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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.

What happens in the kitchen- stays in the kitchen


Alone in the Kitchen with An Eggplant


Tidying up in the 641, cookery, section I found the title Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant. Curiosity impelled me to pull the book out for a better look and I was hooked. Subtitled Confessions of cooking for one and dining alone, this is a collection of essays by people you may know and people you have never heard of. 

Anne Patchett, one of my favorite authors, is a contributor. How do you feel about eating alone? When you cook for yourself do you eat out of the pot or prepare the lovely meal you deserve with candles and wine? This book will make you feel normal, no matter your style.



One thing leads to another – have a look at other titles for recipes, ideas and a few smiles of recognition.


 I've eaten from the pot and I've prepared a feast while sitting at an otherwise empty table. Botany makes excellent company. 

I just find the conversation one sided.