UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22


Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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In just a few short years, Podcasts have become a medium that touches on every topic and genre. From sports to politics to entertainment, there is seemingly one for everything. The low cost production value of the podcast has helped it proliferate. But easy to make has not been the only factor in the rise of the podcast. Just like a TV series, its both episodic and long form. The episodic form of the podcast makes it easy to consume, an hour or four, however much time we can carve out of a day. Or like audiobooks, they can blend into our days while driving, walking, taking the bus. Like what radio used to do. A great podcast also lets us go deeper into a story, past the surface of the tiny chunk of content that litter our experience of the internet. And so here are a few of our favourites, long with a reading suggestion for when you are still curious at the end of a great podcast.

Podcast, TV show, and book pairings / Combinaisons de podcasts, d'émissions de télévision et de livresby OttawaReads

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    The Argument

    Inside the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics
    By Bai, Matt
    If you enjoyed The Wilderness podcast, you will want to read this title by NYT Magazine writer Matt Bai. The Argument takes readers to the front lines of the grassroots progressive movement that is seizing power from the party's weakened D.C. establishment, capturing a colorful cast of donors and power brokers struggling to articulate a direction: an argument . The result is a fascinating, uniquely candid look at present-day politics.
  • Serial - Serial

    Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial tells one story — a true story — over the course of a season. Serial has won every major award for broadcasting, including the duPont-Columbia, Scripps Howard, Edward R. Murrow, and the first-ever Peabody awarded to a podcast. Serial, like This American Life, is produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago. It comes from Serial Productions, which released S-Town in 2017, and has more projects in development.
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    For listeners of Serial, a non-fiction book about the murder of a "local bad boy" in Savannah, Georgia, inside of the opulent mansion of a gay antiques dealer - a gripping trial follows.
  • Podcasts | Someone Knows Something | cbc.ca Podcasts | CBC Radio

    For those who love Serial, a Canadian podcast with some similarities... This CBC podcast by filmmaker and writer David Ridgen featuring nonfiction stories about a criminal cold case over multiple episodes. The first season features the1972 disappearance of Adrien McNaughton, a five-year-old boy who vanished during a family fishing trip in Eastern Ontario. The McNaughton family is from Arnprior, Ontario, where Ridgen grew up.
  • Disparue(s) | Parcourir | ICI Radio-Canada Première

    Pour ceux et celles qui ont écouté Serial. À Montréal en 1952, Marie-Paule Rochette disparaît. L'année suivante, le cadavre d'une noyée est repêché dans la rivière des Prairies et n'est pas identifié. S'agit-il de la même personne? Preuves manquantes, témoignages contradictoires et piste d'un mari qui n'a jamais enterré sa femme, rien n'arrête Stéphane Berthomet, un ancien policier qui veut faire la lumière sur cette mystérieuse affaire de plus de 60 ans.
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    Seven Fallen Feathers

    Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in A Northern City
    By Talaga, Tanya
    Required reading for Canadian fans of Serial, this recent award-winning book by investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of disappearances among young students in Thunder Bay that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities."
  • 2 Dope Queens

    Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are funny. They're black. They're BFFs. And they host a live comedy show in Brooklyn. Join the 2 Dope Queens, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other s**t.
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    Bad Feminist

    By Gay, Roxane
    If you LOLd at 2 Dope Queens, pick up this book of funny and insightful essays. Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.
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    Maysoon Zayid - I Got 99 Problems... Palsy Is Just One
    Also for listeners of 2 Dope Queens, check out this streaming video of a TEDTalk by Maysoon Zayid, entitled I Got 99 Problems... Palsy Is Just One. With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.