Planning on some Travel?

20150328_091844If you’re like most of us, you’re already planning summer. And what better things to think about than trips! If you don’t think you have the time or funds to venture to another part of the world, what about staying in Canada and doing exciting things?  I’ve got some ideas for you!

We recently got some great new travel guides in the library….and they’re all about bucket lists and Canada. Choose from fabulous one-of-a-kind experiences like being a cowboy on a ranch, or skiing a World UNESCO site, or how about swimming with salmon? These are just a few ideas from THE GREAT WESTERN CANADA BUCKET LIST by Robin Esrock. It seems like Esrock has put together amazing ideas that you can do close to home, with an exciting I can’t believe this is in Canada feel!

Drop by the library for these and many other super travel guides for Eastern Ontario, the wide province and Canadian trips you might never have thought about. Start planning now, and your summer is bound to be exciting!

Rock the Drop!

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Our newly formed Teen Book Club at the Carleton Place Public Library is having their first event! Join us on Thursday, April 16, 2015 for “ROCK THE DROP” in celebration of Teen Book Day!

What’s it all about?

Our teens are passionate about books, and they’re excited to share some old favourites and new discoveries with the Town of Carleton Place. On Teen Book Day, our readers will be leaving copies of new and gently used teen books in public areas around town. If you find one, it’s yours to keep! Read it, or pass it on to someone who might enjoy it. We’re spreading teen book joy with others that day!

Can I really keep the book?

Absolutely! We’ve picked books that are fun, some that are new, and some older, and we’re going to leave them in places we think someone might find them and enjoy. And don’t worry, if it’s pouring rain (or snowing) that day, we’ll make sure to keep them dry.

How will I know I’ve found one?

We’ll put in a special bookmark telling you what it’s all about, so don’t worry…..you won’t be confused. (And we won’t leave them in stores, or anywhere someone might actually be selling books!)

Can I do this myself?

We’d love it if you want to leave your own teen book someplace on April 16th. You can print off one of our bookmarks below and put it inside. Then Rock the Drop and let us know where you left a book that day.

If I take a book, do I have to come to the Teen Book Club?

Of course not! This is just something fun our group is doing to spread the word about great teen books. If you want to come—or know someone who might—all of the information about our club will be on the bookmark. Or call the library at 257-2702 to register. We meet the last Wednesday of each month, from 4-5:30pm.

Rock the Drop with us!

Rock the Drop

March Break Success!

We had such a fun March Break last week. It was busy, but it was also very successful! Now we’re recovering. But what did we do? Lots!

march.jpgWe had THREE young writers sessions, where we wrote poetry, learned about mysteries, and made up some fractured fairy tales

  • We had a very loud and exciting session of Crazy Library Bingo! (All right now everyone…switch cards!)
  • Although we were scheduled to paint with Coke, it worked better with Kool-Aid.
  • And our Big Hero Drop In was one of the busiest afternoons we’ve had in a long time. (I think everyone was satisfied with our care.)
  • On Thursday, the great people from Radical Science visited and helped us dissect diapers, and make slime! How sublime! (Yes, that was a leftover from the Poetry Party.)
  • And our first French Storytime was a great success. We can’t wait for the next one! (Even though I promised to learn French songs for the occasion.)

Thanks for donating cash and groceries for the Food Bank, for sharing your Shelfie Selfies with us, for drawing cave art and searching for all of the fun I Spy items in the library. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Cookbooks!

cookbook4.jpgIf you’re like most people, you’re interested in food. We have a lot of great cookbooks at the library, but we can’t keep them all. In order to make room for new selections like the ones above, we have been weeding our shelves. If you drop by the library this week or next, you might find a few great books on our sale table. But don’t wait…they won’t be around forever! (They’re only 25 cents, so people are grabbing them up by the armload!)

Happy cooking!

The Page 69 Test

If you’ve ever read and re-read a book jacket, back cover or inside flap over and over to try to decide if you might like a certain book, one blog has taken this to the next level. It’s called “The Page 69 Test”. The idea is that page 69 is a good point in the story–the characters have been developed a bit, the tension is in mid-stride, and the plot is well underway–to tell a reader exactly what the story is really about. On the blog, they ask authors to open to page 69 of their books, and share that page with readers. Is it always a good choice? No, but more often than not, when you read what each author has written about the page, they seem to be amazed at how much page 69 is indicative of their books.

Let’s give it a try. Picking up HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY by Audrey Niffenegger (the first book that came across the desk as I was writing this post), I flip to page 69 and find that it’s about the twins, the flat that the story revolves around, and sewing—all things that quite represent the book. (It was a long page….so I didn’t bother typing it out here.)

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Give it a try with a book you’re currently reading, or one of your favourites. Flip to page 69. Does it represent the book? Let us know! This is a lot of fun, and a new way I might recommend people choose books, just to see how it works.

Would you try this with a book you were thinking about picking up at the store?

Sign up for Camp!

We’re getting ready to do it again…welcome aspiring writers to the library to participate in a month-long challenge to write a book in one month. April is all about Camp NaNoWriMo here, and we’re gearing up for some fun!

camp2We started doing this about one year ago, and it’s been a great year. Back then, we weren’t sure if anyone would show up, or how they would do, but we’ve had a dedicated writing group ever since. We meet up about once a month and discuss new projects, take part in challenges and plan for upcoming events.

Last year, during the first Camp NaNo attempt, we had about ten people of all ages take part. They wrote like crazy for the month of April….30 days….and several met the goal of 50,000 words, which is the length of a small book. Yay! After that, we worked on revision, talked about voice, and discussed plot, all in an attempt to further our writing chops. It’s been amazing to see these writers grow.

During the summer, many of them took part in a second run, trying their hand at a new book or revising the one they finished in April. We also gathered together a summer of young writers, and wrote many, many, many creative things. It was fantastic!

In November, a few of the writers took part in the more official National Novel Writing Month, and wrote a new book. Our youngest participant was a teen who won NaNo, and finished her second novel. How amazing, right?

Now, we’re doing it all again. We’d love to get new writers….anyone interested in giving it a try. You’ll have the rest of March to prepare an idea, work out some plot points or create some characters, and then you can join us on Tuesday, March 31st for the Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party at the library, from 6-7pm.  We’ll learn the rules, make some promises, but mostly….we’ll gear up for a month of fun.

If you’ve never written a book, but have always wanted to try, why not join us? You don’t have to be good at it, you just have to try. There are no rules, and you don’t have to actually write on the library premises…..write wherever you like…at home, in a coffee shop, on the bus. But join us for the meetings, and sign up for the daily inspirational emails. We’d love to have you join!

If you’d like a bit more information, drop by the library, or give us a call at 257-2702. We’re writing in APRIL!