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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.

A new picture book about Internet safety


Every night a little chicken sneaks into farmer’s home to access his computer to order things. “She bought a hundred handbags and shoes from every site” then she continued to buy gifts for all her farm animal friends. “She ordered scooters for the sheep and skates for all the swine, a car for the cows, and Spanish holiday for the bull and more”. When all her chicken friends sailed away on a boat she bought, she tried to find a little chicken friend online so she won’t feel alone. She posted her photograph and gave her name and age online, so she could enter a chat room to find her friend. Then she went to the deep wood to meet her online friend face-to-face. (without telling Mum or Dad). Her online chicken friend turned out to be a fox!

Although this online dating example is not very suitable for younger kids, now that even kindergarten kids can use a tablet in their classroom, this rhyming, silly, timely and cautionary tale will be a good starting point for parents and teachers to discuss the dangers of misusing the Internet and how to stay safe online with this young iPad  generation. 

Image: Chicken Clicking

Chicken Clicking

By Willis, Jeanne/ Ross, Tony (ILT)