Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021

15/10/2021

Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

 

Carp Branch

18/10/2021

Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 at 10 am. 

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers

12/10/2021

Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service

18/10/2021

The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Reopening October 22

21/10/2021

Alta Vista branch will return to regular service and hours on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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Short and Sweet – Your OPL Digital Book Club Titles for May

May 03, 2021

Every book club has that one member (maybe more!) who is super busy and can’t squeeze in the time to read the book or never finishes a book they don’t like or who are really just joining so that they can converse with people on a zoom call and drink their wine out of a real wine glass and not a “coffee” mug! I kid, but for whatever reason, sometimes it’s hard to finish a book (even a great book) on a deadline, and that makes it doubly hard to discuss it at book club.  Short stories to the rescue! 

The recent rise in popularity of short stories across the board means that OPL has some great selections in “Always Available” format for you and your entire book club to borrow and read at the same time.  And if one of your members doesn’t have the time to read an entire novel, at least they can talk about the one or two stories they did read.  This month in eAudio try the short story collection The Refrigerator Monologuesby Catherynne M. Valente.  Library Journal says these stories are “gripping, exciting, and (very, very) grim, and each is not merely a riff on famous comics figures but full of original, surprising, and humanizing color. If you liked or want to read Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots you’ll enjoy these short stories. 

For crime lovers, or those who like to travel through fiction, the Manhattan Noir collectionfeatures stories that will show you the darker, grittier side of Manhattan.

Fatou Diome is our French author for the month of May with the eBook De quoi aimer vivre. This collection of short stories offers us glimpses of the love lives of their characters. You will find yourself in France and Senegal, where the author was born.

In audiobook Michel Bussi presents thrillers set in Normandy, one of the author’s favourite settings. In these four short stories, read by multiple narrators, we are promised as much passion and intrigue as found in his novels. Listening to these short stories gives a human dimension – happy listening!

Suggestions and Resources for a successful online Book Club  

In order to have your Book Club take place online you can try creating Facebook groups, or using various social media channels to discuss books.  Or you could try meeting live via online video conferencing tools. The following tools are free: 

  • Google Hangouts provides free video/chat/voice conferencing and does not have a time limit 
  • Jitsi is a free open source video conferencing tool 
  • In French, there is a platform built by Les librairesthat allows book clubs to meet online! You can request to create your own club, or there are groups that are already running that you can join. All book clubs, including the current book club picks and comments, are visible to anyone accessing the site
  • Le Regroupement des éditeurs franco-canadiens is offering a monthly book club called D’un océan à l’autre – hereis more information (in French only), and the books available at OPL!

Finding eBooks and eAudiobooks for your Book Club 

Contact OPLs InfoService 613-580-2940 if you need help accessing these titles and resources 

Hosting and Discussions 

If you would like discussion questions for your book, here is a list of 40 Great Book Club Discussion Questions from Book Riot.  They work for any book. 

Here are some great tips about how to host an online book club from Bustle Magazine: 10 Tips For Hosting A Digital Book Club 

Enjoy your Book Club – online or off!