It’s Time to Vote!

Tonight, we’re opening the library doors for our young voters in the Forest of Reading® program! We’ve been reading books since early December, and tonight is FINALLY the night to make our decisions!


And here’s the fun part….after the vote, we’re having a party!  Even if your young reader didn’t complete all the books necessary to vote, they’re invited to the party!  And there will be lots of fun to go around, maybe even a special prize.

As for the winners, we’ll announce our picks tomorrow on our Facebook page. When the official winners are announced in mid to late May, we’ll post those as well so that we can see how we did. I’m hoping we’ll pick the same winners everyone else did.

Good luck to all of the nominees, and happy voting, readers!

Yay to Jon Klassen!

The first time I ever read Jon Klassen’s THIS IS NOT MY HAT, I knew I that to read it for storytime. The story made me laugh, the simple illustrations were delightful, and the theme was perfect.  If the kids didn’t like this, they were going to be a tough audience.


And then I read it to my group.  I chuckled to myself as they talked about the silly hat on the fish. They giggled about the bigger fish chasing the little one, and thought it was pretty funny that the little fish thought he was soooooo clever.  I couldn’t wait for the big reveal at the end. (Don’t worry… spoilers here!).  When I turned the page, expecting everyone to laugh………the kids weren’t really sure what happened, although the parents were!  We had lots of discussion as to possible reasons for the ending….none of which even touched on the REAL idea.  I was shocked!  But it was okay.  The kids used their imaginations, and came up with something that was acceptable to them.  It was great!  They surprised ME.

Now, THIS IS NOT MY HAT is one of the books on our Forest of Reading® Blue Spruce™ list, and the kids aren’t saying much. I wonder if they’ll choose this book as their favourite. I know I would.  We’ll have to have a discussion about it on the voting night. It’ll be interesting to hear from older kids.  Maybe 5 year olds just aren’t as sophisticated yet.

The really great thing is that Jon Klassen and his witty humour are really taking center stage. It seems that this book, along with I WANT MY HAT BACK, have together sold one million copies worldwide. That includes translations. Isn’t it amazing? Picture books don’t usually achieve such great heights, so I’m thrilled for this author. He deserves it.




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This summer, the Carleton Place Public Library is taking part in a pilot project involving the TD Summer Reading Club. We’ve signed up to participate as a sister library, to share ideas, program knowledge and, hopefully, to lend support to another library in Canada. This project was devised in order to inform communities who run the TD Summer Reading Club, that this program takes place all across Canada.  It’s not unique to our town, our township, or even our province. It happens all across Canada each summer, and I’m thrilled to say that we’ve been selected to participate in the pilot program this summer.


Our sister library?

We recently found out we’ll be paired with the Maskwacis Cultural College located in Hobbema, Alberta. The wonderful people there run the TD Summer Reading Club for four First Nation reserves! It’s going to be exciting to learn about the children and their communities in Alberta, and hopefully, we’ll have lots to share with them as well. Through interactive programs, our young readers will have a chance to connect, explore and discover all summer long!

We’ll keep you up to date as plans are made, but for now, we’re excited to have this wonderful opportunity to share with our new friends in Alberta. Eureka!

Happy Easter!


Don’t forget…



We’re coming up to a long weekend, and hopefully, it’ll be nice and warm. As always, the library will be closed for a few days. Here is the schedule to keep in mind:

FRIDAY, April 18     CLOSED

SATURDAY, April 19      Open 10am – 5pm

SUNDAY, April 20    CLOSED



If you need books, movies, museum passes, etc……make sure you drop into the library by Thursday, or plan to come by on Saturday. The blue return box will NOT be outside on the days we are closed, so please keep all returns until the days we are open. Don’t worry, you won’t be charged fines for those days we aren’t here. Enjoy your long weekend!


It’s National Librarian Day!

Yes, it’s that time of year again, folks! It’s National Librarian Day! If you’re at the library today, please drop in and say hello to one of the fabulous library staff. We’re always ready to celebrate!






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