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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    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. 


    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. 

    You can use the Library online:

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

The Boy Who Knew Too Much


The Boy Who Knew Too Much

Cathy Byrd


What would you say if your three-year-old child told you one day that he had memories of a past life?  What if he told you that he had been Lou Gehrig?  Would you believe him?  This is what happened to Cathy Byrd. From a very young age, her son Christian had clear memories of a time about which he knew nothing: the 1920’s and 1930’s in the U.S. 


At age three, he was able to give details about the N.Y. Yankees baseball team of that era and recognize specific players and coaches from old photographs.  Not only did he have an obsession with baseball, but he also demonstrated a tremendous talent for this sport.  As a parent, what would you think?


Byrd decided to take him seriously and began an investigation into Gehrig’s life. She also met with past life coaches to determine whether or not Christian’s story could be true.  A devout Christian, she felt that this conflicted with her religious beliefs and had a very hard time processing all of this. In this autobiographical journey towards greater understanding, she recounts her family’s struggle to come to terms with Christian’s experience.


Her tale is told in plain, unadorned terms; it is a factual account written clearly and with as much substantiating research as she could muster.  You may or may not believe her, but for those who accept reincarnation as a possibility, this is a fascinating narrative.

The Boy Who Knew Too Much by sonja_library