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  • 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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RBC Taylor Prize Short List 2020 - the Final Run


Bush Runner by Mark Bourrie, a local writer and historian, is now a contender in the last RBC Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction!  He's written a fascinating account of Radisson, an early explorer with many lives.  Had It Coming by Robyn Doolittle, an investigation into unsolved sexual assaults across all Canadian police jurisdictions, garners more acclaim as a nominee for the final time this literary prize will be available.  Intended to encourage narrative non-fiction writing, the originator of the RBC Taylor prize has decided that fight has been won after 20 years of prize-giving.  Highway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmid also makes the cut on the last shortlist - a searing and compassionate look at the many lost Indigenous girls and women along this heartbreaking road in BC. The Reality Bubble by Ziya Tong, examines our most common blind spots.  And finally, The Mosquito, a book about the deadliest predator to humans written by Timothy C. Wineguard caps the list.

Read strong, real life stories grouped together as the  RBC Taylor short list, and check out past winners and nominees, too.

Guaranteed to keep you reading and learning.

Look for the winner on March 2!


Image: Bush Runner

Bush Runner

The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson
By Bourrie, Mark
Image: Had It Coming

Had It Coming

What's Fair in the Age of #MeToo
By Doolittle, Robyn
Image: Highway of Tears

Highway of Tears

A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
By McDiarmid, Jessica
Image: The Mosquito

The Mosquito

A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator
By Winegard, Timothy C.