Nerd Herd Unites

fliesThe Nerd Herd (aka, our Teen Book Club) is meeting today to discuss this month’s read, LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding. No doubt many of you will be familiar with this book, but it is totally new to our teens. You might even be surprised to find out that one of our teens suggested this book for our list, and I think they got it right!

We won’t be taking turns talking about the book with a conch shell, but if you’re at the library today, you might hear some talk of pigs and islands. It’s bound to be a fun session!

We’ll also be working on some new books for our reading list, so if you have a teen (aged 12+) who might like to join our group, this would be a great week to get involved. We meet the last Wednesday of each month from 4-5:30, and we have LOTS of fun. This is a growing group, so be sure to give us a call if you have a teen who is interested. The Nerd Herd unites once again!

Little Free Library

I’ve posted before about the wonderful Little Free Library idea. These are wonderful handmade creations that people put up in their communities to encourage people to read books. The idea is to take a book, or leave a book in one of these great nooks…no need for a library card or worries about late fees.

The idea has really taken off, and we now have a super book available at the library called THE LITTLE FREE LIBRARY BOOK : TAKE A BOOK, RETURN A BOOK by Margret Aldrich. It has wonderful photos, tells the history of the idea, and gives you some ideas to create your own little free library.

littleIf you’re looking for something fun to do this summer and have a great community that might get a lot of use out of something like this, why not drop in a pick up the book to see what it’s all about. Libraries of any type are a wonderful idea!

Cool Zone

The temperature is really going to climb this week, but don’t forget, the library is a great place to come and cool off. Drop in, bring along a cold drink, find a comfy seat, and enjoy our free Wi-Fi for a few hours. We have lots of great magazines and books to look at, or bring along your laptop, some headphones, and take out a movie to watch. Stay all day, or just a few hours….we’re happy to be a cool zone!


Yalp’s Friday Round Up!

yalpfridayWe missed Yalp’s Round Up last week, but that’s only because it was a really busy week. Who knew that Lego Drop Ins would be so popular?  (Yalp did!)

We finished up our first full session of Literacy tutoring, and it was a great success. The kids were delightful to see each day, and we they seemed really excited about coming back each time. A whole new session has started this week, and those eager young readers are already collecting their stickers and adding to our giant Tic-Tac-Toe board. Fun!

It was Harry Potter’s Birthday last week, and we celebrated by inviting plenty of Wizards to the library!

wizardsAnd even Yalp managed a visit with a friend this week. Seems like he has a variety of reading interests.

yalp3If you have youngsters who are looking for fun things to do this summer, give us a call at the library. We’re signing up for next week now…programs for Superheros, Royals and more!


Join us for some MAGIC!

CP Poster-page-001We’re selling tickets right now for a fantastic magic show at the end of the month. Join us for the amazing Elliott Smith, Comedy Magician, at the Carleton Place Town Hall Auditorium on Thursday,  July 30th at 10am.

This is a fun family-friendly show aimed at children aged 4 and up. Tickets are on sale now at the library for $3 each, adults and children. (Babes in arms are free!).  If you don’t get a ticket soon, we’ll have a few available at the door on the day of the event for $4 each, so come to the library and pick up your tickets today. This is a REALLY popular event, and tickets are going fast. Drop in today!

What Should My Kids Read?

There are lots of great book lists out there…what to read now, what to read this summer, what to read if you don’t like reading….too many great books to read, really. But Today’s Parent magazine recently put together a list of the Top 100 Canadian Children’s Books that you really must read! And the list is fantastic!

kidsbooksFrom the classic ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, to funnier picture books like SCAREDY SQUIRREL and THIS IS NOT MY HAT, to the wonderful story of bats in SILVERWING, this list doesn’t miss a thing. And it has selections for kids of all ages.

If your children are looking for something great to read, but all of their favourites are currently charged out at the library (WIMPY KID, MINECRAFT, STAR WARS), why not take a look at this list and find something “new” for them to read. We have most of the books in our library (and plenty more we can suggest), but it’s so nice to see a list that draws on all the Canadian talent out there!

Happy Reading!

Welcome, Caroline!

The faces at the Carleton Place Public Library might be changing, but we’re happy to welcome our newest staff members! They’ve only been with us a short time, but we’re enjoying getting to know them, and we thought you’d like to know a little more about them, too.

20150713_111645First up is Caroline, our new Adult Services and Outreach Coordinator. You might have participated in one of her programs in the Spring when she was doing a school placement with us before getting her degree. She ran several tech One-on-One sessions to help our patrons learn to use their devices, or set up emails and Facebook pages. We feel lucky to have her back with us now, and she’s hard at work developing some great new programs for the fall session for all of our adult patrons!

CPPL: Caroline, we’re so happy you’ve joined our staff. Can you tell us about your journey to the Carleton Place Public Library? (No, I don’t mean what street you took to get here…the bigger picture, please.)

Caroline:  I was born in England, and moved to Canada when I was seven years old. Later, I ended up going back to England to study history and art history at the International Study Centre (Herstmonceux Castle) which is part of Queen’s University. I decided to pursue a library career at this point in my life because both of my parents are in the library field. I think access to information in the modern age is a fundamental human right. Also, books are magic. They allow us to communicate telepathically with other people. Someone writes an idea down and it appears in our brain when we read it. Magic.

CPPL: Exactly! Books are magic. We’re the keepers of the magic at libraries, aren’t we? Wizards, I’d say.  Speaking of books, what are you reading right now?

Caroline: THE FIRST BOHEMIANS by Vic Gatrell, and THE FIFTH ELEPHANT by my favourite author, Terry Pratchett. I love Pratchett so much. And this book is brilliant and biting and hilarious and deep. No one else writes like this.

CPPL: I want to read that now! Do you have any special interests outside of work? A cotton ball collection, a love for hiking up steep mountains, a fascination with 80’s bands, maybe?

Caroline: I’m currently obsessed with Korean dramas, and I can knit up a story, but only in a straight line. Also, I knit very strangely…with one of the needles tucked between my legs.

CPPL:  Wow! I guess you’re self-taught.  Okay…the important question coffee or tea?

Caroline:  Coffee all the way!!!

CPPL:  This question should have been on the job interview, but because we didn’t ask it then….if you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Caroline:  I would want to be super fast and/or be able to pause time. There never seems to be enough time in the day. Also, how great would it be to be able to pause time and continue sleeping/reading/watching something until you are ready for time to start again?!

CPPL: I totally agree!  I think being able to pause life would be a perfect superpower…how many times a day do I wish for this? Too many to count! Maybe we’ll have to work on this idea, Caroline.

We’ll introduce you to our other new staff member a little later this month, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll stop by the library and say hello!