Do You OverDrive?

Audiobooks and eBooks are a big part of our library collection, even though many of the titles are strictly digital and never actually come into the library building itself. But we have many readers (and listeners), who regularly use the OverDrive website or app to access these books and enjoy “reading” in a whole new way.  We love hearing the stories, from people who download audiobooks to listen to on their drive to and from work (library staff included), to people who choose eBooks when they’re going on vacation and don’t want to carry a stack of heavy books in their suitcases. They’re a wonderful way to get in some extra reading when you might not feel you have the time to spend on books.

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If you’ve been downloading eBooks or audiobooks to your computer for a while, you might not realize there is now a handy APP that you can use on your portable devices, such as tablets or phones.  The OverDrive Media Console App is available for both Apple products (iPhones, iPads etc., available from the Apple store), as well as for Android based products (from the Google Play store). The app is free and only takes a moment to download. Then, all you’ll need is your library card number, and a PIN that we’ve given to you and you’re all set! Gone are the days when you needed an Adobe ID, so new users, rejoice in the fact that you can now skip a much dreaded step!

While some people don’t enjoy reading on their phones because of the small display, audiobooks are really simple to access on a phone, and you can plug in your earbuds, or just listen using your phone’s speaker. They don’t take long to download, and if you use free Wi-fi access points, you won’t have to worry about paying for data charges. Give it a try!  Just pop into your library to get a card and a PIN, and start downloading books today!

http://downloadcentre.library.on.ca

 

The Big Red Shoes

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Yes, the man with the big red shoes is coming back to the Carleton Place Public Library again! We’re excited about this visit, which is taking place on Thursday, October 16th at 3pm. It’s aimed at children aged 4-7 years old, but everyone is welcome.  Ronald will read a story and visit with our young friends until it is time for him to leave. It’s going to be so much fun!

The last time Ronald was here, he made quite the splash in the library, so if you happen to be around that day, don’t be surprised if you see him traipsing through the stacks!

No registration is necessary for this fun family storytime, but plan to be here early in order to get a good spot. (Don’t worry parents, he won’t be bringing any McDonald’s treats with him….it’ll be all about the story that afternoon!) Call us at the library for more information. 257-2702.

What Was There?

For our Frivolous Friday post, we’re visiting a fun site called “What Was There?”  It allows readers to upload their own photos of specific buildings that used to be in places that might now be built up, or changed in some way.  It’s fun, even if you don’t know any of the places.  The old photos layered over a Google map image is fascinating!

thereIf you have a few minutes this weekend, spend time either uploading your own photos, or looking through some of the ones that are already posted. It will help you see your world with new eyes! (Hint: try some of the countries other than the US.!)

Published in: on September 26, 2014 at 3:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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Fire Up Your PVR!

Hulu and Warner Brothers TV, along with J.J. Abrams’ fabulous team, have announced they’ll be making a 9-hour series based on Stephen King’s alternate history novel, 11/22/63 which is based on the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

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I loved this book, which centers around English teacher Jake Epping who discovers the local diner has a portal that can transport him back to 1958….several years before the assassination in Texas. But time travel through this secret portal is not without consequences, as Epping soon discovers.  While there are many classic King-isms in this book (it’s not for those who cannot suspend disbelief for a short time, or for those who aren’t comfortable with King’s interest in paranormal/horror nuances), this is a wonderful re-imaging of a horrible moment in US history. Not only does he shed light on historical facts many generations might not have heard, but he paints Lee Harvey Oswald in a human light, making this book rich with history and humanity.

While the mini-series isn’t set to air until 2015 on Hulu, and probably later through Warner Brothers, I’m going to mark my calendar so that I don’t forget. And if you haven’t read the book, you still have time. It’s a biggie, so you might want to get right on it!

Published in: on September 24, 2014 at 3:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Where Do You Belong?

If you’re a fan of the Canadian band Great Big Sea, you’ll know Alan Doyle. He’s the lead singer, and now author of a memoir called WHERE I BELONG: SMALL TOWN TO GREAT BIG SEA about growing up in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, as well as his musical journey.  He decided to write about his hometown because he feels it shaped him both musically, and as a person. As with many Newfoundlanders, Doyle is a born storyteller, and his memoir will sure to delight fans as well as those who just love to learn about small-town Canada.

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You can see a bit more about his book, and the place he grew up in the book trailer:

Happy reading!

 

Published in: on September 23, 2014 at 3:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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Book Bingo

Many of our patrons tell us that they hear about books on the radio, on TV, or in the newspaper, and then they come in to request them. If you’re one of those people, CBC Books just put out a fun Bingo Card to help you feel like you’re accomplishing something with your reading. With the Canada Reads coming up in the early spring, this will also help.

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This is a lot like the Book Buck Bingo cards we do each summer for our teens.  Make your own rewards, if you like.  One line could be a lunch out with a reading friend. Get all four corners, and maybe you can buy yourself something you’ve been looking at in that special store. Or be really creative and purchase a book for a friend or co-worker when you complete the card.  Whatever you decide to do, have some fun!

Published in: on September 22, 2014 at 3:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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