Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021

15/10/2021

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

18/10/2021

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

12/10/2021

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

18/10/2021

The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Extended curbside service

18/10/2021

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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All You Need is Love -- Your OPL Digital Book Club Picks for February

Jan 31, 2021

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Even if you’ve not experienced that feeling yet – you can still find it in a book!  This February why not imagine what’s in store for you someday or relive the magic moments of falling in love with one of OPLs “Always Available” books of love?  There’ll be plenty to discuss with any of this month’s selections – isn’t there always when love is involved?

This February why not listen to a Mary Balogh’s engaging characters, clever dialogue, and sweet romance in the first Westcotts romance, Someone to Love.  It is set in Regency-era London (did someone say Bridgerton?) and involves a delicious scandal -- a young woman named Anna Snow turns out to be Anastasia Westcott, the oldest daughter of the late Earl of Riverdale. Anna’s new extended family and the handsome Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby, help Anna make the transition from orphan to heiress without losing her soul in the process. 

If you prefer reading to listening, this month would be a great time to revisit some of the nineteenth century classics that are still influencing romance writers today. Beloved the world over for their restrained love stories, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudiceand Persuasionare also astute observations of character and class tensions. And, as quoted above, Wuthering Heightsby Emily Bronte, while not exactly a romance, is a dark exploration of destructive passions that has provided generations of romance writers with the model for a certain type of stormy and brooding hero.

Being a writer in Paris has long been considered romantic and bohemian. How would you like to explore literary Paris with Dany Laferrière, and his feline companion? Autoportrait de Paris avec chatwill take you on a journey through the cafés, streets, and bars of Paris. Santé!

Your French audiobook suggestion this month is Les sept mariages d’Edgar et Ludmillaby the author Jean-Christophe Rufin. Readers need look no further to find a passionate and beautifully written love story that spans decades. Small biographical insight: the author himself married the same woman three times.

Suggestions and Resources for a successful online Book Club  

In order to have your Book Club take place online you can try creating Facebook groups, or using various social media channels to discuss books.  Or you could try meeting live via online video conferencing tools. The following tools are free: 

  • Google Hangouts provides free video/chat/voice conferencing and does not have a time limit 
  • Jitsi is a free open source video conferencing tool 
  • In French, there is a platform built by Les librairesthat allows book clubs to meet online! You can request to create your own club, or there are groups that are already running that you can join. All book clubs, including the current book club picks and comments, are visible to anyone accessing the site

Finding eBooks and eAudiobooks for your Book Club 

Contact OPLs InfoService 613-580-2940 if you need help accessing these titles and resources 

Hosting and Discussions 

If you would like discussion questions for your book, here is a list of 40 Great Book Club Discussion Questions from Book Riot.  They work for any book. 

Here are some great tips about how to host an online book club from Bustle Magazine: 10 Tips For Hosting A Digital Book Club 

 

Enjoy your Book Club – online or off!