International Dot Day!

Monday, September 15th is International Dot Day, and the Carleton Place Public Library is participating in this fun event with Miss Janet’s Grade 4 class from St. Mary’s School. Haven’t heard of International Dot Day? It’s a great movement, inspired by the book, “THE DOT” by Peter H. Reynolds, which is the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after her teacher challenges her to make her mark.

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International Dot Day goes one step further…encouraging children (and adults) of all ages to reach for the stars and make their own mark on the world. You can see more on the website, and if you’re really excited, you can sign up and download the ideas booklet to get you started. We’re only here a short time…make the most of it! There are many wonderful events planned all around the world, from children decorating their own dots, to pledging to do something important with their lives. We’ll have a special fun thing to do at the library next Monday for our first class visit from our friends at St. Mary’s. I’ll post some photos of the result on our Facebook page later that day.

And if you happen to be at the library that day, maybe you’ll even be able to participate in your own way. It’s all a secret just yet, though……

Go ahead….make your mark!

It’s Almost Time!

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While we’re still a week away from starting up fall programs, we’re busy planning everything in sight. First up, it’s Book Buck Spending Week #2!  And while we had lots of teens in to spend their book bucks in the first week, we know there are still plenty of those little green bucks out there. Plus, we have TONS of great things still to spend them on!

So, starting Monday, Sept. 8th….drop in anytime to spend the Book Bucks.  We’ll be re-filling the window all week long, so if you still have a book or two to finish, you can keep collecting. But don’t save these bucks for next year….once Sept. 8 – 13th is over, your book bucks will be no good. So, plan on a spending spree next week. Can’t wait to see everyone!

If…

We just got a fabulous new book at the library called IF…A MIND-BENDING NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT BIG IDEAS AND NUMBERS by David J. Smith.

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It’s written by a Canadian author and educator, who really knows how to engage readers. This has wonderful unique ways of presenting ideas on size and numbers that any kid (or adult) can understand. It’ll surely open their minds to looking at the world around them in a different way.

For example, did you know that if the planets in the Solar System were shrunk to the size of balls, and Earth was the size of a baseball, Mercury would be about the size of a ping-pong ball, and Jupiter would be the size of one of those large exercise balls you balance on for core strength.  The sun would be MUCH bigger than that in comparison, about 10 times the diameter of that exercise ball! WOW!

Or….if all the water on Earth were represented by 100 glasses, then 97 of the glasses would be filled with salt water, and only three of the glasses would contain fresh water. BUT…only ONE of those glasses of fresh water would represent all the fresh water available to us.  The rest of the fresh water is locked up in glaciers, frozen in the atmosphere or deep underground.  Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

The facts are accompanied by wonderful illustrations done by Steve Adams. Honestly, this is a book EVERY child should read. It should be required for school. If I had known a lot of this information when I was younger, maybe I’d have taken a greater interest in math and science.

Drop in to the library to borrow the book or place a hold. This is one read for everyone.

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She is fearless!

We like to have fun at the library. And a big part of that has been our summer student, Emma, and her creative talents that keep our young patrons happy and coming back for programs. So this week, we thought we’d challenge her to a little bit of crazy we’re calling the first ever “Carleton Place Public Library Great Scavenger Hunt for Emma!” 

She has a list of items to try to complete this week, and so far, she’s done such an amazing job, I’m wondering why we haven’t done this in the past!

First up this week, she created a Twitter account for a sparkly stapler that gets a lot of attention at the library. If you tweet, give it a follow. It’ll be fun, I’m sure!

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Next, she was challenged to create a stained glass window craft (because she’s so crafty with the kids!), that featured a character either from THE LORD OF THE RINGS, or ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.  We came into work and found this lovely taped to the window!

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But the topper on Monday was her challenge to drive through the local Tim Hortons to pick up some timbits for the library. Sounds easy, right?  Not even close!  Her challenge was to order in the form of a Shakespearean sonnet, and she’d get bonus points if it rhymed. She even managed to get her brother to help, giving him the cinematography credit on this great video. Check out this great link to watch the video, and be ready to laugh!

It’s going to be a fun week. Keep an eye on our Facebook page if you want to see more!

 

 

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!

Storytime Poster 2014-2015 Storytime is open to children aged 2-5 years old, but you’re welcome to bring along your baby or toddler if you have an older child wanting to attend. (No need to add their names to our registration list.)

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!

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!

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