Thank you!

Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning, or just found us recently, we’d like to thank you for stopping by our blog and taking the time to comment and like our posts. It means so much to us!

But with the expansion of our community, and the resulting increase in library programs, circulation, and memberships, we’re sad to say that we’re going to be ending our blogging run with this final post. We’ve been active in the WordPress community since early 2008, and have thoroughly enjoyed our time here creating posts about our library world, books, authors, and everything in between. It will be difficult for us to let this portion of our social media go, but in order to focus on new projects and expand existing ones, we have to do it.

Don’t worry–our content here will stay as is. You’ll still be able to contact us online, but maybe you’ll want to start following our library on Facebook, Instagram, or our newest venture–YouTube! We’d love to have you along for the ride.

Thank you so much for being a reader.

With gratitude,

The Carleton Place Library Staff

Sign up for our Email Newsletter!

We’ve done it—–we now have a monthly library newsletter that goes right to your inbox!

Find out what programs we’re running, what books are new, and anything else that might be going on at the library—just by signing up online.  It only takes a second, and you’ll never miss out on the fun again!

Just click this link and you’ll be whisked away to our page to add your email to our list! You’ll be happy you did!

Space Talk at the Library

Local astronomer Frank Hitchens is coming back to the library this month with a presentation in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing.

Join us on Saturday, July 20th, at 3pm….the exact time and date of the first moon landing…for an amazing talk about the mission, its astronauts, and more.

This event is free, and open to the general public, with no registration needed. Light refreshments will be served, so plan on a fun and interesting afternoon about space flight!

Teens at the library

We have so many fun programs for teens at our library. This summer, we’re continuing with the Teen Summer Reading calendar, which includes lots of fun items, including books to win, challenges, and the ever popular Book Buck Bingo card. Readers will try to read according to the squares, earn book bucks for reading, and spend them at the end of the summer on fun items like gift cards, books, and more.

We’re starting to take applications for the Teen Art Show in October, so drop in to pick one up if you have a teen who loves to create. There are no limits to what they can contribute—last year we had illustrations, paintings, crafts, and even a stop-motion animated story!  It was amazing.  Applications are due by August 31st to be considered.

We’re also going to be putting out applications for our library Teen Advisory Group. This is a great way for teens to earn volunteer hours for school, while having fun and doing great things for the library. Past groups have organized events, represented us in local festivals, and held fund-raising bake sales. Meetings are every month from September to June, and only require participants to take part for 1.5 hours a month. Extra events can earn more hours, but it’s not a requirement. It’s a great way to support the library!

Our Teen Book Club will be starting up again in the fall–although with a somewhat different format. Due to the Interlibrary Loan restrictions, we’ll be reading with themes this year–a popular activity we tried last year. Themes will be announced in August, and teens who want to attend only need to read a book by a certain author, or within a certain genre, and be prepared to talk to the group about it briefly. It’s a super casual meeting once a month, and includes tons of snacks, and laughter. Only ages 12 and up can join, so watch for our announcement later this summer when registration opens up!

And we’ll have some special excitement opening up later this fall in the teen area. Stay tuned for more!

3 Things You Need to Know about the “New” Interlibrary Loan System

We’re all adjusting to life with the “new” interlibrary loan system. You might have heard, after a 50% budget cut earlier this year, the ILL program in Ontario was paused so that libraries could get organized, and decide whether we could continue the service within our own budgets. Unfortunately, most libraries were already well into their budget year, and this made for some deep talks with library boards and municipalities. Once the Southern Ontario Library System (SOLS) and Ontario Library System North (OLS-North) tightened their belts even further, they came up with some funding to help us all out. But it’s probably not what you think, and it certainly won’t be the Interlibrary Loan service we were all used to.

So what has changed, and how does the system work now? Here are a few bits of info to help you understand what we’re doing….and what other libraries are trying to do as well.

