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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    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. 


    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.

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes --- Teen Book Review


Posted on behalf of NC TAG Member Catherine L. 

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes


Dinah is the princess who will one day rule Wonderland. However, she remains in blissful ignorance of the dark depths of her kingdom and fills her days with teas and tarts. While everything about her screams prim, proper and privileged - that’s a long way from the truth. Underneath it all is just a naïve girl longing for her father, the King of Hearts’ approval and her best friend, the future Knave of Hearts’ love. However, with the arrival of a stranger to the palace, a betrayal that breaks her heart and a series of inexplicable and bloody events, every truth Dinah knows is crumbling. As her coronation is rapidly approaching, the princess is thrown right into the heart of Wonderland’s dangerous political games. The stakes are high and the clock is ticking. Will Dinah play her cards right and stay ahead of her ruthless enemies, or, will she lose her head and throne?


Queen of Hearts by Collen Oakes is the first novel in the Queen of Hearts Saga Trilogy. Queen of Hearts is a story of the beauteous and cruel Queen of Hearts from Carroll’s beloved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The novel itself did not focus on how the Queen of Hearts came to be (as most would imagine) but rather on the choices this young princess made and their consequences. While the main character does base her decisions on her emotions, which can be frustrating at times, it’s this very trait that makes her dynamic and captivating to the reader. Furthermore, there were also newly enjoyable roles for both the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. Overall, this novel was a dark, intriguing and violent new twist to the story of a timeless villain. If you want more, check out the second title, Blood of Wonderland. In November 2017 look out for the final novel in the saga trilogy, War of the Cards


I give Queen of Hearts a 3.25 out of 5 stars and would recommend this novel to readers willing to fall back down the rabbit hole. This novel is recommended for readers ages 13 and up. 


Picture By: The Bookaholic Blurbs, May 2016

Image: Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

By Oakes, Colleen
Image: Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

By Oakes, Colleen