UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22


Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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Stages and Pages: Ordinary Days


Ordinary Days portrays four New Yorkers whose lives intersect by chance:  Claire and Jason, a young couple uncertain about taking their relationship to the next level; Deb, a grad student; and Warren, a struggling but obstinately optimistic artist.   When Deb loses her most precious possession, the notes for her thesis, a chain of events begins that touches all of their lives.  As we follow the four of them in their daily lives, we see that the most ordinary days sometimes hold extraordinary meaning.   Told entirely in song, this story shows the power of human connections in even the biggest and most impersonal of cities. 


See Ordinary Days at the GCTC from October 31 to November 19, 2017.


Check out the books and movies below to explore the themes and setting of Ordinary Days.


GCTC 2017-2018: Ordinary Daysby RH_library

As part of the Ottawa Public Library's “Stages and Pages” partnership with the Great Canadian Theatre Company, we have compiled this list to accompany the production of Ordinary Days, which opens at the GCTC on October 31, 2017.

  • Image: Missing Reels

    Missing Reels

    A Novel
    By Nehme, Farran Smith
    Ceinwen Reilly, newly arrived in New York City, finds friendship, romance, and maybe even true love as she embarks on a quest to uncover a long-lost silent film. Quirky characters and fast-paced dialogue make this a screwball comedy worthy of the films it pays homage to.
  • Image: Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk
    On New Year’s Eve, 1984, 85-year-old Lillian walks through Manhattan, encountering a diverse range of New Yorkers, all the while reminiscing about her long life in the city. Also available in large print, e-book, audiobook CD and downloadable audiobook format.
  • Image: The New Yorkers

    The New Yorkers

    By Schine, Cathleen
    Best way to meet your neighbours? Walk the dog. Egged on by their pets, the inhabitants of one city block in Manhattan learn to reach out, make friends, and even fall in love. Published in French as Rencontres a Manhattan
  • Image: One Fifth Avenue

    One Fifth Avenue

    By Bushnell, Candace
    A sharp social satire revolving around myriad characters who are connected by their desire to live in the beyond-fashionable address of One Fifth Avenue. All’s fair in real estate! Also available in Large Print and audiobook cd format. Published in French as Cinquieme Avenue
  • Image: Katie up and Down the Hall

    Katie up and Down the Hall

    The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors Into A Family
    By Plaskin, Glenn
    Journalist Plaskin tells the story of his cocker spaniel Katie, who spurred him to get to know the other residents of his Manhattan apartment building. Katie’s charm eventually turned a building of strangers into an urban family. Also available in large print format
  • Image: New York City
    Like Jason and Claire, fall in love with New York (and each other?) by exploring this list of Top Ten New York City experiences.
  • Image: New York Diaries, 1609 to 2009
    A year’s worth of diary entries selected from 4 centuries of writing by famous and unknown diarists creates a fascinating mosaic of life in New York throughout the city’s history.
  • Image: Apple of My Eye
    The inimitable Helene Hanff’s celebration of her life-long love for New York City.
  • Image: Rent


    Filmed Live on Broadway