NaNoWriMo and the Library

crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbOnce again, we’re finishing up a NaNoWriMo program at the library in a few days. We have a great group of writers who have participated in many of our National Novel Writing Month programs, and this session was filled with a fantastic group as usual.

What have we been working on this month?

  • We have 11 participants who are either writing a new novel, working on a previous book, or plotting a new book for 2016.
  • Since we began this program, we’ve had 10 novels completed, from thrillers, to fantasy, to romantic comedies.
  • We are busy prepping for a fun creativity workshop in the new year that will help our writers—and anyone else who feels stifled in their creative zone—to work through the block and start creating again.
  • Due to popular demand, our Carleton Place Public Library writers are working on plans to start a writing blog to tell our community about what we do, and allow new members to check us out before coming to one of our meetings.
  • And our future plans include a community writing project that we hope will allow other library patrons to see exactly what we’re working on at the library!

If you’re interested in joining our writing group, you can send us a quick email to find out more (, drop by the library for more information on NaNoWriMo and how we participate at the library, or watch for one of our upcoming sessions in the new year, listed in our Winter Newsletter.

On a fun note, our writers finishing up books this month are going to be heading into the last four hours of the event with a fun write-in at the library…until midnight! We’ll have word sprints, prizes, and probably lots of coffee to keep us all going.

This is a great group of people at all experience levels and writing many different things. If you need some support to help you follow through with your writing plans, this might be the group for you. If you’re looking for some detailed criticism, we can also probably help you with that, too, although we’re not a critique group per se. Regardless, we’d love to have you at one of our meetings if you’re able to attend.

See you writing at the library!


Green Eggs and Ham…revisited!

greenLooking back on some of our more popular posts, it surprises us to see Green Eggs and Ham on the list. While it was actually a really interesting look into how Theodore Geisel’s editor challenged him (Dr. Seuss) to write a book using only 50 words, the post continues to be one people search for most. Are people looking for information on this challenge because they want to try it themselves? Or are they simply interested in green eggs and ham? Your guess is as good as mine. Until the Great Google tells us why someone searches, we’ll never know.

However, if you are looking for recipes for Green Eggs and Ham, Food Network star Paula Deen has a fun recipe that involves a few drops of food colouring, and some fancy cookie cutters to use on the toast. But there are also plenty of fantastic–and creative–green eggs and ham recipes to be found on Pinterest….not all of which are actually eggs, or ham.

What if Geisel’s editor had chosen the 50 words for him instead of letting him choose which words to use? Would that have made it more difficult? Or would our Dr. Seuss memories be about something even more off the wall, like purple potatoes and blue milkshakes? This could be a fun writing challenge, and one I’m considering for our Young Writer’s group a little further into the new year. Maybe you should give it a try, and see what you come up with!

Regardless, GREEN EGGS AND HAM continues to be a popular book for children many generations down the line. I bet you could stop almost anyone in the street and ask them to recite at least one line from the book, and they could do it. Can you say the same about many other popular children’s books?

I do not think so. I say no.



Instagram and Twitter are great for posting small snippets of your day. Whether it is a thought about the world, about someone’s behaviour, or just an expression of something fun you did that day, these social media sites provide a lot of insight into people’s lives.

During the summer, we’ve had fun Instagram Challenges, like a post a day based on something bookish. You can see our last one right here. While a 30-day challenge is a lot of commitment, maybe you’d like to participate in a world-wide Instagram challenge that you can do any day, as often or as little as you prefer. It is called #amreading.

#amreadingKnow what other people are reading can be so fascinating! Working at a library brings this into focus probably more than just your average person asking around to their friends and family, but reading is such a source of pleasure, it’s fun to be able to share. And if the book is especially wonderful, it’s even better!

How can you participate? Just post a photo of the book you’re reading with the hashtag #amreading on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and use the hashtag to search for others doing the same. You might find a lot of like-minded readers, and open up a great book discussion about your current read. Or you might simply come across a book that everyone seems to be talking about right then, and find a new author to add to your to-be-read pile.

