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CONTEST CLOSED- Win a pair of tickets to Chris Hadfield’s SOLD OUT Canada 150 Show!

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CONTEST: Win a pair of tickets to Chris Hadfield’s SOLD OUT Canada 150 Show on December 11 at Centrepointe Theatres!

We are wrapping up a year of storytelling for Canada 150 with Colonel Chris Hadfield - astronaut, musician, author, master storyteller and the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station!

Enter to win one of eight pairs of tickets to Chris Hadfield’s Canada 150 Show on Monday, December 11 at Centrepointe Theatres.

Here’s how:

  1. In the comment section below this post, tell us, in 150 words or less, what library items you would bring to space, and why.

         FYI- It can be a streaming service we offer, your rocketship has wi-fi. J


Contest runs from November 16 to December 4, 2017;  winners will be contacted on December 5, as per the OPL contest rules. Good luck!

One entry per person.

Please note: you will be contacted by email if you win a pair of tickets. 


I would bring a banner with the OPL logo 'cause it is pretty and makes me feel good when I see it. I'd also bring painting books so I could do my best to capture on canvas the vastness of space. A book on how to do 'pour painting' would be a challenge in gravity less environment. A CD from OPL on crocheting would help me pass the time. Finally, hypnosis book so I can capture, in my mind's eye, the wonders of space and of seeing earth from abroad. 8-)

I would like to bring "The Encyclopedia of Absolute and Relative Knowledge" by Bernard Werber. Why? Because it is fun, interactive and also very smart.

Although I can't play, I would take a library loan of an acoustic guitar, because it is Chris Hadfield after all - have to play in space, even if it's badly. A cd of David Bowie, featuring the song Space Oddity, and of course my favorite books by Victor LaValle, Dean Koontz, Lisa Kleypas... a little bit of everything!

I would bring all of the Geronimo Silton Spacemice books so I would know what to do if I met aliens.
Laura (8)

I love the tactile feel of a physical book, and so although I could bring fewer options than with streaming, I would bring hard copies of all my favourites, the books I can reread over and over. This would include One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, English Passengers by Matthew Kneale, Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie, The Eyre Affaire by Jasper Fforde, and I, Claudius by Robert Graves. I think this would give me a mix of types of books too for whatever mood I was in in space.

My favourite library item to use on vacations are audio books that I can download while anywhere in the world - what a gift you have given us to be able to do this! I haven't tried the streaming of books while away, but as I'd have wifi up there, I'd use that service too.

I'd bring a Chromebook and download all those classic tomes that are too overwhelming to start here on earth: Anna Karenina, Moby Dick, Don Quixote, Middlemarch, etc., a couple of never-grow-old CDs (like Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA and P!nk's Missundaztood), and a guitar from the new instrument lending library as I'll have all the time in the world to become a master. Wait.. One question? Will the OPL be deferring all late fees for space travelers?

If I was going to space, I know weight is a huge concern. So I'd bring the Overdrive library and freegal, because one can never have too much music and audiobooks. And ebooks. Plenty of distraction and edification at my fingertips.!

Assuming the "Int'l Space Stn" is fully stocked ... with all the essentials ... (and a bit more) ... I would not have to bring my OPL card, as I have memorizied my number (and PIN). However, before leaving, I would request an extended loan on a trumpet (and numerous learning DVDs) and all the DVDs, from "The Great Courses" on all aspects of mathematics. Those two areas of exploration will keep me busy for quite awhile...

I would bring a streaming service and as many diverse living, human books that can be accommodated in the ship to learn and share about different cultures, innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists, astronauts, etc. in the world. I think the experience would build some great connections and increase our appreciation of our humanity. I would also bring some of those new instruments on loan to learn new musical skills and share with my new human book colleagues! We could definitely be one of the first out-of-this world bands.

I would bring a bunch of my favourite magazines to space; including the Food Network magazine that I can find through the library digital resources! And I would also bring some of my favourite books: the Harry Potter books!

I would bring my e-reader so that I could read books and magazines as well as listen to audio-books, in addition to streaming videos.

I would bring tons of audiobooks along with e-books, as they take less space, but allow you to listen while surfing through the space and reading at downtimes.

I would bring Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered because we can appreciate how small and fragile the earth really is from Space; I would bring Dr Stuart MacGill's book, "Back pain mechanics" to prepare for our return to gravity ( it can be quite painful, according to one astronaut I heard), a copy of Holtz's The Planets, and why not Hoopla for those rare moments of relaxation!

