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 T

Jun 02, 2020

Activities with the Letter T

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 :)

Truth or Dare Game

Truth or Dare : you can pick anyone to go first. It’s not a game that you win or lose – it's just for fun. You get to pick a person to ask : “Truth or Dare”.


Truth Category : you ask someone a funny question and they have to tell the truth (be kind). For example: “Do you like dogs or cats best?”


Dare Category : you “dare” another player to do something. For example : “Pat your head and rub your belly for 30 seconds!”


Here is a website that gives ideas of fun questions to ask as well as a list of dare challenges. But you can make up your own too!


Tree Yoga

Stand up tall in Mountain pose. 

Bring your feet together. 

Reach your arms up over your head.

Make your body long and tall. 

Bring your hand to your hips.

Lift up one leg and try to stand on one foot. Set that foot down and then lift up the other.

Is balancing on one foot too easy? Then try and close your eyes... Careful!

As you move side to side, be a tree in the wind, be a tree in the rain, be a tree full of apples!


They were five in the nest

Speaking about trees...let's sing about birds in their nest, while counting from five (5) to one (1).


They were five in the nest, and the little one said : “Roll over, roll over!”

So they all rolled over, and one fell out of the nest (crash boom!)

How many birds are left? Four.


They were four in the nest, and the little one said : “Roll over, roll over!”

(…) How many birds are left? Three.


They were three in the nest, and the little one said : “Roll over, roll over!”

(…) How many birds are left? Two.


They were two in the nest, and the little one said : “Roll over, roll over!”

(…) How many birds are left? One.


He was all alone in the nest, and the little one said : “Yippee!” (or : “I'm sleepy! zzzzz”)


Here is another version of the song, with the same tune and rhythm, but with different lyrics : “They were five in the bed”. Have fun singing both!


Tongue Twister

He threw three free throws.


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!