So, start posting today. We want to know what you’re reading!

In Flanders Fields…

25241478Most countries cannot boast a poem as being something they are famous for, but In Flanders Fields by John McCrae is certainly known as Canada’s most important poem, by far. This year, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the writing of this poem, a new book entitled IN FLANDERS FIELDS: 100 YEARS, WRITING ON WAR, LOSS AND REMEMBRANCE has been released. It is a collection of poems, essays, and more by authors, poets, historians and historical figures from Canada, who have put down their thoughts about the war, the poem, and the poet John McCrae.

We have this book at the library, and it might be a great way to begin this important week. Drop in to see what else we have in our special Remembrance Day window, as well. You’re bound to find something to take home.

Lest we forget.

Tiny Homes

I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about selling their homes lately. Are they downsizing, or upsizing? It seems that there is a great deal of both going on. While the cost of new homes has skyrocketed (how can young people afford a starter home?), many people are becoming creative and moving toward the “tiny house” goal.

microAfter watching a documentary (“Tiny”) on Netflix about a man who decides to build a tiny home without any previous construction experience (he watches YouTube videos to learn how to do everything from framing, to electrical, to flooring), the idea is quite appealing. However, I think you have to be a certain type of person to live this way. There are definitely issues that each of these homeowners face, from growing families to property rentals.

Some of the dwellings are barely big enough to walk around in, and yet others can be quite spacious….it’s all about storage, apparently. And while some people are lucky enough to be able to build a tiny house on a piece of property they own, many are simply building in backyards or on trailers that can be moved from place to place.

If you’re interested in the tiny house movement, there are many great websites out there, as well as books like the one above, to give you inspiration, and answer questions about whether or not this is the lifestyle for you. Just Google “tiny house” and you can surf the web for days ooh-ing and ahhh-ing at all of the cute homes that pop up in the feed.

You can find out more about the documentary “TIny” at the Tiny the Movie website.

Adopt a Book!

Adopt a BookWe’re SO excited to announce a new project at the library…and it’s all about you!

One of the most disappointing things to patrons seems to be waiting lists. When a popular author releases a new book, it doesn’t take long for patrons to put their names on the holds list to get it, but that can sometimes mean waiting quite some time. We’re lucky enough to be able to acquire bestsellers at our library, and we’re small enough that our waiting lists don’t get quite as big as the larger libraries, but it can still be frustrating to wait on a book that everyone is talking about.


So we’re starting a brand new initiative called “Adopt A Book”! Now, patrons can help us to stretch our modest book-buying budget even further by “adopting a new book” through our On-Order lists. We’ll purchase the book through our booksellers, place YOUR name at the top of the waiting list, and put a nice bookplate in the front of the book to say that you helped us purchase this book for the library!


Drop into the library and ask us for the list at the front desk. We have many choices, and we’ll be constantly updating our list as books are purchased. Once you’ve decided on the book you want, you can pay for it by cash or cheque, and we’ll do the rest. Don’t worry if there are already holds on the book….we’ll bypass the list and put your name at the top. Once it comes in, we’ll put a bookplate in the front that has your name on it, and we’ll prep it for you right away. Isn’t that fun?

Still not sure how this works? Check out this fun infographic below that explains everything….


This is a great way to allow us to keep buying more books for the library, and still be able to offer premier service to our patrons. If you’ve been thinking about buying a book anyway, and find that shelf space at home is getting more crowded, why not buy the book for the library? You’ll still be the first one to read it!

Just a Peek

srmeiGiIh7f7KFwVl8aG9HA5O2VfUUDNEkvWmPvwnOEWe’re busy celebrating Ontario Public Library Week, but we wanted to share a little sneak peek into some of the prizes.If you’ve been by the library this week and been “carded”, you’ll know you’re in line for something special.

20151021_112600Don’t worry, there are still a few days left to get in on all of the fun. Drop in, do the Library Scavenger Hunt, or pick up some of the Really, Really Hard Library Trivia, and earn a ballot into the prize pack. We’ve got lots more fun (and prizes) to come!