Beyonce’s Reach

The New York Times sent many libraries off on a hunt recently after the debut of Beyonce’s HBO special and announcement that she would release a new album called “Lemonade Stand”. During her special, she read poetry by Somali-British writer and activist Warsan Shire, and now her poetry anthology entitled Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth is being sought out by Beyonce fans.

While it’s not available on Amazon, many libraries are receiving requests for the book (no, we don’t have it at our library, I’m afraid), so be patient if you’ve put a hold on the book. You can heard the author reading some of the poetry right here:

The world is a small place, and book boosts can come from anywhere, can’t they?

The Green Serial

king.jpgIt was 20 years ago that Stephen King released his now famous book THE GREEN MILE in a monthly serial format. Readers had to wait for the next tiny chapter to be published…or until the entire book was put together into one novel…but they didn’t seem to mind. It was an old way of releasing a book, but new to most of King’s fans. And boy, did we read!

Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of the wildly successful book, S & S/Scribner is taking it all back and re-releasing the book in serial format to a new set of readers, and this time they’re going digital!  THE GREEN MILE is one of the many books that appeals to readers who might not otherwise be fans of Stephen King (doesn’t everyone think all he writes is horror?), and these small chapters in eBook format will appeal to readers who want something short to read, but feel like they’re taking part in something bigger.

Right now, you can read a sample of the first chapter THE TWO DEAD GIRLS, on OverDrive.

What do YOU think of serials?

Our Winners!

Last Thursday, our young readers who had participated in Forest of Reading® from December to April, came and voted on their favourite books. They had to read at least 8 books in most of the categories in order to be able to vote, so we feel confident they picked the best ones of the lot.

And the winners were:

Blue Spruce™

Cardinal-and-the-Crow-WebSilver Birch Express™ —a three-way tie!

express.jpgSilver Birch Fiction™—a two-way tie!

fictionSilver Birch Non-Fiction™—another two-way tie!

nonficAll of the winners we picked were tabulated and sent off to Toronto to join in all of the libraries and schools who also participated. Once all of the votes are in, “official” winners will be announced, and the Canadian authors and illustrators who were chosen will win one of the coveted prizes.  We can’t wait to see how we did! Check back here in May for all the details.

Human Library is Back!

We’;re13000089_1023318767704119_2687183973669691886_nWe’re doing it again…the Human Library project at the Carleton Place Public Library. Everybody has a story to tell, and on Saturday, April 30th, you can register to hear some of them!

In conjunction with the United Way, Lanark area libraries will have fascinating people that you can “check out” at the library on Saturday, April 30th. Each Human Book will have a certain number of spaces where patrons can register and talk with them for a 30 minute period. Ask them about their fascinating lives, or just sit with them one-on-one and listen to them talk about one of their favourite moments or most prized memories.

At the Carleton Place Public Library, we’ll be having Frank Hitchens, local astronomer and presenter who will no doubt want to talk about the fascinating worlds beyond our own, and Major Alex Hughes, who has led a stellar military career and who now champions local history! Both of these gentlemen would be wonderful to talk with, so if you’re interested in the Human Library project, now is the time to sign up!

Drop by our official registration page to select our library and reserve your space. Each Human Book is only available for two sessions, so don’t miss out!

Rock the Drop

ROCK(1)We’re celebrating Teen Book Day with our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club, and it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Our teens will be dropping great YA books around town today. You might find one outside of a store, on a park bench, or in a parking lot. They’ll have special “FREE BOOK” bookmarks sticking out of the top, so keep an eye out. Find a book, read it, or pass it on to someone you know who might like it. The books are meant to be kept…not returned to the library…and shared.

We’re Rocking the Drop!


We Use Better World Books

better-world-books-logoDid you know we use Better World Books as a way of discarding some of our used books and donations? It’s a fabulous service that offers FREE shipping, and our books go to libraries and literacy projects that need them.


While we’d love to be able to keep all of our books, eventually, some books stop going off the shelves, or lose their appeal to readers. Similarly, when people donate their used books to the library, if we already have copies and can’t use the books for our sale table, we’ll donate these as well. All we have to do is contact Better World Books when we have several boxes of books packaged up, and they’ll take care of the rest. They pick up our boxes for free, and use the books to benefit literacy programs, other libraries, and help us to keep recycling great books.


It is…and it isn’t. It takes us a lot of staffing hours to discard older books, and work through a big backlog of donations. (Did you know that we can often get hundreds of books donated each week? That’s a lot of staff time to go through selections, and a lot of space to keep the books people bring in. That’s why we’re on a book donation hold right now.)

Then, a staff member has to organize the books to make sure they are on the “desired” list for Better World Books. That doesn’t mean specific titles, but rather, specific types of books and topics that they know they need. Once they have been sorted, the books have to be packaged into boxes and stored until the shipping date.


We keep as many books for our library as we can. That means doing regular inventory or weeding to see what is being used, and what might need some TLC (spine repair, etc.).  If a book is on a topic we feel we might need in the future, even if it isn’t a well-circulated book, we’ll keep it in our catalog and on the shelves. But as we must add new books to the collection every year, and our library space can’t expand, it means we must discard older books, or ones that have not circulated much in the past five years.

It would be great to be able to sell everything donated or discarded ourselves, but we have limited space on our sale table. And let’s face it, not everything will sell. That book about endangered fish in South America? While it might have been great for projects a number of years ago, there are not many people in Carleton Place walking in off the street in search of just such a book.  We must use our space in the library just as wisely as you use your space at home...which is why we know so many of you like to donate your used books. So, we’re forced to make decisions about what books we’ll keep to sell, what books we’ll send to Better World Books, and what books might have to be discarded permanently. It’s a tough decision, but one that most libraries face at some point.


If you live in the US, Better World Books has drop-off boxes where YOU can donate your used books in good condition. If you have a large number of books to donate, they have a special contact to make arrangements. In Canada, you’ll need to contact them as well, but they make the process easy. Just go to the site, and click on “donate”.

There are often many local options as well: used book stores, thrift shops, some schools, and community projects that will take used books in good condition. Contact them first before dropping off a stack of books, though. Every place has their own requirements.

Happy reading!