Books, Translated

vegetarianWhile we don’t often talk about books that are written in another language and then translated, at the library we come across this on occasion when talking about French books for children. Many popular English books are translated into French and then released for French readers, but sometimes, the translation leaves something to be desired. So much so, in fact, we’ve had requests from Francophone parents who have asked us to only purchase books by French authors. The art of translation is a tricky one, even at the picture book or chapter book level, so you can imagine how difficult it must be for adult fiction to be translated well.

It gets even more mind-numbing when you think that there is a literary award given to books that have been translated from some other language into English. The Man Booker International Prize for 2016 was just awarded to Han Kang for her book THE VEGETARIAN, translated from Korean into English by 28-year-old Deborah Smith who only started learning Korean at the age of 21. Wow. The translation must not only be accurate, but also portray the beauty of the author’s prose and their original intention.

Kang has won a variety of literary awards in Korea for her novels and teaches creative writing at the Seoul Institute for the Arts, but this was her first book translated into English. It is a novel in three parts, telling the tale of a dutiful Korean wife who one day decides to become a vegetarian. Along the way, the act of giving up meat also leads her to give up other things in her life, and eventually, leads to her discard the whole premise of humanity, causing her life to spiral. You can read more about this author and the award right here.

What an amazing accomplishment!



The official Forest of Reading® winners have been announced!  We sent off all of our votes along with other libraries and schools, and these were the winning books for 2016.

Blue Spruce™:

If-Kids-Ruled-the-World-WebSilver Birch Express™:

End-of-the-Line-WebSilver Birch Fiction™:

Masterminds-WebSilver Birch Non-Fiction™:

Haunted-Canada-WebCongratulations to all of the fantastic Canadian authors and illustrators who won!

Ready for College?

ARE THEY READY_With all of the young people around here getting ready to head off to University, College, or another life path in the fall, we’re thinking a lot about those important times. It takes a lot for an 18-year-old to function on their own, probably more than many of us remember. I think this is a great list of things that these kids need in order to be ready. The big question for parents sending these kids off? Are YOU ready?

Of course, if you’re thinking about going back to college or university yourself, you might want to check out our online resources for career skills and upgrading. We have LOTS of great features like Tech Boomers, to teach you updated computer skills. Or Glass Door, which will help you get that resume ready and even prep you on possible interview questions!  You can find all of this on our website at


The Long Weekend

Happy(1)This is just a reminder that the library will be CLOSED on Monday, May 23rd. We will be open regular hours today (9:30am – 5:30pm), and Saturday (10am – 5pm), so if you need materials, please make sure to get in before we close.

If you need to return items, please feel free to leave them in our large blue outdoor return box. You won’t be charged any fines on days we are closed.

Museum passes will be at a minimum this weekend, we assume, so you can check on availability by going to our website and clicking on the large green MUSEUM block on the top left of the page. These passes will be available on a first come, first served basis, so keep checking to see if the one you’re waiting for has been returned.  We can’t hold them, but you might get lucky!

The staff at the Carleton Place Public Library wishes everyone a safe and happy long weekend! See you on Tuesday……


salad.jpgAs  summer fast approaches, I’m eating more salads. The produce finally tastes less “wintery”, if that’s a thing, and the idea of eating crunchy veggies for days on end is more appealing as the weather heats up. One of my favourite all-time salads has only two ingredients……tomatoes and avocado. I could eat this every day if avocados weren’t so frustratingly exact about their time of ripeness!

Tomato-Avocado Salad——

1 ripe avocado, peeled, stone removed, and cut into chunks.

10 – 12 cherry tomatoes cut in half

Throw both of these into a bowl, squirt the avocado generously with lemon juice, add salt and mix.  That’s it.  You can add other things (cucumber, mint, pine nuts etc….), but the simple one is best, I think.  You have to pretty much eat it right away, but don’t worry, there won’t be any left.

So, when I came across a Buzzfeed article on ways to introduce more avocado into your foods, I was all over it. I’m going to try a few of these this long weekend, I think. Do you have any favourites? Let us know in the comments….

Aging & Disease

oldageWith the success of WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR, a memoir by the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, the physician who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died before his memoir was published, comes OLD AGE: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE by Michael Kinsley. Kinsley is a journalist who learned at age 43 that he had Parkinson’s disease, and decided to write about it to explore how the Baby Boomer generation might approach aging. It is starting to get recognition on the best-sellers lists for its wit and candor, all with Kinsley’s trademark writing style.

While non-fiction titles tend to be a tougher sell to both readers, and reviewers, it seems the world is taking a bit of a turn, wanting to know more about these tough topics done in unconventional ways. If you love non-fiction, you might want to consult the New York Times best sellers lists for their great non-fiction suggestions, as more and more of these are making their debuts on the market, and on the lists.

Non-fiction is the new fiction!