July & August: Storytelling in Canada and through Canadian Authors

Canada 150 logo, with picture of book covers

Canadians are a diverse bunch and that variety is increasingly reflected by Canadian authors in their work. This summer, the Ottawa Public Library invites families of all backgrounds to find themselves and their neighbours in all our wonderful stories as told by Canadian illustrators and authors.

Kick off your summer at our Dominion Day Strawberry Social – Saturday, July 8 from noon to 5 p.m. – at the Nepean Centrepointe branch, 101 Centrepointe Drive. Step through Canadian history with Victorian era decor, bilingual folk song and dance, games and activities that honour tradition. Celebrate one of Canada’s most beloved literary characters – Anne of Green Gables –by enjoying a strawberry tart with the celebrated red-head at one of our two afternoon tea services or take part in a scene out of one of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s cherished novels. Activities will take place inside the branch and on the surrounding grounds – rain or shine. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

It wouldn’t be summer at the Ottawa Public Library without the TD Summer Reading Club – a nation-wide celebration of reading! Children can register for the TD Summer Reading Club in person at any OPL branch. TD Summer Reading Club participants will receive a notebook to track their progress, a web access code for the virtual online club on the TD Summer Reading Club website, stickers, and the chance to win prizes. We also offer program materials in alternative formats, such as audio or Braille, for children with print disabilities. Kids can participate in the TD SRC anytime, anywhere –at their local library, at home, online, on the road or wherever their summer takes them. OPL branches across the city will offer Canada-themed programming featuring arts and crafts, dance, games, performing, science, sports, stories, technology, and much more!

Teens can join our summer-long Battle of the Books program. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, this summer’s battle has 8 Canadian Young Adult books battling it out for top spot. The summer’s winning book will be crowned on Monday, August 21st! Click here to learn more and browse the books. And, don’t forget to check out the French Young Adult titles that are in competition this summer in Combat des livres. Truly ambitious young readers may want to participate in both the French and English competitions!

Wherever your summer adventures take you — even if it’s only as far as a hammock in your backyard — don’t forget to bring some of your favourite Canadian illustrators and authors with you! Need ideas? We have great book recommendations on this page!

As part of our exploration of storytelling by Canadian illustrators and authors this summer, we are looking for book suggestions from you – the curious, creative, ever-learning OPL customer and reader! We’re calling it OPL Reads 150 and you can share your suggestions in any OPL branch or online. We’ll be gathering all of the suggestions and will share them with everyone before the end of the year.  Not a bad way to end 2017 and start a new year!