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  • Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL is offering a new Returns and Holds Pickup service at six branch locations: Main, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland, Beaverbrook, Greenboro, Ruth E. Dickson, during new hours of operation.

    Find the details of this new service here.

    • Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • All book drops remain closed.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email.

Main Branch Children’s Programs for the New Year!


Programs in the Main branch's Children department kick off this week.  In addition, to our weekday storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, we will also be offering programs afterschool and on weekends for the school-age set.

Spend your Saturdays at the library this winter.  From yoga, to bookclubs, to knitting, we have something for the whole family!  The Music, Movement and Mindfulness Storytime at 11am will keep your youngest yogis on their toes while we flow between songs to books to cobra pose!  At 2pm, come learn how to knit at Knitting for Kids.  The program runs for 4 weeks and by the end, kids will have completed a small project!  Knitting is a great way to introduce the pattern and sequencing that are required for reading and writing code.  Stick around after knitting, for our biweekly Choose Your Own Adventure bookclub from 3pm-4pm.  Come explore different themes each time, share your ideas and make a craft.

After a short break, Reading Buddies and Homework Help will be picking back up the week of January 14th.  On Tuesdays, children can bring their homework and drop in between 5pm and 6:30pm to receive help from volunteers.  Reading Buddies will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Children will have the opportunity to read with a volunteer for 45-minute segments each week in either English or French.  The goal of the program is to improve literacy skills and encourage a love of reading.  To register for the program, please call the Children’s department at 613-580-2424 x 32119.

Did you forget that Friday, January 26th is PD Day at most Ottawa schools?  Fret not, we have the morning covered for 9-12 year olds.  Local author Éric Péladeau will be hosting a comic writing workshop from 10:30am to 11:30am.  Register here

And last, but not least, we will once again be offering Coding Club afterschool this February.  On Tuesdays starting at 4pm, 9-12 years olds can join us to write their own code, create animations and games using Scratch.  Sessions will take place in the computer lab, all levels of ability welcome!