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    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until further notice. 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.

Storytime Magic in Your Own Home!

This image shows a woman reading a book to a toddler.

Storytimes, consisting of rhymes, songs and stories, are one of the most popular programs in the library. Consider using the resources below to create some storytime magic in your own home. 


Here's a list of 5 storytime resources you need to check out: 


  1. Jbrary: Librarians Lindsey and Dana have created an evolving list of online storytime resources for families, preschools, and day cares. It includes videos, websites, and podcasts 
  2. TumbleBook Library is a collection of online books created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books.  The books can be read by parents to their children or read by a child.  Games, quizzes and other activities are included to help develop reading skills.  TumbleBookLibrary can be used in English, French and Spanish. . You'll need to log into your Ottawa Public Library account to access this resource.
  3. Visit the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online award-winning children’s literacy website. The Youtube channel features celebrated actors such as Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Wanda Sykes, Justin Theroux and Betty White reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. 
  4. Please check this Let’s Keep Reading Google doc for an evolving list of authors and illustrators that are holding livestream events and webcasts over the course of the next month.
  5. If you’re looking for some movement, mindfulness and relaxation with a story for your kids, check out Cosmic Kids Yoga on Youtube.  


To find more of your favorite authors use #OperationStoryTime on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. Follow #kidlitquarantine for more great ideas. 


Have you seen any other online storytimes? Please tell us in the comments.


Ottawa Public Health has recommended that all residents of Ottawa practice social distancing. Ottawa Public Library will be posting daily ideas of online content to help you make the most of your time at home. 

Blog post contributed by Jess from OPL's Program Development department.


I watched Betty White read Harry the Dirty Dog and found it very engaging. Obviously, her reading of the text was rich and the animated illustrations were true to the original drawings in the book itself. All in all it was entertaining and I second this recommendation.