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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.

The Radium Girls


The Radium Girls

by Kate Moore


What is the value of a woman’s life? 

In 1925, many poor, uneducated women in Illinois worked in the dial painting factory, applying luminous paint to watches. Unbeknownst to them, the paint contained a radioactive material, radium, which would eventually kill them.

As they sickened and died, they sought medical help, and eventually, legal help.


The authorities, the medical community, their employers, and their communities were against them.  One attorney after another refused to represent them, until they eventually found two rare and principled men who agreed to take on their cases. Brave, determined and selfless, these women persevered in the face of the most tremendous obstacles, even while undergoing endless medical treatments.


Imagine having multiple cancers, suffering through repeated chemotherapy treatments and attempting to pursue your former employers in court at the same time.  It is beyond my understanding how they were able to persevere.

We often call women the weaker sex.  To those who say this, I invite them to read this book.  Moore depicts these women as heroines and this is a fair portrayal.  In their search for justice, their actions eventually brought about legal modifications that have protected workers to this day.


The author speaks plainly; it is painful to read and dreadful to imagine.  This is not just a chronicle of their ailments, however.  Moore brings these women to life, with details of their personal lives, their appearances, their habits and characters. The story is both horrifying and compelling in equal measure. I stand in awe of these women who, very simply, would not give up.


Radium Girls by sonja_library


Amazing story . Amazing strong women.
Very well written.
A most read.
Highly recommend this read.