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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. 

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    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

REVIEW: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and a Farewell from Laura

04/02/2016

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”

Cormac McCarthy

 

I am sad to say that my term as the Teen Blogger in Residence has come to an end. It’s been incredible to be able to take part in such an incredible experience; I urge anyone with a passion for reading and an even bigger love for sharing their world of literature with others.

My final book review will be on one of my all-time favourites: The Girl on the Train. Classified as a psychological thriller, this novel focuses on the point of views of three women who have more connections than they believe.

Rachel - the protagonist of the story - is an alcoholic still mourning over the harsh end of her glorified marriage with her ex, Tom. Every day, she rides the same train that passes a house with a seemingly perfect couple on perfect display for her to watch. She does not know them, but feels a strange relation with them. She names them Jess and Jason and creates vivid imaginary descriptions of their lives, using it as a healing factor for her own divorce. However, after one of her routine train rides past the couple’s home one day, Rachel sees something that permanently ruins her image of the two. The following day, “Jess” makes headlines after “mysteriously disappearing” overnight, and somehow, Rachel knows that she is involved.

The characters were unmistakably some of the most irritating ones that I’ve ever read about. Rachel can be simply described as a mental mess; I often had to restrain myself from throwing the book across the room out of anger due to her plain idiocy. She was unpleasant and an unreliable source of information 80% of the time, and yet, I was still rooting for her at the end of the day. Though you may not enjoy these characters, you still manage to put up with them because you understand why they may act a certain way. I believe that was the main key to why this book became such a great psychological thriller - in some ways, you had to analyze every detail as if you were a psychologist trying to untangle the problems running through your patients’ minds.

Even though this book isn’t shelved in the Teen section, its plot and hooks are still immensely entertaining and should definitely be given a shot. On that note, I would like to say a final goodbye to all my readers. I would also like to thank everyone that has helped me throughout the way for making all this possible in the first place.

Now do me a favour and grab a book, will ya?

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.