UPDATE: Curbside services during the stay-at-home order– effective Apr. 8


Starting Thursday, April 8:

  • All our open branches will offer curbside returns and holds pick up.
  • Customers will no longer be permitted to enter the buildings.
  • The Bookmobile and Homebound Services will continue.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Borrowed items can only be returned when branches are open.
  • Mask wearing outside in line remains mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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Cooking Class with Chef Bruce Wood: Pasta Carbonara and Chicken


Carbonara, like The Girl from Ipanema is one of the most widely riffed, yet badly interpreted classics out there. Proper, soothing and delicious Carbonara is quick and easy to make with only a few ingredients. Join us as Chef Bruce shows us how to create this delicious classic, along with chicken thighs with yummy rub. This is how a server used to refer to the spice mixture that we used on chicken. Smoked paprika is becoming ubiquitous these days but try to get the La Chinata brand in the red tin if you can. 

At age 17, Bruce Wood remembers savouring a spicy bowl of authentic Jamaican goat curry and, in his words, “seeing the world in colour.” It was the first step on a path that led to a career as a chef that has spanned 35 years, many kitchens, farms & classrooms, and a life spent sharing his passion and love for local, seasonal and sustainable food.

Bruce is now working as a consultant, running classes in people's homes, writing recipes for companies like Beau's All Natural Brewery and Bryson farms appearing on stage and in the kitchens at food festivals & special events. He can be reached on Facebook at Bruce Wood Culinary Consulting.