Category Archives: Blog

  • New drop box location and a “Thank You”

    Posted on April 25, 2017 by in Blog

    Kaleidoscope Kids Books has closed and therefore will no longer be a drop box location for Twice Upon a Time – Free Books for Kids. Octopus Books, 116 Third Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S 2K1 has most graciously accepted to be the new drop box location in the Glebe.  Twice Upon a Time would like to sincerely […]

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    20th Century Fundraiser

    Posted on March 23, 2017 by in Blog

    Come out to support Twice Upon a Time and join us for a fun night of music and dancing! On Tuesday March 28th, the 20th Century Boys will be holding a concert at the Heart and Crown (Mother McGuinty’s), 67 Clarence Street, Ottawa, from 6:30 to 11pm. Proceeds will go to Twice Upon a Time […]

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    Sophia Makes a Difference!

    Posted on March 5, 2017 by in Blog

    On Saturday, January 14th, a young girl named Sophia Ballafini approached the Twice Upon a Time – Free Books for Kids – pop-up store at the Overbrook Community Centre (CC) to talk about her school project. Sophia, a grade 3 student at Steve MacLean Public School, explained how she was working on a project called […]

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    Canadian National Institute for the Blind

    Posted on February 14, 2017 by in Blog

    In January, 2017, the Twice Upon a Time Board of Directors received a presentation from Jane Beaumont, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).  Jane provided guidelines for working with children with vision loss. Below are some tips for families, friends and caretakers dealing with this situation. For more information go to Also note […]

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    Welcome to our new board members

    Posted on January 27, 2017 by in Blog

    On January 15th, the board of directors (B o D) of Twice Upon a Time held the first meeting for 2017.  There are many familiar faces are around the table who bring a significant amount of continuity and depth of knowledge about our programs.  Two new board members have joined our eager team; Ranya is […]

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    Giving Tuesday

    Posted on November 20, 2016 by in Blog

    Twice Upon a Time has joined Giving Tuesday Canada’s National Day of Giving. On Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Twice Upon a Time launches its Canada 150 Indigenous Materials Initiative-to buy and build a collection about the indigenous peoples of Canada and by indigenous authors so that some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable youngsters can own […]

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    Charitable Status

    Posted on June 14, 2016 by in Blog

    Twice Upon a Time/Il était deux fois is pleased to announce that we have been successful in our application to become a Canadian registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency. The associated Business Registration number is 803095777RR0001. This comes just in time for our 2nd anniversary of opening our first Pop-Up location at Heartwood House. […]

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    Ottawa Book Arts Show and Sale

    Posted on May 24, 2016 by in Blog

    On Saturday 14th May, Twice Upon a Time/Il était deux fois were invited by the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists to the Ottawa Book Arts Show and Sale. It was an excellent opportunity to share our mission with people in the book arts community. Our volunteers were on hand to […]

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    Join us for our anniversary fundraising party

    Posted on July 6, 2015 by in Blog

    Twice Upon a Time is celebrating its first anniversary this Thursday, July 9.   The 20th Century Boys  will be rocking Maxwell’s, 340 Elgin St. at 8pm.  $15 at the door.  Come join the party! If you have some children’s books you would like to donate, bring them along. Twice Upon a Time needs books for kids under […]

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  • Twice Upon a Time partners with Habitat for Humanity / Il était deux fois s’associe à Habitat pour l’humanité

    Posted on March 6, 2015 by in Blog

    Four Ottawa families moved into their new Habitat for Humanity homes in early December.    Last month, each of the younger children received a “welcome home” present from Twice Upon a Time  – free books!   Read more about the hard work these families did to make their dream of owning a home a reality. Il était deux fois […]

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