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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.

Teen Creative Writing Workshop with YA Author Amelinda Berube


Calling all Teens on Tuesday August 13th from 5pm until 6:30pm, YA author Amelinda Berube will be at Carlingwood Branch for some fun writing exercises to spark your creativity! Get inspiration, tips to hone your craft, some time to write and a chance to share your work. Register by clicking on this link.


Carlingwood’s Teen Advisory Group think Amelinda Berube's latest YA book Here There Are Monsters  is one that we should place in every Teens hand and say, “Read this!” 


Checkout their reviews: 


Submitted By Annika Junek (age 13)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of reading Amelinda Berube’s new book Here There Are Monsters, and needless to say, it’s the perfect summer read. A mix between Stranger Things and The Blair Witch Project, Here There Are Monsters is incredibly written and delightfully spooky, without being too gorey. Perfect for newcomers to the horror genre and old fans alike. The tale of Skye and her odd younger sister Deirdre is captivating and heart-wrenching as Skye tries to unearth what caused Deirdre to disappear into the woods next to their new house.This book will bring to the edge of your seat, with your heart pumping, unable to put it down. Woven with mystery and a delicate love story, Here There Are Monsters brings excitement and thrills to the general blandness of summer vacation. With a relatable and classic main character with a dark secret, this book is full of twists and turns, with an ending you’d never expect. Here There Are Monsters will leave you one of two ways; petrified of that forest near your house, or curious as to what lies within.



Submitted by Nate Berklas (age 14)

Amelinda Bérubé's novel Here There are Monsters is a great summer read. It tells the story of a sixteen-year old girl named Skye. She plays a Knight Protector role for her odd younger sister, Dierdre. She wants to leave this role behind after her family moves to a secluded new town. She wants to fit in with others her age. On the other hand, Dierdre starts to distance herself from Skye until one night she disappears. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Skye is saddled with the challenging quest to find her alone. This book is a must have to any summer reading list.  


Carlingwood’s Teen Advisory Group members enjoys writing reviews and giving us feedback on books,  trends and pop culture.