It’s Almost August!

It’s hard to say what happened to July, but it’s almost August. While many of you are making plans for back to school, a lot of people are still looking for things to do with the kids. Don’t worry, we have no shortage of fun planned for August.

  • Lots of drop ins (Lego, storytimes & crafternoons)
  • Une Heure de Conte en Francais every Friday morning
  • Art Through the Ages adult & teen craft mornings
  • Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum visit
  • Regular storytime
  • another fun National Film Board screening!

A lot of the programs need registration, but anything that says “drop in” means just that… drop in anytime! And of course, we have our regular I Spy, our TD Summer Reading Club (have you seen the great flower boxes yet?), Book Buck Bingo for Teens, and Adult Summer Reading.

There’s plenty of time to get your library fix in. Hopefully, we’ll see you in August!


Artist John Atkinson has taken some of the world’s best known books and given them a twist–book covers with a brief spoiler filled with humour. Books like MOBY DICK ( Man vs. Whale. Whale wins.) and WAR AND PEACE (Everyone is sad. It snows.), are reduced to two simple thoughts. But aren’t they brilliant?

I’m not sure the abridged versions would hold up as Coles notes for teens who don’t want to read the books, but they’re not wrong. And Atkinson’s simple line illustrations and milky colours make these absolutely hilarious. You can see a fun collection of the books at this link.

Can you think of your own versions of classic books that could be told in two brief statements?



Book Fairy

It all started with Emma Watson. She started leaving books from her feminist book club on the London Underground subway system for people to take home. A free book prompts discussion, and the actress thought it would be an interesting way to find a broader audience for her book club.

Now, Montreal has its own book fairy in Audree Archambault. She’s been leaving books in Montreal Metro stations in hopes that they’ll read the books, and then pay it forward by leaving the books for someone else. Archambault is a YouTuber and books lover, and for International Women’s Day this year, she received a box of books from publishers, each containing a book with a hand-written note from Emma Watson herself, to distribute for her project.

Each book that Archambault leaves contains a sticker explaining why it was left there and instructions on how to pass it on. You might even find her peering around a corner to see who takes her books–and it’s often a struggle for people to take something with them for free, even with the note.

You can read more about the project by clicking on the link here.

I’m sure most library users would appreciate finding a book that they could take home, regardless of where it was left. Would you participate?

A Wrinkle in Time

Have you seen the previews for Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A WRINKLE IN TIME ? How about this explanation of what they have planned:

The clock ticks, time bends, space shifts, and Oprah is your planet-hopping tour guide through all of it. Consider that your intro-level education to A Wrinkle in Time.

Yes. Just, yes.  It stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Mindy Kaling among others, and the whole thing is a spin on whatever you once thought about the book. You can read more about it all, and see some amazing visuals from Entertainment Weekly, which are absolutely stunning, right here.

The movie is set to release March 9, 2018, so we have a while to wait yet. But I think it’s going to be worth it, don’t you?

What are your thoughts on this adaptation?


Last fall, our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club was lucky enough to have local teen author Shaelyn Ryan visit us to talk about her debut novel, part of the “Timeless” series.

This week, she’s launching her second book in the series called ONLY A MATTER OF TIME at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Join her at 5pm for the launch, where she’ll be signing copies which will be available for $22 each, cash only please. She is generously donating $2 from the purchase of each book to the museum, where she is tireless working this summer.

Shaelyn is a super talented young woman, very engaging, and we hope her second book is received as well as the first. As with any author, if you read her book, don’t forget to leave a positive review on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews are so important to authors, especially those who self-publish. It is the ONLY way books are promoted by the big online sellers (50 reviews on Amazon means the book gets onto a sales list & more people see it).

Happy book launch, Shaelyn!


Yes, it’s a new book from Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code. His latest thriller is called ORIGIN and will be published on October 3rd.

The book follows our favourite sleuth, Robert Langdon, and is set in Spain this time. It asks the questions “Where do we come from?” and “Where are we going?”, both difficult and intriguing. It is bound to keep us all reading well into the night, with a plot that follows a billionaire and futurist who has just made a startling discovery about mankind.

Okay, I don’t think I can wait for this now, either. Get your name on the holds list early, folks. This is going to be another one with a super long waiting list.