Human Books

human_library_logo_jpeg-1We’re getting ready for another exciting event at the Carleton Place Public Library! Yes, it’s that time of year again….the Human Library Project is almost upon us again. If you weren’t able to attend last year, we have some wonderful human books lined up for April.

What is the Human Library Project?

It’s part of a join initiative with all of the Lanark County libraries, where we offer up something unique to our patrons….the chance to speak with a fascinating person from our community, one-on-one! This isn’t a presentation series…..you come into the library and sit with one of our esteemed guests and chat with them about their work, lives or whatever they’re excited to talk about. These community members have graciously provided us their time, and all of them have a great story to tell.

When does it take place?

Set aside Saturday, April 18th for this great event. You can book your time starting April 6th to reserve your space.

Who can I talk with that day?

I encourage you to drop by the website to read a complete bio on each of our wonderful participants, but we have an Olympic volunteer, a former Deputy Minister, a Fire fighter, and a leader in the human rights movement.

Where can I find out more?

Drop by the Lanark County Human Library website to find out all of the details. You can see who will be a Human Book at each of the participating libraries, and starting April 6th, you can register to save your space online.

This is a fantastic chance to talk with someone you might never get the chance to have a conversation with normally. Don’t miss out! Spaces are limited.

March Break Success!

We had such a fun March Break last week. It was busy, but it was also very successful! Now we’re recovering. But what did we do? Lots!

march.jpgWe had THREE young writers sessions, where we wrote poetry, learned about mysteries, and made up some fractured fairy tales

  • We had a very loud and exciting session of Crazy Library Bingo! (All right now everyone…switch cards!)
  • Although we were scheduled to paint with Coke, it worked better with Kool-Aid.
  • And our Big Hero Drop In was one of the busiest afternoons we’ve had in a long time. (I think everyone was satisfied with our care.)
  • On Thursday, the great people from Radical Science visited and helped us dissect diapers, and make slime! How sublime! (Yes, that was a leftover from the Poetry Party.)
  • And our first French Storytime was a great success. We can’t wait for the next one! (Even though I promised to learn French songs for the occasion.)

Thanks for donating cash and groceries for the Food Bank, for sharing your Shelfie Selfies with us, for drawing cave art and searching for all of the fun I Spy items in the library. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Check Out a Skill!

20150320_161253We’re getting ready for something interesting in April. Not everyone is technologically-savvy, so we’ve decided to offer a “Check Out a Skill” week at the library. From April 13 -24, we’re offering half-hour sessions with one of our skill experts.  Learn to use Pinterest or Twitter, open up an email account, or finally get on Facebook and learn how to use it!

We’re taking registrations now, so give us a call. No “skill” is too simple to learn, and it’s the perfect time to learn how to use that new device (or that old one). Where else could you get this for free?  No where! Only at your library.

We’re Getting Ready for Babies again!

baby2015posterIn just a few more weeks, we’ll be welcoming babies back to the library. This is such a fun 6-week session, and just as much about the parents as it is about the babies. Each time, we make new friends, get to laugh and cuddle with new babies, and hopefully, make lifelong library-goers.

If you have a little one aged 0 – 12 months, this is the program for you. Call us to register starting today, and we’ll put you on the list. Babytime starts on Thursday, April 23rd and runs through May 28. We meet for about 20-25 minutes starting at 9:30am, but there is no hurry to leave the library right after the session. Stay, talk with other moms, check out some books….we’re just glad to have you at the library. We sing songs, learn fun tickle rhymes, and everyone will go home with a fun pre-literacy skill or baby life-hack to try out.

Don’t forget to tell any new moms you might know about this great program. This will be the last one until the fall!

