Teen Advisory Group

We just wrapped up our first ever Teen Advisory Group at the beginning of June, and it was a major success! We had 8 members who worked with us from September through to June to develop ideas for our library, work on the Teen Zone area, and design and execute programs for children during special events. We loved hearing their ideas, getting to know their strengths, and enjoyed having them around.

So, just what IS the Teen Advisory Group?

The teens we select will attend meetings once a month for 1.5 hours. At those meetings, we discuss projects they’d like to work on, ideas they have for our space, or our collection, and they’ll learn something about library processes while they’re here. And not to worry, we know these teens are coming directly from school, so there are snacks, too!

Why would my teen want to participate?

Not only do they become an important part of our library, they get to do creative things, meet new people, represent the library during events, and….collect volunteer hours for school! That’s right, during the course of the year, they’ll collect a minimum of 20 volunteer hours that they can use toward the 40 hour requirement for graduation. Most of our first TAG group actually earned much more than 20 hours, so it’s possible to get a good chunk done this year alone.

Who is eligible?

We can only take teens who are aged 14 or older, which means grade 9 – 12. Once they fill out the application, they’ll be called for an interview, and possibly selected for the group that starts in September. It doesn’t matter what school they attend, or how many hours they already have, if they are interested in making a positive impact on the Carleton Place Public Library, then apply today!

Applications are available at the front desk of the library. Sorry, we will not email an application–we want to meet the teens and say hello when they apply. (It’s also a great way for them to reach out and try for something a little out of their comfort zone. Don’t worry…we don’t bite!)

We’ll take applications until August 10th, so don’t delay. Once all of the spots are filled, we won’t be taking any more students on until the fall of 2019. Good luck!


Snakes and K-Pop

Yesterday was our first “Bring Your Thing” event of summer. We’re celebrating all of the things people like to do. It’s like a grown up version of show and tell. And our new friend Danyon brought his snakes, while our very own Caroline showed off her impressive Korean Pop star collection. (Sorry, Caroline…the snakes outshone you.)

Sunni and Frank had great personalities, and didn’t mind all the attention. It was a super successful event, and we can’t wait to do it again!

Anyone have any puppies they’d like to bring? (Just kidding…sort of.)

Unboxing #3

Have you been watching our unboxing videos? They’re becoming the hit of the summer! See what Meriah and Caroline find when they open up the latest box from our book seller…and if you see something you want, you can put it on hold. It’s a lot of fun, and informative, too!

You can watch all of our fun posts (and more), by following us on Facebook.


We have two really great Teen prizes available this summer, along with the “regular” book buck bingo prizes. In July, we’re giving away a signed copy of John Green’s TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. Teens can drop in, fill out and ballot, and then cross their fingers. We’ll draw for the book at the end of July! Good luck!

Storytime, Art in the Park(ing) Lot, and more!

This week, we have LOTS of exciting things going on at the library. Storytime begins again, our weekly French storytime starts on Friday, and we’re introducing a super fun Friday night event at the Art Shack called “Art in the Park(ing) Lot”.

What is Art in the Park(ing) Lot? It starts at 6:00pm, and will take place in the parking lot beside the library. You can’t miss the wildly decorated Art Shack, and we’ll be bringing out some chalk for the kids, and a few art challenges. Bring along a lawn chair, some snacks, and if you’re musically inclined, bring your guitar! We’d love to have a family sing along!

Give us a call to register for programs, and feel free to bring along your kids and their friends for the drop ins. And don’t forget to sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club (kids), the Teen Summer Reading program, and the Adult Summer Reading program. It’s going to be fun!