Be Fearless

It’s almost time for librarians all over Ontario to descend upon Toronto for the Ontario Library Association Super Conference. This year’s theme is “Fearless by Design”, and it promises to be another very creative, inspiring, and educational workshop. (And no, it won’t be stuffy at all!)

There are featured speakers, like Naomi Klein, Jael Richardson, and Desmond Cole. For those of us who might not be able to hit the Toronto International Film Festival, they’ll be screening a film called “Call Me By My Name” at a greatly reduced price for attendees. There are the ever popular yours to various Toronto libraries, awards galas, meet and greets, and other social events outside of the daily workshops.

During the conference, librarians register for sessions taught by other librarians and experts in their fields, so that we can learn about new library technology, brush up on skills that might be fading, hear about great new concepts happening in libraries, and discover exciting new ways to keep our libraries relevant. These sessions are always interesting, always enlightening, and many of us come away from conferences not only feeling refreshed, but energized, and excited about implementing some of the things we’ve learned along the way.

One of the other exciting things about the conference in the Super Expo. Vendors from all over Canada bring displays, books, new technology, and library systems for all librarians to see and interact with. It’s an enormous Expo, and one could wander through several times and not see everything. Included in the Expo is possibly one of the best things ever–book signings! For many, this is the only opportunity to get up close and personal with Canadian and international authors. Often, the longest lines at the conference are for people waiting to have a book signed. The rule is, if you see a line, get in! This year, the registered authors include Barbara Fradkin, Phillipa Dowding, Terry Fan, and many more.

What new things will we bring back to our library? Only time will tell…



Could You Do It?

With the Winter Olympics almost upon us, many young athletes are going to be glued to their TVs (or computers/tablets/phones), dreaming of the day they might find themselves on a podium. But it takes many years of hard work to realize a dream of going to the Olympics, and for most, it is only a dream.

THE 4 YEAR OLYMPIAN, by Jeremiah Brown, is the story of a rower who not only found his calling after a troubled youth, but worked hard enough to get himself to the Olympics in just four years. It seems impossible, but this story is bound to inspire and encourage.

You can watch the book trailer here. See if you don’t end up cheering for Brown at the end!

Side Hustles

I do a lot of crafts here at the library. A lot. But they’re for work…even though they don’t always feel like work. The strange thing is, I don’t do a lot of crafts in my downtime, possibly because I get my fill at work.

Recently, however, I had the urge to do something at home, just for fun. Fun! There was absolutely no reason to do it, no theme, no “end” project…I just picked up my glue gun, got out the paper and crafted. Now, the little shadow box is sitting on a shelf in my work room. It makes me happy to look at it, not because it’s perfect or inspired or “worth” anything, but because I wanted to do it.

When I came across a post by Ann Friedman called “Not Every Hobby is a Side Hustle”, it really resonated with me. These days, we are almost conditioned to find something that we do outside our work lives that might be “worth” something other than just good feelings. She talks about making deviled eggs–the best, most creative deviled eggs ever–and only because it makes her happy. What a concept!

Making money from a project also takes the joy out of just creating in the first place. The moment you commit to selling something, it must become the best thing you can create. That puts pressure on us to be perfect, and with that goes the joy.

So stop and ask yourself, when was the last time you created something simply because you want to make it? And how did it make you feel? I had such a great day making my shadow box forest, and the time went by so quickly I couldn’t believe it. While I might not do it again for a while, the good feelings will stay with me for some time. You should try it!

(And hey, we have a monthly adult craft club. Why not join us to create just for fun! Give us a call to register….257-2702. We’re meeting on Monday!)

Thinking of Donating?

We run lots of fun programs at the library, and one of our most popular (and constantly growing programs) is our Children’s Summer Literacy Tutoring program. Let’s face it—funding is tough for libraries, and we’d love to keep this one going at full speed, and possibly expand. But we need your help. That’s where our FUNdraising program begins!

Starting this week, drop into the library and stop by our FUNdraising wall. It’s loaded with envelopes, each with a denomination on the front. Pick a donation you’re comfortable with, take the envelope, and fill it with cash or a cheque in that amount. Any and EVERY donation is welcome, even the little ones, so don’t feel shy.

For donations over $10, we can provide a charitable receipt, so keep that in mind–it’s good for us, and for you. Cheques should be made payable to the Carleton Place Public Library. And if you don’t have time (or the cash on you) when you drop in, make sure to take the donation envelope of your choice and bring it back in later.

As always, a HUGE thank you to all of our patrons for making our library such an important part of our community. We couldn’t do any of this without you!

Questions? Give us a call at 257-2702.