With wifi, all I would need is my laptop and my Kobo e-reader with all the cords and headphones. I am now set for the whole time I am out in space. To watch movies, I want Canopy and to remind me of the wonderful smell and feel of real books, I would bring The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, a story of adventure in the Belgian Congo.

I would bring a book on photography, something like the book "Digital SLR Photography All-in-one for Dummies" to help me get the best results for the amazing pictures I would have the priviledge to take in space!

I would stick with audio because I wouldn't want to waste the opportunity to see everything up there. I'd probably go with Hoopla rather than bring physical cds (to save on the rocket fuel). Gustav Holst, one of my favourites, would probably be suitable for the occasion!

I would bring a physical book from the OPL to space with me because I wouldn't want to be there too long and I'd have the excuse "I have to go back to earth now because my library book is due.

But I'd make sure to renew my library card before I leave, as it would be a great disappointment to be told later that I have to go in person to renew it at my local branch :)

I would bring books, my tablet so I can borrow ebooks and audiobooks and stream music and movies through Hoopla.

Oh, the choices! I would probably bring a ukulele or a violin from the new musical instrument lending program (and a "learn to play" book)... but I would need an extension on the lending period!!! If I didn't already know that they have a rapid-prototyping machine onboard the ISS, then the 3D printer would definitely be on my list too... Besides those, I would also take a cue from Astronaut Rick Mastracchio, and I'd bring a Geocoin or Travel-Bug from inside the Geocache that's hidden in a certain Branch's Reference section, to visit the Geocache that's on the ISS...

In fact, weight is you worst enemy to bring with you, so it better be light. Bringing anything at all might cause the engineers a headache and throw off the whole delta "V" requirements. In addition, you better bring a spare or backup of that item, you only go to space once and you can't stop at Future Shop for another one. Last, it better be small, it has to pack into something half it's normal size.

So, you only got a few options:
-Data capturing devices (small cameras and small light laptop)...backup= pencil and notepad
-The whole Wikipedia and as much electronic books that can be downloaded onto a small hard drive
- A notepad and a pencils with the sharpener of course!

Keep it light, simple and small...Weightlessness doesn't mean you can bring all those still have to get off the ground!

I would be sure to bring Overdrive into outer space! I can image I would have time on my hands and I'm sure having an entire library on hand would be useful to me.

My OPL card to access media streaming to keep abreast of what’s happening on Earth. And also Hoopla, and to keep my brain active and engaged.

If I had the opportunity to go to space I'd bring my library card and ask my local OPL to allow me to check out an iPad for the trip. It would be wonderful to have a lightweight wifi connected device to connect to OPL with my card to read, watch movies and listen to music during downtime plus take pictures/videos and send them home to always remember the adventure of a lifetime! My library card, OPL iPad and OPL online services would pack light and provide a means to document and share the adventure while connecting to read and learn on the go.

Charmin Ultra Strong toilet paper .

I would bring a few library books to space so I could pass the time on the flight there. I would be sure to return them on time! :)
I would also bring a musical instrument from the new instrument lending library to learn how to play to entertain the other astronauts!

I don't ever wish to be in space. Despite the proliferation of tablets and other gadgets I enjoy reading an actual book. There's no way I could take the number of books to space --- still like to see Chris Hadfield on 11th December though.

All I need is my library card, a laptop computer and a guitar from the new Music Lending Library.

In space I would finally have the time to learn how to play the guitar... I'd use the ArtistWorks service. Like Chris Hadfield when he recorded his Music from a tin can album- "tucked in the confines of my sleep pod, with the guitar floating in my arms," I will practice, practice, practice until I can play along his rendition of Space oddity and send him a Video-Postcard from Space.
In my free time I will log into and access the latest app to keep in
touch with what's happening down on Earth, download and read news, best-sellers and long-standing classics.
And if I have an emergency I can get advice from my friendly knowledgeable librarian on the best resources to find the solution to my problem.

I think I would bring a few librarians with me---at least one. I would bring them because they are such great people that are always willing to help. While I value the great books and resources the library offers, both in print, hard-copy, and digital, having a knowledgeable person who is kind and helpful around to answer questions is hard to replace. Imagine a mission where a librarian could access any information an astronaut needs, and can help select which version of that information would best help, and could do it in an effective way. Even if that librarian were accessible via radio link, this would be awesome. People are our greatest resource.

