Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021


Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   


Carp Branch


Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 at 10 am. 

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers


Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Extended curbside service


Curbisde holds and pick-up service will continue at the back door and parking lot from 10 am to 6 pm until further notice. 

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Activities with the letter E

Apr 06, 2020

Activities with the Letter E 

Hi, everyone! Here are some fun low-tech activities for your family to try together at home. Perhaps you can include this list of activities in your morning routine, or in your afternoon routine following nap time. Please note that we are compiling family literacy ideas for each letter of the alphabet -meaning that you'll have 26 days worth of songs, yoga postures, tongue twisters and more to have fun with! Enjoy :)  

 Do Your Ears Hang Low? 

Sing along with this version 

Do your ears hang low? 

Do they wobble to and fro? 

Can you tie them in a knot? 

Can you tie them in a bow? 

Can you throw them over your shoulder? 

Like a continental soldier? 

Do your ears hang low?  

Elephant Yoga 

Stand up tall or sit up tall in your chair 

Imagine a string is pulling the top of your head to make you stand straight up or sit up as tall as you can. 

Bend over and let your body be relaxed with your head and arms hanging down. 

This pose is called “rag doll”  

Sway and move from side to side. 

Imagine you are an elephant. 

Make a noise like an elephant 

Use your arms like an elephant trunk. 

What other animals can you be?  

Eye Spy with my Little Eye  

(requires at least 2 people) 

Choose an item in the room that you can see. For example...a lemon.  

Say ..”eye spy with my little eye, something that is the colour Yellow. 

The person guessing can guess until they get it right. Or, if they can’t find the item, you get another turn.  


Memory game - Elephants never forget 

Choose a few items and place on the floor or table. Cover with a cloth. Show the items to someone for 60 seconds. You can you a timer or simple count. Cover up the items and see how many items they can remember. 


Earth is a Planet 

Our solar system consists of...can you name them? Which one starts with letter E? 

Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune...and, you’re right : Earth! 


Tongue Twister 

"Elegant Elephants...Elegant Elephants...Elegant Elephants." 


Blog post contributed by Kristina from the Alta Vista Branch and Sherri from the Rosemount Branch. 


Interested in the other blog posts in this series? Click here to see activities for the rest of the alphabet!