Carleton Place Senior of the Year Award

Nominations are still being taken for the Carleton Place Senior of the Year Award. We have nomination forms here at the library, or you can find them at Waterside Retirement Community, Carambeck Community Centre, and the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce. The addresses and contact information is noted in the poster above.

This is a great way to honour a senior who works hard for our community all year long. It might even inspire you to try your hand at volunteering! We have several wonderful senior volunteers at the library, and we couldn’t do our jobs the way we do without them. Seniors are still a very important and vital part of our community.

Deadline for entries is June 1st, so hurry in to get a nomination form today!


What Type of Reader Are You?

We all read differently. Some of us prefer to read one book at a time, while others like to have multiple books on the go. Some readers devote entire days to finishing a book, while some can only manage to read a few paragraphs before bed each night. Whatever type of reader you may be, we all love books, and that’s the most important thing!


Finland Has a New Library–and it’s AMAZING!

In Finland, libraries are the second-highest rated public service. The first, is drinking water. Municipalities MUST have a library, and so the country boasts 853 public libraries in total. The newest is Oodi, built on the most prestigious piece of land in the country—directly across from the Finnish Parliament.

Do all of these things sound strange? In North America, where library services are being cut left and right, and many libraries are closing their doors all together, the idea of libraries being not only essential services, but revered, sounds downright perfect! At least to this librarian.

Oodi has been 20 years in the making, built to celebrate the country’s 100th anniversary, and made to be not only a gorgeous design, but full of the practical and wistful alike. But here is where it gets really fascinating—only one floor of the building is dedicated to books!

We are well aware that libraries aren’t simply for books anymore. They’ve long been places of exploration, of creativity, of social meeting spaces, and digital resources. But Oodi takes this to the next level. There is a restaurant, a cinema, and a meeting space. They house “skills labs”, where people can go to learn new things, like using 3D printers or musical instruments. And eventually, a space with a kitchen and large public room might be the destination of birthday parties or other celebrations. And don’t worry, you’ll still find librarians. They wander the floors, helping people access all of the amazing things within the walls, making sure no one leaves without a satisfying experience.

You can read more about this wonderful new public library right here.


Happy Long Weekend!

Just a reminder, the library will be closed on Monday, May 20th for the holiday weekend. Make sure to drop in today or Saturday to renew items, check out new items, or pick up your PIN so that you can access our online resources.

We hope everyone has a very safe and happy long weekend! See you on Tuesday!

Yesterday was International Hummus Day!

It’s a favourite of ours around here, and we’re glad there’s a day to celebrate!

We’ve got lots of interesting recipe books that include some recipes for hummus, so if you’re interested in trying out something new for dinner, why not drop by the library and pick up a few books to test! We can point you in the right direction of our cookbooks, or you can place some holds online and pick them up when you come in!