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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.

Let's talk Austen


In my last post I wrote to you all pleading to check out a literature classic. I also recommended watching film versions of the novels in case the reading was a little to heavy for you. But silly old me forgot to mention that there are lots of wonderful retellings of classics, which modernize the appeal of a well established piece of work.


In my last post I wrote to you all of F. S. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Today, let’s talk female writers. Let’s talk Austen.


When you hear Jane Austen’s name, what comes to mind? All I think of is lush romances. Ew.


I’m just kidding. There’s a lot more to Austen’s novels than what meets the eye of the reader. She has inspired a countless number of writers all around the world.


I recently checked out a book from my local library by the name of Jane Austen Goes To Hollywood. (Also available as an ebook)  I have to say, it was kind of an impulse. Normally the books I check out are filled with intriguing mysteries, exotic travelling locations, or – my guilty pleasure – vampire romances. But I took a chance with checking out this book – and surprise surprise, I loved it!


Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood


The book is a redo of the Austen classic Sense and Sensibility, a tale of two sisters. We encounter Grace and Hailie, two very different siblings. One governed by head while the later governed by heart. Personally, I loved how the reader modernized the novel by making the girls half African American, hence adding a new twist to the original. I really enjoyed flipping through the pages of their lives. It was quirky. It was different. It was fun.

If you’re looking for a cute new read to add some spice to your reading life, I encourage you to check it out. It’s an easy read with lots of real life elements I feel teens and tweens could relate to, young love included.


Happy reading everyone!