Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31

29/07/2021

We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2

29/07/2021

All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista

23/07/2021

Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches

29/07/2021

Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Indigenous Author Spotlight: Naomi Fontaine

Image shows the author and some of her books
10/03/2021

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