Are we feeling spring yet???

If you haven’t signed up yet for this month’s adult Make and Take DIY, you should! We’re making seed bombs!

The idea is simple…soil+seeds in an earth-friendly “wrapper”. Join us on Monday, April 23rd at 6:30pm to get your hands dirty! What do you do with the seed bombs? Once the weather gets a little warmer…you throw them! Yes, that’s right….you throw away the seed bombs, and wait to see what grows!

It’s a lot of fun, environmentally friendly, and it’ll be a an interesting way to pass the evening. Meet some new people, or bring a friend….but don’t forget to call and register first. We want to have enough supplies for everyone! 257-2702.

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Poetry Reading at the Library

We still have tickets for the wonderful Poetry Night at the Carleton Place Public Library on Friday, April 20th at 6:30pm. Join us for an evening of local poets Carol Stephen, Dean Steadman, Cliff D. Bird, Claudia Coutu Radmore and Lesley Strutt, who will read their own work and maybe answer a few questions at the end of the evening. It’s a great opportunity to get out of the house, and do something different. We promise, these poets will be fascinating!

Tickets are only $5 each, and all proceeds from that night’s event will go toward our Children’s Summer Literacy Program. Don’t miss out…this is just a special event for National Poetry Month!

Financial Literacy

When you think of libraries, literacy is probably not far from your minds. But how about financial literacy? Libraries are the perfect place to find out more about your money—from books, to magazines, to e-resources. And this spring, the Carleton Place Public Library is pleased to offer a variety of financial literacy events, aimed at all aspects of finance.

First up is a session called Market Volatility, offered on Thursday, April 12 at 2pm. We’ll explore things you need to consider when venturing into the stock market.

Next, we’ll host The ABC’s of Insurance on Saturday, May 19th at 10:30am. This seminar aims to remove confusion about insurance and will show you how insurance should fit into your overall financial strategy.

And finally, Simple Budgeting for Beginners on Saturday, June 9th at 11:30am. Learn how to develop a budget, identify financial goals, understand the balance between spending, saving, and borrowing, and the importance of having a strategy. This would be perfect for teens going off to college, for students who have just graduated, or anyone who has never been able to budget well.

All of our sessions are brought to you by Nataliya Tyagley, who is a financial advisor. While she can’t give you personal financial advice, she’s able to offer up general guides to help everyone get the most out of their money.

Please call to register at 257-2702, or for more information. Sessions are free, but will fill up quickly.

Feeling Less Than Creative?

Starting this week, we’re taking registrations for our “Find Your Creative Self” program–a six-week session meant to help adults who are feeling less that creative. We meet for two hours a week and work through things that might be holding you back, as well as doing a variety of creative activities, and a few bits of homework to keep you inspired throughout the week.

Using the books THE ARTIST’S WAY by Julia Cameron, BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert, and many other great creativity tomes, we’ll delve into the root of that dry spell. This isn’t like our adult craft nights—instead, it’s more like a therapy session, but we promise, it’ll be a LOT of fun, too!

Registration is a must, and this program will fill up fast. Call us to register at 257-2702, or drop by the library to sign up. It’s going to be a very educational spring!

Do you Haiku?

April is Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating! Do you want to learn more about Haiku? Discover the real power of the smallest poems in the world. See how just a few words can open a universe, and learn how to write them. “The Power of Haiku” takes place on Tuesday, April 10th at 6pm.

This wonderful event will be presented by Claudia Radmore, author of Fish Spine Picked Clean. Registration is required, so please call the library to find out how to get on the list. Spaces are limited. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this.

Digital Device Workshop

Not sure how to use your tablet as much as you think you should? Still trying to figure out your new phone? We’re holding another Digital Device workshop next week where you can ask all the questions you have, and share some of your own tricks.

Think of this as Group Tech Tutoring. If you’ve been to a private tech session with Caroline, but need a little more help, try this type of session. You might be surprised at how much you already know, and how you might be able to help someone else.

Please call us to register for the session which happens on Tuesday, March 20 from 2-4pm.

Local Authors Exposed!

Last Friday night, we had a fun event at our library–Local Authors Exposed. We invited four local authors and a fabulous moderator to join us for an evening of questions about publishing, writing, and creativity. It was really well attended and an enjoyable evening overall.

What did the authors teach us?

  • Never give up. Rejection doesn’t mean you aren’t talented.
  • Every writer struggles. Just push through and you’ll find a way to do it.
  • Social media is important, and a great way to market books!

We could have stayed and listened for several more hours. But most of all, we learned that our community really loves authors. We’ll have to plan more events like this at the library in the future! (*We might even have something special coming up. Keep watching!)

Claudia Radmore tells us about ARCTIC TWILIGHT. It was fascinating to hear how she got this book deal. Can you believe it involved an open mic night?

Linda Seccaspina was a fantastic moderator. She had so much good information about publishing. How much did she saw the average author earned?? (Hint…it was less than $2000.)

 

Sandra Nikolai does social media for all her books..and must market for the US readers, so all of her books contain US spellings.