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    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.  

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    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.
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    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
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    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
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He Who Dreams by Melanie Florence --- Teen Book Review


Long ago when the world was much younger and much less complicated, the elders told stories about the first dancers. According to legend, the animals where the first dancers. It was the buffalo that swayed in their herds and the deer that leaped through the forest that showed our people how to dance” (Florence: pg.59).

He Who Dreams by Canadian author Melanie Florence is a hi-low teen novel that examines John, a young adolescent with both Irish and Cree descent and his responsibilities on and off the soccer field as well as his struggle to learn to balance his new passion for dancing. When John stumbles upon a powwow dance class at the recreational center while taking his sister to her art class, something in the drumming speaks to him. Upon transferring to a group of boy dancers in the nearby city, he is teased for his red hair and accused of confirmation to aboriginal culture. When a soccer mate secretly records John dancing, the video goes viral and John is faced to deal with insecurities and acceptance of himself and both of his heritages. At times I felt the novel allowed readers to easily foresee future outcomes, including the positive conclusion. However, this would not discourage me from recommending this book to any reader who loves dance and is motivated by being an individual that goes against the grain.

I danced for eight years at a professional dance school in Ottawa and was uplifted to the point of tears when Melanie Florence described John trying on his regalia and performing. I would rate this book 4.5 stars out of 5 stars as there were some occasions you could predict John’s outcomes. He Who Dreams is a breathtaking read for anyone who enjoys dance, drumming, pow wows, and traditional aboriginal attire. Enjoy!

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He Who Dreams

By Florence, Melanie