Happy Valentine’s Day…one day early!

20150210_133655This week, we held our annual Valentine’s Craft Night for our younger set. As usual, we had lots of enthusiastic crafters join us to make lots of lovely (and yummy) things. We made the cute cereal heart bird feeders shown above, and also some pretty 3D paper boxes. There were games, LOTS of treats and even some Valentine’s Day mad libs. It was all very heart-y.

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If you’re like most of us, Valentine’s Day has probably crept up on you. But there is still plenty of time to make your own delightful Valentine to give to that special someone. And what better way than to spend a weekend morning crafting something cute with your little ones?  If you’re looking for some easy printable and fun Valentine’s you can make at home, I rely on these great sites for inspiration. They always have fun things to make, and they usually don’t involve more than items you already have at home.

How about these cute pop-up card Valentines from Skip to My Lou?

Or what about a yo-yo Valentine from The Crafty Crow?

This happy camper Valentines Card box from Suzy’s Sitcom is super cute, too!

So, Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our wonderful readers, from all of us at the Carleton Place Public Library!  We hope you have a crafty, wonderful weekend!

Book Clubs, Craft Nights and March Break!

We’ve been busy planning all kinds of new, fun things for 2015. And now that we’re back into the swing of things, we hope you’ll join us for some new programming!

1(Hint: these beautiful cave paintings found in Lascaux, France, have something to do with our March Break plans. No…we’re not planning a trip. Stay tuned!

January introduced us to an Adult Crafting Club! We provide the space, you bring your crafts!  It’s a fun way to meet knew people and discover all the crafty things you have in common. We’ve had knitters so far, but anyone is welcome….sewers, scrapbookers, wood carvers (okay, I’m being silly here, but if wood carving is your thing, you’re still invited!). Drop in on the third Monday of each month from 6-7:30pm. And refreshments will be provided, so even if you come directly from work, you won’t have to sit with a rumbling stomach.

Next up is our Ancestry Database training. This was such an amazing success in the fall, we’re continuing on! If you’ve always wanted to get started researching your family tree, but didn’t know how to begin, this is one-on-one training with a staff member who has a huge interest in genealogy. Book of one our sessions, and she’ll show you how to use Ancestry Library edition, and maybe she’ll even get you started on that family tree. You must have some computer skills to do this session, or bring someone along with you who does. Make an appointment for one of our Tuesday morning sessions, or for a Wednesday evening session. You won’t regret it!

For the first time, we’re starting a Teen Book Club!  We’ll meet the last Wednesday of each month, starting February 26th, from 4-5:30pm. At our first meeting, we’ll talk about great YA books, and make some selections for the upcoming book club meetings. Registration begins today, so give us a call if you have a teen (ages 12+) who would like to attend. Refreshments provided!

And last but not least, we’re doing another writing workshop to lead into Camp NaNoWriMo in April. You don’t have to be writing a book right now to get the benefits from “Voice Choice!”, but it might give you a few new things to look at as you move forward with your writing. We have a lot of continuing writers in our group, but we always enjoy having new members. Join us on Tuesday, February 24 from 6-8pm for this interesting workshop. No registration required….and yes, there will be treats!

These are just a few things happening in February. And if you’re starting to think about the March Break, our March Break calendar will be out early this week. There is something in it for EVERYONE! Watch here or Facebook for more information, or give us as call a little later this week and we can help you find the calendar online. It’s going to be an exciting March Break!

Illustrated Harry Potter

 Illustration by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Illustration by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

It seems that Harry Potter will never go out of style at the library. Each generation produces a new group of readers, and along with the movies, they are constantly in circulation. It’s about to get exciting again.

Scholastic will release a fully illustrated version of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE on October 6, 2015, will illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner, Jim Kay. And just this week, the publishing house released several of the illustrations as a teaser. The one above is Hogwarts, of course.  You can see the full images here.

Scholastic plans on releasing each book in the series in an illustrated version, one per year. If the rest of the illustrations are as gorgeous as these, you might want to invest in collecting the whole series again. I don’t think you’ll be sorry you did.

What’s Coming Up?

