donations as they provide us
with most of the revenue we
need to perform our mission.
through our bookstores
and book sales.
run our bookstores, sit on our
Board of Directors, and do an
unlimited number of 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 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.
Learning over Lunch
In late October the Ottawa Public Library hosted a lunch-and-learn speaker series, which the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association cosponsored with the business development Bank of Canada (BDC), as part of its Small Business Week programming. The lectures were given during lunch hour and topics ranged from search engine optimization to effective networking.
In a session titled, “Grow Your Business with Search Engine Optimization (SEO)” Brent Mondoux (CEO of N-VisionIT Interactive) provided attendees with an introduction to content marketing and urged business owners to focus on the quality of their content to encourage readers to share information presented online and link back to their companies’ websites. He also gave business owners tips on making their businesses easy to find through online search engines by titling and labeling their content appropriately.
Sylvain Rochon (CEO of Sylien Games and Master Entrepreneur) delivered a motivational presentation and helped attendees learn how to control their thoughts by understanding our brains in his talk, “Build Success in Your Business Through Transformative Thinking.” Rochon focused on the impact a person's thinking has on his or her behavior and explained that the key to changing behavior is by creating new habits and thought processes, which builds new pathways in the brain and allows old pathways to atrophy. The key message was that we are able to control our thinking and ultimately improve our lives.
In “The 5 Rules of Results-driven Networking,” Roger Deveau (Founder of Ethos Launch) shared the value of relationships, recognizing that no one is able to build a successful business alone. Deveau delivered practical advice about relationship building and the importance of being genuine and personable. He noted that gaining the support of others is more important than simply pushing products.
All of the lectures were well received and helped the Ottawa Public Library further its goal of ensuring that local businesses have access to the information and resources they need in order to see success and remain competitive.
Kids Lit a Big Hit
Access to information and resources that might not otherwise be available may be a public library's greatest purpose, but one of the things that most motivates parents to use libraries is the desire to inculcate their children's love of reading and books. The Ottawa Public Library met that demand when it held the 13th annual Kids’ Lit Café on Saturday, October 19th at the Greenboro branch along with Children’s Literature Roundtable. The family-friendly event included a craft table, book signings and programs hosted by authors such as a storytelling session with three-time Governor General's Award nominee Jan Andrews and a writing and illustrating workshop held by Kevin Bolger and Ben Hodson. The showcase of local authors and illustrators of books for children and teens attracted a crowd of 360 people! FOPLA provided refreshments for the event.
Greenboro Friends Used Book Sale
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, March 1
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rockcliffe Park Spring Book Sale!
10,000+ donated books at bargain prices!
Collectors’ table, CDs, DVDs, videos and vinyl!
Saturday, April 12: 10-6
Sunday, April 13: 11-5
Rockcliffe Park Community Hall,
380 Springfield Road, Ottawa
In support of the Rockcliffe Park Branch of the Ottawa Public Library
Cash and cheques only, please
Joan and Brian, McGarry Family Chapels, Minto Beechwood, The Rockcliffe Retirement Residence
Mini-Mammoth book sale!
Our mammoth sized book sale in a mini, monthly format (September - May)
Saturday, February 22
10 am to 2 pm
At the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre
(100 Tallwood Drive)