Community Celebration Parade

This week, we’re busy getting ready for the Library Lemonade Stand Summer Reading Kick Off on Thursday, June 29th from 1:30-3:30pm.  While we would have loved to participate in the Canada 150 Community Celebration Parade at 6:30pm here in Carleton Place, we hope that maybe you’ll be able to attend both events.

The Carleton Place Celebrates Canada 150 group says the parade will start on Bridge Street around 6:30pm. After the parade, everyone is going to meet at the Market Square for entertainment and refreshments. What a great way to kick off summer, and have a little pre-Canada Day celebration.

If you’re planning on being in Ottawa for Canada Day, this is a great event to take part in to show your town pride. Make sure you get a good spot early enough….this is going to be a big event!

Summer Reading Toolkit

The wonderful people who put together the TD Summer Reading Club have put together a fun toolkit to help parents, teachers, and librarians prep for summer reading. If you’re looking for ways to keep (or get) your kids interested in summer reading, this is a great place to start. There is a fun quiz to start, which will help determine what type of summer reading club your child might be interested in, and then a download with tons of suggestions province-wide. Even if you happen to be leaving the area for the summer, most libraries do participate in the TD Summer Reading Club, in some way, shape, or form. While we all do something a little bit different, everyone will have access to the stickers and booklets as motivation.

If you’re in Carleton Place this summer, don’t forget, we have our Library Lemonade Stand Summer Reading Kick-Off on Thursday, June 29th from 1:30 – 3:30pm. We’ll be handing out information for summer reading, giving out invitations, and answering all your questions about the program. We have some fun things planned for our readers…so stay tuned!

Our Summer Calendar is out!

Yes, it’s finally here…our Summer Calendar!!  Drop in to pick up a copy of our calendar, which includes all of the information you’ll need regarding the TD Summer Reading Club, Teen Summer Reading, Adult Summer Reading, and all of the fun programs and events that will be happening at the library this summer.

What have we got going on?

  • Summer Reading for all ages
  • Storytimes
  • Crafternoons
  • French Storytime
  • Lego Drop Ins
  • Magic Shows
  • Museum visits
  • Creativity courses
  • Adult art classes
  • National Film Board screenings for Canada 150
  • tons of STEM programs for the kids
  • Drop Ins
  • Teen Zone Take Home projects
  • and MUCH more…

You can also download your own copy here. Registration is required for a lot of programs, and we’ll register people the week before each event only (except for the creativity course).  All of the drop-ins are just that….come by anytime, stay as long as you want, no registration required. We’ll have tickets available for the Magic show soon, and ballots for the Library Gold Card starting June 29th.  We hope you’re as excited for this summer as we are!

Find Your Creative Self

Have you signed up for our creativity course yet? “Find Your Creative Self” begins July 4th and runs through August 8, Tuesday afternoons from 1-3pm.  This is a program for adults who are interested in regaining some lost creativity, figuring out what stopped you from creating in the first place, and maybe even finding that new creative endeavor.

This is not like our adult craft club where they come together to make fun things. This is deep, intensive, soul-searching work to discover creativity in all forms, much more like a therapy session than a program. But, it’ll be fun, too. Based on “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, and many other creativity blog, podcasts and YouTube videos, this will be the best two hours you’ll spend all week….and it’s totally free.

Registration is on now, so make sure to sign up before this fill ups. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 257-2702.

New and Improved!

As bookstores are having to constantly change their formats to keep up with the changing needs of customers, libraries have to do the same. Long gone are the dusty card catalogs, replaced by shiny new tablets with searchable catalogs.

And what about cramped, outdated computers to do your work or log onto social media? Sleek desks with tiny computer footprints make it easier for patrons to get their work–or surfing–done. That even includes a height-adjustable desk for patrons who might be in a wheelchair.

And for older patrons, the task of looking for large print books can be unappealing. But large print covers are now bright and fun, and facing them out bookstore style, should help make selections easier. Maybe patrons will even find some new favourite authors!

If you’re seeing changes at our library, while they might cause a bit of confusion, they’re also exciting and forward-thinking. Take a few minutes to see what’s new at our library!

Create That!

If you’re a creative person, you might have noticed we have a lot of great new books in the library that will give you a few ideas (and some patterns) to make that next ComicCon or event just a little more fun. If you sew, THE HERO’S CLOSET by Gillian Conahan has no shortage of great ideas for men, women, and children’s costumes that you can sew. She presents the ideas with great photos and (hopefully) straight forward patterns. Even if you don’t sew, some of the costumes are probably easily outsourced by a trip to your local thrift shop.

And if you want to get started on something for your littlest cutie, how about KNITTED ANIMAL NURSERY by Fiona Goble. The outfits are super adorable and will no doubt get a huge reaction from anyone who sees your baby in them. You don’t even need a holiday or event as an excuse for your baby to wear one!

We have these great new books and more available at the library. Stop in, check our new bin, or look at our library catalog for these and more. There’s something for everyone!