On January 28, 2012 the Ottawa Public Library will provide a range of people that can be "checked out" of the library for 20 minutes. Different branches have different people. There is also a partnership with the CBC and the War Museum. A few examples:
At the War Museum
No. 2 Special Wireless –Second World War
Born in Lachine, Québec and of Russian descent, Hyman Yanofsky joined the Canadian army to fight Hitler. His job was to intercept messages from the enemy as he travelled through Europe.
At the Stittsville branch
OC Transpo driver
When Jim Smith started out with OC Transpo, he drove the early morning shift. After more than three decades on the job, as he prepares for retirement, he's back picking up passengers on those first runs of the day.
At the Nepean Centrepointe Branch
A doctor diagnosed Theresa Dupuis with acute glaucoma just before Christmas 1990. He told her she'd go blind within 10 years. Theresa now considers her vision loss as a gift and swears she wouldn't take her sight back if offered to her. The octogenarian loves cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, kayaking, yoga and meditation.
CBC TV News Anchor
Adrian Harewood is the co-host of CBC News Ottawa Monday to Friday starting at 5 p.m, and host of the late night news each weeknight at 10:55 p.m. He grew up in Ottawa. Adrian first got the broadcasting bug when he volunteered at campus stations CHUO and CKCU here. He has filled in as host on such well-known programs as As It Happens and Sounds Like Canada.
Saturday, January 28, 2012 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration opens at 10:45 a.m.
The hashtag is #HLott