• Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL offers contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. 

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended. 
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Next Up On My TBR List


Like any dedicated reader, my current to be read book list is extremely long and I’ve been picking at it for the past year or so, new books being added all the time. I have somewhat managed to get it together and I have made a priority list of books I want to read and hopefully talk about on this blog!


The first book on my list is the one I’m currently reading. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley has been on my radar since it came out and I’m so excited to finally read it. So far, I’ve learned a lot about segregation and racism in the 1950s, when the book is set, and how awful it really was. I’m not even close to being done yet but I’ve learned a lot.


The second book on my list is Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Robin Jaye Brown. The cover of this book first caught my eye due to the bright colours and my love for peaches. I read the summary on the cover and I was instantly interested. This book also came highly recommended from a friend, so I can’t wait to read it.


Next up is a book called The Pianist. This book is a true story about a Jew who lived through the Second World War and the many things he overcame throughout the time. I watched the movie in history class and when we finished the film I wanted more detail to the story so I found out there was a book and I can’t wait to read it.


I also would really like to read This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. I read that it was a top YA read of 2016 and the plot really appeals to me. Occasionally I like to read books with a darker theme and this book really piqued my interest.

Those are the books on the top of my TBR list and I can’t wait to read and finish them. I hope that I’ll be able to write about them later and tell all about them.



Ottawa Public Library’s Teen Bloggers in Residence are fantastic teen volunteer writers from across the city. They blog about their favourite teen reads and authors, and get writing assignments to cover special teen events happening at the library. Their residency rotates throughout the year. Call-outs for upcoming terms are made through the Teen Blog.  

Image: The Pianist

The Pianist

The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45
By Szpilman, Władysław
Image: This Is Where It Ends

This Is Where It Ends

By Nijkamp, Marieke