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!)

Young Writers

2014-07-07 01.58.21Today, we’re excited to welcome young writers to the library for a fun summer program. It runs every Tuesday from 1 -2 pm, so call to register if you have a young writer at home who might be interested. We’re probably going to divide up the group so that we have kids aged 10 – 12 together, and then 13 and up in another group, but I’ll see who comes tomorrow and we’ll go from there.

This is going to be a fun program mainly, not a terribly serious one, although we will be learning lots each week. It will give every writer a chance to work on something each week and to be able to share it with the others. Don’t worry, we’re going to be a VERY kind group. This is all about enjoying the art of writing and learning how to become better.

Go ahead…..say something!

 

 

The End

A very generous Library Board member donates his issues of The Economist to the library each month, and they are a popular magazine for people seeking to know what’s going on within the world. I’d never read this magazine before prior to having it at the library, but I’ll take one home now on occasion because the articles are really fascinating and I always learn something.

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One of the most interesting parts of the publication are the obituaries at the back of the magazine. Obituaries, you might ask? Yes. As it turns out, a woman named Ann Wroe writes each and every one, researching the lives of each person (or animal) she writes about. Take a moment to read this fascinating interview with Wroe as she talks about what it takes to write such fabulous obituaries.

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Say Something!

After our very successful adult writing program this spring, we’ve had a TON of people ask about doing something for young authors. So, we’re excited to announce a teen/tween summer writing program we’re calling “SAY SOMETHING!”

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Our writing sessions will take place each Tuesday afternoon from 1-2pm all summer long. Depending on the number of people who sign up and their ages, we might end up dividing the group into sections, but we’ll decide that during the first session and give everyone a timetable.

Each session will focus on an aspect of writing that will improve craft, build confidence, and help our young writers to flesh out an idea. Who knows? Maybe we’ll be working with the next J.K. Rowling!

Registration will start on Monday, so give us a call at the library to get your young author on the list. We’re hoping for a nice group from grades 5 and up, but if the interest is there, we’ll take younger writers from ages 8 – 10 as well and form another group. While we might not be writing an entire book this summer, we’ll get everyone started and provide a safe and encouraging environment for everyone. It’s tough to be creative and to share that with others, but this will be fun. So get ready to SAY SOMETHING at the library this summer!

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!

 

 

It’s a Book. No, it’s a Soap Opera!

Recently, Mills & Boon publishing announced it is going to turn reading on its head! They are publishers of romance novels, under the Harlequin company header, who have decided to try something different for readers.  It’s an online version of books + soap opera. Readers will log into The Chatsfield Hotel, and be able to interact with a variety of people who are either staying or working at the hotel, and read their stories.  Then, readers will be able to have some input on how the stories will develop.

George RR Martin The stories will be played out through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs and short stories on the site. You can purchase single copies, or download the entire eBook collection purchased through the site. Don’t worry though, they’ll also be offering up some free stories to get you hooked.  If you enjoy the scandals and adventure in traditional soap operas, this will be right up your alley. And just like their series of books, the same characters will be followed throughout, focusing on each one in individual parts of the site.

If this type of interactive serial works, we just might see other publishers trying the same thing. It certainly is unique in the world of books and online publishing. Do you think you’d like to read books in this manner?

 

 

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