Emergency Preparedness for Seniors

We’ve all heard it…have an emergency kit in your home that will help you during a time of crisis like flooding, tornadoes, or other weather events. The kits are more than just your average First Aid kits, and include things like food, water, batteries, and more to keep you going for a few days at least. But let’s be honest–not many of us have these kits in our homes.

The world is a busy place, and we often forget that during times of crisis, there are many seniors who live on their own, who might not have the same types of communications that many of us do (cell phones, internet). What if your elderly parent were stuck during a storm and had no access to the outside world? You’d feel a lot better if you knew they had an emergency-preparedness kit.

Next Monday, we’ll be holding a very important session at the library called “Emergency Preparedness for Seniors”. During the session, attendees will learn how to make an emergency-preparedness kit, what to include in it and where to keep it. There will also be information on resources in Carleton Place that you can access to help with the kits, or get more information, and how to receive emergency notifications on cell phones, radio, and television.

The session takes place on Monday, February 11 and 2pm. Please give us a call to register at 257-2702. This will be a very popular session!

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RRSP vs TFSA

Tonight, we have a special event seminar presented by Nataliya Tyagley of Edward Jones called “RRSP or TFSA?”.

Are you trying to decide whether to contribute to your RRSP or TFSA? Determining which is more appropriate for you depends on your individual goals, risk tolerance, and timeframe. Nataliya will outline the options and explain the difference, giving you a better framework to work with when deciding on your retirement planning. While she won’t be able to advise you on your own personal finance matters, she’ll give you the tools and information you need to work it out on your own, or with your personal financial planner. It’s great to be informed!

The session tonight begins at 6pm. Please give us a call to register. Light refreshment will be served.

Get Crafty!

We have a monthly Adult Craft Club at the library, and wow….they make some fantastic art!

This month, the group got together and learned how to make stained glass art using special markers and paint. The end results were fantastic! Sometimes it’s hard for adults to let go and be creative—-we’ve been instilled with a fear of making things that aren’t ‘perfect’, but Caroline is great at getting the group to just create.

The Adult Craft Club meets the 4th Monday of every month (except for this month because of a schedule change), and it is a good idea to call ahead and register. Caroline needs to know how many supplies to have on hand for everyone. So, if you want to give it a try next month, give us a call at the library at 257-2702 ASAP.  Next month is going to be a hoot!

 

Programs!

We hope you’ve had a great holiday, and are looking forward to getting back into the swing of things!

We’re starting programs at the library this week, so make sure you drop by our website to download and print your own copy. Many of them require registration, and we don’t want anyone to miss out!

http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

 

The Best Gifts Are Free!

It’s gift giving season. At the library, we know budgets can get really tight, and time seems to dwindle down to nothing. That’s where public libraries come into play. Trust us…we’ve got you covered!

Visit a museum together.

Museums can be expensive, especially if you want to attend as a family. Our library offers family passes to Ottawa and area museums, the National Art Gallery, The Brockville Aquatarium, Rideau Valley Conservation Areas, Ontario Provincial parks, and Gatineau Park Ski Trails, just to name a few. All you need is a library card to experience any of these amazing places with your family…for little to no money at all. (Some places charge for parking, and some have a small fee involved. Please ask.) What a great way to spend some quality time together over the holidays!

Attend a class.

We have programs for babies, toddlers, school age children, teens, adults and seniors at the library. Most are totally free, and some of them even include snacks! Learn about your computer or cell phone, attend a financial seminar, safeguard your health by attending a workshop about food, meet new people at a writers’ meeting or adult craft night, join a cookbook book club and go home full, or attend a movie night and enjoy some popcorn. Most of our programs only require registration, and we advertise well in advance. Make sure to pick up the latest newsletter to see what’s happening all season long.

Do a puzzle.

Our library has a HUGE collection of puzzles donated by patrons that you can take home and bring back. Choose from 100 pieces to 1000 pieces, in many different styles and subjects. Or stop by for an hour and help us put together our always ongoing puzzle in a quiet space. If you’re a puzzle addict, we always have puzzles for “sale”, too. Donate whatever you think the puzzle is worth, and then pass it on to someone else when you’re finished!

Download free eBooks, Audiobooks, TV shows, movies or music.

Did you know we offer TWO great resources for downloading free media? Get the HOOPLA app, or download LIBBY to enjoy bestsellers, binge watch shows, or learn something new. All you need is your library card and PIN. It’s easy, with minimal setup, and thousands of options for the whole family.

Fast, free WiFi.

If you’ve given up your printer, don’t have the internet at home, or you want to get out of the house to work on that books you’ve been meaning to write, we have fast, free WiFi, with lots of options. Bring your own device and find a comfy chair to surf the web. Hop onto the express computer for 15 minutes to check your email, or log into one of the regular computers using your library card to enjoy an hour online.

Join a club.

We’re not just about book clubs, you know. Although we do have book clubs for teens, adults, and even a special book club for food lovers (our cookbook book clubs is one of the fastest growing clubs in our library!), we also have an RPG gaming night, reading clubs for kids and teens and adults a few times during the year, and our monthly adult craft club.

And this just skims the surface of what the library has to offer. We have a warm space during the winter months, and lots of cool areas during the summer. We have areas for working, tutoring, reading, or sitting. We have lots of space to advertise your business, and places to find out what’s going on in our community. View some artwork, or buy a used book for your vacation. There is lots to do at the library! Talk with a librarian and find out how we can make your library experience even better. And don’t forget about us during the holidays…we’ll be open much of the time, so pop in to pick up a schedule.

See you at the library!

Do You YouTube?

If you follow us on Facebook, you’ve probably seen our VERY popular unboxing videos each Tuesday. We’ve uploaded all of them now to our YouTube page, so if you subscribe (and click the bell to get notifications), you’ll get a notice each time we upload something new. We realize not everyone uses Facebook, and we wanted to share this fun weekly event with everyone! It’s a great way to see what’s new at the library…and see if Caroline and Meriah repeat any of their outfits.

Drop by to see what’s been going on!

 

CP Writers Required!

We’re going to start up an informal and supportive writing group in November at the Carleton Place Public library! These aren’t workshops or sessions where you’ll have to take notes, but rather, fun meetings that are open to everyone, whether you’re a professional/paid author, or you’re just beginning your writing journey.

Each meeting will be guided along, but it’s all about sharing information, sharing work, and being a good listener. We want to cheer others on, not do hard critiques, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for a group that might be more demanding.

No registration is required. Come to the afternoon meetings, or the evening sessions–or come to all of them! We’re excited to add on to the group that is already established here, meet new people, and expand our horizons, so to speak.

You can contact Heidi at the library for more information about the sessions, or just drop by and take part. We hope to see you here!