What’s Happening?

It’s been a busy July, and we’re expecting August to be just as crazy! But don’t worry…we’re looking forward to every second of it! And you can be a part of the fun, too…..just give us a call to sign up for one of our wonderful programs.

yalpfridayComing up in August:

  • Our last two French Storytimes: Une Heure de Conte en Francais : Friday, August 7 & 14 at 10:30am….all ages. No registration required.
  • Jurassic Park Day on Monday, August 10th from 1-2pm, ages 9 – 12, registration required
  • Out of this World Drop In day on Thursday, August 13 from 1:30-4:30pm, all ages, no registration required.

Of course, we also have our weekly I Spy challenge, plenty of Book Bundles left, and we’re starting our second round of tickets for our Adult Summer Reading Club. Did you win the prize for July? Drop in to see if we drew your ticket number!

And don’t forget, there is still plenty of time for Yalp to visit with your family. He’s been soooo busy, going to museums, the Farmer’s Market and taking long bike rides. We can’t wait to see what adventures he’ll be up to next!

Nerd Herd Unites

fliesThe Nerd Herd (aka, our Teen Book Club) is meeting today to discuss this month’s read, LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding. No doubt many of you will be familiar with this book, but it is totally new to our teens. You might even be surprised to find out that one of our teens suggested this book for our list, and I think they got it right!

We won’t be taking turns talking about the book with a conch shell, but if you’re at the library today, you might hear some talk of pigs and islands. It’s bound to be a fun session!

We’ll also be working on some new books for our reading list, so if you have a teen (aged 12+) who might like to join our group, this would be a great week to get involved. We meet the last Wednesday of each month from 4-5:30, and we have LOTS of fun. This is a growing group, so be sure to give us a call if you have a teen who is interested. The Nerd Herd unites once again!

Little Free Library

I’ve posted before about the wonderful Little Free Library idea. These are wonderful handmade creations that people put up in their communities to encourage people to read books. The idea is to take a book, or leave a book in one of these great nooks…no need for a library card or worries about late fees.

The idea has really taken off, and we now have a super book available at the library called THE LITTLE FREE LIBRARY BOOK : TAKE A BOOK, RETURN A BOOK by Margret Aldrich. It has wonderful photos, tells the history of the idea, and gives you some ideas to create your own little free library.

littleIf you’re looking for something fun to do this summer and have a great community that might get a lot of use out of something like this, why not drop in a pick up the book to see what it’s all about. Libraries of any type are a wonderful idea!

Cool Zone

The temperature is really going to climb this week, but don’t forget, the library is a great place to come and cool off. Drop in, bring along a cold drink, find a comfy seat, and enjoy our free Wi-Fi for a few hours. We have lots of great magazines and books to look at, or bring along your laptop, some headphones, and take out a movie to watch. Stay all day, or just a few hours….we’re happy to be a cool zone!

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Yalp’s Friday Round Up!

yalpfridayWe missed Yalp’s Round Up last week, but that’s only because it was a really busy week. Who knew that Lego Drop Ins would be so popular?  (Yalp did!)

We finished up our first full session of Literacy tutoring, and it was a great success. The kids were delightful to see each day, and we they seemed really excited about coming back each time. A whole new session has started this week, and those eager young readers are already collecting their stickers and adding to our giant Tic-Tac-Toe board. Fun!

It was Harry Potter’s Birthday last week, and we celebrated by inviting plenty of Wizards to the library!

wizardsAnd even Yalp managed a visit with a friend this week. Seems like he has a variety of reading interests.

yalp3If you have youngsters who are looking for fun things to do this summer, give us a call at the library. We’re signing up for next week now…programs for Superheros, Royals and more!

 

Do You Have GOOSEBUMPS?

This past weekend, I was watching a movie when a trailer at the beginning caught my attention. It was for GOOSEBUMPS, the Movie, coming out October 16 in theatres.

R.L.Stine is the author of the well-loved scary series called GOOSEBUMPS, and I know these are super popular in our library, so I was intrigued by the trailer. However, it surprised me that the movie immediately referenced the books…something which I’m pretty sure the books don’t do, so I wondered what this was going to be about. Apparently, the movie is not so much an adaptation of the popular series, but something that is counting on the popularity of the series to sell tickets.

Will it be scary? Probably. Will kids flock to the theatres to see it?  I’m not so sure…with a cast that looks a little older than the kids at which the books are aimed, I think maybe they hit the market a little bit off. Think your teen will want to go and see a movie called Goosebumps? No matter how much they loved the series growing up, I’m betting on no.

Maybe this will prove me wrong.

GO SET A WATCHMAN

watchmanWe now have two copies of Harper Lee’s GO SET A WATCHMAN circulating at the Carleton Place Public Library. While reviews have been less than stellar online, the book is certainly gaining some conversation. And whether or not Lee wanted this book out there or not is something maybe we’ll never know. However, it seems there might be another–or two more–manuscript(s) that were locked away in Lee’s vault.

Apparently, WATCHMAN was found by Harper Lee’s lawyer Tonya Carter in a vault where Lee’s sister’s items were kept. There are rumors of another story called THE REVERAND, that hasn’t yet been released, and the possibility of the third book that will bridge the story between TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and GO SET A WATCHMAN.

If found, it’s likely this book will also make it to publication, if only because Lee’s fans demand it. It’s not clear why none of these other books were released after MOCKINGBIRD, but it’s likely Lee did not feel they were ready, and simply wanted to stay out of the limelight. Such is the difficulty for some authors who have books rise to popularity. It will be interesting to see how this all comes out in the end.

Have you read WATCHMAN yet? If so, do you want more from Harper Lee? Let us know in the comments what you think.