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Spring Book Drive- Sunday, May 26

This image is of a row of books on a shelf.

Spring has finally sprung, and there’s no better time to start thinking about decluttering your home and your garage!  Need a bit of motivation to start cleaning and sorting?

Our best friends, fondly known as the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) is holding a Spring Book Drive on Sunday May 26 at the Ottawa Farmer’s Market at Lansdowne Park.

From 9 am to 2 pm in Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne Park, FOPLA will be accepting donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDS, and vinyl records.

Due to the difficulty of re-selling the following items, please avoid bringing:

  • Encyclopaedia
  • Magazines (including National Geographic and Reader’s Digest)
  • Textbooks older than 10 years

Why donate to FOPLA?

The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) raise more than $300,000 for Ottawa Public Library each year, with most funds coming from the sale of donated used books.

If you are unable to attend – no problem. You can donate up to two boxes at any branch of the Ottawa Public Library during opening hours.

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