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.   


Alta Vista branch: Return to regular hours and service


Alta Vista branch has returned to regular service and hours on October 22, 2021.

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. 

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Teaching Toolkit: Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Orange shirt day pin made by indigenous artist with wood in the background

Sep 20, 2021

On September 30, we remember and recognize the survivors of residential schools with Orange Shirt Day; considering also important themes like Truth and Reconciliation. OPL is proud to honor the Every Child Matters movement and mark Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The subject is important to discuss with people of all ages, including children. This Teaching Toolkit will help you find resources in several formats for children and teens. Please review the material to discern if it is age-appropriate for your youth before sharing with them. 


Teaching Tools 

There are many teaching resources available online. To begin, see an explanation of what Orange Shirt Day is. Get guidance from the founders of Orange Shirt Day with their teacher resources and extended resources. And open these links for Orange Shirt Day classroom resources for grades 5-7, and also some activities.  

Truth and Reconciliation is also important to discuss. This teaching tool includes links to lesson plans for preschool-age to grade 12. Consider this very helpful poster, and further resources on the subject.  

The OPL has many more Indigenous resources on a wide range of topics.  Find them on our Indigenous page and our National Day for Truth and Reconciliation blog.    



Audio and visual aids may help the children in your life understand the importance of Orange Shirt Day. This podcast by Warrior Kids explains Orange Shirt Day in a kid-friendly way. An all-ages video may help if you’re addressing children of many age groups at once. With some trigger warnings, you may want to consider this first-hand-account-meets-cartoon-explanation of Truth and Reconciliation, as well as this interview with junior high children.  



On September 28, we invite children to join us for Orange Shirt Day Assembly: Live Stories with Christine Sioui Wawanoloath, a Wendat Abenaki author and artist. Join us at 12:45 pm for the English program and at 1:45 pm for the French program. The programs will be live streamed on our OPL Facebook page, and the recordings will stay until October 5. 

To discover resources in French, consult our Boîte à outils pédagogique : Journée du chandail orange et Journée nationale de la vérité et de la réconciliation.  


Browse below to look through our Bilingual Orange Shirt Day booklist for children.


Orange Shirt Day for Youth/La Journée du chandail orange pour la jeunesse - Sept. 30, 2021by Collection_Development

A selection of youth titles for Orange Shirt Day/Titres jeunesse sur le thème de la Journée du chandail orange