Get Infected with Knowledge

The Tulsa Community College Library made this great YouTube video to inspire people to go to the library, and know what to do when you get there. “Get Infected with Knowledge” in a zombie theme is BRILLIANT!  Here’s your Friday giggle…

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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.

 

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!)

Congratulations!

We hit a milestone this past week when one of our library staff celebrated 30 years of work at the Carleton Place Public Library! Congratulations, Shirley!

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We gathered Library Board Members, former staff, friends and current staff for a surprise lunch at Ballygiblins. Boy, was she surprised!

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It was weeks of hushed conversations and secret plans that poor Shirley had no idea about. For a while, I’m pretty sure she thought either everyone was talking about her behind her back (we were!), or that we were ignoring her. Poor Shirley. But wasn’t this worth all the secrecy?

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Here’s to another 30 years, Shirley! (Just kidding…..we only expect you to stay for the next 20. We’re not unreasonable, after all.)

Get Ready to Read!

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Summer Reading at the Carleton Place Public Library!

We’re gearing up for the start of summer reading at the library, and boy, is it going to be an exciting summer! Not only will we have our usual program for kids, we’re also offering a program for teens and this summer, we’re even doing Adult summer reading! We’re not quite ready to begin yet, but plan on signing up as soon as July rolls around for the maximum benefit. Not only will there be rewards, but you’ll have a great summer reading all of the books you want.

Who Can Join?

For the younger set, we’re offering the fabulous TD Summer Reading Club program. This summer, the theme is “EUREKA”, and it’s all about discovery, exploration and creativity. And we have LOTS of great things planned to go along with that idea. Starting Friday, June 27th from 1 -3pm, we’ll be holding our Library Lemonade Stand Kick-Off, rain or shine! Drop by, enjoy a nice glass of lemonade and sign up for summer reading. We’ll give you everything you need to get started, and maybe try to coax you into participating in one of our fun activities as well.

The TD Summer Reading program is a self-directed reading program aimed at children aged 2-12. Once your child registers, we’ll give them a bunch of things to take home to begin their reading fun. Then, all they need to do is read three books, and bring back their booklet with the titles.  We’ll give them a sticker, a ballot to go into the prize draw and a piece for our fun summer wall. (It’s a secret, but we’re going to be creating something really fun!) The goal is to read 30 books this summer. I’m sure we’ll have lots of great readers.

For teens and tweens in Grades 5 and up, we’re offering our exciting “Book Buck Bingo”. Pick up one of our fun Bingo cards and get reading. Readers earn ONE book buck for every square they complete, and they can save those book bucks and spend them on fun prizes during one of our Book Buck Spending Weeks!  There are going to be some awesome prizes this year, so get your tween/teen reading this summer!  They won’t be disappointed!

And last but certainly not least, we’re going to be offering Adult Summer Reading this year for the first time! We’re calling it “Goodies for Grown Ups!”, and yes…there will be prizes! Registration begins in July, and once you pick up a kit, it’s up to you which books you read. Every visit back to the library will earn you a Lucky Library Lotto card. Maybe you’ll win something fun….just for reading!

When Does it Start?

Join us Friday, June 27 from 1 -3pm for the official Library Lemonade Stand Kick-Off! We’ll serve lemonade and hand out registration kits. If you can’t make it that day, don’t worry….you can sign up anytime after that. The program will run from July through to the first week of September, so there’s lots of time. And if you can’t make it all summer, you don’t have to worry. Once you sign up, we can catch you up anytime before the end of the program. Just keep track of the books you read.

What If I Don’t Want to Do Summer Reading?

Don’t worry. We know summer reading isn’t for everyone, but we want you to be able to enjoy the library, too. So we have some great programs planned all summer long for all ages. You can stop in to pick up our fabulous summer calendar, or pop by our Facebook page for a simple rundown of some of the events.  We’ll have programs for 2 – 5 year olds, middle grade kids, tweens, teens and adults. How about a crafty afternoon based on Sharknado? What about trying your hand at an invention? Or how about joining us for a writing program?  We have so much going on, I can’t tell you about everything here. Come and get a calendar!

Questions?

Drop us a line on our Facebook page, or at cplibrarykids@yahoo.ca  We’re looking forward to discovering lots of great things this summer. EUREKA!  It’s Summer Reading!

 

 

BookMyne

The library has a great new way for you to access your accounts!  It’s an app called BookMyne, and while it’s been available for a while from the Apple store, it’s now available for Android users, too! All you need to do is download the app, choose our library, and then sign in with your library card number and PIN. 

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You can access all of your account data on your phone or tablet now. Once you log in, you can see what you have out, renew your books, and even see what your fines are! But it gets even better than that! You can also access the entire library catalog through the app, place holds, and much more. If you happen to be in a bookstore and want to see if we have the book at our library, just scan the barcode on the back of the book with the nifty app feature, and it’ll take you directly to our library catalog record! Place a hold and pick up the book when you’re at the library later on.

If you love social media book sites like Goodreads, you’ll also have access to reviews right from the app. Now, there’s no more wondering if the book you’re about to take home is good or not. Read the reviews and check out the book. Or not.

Drop into the library to get your PIN if you don’t have one, and then download the app and start using it right away. We think you’ll love it as much as we do!

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