Could You Do It?

With the Winter Olympics almost upon us, many young athletes are going to be glued to their TVs (or computers/tablets/phones), dreaming of the day they might find themselves on a podium. But it takes many years of hard work to realize a dream of going to the Olympics, and for most, it is only a dream.

THE 4 YEAR OLYMPIAN, by Jeremiah Brown, is the story of a rower who not only found his calling after a troubled youth, but worked hard enough to get himself to the Olympics in just four years. It seems impossible, but this story is bound to inspire and encourage.

You can watch the book trailer here. See if you don’t end up cheering for Brown at the end!

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Side Hustles

I do a lot of crafts here at the library. A lot. But they’re for work…even though they don’t always feel like work. The strange thing is, I don’t do a lot of crafts in my downtime, possibly because I get my fill at work.

Recently, however, I had the urge to do something at home, just for fun. Fun! There was absolutely no reason to do it, no theme, no “end” project…I just picked up my glue gun, got out the paper and crafted. Now, the little shadow box is sitting on a shelf in my work room. It makes me happy to look at it, not because it’s perfect or inspired or “worth” anything, but because I wanted to do it.

When I came across a post by Ann Friedman called “Not Every Hobby is a Side Hustle”, it really resonated with me. These days, we are almost conditioned to find something that we do outside our work lives that might be “worth” something other than just good feelings. She talks about making deviled eggs–the best, most creative deviled eggs ever–and only because it makes her happy. What a concept!

Making money from a project also takes the joy out of just creating in the first place. The moment you commit to selling something, it must become the best thing you can create. That puts pressure on us to be perfect, and with that goes the joy.

So stop and ask yourself, when was the last time you created something simply because you want to make it? And how did it make you feel? I had such a great day making my shadow box forest, and the time went by so quickly I couldn’t believe it. While I might not do it again for a while, the good feelings will stay with me for some time. You should try it!

(And hey, we have a monthly adult craft club. Why not join us to create just for fun! Give us a call to register….257-2702. We’re meeting on Monday!)

Thinking of Donating?

We run lots of fun programs at the library, and one of our most popular (and constantly growing programs) is our Children’s Summer Literacy Tutoring program. Let’s face it—funding is tough for libraries, and we’d love to keep this one going at full speed, and possibly expand. But we need your help. That’s where our FUNdraising program begins!

Starting this week, drop into the library and stop by our FUNdraising wall. It’s loaded with envelopes, each with a denomination on the front. Pick a donation you’re comfortable with, take the envelope, and fill it with cash or a cheque in that amount. Any and EVERY donation is welcome, even the little ones, so don’t feel shy.

For donations over $10, we can provide a charitable receipt, so keep that in mind–it’s good for us, and for you. Cheques should be made payable to the Carleton Place Public Library. And if you don’t have time (or the cash on you) when you drop in, make sure to take the donation envelope of your choice and bring it back in later.

As always, a HUGE thank you to all of our patrons for making our library such an important part of our community. We couldn’t do any of this without you!

Questions? Give us a call at 257-2702.

 

Cookbook Book Club!

Our new Cookbook Book Club starts tonight! It’s labeled as food, fun, and friends! Take out a cookbook (or use one you own), try out a few of the recipes, and bring something you made (along with the cookbook) to the meeting for everyone to try. You’ll have a chance to talk about the cookbook and why you liked it–or didn’t–and hear about other great new cookbooks. You’ll meet other foodies, maybe try some new foods, and hopefully leave here with a full stomach and lots of inspiration!

Give us a call to register. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

(Don’t worry if you haven’t had time to cook anything this time. We’ll have a few samples ready from our own experiments, and instructions for what to do next month. Just come out and meet everyone tonight!)