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Project name: Open Books, Open Minds

Books are a medium for sharing stories. Books collecting dust on a shelf do not fulfill their purpose. Open books do. Something special happens when we set aside the distractions of modern culture and immerse ourselves in a novel. We open ourselves up to new ideas, new experiences, and new perspectives. It’s an experiment in patience and mindfulness. Researchers at the New School for Social Research in New York have found evidence that reading literature helps people better understand what others think and feel. In short, reading improves empathy.


Libraries help people connect through books, but also by fostering an inclusive and understanding environment. People from all walks of life come to the library. We want all of them to feel welcomed and safe, even those who might feel marginalized and might express themselves in rebellious ways. In fact, with a mural as medium, our goal is to encourage young artists to channel their creativity and talent in a constructive manner from which the entire community will benefit. Providing this opportunity can also open minds.


There will be a community consultation on Saturday, July 22nd at 2:00p.m. We will invite local residents, business owners, and municipal representatives to share their thoughts about elements to include in the mural. We would be very honored if you could attend this event and share this opportunity with Fallingbrooke residents.

Garage Sale

The Fallingbrook community-wide garage sale took place on Saturday May 27, 2017.  The weather was beautiful.  Many families participated. I counted 15 garage sales on my street (Clearcrest) alone.

Next year the Fallingbrook garage sale will take place on Saturday May 26, 2018.

The community of Fallingbrook is situated in the City of Ottawa, Canada, in the east end of Orleans. It has a population of over 25,000 people, 8 elementary schools, 2 high schools, a public library and Ray Friel Centre recreation complex. Fallingbrook was farmland until 1985 when development started.  Fallingbrook is bordered by St Joseph Blvd, Tenth Line Road, Innes Road and Trim Road.

The Fallingbrook Community Association tries to represent the  association also tries to boost community spirit by hosting events such as Canada Day, Summerfest, an annual community garage sale, a Neighbourhood Watch program and other events that benefit the community. We welcome recommendations for improving current events and suggestions for new events. If you want to be involved in any of our events, please contact the President.

La communauté de Fallingbrook fait partie de la ville d'Ottawa, Canada, dans le secteur est d'Orléans. Sa population actuelle est de 25,000. La communauté possède huiMayt écoles élémentaires, deux écoles secondaires et le Centre récréatif Ray Friel. Fallingbrook a été développée sur des terres agricoles à partir de 1985, et le quartier est circonscrit par le boulevard St-Joseph, les chemins Tenth Line, Innes et Trim.

L'Association communautaire de Fallingbrook s'efforce de représenter les intérêts des résidents du quartier; elle tient des réunions périodiques auxquelles participent des représentants élus municipaux, provinciaux et fédéraux. Pour rehausser l'esprit de la communauté, l'association organize des événements comme la Fête du Canada, un festival d'hiver, une solde de garage annuelle, un programme de Surveillance de quartier et d'autres activités offrant des bénéfices pour la communauté. Nous sommes toujours ouverts aux recommandations tendant à améliorer les événements organisés et aux suggestions en vue de nouveaux projets du genre. Si cela vous intéresse de participer à ces activités, communiquez avec la présidente.

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