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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups

    15/05/2020

    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. 

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    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.

The Perfect Summer Reads

10/05/2017

Although it definitely doesn’t seem like it, summer is fast approaching and I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait for warm weather and to spend all day (and night) lounging around reading books. I have books that I love to read before and during summer, since they put me in that sun loving mood.

 

The first book I think of when I think summer is one of my favourite books ever, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. This book takes place over the summer and has many classic summer events that take place in the book, including road trips, camping and of course, summer love. A&R’s Epic Detour is a perfect fun read for a long car ride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Open Road Summer by Emery Lord is another summer book that I can’t ever get enough of. It even has summer in the title! It’s based upon Reagan, who spends her summer on tour with her best friend Lilah Montgomery (coughtaylorswiftcough) and the opening act, Matt Finch (coughnickjonascough) behind the scenes and gets into some adventures herself. Another contemporary book filled with fireworks (literal and figurative) Open Road Summer is another perfect summer read.

 

 

 

 

 

 I recently read Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (in the dead of winter) and thought it would be perfect to read during summer travels and not when I’m freezing in the Canadian winter. Love and Gelato is about Lina, who moves to Italy after her mother’s death. She has a mission to find out who her father is and at the same time discovers the love, heartbreak and betrayal in Italy during the hot summer months.

 

 

 

 

 

  Two Summers by Aimee Friedman is another book ideal for summer. Two Summers tells two different stories in one book, the chapters alternating with each story line that start and end the same. Besides the cool concept and different way of storytelling, Two Summers tells a realistic, relatable story AND a somewhat unrealistic but secretly all of our fantasies story in one read. Talk about efficiency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t wait until summer to read these books (again) and discover some more awesome summer reads, because summer is meant for reading.

 

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: Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato

By Welch, Jenna Evans
Image: Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato

By Welch, Jenna Evans
Image: Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato

By Welch, Jenna Evans
Image: Two Summers

Two Summers

By Friedman, Aimee
Image: Two Summers

Two Summers

By Friedman, Aimee
Image: Two Summers

Two Summers

By Friedman, Aimee