Reading Help

You’ve probably noticed a lot of changes at the library in the past year. It’s been an exciting time for all of us, and one of the newest challenges is going to be a rewarding summer tutoring program for youngsters in our community. We’re pairing up with two local schools this summer to provide a one-on-one reading program for students who face losing reading skills over the summer months. This is part of a County-wide literacy project called the Lanark County Summer Literacy project.

20150525_150928We’d like to welcome Erica to the Carleton Place Public Library as our summer tutor! Erica will be working closely with the schools this month to help them identify children in need of this program, and then with the children over the upcoming weeks to keep their reading skills strong. She’ll implement tactics learned during an extensive training program, and encourage each emergent readers to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club in a variety of ways. She’s a wonderful addition to our summer programming, and we’re delighted to have her with us.

So, if you see Erica and her young readers in the library this summer, rest assured this is one program that is going to make a difference in the lives of our local children. We’ll report on how we did at the end of the summer, so make sure to check back in August!

New Positions

libraryYes, there are some changes in the works here at the Carleton Place Public Library with one of our longtime staff members retiring at the end of June. We’ll be sad to see her go, but we’re also looking ahead to new adventures, and that means hiring some new staff.

We have two part-time positions opening up at the library: a Materials Processing Clerk, and an Adult Services and Outreach Coordinator. Applications for both positions, and a detailed job description can be found on our library catalog right here.

If you’re interested in applying for either of the positions, we’re accepting resumes until noon on Thursday, June 11/15. Please quote the job title you’re interested in, and either drop off your resume to the library, or send it to mcaswell@carletonplace.ca

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Nerd Herd In!

youngOur Teen Book Club–aka the Nerd Herd–is back at it this week. And wow…do we have a book to discuss this month! Take a look at that cover above….Marie Lu’s THE YOUNG ELITES is certainly a blockbuster book.

This is the first selection by a Nerd Herd member (instead of the Head Nerd Herder…yes, I know…this is getting to be a tongue twister), and it is a whopper of an exciting book. It’s a tragedy with a hopeful message, and I think we’ll have a great time discussing it. Lu’s book is full of adventure, special powers and secret societies. I can’t wait to hear what everyone thought.

We’ll be meeting on Wednesday from 4-5:30pm to disect the book, make some very special masks, and fill our bellies. Oh yes, and we’ll probably have a good laugh or two.

If you have a young reader at home aged 12+, we’re still taking on a few new members…and yes, we’ll be reading all summer. Why stop when there are so many great books to read?

Next up….a Harry Potter-esque adventure about special powers, secret societies and….wait….isn’t that what we’re reading this month? Yes, but this one has owls!

Head Nerd Herder, out.

Frivolous Friday at the Library

This week, our Frivolous Friday post means a lot to a couple of us here at the Carleton Place Public Library. And it’s all because of a wonderful library patron and her husband.

After striking up conversations on Tuesday nights with a lovely patron, Veronica, about our favourite TV show, Coronation Street, we had a bit of a surprise. While Veronica’s husband made the odd trip to England for work, he’d bring her back newspapers with articles about the cast of Corrie. And after reading them, Veronica would pop into the library and generously share the papers with two other enormous Corrie fans….Judi and myself. After a good chat, we’d often talk about what it must be like to visit the set on one of the famous Corrie tours, and then we’d wait for our next Tuesday night chat.

Recently, as a surprise birthday gift, Veronica’s husband treated her to a special gift…..a trip across the pond to visit her favourite show and see the set. But not only did they do that, they took along a special banner….and took photos at all the famous Corrie haunts:

20150519_195218Thank you, Veronica and Jim, for the amazing banner, the Corrie mugs and backstage passes, and just for the general amazingness that you would do this for us. You are truly generous people, and we can’t thank you enough!

Now it’s time for a cuppa…….

Une Heure de Conte

french logo1Join us on Monday for Une Heure de Conte, at 10:30am! This is a fun French storytime for children aged 2 and up.  We’ll read books, sing songs, and do a simple craft. Everyone will have the chance to take home great French books after, too!

There is only one more in June before we begin our summer schedule, so don’t miss out!