Check Out Our New Site!

ScreenshotsWe have a new online catalog!

Starting today, we have a fancy new online catalog that will allow you to do SO much more! It’s a fresh new layout, with many more options like accessing eBooks and Audiobooks directly from our catalog, viewing our program schedule, and now, you can even make a donation to the library!

Where can I find it?

You can now access the Carleton Place Public Library at  http://olco.canlib.ca/client/cp  ! Yes, it’s almost the same address as the old one, but don’t be fooled….the content is MUCH better! Drop by to see what you can do, and let us know if you have any problems.  We’re all learning at this point, but we think you’ll enjoy the new format.

What can I do?

Like before, you can log in using your library card and PIN, and access all of your user information.  You’ll see what books you have out, be able to place holds and renew books, and browse the catalog. But now, you’ll also have access to all of the eBooks and Audiobooks OverDrive has available….right through our catalog. And we’ve purchased a few great books for our patrons, available as eBooks, so expect to have access to some great titles without the long wait!

You can find out information about getting books for shut-ins, museum pass information, and you can now even read the minutes from the last Library Board Meeting online! If you have children, all of our programs for the younger set are listed in their own part of the site, and also for teens and adults. Stop by the Library News widget to see if we have anything exciting going on. There are so many great options now, you’ll be visiting the site more often than ever!

What are all those books scrolling across the top of the page?

Now you’ll be able to see the newest books available at the library. Whenever we add new purchases to the library, you’ll see the book cover appear near the top of the page. Just click on it to place a hold or download an eBook or audiobook version. It’s really easy!

Why make a donation to the library?

The Carleton Place Public Library is a registered charity, so we always accept donations to help purchase new books or materials to make our service even better for our patrons. Any donation over $10 will provide you with a tax receipt, so if you can’t decide where to donate this year, please consider the library.

What do all those funny symbols mean beside the titles?

For now, just ignore those. We’re working on making the searching experience even easier, but as with any new venture, there are a few wrinkles to be ironed out. In the meantime, please read the record carefully and look for things like  DVD or ePub or MP3 to distinguish the regular paper version of the books from audiobooks, eBooks or DVDs. We hope it won’t be too tricky, but we don’t want patrons placing holds on formats they aren’t expecting. Don’t worry, it’ll all come together soon enough!

Let us know what you think! Do you like the new site? Have you found any tricky spots that need clarification? Do you need help? Drop by the library, send us an email, or give us a call and we’ll try to sort everything out for you. Happy surfing!

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Art at the Library

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If you drop by the library in the next month, you’ll be delighted to see some new artwork on display!  We love seeing all of the great talent in our area, and this group from the Almonte and Area Artists Association has a variety of pieces made using various mediums. The colours are fantastic and the pieces are professional in quality. Don’t delay….they won’t be here forever!

Young Writers

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We’re excited to start up our young writers group again!  Starting November 2nd, we’re welcoming all of our talented young writers from the summer—and anyone new who’d like to join us—–for 5 Sundays of fun writing!

We’ll do writing exercises, read short stories and have LOTS of great discussion. If you have a young person who is interested in five weeks of writing, no registration required. Just come to the front door of the library on Sunday, and we’ll let you in. (No, we’re not open….this is a special event for the month of November only.)

Any questions, please give us a call at 257-2702. Sharpen those pencils!

NaNoWriMo Kick-Off!

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November is going to be a busy month for us at the library. We’ve invited writers to join us to write a novel at the library during the entire month!  We had a great kick-off night last week, and it looks like we’ll have about 10+ people writing!  Everyone had so much fun in April, they’ve decided to do it again.

If you couldn’t make it to the kick-off, drop by the library for more information.  You don’t have to write at the library, although we’ll have a lot of fun things going on if you do. Writing while others are doing the same thing makes for lots of positive energy!  We even have a fun mascot this time round….our friendly guy Pickles.  He’ll be here to urge writers to keep going, to help with frustrati0ns and to inspire new ideas.

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There are still a few days left in October to get your novel idea ready. We’ll start sending out fun emails to our writers on Saturday morning, so don’t miss out! Write a novel in November!

Our Book Club!

We had a great turnout for our first ever Book Club! There was plenty of discussion about all kinds of books, and almost everyone had a selection for the upcoming months. What did we choose? Here’s what we’ll be reading over the next few months:

 

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  Schedule:

Nov. 10 — THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie

Dec. 8 — STILL LIFE by Louise Penny

Jan. 12 — SARAH’S KEY by Tatiana De Rosnay

Feb. 9 — THE BIRTH HOUSE by Ami McKay

March 9 — DEAR LIFE by Alice Munro

April 13 — WE ARE WATER by Wally Lamb

May 11 — THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL by Philippa Gregory

June 8 — THE OUTLANDER by Gil Adamson

As you can see, there is a nice variety of books,  including lots of Canadian authors. If you want to get in on our book club, we’re going to be meeting the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30 – 8pm. No need to register, just come and join us for some lively discussion about the book!

Toddler Time

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This week, we’re having our first ever Toddler Time at the library!  I know, it’s been a long time coming, but we’re happy to welcome toddlers and parents for a six-week session beginning this Thursday, October 23rd at 10am. This is open to little ones aged 1-2 years old.

We’ll have songs, puppets, rhymes and lots more fun. Registration is required as spaces are limited, so give us a call at 257-2702 to reserve your space!

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