Book Launch!

18(1)If you’re looking for a fun afternoon next week, plan on dropping by the library on Tuesday, June 28 at 1pm. We’ll be cheering on one of our library writer’s group, Sharon Holzscherer, as she celebrates her debut novel and launches it into the world.

Sharon will read from PATTERNS OF DISORDER, will tell us a bit about her journey as a writer, and will sign copies of her book at the launch. They’ll be available for cash or cheque only, but if you forget to bring your wallet, she’ll also hand out info on where you can purchase a copy later.

Hope to see you then!

Where are those books?

Recently, Popular Science posted an article about a new “Robo Librarian” that uses RFID technology to track down missing and misplaced books in libraries. It’s an interesting concept, but while the article would make you believe librarians spend most of their days looking for lost books, it’s simply not true.

booksaleBooks that are misplaced, mis-shelved, or simply lost, are a common problem in libraries. While we employ people to keep our shelves organized, neat, and structured so that we can find items easily, there are always reasons books cannot be found. Sometimes it is a library error–we might put them in the wrong place because of a distraction. Sometimes, it is a patron error—taking that book off a shelf to see if you might want to read it can mean putting it back in a slightly wrong position. And sometimes, people walk away without checking out books, and we might not see them again.

But whatever the reason, libraries work hard to keep their collections current, shelved properly, and available for patrons to take out. It is not usually the job of the librarian to shelve or “read” the shelved books to keep them in order. Many times, this is the job of a student page or volunteer. And they are wonderful, taking care of this small but important task for us.

However, the system is not perfect, and books can become lost. The new AuRoSS by A*STAR Robotics employs the use of RFID tags placed on the books to scan shelves and check for errors. While it is time consuming to remove each book to check the RDIF tags, this robot can simply scan a shelf without the need, and find places where books have been improperly shelved, or are missing altogether. It’s a fascinating idea, and one that might soon be used everywhere, if this article were to come to fruition. While it is very important, don’t let the fear of robots making librarians obsolete scare you. Shelving is just a small library task, and one that does not require a human touch, or a degree.

Take a minute to read the article, however. Robots might be a new thing you’ll bump into when you’re at the library in the not too far off future.

Cooking, Revisited

If you’re following food trends these days, people are cooking lighter, eating more raw foods, and enjoying the farmer’s market finds more than ever. If you’re interested in trying out some of this fresh thinking, you might want to drop by the library to pick up a new cookbook that follows one of these trends.

Try any one of these for some clean-eating recipes that are also tasty!

foodWe’ve got all of these and many more available. You can find and reserve them on our website. All you need is your library card and PIN!


Camp Kick-Off!

at theCarleton Place Public LibraryTonight is our Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off party!  We’re going to be getting together tonight for one hour from 6-7pm to talk about ways to prepare for writing that novel in July, as well as cheering each other on and hearing about the upcoming projects.

July will be a fun month of writing, whether you’re working on your first novel, or your twenty-first. And if you can’t make it to hear more about how it works, you can pick up a Camp NaNoWriMo kit at the front desk which will tell you everything you need to know in order to write something great this summer.

Summer Reading is Coming!

We’re gearing up for a WILD summer of reading at the library….but you’ll have to wait a little bit longer. We have WILD programs, WILD ideas, and WILD fun planned, so stay tuned. Summer Reading at the Carleton Place Public Library is about to be released!


Camp NaNoWriMo in July

Once again, we’re getting ready to start writing novels in July. Camp NaNoWriMo is one of our favourite months, and July is especially fun.  We’re kicking it all off with a fun session on Tuesday, June 21st from 6-7pm, and then we’ll start writing on July 1st.

If you’re interested in trying to write a novel in 30 days, or simply want a great group for support, then give us a try. We have an active writing group and we’ll meet weekly in July to support each other, cheer everyone on, and write lots of words.

at theCarleton Place Public LibraryWe have registration kits available at the front desk for anyone who might not be able to attend the meetings. Drop by to pick one up…it will tell you everything you need to know about the program and how you can participate.

Happy Writing!

Lambs Down Park Festival!

Ewe-Poster-final-673x1024We’re going to be at the Lambs Down Park Festival this weekend to share our upcoming library events with all of the festival goers! Drop by our table to talk with Caroline or Melody about summer reading, programs at the library, and to enter one of our fun draws!

*Hint, if you don’t “like” us on Facebook already, when you stop by our table, use your phone to sign up, and you’ll be entered to win something really fun! We’re trying to get to 1000 likes by the end of the summer…and we’re thisclose!