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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.

Canadian Authors for Teen and Children


Canadian teen authors are so popular right now!  A lot of Canadian authors often write for many ages and in many different genres, so you may recognize some of the names that I suggest.  These names are great for book reports as well since often while working on the desk you’ll get asked for Canadian authors who are “good”.

Wondrous Strange     Darklight     Tempestuous      How To Curse In Hieroglyphics      The Haunting of Heck House

Lesley Livingston has written books for all ages.  Teen readers may recognize her as the author of the Wondrous Strange series.  She has written a new children series with Jonathon Llyr, Wiggins Weird.  The first book is How To Curse In Hieroglyphics.  You might enjoy reading this review I originally wrote using another account here.

The Gypsy King     A Fool's Errand     Tomorrw's Kingdom 

Maureen Fergus just broke into teen publication in 2013 with The Gypsy King, the first book in a trilogy.  This was the first I had heard about this particular author, so I was happy to learn that she had also published children’s books as well.  She wrote a picture book titled The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten as well as some novels for older readers.

Stolen Songbird

Danielle Jensen is a debut Canadian author!  She wrote the Stolen Songbird, the first book in the Malediction trilogy.  The book is about Cécile de Troyes who is so excited to finally be turning eighteen!  She is going to go join her mother in the big city to become an opera singer.  However, things change when she is kidnapped and sold to Trolls.  At first, she is constantly on the lookout for opportunities to run away until she gets to know the Troll society better.  As the city crumbles around her, both politically and physically, secrets are revealed that will change her world forever.  This book is also written from the point of view of both protagonists, giving you the motivations behind a number of actions.  A lot of the scenes are given extra depth and meaning when read from both points of view.  You’ll have to wait for the second book, The Hidden Huntress, which is expected to come out sometime in June 2015.

     Empire of Night

Kelley Armstrong has written mostly for a teen audience.  Her new trilogy, Age of Legends, is a paranormal fantasy adventure series which is a bit of a departure from her usual contemporary fantasy and the Sea of Shadows is the first book.  In this book, Ashyn and Moria are a set of 16 year old twins who are very non-traditional in that they are doing unauthorized weapons training and are the Seeker and Keeper for their village (definitely not Quidditch).  Since execution is illegal, exile is the normal form of punishment for severe crimes.  As the Keeper and the Seeker the girls work together to keep the village safe.  However, something goes wrong when monsters appear straight out of the legends that Moria favours.  This prompts them to abandon the only home they have ever know in order to go on an adventure to warn the king.  As mentioned in my previous blog post, Armstrong has also written a Norse trilogy with M.A. Marr.

Canadian Mysteries, Vol. 1

Eric Wilson is a Canadian author who writes mystery novels for young adults.  He has a great publishing history having written 23 books.  His books have recently been re-released as e-book collections.  These are great books for school projects as they have great action, are short & sweet and set in cities all over Canada.  An excellent introduction to mysteries!