North Gower library volunteers reach fund-raising goal

A community devoted to its library helps raise funds

Former library staffer Karen Craig with former Rideau MP and local historian Bill Tupper at the opening of Coral's Corner in 2015.

Former library staffer Karen Craig with former Rideau MP and local historian Bill Tupper at the opening of Coral’s Corner in 2015.

December 29, 2016

The volunteers who operate the Coral’s Corner bookstore in the North Gower Branch of the Ottawa Public Library achieved their 2016 fund-raising goal, raising more than $1,500 for Friends of the Ottawa Public Library.

All book sale proceeds are reinvested in community libraries.

In previous years, the book store raised hundreds of dollars; the higher amount this year is the result of a new location in the library, and donations from the community, say volunteers.

“Up to now, the books for sale were located on a cart and then in a bookshelf in a back corner of the Library,” says Jane Wilson, Coral’s Corner bookstore manager and volunteer with the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library. Wilson is also co-chair of the Friends of the North Gower Library.

“Our new location is the renovated library is right in the front hall–everybody passes by Coral’s Corner as they come in, and they can see what we have on offer,” Wilson says.

“It helps that we have a community here that is devoted to the library, and has donated wonderful books for us to sell,” Wilson adds.

Hardcover books sell for just $2 at Coral’s Corner, paperbacks are $1, and magazines are just 10 cents.

 

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Renovations begin at North Gower!

Friends of the North Gower Library's photo.
Trucks and a storage pod are signs of work going on inside the North Gower Branch of the Ottawa Public Library!
The Library closed for renovations Monday July 11 and will reopen Monday July 25th.
We’ll bring you updates as we have them!
In the meantime, keep up with the TD Summer Reading Club, and register for library summer programs at the Ottawa Public Library website: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/program?f%5B0%5D=field_event_branch%3A1117
Funding for the renovations was provided by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library. Proceeds from book sales at “Coral’s Corner” in North Gower are reinvested in our community.
***2016: 125 years of continuous library services to the community***

Sidewalk sale at North Gower Branch a success

Community members Karen Craig (L) and Christiane Bollinger at the Sidewalk Sale Saturday. In the basket, special custom Library Blend coffee, prepared just for us!

Community members Karen Craig (L) and Christiane Bollinger at the Sidewalk Sale Saturday. In the basket, special custom Library Blend coffee, prepared just for us!

A rainy Saturday failed to dampen enthusiasm at the first-ever Sidewalk Sale at the North Gower Branch of the Ottawa Public Library as donated and decommissioned books from the Coral’s Corner used bookstore were cleared to make room for upcoming renovations.

Books sold included fiction, children’s story books, military history, and many fascinating books and booklets of local history.

Proceeds from the sale go to Friends of the Ottawa Public Library for reinvestment in the community libraries.

Retired librarian Karen Craig dropped in as did may other North Gower-Kars residents throughout the day. One lucky customer picked up a beautiful pressed flower kit; another spied a home health guide from the early 1900s—a collector’s item!

Renovations begin at the Branch, now in its 125th year of continuous library service to the community, in July.

Special Library Blend Coffee to be available soon!

No Go Coffee

Great news! Karin Rabuka of NoGo Coffee will be preparing some more of the special North Gower Library Blend coffee, roasted and prepared locally … and we’ll have it available, fresh, in sample bags at our Sidewalk Sale, June 11th.

We first offered this coffee at Christmas in 2015 after asking Karin to make us a unique blend of her coffee beans … and we sold out THREE TIMES, it is so good!

NoGo coffee is sold at specialty markets around the city, and at the North Gower Farmers Market — it is the ONLY coffee provided at Strathmere’s Retreat spa and cafe.

So mark that date: special book sale AND Library Blend coffee, June 11, at the Library.

Proceeds go to Friends of the Ottawa Public Library for reinvestment in our community library.

North Gower: now celebrating our 125th year of continuous library service to the community

Book Sale North Gower June 11

We need to make room for our long-awaited renovations!

So, Coral’s Corner bookstore, with gently used donations and books removed from the library collection, is having a sale!

See us on the sidewalk outside the library on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. til noon. (Rain date June 25th, same time)

We have non-fiction (lots of sports books, including a bio of Sidney Crosby), children’s books, graphic novels, and paperbacks (great for the cottage or travel!).

Stop by and check out the great bargains on wonderful books.

All proceeds go to the Friends of the Ottawa Public LIbrary

 

Experience the “Grandmaster of Adventure” Clive Cussler

Featured in Coral’s Corner used bookstore this week is bestselling author Clive Cussler, whose rollicking takes have garnered him the title, the “Grandmaster of Adventure.”

We will have over 20 Cussler novels available for sale (you won’t believe they have been read before, their are in such wonderful condition).

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Stop in!

We will also have new children’s books on display for sale, too.

All sale proceeds go to Friends of the Ottawa Public Library for re-investment in our community.

Cookbooks on sale at North Gower

From donations to our little “Coral’s Corner” gently used bookstore, and from decommissioned books in the library collection, we still have a few fabulous cookbooks on sale.

On Saturday we still had for sale:

Laura Calder, Dinner Chez Moi

Dinner Chez Moi

The Bocca Cookbook, by Jacob Kenedy (this book was $47 new)

Bocca

and

The Reluctant Entertainer, by Sandy Coughlin

The Reluctant Entertainer

Also on sale, books on gardening, crafts (including origami!) and a fabulous book on how to turn yard-sale finds into great home decor!

All proceeds from books sold at Coral’s Corner go to friends of the Ottawa Public Library, and are re-invested in our communities in equipment and furnishings.