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    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. 

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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.

Theft by Finding


Theft by Finding

Diaries 1977 – 2002

By David Sedaris


In this collection of memories dating back to 1977, Sedaris regales his audience with humorous anecdotes and bizarre tales.  Endlessly obsessed with the strange, the awkward and the peculiar, the author demonstrates his fascination with the seamy side of American culture.  He walks us through the streets of Chicago during his years as an art student, when he was a hopeful author and aspiring playwright.  Along with his sister Amy, he meanders aimlessly through a life of addiction, drunkenness and dissolution, waiting for inspiration, but not necessarily salvation.


He seems to revel in the gritty underbelly of America, and records his observations much as an anthropologist would transcribe speech and behavior patterns in a newly discovered civilization. An outsider in his own land, Sedaris watches, records and recounts the peculiarities of a culture often emulated around the world, leaving us to wonder why this is so.   His stories seem to record the weakest and oddest members of the group; presumably because they offer the most fodder for his pen.


The early tales are hilarious.  However, as he gains critical and monetary success, the stories become more factual and less entertaining. Oddly, there seem to be more laughs during his years of misery than his years of success. This memoir is reminiscent of Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell with one difference; Sedaris is quite a bit funnier.


Note on the audio recording (performed by Sedaris): his sense of comic timing is unbeatable.  The author’s rendition is nuanced, well paced and impeccably acted, as are all of his recordings.

Theft by Finding by sonja_library