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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 follow Cmdr. Hadfield's example and bring a guitar from OPL's new musical instrument collection!!

What would I bring from OPL into space? One copy each of "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth", "The Darkest Dark", "You Are Here", and "Space Sessions." What the heck, throw in a copy of "The Right Stuff" for good measure!

Mon iPad avec ses applis Overdrive et BlueFire à partir desquelles je lis tous mes livres numériques empruntés de la biblio. Et mon album de Tintin "On a marché sur la Lune".

I would bring a copy of Cervantes Don Quixote. I've always felt it should be read in space.

I would bring one of the 3D printers for replicating broken parts on board, and of course would book out the Orion Starblast 4.5 Reflector Telescope so I could keep on eye on things back home!

I would bring one of the 3D printers for replicating broken parts on board, and of course would book out the Orion Starblast 4.5 Reflector Telescope so I could keep on eye on things back home!

Would bring some beautiful music from the music lending library, and some also some Talking Books, so you could Multi Task....
You could enjoy listening to wonderful music and listen to amazing stores, all the while working on board the space ship.

Bringing the Hoopla ap would ensure I had a wide variety of music, TV and videos to keep me entertained while checking out the incredible views.

First off since weight would be at a premium, only one physical book: "The Cyberiad" by Stansilaw Lem. This is a really thought-provoking humorous philosophical sci-fi-ish collection from the sixties that still stands up well today, sort of a precursor to Douglas Adams.
An ebook preloaded with lots books from fiction to astronomy to how-to. (The Wifi probably isn't THAT good).
Bookmarks to all of my favorite library-enabled resources e.g. the Economist, and streaming jazz! (With headphones in case my companions did not share my taste!)

I would bring a copy of my favourite book: The Little Prince. I'd keep it on hand, just in case I were to drift past a certain asteroid, with a certain Prince and his rose... maybe I could draw him a sheep.

I would definitely load up my e-reader with a good variety of novels, non-fiction, and poetry from the OPL's eBook collection - lots of reading to keep me busy, and share with any friendly aliens I might happen to run across! After all, sharing a good book is a great way to make friends.

Hi, I would always be connected, keeping up with the news, popular magazines and the latest e-books when I am There ("You are Here"). I would borrow DVDs of Star Wars (hopefully the bookmobile would come around) so I could watch when it's "The Darkest Dark". And, I would need any useful information in "An Astronaut's Guide to Life ..." of how to survive!

The library item that I would bring is my library card so I can login while in space and download ebooks and music :) I dont think I would borrow any tangible books or CDs to bring because I probably would not be back into time to return them ontime and I would not want to incur anymore late fees.

Reading is fun, but with my eyes on paper I'd miss out on the amazing sights of space all around me! With a huge collection of audiobooks on philosophy, history and psychology, I'll be able to stimulate my mind and learn new concepts, all while adjusting flight controls, making small repairs and excercising at the space treadmill.

Ground control to Major Tom: do you know what months of isolation in space can do to the psyche? Thanks to my current audiobook, I do!

... Now if I only I can get OPL to extend my borrowing period. I've got a feeling I'm going to be up here a while!

Would bring all suggested library items, recommended by my librarian, on the subject of 'being a senior and making the most out of space travel'. Also a copy of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' in the event of down time, for relaxation.

Audiobook library. Get to be entertained and learn something as I explore space.

I would bring a book on astronomy with me so that I could spend endless hours observing and learning about space!

I would launch the bookmobile into space so that it can venture out to other planets and show our amazing culture to the universe. The ability to being books to the neighbourhoods through the bookmobile has always made me smile and to share the love of reading and stories is a treasure. It use to frequent my school 30 years ago, and seeing the bookmobile in the Kanata Santa Clause parade was only second to Santa and really made be laugh with happiness. The bookmobile deserves it's on seat (or orbit) at the ISS.

I'd bring the Imagine Space's HD video camera. It's usually a two-hour in-library loan, but maybe they'd make an exception for the big trip ;)

Having learned a bit about the International Space Station at the Aviation and Space Museum's exhibition (grâce á the OPL's museum pass loans!), I realise I wouldn't have much "space" to take along much of the awesome OPL collection (much as I'd love to take along a musical instrument or an armful of books), but I would make extensive use of the excellent on-line resources, including:
1 ) Mango, to learn some Russian to communicate better with some of my fellow travellers, and for the translation capability,
2) Pressreader, to keep abreast of news back on Earth,
3) Cloud-library/RBdigital magazines/Overdrive, to read (books like "Darwin's Ghost" to pretend I was like Chris Hadfield!) during any downtime, and
4) Hoopla, for music and perhaps the odd video.
I certainly wouldn't have to worry about being bored!

I would bring an e-reader so I can access and read as many library books as I can while I'm up there!

Hi. As an avid cook (and cook book borrower from the library) I would bring a selection of cook books from the library - ones that focus on only a few ingredients or maybe ones the promise out of this world cooking experiences :) Jane K

I would like to bring Library Table Lamp in Green to space.. but with solar panel.. it's style.. it's classic. it's a must to read .

A 3D printer to make anything that was forgotten/broken, and the Freegal music streaming app so that I could still enjoy the latest music. (Bonus: while not a library "item", I'd also like to bring my local branch's fireplace because it's a great place to curl up with a book).

I would bring my tablet with my library card... My suitcase would be too heavy if I brought all the books I wanted to bring. A trip to the Moon and a trip to another world. Pretty good deal!

I would take my OPL, so as to not forget my library login and be able to get all the ebooks available through the OPL... and watch a few video sometimes if the connection is more than a dial up up there.

I would take my OPL card ...

I would bring the entire Asterix collection, as well as Tintin, Lucky Luke and l'Agent Jean. Because who can live a day without reading one of them!

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. And its not the item per se, its having one of the astronauts read it that is key. Just a time-honoured and simple way to spread seeds of hope and possibilities amongst our next generation of explorers and innovators.

Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!

I read so much every day on the bus on my way to work. Just think how much I could read on my spaceship on my way to space!

First and foremost I would bring my library card into space so that I could access all of OPL’s online resources, including Hoopla!. Before I leave I will check out a copy of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” and a DVD copy of “2001 – A Space Odyssey” from the Library. Good thing I’ve got my library card with me, I might need to renew my items while I’m in space. Speaking of my library card, while I'm in space I can log in to my account and check-out a couple of e-books written by Chris Hadfield, “You are Here - Around the World in 92 minutes” and “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.” The latter book will prepare me for life on earth, upon my return.

I would bring Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

World atlas - to look at it from a different perspective.