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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.

Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi --- Teen Book Review


Submitted on behalf of NC TAG Member Catherin Li. 

It was just a normal Tuesday until it became the Tuesday where her life would begin to spin out of control. Kai is consumed by an unspeakable grief when she finds a suicide note from her beloved older sister, Jen. With a fractured heart she copes by losing herself to the very drugs that killed her sister, ditching school and distancing herself from loved ones. Just as she's about to hit rock bottom, her parents offer her a lifeline: a summer away to a grief camp. Hesitant to agree, she does so anyway. There, she finds solace, hope, love and so much more than she could have ever dreamed of. This is the story of how Kai's broken heart began piece back together.

Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi is a standalone novel of the contemporary genre. Beautifully written, the reader experiences this haunting tale through a very raw and unfiltered perspective. Although this novel is centred around a very sensitive subject, it is treated with the ultra most care and respect - which I greatly appreciate. The characters are real, unique and relatable. Through them you learn answers to a question with no answer, you learn how to hope when everything is lost and you learn to see beauty in anguish. Overall, this exquisite tale was nothing short of breathtaking.

I give Just a Normal Tuesday a 4.5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to readers of all ages looking for a solemn read filled with hope. It's a rare and beautiful gem rooted in the personal experience of the author.

This novel is recommended for readers 12 and up.

Pictrure Credit: One Mama's Summer (Pinterest, 2017).