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Librarian in Residence: It’s Canadian Library Month, when did you last love your library?

By Jessica Green on October 4, 2015

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips.

October is Canadian Library Month, where we celebrate how awesome public libraries are. Over the time I have been the Librarian in Residence, I’ve shared with you all tips about language learning, finding the latest movies or songs to borrow, and various thoughts on e-books. We also have the Imagine Space, streaming video from Hoopla and Access Video on Demand, Chromebooks to borrow, newspapers to read, programs to attend… suffice it to say, there really is something for everyone here.

Even though you’re a savvy blog reader and are up on all the latest things from the Ottawa Public Library, I bet you may not know that we offer some special services at OPL for the price of free…? Besides the well known services we provide to children, we also have teen librarians at many of the larger branches who specialise in offering programs and presentations for readers ages 13-18. They love collaborating with classes and groups and have created some awesome programs all over the city. Find the latest information on the Teen page of the website. We also have a Writer in Residence who specializes in teen books, Michael F Stewart, so if you know any teens keen on writing, they should check out his blog posts.

Know someone new to Canada?  The library is a great starting point to orienting yourself to life in a new country. Our Newcomer Services page has information in nine languages on how to get a card here, but also has information on the local community partners, how to obtain citizenship, language learning, and programs specially designed for newcomers.

If you’re tracing your family roots or wanting to know more about the history of your house, we have genealogy specialists who can offer their expertise. We also hold many programs across the system for anyone with an interest in genealogy and local history. You can go on for free at any branch as well!

Interested in starting a small business? Looking for a new job? We also have business and career librarians around the city who can provide assistance with both areas. Whether it is secondary market research for a business plan, or information on how to use our databases for the job hunt, we have you covered. There’s also an e-newsletter sent out monthly which you can see here and dozens of programs you can attend this fall all over the city. Small Business Week is almost upon us, and this 8th edition features free talks and presentations on various topics of interest. Here is the full roster of events.

Quick Picks:

  • An Ocean of Air, by Gabrielle Walker: A really interesting look at that very thing that surrounds us every day and keeps us alive. I adore books about the history of science and I knew about some of the famous scientists mentioned, but not others, so I learned quite a bit.
  • Seveneves, by Neil Stephenson: It’s an epic tale in three parts: the first is the race to try and save humanity when the Earth is in complete crisis, then what happens to the survivors while in space, and then the distant future when the descendants of the survivors come back to New Earth. It’s long but I had a hard time putting it down as I was really wrapped up in the characters’ drama.
  • John Alcorn: Evolution by Design: John Alcorn was a very influential graphic designer, especially during the late 60s through the 80s. You may not know his name but you’ll know his style, especially his psychedelic work. It’s a very well crafted book with tons of illustrations.