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All of OPL’s staff recommendations in one page. You can browse the different lists based on topics, format or genres, or you can read some of the more detailed blog posts about specific items. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can always #AskALibrarian online or in a branch!

 

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On October 30th, The Canada Council for the Arts announced the Winners of the 2018 GG books Awards. The winners...
In my last post I wrote to you all pleading to check out a literature classic. I also recommended watching...
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On September 4th, 2018, CBC’s All in a Day book panel, Sean Wilson of the Ottawa Writers’ Festival and Ann...
The Writers' Trust of Canada announced on May 15 in Ottawa that this year's winner of their Shaughnessy Cohen Prize...
David Robertson's 7 Generations is an excellent Canadian teen graphic novel series. Robertson's illustrates an honest portrayal of a young...
Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells)
Stages and Pages is an ongoing partnership created between the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company...
This heartwarming novel pulls on all your heart stings the more you dive into the story line. Viola Shipman’s The...
When it comes to summer reading, I am on the lookout for unforgettable and scandalous titles, appropriate for beaches or...
One of my favourite books, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, recently came out as a movie and I can’t wait...
Have you heard about Winterblast Weekend? It is happening next weekend (Friday, February 15 to Monday, February 18) and it...
This image is of drops of blood with opened books inside each.
It is no secret that books are our life blood here at OPL and this is clearly true for the...
You may be already getting out your running shoes and ready to lace up for your favourite spring/summer sports. Here are a few sports-inspired novels to start your season off right.
This image shows a map of Canada with the chosen book covers for each province depicted in the blog post.
For Canada Day this year, we put together a list of 13 recommended books; one for each province or territory...
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Welcome to a new year of CBC's CBC’s All in a Day book panel. On April 1st, Ann Archer of...
By Kirsten at Greenboro Going back to school, or going to school for the very first time, can be a...
A good holiday read isn't just about the setting or the timeframe. It should evoke that sense of merriment: warm...
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Stages and Pages is an ongoing partnership created between the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company...
First things first, this is my final post as an OPLTeen Blogger in Residence! I just want to thank everyone...
Browsing the “Best of 2018” lists is a fun way to reminisce about the waning year. Members from the Reader's...
We’ve got loads of options, for adults and children alike! For kids or for an adult stroll down memory lane,...
CBC's All in a Day Banner
Welcome to a new year of CBC's CBC’s All in a Day book panel. On March 4th, Ann Archer of...
Have you ever been curious as to what books your library staff are reading? Wonder no more! Staff from the...
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” - Carl Sagan Not many people can say that they’ve seen a...
Nancy Drew mysteries are great, but not because they’re really detailed, up-to-date, or have wonderful fancy covers. But I do...
Since the weather is kind of all over the place at the moment, I thought I’d cheer us all up...
“Things will get easier, people’s minds will change, and you should be alive to see it.” Ellen DeGeneres They lurk...
Trillium
The Trillium Award winners have been announced. Congratulations from the Ottawa Public Library! Please see this article for more information.
You are an interesting, unique person who grows every year. Over time, your ideas and opinions change. You make and...
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Maya Angelou, in 1978, wrote her famous poem, Phenomenal Woman . The stanza of this poem is: “I say, It’s...
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Welcome to a new year of CBC's CBC’s All in a Day book panel. On January 7th, 2019, Ann Archer...
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People have been fascinated with Sherlock Holmes since the first story A Study in Scarlet , was written by Arthur...
We had quite a summer with the 2017 Battle of the Books, after weeks of competition, including a few nail...
Have you heard about these recent announcements of teen book-to-screen adaptations? Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange series has been optioned by...
Tired of waiting for Gearge R.R. Martin's next Game of Thrones book? Try these! Hace a good suggestion? Comment below.
We live in Ottawa, there will be politics. And excellent political writing, all available at the Ottawa Public Library! Here's...
“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” Cormac McCarthy I am sad to say...
This is an image of a Patrick Lane book display at one of OPL's branches.
Patrick Lane's life was filled with poetry, gardens, addictions, and past trauma. He lived hard, loved hard, and wrote from...
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He’s a 1980s punk-rock vampire who’s given up the will to live... She’s a newly-turned paleontologist who has just made...
This image shows Dawn Dumont's book cover, Glass Beads, as well as the logo for One eRead Canada.
June is Indigenous History Month. And this year, readers are invited to read Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont as part...
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Welcome to the recap of CBC’s All in a Day book panel. On May 6, Ann Archer of the Ottawa...
Celebrity book clubs seem to be popping up everywhere! From literary fiction, to narrative non-fiction, to titles from new and...
Highly acclaimed internationally, Washington Black scores the biggest Canadian literary prize for Edugyan! Her last novel Half-Blood Blues won the...
On May 31, the 2018 Audie Award winners were announced. The Audie Awards are given by the Audio Publishers Association...
In honour of Black History Month , here's a sample of the great historical fiction reads found in the Teen...
Bibliotherapy is yet another service from the Library - we have a wide selection of books to cover any need...
The Red Word by Sarah Henstra wins the GG Fiction Award - over some heavy hitters in the Canlit field...
CBC's All in a Day Banner
On December 3rd, 2018, CBC’s All in a Day book panel, Ann Archer of the Ottawa Public Library, and Sean...
