Do you Parle Francais?

If you’ve been to one of our French Storytime sessions lately, you’ll know that we have a big population of families who want their children to grow up hearing and speaking French. Often, they have no place to go for this outside of home until they go off to school. But we offer a weekly storytime session called “Une Heure de Conte en Francais” on Friday mornings at 10:30am for all ages.

No registration is necessary…just drop in for some stories, a few songs, and lots of laughs (maybe even a little yoga, if our favourite little yoga instructor shows up). This week is our last March session, and since next week is Good Friday, the library will be closed, so no French storytime that day. However, we’ll be back at it in April and go through the end of the month, before taking a quick break to plan for summer.

Hope to see you and your little ones today!



This week, I’m reading UNPLUGGED by Steve Antony during storytime. I’m taking a bit of a risk reading this book to a large group of kids. It’s filled with plenty of black and white illustrations, tiny little pictures in the middle of the book, and the general idea of computering looks more like something out of 1990 than 2018.  I’m not sure they’ll understand. And Blip–the main character–is a robot, I think. So, why is this robot attached to the computer all the time?  I’m not sure either. And I think it might be a stretch to explain it to kids raised on iPads.


The point to the book is that Blip is chained to the computer all day. It’s fun, and she learns things, and gets to experience adventures and far away places. When the power goes out, she accidentally trips over the power cord and falls down the stairs and lands outside. Outside. That’s when she discovers colour…and grass, and birds, and friends.  It’s lovely, and I hope the lesson isn’t lost on the kids. Especially now that it’s spring. With the cold weather and snow (hopefully) mostly behind us, I’m hoping the kids will see that it’s nice to get outside and play and enjoy life.

It might be a better story to read to an individual child on your knee, where you can discuss the pictures and take time to really look at all the detail, but I’m hoping the bigger picture here will work. Wish me luck.

Financial Literacy

When you think of libraries, literacy is probably not far from your minds. But how about financial literacy? Libraries are the perfect place to find out more about your money—from books, to magazines, to e-resources. And this spring, the Carleton Place Public Library is pleased to offer a variety of financial literacy events, aimed at all aspects of finance.

First up is a session called Market Volatility, offered on Thursday, April 12 at 2pm. We’ll explore things you need to consider when venturing into the stock market.

Next, we’ll host The ABC’s of Insurance on Saturday, May 19th at 10:30am. This seminar aims to remove confusion about insurance and will show you how insurance should fit into your overall financial strategy.

And finally, Simple Budgeting for Beginners on Saturday, June 9th at 11:30am. Learn how to develop a budget, identify financial goals, understand the balance between spending, saving, and borrowing, and the importance of having a strategy. This would be perfect for teens going off to college, for students who have just graduated, or anyone who has never been able to budget well.

All of our sessions are brought to you by Nataliya Tyagley, who is a financial advisor. While she can’t give you personal financial advice, she’s able to offer up general guides to help everyone get the most out of their money.

Please call to register at 257-2702, or for more information. Sessions are free, but will fill up quickly.

Feeling Less Than Creative?

Starting this week, we’re taking registrations for our “Find Your Creative Self” program–a six-week session meant to help adults who are feeling less that creative. We meet for two hours a week and work through things that might be holding you back, as well as doing a variety of creative activities, and a few bits of homework to keep you inspired throughout the week.

Using the books THE ARTIST’S WAY by Julia Cameron, BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert, and many other great creativity tomes, we’ll delve into the root of that dry spell. This isn’t like our adult craft nights—instead, it’s more like a therapy session, but we promise, it’ll be a LOT of fun, too!

Registration is a must, and this program will fill up fast. Call us to register at 257-2702, or drop by the library to sign up. It’s going to be a very educational spring!

Do you Haiku?

April is Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating! Do you want to learn more about Haiku? Discover the real power of the smallest poems in the world. See how just a few words can open a universe, and learn how to write them. “The Power of Haiku” takes place on Tuesday, April 10th at 6pm.

This wonderful event will be presented by Claudia Radmore, author of Fish Spine Picked Clean. Registration is required, so please call the library to find out how to get on the list. Spaces are limited. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this.

Magic, Comedy, and more!

We have a few tickets left for Eccentric Adam at the Carleton Place Town Hall tomorrow morning at 10am. He’ll be delighting the whole family with his magical antics, and you won’t want to miss it.  It’s a great way to get out of the house for a few hours.

Tickets are $3 until 8pm tonight at the library…..but tomorrow, they are $4 each at the door. So, save yourself a little money and get them today! We’re waiting for you!

Are you a Bookworm?

This week, we’re doing a little bit of special FUN-draising at the library. With all of the kids off for March Break, we’re looking to add a bit of excitement to an already busy week…and it’ll help us out, too!

Drop in anytime this week and donate $1 toward our Children’s Summer Literacy Program, and you’ll get a piece to add to our bookworm. We’re going to see just how long this bookworm can get. Maybe he’ll grow to the entire length of the library….or maybe he’ll even get TWICE as long!  Who knows?  It’s all up to you.

So, bring your loonies with you, and we’ll do the rest.  All of the proceeds go toward helping young community members who need a little extra reading help over the summer. We’ll be telling you more about this great program as the weeks go on, but without your support, we might have to scale it back. So please donate. Even one dollar will make a big difference.

And if you can’t make it into the library, you can always donate online. It’s easy…and you don’t even have to get out of your pajamas!

Thanks from all of us at the Carleton Place Public Library! Your generous support means so much to us, and will mean even more to a little reader out there.