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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.

SCHEDULE – Tales and Tunes: Family Fun Day at the Library!


The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) invites you to “Tales & Tunes: Family Fun Day at the Library” on Saturday, July 7 from noon to 5 p.m. at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive (and Nepean Centrepointe branch of OPL) – inside and outside, rain or shine.  The location is easily accessible by public transit, and adjacent to Baseline OC Transpo station. Everyone is welcome to this FREE Family Fun Day! Don’t miss it!  Read all the details here.


Main Stage

Ongoing activities throughout the day...

No registration required: first come, first served



Main Stage

 noon to 12:30 pm

 Opening Ceremony (EN)

 12:30 to 12:40 pm

 Welcome from CEO / FOPLA (EN-FR)

 12:45 to 1:25 pm

 Hey Buster – Performance (♫)

 1:30 to 1:45 pm

 King Kimbit – Performance (♫)

 1:50 to 2:20 pm

 Magic show with Fredo (FR)

 2:20 to 2:35 pm

 Mehdi Cayenne  – Performance (♫)

 2:35 to 2:55 pm

 Aqua Nibi Waawaaskone – Performance (♫)

 3:05 to 3:50 pm

 Junkyard Symphony – Performance (♫)

 4 to 5 pm

 FRED PENNER – Featured musician (♫)


Ongoing activities throughout the day...




On the Grounds 

• Information Booth
• Potting Station
• Master Gardeners Table
• Stilt Walker
• Museum Games
• Face Painting
• Balloon Animals
• Mural Activity with CBC & House of Paint
• Mini Bookmobile
• Ottawa Public Health Display
• Curious George
• Merchandise Table

Imagine Space

• Green Screen Activities
•  MakerSpace Activities


• Crafts and Button Making

Studio Lobby

• Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

At the FOPLA Store

• Book Sale

At the Arbour

• Reading Nook
• Canadian Author Book Display


No registration required: first come, first served

Storytelling Tent

12:30 pm      - Once Upon a Time Tales (EN)
1 pm             - « Le Pére Garneau vous conte » (FR) 
1:30 pm        - A Stone Soup Tale by Just Kiddin' Theatre (EN)
2 pm             - Once Upon a Time Tales (EN)
2:30 pm        - « Le Pére Garneau vous conte » (FR) 


12:30 pm      - Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre (EN)
1:30 pm        - Stay & Play / Reste et joue (EN-FR) 
2 pm             - Family Storytime (EN)
2:30 pm        - Stay & Play / Reste et joue (EN-FR) 
3 pm             - Contes en famille (FR) 
3:30 pm        - Stay & Play / Reste et joue (EN-FR) 
4 pm             - Family Storytime / Contes en famille (EN-FR)


12:30 pm      - Drumming Workshop (EN)
1:30 pm        - Atelier de percussion (FR) 
2:30 pm        - Dance with Emilie Phaneuf and the BPM Dance Troupe (EN)
3 pm             - Discover the Ukulele / Découvre le ukulélé (EN-FR)

Rooms 1A and 1 B


12:30 pm      - Escape Room Challenges / Jeux d’évasion (EN-FR)
2:00 pm        - Virtual Reality Experiences (EN)
3:00 pm        - Escape Room Challenges / Jeux d’évasion (EN-FR)


12:30 pm      - Drawing Lessons with Brian McLachlan (EN)
1:30 pm        - Drawing Lessons with Brian McLachlan (EN)
2:30 pm        - Songwriting with Hey Buster (EN)
3:45 pm        - Hip Hop Workshop with King Kimbit (EN)

Subject to change. Some programs have limited spots.