Forest of Reading®

Forest of Reading® will begin in December, and we’re looking forward to it! For those who have never participated, it’s a great reading program for kids that allows them to choose a winning book. And the best part? All of the books are by Canadian authors or illustrators.

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How does it work? Starting in December, kids can come in and register in their specific reading category (by grade or reading level), and pick up their first book. Then, they have almost five months to read the selections. Each category includes 10 books, and except for Blue Spruce, we ask that kids read at least 8 of the 10 books in order to be able to vote. Because the Blue Spruce category is comprised of picture books, we don’t think it’s too difficult to get through all 10.

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I’ll be visiting schools starting in January to talk about the program, but it’s so much fun, we like to get started in December. Once your reader registers at the front desk, they can choose a book to take home to start reading. We’ll give them a brochure to keep track of everything….because it’s a long way until April and voting night.

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Then, we’ll get ready for voting night! Everyone who has read enough books in their category can vote. We ask them to mark their finished books in our binder so we can keep track of everyone eligible…..just like a real voting night! But the best part? There’s a party, too!

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Everyone who registers and starts Forest of Reading® can come to the party. There will be plenty of cake, a fun contest, and we’ll announce the winners from our library vote. After that, we send off our list to Toronto to be tabulated with the rest of the province. It’s so exciting!

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Once all of the votes are in, the winners will be announced.  This is the only award given to a Canadian author or illustrator that only kids to get vote on, so it’s a big deal for everyone nominated. We’ll be sure to post the final winners in the library as well. Drop in to find out more about this great reading program for kids.

Christmas Craft Night at the Library

This is always a busy time of year, so we like to get our young ones into the library to make all sorts of fun crafts for the holidays. Next week, we’re having our annual Christmas Craft Night for kids aged 6 – 11. There will be crafts, treats, and games. What more could anyone ask for?

20141117_150320The pretty star wreaths we’ll be making!

  Registration is full now, so we can’t accept any more crafters, but don’t worry….there will be plenty more craft nights in the New Year! Watch for our 2015 newsletter going out in December to keep up on everything that’s happening at the library!

Choose

When I was a kid, the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series was one of the most popular set of books in our school library. If they didn’t have one of the books, I either went to our public library, or convinced someone to get me to a bookstore so I could buy the one I was looking for. It wasn’t just “one” book; each one could be read over and over, each time with a different path and a different ending. These were popular with everyone I knew, and it’s not surprising that they’ve kept up their popularity with young readers even today.

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The creator of the series, R. A. Montgomery, recently passed away at the age of 78 at his home in Vermont. He was a vital part of the series, including the website, and even went forth to create a series of video games that became popular in the 1980’s. I’m sure that the newer books have been written by a number of authors, but Montgomery will always be a vital part of the series, and readers will miss him.

We often get asked for these in the library, or something similar, even today. The outdated book covers aren’t even a deterrent for kids, which is unusual in this day of modern covers. It’s the idea of the this type of reading….being able to move back and forth through a book, making choices like they are a part of the outcome, that draws young readers in and keeps them coming back.  I think an adult version of this would be fun.

Did you read these when you were younger? Or are your children fans of the series?  We’d love to hear what you think!

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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!

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. Registration is required!

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!

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