Projects!

onlineresourcesWe often have children come to the library looking for very specific resources because they have a project. While we carry LOTS of great, new non-fiction in our juvenile section, we can’t carry everything, and that project about the Australian thorny devil lizard probably won’t garner a lot of hits when you search our library catalog. But what we don’t have in books, we make up for in online resources. This is WAY better than using Wikipedia.

onlineIf you drop by our online catalog, you can click on the “Online Resources” button (just like the one above….and I’ve linked it here so you can go directly to it while you read this blog post). At that point, select Homework Help, and you’ll be brought to a couple of great website links, such as Kids InfoBits.

kidsI LOVE this particular resource because it is so user friendly, and is aimed at kids from Kindergarten to Grade 5—exactly the ones who might not have a lot of research skills at this point. From there, you can choose your topic, search, and voila! Tons of great information! We’ve been suggesting this site to teachers who frequent the library, and the response so far has been wonderful.

While researching projects at the library is nothing new, being able to do it from home through the library catalog is a great idea not many people think about. This is second in our series called “FIND IT NOW : Online Resources at the Library.”

It’s Going to Cost me HOW MUCH?

onlineresourcesThis is the first in a series we’re calling “FIND IT NOW: Online Resources at the Library”. While many people use the library catalog to reserve books, renew what they have out, or just search the collection before they come in, we’ve noticed that more and more people need information we don’t carry….and they need it right now!

Of course, our first instinct is to do a Google search, but if it is for a school project, often teachers don’t want the students to use information they find online. What about periodicals and encyclopedias, though? We don’t carry many of these resources anymore in hard copy, but now, we have them available for our patrons through our library catalog.

onlineWhen you go to our catalog, you’ll see a link on the left called “online resources”. This is where you’ll begin your search. And today, we’re going to talk about a resource that will help you with your car. It’s called the Chilton Library.

chiltonWe’ve offered this at our library in the past, but it’s never been so easy to access, especially from home. Once you click on the link, you’ll be brought to the main page. From here, you can look up information on a specific vehicle make and model. But it goes further than that. What if you need information to do some repairs yourself? What if you have an idea about how much a new part will cost, but don’t want to be blindsided by labor costs. The Chilton link allows you to research all of those things, and more. You’ll be able to go into your automotive center and feel like you have some knowledge behind you. As with anything, however, please remember that this site is providing information only, and that any differences when you have your car repaired are up to your technician. (Sort of like trying to diagnose yourself from a health website….your doctor might come up with a completely different diagnosis). This is strictly a tool.

Most people don’t think about using the library to fix their cars, but that’s exactly the type of unique service that’s available now. Aren’t libraries great?

 

 

Bad Art Night!

IMG_4645While this little gem was done by one of our young patrons, it sure isn’t any stretch of the imagination to think that an adult might not be even quite as skilled as this at art. Well, we hope there are a few creative-wannabes in our community because we’re holding our first “BAD ART NIGHT” for adults at the library!

With everyone creating and selling at craft shows and on Etsy, the un-gifted crafter can feel left out in the cold. Maybe you try really hard, but something always goes wrong. Maybe you have the vision, but no skills to back it up. We don’t care!  We want YOU!

That’s right, we’re looking for people who have always wanted to create something great, but it never seems to work out. Join us on Tuesday, April 14th from 5:30-7:30pm for a few hours of hilarious artwork, trials and tribulations, and best of all, something ugly to leave with us to put up in our display windows! That’s right….we want to showcase your bad art! (Don’t worry, it’s all in good fun.)

This is not an event for anyone expecting to make something great. We want it to be UGLY. Yes, ugly. The uglier, the better! No skills, no creative ability, no genius required. In fact, if you’re colour-blind, we really want you! Registration begins today, so give us a call at the library if you’re interested in joining us next month. It’s going to be fun, I promise.

To inspire you, take a look at the “Museum of Bad Art website, or MOBA, to get the creative juices flowing. I promise, you’ll get a kick out of this site. Take time to wander through the “collection”. Most pieces were picked up at thrift shops, if that gives you any indication. Folk art? Probably not. But someone tried, bless them.

See you next month!