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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. 

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    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.




Lion, A Long Way Home

By Saroo Brierley

Saroo Brierley was five years old when he got lost.  He and his brother took a train away from their village in India, where they lived with their siblings and their mother, and became separated. When the authorities were unable to locate his mother after several months, he was sent to Australia to be adopted by a new family. Saroo did not see his birth family again for 25 years.

This is an astonishing story of great misfortune and even greater coincidences. In fact, this account is so full of coincidences that it seems implausible, but it is a true account and so we must wonder if it was fate, or as they say in India, “it is written”.  Brierley offers a thoughtful, unhesitating memoir of his early years living in poverty and of the eventual rediscovery of his family after a long and arduous search.  (Lest you think I am giving away the ending, I can assure you that this is revealed in the first few pages.)

Rather than bury his past, he has chosen to publicize it in order to help other children in India, thousands of whom live on the street with no one to care for them.  He describes the conditions for lost and homeless children in India at length, painting a discouraging picture of the untold numbers of little souls who need a home.  Brierley discusses the legislation in India that impedes the speedy international adoptions, which would alleviate the situation to a degree.  He and his Australian mother currently campaign for a more humane system that would see children placed quickly, thereby sparing them the ordeal of residing with aggressive older teens and adults in temporary state run housing.

Although his writing style is plain and unadorned, his story is so inspiring that this memoir was recently made into a movie. Brierley has succeeded in transforming his early misery into a life filled with purpose and devotion. Throughout the book, he expresses admiration for the strong women who rescued him from a terrible fate.  I find this a refreshing change from stories in which women are relegated to the margins, overshadowed by male heroes whose actions take center stage. I recommend it heartily.

Lion, A Long Way Home by sonja_library