October

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It’s October!  And that means fun things happening at the library. This month, we’re all about crafting, book clubs and a new program for Toddlers!

Since today is October 1st, you can now register your child for Halloween Craft Night, which will take place on Tuesday, October 28th from 6-7pm.  This is open to children aged 6-11, and registration is required, so call us to sign up EARLY!  This event will fill up quickly!

Next up is a really fun special storytime with none other than Ronald McDonald! He’ll be visiting the library on Thursday, October 16th at 3pm to do a fun story and visit with our young readers.  This storytime is aimed at those aged 4-7, but everyone is welcome. No registration is necessary for this…so tell all of your friends!

If you’ve been waiting for a book club at the library, wait no longer!  Monday, October 20th from 6:30pm – 8pm will be the first one! Bring along a friend, and bring along a recommendation for our reading list.  Refreshments will be served, so expect it to be a fun evening! We’ll meet the 2nd Monday of each month after that.

We know many of you have been waiting for a Toddler session for those kids from 1-2 years of age…and it’s finally here! Our first session will take place on Thursday, October 23rd at 10am. We’re expecting this to be quite popular, so please call to register ASAP.  We have VERY limited spaces, so don’t be disappointed! (Yes, younger/older siblings are welcome to come along, but please don’t sign them up when registering.)

And in case you’ve been wondering, we’re registering for Forest of Reading this month. Book selections will be out later in the month, and we’ll start visiting schools in December to promote this great reading club for kids in Kindergarten to Grade 8.

Happy Library-ing!

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!

It’s Storytime Again!

We’re getting excited to have lots of little ones join us on Wednesday mornings for Storytime again. And same as last year, we’re opening up the morning to include two sessions—–one at 9:30am and the next one at 10:15am.  When you call to register, you’ll have to make a choice between the early session or the later one, but don’t worry, we’ll have just as much fun at both!

Storytime Poster 2014-2015 Storytime is open to children aged 2-5 years old, but you’re welcome to bring along your baby or toddler if you have an older child wanting to attend. (No need to add their names to our registration list.)

These sessions are filled with songs, books, rhymes and much more to help promote early literacy skills so that your child goes off to school ready to read! While we don’t do crafts during the session anymore, there will always be a fun take-home, so you’ll have something to do later in the day that relates back to storytime. This is a great way to bring back the ideas we focused on that session.

Give us a call to register, or drop by the library if you’d like to know bit more. Yay, it’s storytime again!

Sessions start September 10th!

You’re Such a Baby!

 

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We’re gearing up for the fall, and that means programs for the youngest members of our community! Yes, Babytime will run from Sept. 11 through Oct. 16th…every Thursday morning at 9:30am.

This is a wonderful program for children aged 0 – 12 months and their parents or caregivers. Come with a coffee, if you like, and join us for songs, rhymes, tickle games and much more!  It’s a wonderful way for parents to bond with baby, and to meet other parents and their children. Many great friendships have been made during babytime at the library, so we hope you’ll plan on attending!

Call us to register today. We’ll give you a quick reminder call in September, and then we’re off to the races!

Giant Ice Cream Sundae!

As part of the TD Summer Reading Club, we’re building a giant ice cream sundae at the library this summer!  No worries…there won’t be pools of melting ice cream everytime you come. It’s made of all sorts of creative things, like paper, stickers and jewels. The theme this summer is “EUREKA”, and what better way to create and discover than to build something fun! So, all of our young readers are working hard to read all they can in order to put on another “sprinkle”.  Here is the sundae as it was on July 1st, before anyone put anything on it:

July 1st Our wonderful summer mascot Miss Squeaky and her friends are hanging out, enjoying the sweets, but they’re looking forward to being smothered by sprinkles of all types!  Here is the sundae one week later…already accumulating a few little sprinkles and sparkles.

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You can keep track of our sundae with weekly updates on the right side of this blog. Hope you don’t get hungry thinking about it…..

Diversity

Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of talk on Twitter about lack of diversity in books for young people. It seems that adult fiction (literary, mostly) has no problem featuring people of different cultures, but the same isn’t happening in picture books, middle grade reads or young adult stories. And if there are characters of different races in those books, most often they are minor characters who play a stereotypical role (the repressed girl in a hijab, the African-American boy involved with a gang, the Asian friend who is immersed in school and nothing else). Why is this happening, and why aren’t more people working to change this problem?

