Adults are Colouring!

As a child, I loved colouring. Even now, I’m a constant crafter and I enjoy creating things. But once in a while, it’s nice to be able to “make” something that doesn’t require a lot of head-space, or effort. Colouring is just that.

More and more adults are getting back into the world of colouring. And one of the latest books to head up the best-seller list is SECRET GARDEN by Johanna Basford, followed up by her most recent, ENCHANTED FOREST. And surprise, they’re both colouring books for adults!

enchantedsecret gardenEach book is filled with page after page of elaborate outlines…so all you have to do is grab those markers or coloured pencils and get creating! Great to do in front of the TV, or during a relaxing afternoon in the park. Her books are so popular, they’ve been translated into over 14 languages. Wow!

You can read all about her story here. But if you’re looking for a great Mother’s Day gift, or a cheer-up present for someone in the hospital, this might be a great choice. Or just grab a copy for yourself and let your creativity shine!

Storytime…en francais.

If you attended our French Storytime during the March Break, you got to know our wonderful friend Agathe. And guess what? She’s coming back for more!

Frenchstorytime1We’re looking forward to offering French Storytime for ages 2 and up once per month….at least until the summer. Join us on the following dates for songs, stories and a quick craft!

Monday, April 13th   10:30am

Monday, May 11   10:30am

Monday, June 8    10:30am

It’s going to be a lot of fun. Please call or drop in to register. And while we know that a lot of people are interested in a later storytime for older kids, we’ll see if we can’t meet everyone’s needs during the summer months.

Teen Book Club. Are You In?

We had a really great Teen Book Club at the end of March! Everyone had read our book….Ranson Riggs’ MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, and they all had plenty to say about it.

peregrineIt was a creepy book, to say the least. I’m sure you can tell from the cover. And inside, are many old and equally creepy photos that the book revolves around. We decided to try taking our own photos to make us look like we were hovering, just like the book cover. Fun!

teenbook2(So, you need to use a little imagination here, but it was still fun.)

Since the book had elements of time travel, one of the members even made her own investigative-scientific evaluation of the probability of time travel within the book. It was fascinating to hear (and I think we all learned a few things about how the science behind it works.)

teenbookWe also discussed our plans for the upcoming book club meetings and picked a selection of books we want to read.

Our next Teen Book Club (open to members aged 12 and up) will be on Wednesday, April 29th from 4:00-5:30pm. This month, we’re reading John Green’s PAPER TOWNS. If you know someone who would like to take part, give us a call and we can get them a book to read. This is a fun club…and yes….we have snacks!

 

Can They Vote?

Forest-of-Reading-Logo

Forest of Reading® Voting Night is coming up soon—- Thursday, April 23rd from 6-7pm. At the moment, we have about a dozen kids who are eligible to vote—-they’ve read 8 – 10 books in their reading category, and several dozen more who are almost there. But no worries, there is still plenty of time for those of you who might have young readers working hard to finish their books.

WHO CAN VOTE?

Anyone who registered with us for the Forest of Reading® and who has been keeping track of their books in our binder will be on our list. They MUST complete all 10 books in the Blue Spruce™ category, or at least 8 books in the Silver Birch Express™, Silver Birch Fiction™, Silver Birch Non-Fiction™, or Red Maple™ categories. If they’ve been marking them off in the binder, then I know who has completed enough books to vote.  Please check the list posted in the library to make sure your reader is on it.

WHAT IF WE DIDN’T READ ENOUGH BOOKS?

This is an official voting process—-our results are sent to Toronto for the official tally so that the awards may be given to the Canadian authors and illustrators with the most votes. In order for a reader to honestly pick the best books in their categories, we’ve decided that reading at least eight out of the ten books will give them a good feel for the category. (In Blue Spruce™ it is all ten because they are short picture books.)

If they don’t read the required number of books, we cannot let them vote. However, EVERYONE registered for the program can come to our voting night party. We’d love for readers to see  how exciting it is to finish, and be able to participate in the vote.  We’ll talk about the books a little, announce our winners, and yes….eat some cake.

WHEN WILL THE OFFICIAL WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?

Although we’ll pick our winners, it will take about a month for the tallies to come in from everyone participating around the province. We’ll leave our winners posted, and then will post the official winners sometime in mid-may.

If you have any other questions, please give us a call at the library. Otherwise, we hope to see you at the library on voting night!

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!

Rock the drop poster

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!