Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021


Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   


Carp Branch


Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 at 10 am. 

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers


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Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Reopening October 22


Alta Vista branch will return to regular service and hours on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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Activities with the Letter A


Mar 31, 2020

Here are some fun low-tech activities for your family to try together at home!  Perhaps you can include this list of activities in your morning routine, or in your afternoon routine following nap time. Please note that we are compiling family literacy ideas for each letter of the alphabet -meaning that you'll have 26 days worth of songs, yoga postures, tongue twisters and more to have fun with! Enjoy :) 







Alphabet song  

Sing along with YouTube.  

A, B, C, D, E, F, G 

H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P 

Q, R, S,  

T, U, V 

W, X, Y and Z 

Now I know my ABC's, next time won't you French!  

(click on “Français” at the top left corner of the page, it will give you the equivalent song in French) 


I like to eat apples and bananas 

Watch Raffi performing it live.


I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas 

I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas 

A lake to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays 

A lake to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays 

E leke to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees 

E leke to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees 

I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys 

I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys 

O loke to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos 

O loke to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos 

U luke to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos 

U luke to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos 


ASL manual alphabet 








Apple Yoga Sequence 

Sit - Criss cross applesauce 

Pay attention to how you are breathing. 

Switch - criss cross applesauce other foot in front 

Lay on your back - take long breaths in and out of your nose, if you can 

Bring both knees into your chest. 

Squeeze into a tiny seed. Make yourself really tiny.  

Lay on your back again 

Quietly, and slowly bring yourself up to stand up tall like a tree growing. 

Breath close your eyes 

Reach your arms up to the sky - like branches. 

Sway in the wind. 

You can stand on both feet or one at a time 

Try to keep your balance. 

Come back to the centre and feel the wind. 

The wind is blowing all of the apples off of the tree. 

Squat down and duck walk around to gather up all the apples. Fill your basket. 

Come back to sit. Breathe. 


Tongue Twisters 

"Alice asked for axes" 


Blog post contributed by Kristina from our Alta Vista branch and Sherri from our Rosemount branch.

Interested in the other blog posts in this series? Click here to see activities for the rest of the alphabet!