Do You YouTube?

If you follow us on Facebook, you’ve probably seen our VERY popular unboxing videos each Tuesday. We’ve uploaded all of them now to our YouTube page, so if you subscribe (and click the bell to get notifications), you’ll get a notice each time we upload something new. We realize not everyone uses Facebook, and we wanted to share this fun weekly event with everyone! It’s a great way to see what’s new at the library…and see if Caroline and Meriah repeat any of their outfits.

Drop by to see what’s been going on!



Cocoa’s Antics

Are you following us on Facebook? Each day until December 24th, we’ll be posting a photo of Cocoa, our Elf on the Library Shelf, doing his best to “help us” at the library. Even if you aren’t playing along, you’ll probably want to stop by to see what he’s been up to.

While you’re there, make sure to follow us to keep up to date with all of the events and general goings-on in the library. It’s a very active page, and we love our patrons. Leave us a comment on a post to say hello, or share one of our programs with some of your friends. We’d appreciate it!

Christmas Drop In

Our Teen Advisory Group has been busy planning a super fun Christmas Drop In. Join us on Saturday, December 15 from 10am – noon for Christmas crafts, and I Spy, treats…and a few surprises!

We’ll also have a Christmas storytime at 10:30am and 11:30am, so make sure to be here for one of those sessions.  This is “Santa’s Library” at its best, and is suitable for all ages. No registration is required….come for a few minutes, or stay the whole time. The elves are looking forward to it!


Okay, we don’t actually have a morning cheer like some places, but this is a lot like the staff at our library. We rely on each other, we work together as a team, and we support each other.

While it might seem as though this is a quiet time at the library—we’re short on programs, quieter in the stacks, more likely to be seen with a cookie and a cup of tea at our desks, it’s certainly not winding down behind this scenes. In fact, December is typically really busy for us. We’re planning all of the winter programs and getting things ready for those, making calls to community partners to make sure co-ordinated events are in place, finishing up budget regards for the year, and prepping hoards of new books for reading programs.

December is also the time we start thinking about March Break events, we start looking at summer program obligations, we are getting ready to apply for student grants for summer, and we’re deciding on all of the sessions we’re going to attend at the annual library conference in January. Some of us are choosing National Film Board movies for the upcoming viewing year, we’re filling our staff calendar with programs, and we’re boxing up books to send to Better World Books for places that really need them. Staff are also busy ordering books for four very large books clubs, we’re preparing presentations for Town Council, we’re doing online webinars to keep current on new library services, and we’re constantly….constantly….running reports to help us take stock of our collection, clear out  stagnant works, and make it even better.

And don’t forget, this year, we’ll be doing some renovations (new carpets being of utmost importance), we’ll be thinking of great ways to celebrate Carleton Place’s 200th Anniversary, and most of all, we’ll be listening to YOU. This is your library. We are working hard to make it an important community space, a place where people feel involved, and an environment that includes everyone.

So, maybe we should have a morning cheer!


Cocoa’s Super Fun Library Game is Coming!

As soon as Cocoa arrives back at the library on December 1st, we’ll be launching something new and fun to play while you visit the library.  “Cocoa’s Super Fun Library Game” is simple….pick up a game card at the front desk, find 6 pictures of Cocoa in the library in YOUR colour, and bring your game card back to the front desk for an Elf treat!  It’s like a slightly different version of our popular I Spy game…..but with our friend Cocoa!  Isn’t that fun? And your child can play each time they come…there are so many different cards, they’ll probably never get the same one twice.

And yes, even “mature” elves can play. Just ask us for a card at the front desk once December gets here.

(Don’t forget, you can also download an Elf Card and look for the items as we post them each day on Facebook. A basket of Cocoa’s Favourite things is up for grabs!)

The Elf Cards are Ready!

Cocoa is coming back to the library on December 1st! And that means we’ll be starting our fun Elf Sighting Game. Download your card here, or pick one up at the front desk, and start watching. We’ll post Cocoa’s whereabouts each day on Facebook, or you might drop by the library to find him. If you see him in one of the situations listed on the card, check it off. Complete your card and bring it in by Friday, December 21st to be entered into a draw for “Cocoa’s Favourite Things”. We’ll draw for a fun gift basket full of Christmas-y things over the holidays.

Even if you don’t want to play, make sure to visit our Carleton Place Library Facebook page each day to see what Cocoa’s up to. It’s bound to be festive!

Let’s Talk About It

Death is a difficult subject to talk about, but it’s something we all experience and should be more open about. Two recent books on the subject have arrived at the library. Maybe discussion needs to take place before minds and hearts are damaged by the implications.

LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH OVER DINNER by Michael Hebb is a collection of discussion prompts, with plenty of information on how to deal with the answers, or the lack of answers. Each phase of death and dying is covered, and the prompts range from the simple, to the philosophical.

What do you want your legacy to be?


If you were to design your own funeral or memorial, what would it look like?


Do you believe in an afterlife?


Hebb follows up with example situations and gives readers a chance to contemplate each one. It’s an interesting book that might give you insight into your own wishes, as well as those you love.

THE GREEN BURIAL GUIDEBOOK : EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PLAN AN AFFORDABLE, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY BURIAL by Elizabeth Fournier touches on a different aspect of death. She begins by stating that the average funeral in the U.S. these days costs $10,000, and every year, conventional funerals bury millions of tons of wood, concrete, metals, not to mention carcinogenic embalming fluid. Fournier believes there is a better way to do burials so that they cost less and use fewer resources. But it’s not simply a cost-savings guide. It also aims to give people options they might not have considered, some of which will be easier on the environment, and some which might give the person’s loved ones a new way to remember them.

November can be a depressing time of year, but these books are practical in any season, and might just take some of the work out of a terrible situation. You can stop by to pick one up, or place a hold and we’ll put it aside.