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!

Book Club!

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For the very first time, we’re holding a book club at the Carleton Place Public Library!  It’s going to be an exciting fall, so if you’re looking to meet up with other readers from our community, we welcome you to come to the first meeting on Monday, October 20th from 6:30pm – 8pm.  Regular meetings will be the second Monday of each month, same time. We’ll be picking the book selections at the first meeting, so come with your recommendations!

And yes, there will be refreshments! Registration is required, so call us for more information at 257-2702.

Where Do You Belong?

If you’re a fan of the Canadian band Great Big Sea, you’ll know Alan Doyle. He’s the lead singer, and now author of a memoir called WHERE I BELONG: SMALL TOWN TO GREAT BIG SEA about growing up in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, as well as his musical journey.  He decided to write about his hometown because he feels it shaped him both musically, and as a person. As with many Newfoundlanders, Doyle is a born storyteller, and his memoir will sure to delight fans as well as those who just love to learn about small-town Canada.

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You can see a bit more about his book, and the place he grew up in the book trailer:

Happy reading!

 

Published in: on September 23, 2014 at 3:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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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!

Book Covers

We don’t often think too much about book covers or how they’re designed, but sometimes, special attention goes into creating something very special.  The just released book entitled THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton, has brought about some significant excitement, and with it, a different book cover for the UK version. The book itself is about a young woman in the 17th century who creates a magical dollhouse that begins to predict the future.

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You can read more about Ms. Burton on her website, and follow her research into 17th Century Amsterdam  to learn how this book came about. The UK book cover took quite a turn from this North American cover, showing the actual dollhouse in a very creative format. How lovely to see them hand-painting the font etc.!  You can watch how it was created below.

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Sometimes it amazes me how much work can go into a single book!  But this book is getting a lot of buzz right now, so it’s sure to be worth the effort. Would you like to read it?

Published in: on August 28, 2014 at 3:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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Virus

Many years ago, I remember being on a plane reading Richard Preston’s THE HOT ZONE, a  gritty book that traces the sources of Ebola and Warburg virus and their terrifying effects. This book stuck with me, and now many years later, hearing about the problems being faced in Africa during the most recent outbreak of Ebola, I’m tempted to read it again, if only to re-educate myself about the subject.

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If you haven’t read this, or would like to find out more information about Ebola, we have a variety of books in the library that you might want to take a look at. Feel free to search our online catalog, or drop in to find out what’s on the shelf. The World Health Organization has plenty of information online to help inform and keep you safe if you’re traveling to that part of the world soon, so please make sure to drop by their website and read up. They have fact sheets about the disease, diagnostic information and numbers you can call if you’ve been in that area and think you might have been exposed. Caution is best, as always.

While there is no need for widespread panic at this point, staying informed is your best route to staying healthy.

Published in: on August 8, 2014 at 3:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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