You can order books once again through Interlibrary Loan. But…

  • Books are now being sent through the mail instead of being delivered by courier.
  • Canada Post has continued our preferred “library rate” for shipping, but we can only ship one book per bag, which means it’s going to cost quite a bit to ship books overall.
  • It’s possible that it will take longer to ship books, and receive books, although we haven’t quite determined that yet. So, keep that in mind if you order a book.
  • Not all libraries are going to be able to ship books in an unlimited format as we used to do. Although SOLS has promised to reimburse libraries for the costs, they only have limited funds, which will be divided up among libraries at the end of the year. We might see good funding, or we might end up having to take on the majority of the cost…no one really knows yet.
  • Not all libraries have been able to work out extra funding, either from their current budgets, or through extra funds from their municipalities. That means, not all libraries will be able to afford to participate.

What does that mean for you?

  • We’ll be able to order books, but they might take longer in the system, as not every library is responding just yet to the service.
  • Book clubs might be restricted to only a few copies of a book, which could be passed around to members to read prior to meetings. That might mean shorter lend times, but it will be up to your library to decide.
  • Not all book clubs will be able to continue in the same way. Some might have to resort to theme months, or author months.
  • We might not be able to get all of the books we once could. An obscure book still in a small library collection might not be loaned now because that library cannot participate in the ILL system due to costs.

We know you’d like to help….

  • Many patrons have offered to pay a fee for their Interlibrary loan, but according to the Library Act, libraries are not allowed to charge fees for borrowing books.
  • Your letters, phone calls, peaceful read-ins, and petition signatures were a HUGE help! You showed the province just how important library services are to patrons, and to the health of libraries in general. While it may not have reversed the cutbacks, we sure felt your support.
  • When ordering books through ILL now, please be patient, and know that we’re doing all we can to support this service and get your materials in a timely manner. No need to call us or drop in repeatedly to check on your item….we’ll contact you as soon as we get your ILL at our library!

Have you been affected by the cuts to Interlibrary Loan service? Let us know what you think!

3 Simple Things to Improve Your Library Experience

Coming to the library for any reason should be fun–and simple. It’s free to take out items, you can download books at home, and we even offer free passes for places outside of the library, like museums and art galleries. So why do some people get frustrated when visiting? Much of the time, it’s just lack of preparation when visiting.

Here, then, are 3 Simple Tips to help your visit to the library run smoothly!

Tip #1: Bring Your Library Card

This is probably the biggest issue we see on a daily basis. We pride ourselves on getting to know our patrons, but there are many reasons why knowing someone’s name isn’t a good substitute for their library card.

  • Maybe you have a “common” name, and we have more than one patron in the system with that name. We don’t want to check out items mistakenly to the wrong person. A library card would solve that issue.
  • Not everyone who works on the circulation desk knows all of our patrons. We have students who work the desk occasionally, new employees, and let’s face it…sometimes we just forget. Library cards lead us right to your account.
  • If a patron’s name was entered incorrectly into our system, looking you up by name might result in a whole host of problems. We all make mistakes sometimes, but your library card would be a quick fix!

While it’s hard to imagine a scenario where someone would come to the library to take out books without bringing their library card, we’ll also accept Government Issued Photo ID.

Tip #2 : Plan on Staying in the Library if you Bring a Child to a Program

Not all programs are the same. Sometimes, we provide lots of supervision. Sometimes, programs are largely unsupervised. And during our drop-in programs, a child might finish the activity in a few minutes, or may choose to take longer. Regardless, our policy states that all children aged 8 and under must have a parent or guardian in the library during their program.

We don’t always have time or the option to have eyes on everyone during a busy program. Parents, we know you’d want your child to have the best experience possible when they come to the library, so please plan on staying. While problems are rare, it’s nice to be able to locate Mom or Dad quickly should something arise.

Tip #3 : Please Bring Pen and Paper when doing Work

We see this quite a bit—students coming to the library to work on homework with a tutor, but they fail to bring anything to write with. This isn’t isolated to children, either. Sometimes, it’s patrons who come to do research, or use a computer. We don’t always have pencils/pens and paper to hand out, so please come prepared. We’ll help if we can…and yes, we do have a pencil sharpener!

These are just three easy ways to make your next visit to our library a little bit better. We want patrons to leave happy and satisfied, and this will go a long way toward that.

See you at the library!