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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.

WINNER – Battle of the Books 2017


We had quite a summer with the 2017 Battle of the Books, after weeks of competition, including a few nail biters!

With voting closing officially at 12:00 a.m. on August 21st, we are happy to announce that the winner of this year’s Battle of the Books is:


 Exit, Pursued by A Bear   by E.K. Johnston

















If you really enjoyed reading this book, you may also want to give these readalike books featuring reimagined classics!


 As I Descended by Robin Talley












  Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge













  The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters












 The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson












  Srsly Hamlet by Courtney Carbone









Do you have another readalike suggestion for Exit, Pursued by A Bear? In the comment section below, tell us in a few sentences, which book it is and why you would recommend it. Once you comment on the blog post (English or French) your username will be entered in a draw for the weekly $25 Chapters gift card prize. One entry per username. Enter your comments by midnight Sunday, August 27th. The winner will be contacted on Monday, August 28th. Good luck!


Double your chance to win prizes! Tell us your readalike suggestion for the runner up.


Thank you to everyone who participated in our Battle of the Books! Our next big event for teens will be Teen Author Fest, which will be taking place on Saturday, October 21st at the Main branch, featuring these authors from Battle of the Books; Erin Bow, Don Calame, Alan Cumyn, Shalta Dicaire & Sarah Sahagian, and many more authors.

Stay tuned for details to come!





My recommendation for readers who enjoyed "Exit, Pursued by A Bear" is "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is told in the form of a diary written by Melinda, the protagonist, over the course of her freshman year of high school. She has virtually stopped speaking to other people and struggles to adjust to the environment. It is only about halfway through the novel that the reader discovers that the reason for this is that [SPOILER ALERT] Melinda was raped at a party at the end of the summer. "Speak" is told in a darker tone and is intended for more mature readers than "Exit"; however both novels follow young women who are able to overcome their assault by relying on others and their own inner strength, which is a valuable message for teenagers.

The Perks Of Being A Wall Flower this is about 15-year-old Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love, the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. This book, not unlike Exit Pursued By A Bear, has themes regarding sexual assault. [TRIGGER\SPOILER WARNING] Aunt Helen, a troubled young woman who was abused by many men, loved Charlie but molested him when he was younger. In the book, it is said that he was molested by her every weekend. Like Hermione, Charlie has been through many struggles. But as to whether Charlie gets a happy ending is debatable, unlike Hermione's ending. It's a great book, I loved it. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys darker themes.

I think this book would be good for those who liked Exit, Pursued By A Bear, because it carries the same darker themes and treats them in the same way. Also, the book has diverse characters that everyone is able to relate to. So The Foxhole Court is a series of three books about a runaway boy named Neil Josten who's trying to escape his past. The books are captivating and easy to read. As previously stated One of the many perks, and why I recommend it is that it discusses a lot of topics like: gangs, murder, the mafia, violence, abuse, and rape. Although these can be heavy topics the book presents them in a way that won't scare the audience, but it still informs them of it much like in Exit, Pursued By A Bear. Sadly this book isn't available at the library, but you can download for free on Kobo.