• 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. 
    • HOLDS PICKUP: As of July 27, appointments are no longer needed to pick up holds, except at Rosemount (temporary location). You can pick up your available holds during opening hours at branches offering contactless service.    
    • Rosemount (temporary location) will offer curbside service starting Monday, July 27. Holds pickups are by appointment only at this location. 
    • UPDATE: Starting Monday, August 17, additional in-person services will be offered at select branches and new branch locations will reopen. Find out more.

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Promises from Premises



          What makes anyone pick up a book and then decide to read that book? For some people it has a lot to do with covers. I know I’ve been inclined to read books based solely on the cover without ever having read the plot summary. It’s not a very safe method because often the cover doesn’t say much about the content. Some great books have unappealing covers and vice versa.

        This is why I like to read the synopsis of a book to determine the premise of the story. The premise is kind of the basic idea of the story. Twilight’s premise would be a girl falls in love with a vampire. People know what interests them. We’ve all seen enough movies and read enough books to determine which plots and genres we like and which we don’t. To find what could appeal to someone, often one often one need to look no further than the premise. 


The Hunger Games     

        After you’ve read the book, sometimes it lives up to the promise of its premise. The Hunger Games is one of my favourite examples of that. Its premise is that of a girl having to fight other kids to the death in order to survive. This idea is exciting and invokes curiosity. I expect action, danger, and some kind of inner struggle with having to hurt others to win. That’s exactly what The Hunger Games is about and more.

    There are other books that may leave you disappointed. Flash Point by Nancy Kress was one of those for me. The premise is really complex and sounds great: A girl, Amy, is on a reality TV show about situations that get increasingly more dangerous as the ratings drop. When I read it though, it didn’t live up to my expectations and so I didn’t enjoy it very much.

    Ultimately, although a good premise doesn’t always mean a good book, they are useful in figuring out what to read next.


    What premises always pull you in?