Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021

15/10/2021

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.   

 

Extended curbside service at Alta Vista branch October 16 from 10 am to 5 pm

15/10/2021

The Alta Vista branch will extend curbside services at the rear door and parking lot on Saturday October 16, 2021 from 10 am to 5 pm .The branch will resume regular service on Monday, October 18 at 10 am.  .  

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers

12/10/2021

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.

Notice: Carlingwood Branch

14/10/2021

The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Closure: Centennial Branch

15/10/2021

Centennial Branch will be open from  2 pm  to 5 pm only Saturday October 16,  due to a planned Hydro Ottawa Power outage.

 

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Indigenous Author Spotlight: Naomi Fontaine

Image shows the author and some of her books

May 14, 2021

Naomi Fontaine is a French teacher and Innu author from Uashat, Quebec.

Her first book poetry novel called Kuessipan, published in 2011, revolutionized the Indigenous literature as she was the first Innu writer to tell a contemporary story. Additionally, this story was recently adapted in movie format; we can now see on big screen the up and downs of two childhood best friends whose priorities shift with time. 

Her second novel, Manikanetish was published in 2017. This time, we see the life a French teacher facing the harsh reality of returning to her childhood reserve. If everything goes according to plan, this novel will also be adapted but this time, as a Tv show.

Her last book, called Shuni, is a long letter to her Quebec friend (Shuni means Friend in Innu) who comes to her community for a humanitarian mission. Through history and little stories, she welcomes the stranger, warning her about the reality of a reserve.   

We can tell that the writing of Naomi Fontaine is a strong claim to her identity as Innu, while keeping this poetic sensibility that makes it a very interesting read. Watch this videoclip to learn tips on how to write with Naomi Fontaine.

Image: Shuni

Shuni

ce que tu dois savoir, Julie
By Fontaine, Naomi
Image: Shuni

Shuni

ce que tu dois savoir, Julie
By Fontaine, Naomi
Image: Manikanetish

Manikanetish

Petite Marguerite
By Fontaine, Naomi
Image: Kuessipan

Kuessipan

À toi : roman
By Fontaine, Naomi
Image: Kuessipan

Kuessipan

By Fontaine, Naomi
Image: Tanite nene etutamin nitassi?

Tanite nene etutamin nitassi?

Qu’as-tu fait de mon pays?
By Antane Kapesh, An