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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 Power of Words: "The Book Thief" Review

12/11/2015

My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel — it is, before all, to make you see. That — and no more, and it is everything.”

 

-Joseph Conrad

 

It is a tool that we use in our everyday lives; a basic building block to the fundamentals of the existence of humanity. Whether we like it or not, words have and continue to influence our society’s flaws and perfections. The Book Thief, I believe, gives a great insight to this detail.

 

The novel takes place through Death’s eyes in a Nazi-infested Germany. The unique narration by Death himself - who strongly opposes all stereotypical qualities of a Grim Reaper-like character - takes readers through Liesel Meminger’s four most important years of her life. We first meet Liesel as a timid young girl grieving the loss of her blood-related family. In a split second, Liesel is cast into a new world with new parents, new friends, new surroundings, and many new lessons that come her way. With the help of the people around her, she finds comfort through words and eventually learns about the power that comes with them.

 

It’s often very difficult to incorporate political and mature subjects into a YA book. Zusak, however, effectively mixes topics relating to extreme racism and fascism with topics many people could relate to with their own childhoods, such as senseless adventures around the neighbourhood, discovering the morals in growing up, and a LOT of foolish, naive love. I’ll also admit that more than once, I found myself in a heap of tears from how the author managed to string up such poetic sentences. The phrases that he wrote seemed to emerge from delicate strokes of a paintbrush, turning even the most devastating events of the book into million dollar art displays.

 

Whether you’re looking for a book to devour and analyze, or just looking for a time-passing read with gripping dark humour, The Book Thief is guaranteed to make the cold weather a little more heartwarming.

 

*On a side note, you might’ve noticed that I’d included a quote up at the top. From now on, I’ll be putting a short quote at the start of each blog post that fits with the general idea of each entry. They’re not there for any particular reason, but kind of just because I just really like quotes.

 

‘Till next week, then!

 

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 in May/June, September/October and January/February.

 

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The Book Thief

By Zusak, Markus
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The Book Thief

By Zusak, Markus
Image: The Book Thief

The Book Thief

By Zusak, Markus

The Book Thief

By Zusak, Markus

The Book Thief

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
By Williams, John
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The Book Thief

By Zusak, Markus
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The Book Thief

By Zusak, Markus

The Book Thief

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