It’s Storytime Again!

We’re getting excited to have lots of little ones join us on Wednesday mornings for Storytime again. And same as last year, we’re opening up the morning to include two sessions—–one at 9:30am and the next one at 10:15am.  When you call to register, you’ll have to make a choice between the early session or the later one, but don’t worry, we’ll have just as much fun at both!

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These sessions are filled with songs, books, rhymes and much more to help promote early literacy skills so that your child goes off to school ready to read! While we don’t do crafts during the session anymore, there will always be a fun take-home, so you’ll have something to do later in the day that relates back to storytime. This is a great way to bring back the ideas we focused on that session.

Give us a call to register, or drop by the library if you’d like to know bit more. Yay, it’s storytime again!

Sessions start September 10th!

Hyperbole and a Half

If you’ve ever dropped by the blog called “Hyperbole and a Half”, you’ll know all about Allie Brosh’s hilarious take on the world. She uses simplistic drawings and wry humour to convey her views on the world. Drop by to read a few of her most recent posts and you’ll see what I mean. (You’ll probably also become addicted to visiting her site, so plan on a few wasted minutes each day!)

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And if you’re not the type to read blogs, you can always drop into the library to pick up her book, also titled, HYPERBOLE AND A HALF. It’s filled with many of per most popular posts, and I’m sure there will be a sequel at some point, so her fans can rejoice. It’s just one of the fun selections we offer up at the library. A little bit unexpected, but a lot of fun!

Fall Programs at the Library

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you! We’re getting excited about announcing our Fall lineup at the library, so keep an eye out here, on our Facebook page, and in the library for more information about all the great things we’ll have going on this fall. It’s going to be great!

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Weeding a Collection

Our very own Head of Library Services, Meriah Caswell, wrote a fascinating article in our local arts arts newspaper ‘The Humm”, called “Your Books, Your Library,Your Community”. It was all about how difficult ( and controversial) it can be to keep a library collection up to date and complete. While many people think of discarding books as the ultimate sin, it’s a necessary evil for libraries that can’t expand their buildings to keep everything. Meriah explains:

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“Developing a library collection, is not all about finding the perfect book for its reader. There is a darker side to librarianship. The side we don’t like to talk about. The thing is, once a library has filled its shelves with all those wonderful books, soon those shelves cannot be packed any further. White pages begin to yellow, hot topics become yesterday’s news, and current information turns from dated to incorrect and, if kept long enough, to hilariously (or insultingly) outmoded (for examples of this, check out awfullibrarybooks.net).

People who have read the hottest title are loathe to read it again, and soon the book featuring a busty damsel with hot pants and a scrunchie on the cover has been sitting on the shelf for years without a reader. These books must be moved in order to make room for those that the community currently wants to read. The process of finding these books and separating them from the ones that are in demand has been euphemistically dubbed “weeding”, and is an important part of keeping a collection current and relevant to a community. Library staff will rely on a variety of methods to determine what should be pulled, with circulation statistics being the main indicator. Books that are “weeded” often find new life on the “for sale” table, and many libraries will donate their used items to charitable organizations.

At the Carleton Place Public Library, much of our weeded material is donated to Better World Books, who will match each online book sale with a donation of a book to someone in need.”

 

So, the next time you come to the library and look through our sale table, keep in mind that these books were once well loved, and will hopefully serve a new purpose to someone who might not have had a chance to read them yet.

 

Magazines Galore!

We’ve always had a pretty good magazine collection, but we’re revamping! Along with new selections, Sheila has done wonders organizing everything to make it easier to find the ones that are already in our collection. Check out some of the new headings! Now you won’t have to look very far for something great to read. And our youth magazines are now located in the children’s section of the library to make it easier for them to pick up the latest issue.

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As with all other items in the library, you can find our magazines in our online catalog. Don’t be afraid to place holds on back issues you’d like to read. We LOVE magazines at the library, and we hope you do, too!

Plot Your Novel!

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We’re excited to offer a free writing workshop this fall at the Carleton Place Public Library called, “Plot Your Novel!”.  Whether this is the first book you’ve ever tried to write, or whether you’re a seasoned pro, this will help you get on track and stay on track so that you can finish that masterpiece!

It’s been so much fun getting to know our local writing community since we began offering programs in early April, and many of you have requested this type of workshop to help lead up to National Novel Writing Month in November. Even if you’re a “pantser”, this workshop will give you some tips to organize your writing and develop your ideas before you even open up that word document.  We’ll cover things like:

  • What is plotting?
  • Pacing your novel
  • Working through writer’s block

And hopefully, this will lead us into another fun workshop in October dealing with the development of characters.  We’re really excited about our writers! Call us today to register! (This is for adults only. Ask us about our teen writing program!)

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