News Archive - 2014

A Worthy Investment

Photo: Doublespace Photography

Three years ago we made a commitment to make three annual donations of $ 33,000 to the Ottawa Public Library, earmarked for the large expansion and renovation of the city's third busiest branch. The Beaverbrook branch Grew from 9,000 to 24,000 square feet and now que la Beaverbrook branch HAS reopened to the public in the summer of 2014, we get to see how our dollars-have Contributed to the new space. 

Our Friends' group's donation Was able to use in the children's area of ??the library, purchasing picture book shelving, a 'reading, play, and display' wall, interactive story time year tree trunk, wall art, and interactive panels. 

Librarians have imagined space filled with children's learning activities, and the architect created the early learning space to meet Their needs. 

Eighth Edition of pot-pourri Launched with New Cover Designed by Local Pre-Teen


Photos: John Major

On October 7th, in front of an audience of largely family and friends, six young writers read their published poems and short stories (three in English, three in French), giving attendees a hint of the writing skill exhibited in pot-pourri 2014. Now in its eighth year, the pot-pourri anthology features the winning poems and short stories from this year's Ottawa Public Library Awesome Authors youth writing contest. 

Twenty-two of the 49 authors featured in the collection joined us for the celebration and book reading. This year's pot-pourri launch also brought with it the excitement of a new cover, designed by the winner of this year’s pot-pourri Cover Design Contest, 11 year-old Ariana Nezhat Pritha. Her vibrant drawing features a potpourri of shapes and colours. The design beautifully captures the spirit of the anthology.

Support budding talent and fill out our order form to order a copy of pot-pourri today. All money raised from the sale of pot-pourri is used to support the Ottawa Public Library and the Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest. Books can be purchased for $12.95 (no tax). Makes a great gift for teachers and family members of Awesome Author winners!

2015 submissions to the Awesome Authors contest will be accepted  by the Ottawa Public Library until February 2015, so please encourage aspiring writers between the ages of 9 and 17 to send in their writing. Perhaps their works will be featured in next year's edition of pot-pourri.

See photos from the event

pot-pourri 2014 authors

A Good Read has moved... but not far


Our FOPLA used book store, "A Good Read," in the Stittsville branch library has moved. If you're looking for books for a bargain, walk straight ahead to the back wall of the main branch area.  

The new location features several new categories for your perusal, including a shelving extension featuring Youth and Teen topics.

Bodies & Books


FOPLA has accepted an invitation to become   a   community   partner   of   The Body Shop at Bayshore Shopping Centre. While this might seem like an odd pairing, The   Body   Shop   has   a   reputation   for being    community-minded    and    boasts a   history   of   partnering   with   activist groups (such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International,  and  UNICEF)  to  advocate on behalf of worthwhile causes. The company continues to increase its positive environmental  practices  (such  as  using energy   from   renewable resources   in the  UK  region  and  incorporating  post-consumer  recyclate  in  their packaging) and has lead successful campaigns (such as Against Animal Testing and Stop Violence in the Home). The Body Shop has even established the New Academy of Business (1995) which is a management degree that addresses social, environmental and moral issues (at The University of Bath, England). The Body Shop Foundation, established in 1990, is a charity that funds human rights and environmental protection groups.

The company encourages community involvement for its  staff and  FOPLA  was  contacted by the  Bayshore location because staff wanted to work with a charity that promoted literacy! After reading about our impact, our organization was asked to become one of the store’s community partners. As a consequence of becoming a community partner, FOPLA is able to advertise book sales and volunteer positions on the store’s community board. The store is also collecting books from fellow Bayshore employees on behalf of FOPLA. We’re glad to welcome The Body Shop into our circle of Friends. 

FOPLA Donates to the Lac-M├ęgantic Library

Photo: Radio-Canada

It was with great sadness that our library Friends association, employees of the Ottawa Public Library, and members of the Ottawa Public Library Board learned that Lac-Mégantic’s archives and library collection had been heavily damaged following the disastrous July 6th train derailment.

Recognizing the daunting task that awaits the town in rebuilding their archives and collections before the opening of their new library, FOPLA committed to supporting Lac-Mégantic in its revival.

In the interest of kinship with a fellow Friends group in the library community, FOPLA sent a cheque for $1000 to the Friends of the Lac-Mégantic Public Library. We hope that this donation will help allay the great task before them.

FOPLA Receives a Generous Donation of Beautifully Crafted Books


The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association  was  selected   by  the   Air Canada Foundation to receive a donation of a brand new collection of Les Editions du Passage coffee table books, valued at $23,725 in total, in order to assist our organization  in raising funds for the Ottawa Public Library.

