What’s Coming Up?

While 2014 is coming to a close, we’ve been thinking about 2015 for some time now. And a New Year means new programs at the library! We’ve had a great fall, with lots of programming for adults, and children, so we’re going to expand again into the unknown. Here’s what’s coming up:

FOR CHILDREN:

Babytime

Storytime

Toddler Time

Craft Nights

Forest of Reading®

March Break events

Free Comic Book Day

FOR TEENS

Teen Book Club

Camp NaNoWriMo

March Break events

Rock the Drop!

FOR ADULTS:

Monthly Book Club

Monthly Craft Club

Ancestry Database training

Writing workshops

Camp NaNoWriMo

Bad Art Night

Human Library Project

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As you can see, we’re going to be doing most of the usual fun programs for kids, but we have a few fun new things to offer as well. Toddler time was a good success this fall, so we’re going to offer it in short 6-week sessions, running after babytime sessions. You can see the full schedule above for dates and times. We’re also hoping to add to the mix by participating in Free Comic Book Day in Carleton Place. If you’ve ever been on Bridge Street that day, you’ll know to expect lots of kids in costumes, roaming from business to business to pick up their free comic books. This time, we’re looking forward to having comics available, too. And don’t forget our great Forest of Reading®. We’ve already started, and this runs from now through April. There are plenty of great books to read this year, so get going now!

Teens, we’re looking for readers who want to have fun, read good books….and eat lots of snacks! The Teen Book Club will be a monthly meeting afterschool, so come in to find out more. Rock the Drop is a special project we’ll tell you more about as the time gets closer, but we want to spread the word about great YA books. And for those young writers who want some feedback, or just want to challenge themselves, we’re hoping to add this generation to our Camp NaNoWriMo group, as well as offer some fun Young Writers workshops during March Break. Pick up a schedule and stay informed!

Adults, we haven’t forgotten about you!  With the great success of the Summer Reading Club for Adults, we expanded this fall into an adult Book Club. Meetings are monthly, and we have a wide selection of books we’re covering this year. Drop by for some stimulating conversation! We’re also looking forward to our monthly Craft Club. If you want to meet new people and work on some crafts in a cozy environment, join us at the library! But what if you’re not crafty?  We’ve got something even BETTER for you! Bad Art Night is our first ever craft night for adults! It’s going to be hilarious—and full of bad art—so mark that on your calendar. If you enjoyed the one-on-one Ancestry.com training this fall, we’re offering more starting in January! And we’re hoping for some interesting participants in this year’s Human Library Project.

All of these events are laid out in the photos above, but we have copies available at the library, so drop in to find out more and pick up your own copy. We don’t want you to miss a thing! 2015 is going to be incredible at the Carleton Place Public Library!

War Revisited

August marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I and Canada’s part in it. Over on our sister blog, Carleton Place Local History: Make the Connection, we’ve been doing a HUGE series on the events leading up to the war, as well as details of how the war played out as written in the Carleton Place Herald during that time.

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If you haven’t been following the blog, you’ll want to read back through many of the interesting posts. Our resident genealogist and local history expert, Shirley, has been compiling and regaling us with snippets from the newspaper regarding Carleton Place during that time period.  They are often quite humorous and always fascinating, so take a few minutes to really get into the articles.  You’ll be able to see actual articles there as they appeared in the newspaper as well.

If you’re looking for some great information regarding this anniversary, we have many new books in the library on the subject, including some for children and teens. Take a minute to look in the display window, and let us know if you’re interested in reading something. We’d be happy to let you borrow it!

 

Do You Need a Ghostorian?

Earlier this week, I came across an interview on the Yes and Yes website with personal historian, Rachael Rifkin. What is a personal historian, you might ask? She talks about it as being “part ghost writer, part historian”, hence the term ‘ghostorian’. She interviews people about their lives and puts together a chronicle in book format, complete with photos, to help preserve family stories. It’s almost like writing a biography, but about a regular person.  And as it turns out, there is a marketplace for this type of work.

People love family stories, but often the stories tend to disappear when our relatives pass away. And while it might seem simple enough to jot down the details, it can be more complex to make the story into something comprehensible and available to other family members. Personal historians will interview people, whether it’s a grandparent, a celebration of a new baby, or another important event, and then put everything together into a book format. They’ll take the time to organize photos and really pull out the important bits of information to make the history sound like a great piece of non-fiction. It might take months for a small project, or years for something larger, but wouldn’t it be worthwhile to protect something that could be passed down for generations?

If you do genealogy, this could be a really interesting way to branch off and focus on one of your immediate family members. Or if you had letters from a great-grandmother, it might be a nice way to show her story from beginning to end.

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There are plenty of places online where you can find a personal historian, including the Association of Personal Historians . You can even check out Rachael’s own website to see what she offers.  She even has samples of some of the books she’s put together.

Are there people in your family you’d love to do this with? Don’t wait until it’s too late!

 

Remember

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the historic invasion on Normandy’s beaches  June 6, 1944.  At the library, we have a fascinating display of articles from that time period, as well as a number of books on the subject.  We even have a poem by our very own Joe McNeill which tells a heart-felt story about his father and the D- Day invasion.

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Best of all, you can pop over to our sister blog, Carleton Place Local History, to read a fascinating commemorative article about this moment and history, and see more of the photos. If you don’t visit this blog on a regular basis, you might want to take a few minutes to really look through past posts. This is your best spot to find out more about the history of Carleton Place and the people who have lived here. History is fascinating!

Celebrate Your Heritage!

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It’s Heritage Week and what better way to celebrate than to do some research on your own family history? We’re offering some great help to get you started in your quest to figure out who your ancestors were. Drop by the library tomorrow night (Wednesday, February 19th) anytime from 5:30pm – 7:30pm for some one-on-one time with our genealogy specialist, Shirley! She’ll get you started on Ancestry.com, show you how to begin your search and give you lots of pointers to make your search even better!

You’ll need some basic computer skills, a name and some dates, and be prepared to have fun! And if you’re already doing research, why not donate copies of your information to the library for other patrons who might be looking for local families? You could also drop the information off to the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum! If you’re interested in genealogy, you should also check out the Carleton Place Public Library Local History blog!

We wish we could clone Shirley, but you might want to call ahead to make sure she’s available when you arrive. It’s going to be a fun evening.

What Were They Reading?

It’s always interesting to see what people are reading…whether they’re famous or not-so-famous. But how about what our ancestors were reading? At the library, Shirley is compiling a great series called “What Were They Reading?” on the Carleton Place Local History Blog.

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Find out what people in our community associated with our library’s history were reading back in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. Did they enjoy fiction? Historical non-fiction? Political books? The classics? Keep up with this fascinating series which begins    here.

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