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


Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

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 H

Apr 20, 2020

Activities with the Letter H

Hi, everyone! 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 :)


Hello, friends!” - greeting song

Sing along with this video– using sign language


Hello Friends, hello friends!

Hello friends, it is time to say HELLO!


Good bye friends, Good bye friends

Good bye friends, it is time to say GOOD BYE!


Hickory Dickory Dock

This is a fun song where you pretend the mouse is climbing on your arm and reaches your nose, then runs down the other arm. You can also invent your own rhymes for numbers 4 to 12!


Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck one, the mouse ran down...

Hickory Dickory Dock, Tick tock tick tock


Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck two, the mouse said : “boo!” (or : away, she flew!)

Hickory Dickory Dock, Tick tock tick tock


Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck three, the mouse said : “weee!”

Hickory Dickory Dock, Tick tock tick tock


Happy Baby Yoga

Lay on your back,

Hug your knees into your chest.

Hold onto the back of your legs or reach for your feet.

While holding onto your feet or the back of your thighs,

Straighten one leg, then the other.

Straighten both legs at once.

Roll side to side to massage your lower back.

Have you ever seen a baby holding onto their feet?

Be sure to smile!


Hucka Bucka Bean Stock (also called : Hide the key / Hide the object)

This is a fun game to develop visual awareness. Any small object can be used. You need at least two people to play this game.

Someone hides an item in plain sight (where nothing has to be moved to find/see it), and when you find it, you don't touch it -you say : “Hucka Bucka Beanstock!”

Keep looking until you find it. If you find it, it will then be your turn to hide it!


Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Sing this fun action song - and try the actions shown in this video!


Head and shoulders, Knees and toes

Knees and toes, Knees and toes

Head and shoulders, Knees and Toes

Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Nose!

(Repeat : faster then slowlier, louder then quieter...)


Tongue Twister

"Hiccup Teacup"


Blog post contributed by Kristina from the Alta Vista Branch and Sherri from the Rosemount Branch.


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