Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
The world can be such a negative place, especially at this time of year when we are all a little tired of the cold and snow, and everyone we know seems to be going on a warm vacation except for us. We all feel a little bit grumpy during February, which is maybe why someone decided to create Valentine’s Day. Although it is extremely commercial, it does give us something to do during this long month, even if it just means going out to to buy a card for someone. And doing something nice for someone rubs off….it makes you want to do more. Maybe we should all try being more positive, complain less and do more for other people. It might be a nice change in life to try, even for one day, to just be positive. What would happen to our world if we all did that?
This month at the library, we are all about books! Books, books and more books! Not only do we add an average of 300 new books each month to our catalogue, but that number is pretty evenly spread across juvenile and adult books. We have wonderful volunteers who come in each week to prepare the books so that we can get them circulating, and we appreciate them very much! Thanks to Anne, Jean, Glenwyn, Norm, Bev, Rexann, and Beth! Your work is so important to us! So, for those of you wondering if you’ve read everything on our shelves, pop by to see what we just put out!
The Forest of Reading program has begun and we have been visiting schools to start promoting it. This is a wonderful reading program for children in grades 3 – 8 and is the only literary award given to a Canadian author that is completely voted on by children! The books this year are fabulous as usual and we are hoping for lots of participation from our young patrons. The program will run right through until the end of April, so there is lots of time yet to start reading. If you need more information, please check out the links on this page to Silver Birch and Red Maple, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have some lovely displays this month on our large wall across from our book sale table. First, we have some gorgeous artwork by local artist Basia in our display cases that you must see when you come in. Her work has been here for a few weeks and it might not be here for much longer, so don’t miss it! Secondly, we have more of the fabulous quilts done by our patron Pam Griffin. Pam is a regular here and we love to display her unbelievable work! If you saw her quilts at Christmas, you’ll know she has a special talent and we feel so lucky to have her share it with our patrons on a regular basis!
Hey kids, Valentine’s craft night is just around the corner! We will be having our craft night on Tuesday, February 12th from 7 – 8 pm and this will be for kids aged 6-10. This should be a fun night, and for anyone who came to the last few craft nights, you know we’ll do a few crafts, maybe play some crazy games and there might be a sweet Valentine’s treat or two!
Our storytimes for the little ones on Wednesday and Thursday mornings are now filled, thanks to the wonderful response! We still accept names for the waiting lists as there might be a cancellation or two, so don’t be afraid to ask. These are popular groups and we have such a blast reading stories, playing games and doing some crafts. And of course, everyone seems to go home with a stack of new books to read!
As of January 2008, we are keeping copies of the “Lanark Log”, which is the newsletter put out by the Lanark County Genealogical Society. These issues can be found in our genealogy room and they provide many interesting tips and information to help you research your family history. If you’ve been curious about your ancestry, drop in and see what we have to offer. We have a huge assortment of local history books, the Carleton Place Canadian & Herald on microfilm and some fantastic employees who can offer some valuable research hints when doing your own family history.
What’s coming next? Well, we’re starting to really get into this whole blogging thing and we love the suggestions many of our patrons have made, so keep watching for more frequent updates on what’s happening at the library. We’ll try to post more frequently and we’re hoping to start a new feature in March called “Our Picks” which will be a recommendation by those of us that work here. We all read something a little different, so we’re hoping to suggest a few good reads to everyone. Along with that,we’re going to keep a bit of a running tally on the kids who are doing the Forest of Reading program. Stop by often to see how your school is doing!
To leave off this blog, we have some more “Recommendations for Kids, By Kids”. We would still like to have your suggestions and just because we have a huge tree up in the front where the recommendation wall used to be, we don’t want you to stop providing your favourites! Just take a look in the kids area by the windows and you’ll find our familiar display and a spot where you can leave us your pick. This month, Andrew suggested “Trains” by Patricia Hubbell
and Maddie suggested “Fancy Nancy” by Jane O’Connor.
Its nice to see our younger readers participating! Keep reading! We enjoy your suggestions!