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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    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. 


    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.

10 reasons to do yoga at home


While I do enjoy trying out yoga classes at different studios in the city, I actually prefer to practice yoga at home. Here are a few advantages to doing yoga chez soi :

1. You can schedule a time that is convenient for you, day or night.

2. You can wear whatever clothing you like.

3. You don't have to see yourself in a mirror.

4. If you fall down in the middle of a pose, nobody will know.

5. You can do it in silence.

6. You can do it while listening to your choice of music. New age music seems a more likely candidate than rock, but who am I to dictate?

7. You can do it while listening to an audiobook.

8. If you need some encouragement, there many DVDs that you can borrow. If you find that you don't like a particular instructor, you can just return the DVD - no feelings hurt, no money lost.  There are also a number of streaming videos that you can watch.

9. You can do it with your cat. Cats are natural yogis. My feline actually insists on joining me while I practice, usually right in the middle of my yoga mat.

10. Come up with your own reason! Any suggestions?


such good points - esp about the time and the music choice - whatever you want. my cat also joins me!