Library closed but popular Storytime program goes online

Kids section at the Stittsville Library
(The Stittsville Public Library. Photo: Stittsville Central)

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Storytime program is now available online.  The program that provides live stories, songs and rhymes and you can join in using Zoom. Children of all ages, toddlers to elementary school-aged kids can join Storytime three mornings per week during the closure of all OPL branches. Below are the days, times and language when the program will be taking place:

  • Tuesday at 10 am in English
  • Wednesday at 10 am in French 
  • Thursday at 10 (bilingual) in English and French

The library is the hub of most communities and OPL knows that people are missing the services offered and the congenial chats with the staff, as in turn the employees are missing their customers and their service to the public. Storytime will provide the opportunity for children and parents to see some familiar faces while they join in on Zoom to enjoy the reading, storytelling, rhymes and games being offered.

Children’s programs are a cornerstone of OPL’s mission to inspire learning, spark curiosity and connect people. During this time of physical distancing, it’s important for OPL to continue to:

  • assist parents in their efforts to help developing their child’s reading readiness,
  • provide families in the Ottawa community with resources and services to stay informed, upbeat, and entertained,
  • meet the needs of human connection and interaction currently limited by social isolation.

A reminder too that, while branches are closed, the OPL website is your gateway to a rich collection of eResources and fun, educational activities for kids and people of all ages. Please visit


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