donations as they provide us
with most of the revenue we
need to carry out our mission.
and audio-visual materials
through our bookstores
and book sales.
run our bookstores, sit on our
Board of Directors, and perform
a multitude of other tasks.
way to get involved with
your library and help foster
As advocates of a strong public library system, we raise over $250,000 each year for materials and services not covered by the municipal budget through the operation of used bookstores, self-serve bookshelves, and book sales run by our volunteers.
FOPLA celebrates some of Ottawa's talented young writers with the tenth-anniversary publication of pot-pourri
The Friends were thrilled to celebrate some of Ottawa's talented young writers with a recent event to launch the publication of pot-pourri 2016. This marks the tenth year that FOPLA has published pot-pourri, which features work by the winners of the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors youth-writing contest. This year’s winners were announced in March, and included over 50 talented youth between the ages of 9-17 from across Ottawa.
The young authors were invited to the Main Library's Auditorium on October 26th, 2016 to celebrate their achievements with family and friends, and were each presented on-stage with a copy of the anthology.
Guests were treated to readings from several of the winning pieces, as well as words of encouragement from Chantal Cloutier (President of FOPLA), Danielle McDonald (CEO of the Ottawa Public Library), and Catherine Austen, who acted as both Judge for the Awesome Authors contest and Editor for this year's anthology. The evening was hosted by Philip Robert (Manager of OPL's St. Laurent, Vanier, Rockcliffe Park & Rideau Branches).
FOPLA is proud to publish pot-pourri and sponsor the Awesome Authors youth-writing contest as part of their commitment to support OPL's programming and services. The 2017 Awesome Authors contest will open on December 1st, 2016. All would-be young authors are encouraged to go to OPL's website (www.biblioottawalibrary.ca) after that date for full details.
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FOPLA's Tallwood Facility once again accepting donations of used books
We're pleased to announce that thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, we are once again accepting donations of used books at our Tallwood Distribution Centre located at the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre (100 Tallwood Drive, Nepean).
Due to ongoing space limitations, we ask that our donors please limit the quantity of their donation at Tallwood to 10 small boxes or less per appointment. Please refer to our donation guidelines for more information on what materials we accept, or call (613) 580-2424 ext.27875 to make a donation appointment. Donors must have an appointment to make a donation at our Tallwood Facility.
If you have a small donation of used books to make to FOPLA, donations of two small boxes or less can always be dropped off at your closest Ottawa Public Library branch. We thank all our donors for their continued support. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (613) 580-2424 ext. 27875.
Former FOPLA President Colin Plows is awarded the Ottawa Public Library's prestigious Order of Friendship for years of volunteer service
The Friends are very pleased to congratulate former Board President and long-time FOPLA volunteer Colin Plows, who was awarded the Ottawa Public Library’s (OPL) Order of Friendship award on October 11th.
The prestigious award, which is bestowed by the Ottawa Public Library Board, recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions by individuals, groups, or associations that improve OPL’s ability to deliver services and programming to the community.
“It was a surprise and tremendous honour to receive this recognition by the OPL Board,” said Mr. Plows. “However, if I succeeded at all during my time as President it was only because I had the support and remarkable hard work of my fellow board members. We have worked as a tight-knit, cohesive team and supported each other every step of the way. Any success we have achieved is a shared success.”
Since joining FOPLA as a Local Committee Representative for Cumberland-Orléans in 2010, Mr. Plows has demonstrated outstanding dedication to FOPLA’s advocacy and fundraising efforts for the benefit of the Ottawa Public Library. After becoming President of FOPLA’s Board of Directors in 2011, Mr. Plows helped strengthen FOPLA’s organizational structure, increased membership recruitment, and introduced strategic planning that raised FOPLA’s annual average contributions to OPL by more than 10 per cent.
Mr. Plows is also esteemed for his ability to be creative and collaborative in his interactions with volunteers, other FOPLA Board members, and OPL staff and stakeholders. His commitment has helped ensure that FOPLA’s work will align with OPL initiatives for many years to come, and continue to strengthen Ottawa’s public library community.
Mr. Plows is a retired naval officer who holds a Bachelor of Science, Physics and Physical Oceanography. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013) and the Golden Jubilee Medal for the Order of Military Merit (2009). The Order of Friendship was presented during the OPL Board meeting on October 11, 2016.
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FOPLA's 2015 contributions to the Ottawa Public Library
• $6,500 worth of e-books for OPL
• Outreach to Ottawa's Aboriginal community
• Older adult programs including the 50+ Short Story Contest
• Sponsored Awesome Authors Contest
• Teen programs including Teen Exam Cram, Teen Advisory Group Day, and Teen Author Fest
• Refreshed furniture for the expanded Constance Bay Branch
• Completed shelving renewal project at Vanier Branch
• Furnishing and programming supplies to improve children’s spaces
• New shelving for the magazine collection at North Gloucester Branch
• Shelving to improve parenting space at Cumberland Branch
• New display and shelving units for DVDs at Carlingwood and Greenboro Branches
• New shelving at Main and Ruth E. Dickinson Branches
• Supplies to start the FOPLA Chess Club for Youth at Beaverbrook Branch
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Sales Events at FOPLA
Find great deals on gently used books at many of FOPLA's locations throughout the year! While quantities last.
From January 2
25% Off All Canadian Authors
Twice Told Tales, Emerald Plaza
(1547 Merivale Rd)
Monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale
Don't miss our monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale for great deals on all your favourite genres!
Saturday, January 21
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre
(100 Tallwood Drive)
Book a Time to Browse Our Books
Can’t wait until the next Mammoth sale to find a good book? Book an appointment to browse our Tallwood Distribution Centre any weekday!
Call (613) 580-2424 ext. 27875 to schedule an appointment today. For safety reasons, please note that children are not permitted to browse our Tallwood Distribution Centre.
James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre
(100 Tallwood Drive, Room 149)