It’s Book Buck Spending Week!

BOOK(3)This is it…our final Book Buck Spending week of the year!  We’ve given away over $60 in prizes so far,  but we expect to triple or quadruple that this week. Our teen readers have been busy all summer working on the squares in the Book Buck Bingo card, and we’ve been delighted by their progress.

  • We had teens bring in baked goods they’d made out of new cookbooks
  • We LOVED hearing teens introduce themselves to us to earn a Book Buck. Great job, everyone!
  • We enjoyed the seeing teens wandering around the library, noses deep into their cards as they looked for books that matched the squares.
  • We especially had fun giving away treats, prizes, books, crafts, and more to everyone who spent their book bucks early.

Don’t forget….there is ONE special $16 Book Buck Secret Prize available this week. While you won’t know what’s inside, it’ll be worth it if you take a chance…we promise!

Happy Long Weekend!

Happy(5)Yes, it’s the last long weekend of summer, and a lot of kids are getting ready to go back to school (or have already been back for a week and need a holiday)! We hope that your summer has been as active and fun as ours was, and that you’re ready to face fall with gusto!

Just a reminder, the library will be CLOSED on Monday, Sept. 5th, but you can still return items in our blue box whenever you like. We’ll be revamping the library by taking down summer decorations, putting up posters for our exciting roster of fall programming, and doing a general clean up.  What will you be doing with this long weekend?

For all of our young readers, Sept. 6 – 10 will be the last week of reading programs, so make sure to drop by this week to get your stickers, penguins, and ballots.  We’ll draw for some exciting summer prizes at the end of the week, and will notify winners by phone early next week.

Teens….this will also be your last Book Buck Spending week!  Our window display will be filled with TONS of items to purchase with your book bucks, so make sure to come out and spend, spend, spend! Your book bucks won’t be any good after this, so don’t keep them. We’ll have something from $1 – $16, and our window will evolve as the week goes on. Come once, or come every day. It’s going to be a great week!

Have a safe and happy long weekend, everyone! See you on Tuesday, Sept. 6th!

All The Time in the World

allThis fall, our Nerd Herd Book Club will be lucky to have local teen author S.J. Ryan visit us at a meeting to talk about her first self-published book, ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD. While she’s been busy this summer volunteering at our local Carleton Place and Heritage Museum, we hope she’s had a bit of time to work on the next in this time-travel series.

From Goodreads:

The world has changed. In the last hundred years, things have changed a great deal. Technology has slowly begun its reign over mankind, and the world will never be what it once was. One band of misfits seeks to change the way they live, through the manipulation of time itself. They travel back in time to the year 1900 to attempt to carve out a simpler, more meaningful life for themselves. However, when an unexpected stowaway with a dark past threatens to ruin all they have worked so hard for, they find themselves questioning their plans. Will they be forced to return to their miserable lives in the future? Or worse?

We’re looking forward to hearing about her writing process, the struggle and satisfaction of self-publishing, and maybe a few tips for other young authors in our book club. It should be a fascinating book club!

We have a copy available in our library if you’d like to read it, or you can pick up your own copy at Amazon.


If you were a fan of the podcast SERIAL, you’ll be interested to know the case is back in the news. While the original podcast told the story of 20-year-old Adnan Syed who went to prison for the murder of his high school girlfriend. Now, the lawyer, Rabia Chaudry, who brought his case to the attention of the world, is telling her side of the story in a new book called ADNAN’S STORY: THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE AFTER SERIAL.

9781250087102_af9bdYou can read the L.A. Times review of the new book right here.  Will it disclose new information or make you change your mind about the case? Maybe. Maybe not. But if you were a fan of the podcast, this book will probably be a must-read.

Crichton Fans Rejoice!

It only took eight years for author Michael Crichton’s wife to find a “lost” book after her husband died in 2008. And lucky for his fans, it will be released in 2017. HarperCollins will publish DRAGON TEETH, which follows two real-life paleontologists in the late 1800’s.

8650While the work will be published as fiction–it centers on a fictional character who works for the pair of scientists–Crichton’s wife says it is full of Crichton’s “voice, his love for history, research, and science, and is woven into an epic tale”. I’m sure many of his fans are thrilled to hear about this.

Crichton is the author of other dinosaur tales such as JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLD.

Carleton Place Library Writers’ Group!

If you’ve been following our blog for a while now, you’ll know that the Carleton Place Public Library has a very active and prolific writers’ group. It all began out of the need for a creative and engaging space to try writing a novel, and what better way than to participate in National Novel Writing Month? It was a cool April in 2014 when we started our group, and we haven’t looked back.

picklesNow, we’re excited to announce the Carleton Place Library Writers’ Group has its own blog! We are expecting to post member news, contests, NaNoWriMo events and more here, so make sure to drop by and add this blog to your list if you’d like to stay in the loop.

So far, we’ve announced the blog, shared some exciting news about a recent member’s first book publication, and begun some fun “About Us” pages. Click on the link to see more about our group. We’ll be adding lots more info about everyone as the month progresses, too!

And if you’re a part of our Carleton Place community and love to write, why not subscribe to our page or drop us a line? We’d love to get to know you and see you at one of our next writing events!