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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.

Silly, Not-so-Spooky Halloween Books for Younger Readers


Happy Halloween! It’s the best time of the year! Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, no one can resist dressing up and eating candy. Find a storytime at your local branch, dress up and come listen to some great Halloween tales. For a list of our Halloween programs, click here.

Looking for fun reads before trick-or-treating? See below for this year's list of silly, not-so-spooky Halloween books for younger readers. 

Une brave petite sorcière

Two girls from different parts of the city venture out on Halloween night. One is dressed-up as a witch and one is a real witch! They meet each other after the witch has a terrible fall from her broom and find out they are more alike than they thought. A cute take on the comic format with the characters speaking through bubbles. The witch’s fun and expressive cat can be found on each page. Fall and Halloween details throughout. 

Drôle d’Halloween

It’s Halloween for Toupie and Binou! These two characters are so lovable and expressive. They dress up and practice trick-or-treating for each other. This simple story for toddlers will get everyone excited for that night!

The Twelve Haunted Rooms of Halloween

A sweet bear in a purple hoodie wanders around a haunted house meeting silly kooky monsters in this not-too-scary picture book full of hidden objects for little ones to find. Kids will love to sing along to this Halloween version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”.

What am I Halloween?

Looking for a great read-a-loud guessing book? The What am I series uses large pictures and simple riddles is ideal for preschool-grade 2. Iconic symbols of the holidays, and in this case even some more unusual ones such as spiders and skeletons, are partially hidden behind flaps. Kids get so excited to see their guess revealed!

A Halloween Scare in Ottawa

Kids and adults alike will recognize Ottawa buildings and neighbourhoods in the local Halloween tale. The town turns into a haven for monsters on all hallows’ eve. A perfect book to read before heading out to trick-or-treat!

Shivery Shades of Halloween

Books about colours are always a hit and this one is Halloween-themed! Orange and black are just the beginning in this vibrant, colourful, wordy, rhyming book that wraps up on the last page with a rainbow-themed magical spell where each colour from the book is represented. The characters –vampires, cats, bats and ghosts – are silly rather than spooky.

Little Blue Truck’s Halloween

The Little Blue Truck is back and lift-the-flap! Vintage, blue with giant eyes, this well-known truck travels throughout town picking up his costumed animal friends. Little ones can guess who is dressed up as what by lifting up the flaps. Through pumpkins, apple-bobbing, sweets and treats, this rhyming book is fun for all! 

Image: Drôle d'Halloween

Drôle d'Halloween

By Jolin, Dominique
Image: What Am I?

What Am I?

By Lewis, Anne Margaret
Image: Shivery Shades of Halloween

Shivery Shades of Halloween

A Spooky Book of Colors
By Siddals, Mary McKenna
Image: Little Blue Truck's Halloween

Little Blue Truck's Halloween

A Lift-the-flap Book!
By Schertle, Alice