UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Mar. 8


Starting Monday, March 8:

  • 28 of our 31 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

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I enjoy books that exercise the mind, consider a view that is not my own or that had not occurred to me.By coincidence these 2 titles came home with me the same week and both left me with new thoughts.

Writing an engaging story is a talent- being able to write equally well in different genres  is a super talent.  Gillian Bradshaw may be best known for ancient Roman historical fiction. If you think that sounds dry  this is an author to investigate.

The Elixir of Youth is about stem cell research and family connections with a little "just who is the bad guy here?".  The main character is an Oxford philosophy graduate. The debates she has with other characters and with herself gave me  insight into a certain member of my family.

Ms Bradshaw published her first novel, Hawk of May, before graduating from Cambridge University.  She has a style that I hope will flourish for many years. Recurring words in her book reviews are "intelligent storytelling"


Lauren Grodstein, a creative professor at an American university, is a new author for me. A title like An Explanation for Everything is very grand and has to at least explain some thing. In this case "everything" is what Professor Waite believes about creation.  This story is creationism versus intelligent design defended by equally passionate characters from both sides.  "A rumination on love and loss, faith in reason and faith in the divine."  https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/lauren-grodstein/explanation-for-everything-grodstein/

Image: The Elixir of Youth

The Elixir of Youth

By Bradshaw, Gillian
Image: The Explanation for Everything

The Explanation for Everything

A Novel
By Grodstein, Lauren