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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 Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow --- Teen Book Review


Posted on behalf of Dalia.H., Carlingwood Teen Advisory Group member.

Erin Bow’s The Scorpion Rules is a new view on the dystopian genre. While the world the story is set in is dystopian the ideas surrounding it are about peace. Talis, an AI who runs the world demands hostages from those who wish to hold power. Talis does this in hopes of stopping wars and genocides so that they may live a world of peace.


Greta Gustafsen Stuart is one of the hostages. She has been since she was five and, she will be one until she is 18. Life as a hostage has always been peaceful, quiet, boring. 

The only time that changes is when a swan rider, one of Talis’ people is sent to kill a hostage. Hostages are only killed if their parents declare war, which is a very rare occurrence. And so life is peaceful. Life is peaceful until a new hostage appears. Which is a very very rare occurrence. Elián is not like the rest of the hostages he is disobedient, loud, and fun. He is rebellious and unique in a way that Greta has never seen. He is as intriguing as he is dangerous. Which is to say extremely.


Their lands are at war and one wrong move can send the children to their deaths. Greta has always been prepared to die, and is willing to go for her land. Elián has never been prepared to die, and he will not go down without a fight.


What happens in a world run by an AI? Will war be declared? Will peace be made?


Don't miss out! Erin Bow will be in Ottawa later this week for our 8th annual Teen Author Fest.

Image: The Scorpion Rules

The Scorpion Rules

By Bow, Erin
Image: The Scorpion Rules

The Scorpion Rules

By Bow, Erin