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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.

Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here


Ever wondered what it would be like to be the “Chosen One” in some of the books you read? What it’s like to be the one who saves the world? Or what happens to the kids who aren’t defeating the (insert mystical creature here) invasion and blowing up the school? The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness is all about what it’s like to be the average kids in stories about the extraordinary. As it turns out, their stories are just as interesting as the Katniss Everdeens and Harry Potters of the world.

Patrick Ness’s newest book pokes fun at the classic teenage hero story, and tells the narrative through a perspective we rarely get to see. What happens to the kids who aren't ditching school to save the town? This book follows the struggles and triumphs of Mikey Mitchell and how his friends and family handle growing up and graduating high school, while the “indie” kids of their class try to stop the end of the world… again.


Sometimes the battles we fight in our own personal lives are equally as important, transformative, and difficult as the battles being fought in the world around us. Or the battles being fought against aliens, vampires, and soul sucking ghosts for that matter.


The Rest of Us Just Live Here teaches us that we can still be heros in our own regards, even if we aren’t in love with vampires or fighting fallen angels. I loved this book for its wonderfully average and (actually) relatable characters, realistic love interests, and comic relief. I think you will too!


Check out some of Patrick Ness's other books this summer too! A Monster Calls is a short read that will probably make you cry, and stick with you for years to come. Like The Matrix? Try More Than This for a good old sci fi story with lots of twists and turns.


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.