Storytelling in Canada through Canadian authors: August Edition


Wow, we are now fully into the last month of summer…but we still have lots of programs and events this month to celebrate Storytelling in Canada through Canadian authors!

At the end of the month, we are excited to be participating in Capital Pride! Capital Pride Week starts on Monday August 21st with a flag raising ceremony and City Hall and ends on Sunday August 28th with the Pride Parade and Community Fair. We will be present at these events, as well as many others during the week. To promote and encourage storytelling, we are compiling a broad selection of book and other library resource lists featuring characters representing the various identities under the umbrella, as well as our favourite LGBTQIA2+ authors. Stay tuned for more information on OPL at Capital Pride in the coming weeks.

Of course, it wouldn’t be summer at the Ottawa Public Library without the TD Summer Reading Club – a nation-wide celebration of reading! Children can still register for the TD Summer Reading Club in person at any OPL branch!  With three more weeks left, there is still lots of summer reading fun to be had! We also offer program materials in alternative formats, such as audio or Braille, for children with print disabilities.

Two more weeks left for Battle of the Books, our teen summer reading program. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, this summer’s battle has 8 Canadian Young Adult books battling it out for top spot. The summer’s winning book will be crowned on Monday, August 21st! Click here to learn more and browse the books. And, don’t forget to check out the French Young Adult titles that are in competition this summer in Combat des livres. Truly ambitious young readers may want to participate in both the French and English competitions!

Wherever the last of your summer adventures take you — even if it’s only as far as a hammock in your backyard — don’t forget to bring some of your favourite Canadian illustrators and authors with you! Need ideas? We have great book recommendations for you!

As part of our exploration of storytelling by Canadian illustrators and authors this summer, we are looking for book suggestions from you – the curious, creative, ever-learning OPL customer and reader! We’re calling it OPL Reads 150 and you can share your suggestions in any OPL branch or online. We’ll be gathering all of the suggestions and will share them with everyone before the end of the year.  Not a bad way to end 2017 and start a new year!