UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22


Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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Tracking Black Canada - Elementary School-aged Audience


Join us online for a virtual performance that combines video, music, Slam Poetry, Hip Hop, stand up comedy to focus on the often forgotten histories of early Black communities across our country.  Tracking Black Canada is an annual performance that delves into the histories of some of Canada’s forgotten Black communities.  This year’s focus is on three lost communities, in Alberta, Toronto, and PEI.  The presentation will highlight the contributions made by prominent residents in those communities, and how their impact is still felt today, and illuminate the conditions that led to the systemic demise of those communities and their residents.   Zoom to attend!  

Click on the green button to launch the 1 PM program on Zoom:  


This performance is for an Elementary School-aged audience, ages 7 to 12, to watch either at school or from home.  The Zoom link is https://zoom.us/j/91472051303?pwd=THhVQ2QwU1c5Y3krZGZsT2dBMEhFQT09  

Duration: 45 minutes

The presentation Tracking Black Canada is developed by the Montreal company Overture with the Arts.  Overture with the Arts (OWTA) is a non-profit organization based in Montreal, offering education in music, dance, drama and vocal training.  Montreal-born actor, writer and comedian Omari Newton leads the show.  

Omari Newton is a professional actor, writer, poet, comedian and MC whose work can be seen on television, film, stage or heard on radio. He is currently a City of Vancouver funded Artist in Residence with Urban Ink. His stage work in Québec has earned him a number of favourable reviews and awards. Some career highlights include a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in the Centaur Theatre’s production of Joe Penhal’s “Blue Orange” (Soirée des masques). He is the winner of Champion of Vancouver’s 2010 Pan African Poetry Slam, a qualifying event in the Van Slam Poetry season.



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