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This Bag has a Story

Two OPL customers holding their new Book Bags

This bag has a story.

Since Library Month (October) 2017, you may have seen some dark blue denim book bags around the city: hanging off the back of a chair in a café, slung over a shoulder on campus, sitting among grocery bags on the bus, or appearing in parks or along winter trails. It is great to see these special book bags being appreciated. Most of all, we hope to see every bag filled with books. This limited-edition bag will continue to be gifted to our customers and to people in the community who support our mission.

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) seeks to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. To mark Canada 150, we celebrated Storytelling in all its forms. From Canadian classics like Anne of Green Gables to modern-day stories and songs from Chris Hadfield, OPL had a banner year in 2017 with our theme of Storytelling. 

The best stories have multiple layers, lessons, and meanings. They make us think, reflect, and pause as we read. We consider what the story wants to tell us. In the end, we take away a deeper understanding of the world to apply in our daily lives. 

This bag has a story about inspiring learning. 

EcoEquitable is a bilingual, registered Canadian charity in Ottawa that empowers and inspires newcomers and immigrants who arrive in Canada to acquire skills and enter the workforce with dignity and confidence. Women workers at EcoEquitable’s Vanier atelier used newfound skills and upcycled denim fabric to create these bags. We are honoured to have collaborated with this organisation to support employment, learning, and skills development for new immigrants and underemployed women with these locally made, sustainable book bags. 

This bag has a story about sparking curiosity.  

OPL’s 33 branches are community hubs throughout Ottawa, offering a wide variety of resources, programs, and services to spark curiosity for all ages and levels of learning. During Library Month 2017, we distributed these special book bags at each of our branches and at several select OC Transpo stations to library customers and lovers of literacy. Thousands of these bags throughout Ottawa will carry books and stories for years to come.

This bag has a story about connecting people. 

The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) is a steadfast benefactor of programs, services, and facilities at OPL. Since amalgamation in 2003, they have donated more than $3 million to enrich OPL and, consequently, the communities that we serve. FOPLA’s generous donation enabled us to select this bag and tell its story. The ‘Friends’ work tirelessly to support the mission of OPL and connect people through volunteer initiatives, book sales, and advocacy for a strong public library. 

This bag has a story. 

And now, that story includes you. 


What a wonderful project! I wish these were for sale so I could get my hands on, and my books in, one.