As advocates of a strong public library system we raise over $250,000 each year for library materials and services not covered by the regular municipal budget, with most funds coming from the operation of used bookstores, self-serve bookshelves in library branches, and specialty book sales run by volunteers.

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

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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

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A Good Read has moved... but not far

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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.


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Greenboro Friends Used Book Sale

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By the Book, a used bookstore and cafe operated by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA), is holding its monthly half-price book sale at 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr.

Drop by for great buys on hundreds of books (most under $2).

Saturday, November 1
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


Autumn half price sale at the Stittsville Library

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A Good Read, the used book store in the Stittsville branch is having a half price sale! 

At half price, you can stock up for your winter reading for pocket change.

Saturday, November 1st
from 10:00 to 3 p.m.
at the Stittsville branch


Monthly Mammoth book sale!

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Our mammoth sized book sale in a monthly format (September - May)

Next sale:

Saturday, November 15
10 am to 2 pm

At the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre

(100 Tallwood Drive)


Book a time to browse our books

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Can’t wait until the next Mammoth sale to find a good book?

Visit us by appointment any weekday! We have thousands of books for you to peruse.

Just call our volunteers at (613) 580-2424 ext. 27875 to arrange a time to visit.

James Bartleman Centre
100 Tallwood Dr. - Room 149

FOPLA is a non-profit group that supports Ottawa’s public libraries. If you visit us by appointment we ask that you make a $5 minimum donation, which will be credited toward your purchase. 

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