Editions du Passage  takes pride in its offerings; they have “given precedence to high standards and quality - both literary and iconographic.” The group lovingly publishes high quality books that are meant  to be encounters for those  who flip through  the pages. “Our role is to create, explore, discover. Our goal is to remain unclassifiable.”

Our Friends group  is certainly grateful  for this generous donation of books and will be venturing online to sell the books to a wider audience.

Looking for documents for our Annual General Meeting?


President's Letter

AGM Agenda

Proxy Vote

FOPLA's 2013 Annual Report

Minutes of 2013 AGM

The Trust Fund Report and Audited Financial Statements will be available at the AGM. 

Annual General Meeting - Tuesday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium at 120 Metcalfe Street.

OPL Teen Tech Week Video Contest

Photo: Rheal Doucette, OPL

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) celebrated Teen Tech Week from March 9-15, 2014. Throughout the week, OPL showcased the library's digital offerings such as: eBooks, blogs, online magazines, free downloadable music, the Teen Health and Wellness database, and the OPL app.

The week also saw the launch of the 4th Annual Teen Tech Week Video Contest, which our Friends group sponsors.

Local teens aged 13 to 18 were invited to create a one-minute video on YouTube about their favourite book. Videos could be book trailers, parodies, reviews, dramatizations of favourite scenes, or anything related to the book of choice.

Winners were announced at the Awards Night & Video Screening at the Centrepointe Studio Theatre, which took place on Thursday, May 1st. The top 10 videos were showcased on the big screen and enjoyed by a room full of attendees!

View pictures of the evening on at OPL's Flickr gallery.

Watch this year’s contest winning videos below.

The 2014 top three finalists

1st Place: Nicolas d’Entremont (The Hardy Boys)

Winner of an Apple iPad and SAW Video package

2nd Place: Adrianna Chang (Speak)

Winner of a $150 Best Buy gift certificate and Saw Video t-shirt

3rd Place: Ashley Hannah George (The Giver)

Winner of a $75 gift certificate for Best Buy

Super-Duper Stittsville


Photo: Rheal Doucette, BPO

On April 25th the Ottawa Public Libraryheld a special event to thank the Friends volunteers who work so hard at A Good Read to support the OPL system at the Stittsville branch. 

Stittsville's Friends volunteers raised $14,250 for OPL in 2013. Congratulations!

Awesome Authors Award Winners Announced!


The Ottawa Public Library's contest for aspiring young poets and short story writers between the ages of 9 and 17 brought in 447 submissions this year! Judges, JC Sulzenko,  Michel Lavoie, and Tudor Robins made their way through hundreds of poems and stories in French and English, whittling down to 49 winners who, they felt, produced the most impressive works.

On March 25th over 300 people crowded the Chamber at Ben Franklin Place to see the winners announced. Young writers and their parents, grandparents, siblings, and best friends filled the seats to find out who had won. View photos.

Judges announced the winners in the categories they judged, and treated the audience to an excerpt from each winning text. There were some returning winners and some new faces, but all of the Awesome Authors who received awards grinned from ear to ear.

The winning writers' works will be featured in the Friends'  next edition of pot-pourri. The anthology will be available in October, so be sure to join us for the book launch to purchase your copy and see for yourself how incredible Ottawa's young authors' talent can be. If you want to guarantee a copy, you can also pre-order now.

Our First Look at the New West District Library

Heather Murphy, FOPLA Volunteer Local Committee Representative - Kanata

On March 6th, Richard Stark, Manager of Library Facilities and Development, conducted a tour of Ottawa’s new West District Library for members of the Library Board and senior Library staff. “It was very exciting.  We were all very impressed,” commented Heather Murphy, Kanata Local Committee Representative for FOPLA, “It's finally starting to feel real.” 

Construction of the West District Library is right on schedule and the library is expected to open to the public in August 2014.  Located in the same space as the old Beaverbrook Branch at the John G. Mlacak Centre complex, it will serve the far west end of Ottawa which includes Kanata, Carp, Stittsville, and West Carleton. FOPLA has contributed $100,000 for the West District library.  “I'm not sure exactly how Donna [Donna Clark, Manager of the West District Library] will spend it, but I know she has great plans for it,” said Murphy, “Watch this space for further details.” 

FOPLA will have a volunteer-run bookstore at the West District Library, much like our stand-alone bookstores at the Cumberland, Greenboro, Nepean/Centrepointe, and Main library branches.  To operate effectively, the bookstore will need a team of at least 25 volunteers.  “We have a few people who have expressed interest, but we will need a lot more. The more people we can get involved, the more support we will be able to provide to the Library,” Murphy noted.  

If you are interested in volunteering, please check out the Volunteer section of our website and fill out an application.