Starting on Canada’s National Day of Giving, Tuesday, November 27, 2018, we are launching our newest annual Development Appeal Campaign – Joie de livre! French Books for Ottawa Kids! The campaign initiates our 2019 major project of building capacity to meet the urgent demand for French language materials.
In 2017, 28% of the books chosen by children at our locations were in French; at present, fewer than 15% of the donations received are in French, and much of the material donated is out of date, of poor quality, or not representative of the community. This means we often have to supplement French material by purchasing books, at bulk discounts through partner wholesalers and local bookstores, in order to offer adequate and appropriate material for the children who visit our sites. We live in a bilingual city and want to share the richness of this bilingual experience with all children in our locations. We are excited to launch this project, and bring even more French books to Ottawa kids!