Current In-Person Services

18/11/2020

OPEN BRANCHES: 22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are currently open for modified services at this time.

Additional branches will reopen for contactless returns and holds pickup in the fall and early winter. Details: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/blogs/updates-new-branch-reopening-dates

HOURS AND LOCATIONS: for current branch hours.

BOOKMOBILE: for the current Bookmobile stops schedule.

MANDATORY: Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per theTemporary Mandatory Mask By-law. Customers who are not wearing masks will not be allowed inside branches. Exceptions apply for people with medical exemptions.

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Storytimes go home for families!

28/10/2020

Dear parents and guardians, 

We miss you dearly in the branches. While we’ve seen many of you online at our weekly virtual storytimes, our programming rooms miss you and your little ones. However, don’t fret! We are still thinking about you and we decided to offer you a gift! While waiting for the return of in-branch programming, you will now be able to bring home our songs, rhymes and activities to create your very own analog Storytime! 

Next time you go in your favourite branch, keep your eyes peeled for the new thematic bundles of 5 books, tied together by string. This exciting 'Take home Storytime' initiative’s goal is to offer ideas and resources for you to recreate a Storytime session in your own living room, by yourself and to empower families to read, sing, play, talk, and write together without waiting for the next video or Zoom session. All these activities help your pre-literate child get ready for reading – learn more about the pre-literacy activities here

In addition to the books, the kits will also include a double-sided sheet promoting two bilingual activities to improve early literacy skills and/or numeracy skills (such as linking a letter to an image, finding and linking words that rhyme, counting an element in an image, etc.). These activity sheets will be yours to keep if you borrow a Take Home Storytime bundle. 

Finally, the 'Take home Storytime' will also include a double-sided page focusing on early literacy skills that will offer ideas of songs, rhymes, fingerplay, story stretchers, songs and options for activities (craft, active games, outdoor exploration, etc.) to do at home.  

If you have any questions about the kits, please do not hesitate to ask us during your next visit. We hope to hear all about your personalized Family Storytimes at home, organized by the best teacher a child can have... you!  

We hope to see you soon! Until then, have fun singing!