Hand Lettered Book Covers


As a children’s librarian, I’m often taken with the creative talents of illustrators, especially in picture books. Often, the pictures and lettering tell as much about a book as the story itself. One of my particular favourites is Oliver Jeffers, author/illustrator extraordinaire. He creates simple drawings that are delightful, but his hand-lettering style is also something that sets his books apart.  It’s easy to pick out a piece of his work through his distinctive style. You can see some of his work above.

Lately, though, hand lettered book covers have been taking over the shelves.  From the wonderful lettering of Marion Deuchers seen below….

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….to a similar look by Steph von Reiswitz  below:



Hand lettering is deceptively simple. It must not only be legible, but have a stylized look to it. Give it a try. Write anything you like on a piece of paper….but try to make it easy to read and yet interesting. Thinking twice about how easy it looks? These artists are amazing!

So, the next time you see a book on the shelves with an illustrated cover, don’t ignore the simplicity of it. These illustrators will be happy to know you understand!

Published in: on July 23, 2014 at 3:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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Happy Birthday, Prince George!


Last year at this time, plenty of us were glued to our TV’s or computers, awaiting the news of the birth of the next Royal heir. (And yes, there may have been whoops and hollers at the library from certain staff members when the announcement was made. That’s all I’ll admit to.)

Although my husband is tired of the little chubby-cheeked cutie on the cover of every magazine, I can’t seem to get enough. I especially loved this funny look at the tiny Prince’s best facial expressions as ranked by the people at Buzz Feed.  This one is my favourite:

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Have a little fun with it. Happy Birthday, George!

(P.S….there are books about the Royal Family, too! Come in to see what we have at the library!)

Published in: on July 22, 2014 at 3:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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We hit a milestone this past week when one of our library staff celebrated 30 years of work at the Carleton Place Public Library! Congratulations, Shirley!


We gathered Library Board Members, former staff, friends and current staff for a surprise lunch at Ballygiblins. Boy, was she surprised!


It was weeks of hushed conversations and secret plans that poor Shirley had no idea about. For a while, I’m pretty sure she thought either everyone was talking about her behind her back (we were!), or that we were ignoring her. Poor Shirley. But wasn’t this worth all the secrecy?


Here’s to another 30 years, Shirley! (Just kidding…..we only expect you to stay for the next 20. We’re not unreasonable, after all.)

Do You Have Your Tickets?

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Yes, we still have lots of tickets available for Yoshi: Juggler Extraordinaire on Thursday, July 24th at 10am. We’ll meet you at the Carleton Place Town Hall Auditorium where we’ll enjoy a show by this talented performer!  This is a perfect event for ages 4 and up, and yes…parents need a ticket, too!

If you’re interested, tickets are on sale now at the library for $3 each (children & adults), but we’ll also have some available on the morning of the event for $4 each (parents and children). Why not save yourself a little money and drop by the library today to pick them up! You won’t want to miss this, and it’s a great event to take part in, rain or shine!



Have you read PRACTICAL JEAN by Trevor Cole yet? If you were at the Lambs Down Park Festival back in June, we were handing out copies of this fun Canadian book as part of our Great Book Relay! All we asked was that you read the book and pass it on to someone else.  Then, we’re hoping lots of people will join us in September for a fun chat about it. It’s not a book club, it’s a book relay!

So, if you’ve read the book already, you’ll know what it’s all about. If not, we still have some copies available at the library, or feel free to download one on OverDrive to your eReader.  Here is the summary from Goodreads:


Jean Vale Horemarsh is an ordinary, small-town woman with the usual challenges of middle age. She’s content, mostly, with the life she’s built: a semi-successful career as a ceramics artist, a close collection of women friends (if you ignore the terrible falling out she had with Cheryl all those years ago), a comfortable marriage with a kind if otherwise unextraordinary man. And then Jean sees her mother go through the final devastating months of cancer, and realizes that her fondest wish is to protect her dearest friends from the indignities of aging and illness. That’s when she decides to kill them…

Here is a fun video of PRACTICAL JEAN…but be aware, it has spoilers!

 If you’re interested and have read the book, join us at the library on September 8th at 6:30pm for a lively discussion about the book and the entire Book Relay.


Published in: on July 16, 2014 at 3:09 am  Comments (1)  
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Are You Up For a Challenge?

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If you’re up for a challenge, join us weekly at the library for something new! Each mission involves finding something in the library and taking a photo. It’s not too tricky, but it might take some thinking. All we ask you to do then is upload your photo to the Carleton Place Public Library Facebook page, to Twitter, or to Instagram. Use the hashtag #cplibrary so we can see what you’ve done.

Last week we were looking for photos of our patrons and the biggest book in the library. This week, your mission is to take out a new cookbook and make one of the recipes. Then, take a food photo of whatever you’ve made and share it with us!  We’d love to see your masterpiece!

Keep watching our Facebook page, or drop into the library each week to see every new mission. They’re going to happen all summer!


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