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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.

Daring Greatly


Daring Greatly

by Brené Brown

Brené Brown is a psychologist and a professor who has spent years researching shame.  In this book, she details her findings and offers counsel for those trying to overcome this debilitating emotion.  I guess this is a self-help book, but it doesn’t feel like one.  It feels more like a discussion with a friend who has concerns about your well-being.

Brown is well spoken, uses easy language (no jargon), and offers lots of concrete examples of how shame has affected real people who have participated in her research. She tells us that shame loves to hide away in the dark, out of sight.  In shining a light on this private unhappiness by sharing our stories, it loses its power. In the course of this narrative, she offers personal anecdotes to illustrate her beliefs.  In this way, she practices what she preaches and also makes us feel connected to her.

I also recently read Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance, in which he describes the culture of the Appalachian hill people.  This is a culture steeped in shame from beginning to end and it struck me that every single thing that Brown advises in her book would be of benefit to Vance’s family members.  It would also be of benefit to anyone who was raised by families or educators who used shame as a weapon. 

Both Brown and Vance are compassionate and courageous in that they recount painful moments in their lives without flinching.  They generously offer their wisdom and experiences to readers in the hope of making the world a better place, especially for children.


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