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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups

    15/05/2020

    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. 

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    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. 

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    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

Teen Graphic Novels - Honey So Sweet by Amu Meguro

05/05/2016

             In my lifetime I have only read a handful of comic books/graphic novels. To get in the spirit of Ottawa’s upcoming 2016 ComicCon, I thought I would try a teen manga graphic novel. I started by exploring our new titles on our Bibliocommons website and chose the English Teen Graphic Novels list where I quickly became intrigued by Amu Meguro’s new manga series Honey So Sweet’s Vol. 1 book cover.

            The first thing I had to do when reading Meguro’s Honey So Sweet Vol. 1 was get used to reading the book from right to left. This wasn’t my first book that reads from right to left but it took about five pages before I got into the swing of it again. This romantic, coming-of-age, self-discovery manga series focuses on two main characters; 15 year old Japanese high school outcasts Nao Kogure (female) and Taiga Onise (male). Basically Nao wants nothing to do with the intimidating Taiga; however he presents her with a large bouquet of flowers and asks her to date him – with marriage in mind! Instead of declining Taiga’s forward romantic request, Nao simply accepts in hopes of not agitating Taiga who is seen by the entire high school as an aggressive delinquent. Right away Meguro’s chemistry between Nao and Taiga had me thinking of similarities between Stephenie Meyer’s intense emotional connection between Edward Cullen and Bella Swan in her Twilight series. I liked how Meguro’s writing and plot illustrated both male and female feelings of intimidation and love. This can then draw both male and female teen readership.

The three large drawbacks I found with Amu Meguro’s Honey So Sweet vol. 1 are:

  1. Some choppy writing due to translation from Japanese to English.
  2. Book cover Illustrations don’t tie in directly with the storyline of series (Bunny mask on Taiga and red string tied to fingers). This could be off putting for some teens as they may see it as childish.
  3. Book title also does not tie in directly to storyline of series.  

            Despite these few drawbacks I wasn’t able to put Vol. 1 down until I completely finished reading it! Meguro’s Vol. 1 ended on a great cliff-hanger; needless to say I had to read the second volume ASAP. Unfortunately we will have to wait a little while for the next few volumes: Vol. 3 will be published in July 2016, Vol. 4 in October 2016, and Vol. 5 in January 2017. I will be pre-ordering these titles. I can’t wait! With all this being said, I really enjoyed this new Honey So Sweet series. I would rate Amu Meguro’s Vol. 1 book 3 stars out of 5 stars. For Vol. 2, I would rate the book 3.25 stars out of 5 stars as it was a little more relatable for North American teens (fist bumps included)!

Teen English Graphic Novels by Megan_Library

Teen English Graphic Novels and Comic Books - Series and Stand Alone Titles