Did you notice our fresh new look? 2015 seemed like the perfect time to give the Carleton Place Public Library blog a facelift! You can still find all of the information that was here before, along with a bit more. And coming soon…our sister blog, Carleton Place Local History, will also be updated. Yay for fresh pages and new ideas!

Welcome 2015!

Salad a Day

Here is an interesting idea to get you through the end of the year. It has nothing to do with libraries or books, but everything to do with having enough energy to do everything you need to in the next few weeks. On the interesting lifestyle website, SMAGGLE, they have set up a 30-day Instagram Salad-a-Day challenge! Print out the list, read through the suggestions, and then get eating those greens! It’ll be fun to get a bit creative, and to work some salad back into your daily intake during the holidays. (Salad? Does it come in a cookie format?)


Read through the whole post. They give some great suggestions to get you thinking outside the box.  And you don’t have to belong to Instagram. You can also post your photos to Facebook. Just be sure to use the hashtag #smagglesaladaday and tag @smaggle in your post. Easy, isn’t it? If you start today, you’ll be on Day 16–“Asian” is the theme today. Mmmm…crunchy noodles.

Tips for photographing food? If you’ve seen any of Martha Stewart’s awful food posts on Instagram, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you don’t want your pictures to look like. Instead, make sure your plate is clean around the edges, try to take a photo before you eat anything, make sure the lighting is really good, and aim for a photo taken from above, not off to the side. Remember, look at everything in the shot…..not just the food. Is there something on the table? Is someone making faces in the background? All of these things will make your shot less appealing, and you want people to ooh and ahh over your salad photos, right? Right!

Happy Salad Days!


Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the historic invasion on Normandy’s beaches  June 6, 1944.  At the library, we have a fascinating display of articles from that time period, as well as a number of books on the subject.  We even have a poem by our very own Joe McNeill which tells a heart-felt story about his father and the D- Day invasion.



Best of all, you can pop over to our sister blog, Carleton Place Local History, to read a fascinating commemorative article about this moment and history, and see more of the photos. If you don’t visit this blog on a regular basis, you might want to take a few minutes to really look through past posts. This is your best spot to find out more about the history of Carleton Place and the people who have lived here. History is fascinating!

Do You Glow?

A lot of people are getting into the vegan lifestyle. Maybe it’s just that summer is around the corner and we’d all like to be a few pounds lighter for shorts/bathing suit season, but it’s also because a lot of us are looking to get healthier. And healthier means more fruits and veggies, plain and simple.


We’ve had many new cookbooks show up at the library recently with lots of wonderful recipes, including vegan and vegetarian cookbooks. One of the prettiest ones lately has been the OH SHE GLOWS cookbook by Angela Liddon. It is a compilation of recipes from her popular food blog by the same name, and it was the photos and straight-forward ingredients that caught my eye.  But I’m a bit of a pushover when it comes to recipes.

While I love to cook, finding the time to whip up a recipe when I get home from work just isn’t on my radar. I might experiment on the weekend, but I’m sure there are many people out there just like me. And recently, I noticed on Liddon’s blog that she is concerned about the same problem later this year when her baby arrives.  I must say it made me feel better to hear someone else admit they might not have time to put together such healthy foods every single day.  It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, but it’s okay not to accomplish it all the time.  I’m giving myself permission.

If you’re interested in some of the new ideas for healthy eating, come in and check out our latest selection of cookbooks and magazines.  You might find a few new healthy staples to add to your meal preparation!

A Book Club with a Twist!

Book club meetings and food seem to go hand in hand. After all, if you’re sitting with a group of people discussing the latest piece of literary fiction, it’s nice to have something to nibble on. (Or, if you’re like a friend of mine and didn’t quite finish the book, she thinks a button which reads “I’m just here for the coffee” would be appropriate.) But lately, more and more book clubs are pairing their food/beverage choices with the theme of the book.


I came across this wonderful Christmas idea of hosting a book club based on Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. And after, or during, you serve plum pudding! The Yes and Yes blog hosts Alicia from Jaybird, where she tells the tale of making the pudding and shares the recipe…with lovely pictures, too!  I want to go home and make this right now! They’ve done quite a few interesting book/food combos in the past, so if you’re looking for more ideas, take a look at their Read//Eat series here.

Eat, drink, read, and be merry!

100 Years of Books

While some people would find it difficult to read 10 books in a year, others read so many that they lose count. If you love to read, you might also like to do your own book reviews on sites like GoodReads. But one blogger has a unique idea that takes book reviews to a different level.


Matt Kahn is a blogger who has decided to read and review every book that reached the number one position on Publisher’s Weekly annual bestseller’s list, beginning in 1913. He lists all the titles he’ll be reading and review here on his blog, so you can follow his progress. It should be interesting…he’ll be reading everything from The Grapes of Wrath to Fifty Shades of Grey, and a whole lot of John Grisham!  He also plans to provide a bit of background on the authors and the time periods in which the books became bestsellers in order to give readers a better sense of why they got there. I also think it will be fascinating to see how popular books have changed over the last 100 years. Will we see trends? Or will books change with the times?

Maybe you’ll be inspired to read some of these books after reading his reviews. You never know, you might find your new favourite author on this list!  Happy reading!

What do YOU want?

The big question these days seems to be, how do you get your information? I’m not talking about news or research, I’m talking about local community information. It might be different in a large city, but in a smaller community with a population of 9500 (according to the signs located outside of Carleton Place), getting information out to people is a difficult matter.

Years ago, the only real way people knew what was going on in this community was through the newspaper, posters and word of mouth.  People found out about events through their church bulletins, through school letters home and by reading the flyers posted at the front door of the local grocery store. Funny thing was, it didn’t seem so bad. We didn’t worry that something important was happening without us knowing about it.  If we left the house, we’d be out of contact with a phone for a while, but it wasn’t stressful. And if we wanted to share some photos of our fantastic summer vacation with our friends and family, we’d have to wait until we saw them in person and whip out that white envelope stuffed with 24 mediocre pictures they could ooh and ahh over. It was just that way.

Today, with social media, getting information out to the public is easy…almost too much so.  We’re expected to keep our phones on and charged, in case we need to text someone or take a photo right that second. If we don’t check Facebook a thousand times a day, we feel like we’ve missed out on something. And we MUST check our favourite websites constantly, to keep up with the world of politics (or entertainment, or sports, or knitting).

As a public library, we’re finding that we’re part of this big machine, also. While we have a newsletter, and we put posters up around the library for various events, and advertise in the newspaper, there are just people out there who do not get their information this way anymore.  They rely on Facebook and Twitter and blogs to find out what’s going on, and that includes in their own communities. It’s still amazing to us when people we’ve never seen in the library before, come in and tell us they heard about a program we’re running, on Facebook or Twitter. It gives us a sense of satisfaction that yes, we’re reaching people. We really are!

How do YOU prefer to get your local community information and do you think we could be doing more to inform people about library programs?  Do you feel like you need more access to library resources online? Or are you happy with the way things are?  We’d love to know how people are really using our blog, online catalog, Facebook page and Twitter feed. It’s all about YOU, after all!