This week’s blog post is a little different because it’s all about the love of reading and libraries. My sister recently moved to Ottawa and I feel like she officially became a permanent resident when she got her Ottawa Public Library card. She came away with a free book bag filled with 4 library books and a smile on her face. It inspired me to write this post.

For the love of libraries and reading by Colleen Kanna, Photo of my sister carrying her new book bag with filled with books from the library

My sister with her new book bag filled with books from the library

The librarian at the Beaverbrook Branch was very warm and welcoming and full of helpful tips and advice. Even things that I didn’t know like your library book automatically renews on the due date for up to 5 times as long as it doesn’t have a waiting list.

Perhaps that’s why I didn’t know this. The books I like to read always seem to have a long waiting list. So I simply add my name to the list and forget about it. Then it’s a pleasant surprise when I get an email saying it’s ready to pick up. What a delight!

I have a soft spot for libraries. They’re a safe place full of wonder, wisdom, and warmth beckoning you to come in out of the cold and find a good book to curl up with. I fondly remember the Mary J.L. Black library growing up. Sadly it’s no longer there.

For the love of reading and libraries by Colleen Kanna, Photo of brown dog reading a book by 2photo Pots on Unsplash

Photo by 2photo Pots on Unsplash

My own daughter spends a lot of time in the library. Now I know she’s a university student but she goes there a lot even when she’s home for a break. Like during the summer when she was getting ready for her Tour Guide job. She spent days at the library working on her commentary in both French and English.

When she was growing up, we frequented the Manotick Branch. Sometimes taking out the same book over and over again as in May I Pet Your Dog? by Stephanie Calmenson. This book was definitely a favourite and it taught her how to safely pet a dog and ask for permission first. I think it was inevitable we were going to get a dog!

My daughter reading a book to our dog Oliver

My daughter reading a book to Oliver

And I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of losing a library book and having to pay for it. Only to find it months later buried down the back of the couch. This leads me to another librarian tip I did not know. You’re charged for a book if it’s not returned within 3 weeks past the due date. However, if you do eventually find it and return it, you get a refund.

Finally I would like to leave you with Mychal the librarian. Thank you to my friend, Sarah, for introducing him to me. I love this kid! Here’s a sample of one of his uplifting and fun videos. We definitely need more of this in the world.

You can find him on Instagram at Mychal3ts or Facebook at Mychal Threets. You’re welcome!

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna, Photo by Anna Epp Photography

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support local breast cancer organizations who treat the whole person and not just the disease.