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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.

Iris Folding at North Gower

Participants at the Iris Folding program at North Gower

On April 4th, our branch's supervisor, Alison, hosted another of her artistic programs for the North Gower Branch Library: iris folding.  This form of craft is done by laying down folded strips of coloured and/or patterned paper within a cut-out silhouette, forming a pattern resembling a camera iris, hence the name.  A simple or sophisticated pattern can be quite spectacular.

As you can see it the photo, our attendees were enthusiastic about their work and left in collective smiles.

If you missed the program, take heart!  The program will likely return in the fall, and if not, we have books that show the method behind this craft as well as a few patterns to make your own.  See links below:

Book: Iris Folding Compendium

Book: Iris Folding Compendium Part 2

Book: Iris Folding for Christmas