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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Titanic Remembered

In the early morning hours of April 15th, 1912, the RMS Titanic sank into the cold Atlantic ocean after striking an iceberg only a few hours before. It was one of the worst nautical accidents in history, and has been the center of many books, movies, and websites. We even had a special Titanic Craft Night at the library on the 100th anniversary of the sinking, where we all made our own Titanics to take home.

Today is Titanic Remembrance Day, and if you’re interested in learning more about that fateful voyage, we have lots of fascinating new books at the library about it!

titanicTITANIC LOVE STORIES by Gill Paul, has thirteen true stories about honeymooning couples who sailed on the Titanic.

titanic2John Welshman’s TITANIC: THE LAST NIGHT OF A SMALL TOWN chronicles the stories of crew members and passengers of all ranks and status aboard the Titanic.

titanicand VOYAGERS OF THE TITANIC : PASSENGERS, SAILORS, SHIPBUILDERS, ARISTOCRATS, AND THE WORLDS THEY CAME FROM by Richard Davenport-Hines

Of course, there are many more to choose from, in the adult section as well as the juvenile area, so drop in and ask us where to find them. This will remain a fascinating topic for many years to come.

Published in: on April 15, 2014 at 3:23 am  Comments (2)  
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They Came & They Wrote!

It’s the end of Week #2 in the Camp NaNoWriMo novel writing challenge, and our aspiring authors joined us at the library this past Sunday for a fun write-in. They brought lap-tops, tablets, scraps of paper, pens, coffee and inspiration! And then they wrote!

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We had lots of fun things planned for the afternoon, which was especially great because the library was closed to the public. Everyone picked their favourite spot and got down to business.

 

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Word sprints were the most exciting part of the afternoon…short 30-minute blasts of writing as much as possible. We even handed out prizes to the people who wrote the most in that time period.  It was tough, but everyone gave it their best shot.

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We still have 12 people writing with us this month, and everyone is making great headway! A couple of the writers have been coming into the library on almost a daily basis to either work in a quiet space, or use one of our computers.  It’s been fun to hear their breakthroughs and learn about their accomplishments.  And those that have been writing at home have sent emails every few days to report in.

We’re still sending out daily emails to give encouragement and lots of helpful tips to keep everyone focused and moving forward with their work. I can’t wait to see how the next two weeks will go! Don’t worry, we’ll keep you posted!

Published in: on April 14, 2014 at 3:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Ten minutes

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A friend of mine decided she wasn’t getting enough work done at home. Everything seemed too big to tackle…too much laundry, not enough time to organize the basement, clean closets could wait another season. But it started carrying over into things she really wanted to do as well, such as exercise or read that new bestseller. We often let life get in the way of things that need to be done or things we’d really like to do. There are obligations such as taking the kids to school, and unexpected demands made upon us when we least expect it (like a co-worker’s illness that requires you to work extra hours). So how can we take back some time and accomplish things? Here’s a great idea:

 

Do things in 10 minute increments!

 

I’ve been looking for a way to get more reading done–without the guilt of taking time from something I should be doing. I thought this idea of doing things in 10 minute intervals was fabulous! You plan to do something full out for 10 minutes, and then no matter what, you move on after the time is up. For reading, this is pretty easy to control….just pop in a bookmark. For bigger jobs like organizing a room, for instance, you have to be willing to accommodate leaving a bit of a mess when the time is up. But you’ll be surprised at all you can do in those short periods.  And after a full morning of working in 10 minute intervals, you’ll have many things either done or under way. It sure takes the pressure off the task.

Do you have a great idea for organizing your time so that you can get more done in shorter periods? What is it? Let us know!

(Photo credit: Petradr)

Published in: on April 11, 2014 at 3:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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Thank you!

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It’s National Volunteer Week, and we wouldn’t miss an opportunity to thank all of our WONDERFUL volunteers who help us each and every week at the Carleton Place Public Library.  They keep us organized, they keep our library neat, and they keep our books circulating.  Without them, we’d have an awful lot more work to do, so we need to say a big THANK YOU to all of them.

Thank you Anne, Rexann, Jean, Bev and Glenwyn.  Your work never goes unnoticed and we hope you enjoy coming here as much as we enjoy having you drop by to help.

Are You on the List?

Forest of Reading™  is wrapping up for another year. We’ve had 77 readers join us from December through to now, reading their little hearts out! While not everyone is finished, there are still a few weeks to try to catch up. Our voting night with be Thursday, April 24th from 6 – 7 pm.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

Readers from Kindergarten to Grade 6 have been busy getting through 8 – 10 books in their respective categories. BLUE SPRUCE® readers must read all 10 books in order to be able to vote, but the selections were so good this year, I don’t think many kids will have a problem.  For SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS®,  SILVER BIRCH FICTION® and NON-FICTION, readers must complete at least eight books in order to be able to vote. So far, we have a good spattering of kids in all categories who have finished, and many who are doing their best to get there.

CAN MY CHILD VOTE EVEN IF THEY HAVEN’T READ ALL THE BOOKS?

Sorry, they MUST read all the books required in their category. We do this so that they’ll have a better sense of all the books in order to make a good comparison. Plus, it’s a challenge, and we want them to try to meet it. But don’t worry, if they haven’t read enough books, they can still come to the party.

THERE’S A PARTY?

Of course! When the kids come to vote, we’ll give them a secret ballot, and they’ll be able to go to one of the confidential polling stations in the library to choose their favourite book. After, we’ll have a fun party in the back room!  There will be cake, prizes for those who have finished, and maybe even a special certificate or two. And once all the votes are in, we’ll do a special tabulation and announce the winners chosen in our library. This is the best part of the evening, usually!

SO, IS THAT IT?

No!  Once we have all our votes in here, we send our votes off to Toronto and they are compiled with the rest of the province. Sometime in May, the final winning books will be announced on the Forest of Reading page. Don’t worry, you don’t have to check back. We’ll post the winning books here on the blog and in the library. I wonder if we’ll pick all the winners this year? The winning author and/or illustrator are given a very special award. After all, the book was chosen as the best one by all the most important people reading it….the kids!

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD CAN VOTE?

We’ve been posting a voting list in the library for the last few weeks. If your child has been coming in and marking off their books as they read, we’ll have them on the “almost ready to vote list”, or the “Vote List”. If they haven’t been marking off their books, there is still time!  And it’s the ONLY way I’ll know they’re ready. Otherwise, we won’t be on our voting list. So, come on by the library and see where your child is at. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing them on Voting Night, ready to choose!

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