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: Reopening October 22


Alta Vista branch will return to regular service and hours on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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Activities with the letter R

May 28, 2020

Activities with the Letter R

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 :)

Fairy tale trivia

Which fairy tale character hasa 15-letter name starting with letter R? (answer... Rumpelstiltskin!)


Ring around the Rosie

Sing along with this video


Ring-a-ring a rosies, a pocket full of posies. Ashes, ashes (or : Achoo, achoo) ; we all fall down.

The cows are in the meadow, eating buttercups. Thunder, lightning ; we all jump up!


Feel free to add other movements into the song : Skip around the rosie…Hop…Fly…Crawl…Run…Tiptoe…Gallop!


Rock, Paper, Scissors

Rock paper scissors is an easy game to learn. It is usually played by two people using their hands and no tools. The idea is to make shapes with an outstretched hand where each shape will have a certain degree of power & will enable one of the two players to win. There are three simple rules :


- Rock wins against scissors

- Scissors win against paper

- Paper wins against rock


Make sure your hand is hidden behind your back until the countdown is over, so that the other player does not see what you intend to play. More information here. Ready to play? 3, 2, 1...go!


Restorative yoga

We are too busy. All the time. It is important to take care of yourself by taking a time out from your busyness. A quiet yoga practice is a really nice way to wind down at night, but can be practiced any time you need it. No special equipment needed.


Start in Corpse pose. Lay on your back, on the floor or in your bed. Get comfortable, extend your legs, relax your arms by your sides, away from your body. Close your eyes. Don’t change your breathing,but just start noticing your breathing. If you are able, breathein and out of your nose. If you get distracted, that is OK!If your minds begins to wander or your thoughts stray, just bring your attention back to your breath. That’s it.


Here are online instructions to other restorative asanas (poses), which we encourage you to try :

Legs up the wall

Child’s pose

Happy Baby



Feeling in the mood for some riddles? This website provides 40 funny-silly trick questions! Here are three riddles to get you started :


Question : Why are movie stars considered cool?

Answer : Because they have so many fans.


Question : What has four wheels and flies?

Answer : A garbage truck


Question : Which room has no walls?

Answer : A mushroom


Roly Poly

This is a fun song to talk about opposites. Sing along with this video


Roly Poly, Roly Poly ; Up up up, up up up,

Roly Roly Poly, Roly Roly Poly ; Down down down, down down down.


Roly Poly, Roly Poly ; Loud loud loud, loud loud loud,

Roly Roly Poly, Roly Roly Poly ; Quiet quiet quiet, quiet quiet quiet (shh!)


Roly Poly, Roly Poly ; Big big big, big big big,

Roly Roly Poly, Roly Roly Poly ; Small small small, small small small.


Roly Poly, Roly Poly ; Fast fast fast, fast fast fast,

Roly Roly Poly, Roly Roly Poly ; Slow slow slow, slow slow slow.


Tongue Twister

Robust robot.

Rubber baby buggy bumpers.


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!