote and encourage literacy, creativity and self-expression in your child is easier than you think with our Reading and Parents Programs (RAPP) packs.

Our RAPP packs are full of stories and interactive activities geared towards children aged 6 months to 6 years old (however not limited to this age range). Inside you will find tips, games, activities, poems, songs and crafts.

They are available in French and English. To borrow or request a RAPP pack, click here !

There are three types of packs:

  • The ASL (American Sign Language) pack contains literacy materials that support the language and literacy development of children who are deaf. The pack includes a book and an ASL DVD that has an interpreter signing the book, as well as activity sheets (which we encourage parents to photocopy prior to use).

  • The Voices pack contains literacy materials that support the language and literacy development of children. The pack includes a book and CD, as well as activity sheets (which we encourage parents to photocopy prior to use).

  • The French packs (known as Trousse PLF) support the development of French language and French literacy of children. The pack includes books and activity sheets (which we encourage parents to photocopy prior to use).

 

The RAPP packs are a creation of the Ottawa Public Library Alternative Services. in partnership with Alternative Learning Styles and Outlooks (ALSO), a community group that focuses on Adult and Family Literacy, to offer new literacy material for children.