One Book, One Community!

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Next year, we’ll be participating in the “One Book, One Community” project with all of the libraries in Lanark County. It’s an exciting endeavor that hopes to get people from all five communities reading the same book. We’ll be hosting events around the book, prompting discussion, and encouraging our communities to interact in various ways.

This week, we’re beginning the book selection. You can drop into any one of the local libraries (Carleton Place Public Library, Perth & District Union Public Library, Smiths Falls Public Library, Mississippi Mills Library, and Lanark Highlands Public Library) and fill out a quick ballot for your selection. The theme for 2015 will be AGING, so keep that in mind when selecting a book you’d like to suggest. It doesn’t have to be a Canadian book, and it can be from any genre, as long as it deals with aging in some way. We’re looking forward to seeing what books you suggest, and hope we’ll be able to announce the winning book in the near future. Then, we’ll be getting many copies of the book to make available to the public to read. Keep watching here or at the library for more information as time moves on.

What would your suggestion be for the One Book, One Community project this year?

Will it be a Typical Week?

You may not realize it, but libraries are constantly keeping track of statistics. We keep stats on items in, items out, reference questions, cataloged books, internet users, volunteer hours, genealogy users and much more. And once a year in or around November, libraries have what we call a “typical week”.  It’s a week without any holidays where we attempt to measure all of these things, as well as foot traffic into the library and social media stats. The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports gathers all of this data to see how libraries are being used, and to better allow us to offer services to our communities.

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If you see us clicking this week, we’re counting. It’s funny because it often takes us a few days to get into the routine, and then once we’ve all become good at it, we’re done. It won’t be over for our Head of Library Services, however. She’ll have to put all the data together for the annual survey and see how it compared to previous years. I bet you’d be surprised at what we discover! If you’d like to see some of the previous statistics gathered, drop by this webpage for some of the details on public libraries in Ontario.

 

Elf on the Library Shelf

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Yes, we’re lucky enough to have an Elf on the Library Shelf this year!  But he needs a name before he’ll begin his duties. Starting today, you can drop by the library to fill out your name idea. And then keep your eyes on our Facebook page for crazy fun in December!

Check Out Our New Site!

ScreenshotsWe have a new online catalog!

Starting today, we have a fancy new online catalog that will allow you to do SO much more! It’s a fresh new layout, with many more options like accessing eBooks and Audiobooks directly from our catalog, viewing our program schedule, and now, you can even make a donation to the library!

Where can I find it?

You can now access the Carleton Place Public Library at  http://olco.canlib.ca/client/cp  ! Yes, it’s almost the same address as the old one, but don’t be fooled….the content is MUCH better! Drop by to see what you can do, and let us know if you have any problems.  We’re all learning at this point, but we think you’ll enjoy the new format.

What can I do?

Like before, you can log in using your library card and PIN, and access all of your user information.  You’ll see what books you have out, be able to place holds and renew books, and browse the catalog. But now, you’ll also have access to all of the eBooks and Audiobooks OverDrive has available….right through our catalog. And we’ve purchased a few great books for our patrons, available as eBooks, so expect to have access to some great titles without the long wait!

You can find out information about getting books for shut-ins, museum pass information, and you can now even read the minutes from the last Library Board Meeting online! If you have children, all of our programs for the younger set are listed in their own part of the site, and also for teens and adults. Stop by the Library News widget to see if we have anything exciting going on. There are so many great options now, you’ll be visiting the site more often than ever!

What are all those books scrolling across the top of the page?

Now you’ll be able to see the newest books available at the library. Whenever we add new purchases to the library, you’ll see the book cover appear near the top of the page. Just click on it to place a hold or download an eBook or audiobook version. It’s really easy!

Why make a donation to the library?

The Carleton Place Public Library is a registered charity, so we always accept donations to help purchase new books or materials to make our service even better for our patrons. Any donation over $10 will provide you with a tax receipt, so if you can’t decide where to donate this year, please consider the library.

What do all those funny symbols mean beside the titles?

For now, just ignore those. We’re working on making the searching experience even easier, but as with any new venture, there are a few wrinkles to be ironed out. In the meantime, please read the record carefully and look for things like  DVD or ePub or MP3 to distinguish the regular paper version of the books from audiobooks, eBooks or DVDs. We hope it won’t be too tricky, but we don’t want patrons placing holds on formats they aren’t expecting. Don’t worry, it’ll all come together soon enough!

Let us know what you think! Do you like the new site? Have you found any tricky spots that need clarification? Do you need help? Drop by the library, send us an email, or give us a call and we’ll try to sort everything out for you. Happy surfing!

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Lest We Forget

The library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th, for Remembrance Day.

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Please keep all returns until Wednesday.

Published in: on November 7, 2014 at 3:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Ghomeshi Book Cancelled

In wake of allegations of abuse towards women by former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi, Penguin Canada has decided to terminate its contract with him and will not publish his next book. It seems that each day, new details arise about Ghomeshi and the women he dated or had contact with while at work on his popular radio program, Q. The CBC chose to terminate his position with the company, and now there are lawsuits being filed and more women coming forward, so it makes sense that Penguin would want to distance themselves from the announcer.

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However, in light of many scandals over the years, I wonder if this is premature. Canadians are a non-confrontational bunch and might not see that a tell-all book after the conclusion of this mess as something they’d want to be associated with, but let’s face it….scandal sells. And in light of how much the publishing business is changing, it might not be a bad thing for Penguin to keep him on their roster, at least for now. We need these money-making traditionally published books to build funds and presence for publishing houses so that smaller books can be bought and sold without the company facing losses.

If Penguin doesn’t reconsider, or can’t change the contract, I’m sure someone will snatch Ghomeshi up soon enough to write his own side of the story–whether he’s telling it from the comfort of his living room or from behind bars.

What do you think? Would you read a tell-all by Ghomeshi? Or are you tired of his story already? Leave us a comment……..

Published in: on November 4, 2014 at 3:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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