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    15/05/2020

    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. 

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    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. 

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    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

All American Boys - book review and #blacklivesmatter booklist

29/07/2016

All American Boys – review by Zela Eggleston, Main Branch Public Service Assistant

If there was a required summer reading for 2016, it should be All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely!  Not that it is at all another boring school read, but because #BlackLivesMatter is one of the biggest issues plaguing North America right now.

Imagine it’s Friday night and everyone at school is getting ready for a big house party.  You and your friends wouldn’t miss it!  Before meeting up with them you stop at the convenience store for some gum and chips.  Next thing you know, you are reaching into your bag for your cellphone and someone knocks you over, sending the chips flying out of your hands.  There should really only be one scenario that follows if no one is hurt.  Get up, apologize, gather your things, pay, and meet your friends.  But when this happens in All American Boys to Rashad, an artsy high school student enrolled in the army’s junior training program, he is instantly accused of stealing by a police officer on duty in the store.  Instead of simply being arrested, however, Rashad is dragged out of the store and beaten on the street in front of on-lookers.  A beating so severe, that it sends Rashad to the hospital with broken ribs, a broken nose and internal bleeding.   Rashad wasn’t stealing nor was he resisting arrest as the cop pummels him, however, Rashad was a black teenager and the officer, Paul Galluzo, was white.

Rashad’s arrest and police beating is caught on video and winds up all over the news.   Another witness to the incident, is Rashad’s peer Quinn.  Quinn was on his way to the same party and plays on the basketball team with some of Rashad’s closest friends.  He also grew up on the same street as the officer.  In fact, Quinn’s best friend Gunzo, is officer Galluzo’s younger brother and when Quinn’s father died, Paul was like a big brother to him.  Watching Paul beat down on Rashad while on duty becomes a pivotal moment for Quinn. 

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely alternate between Rashad and Quinn’s perspective describing the week following Rashad’s beating.  The incident becomes a popular news item, dividing friends, families, the school and ultimately the wider community between #RashadIsAbsentAgainToday and those who believe the cop was just doing his job.  While the story in All American Boys is fiction, it is a much too familiar scenario for black men in the United States.  Everyone needs to read this book and stand up against all forms of racism until the incidents described in this book become history.   

Loved this book or review? Vote here by Monday, August 1st so this title can advance in Teen Summer Reading's Battle of the Books! Also check out the #blacklivesmatter booklist below:

 

#BlackLivesMatter - Teen Booklist by Megan_Library

The Black Lives Matter Network advocates for dignity, justice and respect. This English Teen booklist helps represent the Black Lives Matter movement which affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, as well as women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. The items in this booklist are great conversation starters for teens to engage in discussions about race and justice. Enjoy! #blacklivesmatter