Stories are reflections of ourselves. We read to see ourselves in characters, to live through their experiences, to be challenged by thoughts, and to make sense of our world through stories. But what if you’re not seeing yourself in books?  What is the message? The message is that you don’t count, that your experiences aren’t valued or important, and that shouldn’t be the case. Every story deserves to be told, regardless of and especially because of the differences. And for young people, the message that there is diversity in our world is the most important thing of all. Young people need to see themselves in books to KNOW that they matter.

This isn’t the fault of authors alone, of course. There might be many authors around the world writing for youth with diverse characters and settings.  The problem might also lie within the publishing realm. Publishing companies want to make money.  That’s their primary goal, of course.  And to make money, they have to sell commercially viable books.  If they buy a book they know will only sell a few thousand copies, they’re going to spend more than they end up making, and that’s just not good business sense, no matter how socially responsible. Smaller, more independent publishers might have a little more leeway to publish books aimed at a specific market, but those books will most likely not reach a great portion of the public either, and so we’re still left with the same problem.

Some of the solution might belong with self-publishing, especially now that self-published books are becoming mainstream. Authors who self-publish can write any type of characters they wish, without input from a publishing house. And while more and more self-published books are coming to the forefront of public interest, it’s up to the author to do as much marketing as possible to get their books out there. It’s also up to the general reading public to RECOMMEND those books featuring socially diverse characters and themes to other readers. If you buy a book you love, pass it on, share the name with a friend, and give that book some legs! It’s one of the ways we can find a solution to this problem.

Right now, there is a Twitter campaign going on to shine some light on the subject of diversity. If you’re on Twitter, type in the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks to follow and participate in the conversation.  There have been a lot of wonderful tweets lately, such as:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks because I can read 100 talking animal picture books at storytime, but struggle finding books with African American kids. ——Twitter user Trish Doller @TrishDoller

#WeNeedDiverseBooks and that includes socio-economic diversity!——-Twitter user OrigamiYoda @OrigamiYoda

#WeNeedDiverseBooks because there should be no such category as diverse books. They should all just be “books”. —-Twitter user Marci Curtis @Marci_Curtis

And so, if you’d like to participate in the campaign, it begins today. Here are the plans:

On May 1st at 1pm (EST), there will be a public call for action that will spread over 3 days. They’re starting with a visual social media campaign using the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. They want people to tweet, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, blog, and post anywhere they can to help make the hashtag go viral.

For the visual part of the campaign: 

  • Take a photo holding a sign that says “We need diverse books because ___________________________.” Fill in the blank with an important, poignant, funny, and/or personal reason why this campaign is important to you. 
  • The photo can be of you or a friend or anyone who wants to support diversity in kids’ lit. It can be a photo of the sign without you if you would prefer not to be in a picture. Be as creative as you want! Pose the sign with your favorite stuffed animal or at your favorite library. Get a bunch of friends to hold a bunch of signs. 
  • However you want to do it, we want to share it! There will be a Tumblr at http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/ that will host all of the photos and messages for the campaign. Please submit your visual component by May 1st to weneeddiversebooks@yahoo.com with the subject line “photo” or submit it right on our Tumblr page here and it will be posted throughout the first day. 
  • Starting at 1:00PM (EST) the Tumblr will start posting and it will be your job to reblog, tweet, Facebook, or share wherever you think will help get the word out. 
  • The intent is that from 1pm EST to 3pm EST, there will be a nonstop hashtag party to spread the word. They hope to get enough people to participate to make the hashtag trend and grab the notice of more media outlets.
  • The Tumblr will continue to be active throughout the length of the campaign, and for however long needed to keep this discussion going, so everyone is welcome to keep emailing or sending in submissions even after May 1st.

On May 2nd, the second part of the campaign will roll out with a Twitter chat scheduled for 2pm (EST) using the same hashtag. Please use #WeNeedDiverseBooks at 2pm on May 2nd and share your thoughts on the issues with diversity in literature and why diversity matters to you.

On May 3rd, 2pm (EST), the third portion of the campaign will begin. There will be a Diversify Your Shelves initiative to encourage people to put their money where their mouth is and buy diverse books and take photos of them. Diversify Your Shelves is all about actively seeking out diverse literature in bookstores and libraries, and there will be some fantastic giveaways for people who participate in the campaign.

You can follow the Tumblr blog We Need Diverse Books right here.

 We Need Diverse Books for young people!

(Information about the campaign taken from We Need Diverse Books)

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