Regular hours resume on September 7 2021

03/09/2021

Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch

17/09/2021

The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service

15/09/2021

The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

Holiday Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

20/09/2021

All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 30. Access our online services 24/7 on the Ottawa Public Library website.

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A third season of Croisée des mots

Photographies des 4 autrices, Chloé Laduchesse, Elsie Surena, Tassia Trifiatis, et Mrie-Thé Morin

Sep 03, 2021

A brand new season of Croisée des mots is in preparation. Like the previous ones, it will be filled with beautiful discoveries and captivating literary discussions. La Croisée des mots is the perfect opportunity to discover recent works of Franco-Ontarian authors and to add new titles to your reading list! 

This year, the Library is joining forces with the Association des auteures et auteurs de l'Ontario français (AAOF) and three other public libraries: Hearst, Sudbury, and Toronto, to launch a Croisée des mots rich in diversity and to reach a greater number of Francophone and Francophile readers. 

From September 2021 to April 2022, eight authors will appear at Croisée des mots and will have the honour of reading excerpts from their works, talking about them, and answering your questions. 

Join us, September 15 at 7:00 pm, and meet the first guest author, Marie-Thé Morin. She will talk about her novel Errances in the company of Hugues Beaudoin-Dumouchel, live on Zoom or by following us on Facebook. 

Discover the authors who are waiting for you in the fall, and mark the dates in your agenda: 

  • September 15, Marie-Thé Morin: Co-founder of Vox Théâtre, Marie-Thé Morin is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, translator, storyteller and lyricist from Ottawa. With Prise de parole, she has published the novel Gustave and the children's plays Oz (in collaboration with Pier Rodier), Ti-Jean de partout and Cyrano Tag. Her television series Eaux turbulentes (Radio-Canada, 2019-2020) was a finalist for the prestigious International Format Award, in the "Best Scripted Format" category.  

  • October 13, Elsie Suréna: Elsie Suréna writes mostly poetry, stories and short stories in French and Haitian Creole, while also dabbling in photography and literary translation into her native language. A recognized haikist, she has received two Honorable Mentions in the Mainichi Daily News International Haiku Contest (Japan, 2009, 2014). Her texts can be found in various magazines and anthologies, including online, and many have been written or translated into English, Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese. She is also featured in the Anthology of Contemporary Haitian Poetry (Points Poésie, 2015) and a dossier is dedicated to her on the website Ile-en-ile, a reference on French-speaking writers outside of France. Her most recent collection of poems, Amours jaunies, will be released soon. Elsie Suréna is a member of the Association des auteures et auteurs de l'Ontario français (AAOF) and the Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l'Ontario (BRAVO). She lives in Canada (Ontario) where she settled in 2010.

  • November 17, Tassia Trifiatis: Born in Montreal in 1980 to a Quebec mother and a Greek father, Tassia Trifiatis-Tezgel has a Master's degree in comparative literature. After several years in Istanbul, she moved to Ontario, where she works for Radio-Canada. Her first novel published by Leméac, Judas, was published in 2007, followed by Mère-Grand in 2010, for which she was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. She also published a travelogue illustrated by Caroline Lavergne, Les platanes d'Istanbul, published by Éditions du passage in 2018, which won the Alcuin Society Award. Her latest novel, Créatures primordiales was published on March 17, 2021. She lives in Toronto with her husband, their son and extended family.

  • December 1, Chloé LaDuchesse: The fifth Poet Laureate of the City of Greater Sudbury, Chloé LaDuchesse is the author of Furies, a first poetry anthology published in 2017 by Mémoire d'encrier. She has written for several cultural and student magazines, as well as two collective collections of short stories. She is also the author of several zines and, since 2017, organizes the annual zine fair Expozine Sudbury. She has just published a brand new anthology, Exosquelette, with Mémoire d'encrier.

     

In addition to attending the meetings, you have access to the various books by each of the Croisée des mots authors in our collection. It promises to be an exciting season; register now for this fall's Croisée des mots sessions, so you don't miss a thing. We look forward to seeing you there!