It’s that time of year….yes, the time when we’re all either glued to our laptops, trying to pick out the perfect items for those on our shopping lists, or running around from store to store to find them. Well, I’m here to help you, especially if you have a reader (or librarian) on your list!
The Ontario Library Association has a wonderful Holiday Gift Guide–and shop—to help you find the perfect book-themed items. From card catalog socks, to colouring books, to puppets, they have all sorts of wacky and wonderful items that anyone who reads would love. Personally, I’m hoping for this Hand-Lettering book:
But don’t wait too long. Many of the items are already sold out (sorry to anyone who would have picked the Cats on the Go Tech Decals, but they still have some Cattoos!), so get on this right away. I wish I’d known about this before our Teen Book Club Christmas party…..but maybe next year!
Lauren Oliver‘s BEFORE I FALL, was one of the first Young Adult novels I ever read (after TWILIGHT and THE HUNGER GAMES, of course), and I’m excited that the movie version now has a trailer!
The book has a really unique premise…about a teen who dies in a car crash, but relives that last day seven more times, each time changing just enough to (hopefully) learn something. It had such a unique voice, and interesting character development, that I hope the movie will do it justice.
You can watch a little teaser right here, starring up and comer Zoey Deutch as Samantha Kingston.
Let me just say the book bloggers of the internet are already losing their minds. 2017 can’t come fast enough!
Calling all readers in Kindergarten to Grade 6, we’re starting Forest of Reading® today at the Carleton Place Public Library. Drop in to register, pick up your reading list, grab a book to sign out, and get reading! You have from now until mid-April to finish the books in your category.
BLUE SPRUCE (Kindergarten to Grade 2) — Must read all 10 books in order to vote
SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS™ — Grades 3 & 4—Must read at least EIGHT books in order to vote
Silver Birch Fiction™ — Grades 5 & 6 — Must read at least EIGHT in order to vote
Silver Birch Non-Fiction™ — Grades 5 & 6 — Must read at least EIGHT books in order to vote.
We’re excited to have a whole roster of young crafters in tonight to make some fun things for Christmas. We’ll be knitting some mini-hat ornaments (no knitting experience required), and creating some Christmas mice. In between, I’m sure we’ll be playing a few games, like the fun one above. Who was naughty or nice this year? I guess we’ll find out! This is the last craft night of the year (and sorry, it’s all full), but keep watching here, our Facebook page, or our website for future craft nights for the kids. We have lots planned for 2017!
It’s not quite December, but we’re excited that Cocoa will be back to help us out in December. And this year, he wanted to do something a bit special….a scavenger hunt with a prize! You can download the image above as your own card to play along, then drop into the library starting December 1st through December 24, or follow our Carleton Place Public Library Facebook page to see what he’s up to everyday, and check off the boxes as you see them. He promises to be really creative this year (and probably as mischievous as usual).
Once you complete the sheet, drop it off at the library with your name and phone number, and we’ll be making a draw for “Cocoa’s Favourite Things” right before Christmas! The prize is aimed at our young patrons, but everyone is welcome to participate. It’s going to be a fun month!
And as usual, remind your youngsters that if they see Cocoa at the library, they are not to touch him. Elves have very, very special magic, and we’d have to send him back to Santa to reinstate his powers if he gets touched, so, it’s fun to look, but no touching please. (Besides, Cocoa is a bit of a complainer, and if you touch him, you’re bound to have to listen to his ailments for quite a while.)
Cocoa arrives December first, so get downloading, or drop by the library to pick up your card right away!
For a long-overdue Frivolous Friday Post, let’s talk about break-ins. With the holiday season upon us, many people are getting ready to travel and leave our homes unoccupied, and most of us are starting to fill our homes with presents. As a kid, I remember a long day of Christmas shopping with my family ending in tears when we came back to our car after a meal to find all of our gifts had been stolen. It’s a terrible feeling, and even worse when someone breaks into your home.
So, is there anything you can do about it? I came across a really interesting article from a radio station in Portland, Oregon, that interviewed 86 criminals currently incarcerated for breaking and entering, about would–and would not–prohibit them from entering a home intending to steal. And it might not be what you think.
Read the article here to find out what you can do to make your surroundings a little less inviting to criminals this holiday season. Turns out the top three turn-offs for burglar are big dogs, a car in the driveway, and music or TV playing inside the house. For those who have a little more spare cash, another great deterrent are cameras.
It’s that time of year—time for the “Best Of” lists you’ll be reading all over the internet. But we LOVE book lists, so this is always welcome. The Washington Post just released their ‘Best Books of 2016’ list, which holds a whopping 100 titles. They say the top 10 are especially wonderful. What do you think?