BORN TO RUN

9781501141515_b00fcOf course, if you’re a diehard Springsteen fan, you’ll probably already know about (and have on pre-order) a copy of the much anticipated BORN TO RUN by Bruce Springsteen. While there have been a number of biographies about the singer over the years, this is the first one penned by the Boss himself, and fans are clamoring to get their hands on it for some inside info about his career and personal life.

While I’m not an original Springsteen fan, I’m a fan by association, and have attended two amazing concerts, including his latest tour of “The River” album. The man knows how to entertain, and his songs have always been thought provoking and original. If you’ve ever watched him in an interview, he’s VERY guarded about most everything, so I’m sure fans are wondering just how “vocal” he’s going to be in this book. But, you can watch him read from the book here to get a taste.

If you’d like to read this, drop by the library to see if it’s available or place a hold. You can check for availability on our website at http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

Target Earth

20160912_154436In a few weeks, we’ll be welcoming back local astronomer Frank Hitchens to share with us his talk called, “Target Earth”.  He’ll discuss the threats we face from asteroid and comet impacts, and how we can protect ourselves. Join us on October 17th at 6:30 pm!

This is going to be a popular workshop, and Hitchens is always entertaining in his information.  If you’d like to take part, this is a great seminar aimed at all ages….and works with the Grade 6 curriculum on space, so bring along the kids who are interested.  You’ll need to register early, so give us a call at 257-2702 to get on the list.

Motivation!

motivationIt’s fall again, and that means a lot of us are starting new projects, beginning new jobs, or working hard on school work. One thing a lot of us will face over the next few months is lack of motivation. It’s hard to stay motivated on things that occur over long periods, but there are great ways to do this.

During our recent creativity and writers’ group meetings, one thing that came up over and over was lack of motivation. Often, we begin projects (or jobs) with great gusto and enthusiasm, but as time goes by, it’s difficult to keep up that sense of elation and work ethic. So, how can we make it from start to finish on a long project without losing focus? Here are a few tips:

HAVE A GOAL

This seems like an obvious thing, but often, we lose sight of our overall goals when we’ve been working on something for a while. It’s a great idea to check in monthly with those goals, to see that you’re still on track, and to focus on the end result. Often, by doing that, you’ll see where you’re wasting time, or even how close to the end you might be. It’s a good motivator to check in. Keep a note in your calendar, or set your phone to remind you to look at the finish line once a month.

FIND HELP

If this is a big work project or school assignment, you might not have the luxury of getting help with your work. But, there are things you can do to help you in the long run. Prepare meals ahead of time, ask someone to take the kids for a few hours on the weekend, book a weeknight into your family’s schedule for YOU to get out of the house. All of these things can help you to reach your goals without feeling like you’re losing your mind (or losing sleep).  We can’t do everything.  That’s a really important thing to admit…and by asking for help, whether with your project, or just to give you some “free” time, you’ll achieve your goals without burning out.

MAKE A LIST

One thing I LOVE to do is make lists. But they’re not just to remind me to do things…often, they’re important to sort out things that I know I need to do, but are taking up space in my head. By writing them down, I don’t have to think about them anymore. I can focus on the work at hand, and know that I won’t forget to do that other thing as well. If lists aren’t your thing, or if you have more on your mind than just to make that dentist appointment, try journalling. Keeping an inexpensive notebook where you write everything down that’s going on inside your head can be very freeing. You don’t have to show anyone, and it’s not like a diary where you’re remarking on important things in your life…it’s more like a depository for all of the thoughts that are cluttering your mind. Write about those ugly curtains that you’ve been meaning to change, or the argument you had with your sister about who will be making the pies at Thanksgiving. Whatever you put down on paper is now out of your head, and you’ll be able to focus better.

WRITE THE STEPS

In our creativity course, we’ve been talking a lot about future things, and how to get there. Say you want to eventually sell something at the Farmer’s Market. What do you need to do to get there?  It won’t just fall into your lap…you’ll have to do some research. Find out what types of products are being sold there (that might mean a trip to the Farmer’s Market one Saturday).  Next, see how much people are willing to pay for an item, and work out your costs (supplies, preparation time etc.). Then, find some cute tags online or at the craft store that you can make up to put your prices on each item. You’ll also need to know how much a table will cost you, how much profit (if any) the Farmer’s Market will require from your takings, and anything else that might go along with that (do they provide tables, signage, advertising)?  Whatever it might take to get you to your goal, write down. And start following those steps to get there. This goes for any long-term project. And as you complete each step, cross them off the list. Just seeing the progress forward will make you more excited as time goes on, instead of overwhelmed and tired.