Happy Back to School Everyone! Wait a second… summer’s over already? I can’t believe that it’s already time to say...
Have you ever wondered what books library staff are reading, and what types of genres they enjoy? Look no further!...
Holiday reading time is almost here, so the staff at Richmond and North Gower branches have chosen a few of...
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to change the way you look? To be able to finally...
“ We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I'd thought .” One...
Ever wondered what it would be like to be the “Chosen One” in some of the books you read? What...
Hello, teen OPL blog readers! I hope you’ve been having a good week. Oh wait… back to school was two...
On May 5th, Sarah Dessen released her 12th book, Saint Anything . You can read my review of it here...
In I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings , Maya Angelou wrote: "To describe my mother would be to write...
“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” -Walter Bagehot This Monday, I once again...
It's the year 2054 in an alternate Indian society where women are worshipped and five boys for every one girl...
The Water Walker by Joanne Roberston and Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga are the selected titles for the Indigenous...
A week in the life of Paterson, of Paterson, New Jersey, a bus driving poet whose favorite book is the...
All American Boys – review by Zela Eggleston, Main Branch Public Service Assistant If there was a required summer reading...
From Sea to Sea to Sea- Indigenous Children's books collection was compiled by IBBY (the International Board on Books for...
This book is available in French only. If you’ve never set foot on Earth, are you an Earthling? In the...
What new titles are library staff most looking forward to sharing? If you are curious about what titles we think...
Posted on behalf of Dalia.H., Carlingwood Teen Advisory Group member. Erin Bow’s The Scorpion Rules is a new view on...
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The English Patient , by Canadian author Michael Ondaatje, won the Man Booker Prize in 1992; it was made into...
Although it definitely doesn’t seem like it, summer is fast approaching and I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait...
V.S. Naipaul died August 11, 2018 in his home in London. A revered and controversial figure in the world of...
Click on the list Spring 2019 Book Titles for the titles of the great reads and hidden gems recommended by...
CBC's All in a Day Banner
On July 3rd, 2018, CBC’s All in a Day book panel, Sean Wilson of the Ottawa Writers’ Festival and Ann...
You may recently have seen the news (trending, of course), that Disney is interested in making a live-action movie franchise...
I am so excited that the last Heroes of Olympus book has come out! It feels like I’ve been waiting...
June is National Indigenous History Month (NIHM), and OPL invites you to celebrate at the Library! NIHM is a great...
Are you looking for reading--or listening!--suggestions for this holiday season? Here are some lists of new and favorite titles put...
During Tuesday January 3rd 2017, CBC's All In A Day Book Panel discussed ideas for 2017 winter reads. Listen in...
With your library card from the Ottawa Public Library, you can access amazing (and totally free!) online resources whenever and...
This image shows Tony Horwitz alongside his latest three novels.
Tony Horwitz wrote of the Confederate South, Frederick Law Olmsted, Captain Cook, and the Middle East, while also exploring workplace...
Rush by Eve Silver is one of my all time favourite books. A dystopian with a raw and admirable female...
Happy Halloween! It’s the best time of the year! Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, no...
I do not remember putting this book on my to-read list on Goodreads, but boy am I ever glad I...
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If you love Lumberjanes , Dungeons and Dragons, and or awesome comic books, oh man do I have the next...
Posted on behalf of NC TAG Member Catherine L. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray Cross dimensional travel...
Each year, The Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GG) honour the best Canadian English and French books in seven categories:Fiction,...
CHICKEN CLICKING
Every night a little chicken sneaks into farmer’s home to access his computer to order things. “She bought a hundred...
If you liked Game of thrones...list of recommended reads by OPL.
While it's been a couple of weeks since the television series of Game of Throne s ended, the books are...
This image shows a map of Canada with the chosen book covers for each province depicted in the blog post.
For Canada Day this year, we put together a list of 13 recommended books; one for each province or territory...
Are you looking for something new and exciting to read, and interested in learning more about some great books with...
CBC's All in a Day Banner
Welcome to a new year of CBC's CBC’s All in a Day book panel. On January 7th, 2019, Ann Archer...
Canadian teen authors are so popular right now! A lot of Canadian authors often write for many ages and in...
Rafe’s been out since the eighth grade but no longer wants to be seen as the “gay guy” at his...
My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear,...
Hi readers! Let me introduce myself… my name is Lucy, and I love to read! I’m a nerdy grade eleven...
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In recent weeks, we have had the opportunity to host several Indigenous authors during two fantastic events: Bingo littéraire Kwahiatonhk...
In my lifetime I have only read a handful of comic books/graphic novels. To get in the spirit of Ottawa’s...
Did you enjoy the movie Atomic Blond? Are you fascinated by the complexities of the cold war and time travel?...
This image shows part of David Chariandy's winning book cover, Brother.
The Windham-Campbell Prize is clearly a literary prize to watch, as both one of the largest in the world ($165,000!),...
Have you ever read a story told in the form of post-it notes? It’s such a great idea that is...
Madly by Amy Alward is an enchanting piece of literature. Set in modern day times with a twist of the...
All in a Day Banner
On September 4th, 2018, CBC’s All in a Day book panel, Sean Wilson of the Ottawa Writers’ Festival and Ann...