The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries is a non-profit with a mandate to benefit Ontario public libraries through advocacy, research, and marketing.

La Fédération des bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario est un organisme à but non-lucratif. Elle a comme mandat, de répondre aux besoins de toutes les bibliothèques, en concentrant leurs efforts dans la recherche, en marketing et en agissant comme plaidoyeur.

FOPL Webinar: Learning to Read Each Other: The Empathy Toy in Ontario’s Libraries

Our Next FOPL Webinar: Learning to Read Each Other: The Empathy Toy in Ontario’s Libraries Date: June 6, 2016 Time: Noon-1 pm. Cost: Free Reading Fiction increases empathy and this provides another tool to build community and understanding. Join us on June 6 as we explore the Empathy Toy. Already in schools, offices, makerspaces and libraries across 43 countries, this award-winning communication tool helps players aged 6 – 99 practice a variety of challenging skills related to collaboration, creative dialogue and problem-solving. You will meet Twenty One Toys, the Toronto-based social enterprise behind the Empathy Toy, and will discover specific applications for the Toy in both student programming and staff professional development. Speakers: Illana Ben-Arie, CEO, Twenty One Toys Ryan Burwell, Education Lead, Twenty One Toys   Registration All of these webinars will be recorded with the slides and provided on the FOPL members-only website within days of the event. Registration is preferred.  It is free to members.  As many staff as you like from your library (including board members) are welcome to attend.  Some libraries use this as an opportunity for professional development and do it over lunch.  Just send an e-mail to Monica Mixemong at FOPL to get on the list ( and you’ll get the sign-in information. We will send out more reminders of these events as they get closer. Our goal at FOPL is to maximize your investment in FOPL through collaborative efforts like these which get the research and data we need to succeed.  None of our activities could have been affordable by most Ontario libraries and we want to ensure that you’re prepared to use them... read more

Report Reveals Trends in Technology, Learning and Literacy at Ontario’s Public Libraries

Report Reveals Trends in Technology, Learning and Literacy at Ontario’s Public Libraries Association releases new report on children’s services in public libraries NEWS RELEASE TORONTO, ON (May 3, 2016): The latest Children’s Services Benchmark and Statistical Report reveals that public libraries are providing Ontario’s children with diverse technology, and parents are seeing libraries as a key community resource for learning, programs and literacy. Did you or your library participate in the Children’s Services survey? Register for our free webinar and learn how to create custom reports for your library! More information.  The report, which is conducted every three years, evaluates various trends and nuances in how Ontario’s public libraries cater to children older than five and younger than 12 years of age. A free copy of the report is available online. Highlights from the report include: Caregivers see value in Ontario’s libraries. On average, children represent only 13 per cent of the total population served by public libraries, but they account for 24 per cent of the items borrowed from Ontario’s public libraries. Libraries have more diverse programming for children. Programming options introduce children to various technologies (gaming, video programs, cartooning), leadership programs, music programs and programming focusing specifically on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The implementation of full day kindergarten is reported as having a significant impact on public libraries, On average, 30% of libraries report a change in programs offered and the target age of programs. Children’s services in public libraries provide community volunteer opportunities with 51,547 hours contributed collectively annually. Libraries are expanding items children can borrow. In addition to books and print material, children can borrow... read more

Community Fund for Canada’s 150th / Who can apply? Community Fund for Canada’s 150th / Who can apply? Who can apply? Eligible qualified donees operating within Canada may apply for small grants from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. Eligible qualified donees include: registered charities; registered Canadian amateur athletic associations; registered housing corporations resident in Canada constituted exclusively to provide low-cost housing for the aged; registered Canadian municipalities; registered municipal or public bodies performing a function of government in Canada. I’m not a qualified donee – can I still apply? Community groups and other actors are welcome to work with a qualified donee to make an application to the Fund. In the case of such a collaboration, the qualified donee would submit the application on behalf of the collaborating partners. Check the Canada Revenue Agency Charities Listing, and List of Other Qualified Donees to find potential partners in your community – they may be interested in collaborating on your... read more