Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, Red Maple…oh my!

Forest of Reading is about to begin…just one short week away!  We’ll be visiting schools in January, but children are welcome to start reading in December. (It’s always a great way to get ahead over the holidays.)

The books in each category are really interesting this year…we can’t wait to put up our display and see which books are taken out first!

If you have a reader in Kindergarten to Grade 8, encourage them to join our Forest of Reading program this year. It’s a wonderful way to engage new readers, to promote all of the fantastic Canadian authors and illustrators featured, and to get through the winter blahs. (And at the end of April…we’ll have a voting night and party!)

Stay tuned…


Trivia, Anyone?

This Friday, a team of librarians and friends will be participating in a Fun-D Raising Trivia Night event at the Army, Navy, Airforce Club to help raise money for the community friendship oven.

Doors open at 7pm, but they’re giving everyone time to get settled, and trivia starts at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $10 per person, and you can round up a team to try and best our info-geniuses at the librarian table. There are 5 rounds, a 50-50 draw…and yes, there will be a cash bar.

If you’re interested in having a fun evening and also raising money for a fun community project, tickets are available now at the Carleton Place Information Centre located at 170 Bridge St.

Get your thinking cap on!

Heather, the Totality

Recently, we received our copy of HEATHER, THE TOTALITY by Matthew Weiner, with our regular library book delivery. Upon first inspection, it looked a lot like a YA book–the cover featuring a young girl inside the font. But no—it was adult fiction. Secondly, it was a teeny, tiny book. When our cataloger Caroline opened it up, she realized this very skinny book was a large print copy, which left us wondering just exactly how thin this book would look in regular print. Apparently, it looks much more like a novella than a full-fledged novel, at only 130 pages.

Such a curious novel meant I had to find out more. Weiner is a former TV writer, producer, and creator, most famous for Mad Men. This is his debut novel, and Goodreads gives the description as this:

The Breakstone family arrange themselves around their daughter Heather, and the world seems to follow: beautiful, compassionate, entrancing, she is the greatest blessing in their lives of Manhattan luxury. But as Heather grows-and her empathy sharpens to a point, and her radiance attracts more and more dark interest-their perfect existence starts to fracture. Meanwhile a very different life, one raised in poverty and in violence, is beginning its own malign orbit around Heather.

Matthew Weiner-the creator of Mad Men-has crafted an extraordinary first novel of incredible pull and menace. Heather, The Totality demonstrates perfectly his forensic eye for the human qualities that hold modern society together, and pull it apart.

There is a lot of controversy about this novel, with many complaining about Weiner’s use of weird fomatting and style, very akin to a script, without a lot of character development. In a novel this short, I’m not sure why anyone would be expecting a lot of character development—it would seem the perfect size for something very plot-driven. I’m sure it will circulate quite a bit at our library, as people often love a short, easy read, but it will be interesting to see if others complain of the same things.

If you’ve read the book, what are your thoughts? Did Weiner leave his newest audience wanting more, or did he hit on a style that might work for the “now” generation? Let us know in the comments below!




Black Friday Signed Editions

This fall, I was eager to get my hands on one of the signed copies of John Green’s TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. I pre-ordered a copy and it showed up in my mailbox shortly after it was released. Easy as pie. For those of us who live outside of a major city, it’s tricky to get signed books unless you grab them up online right away, or happen to be traveling near a book signing. Will one of our lucky young readers get this copy of TURTLES next summer…..wait and see.

But in the meantime, if you’re desperate to add a signed edition of a new book to your home library, Barnes & Noble are kicking off the holiday season with a Black Friday sale of signed books! You can find out all of the info you’ll need as well as see a complete list of the books that will be available, and get ready to shop! There is a wide selection, from adult fiction & non-fiction to teen books (including the one above) and even children’s books. Make someone (or yourself) happy by getting your Black Friday shopping list ready today!

Retire Your Way

Coming up this weekend, we have a financial seminar taking place on Saturday, November 18th at 10:30am. Find out how to “Retire Your Way”! We’ll have Nataliya Tyagley of Edward Jones Canada with us to tell us how to do it right, and answer all your questions.

This is a free seminar, but call ahead to sign up so that we know how many people will be attending! 613-257-2702.

Winter Programs

We’re getting ready to make the transition from Fall programming into Winter programming. The schedule isn’t quite ready yet, but for those of you wondering what’s going to be offered in the new year, we’re excited about many great new programs. We’ve got craft clubs, book clubs, movies, drop-ins, teen programs, children’s programs, and plenty more. If you thought the library was busy this fall, get ready for 2018!