Are You Smarter?

On Flipster this month, “Popular Science” claims on the front cover that this crow is smarter than your fifth grader.  Uh…okay. I know it’s making a little twist on the once-popular television show, but honestly, isn’t that stretching it a bit?

I’ve seen some of those fascinating documentaries about crows using tools and figuring out complex problems, but really, isn’t it usually just about food and survival? Heck, if someone stuck a Dairy Queen blizzard inside a locked plexiglass case and forced me to figure out how to get it, you better well believe that I’d get that ice cream before even a little of that soft-serve melted. Birds are smart, but birds are not people.

If you want to read this article, drop by our website and log into Flipster. You can download the latest issue, or even check out back issues. I guarantee a crow couldn’t do that…and your fifth grader would probably already be printing out pictures and using YouTube to get more information about something they found.

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Are we feeling spring yet???

If you haven’t signed up yet for this month’s adult Make and Take DIY, you should! We’re making seed bombs!

The idea is simple…soil+seeds in an earth-friendly “wrapper”. Join us on Monday, April 23rd at 6:30pm to get your hands dirty! What do you do with the seed bombs? Once the weather gets a little warmer…you throw them! Yes, that’s right….you throw away the seed bombs, and wait to see what grows!

It’s a lot of fun, environmentally friendly, and it’ll be a an interesting way to pass the evening. Meet some new people, or bring a friend….but don’t forget to call and register first. We want to have enough supplies for everyone! 257-2702.

The Short Story Short List

Five writers have made the CBC Short Story Prize Shortlist for 2018. The topics are diverse, and as always, interesting, and you can read each of the stories online right now. Will you pick the winner? Get reading!

The finalists are:

Mapsacks are back!

Mapsacks are BACK!

Mapsacks contain everything you need to explore the outdoors. We have two specific topics available, Poop & Bugs. They include books and research materials such as magnifying glasses and bug boxes.

You check the Mapsack out just like a book and return it with everything inside (minus any of the poop or bugs you collected, of course).

Why not grab a Mapsack and one of the Library’s passes to Rideau Valley Conservation Authority or Ontario Parks for this weekend. Its the perfect time of year to get out there and explore!

Poetry Reading at the Library

We still have tickets for the wonderful Poetry Night at the Carleton Place Public Library on Friday, April 20th at 6:30pm. Join us for an evening of local poets Carol Stephen, Dean Steadman, Cliff D. Bird, Claudia Coutu Radmore and Lesley Strutt, who will read their own work and maybe answer a few questions at the end of the evening. It’s a great opportunity to get out of the house, and do something different. We promise, these poets will be fascinating!

Tickets are only $5 each, and all proceeds from that night’s event will go toward our Children’s Summer Literacy Program. Don’t miss out…this is just a special event for National Poetry Month!

Haiku, We Do!

Earlier this week, we enjoyed a fascinating the fun evening with local author and poet Claudia Radmore. She’d been a part of our “Local Authors Exposed” event in March, and we were delighted to have her back.

She taught us all about haiku, and we even had a chance to do a little bit of crafting. What a fun night!

What If They Were Movies First?

Several years ago on the blog, we posted the question “What if books were movies first?”, talking about books that had been made into movies that went on to box office riches. But often, those movies aren’t as good as the book (as you’ll hear any reader tell you), many times leaving out what readers think are important parts of the story just to fit it into the required movie time frame.

But what if a book that you loved was a movie first? Think of the big winners like “Titanic”, or “Star Wars”.  Do you think you would have fallen in love with Jack and Rose on the pages in the same way that you did sitting in that darkened theatre? Or cheered for Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, or felt the adventure in the same way? Probably not. In fact, you might not have even gone to see the movie afterward.

After all the talk about Best Picture winner “The Shape of Water”, I immediately put my name on the holds list at our library for the movie. But–as with most of the new releases–there’s been a bit of a wait. So I was super excited when a book showed up based on the movie. Written by director Guillermo del Toro and co-authored with Daniel Kraus, I couldn’t wait to dive right in!

And then….I started reading.

Honestly, after 50 pages, I gave up. The story is interesting, and I think on the big screen, this probably works really, really well. (Hey, all those Oscar voters and moviegoers can’t be wrong, right?). But I found the book confusing, and filled with strange details that didn’t seem to do anything for the story except try to make it tantalizing? Maybe I didn’t give it enough time. Or maybe I’m just not in the right headspace for this type of book, but I can’t wait to see the movie to find out if it’s just another one of those over-hyped pictures, or something that needs to be seen and experienced, rather than read.

Have you seen the movie? Read the book? What are your feelings on this idea? Lets us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!