What’s Coming Up?

While 2014 is coming to a close, we’ve been thinking about 2015 for some time now. And a New Year means new programs at the library! We’ve had a great fall, with lots of programming for adults, and children, so we’re going to expand again into the unknown. Here’s what’s coming up:

FOR CHILDREN:

Babytime

Storytime

Toddler Time

Craft Nights

Forest of Reading®

March Break events

Free Comic Book Day

FOR TEENS

Teen Book Club

Camp NaNoWriMo

March Break events

Rock the Drop!

FOR ADULTS:

Monthly Book Club

Monthly Craft Club

Ancestry Database training

Writing workshops

Camp NaNoWriMo

Bad Art Night

Human Library Project

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As you can see, we’re going to be doing most of the usual fun programs for kids, but we have a few fun new things to offer as well. Toddler time was a good success this fall, so we’re going to offer it in short 6-week sessions, running after babytime sessions. You can see the full schedule above for dates and times. We’re also hoping to add to the mix by participating in Free Comic Book Day in Carleton Place. If you’ve ever been on Bridge Street that day, you’ll know to expect lots of kids in costumes, roaming from business to business to pick up their free comic books. This time, we’re looking forward to having comics available, too. And don’t forget our great Forest of Reading®. We’ve already started, and this runs from now through April. There are plenty of great books to read this year, so get going now!

Teens, we’re looking for readers who want to have fun, read good books….and eat lots of snacks! The Teen Book Club will be a monthly meeting afterschool, so come in to find out more. Rock the Drop is a special project we’ll tell you more about as the time gets closer, but we want to spread the word about great YA books. And for those young writers who want some feedback, or just want to challenge themselves, we’re hoping to add this generation to our Camp NaNoWriMo group, as well as offer some fun Young Writers workshops during March Break. Pick up a schedule and stay informed!

Adults, we haven’t forgotten about you!  With the great success of the Summer Reading Club for Adults, we expanded this fall into an adult Book Club. Meetings are monthly, and we have a wide selection of books we’re covering this year. Drop by for some stimulating conversation! We’re also looking forward to our monthly Craft Club. If you want to meet new people and work on some crafts in a cozy environment, join us at the library! But what if you’re not crafty?  We’ve got something even BETTER for you! Bad Art Night is our first ever craft night for adults! It’s going to be hilarious—and full of bad art—so mark that on your calendar. If you enjoyed the one-on-one Ancestry.com training this fall, we’re offering more starting in January! And we’re hoping for some interesting participants in this year’s Human Library Project.

All of these events are laid out in the photos above, but we have copies available at the library, so drop in to find out more and pick up your own copy. We don’t want you to miss a thing! 2015 is going to be incredible at the Carleton Place Public Library!

Where Is He Today?

Our wacky Elf on the Library Shelf, Cocoa, has been getting up to some real hijinks in the library over the last few days.  If your little one drops in to get some books before Christmas, make sure you take a few minutes to spot him and collect a special Christmas prize for that day. But if you just can’t make it in, don’t worry. We’ve been posting his whereabouts each night on our library Facebook page.  We just hope he’s been telling Santa good things about us.

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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!

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