I'd bring a selection of cookbooks from around the world - if there's one thing I know it's that food brings people together, and if there are aliens, I think we'd like them to be our friends.

In addition to books that would help me survive in my new environment (perhaps Engineering for Dummies), I would bring one or two of my favourite books that never fail to ground me and remind me of the person I want to be.

I would bring the new Illustrated Harry Potter books because they are heavy. In space, they would be easier to read.

I would bring Jane Austen's complete works for entertainment, the complete For Dummies collection just in case, Jean Vanier's Becoming Human for perspective, and Timothy Wakhanu Khaemba from the Library's InfoService for assistance in renewing them over and over again!

I would bring my library card, my I Phone so that I could stream music, DVD'S -that would keep me entertained and give me time to learn new things. I would also one of the musical instruments that are now available as I have always wanted to learn to play an instrument and never had the time or the finances to do this.

As many hard copy books as I could, and my iPad for ebooks, movies and research.

Well.. two obvious books: Lonely Planet's how to be a Space Explorer .. to make sure I hit all the important sites. The other one would be: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, to make sure I have a smooth landing after all that exploring. If the Library could extend the borrowing period I would bring a chrome book to check out their extensive e-book collection and keep up with recent events back on Earth.

My iPad would be essential for the trip so that I could access e-books, audio-books and music from the Library; as well as take photographs. As well for my creative experience would be some art supplies that can be used in space to document what I see and feel. What a privilege it would be!

I would bring a Chrome book – that way I would have access to all sorts of online resources, like scientific journals and biographies, to get me through the trip. And I’d also be able to enjoy all the eBooks and Audiobooks I can imagine!

Elmer et la Meteo, un livre sur l'adolescence (avec plein de photos sur les transformations et des caricatures des jeunes avec leur parents, un CD avec musique de meditation, un DVD en trois langues, un livre avec CD et le livre d'Ottawa 150, en anglais, en francais, en cree, le CD avec Oh Canada en plusieurs langues et un livre avec l'histoire du Quebec.

La, je suis petit, mais je volerai un jour! Et j'apporterai sur la navette, des petits carres de papier, de quatre couleurs differentes et un papier en soie,avec de la ficelle et une aiguille, la ficelle deja passee par l'oreille de l'aiguille: je ferai a chaque jour, un joli objet tel que j'ai vu depuis 2009 quand nous avons amenage a Ottawa: une petite lantern, une petite decoration en papier de soie, pour l'arbre de Noel, comme j'ai appris a St Laurent, un origami, un avion, une courge, des circuits electriques en fils et boutons...ah oui, je prendrai trois block de Lego, faire un petit drapeau rouge-blanc-rouge avec un autocollant en feuille d'erable, au mileu, et quatre characteres en papier, 150+...

I would bring my iPad so that I could use the HOOPLA streaming service to enjoy an unearthly amount of music to serve as the soundtrack to the views outside. And for a change of scenery, I could watch all sorts of new & older movies.

An OPL item I would bring with me on my journey to space would be an Apple iPad, which I would borrow from the Ottawa Public Library. With Wi-Fi on my rocketship, much like Chris Hadfield, I would want to keep everyone on Earth informed of my goings-on in space, while still being informed of what was happening on Earth. I imagine space might get very lonely. With an iPad, I would be able to connect with friends and family via video chat, live stream my experiences, and provide updates to a blog about my space trek. I could also use it to reach out to other astronauts for advice, look up useful information, and contact ground control. I just hope the OPL would lend out an iPad (or renew a borrowed one) for an extended period of time!! :)

I would bring as many of the musical instruments (violins, guitars, piano, percussion) on loan at the library to test the acoustics in outer space.

I would bring a bilingual dictionary so that I could continue to learn the meaning of new words AND learn them all in a second language. Heavy though... but if weight wasn't a factor.

Just my library card....and be sure to have my overdue fines paid before takeoff.

I would bring a chromebook to keep up to date with what's happening on Earth and to share my experience with the world. I would also bring Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits to jam out and Calvin and Hobbes for laughs!

Great question! If I could bring anything I would want to bring the online catalogue with book reviews and online resources, therefore having access to everything ..just about.

I'd bring a stack of space books - fiction and non - for information if for some reason the trip went badly.

For easy access to ebooks, audiobooks, films, internet, and communication with the world.