UPDATE: Curbside services during the stay-at-home order– effective Apr. 8


Starting Thursday, April 8:

  • All our open branches will offer curbside returns and holds pick up.
  • Customers will no longer be permitted to enter the buildings.
  • The Bookmobile and Homebound Services will continue.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Borrowed items can only be returned when branches are open.
  • Mask wearing outside in line remains mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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Planning and Enjoying Your Garden

Vegetables, plant pots, seeds

Spring is here and as we continue to spend more time at home, we are valuing our gardens!

Perhaps your goal for your garden this year is to create your own green space where you can relax and enjoy the outdoors? Or are you wanting to ensure an at-home source of fresh food all summer and into the fall? Or are you looking for outdoor gardening activities to share with your children?  There is nothing more rewarding than being able to step outside your door to pick a handful of fresh herbs or a tomato to use in your dinner.  Even if you don’t have a yard, you can successfully grow plans in containers on a balcony or even a windowsill.  

Ottawa Public Library is partnering with the Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton to offer a series of online gardening programs throughout the spring – summer and into the fall for anyone interested in gardening and on a wide variety of topics.   The series runs on select Wednesdays, starting in late March with sessions about starting from seed.   A number of programs are offered in English and in French, so choose your language preference and take advantage of the knowledge and the enthusiasm of the local master gardeners.  Join us over your lunch hour!  

All of these events are free.  Registration is required.  Close to the date of the program, you will receive a Zoom link, and also details of how to attend by phone for those who prefer.  

Watch for more programs added as the growing season progresses!

Explore the booklists below and borrow books on gardening in the OPL collection!

All From a Little Seed (How to start seeds) with Rebecca Last, Wednesday, March 24, 12 pm

D'une toute petite graine (Comment effectuer vos semis) with Odette McIntyre, in French, Wednesday, March 31, 12 pm

Gardening Basics with Claire McCaughey, Wednesday, April 14, 12 pm

Les bases de jardinage with Claire McCaughey, in French, Wednesday, April 21, 12 pm

Organic Gardening 101 with Rebecca Last, Wednesday, May 5, 12 pm

Jardinage biologique 101 avec Odette McIntyre, in French, Wednesday, May 12, 12 pm

Vegetable Gardening with Judith Cox, Wednesday, May 19, 12 pm

Gardening with Children with Judith Cox, Wednesday, May 26, 12 pm

Going Grassless: Meadowscaping Your Yard with Julianne Labreche, Wednesday, June 2, 12 pm

Container Gardening - Dramatic, Changeable and Forever Moveable with Catherine Disley and Rob Stuart, Wednesday, June 9, 12 pm

Jardinage en contenants with Claire McCaughey, in French, Wednesday, June 16, 12 pm

Gardeningby Jill_Biblio

Jardinageby Jill_Biblio