Adopt a Book!

There is still plenty of time to join in our fun “Adopt a Book” program before the holidays. And we’ve made it super simple this year—all you have to do is drop in, fill out a quick questionnaire, give us your $20…and the elves will do the rest!

adoptThe money will go toward purchasing a new book for the library, with your loved one’s tastes in mind. They’ll receive a fun little gift to open, telling them you adopted a book in their name, and once the book becomes available, we’ll pop in a bookplate with their name on it, and let them know the book is here for them to take out. The book will remain in the library, but they’ll have the special knowledge that you adopted it for them, and everyone who takes the book out will see that the book was adopted for them.  It’s a win-win situation—you help us to expand our purchasing power, our library gets a great new book, and your special person will know you adopted a book just for them.

For more information, give us a call at 257-2702, or drop by the library today to adopt a book!

Librarians, submit!

Hey, Librarians! Start submitting your favourite reads of 2016, for the next 9 days on Twitter! (Okay, we missed the start yesterday….sorry!)  But you still have time to voice your opinion, one title per day, using the hashtag #libfaves16, and putting the TITLE in all caps. What will win???

Vlogging. Do You Watch?

61hyjgbjl7l-_sx395_bo1204203200_All of our teens at our Nerd Herd meetings talk about their favourite YouTubers. These vloggers have captured the imaginations–and interests–of young people, simply by posting videos about their lives, or things they find interesting. There are video game vloggers who play the latest games and talk about them as they play, make up and hair vloggers who give step-by-step instructions, and even vloggers who talk about books. Yes, books.

One of our summer staff, Gracey, is a YouTuber who is actively starting to vlog about the books she loves, and also about her participation in National Novel Writing Month. It’s great to see young people putting their opinions out there for the world to see!

If you’re interested in finding out more about vlogging (or blogging), we’ve got a great new book coming to the library for young people to help them get started called HOW TO BE A BLOGGER AND VLOGGER in 10 EASY LESSONS by Shane Birley. ‘Tis the season for thinking about trying something new!

But Seriously…

The School Library Journal has once again done a list of the best Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, and YA books that were published in 2016. If you have young readers, and you’re wondering what to get them for Christmas, this is a really good list…and none of these books are selected due to their popularity. I love that a lot of the books are there simply because they are great.

You can find each list on its own here, or watch the big reveal video below. Keep in mind, it’s well over and hour, but each book gets its moment in the sun.


9780062656322_25b35Lauren Oliver‘s BEFORE I FALL, was one of the first Young Adult novels I ever read (after TWILIGHT and THE HUNGER GAMES, of course), and I’m excited that the movie version now has a trailer!

The book has a really unique premise…about a teen who dies in a car crash, but relives that last day seven more times, each time changing just enough to (hopefully) learn something. It had such a unique voice, and interesting character development, that I hope the movie will do it justice.

You can watch a little teaser right here, starring up and comer Zoey Deutch as Samantha Kingston.

Let me just say the book bloggers of the internet are already losing their minds. 2017 can’t come fast enough!

It’s Time to Start Reading!

Calling all readers in Kindergarten to Grade 6, we’re starting Forest of Reading® today at the Carleton Place Public Library. Drop in to register, pick up your reading list, grab a book to sign out, and get reading! You have from now until mid-April to finish the books in your category.

BLUE SPRUCE (Kindergarten to Grade 2) — Must read all 10 books in order to vote

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SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS™ — Grades 3 & 4—Must read at least EIGHT books in order to vote

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Silver Birch Fiction™ — Grades 5 & 6 — Must read at least EIGHT in order to vote

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Silver Birch Non-Fiction™ — Grades 5 & 6 — Must read at least EIGHT books in order to vote.

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Are These the Best Books?

It’s that time of year—time for the “Best Of” lists you’ll be reading all over the internet. But we LOVE book lists, so this is always welcome. The Washington Post just released their ‘Best Books of 2016’ list, which holds a whopping 100 titles. They say the top 10 are especially wonderful. What do you think?