Regular hours resume on September 7 2021


Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch


The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre kiosk out of service


The kiosk machine dispensing adult books at the Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service


The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

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Activities with the letter V

Sep 02, 2020

Activities with the Letter V 

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 :)


Vest Fun! 

Dress up – Fashion a vest with paper – cut a hole in the centre of a rectangle of paper syou can poke your head through. The rectangle would ideally be long enough to cover your back and chest and as wide as your shoulders. And voilà! 

Before you wear your vest, you could make designs on the paper with vegetable stamps. 

Save some clean bits from the veggies for your snack! 


V Guessing Game        

Play a word guessing game. All the words you guess should begin with the letter “V.” 

  1. I like ice cream. My favorite flavor is ________. 
  2. When we moved, our furniture went in a moving ________. 
  3. Pumpkins grow on a _________. 
  4. Peas, carrots and corn are __________. 
  5. When mother cleans the carpet, she uses a _________. 

Can you make more questions that have “V” answers? 

Answers a. vanilla ; b. van ; c. vine ; d. vegetables ; e. vacuum cleaner 


Value your Vision by protecting your eyes with a Visor  

This website shows you how to make a paper or cardboard visor. 


"I Love To Make The Letter V" Song 

Sing along with us, to the tune of “Pop! Goes the Weasel”. 

Form V with 2 fingers and wave your V as you sing 

I love to make the letter V 

For everyone to see. 

V is for vinegar, V is for van, 

And V is for victory! 


Vinegar Volcanoes 

This website shows you how to make an easy science experiment with vinegar and baking soda, called “vinegar volcanoes”. Have fun! 



Every day is a good day to say “I love you”! Make and deliver valentines to everyone in your circle.  

Do you have velcroPerhap you could make a heart sandwich – two hearts joined by velcro. Give one half to someone you love, keep half with you. When you are together, you can join your hearts. 


Tongue Twister 

Vincent vrooms in his vivid violet vehicle. 

“Victor’s friend Vladimir rinsed his vests in vinegar.” 

Vivacious Vivian loved to voice vigorous verses vociferously. 


Blog post contributed by Sarah from the Main Branch, 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!