While 2014 is coming to a close, we’ve been thinking about 2015 for some time now. And a New Year means new programs at the library! We’ve had a great fall, with lots of programming for adults, and children, so we’re going to expand again into the unknown. Here’s what’s coming up:

FOR CHILDREN:

Babytime

Storytime

Toddler Time

Craft Nights

Forest of Reading®

March Break events

Free Comic Book Day

FOR TEENS

Teen Book Club

Camp NaNoWriMo

March Break events

Rock the Drop!

FOR ADULTS:

Monthly Book Club

Monthly Craft Club

Ancestry Database training

Writing workshops

Camp NaNoWriMo

Bad Art Night

Human Library Project

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As you can see, we’re going to be doing most of the usual fun programs for kids, but we have a few fun new things to offer as well. Toddler time was a good success this fall, so we’re going to offer it in short 6-week sessions, running after babytime sessions. You can see the full schedule above for dates and times. We’re also hoping to add to the mix by participating in Free Comic Book Day in Carleton Place. If you’ve ever been on Bridge Street that day, you’ll know to expect lots of kids in costumes, roaming from business to business to pick up their free comic books. This time, we’re looking forward to having comics available, too. And don’t forget our great Forest of Reading®. We’ve already started, and this runs from now through April. There are plenty of great books to read this year, so get going now!

Teens, we’re looking for readers who want to have fun, read good books….and eat lots of snacks! The Teen Book Club will be a monthly meeting afterschool, so come in to find out more. Rock the Drop is a special project we’ll tell you more about as the time gets closer, but we want to spread the word about great YA books. And for those young writers who want some feedback, or just want to challenge themselves, we’re hoping to add this generation to our Camp NaNoWriMo group, as well as offer some fun Young Writers workshops during March Break. Pick up a schedule and stay informed!

Adults, we haven’t forgotten about you!  With the great success of the Summer Reading Club for Adults, we expanded this fall into an adult Book Club. Meetings are monthly, and we have a wide selection of books we’re covering this year. Drop by for some stimulating conversation! We’re also looking forward to our monthly Craft Club. If you want to meet new people and work on some crafts in a cozy environment, join us at the library! But what if you’re not crafty?  We’ve got something even BETTER for you! Bad Art Night is our first ever craft night for adults! It’s going to be hilarious—and full of bad art—so mark that on your calendar. If you enjoyed the one-on-one Ancestry.com training this fall, we’re offering more starting in January! And we’re hoping for some interesting participants in this year’s Human Library Project.

All of these events are laid out in the photos above, but we have copies available at the library, so drop in to find out more and pick up your own copy. We don’t want you to miss a thing! 2015 is going to be incredible at the Carleton Place Public Library!

Christmas Craft Night at the Library

This is always a busy time of year, so we like to get our young ones into the library to make all sorts of fun crafts for the holidays. Next week, we’re having our annual Christmas Craft Night for kids aged 6 – 11. There will be crafts, treats, and games. What more could anyone ask for?

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  Registration is full now, so we can’t accept any more crafters, but don’t worry….there will be plenty more craft nights in the New Year! Watch for our 2015 newsletter going out in December to keep up on everything that’s happening at the library!

Art at the Library

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If you drop by the library in the next month, you’ll be delighted to see some new artwork on display!  We love seeing all of the great talent in our area, and this group from the Almonte and Area Artists Association has a variety of pieces made using various mediums. The colours are fantastic and the pieces are professional in quality. Don’t delay….they won’t be here forever!

Book Covers

We don’t often think too much about book covers or how they’re designed, but sometimes, special attention goes into creating something very special.  The just released book entitled THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton, has brought about some significant excitement, and with it, a different book cover for the UK version. The book itself is about a young woman in the 17th century who creates a magical dollhouse that begins to predict the future.

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You can read more about Ms. Burton on her website, and follow her research into 17th Century Amsterdam  to learn how this book came about. The UK book cover took quite a turn from this North American cover, showing the actual dollhouse in a very creative format. How lovely to see them hand-painting the font etc.!  You can watch how it was created below.

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Sometimes it amazes me how much work can go into a single book!  But this book is getting a lot of buzz right now, so it’s sure to be worth the effort. Would you like to read it?