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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.

Holly Bodger’s 5 To 1: a book review, and an upcoming Teen Author Fest event at the Carlingwood Library


It's the year 2054 in an alternate Indian society where women are worshipped and five boys for every one girl compete for her hand in marriage. After years of poor treatment, the women of Koyanagar took over and created the Tests, aka the "fairest" way to ensure the best husbands for its daughters. Young Sudasa dreads the idea of becoming a wife as does one of the contestants, competing for her hand, on becoming a husband. Sudasa's family, though mainly her grandmother and older sister, believe in choosing the most convenient boy for her. Kiran, contestant number five, needs to fail the tests in order to follow through with his father’s plans. Sudasa and Kiran both face challenges of their own as the tests advance and slowly come to the realization that they both want the same thing -- freedom. 

5 to 1, by Holly Bodger, took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions; through happiness and sadness; confusion and betrayal; love and loss and loathe. I couldn't put the book down as I followed Sudasa and Contestant Five through their emotional journey of finding themselves. I didn't think I would enjoy how Sudasa's point of view written in verse, while Kiran's were written in prose, as much as I did. Holly Bodger did an amazing job in depicting gender equality and sticking with the theme throughout. The way the verses are written bring a unique and compelling aspect to the topic. I was surprised to be so connected to the book on an emotional and personal level. It is so  rare that stand-alone-books have such good open-endings but closing a book at a climactic point was truly satisfying. Sudasa and Kiran's future is left to your own imagination. I seriously recommend 5 to 1 to anyone who has any type connection to gender equality and/or the Indian culture.

Holly Bodger’s debut novel, 5 to 1, does not disappoint, and it marks the start of promising and exciting writing career. Come to the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Tuesday, October 13, for fun and casual conversation about 5 to 1, meet the mind behind this fantastic book, and maybe gain some writing tips too! I greatly enjoyed reading 5 to 1, and I know you will too. See you on the 13th!

Event: Teen Author Fest presents Holly Bodger (For Teens aged 12 to 18 years of age)
Where: Carlingwood Library, 281 Woodroffe Ave.
When: Tuesday October 13,  5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

***This Blog Post has been written by Vanessa Ippolito, Teen Advisory Group member at the Carlingwood branch*** 


Image: 5 to 1

5 to 1

By Bodger, Holly
Image: 5 to 1

5 to 1

A Novel
By Bodger, Holly