Ontario Library Week!

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It’s Ontario Public Library Week, and that means it’s time to celebrate your public library! If you haven’t been in a while, this would be a great week to stop by your local public library and see what new and exciting things they have going on.  We’re always changing and offering exciting new programs for our patrons, so drop by to see what’s new.

At the Carleton Place Public Library, we’re starting up two new fun things this week:  our first ever library Book Club, and a Toddler Time! Both programs cater to a different set of patrons, and both are garnering a lot of interest.  If you want to know more about either of these programs, give us a call, or drop by the library for information.

  • Did you know that this week alone, we’re running four different programs, two in the evening and two in the morning?
  • Did you know that we have volunteers almost every day who help us with a variety of tasks that keep our library running smoothly each week?
  • Did you know that we have free wi-fi, computers with printers, photocopy services and help with your electronic devices when you’re downloading eBooks or audiobooks?
  • Did you know we have a superb genealogy room, access to Ancestry.com, and an exciting local history blog  where you can find out amazing things about our community?
  • Did you know we have an excellent selection of magazines that patrons can check out just like a book?
  • Did you know we purchase new DVDs for our collection every couple of weeks?
  • Did you know we offer a wonderful service to seniors and shut-ins, delivering books to those who cannot get out?
  • Did you know we are a community location that offers student volunteer hours for high school students who need them in order to graduate–and we currently have two students volunteering now?
  • Did you know we have a lovely room available for rental on a half-day basis, for those times you might need to conduct a meeting or hold a special event?

There are so many wonderful things this library—-and every public library—-has to offer. Plan on visiting yours today!

 

Published in: on October 22, 2014 at 3:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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We’re Having a Kick-Off!

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We’re only a few short weeks away from National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. And once again, the Carleton Place Public Library will be an official Come Write In zone!  That means, we’re looking for people who want to write a novel during the month of November, and it doesn’t have to be done entirely at the library (although we would like you to try writing here at least once).

This coming Tuesday, October 21st from 6-7pm, we’re having our NaNoWriMo Kick-Off!  Join us for an hour to hear about our plans, and find out more about the whole idea. If you participated in April, this will just as much fun, and if you didn’t, come and participate this month!  We’ll have special write-in times, group events, inspirational daily emails and maybe even some snacks (because it’s hard work writing).

We’re looking for anyone aged 13+ who wants to write with us.  You can register on the official NaNo website, or just participate for fun.  But be prepared to write…we’re going to challenge you, and hopefully you’ll get that novel written.

Drop by the National Novel Writing Month website, or visit the blog for daily inspiration leading up to the event, as well as during NaNo.

Any questions?  Give us a call at the library, or drop by on Tuesday night for the event!

Frivolous Friday Fun!

Some fun from the Nashville Public Library!  Get a library card, wherever you are!

Published in: on October 17, 2014 at 3:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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Be Thankful, Day 3

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Today is all about being thankful for your local library. Many smaller towns and even big cities are losing their libraries due to lack of funding. Libraries are such important places these days, for so many reasons, and we should do all we can to keep them in our communities.

No longer is the library “just” a place to get a book. Libraries are now information hubs for the community, convenient meeting spots, afterschool tutoring locations, maker spaces, digital go-to sources, wi-fi zones, community resource centres and so much more. You can get books, take a course, make some crafts, listen to stories, prepare and send out resumes, surf the web, play a game, research your family history, learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks on your device, and find out if you’re on the voting list for the upcoming election. If we didn’t have libraries as a central part of the community, where would people go? In this age of information, we’re less connected than ever before, so keeping libraries as a free zone to meet up with other community members, develop friendships that go beyond the library walls, and learn about community resources in a safe and welcoming environment is essential to the workings of a happy and healthy society.

Today, thank your local library. Make a donation. Drop in and say hello. Take part in a project or event. Stop by and see what’s happening. If you haven’t been in a while, you might be surprised at what is being offered!

Published in: on October 9, 2014 at 3:02 am  Comments (1)  
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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…

Published in: on September 12, 2014 at 3:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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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.

 

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