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FOPLA President Chantal Cloutier speaks in support of OPL’s recommendations on the new Ottawa Central Library project at OPL Board meeting


FOPLA was pleased to recently share our thoughts on recommendations made by staff of the Ottawa Public Library on the new Ottawa Central Library development project. 

FOPLA President Chantal Cloutier spoke as one of 21 public delegations at the Ottawa Public Library Board meeting on January 31st, and offered resounding support from FOPLA for the vision, location, and proposed partnership with Library and Archives Canada for the new library facility.

“Clearly the biggest winners of such a partnership will be the patrons,” Cloutier said.

This innovative partnership, which will house the central branch of the Ottawa Public Library in a joint facility with Library and Archives Canada, will allow both institutions to leverage their creative potential to the benefit of Ottawa community members.

FOPLA also offered strong support for the proposed location at 557 Wellington Street, and commended the research, analysis, and fair decision-making process used by OPL staff to ultimately select the location. FOPLA also suggested that adequate and convenient parking are a necessary service, and supported OPL’s intention to further investigate parking requirements and solutions by the end of March. 

The most exciting part of the new facility for the Friends is the proposed re-location of FOPLA’s flagship bookstore to the open-concept Town Square of the new facility. Becoming part of this vibrant, communal space will be the realization of a dream for FOPLA’s Board, volunteers, and members, and will help to increase awareness of FOPLA, and hopefully, the value of the donation that we give to the library each year.

OPL Board members voted 8-1 in favour of the recommendations made by OPL staff on the proposed facility. City Council gave their final approval on February 8th in a 21-1 vote.

We look forward to the new opportunities this landmark facility will create for Ottawa’s library users, and congratulate both OPL staff and the OPL Board for the great progress made to date. We love libraries, and how they are transforming themselves in the 21st century, and we can’t wait to see what a modern, innovative central library will do for Ottawa.  

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 ( after that date for full details.  

Limited copies are still available for purchase. Email or call (613) 580-2424 x14383 for more details. (Image Credit: Bridget Delarosil).  

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FOPLA's Tallwood Facility once again accepting donations of used books

FOPLA's monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale

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 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

Mr. Colin Plows received the Order of Friendship Award

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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