Happy Long Weekend!

Just a reminder, the library will be closed on Monday, May 20th for the holiday weekend. Make sure to drop in today or Saturday to renew items, check out new items, or pick up your PIN so that you can access our online resources.

We hope everyone has a very safe and happy long weekend! See you on Tuesday!

Yesterday was International Hummus Day!

It’s a favourite of ours around here, and we’re glad there’s a day to celebrate!

We’ve got lots of interesting recipe books that include some recipes for hummus, so if you’re interested in trying out something new for dinner, why not drop by the library and pick up a few books to test! We can point you in the right direction of our cookbooks, or you can place some holds online and pick them up when you come in!


Enjoy Everything In Life!

Since we’ve finished up with tax season, many of you might be wondering how to enjoy more out of life without racking up debt. Recently, I came across a great post about how to travel, get things you really want, and save money—all without having a rich uncle leave you a fortune.

The strategy is simple…..live within your means. Nothing fancy. Nothing requiring lots of study or investing. Just live within your means and save for the things you really want. It’s certainly doable….you just have to commit to doing it. (Of course, for some, this might be advice that comes too late. But there are still great hints here to help you find some extra places to save!)

You can read the whole article here, called “The Totally Unsexy Skill That Makes it Easier to Go After What You Want”. It has some great tips for lifestyle choices you can make, as well as solid savings advice.

If you’d like more on this topic of living debt-free, we have some great books at the library, including Christine Conway’s THE DEBT-FREE LIFESTYLE. Drop in and we can show you were to find it and more books like it on the shelf.


Free Comic Book Day

This coming Saturday is Free Comic Book Day/Superhero Saturday in Carleton Place, and we’re taking the part!

Our Teen Advisory Group has been busy planning, making decorations, and getting ready for the fun event, which will see superheroes young and old making a stop at the library. While here, they’ll have a chance to win a great superhero themed prize basket, take a photo at our fun photo wall, pick up a tasty snack, and get a free comic book, of course.

Pick up a mission card at the BIA office first! You can’t take part if you don’t have one. Let’s hope the weather holds out….this is such a fun day to see the town and dress up!

Friday Favourites Post

What are some of the blogs/websites we use on a regular basis at the library? Here are just a few #fridayfaves:


Goodreads is a great site for a lot of different reasons. You can start an account, set up a reading list of the things you’re already reading, make a TBR list, and then rate and review each of the books once you’re done. It’s a fun way of keeping track of all of the books you read in a year, but it’s also a great place to find new books. Pick a genre, pick an author, and you’ll be off on a rabbit hole of book selections. Once a year, readers get to vote on their favourite books. It’s a big deal!

Fantastic Fiction

This site doesn’t have the best look to it (it’s got a real 90’s feel), but if you can see past the navy blue against black, it’s got amazing content for readers. If you need to know every book in a series, including some written as novellas or eBooks, this is the place to look. The search area is simple, and you can print out a list of books and take it with you to the library the next time you’re looking for a book in your favourite series.


We use Canva for everything! This is a great design tool for anyone, even if you only need to make a poster for a bake sale or an invitation for a birthday party. It has free, beautiful templates, or you can start from scratch and make your own. If you do any kind of social media, this is also a wonderful site to make special content for it. You can pay for more specialized items on the site, but we use it for free to do all sorts of things at the library, and rarely run into the problem of needing a paid item.

Better World Books

We use Better World Books for a very important service. When we weed our collection, instead of throwing all of those books out, we send (most of) them to Better World Books!  They arrange for shipping, having someone pick up the boxes of books, and then process them to sell from their end, or send to libraries in needy countries. It’s a win-win situation. Plus…we get a little bit of money for each book they sell! But you don’t have to be a library to use the site. You can browse their selections and purchase your own books, often at a greatly reduced price. It’s worth taking a look.


Do you have any sites that you love to use?