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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.

National Poetry Month at the OPL

National Poetry Month logo

April is National Poetry Month, and we welcome you to join us for events, programs, and curated displays! According to the League of Canadian Poets’ website, National Poetry Month was created to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture.

If you have a favourite poem to share, join us our first ever POEtry KAreoke night at Bar Robo! Hosted by poet Colo Toth, this is an opportunity to share your favourite poems (not originals). BYOB (bring your own books) or choose a poem from our books! You are welcome to read a poem in your preferred language. All are welcome!

Many branches are hosting poetry displays all month long. The Blackburn Hamlet branch is also offering a “Write a Poem” program in English and French. North Gloucester branch will have an innovative interactive poetry display - customers can create their own “Blackout Poetry”, blacking out words on a page from a discarded book, leaving particular words untouched, creating their poem in either French or English. Osgoode branch will have a poetry creation station for kids and teens and Metcalfe branch will have cut-word poetry for teens.

Poetry is for everyone and every age! Carlingwood branch is hosting author Hugh Savage for a Haiku workshop (waiting list) on April 20.  Beaverbrook branch’s Teen Book Club is exploring the Novel in Verse this month. Alta Vista branch will be celebrating with PD Day Poetry Fun for kids on April 8.

Our love of poetry doesn’t stop at the end of the month

On May 4, Carlingwood will be hosting award-winning and widely published Ottawa poet Jenny Haysom to ask, “In the age of global warming, can we still write poems that celebrate the natural world and look on it in wonder?”

On Monday, May 13, we welcome a workshop on poetry writing and performance with Tanya Evanson at the Main branch. Tanya Evanson is Director of the Banff Centre’s Spoken Word program and joins us from Montreal to explore the performative side of poetry. Teens and adults are invited to bring original writing to practice and present.

Aspiring poets can meet regularly at In the Company of Writers at Main branch and The Writing Workshop at Sunnyside branch.

The Youth Speak Mentorship Program runs year-round on Mondays at 5 pm at the Main branch, allowing teens to explore poetry and spoken word and develop new skills.

Drop by your local branch for poetry displays and recommendations this month, and check us out year-round to enjoy your favourite poets!

Great Poetry Books for Children by Collection_Development

A Selection of Recent Poetry Books for Children

Le Mois de la poésie 2019 by OPL_BPO_Zoe