These are just a few ways to keep you on track when doing a long-term project. While you might not be as excited about it at the finish line as you were at the beginning, completing something is a BIG thing, and will go a long way to feeling accomplished and excited about the next one.

What are some of your tips for staying motivated during a long-term project? Share them with us!

 

Man Booker Prize 2016 Shortlist

It’s that time of year….literary award book lists are out, and this year’s Man Booker Prize Shortlist has just been announced as well. Six authors–three men and three women–are up for the very prestigious award, and all are very deserving. It is also very evenly split between countries, with two Canadians, two US, and two British authors making the grade.

shortlist-website-imageThe jury was under a great deal of pressure to pick the best from the best, and finally decided on these entries for their short list:

016 Man Booker Shortlist

The 2016 shortlist of six novels is:

Author (nationality) – Title (imprint)

Paul Beatty (US) – The Sellout (Oneworld)

Deborah Levy (UK) – Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)

Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) – His Bloody Project (Contraband)

Ottessa Moshfegh (US) – Eileen (Jonathan Cape)

David Szalay (Canada-UK) – All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)

Madeleine Thien (Canada) – Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 25th. You can read more about the short list books and the prize right here.

 

iPads for Beginners

Last weekend, we held one of our first tech seminars of the fall–“Introduction to Android”, and it was hugely popular. Patrons who have iPads aren’t out of the loop, though…we’re having a webinar for you on Saturday, Oct. 8th at 2pm! 

20160916_111638“iPads for Beginners” will cover everything a beginner needs to know about using iPads. It will be a hands-on session devoted to instruction, with some question time at the end. If you have a brand new iPad, please make sure that you have it set up before you attend the session, as our tech-spert won’t have time to do all of the initial things that are necessary to get the iPad registered etc.

Participants should bring their devices charged and ready to go. We’ll help you connect to our Wi-fi when you get here and go through all of the fun things you need to know in order to use your iPad fully.  And if you need more instruction following this session, Caroline offers Tech Thursdays—a full hour of one-on-one sessions about anything you need help with.

For the seminar and the one-on-one sessions, please call to register at 257-2702. We don’t want anyone to miss out on this great opportunity!

Scotiabank Giller Prize Long List Announced

Earlier this month, the Scotiabank Giller Prize long list was announced…twelve Canadian books in the running for the prestigious Canadian literary prize valued at $25,000. All of the books were presented in a field of 161 entries, and were deemed to be the best fiction published in Canada covering a variety of topics and writing styles.

gillerlonglistThe nominees are:

  • Mona Awad for her novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, published by Penguin Canada
  • Gary Barwin for his novel Yiddish for Pirates, published by Random House Canada
  • Andrew Battershill for his novel Pillow, published by Coach House Books
  • David Bergen for his novel Stranger, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Emma Donoghue for her novel The Wonder, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Catherine Leroux for her novel The Party Wall, published by Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Lazer Lederhendler
  • Kathy Page for her story collection The Two of Us, published by A John Metcalf Book, an imprint of Biblioasis
  • Susan Perly for her novel Death Valley, published by Buckrider Books, an imprint of Wolsak and Wynn Publishers
  • Kerry Lee Powell for her story collection Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush, published by HarperAvenue, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Steven Price for his novel By Gaslight, published by McClelland & Stewart
  • Madeleine Thien for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
  • Zoe Whittall for her novel The Best Kind of People, published by House of Anansi Press Inc.

The winners will be announced on Monday, November 7/16 at 9pm, but you might like to attend one of the special readings taking place in various Canadian venues. Please see the website for more details on locations and times, and to get tickets.

This is always such an exciting award, and the books and authors up for nomination this year are going to make the decision very difficult. Have you read any of these, and do you have a favourite? Let us know!

Class Visits

Did you know that the Carleton Place Public Library has a number of classes from various schools who visit us on a monthly basis? We invite them to come when the library isn’t open, and it makes the visit fun and easy. They’ll walk down from school, take out books, and we always read something together as a group. It’s a great way to expand on their reading options, and get them outside for some fresh air.

This fall, we’re starting some of the groups off with this magical new read called FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi.