It’s Storytime Again!

It’s that time of year again—-all of our fun fall programs are beginning again, including one of our favourites, Storytime!

Registration begins today for this program aimed at 2-5 year olds. We run two sessions on Wednesday mornings, one at 9:30am, and another at 10:15am. Each one will include books, songs, rhymes, and lots of fun. We focus on the five basics of early literacy—–reading, writing, playing, singing and talking. It’s a great way to give your children some exposure to social settings, learning skills in a group, and to meet some new friends. This is especially important if your child doesn’t attend a daycare, or isn’t involved in activities outside the home (it’s important for parents, too!).

Call us today to sign up for one of the sessions, which begins on Wednesday, September 13th. We’re looking forward to having some of our favourite young friends back at the library, and to meeting new ones!

Babies, Babies, and more Babies

This fall, we’re running our usual Babytime session, which means we’re welcoming the babies back to the library! We sure missed them this summer! And to make it a little more exciting, we’re also going to have monthly Babytime Drop Ins….but more on that later.

First up, now is the time to register your baby aged 0 – 12 months for our Thursday morning session, which runs from Sept. 14 – Oct. 19. At 9:30am, we start our songs, tickle rhymes, and bonding, and each morning runs about 20 minutes—just the perfect time for a baby’s attention span. After, parents are welcome to stay and chat, take out books, museum passes, dvds and more. We like to encourage parents to chat, learn about other programs running in the area, and basically just get out of the house for a while. (We don’t even care if you come in your pajamas…..just come!)

Registration takes place now, and sign up early, because spaces are limited. (We only have enough room for about 15 babies and parents in the room when everyone has their gear all spread out.)


What if you have to miss a session? Or what if you can’t register at all? Don’t worry—-we’re having a monthly Babytime Drop In!

Monday, September 25, October 30, and November 27th, join us for a babytime Drop in!  That’s right, just drop in with baby around 1pm and we’ll have a quick session before the library even opens to the public! This will be a slightly different version of babytime, but we’re hoping it might allow you to get out of the house a bit more, or come at a time when baby isn’t napping. Give it a try…it’ll be fun.

Babies, babies and more babies. We love them!

Programs for Adults!

Yes, we’re excited about adult programs this fall at the Carleton Place Public Library! There are plenty of exciting options to choose from, whether you’re interested in a drop in, a weekly series, or more than one event. You can find the whole schedule on the Carleton Place Public Library website, or drop in to pick up a fall schedule to take home. But here are a few of the highlights:

  • Monthly Adult Craft club for people who LOVE to create! We’ll do a different craft each month, just bring your creativity! (4th Monday of the month) 6:30pm
  • Adult Book Club is a popular monthly event. Read the selected book, then come to chat about it with other library patrons. We meet the 2nd Monday of each month, at 6:30pm.
  • The Monthly Meditation Break will leave you feeling relaxed, better able to deal with stress, and you’ll have the chance to make some new friends, too. Local meditation practitioner Cathy Bogaerts joins us Sept. 28, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, & Dec. 21 at 6:30pm.
  • Our National Film Board nights are continuing with a great selection of Canadian films, all in celebration of Canada 150. See our schedule for dates and times.
  • In honour of Science Literacy Week, we’re inviting local astronomer Frank Hitchens back for another of his fascinating presentations called “Eye in the Sky: The hubble Space Telescope” on Monday, Sept.18 at 6:30pm
  • Retiring soon? Join us for a financial seminar on “Retiring Your Way” with Nataliya Tyagley of Edward Jones Canada on Saturday, November 18th at 10:30am.

Wait….what about seniors??? Don’t worry, we have a whole list of fun programs for seniors this fall, including:

  • We’re doing our regular Tech Tutoring this fall. Call to book an appointment with Caroline to learn more about your phone, tablet, or computer.
  • Interested in meeting new people? Join us for our Social Conversation Circle every second Wednesday afternoon at 1pm, beginning September 13.  Refreshments provided, too!
  • We have another fascinating financial seminar from Nataliya Tyagley of Edward Jones Canada called “Making Your Money Last”. It’s on Monday, September 11th at 2pm.
  • “Focus on Fixed Income” is another financial seminar about reaching your financial goals. This happens on Monday, Oct. 16 at 2pm.

There are plenty of other things going on this fall. Drop in or call to find out more! We love adult programs!

We’re Having a Party!

Monday, August 21st is a partial solar eclipse, and we’re celebrating this fun event!

Our Solar Eclipse Party will be a fun drop-in event. Stay for a few minutes, or stay the entire solar eclipse—we’ll have lots of activities to keep everyone busy (too busy to be bothered to look out the window). This will be fun for kids aged 3 – 13…with lots of crafty tables, a special I Spy and more!

No registration necessary. Drop in and help us celebrate. It’s going to be out of this world!

Teen Book Club

Our Nerd Herd, aka the Teen Book Club, is getting ready for a fun book-filled fall! We’ve got our choices picked, and we’re gearing up for lots of discussion, fun, and more.

If you have a reader who is at least 12 years old who might like to join, drop by the library before school starts to get on the list. It’s always a fun session, and our first meeting takes place on Wednesday, September 27, from 4-5:30pm.

Money Money

Forbes has released its 2017 list of the top earning authors, according to its estimates. The list covers the 12 month period from May 2016 – May 2017, and falls in this order:

1. JK Rowling $95 million
2. James Patterson $87 million
3. Jeff Kinney $21 million
4. Dan Brown $20 million
5. Stephen King $15 million
6. John Grisham $14 million
6. Nora Roberts $14 million
8. Paula Hawkins $13 million
9. EL James $11.5 million
10. Danielle Steel $11 million
10. Rick Riordan .$11million

No real surprises here…except for maybe the fact that EL James is still on the list. If there hadn’t been a movie based on her FIFTY SHADES OF GREY series, would we still be talking about her? I’m pretty sure a lot of second hand booksellers have been overwhelmed with the number of copies of FIFTY SHADES that they have on hand–enough to make art out of them, and more. And here at the library, while it still circulates, it hasn’t been on demand since the series first came out, even with a movie in theatres.

Don’t you find it an interesting difference between the number one and number ten slots?


Summer Schedule

Next week, we’re finishing up our summer programs at the library. Can you believe it? Where did summer go? And while we’ll be continuing on with summer reading for a few more weeks (including draws for prizes), you only have one more week of fun activities to get your children excited about. What’s coming up this week?

  • We’re building VERY interesting things on Monday at “Build It”, from 10-11am. This is for 6-8 year olds…and it will be very hands-on.
  • It’s another Draw Yourself Drop In on Monday afternoon between 1:30-3:30pm (ages 5+). The kids will have a blast lying on the floor while we trace them–and then drawing life-sized versions of themselves. It was super fun when we did it in July!
  • Tuesday is an Olympic challenge, and weather permitting, we’ll be outside. Don’t forget to sign up!
  • Wednesday is our last Storytime for a few weeks, and our last Craftnoon Drop in. (We’ll also be eating pizza for lunch as we say goodbye to our summer students and another staff member, so please excuse us if we’re asleep at the desk when you come in.)
  • Thursday is a Junior Olympic challenge, and our visit to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, which we’re SUPER excited about! I can’t wait to see their exhibit this year!
  • And last but not least, its our French Storytime and Lego Drop In on Friday.

Take a closer look at the calendar above to see when everything takes place, the ages, and if you need to register. We left the best for last, so don’t miss out!