If you have some children’s books you would like to donate, bring them along. Twice Upon a Time needs books for kids under twelve in excellent condition – French or English.
Twice Upon a Time opened Ottawa’s first pop-up free bookstore for kids in May 2014 in the Vanier/Overbook neighbourhood. Since then, this entirely volunteer run not-for-profit group has expanded its outreach to families of young children through partnerships with Heartwood House, the Overbrook Community Centre, the housing support office of the Taggart Family YM-YWCA, Ottawa Community Housing at Confederation Court, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Habitat for Humanity, the Children’s Aid Society, the Vanier Early Years Centre, and the Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy.
To date more than 2000 books in English and French have been given away. Many book loving babies, preschoolers, primary and elementary school age kids, parents and caregivers, have made repeat visits to the pop-up free bookstores to pick out books they can keep forever.
“This first year with Twice Upon a Time has been a dream come true,” said Alexandra Yarrow, founder and President. “We all remember our own best loved books from childhood – Curious George, Harry Potter, Green Eggs and Ham. Ottawa has a great public library system, but kids still need some books at home they can keep. Books are expensive, so we are thrilled by the response from our community who have donated their books, their time, and their money to help Twice Upon a Time make it possible for all children in Ottawa to own their favorite books.”