Free Comic Book Day is Coming!

Yes, this year, the Carleton Place Public Library will be participating in the Free Comic Book Day put on by the BIA. We’re excited to announce not only will we have free comic books for all those young superheros to pick up, but we’re hosting a puppet show as well!

posterDrop by Reads Book Shop on Saturday, May 2nd at 11am to pick up your mission cards, then start collecting your free comic books around town. At the library, we’ll have not one, but TWO fantastic puppet shows by the people from Rock the Arts, one at 12:30 and another at 1:30pm. It’ll be a SUPERHERO SHOWDOWN!

Spaces are limited, so make sure to get here early!

Frivolous Friday…not so frivolous!

I’m always looking for new ways to keep my life organized. Library things. Home things. They all need some organization! And a fun printable will do the trick. I might even get excited about using it, and then stay more organized as a result. Because really, who has more than THREE big items to accomplish in a day?

DAILY-TO-DO-LISTSDrop by Design LoveFest to download the free printable and find out more about how to make your day easier. Do it! You’ll feel so much better about Monday, I promise.

Forest of Reading Voting Night

Forest-of-Reading-LogoJust a reminder, tonight is Forest of Reading® Voting Night at the library!  If your young reader is on our voting list, it means they’ve read at least 8 books in their category, or all 10 books if they’re doing Blue Spruce™.  But even if they haven’t read enough books to vote, everyone is welcome to come to the party.  There will be cupcakes!!

So, join us from 6-7pm for the vote, revealing our picks, and some prizes.  It’s going to be fun! (Results to come next week.)

Get Out and Take a Picture!

springfacebookThe nice weather has everyone outside (finally!). And you’ve probably noticed a lot of people taking pictures, either with their phones, or a real camera. If you’re serious about photography, you might be trying to improve your photos, and improvement begins with knowledge.

We have plenty of great books in the library on both digital photography, and traditional SLR photography (or both). There are many great online resources as well, and if you don’t use Instagram, you might want to start an account. It’s a wonderful resource for inspiring photos, especially when you start following photographers you admire.

But what if you’re just starting out and you don’t know anything about photo jargon? All those words can be confusing….aperture, bokeh, field of vision? I came across a great website recently that breaks down the basics for you in a really easy way. I can almost guarantee your photos will improve just knowing these things. Not Dressed As A Lamb is a fashion blogger, but she makes this idea simple for anyone. Spend a few minutes on the link, and bookmark it to come back later…..you’ll learn as you go, and might need a refresher.

Most of all, have fun out there taking photos! It’ll show in your work.

Are YOU on the list?

Once again, Time Magazine has brought out its list of the Top 100 Most Influential People of 2015. Not only is the list interesting, but the pairing of the writers who put together the pieces on each individual is often inspired. There are actors, politicians, singers, artists, activists, scientists and more.

time100covergrid-finalThese people are not necessarily the most well-liked people in the world (Kanye West appears, as does his wife, Kim Kardashian West), but they are certainly the people who shape the world just by being who they are. Controversy might be seen as a negative, but it makes people talk about someone and what they stand for, and that’s influence.

Take a few minutes to drop by the site and see everyone on the list. The blurb about each person on the list is fascinating, and many are accompanied by a video. Of course, you can read the entire article in this week’s issue of Time magazine.

The covers, photographed by Sebastian Kim, can be found right here.

 

We’re getting ready for babies!

Yes, it’s that time again….Babytime!!  We’re going to start a new six-week session this Thursday, April 23rd. Registration is open to children aged 0 – 12 months, and the sessions are every Thursday morning at 9:30am.

baby2015posterWe sing songs, learn fun tickle rhymes, and also make some wonderful friends. This is more about the parent than the baby is a lot of ways, so if you’re looking for a way to get out of the house, drop in and meet up with other mothers and children. You won’t regret it!

Bad Art Night at the Library

This past Tuesday was our first ever BAD ART NIGHT at the library! We had a LOT of interest in this program, and I don’t know if everyone was prepared to have as much fun as we did!

The whole idea around Bad Art is to allow adults who want to be creative, to give themselves permission to make things that are imperfect. In this world of Pinterest and Etsy, we’re bombarded by perfect photos of things that people have made. It isn’t something all of us can do. So, Bad Art Night was the antidote.

badartnightcollageAfter explaining the concept–that we wanted participants to create something ugly on purpose–we got down to work with a simple ice-breaker.  We drew ourselves.  But it wasn’t as simple as picking up a pencil and sketching out our features. I wanted to make sure any “hidden” talents wouldn’t surface just yet. So, we used paper plates perched atop our heads, and we drew without being able to see exactly what we were drawing. The results? Hilarious!

Then, we got down to the concept of Folk Art, along with examples from an extensive collection to let these budding creative-types understand the difference between art created for sale, and art created out of love.

In the end, we worked on ugly creatures, some of which you’ll see displayed in our library soon. I think they turned out very…well, bad! Participants were encouraged to Instagram or Facebook their experiences throughout the session, and I must say, some of the photos I found later were quite creative.

Hopefully, this won’t be the only Bad Art Night we’ll have. I think it was a great success failure!