Long Weekend

Just a reminder, the library will be closed on Monday, February 18th for Family Day. Please note, we do not charge any fines for days we are closed, but feel free to drop items off in our return box outside anytime.

And we’re open today and Saturday, so drop in to renew items, pick up new ones, or get your PIN so that you can access eBooks and audiobooks online while we’re closed. The library is accessible to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with your card and PIN.

Have a great long weekend!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

We have a little treat for all of our patrons today at the library. The Carleton Place Public Library Teen Advisory Group this year consists of six teens who are always working hard to imagine new things they can do for the library. Back in January, they had the idea that it would be nice to give something back—to make people happy on Valentine’s Day, even if they’re not expecting a paper card or box of chocolates.

Today, we will have a basket of sweet treats for anyone who drops in, each one tagged with a little “love” note from the TAG group. They spent their last meeting getting these ready, and while they won’t be here to hand them out all day (they’re all in school today), we know they’re looking forward to hearing if people enjoyed them.

So, stop in today and pick up a Valentine from the TAG group. Adults preferred (the kids will get stuff at school), but they’re here for anyone.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the CP Library TAG group!

(And if you’re looking for a last minute non-candy Valentine treat idea, why not take a look at these ideas from Say Yes.)

Get Some Green On!

This winter has been tough on a lot of us. We can’t be the only ones wishing to see a little bit of green sprouting up from somewhere. While spring is still (at least) 6 weeks away, that doesn’t mean you have to embrace the snow we still have.

If you’re daydreaming about gardens and planting, start at the library. We have lots of wonderful books to get you inspired to re-think your gardens, try something new, or just get a few tips on how to get seeds started now.

How about planting to bring in butterflies? BUTTERFLY GARDENING: THE NORTH AMERICAN BUTTERFLY ASSOCIATION GUIDE by Jane Hurwitz is a great place to start. It has tons of illustrations to help you plant the best type of garden for your area, as well as maps and tips to doing some butterfly watching once summer finally rolls around.

Or why not try your hand at food this year? GROWING FOOD IN A SHORT SEASON by Melanie J. Watts is a Canadian guide to growing organic, fresh food during the short growing season of most provinces.

We also have many editions of Fine Gardening magazine which could help you learn what to grow, and how to grow it.

Of course, if you need help, the experts at our local nursery can help. In fact, the Carleton Place Nursery just posted on their Facebook page this week that they have lots of seeds ready to start planting!

What are you going to grow this year? Let us know in the comments!

The Truth about Writing Books

We have a pretty interesting writers’ group at the library, with participants who are just starting their writing journey, to those who have written and published books already. It’s a group who like to commiserate over the lows (endless revision and rejections), and praise the highs (seeing your book in print for the first time and finally making it through a chapter), but most of all, they understand that process is tough. People who have never considered writing a book, however, often don’t understand the toll it takes, thinking only that it must be glamorous and cash-filled.

Recently, I came across a great post by Middle Grade author Caroline Donofrio (who writes under the pen name Caroline Cala), about her first book, BEST BABYSITTERS EVER. She explains the myths (authors earn big money and go on lavish book tours), and also the joys (she named an arcade in one of her books after a friend’s cat), and how long it really takes for books to become real, physical objects.

Take a few minutes to read through “10 Surprising Things I Learned While Writing a Book”, and you’ll understand why those big names get the big tours, and why most of the writing world has no say in what their book covers will look like. It’s a short read–but informative!

Emergency Preparedness for Seniors

We’ve all heard it…have an emergency kit in your home that will help you during a time of crisis like flooding, tornadoes, or other weather events. The kits are more than just your average First Aid kits, and include things like food, water, batteries, and more to keep you going for a few days at least. But let’s be honest–not many of us have these kits in our homes.

The world is a busy place, and we often forget that during times of crisis, there are many seniors who live on their own, who might not have the same types of communications that many of us do (cell phones, internet). What if your elderly parent were stuck during a storm and had no access to the outside world? You’d feel a lot better if you knew they had an emergency-preparedness kit.

Next Monday, we’ll be holding a very important session at the library called “Emergency Preparedness for Seniors”. During the session, attendees will learn how to make an emergency-preparedness kit, what to include in it and where to keep it. There will also be information on resources in Carleton Place that you can access to help with the kits, or get more information, and how to receive emergency notifications on cell phones, radio, and television.

The session takes place on Monday, February 11 and 2pm. Please give us a call to register at 257-2702. This will be a very popular session!

March Break 2019!

It’s here…our March Break calendar for 2019!  It’s jam-packed with lots of great sessions for kids of all ages, and we can’t wait to see everyone!

Most of the programs are all-age drop-ins (or age-specific, in the case of things like Lego), so no registration is required. However, there ARE two registration programs, and one that requires tickets.

  1. Join us on Wednesday, March 13 at 10am for Magic with Tyler! This family-friendly event takes place at the Carleton Place Town Hall Auditorium, and tickets are on sale now at the library for $3 each (children & adults). It’ll be a fun morning of magic, laughter, and amazement, and is perfect for children aged 4 and up. And if you can’t make it to the library to get a ticket beforehand, we’ll be selling tickets at the door on the day of the event for $4 each!
  2. On Thursday, March 14 at 11:30am, we’re having Yoga for Kids at the library! Registration is a MUST for this program aimed at 7-12 year olds, as spaces are limited. We’re excited to welcome  Andrea from Hamsa Yoga in Carleton Place, who will run a light-hearted yoga session aimed specifically at kidlets. The aim is to bring joy, relaxation, strength, confidence, and inner fulfillment to our young participants, so we know this will be a popular session! Please wear comfy clothing and bring some water!
  3. Last but not least, we’re welcoming Young Writers  (ages 7-12) to join us on Friday, March 15 from 9:30am-11:30am for a fun session of character development. We’ve planned lots of interesting and interactive writing fun for this event, so make sure to sign your young writer up today. Spaces are limited!

Take time to look through the calendar, and if you have any questions, or would like to register for anything, please give us a call at 257-2702. We’re having a Mellow March Break!

Journey to Justice

February marks Black History Month, and we’ll be showing a film on Thursday, February 7th called “Journey to Justice” by filmmaker Roger McTair. It’s part of our National Film Board Movie Night series, which we run all year round.

The film is about 45 minutes long and pays tribute to a group of Canadians who fought for Black civil rights from the 1930’s – 1950’s.

The film will start at 7pm. Admission is free and popcorn and drinks will be provided, so make sure to get here a few minutes early to get a good seat! It’s going to be an interesting night!