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    OPL will offer a new Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up service at six branch locations: Main, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland, Beaverbrook, Greenboro, Ruth E. Dickson, during new hours of operation.

    • On Monday, June 8, these locations will begin accepting returns; and,
    • On Monday, June 15, holds pick up by appointment will start.

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2018 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Shortlist


We live in Ottawa, there will be politics.  And excellent political writing, all available at the Ottawa Public Library!  Here's the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize shortlist from 2018 titles, full of good options for reading and learning:

Dip into Homes - Abu Bakr al Rabeeah's story of surviving childhood in Syria before he and his family find refuge in Canada; Bristle about Breaching the Peace by Sarah Cox, the Site C Dam protests in BC; explore Boys: What it Means to Become a Man and break down the myths of masculinity; travel along with Pipe Dreams: the Fight for Canada's Energy Future;  - the rise and fall of the Energy East pipeline; or give Big Lonely Doug a tree hug - the Story of One of Canada's Last Great Trees.

Last year's winner was the stellar and important Seven Fallen Feathers.  What do you think will win this year?

Image: Homes


A Refugee Story
By al Rabeeah, Abu Bakr
Image: Breaching the Peace

Breaching the Peace

The Site C Dam and A Valley's Stand Against Big Hydro
By Cox, Sarah Katharine
Image: Boys


What It Means to Become A Man
By Giese, Rachel
Image: Pipe Dreams

Pipe Dreams

The Fight for Canada's Energy Future
By Poitras, Jacques
Image: Big Lonely Doug

Big Lonely Doug

The Story of One of Canada’s Last Great Trees
By Rustad, Harley
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Seven Fallen Feathers

Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in A Northern City
By Talaga, Tanya