Slow Mail

Does anyone write letters anymore? We sure hope so! And February is the perfect month to think about writing a special letter to someone—yourself in the future, a loved one, or maybe even to someone you don’t really know, but would like to share some kind words with.

20160208_163601SLOW MAIL is our newest library fun! Write a letter at our special table, address it, and we’ll mail it out….a year from now! (No, we’re not trying to compete with the Post Office, as you can see.)  This is a great way to see what you’re thinking right now….and mail yourself some goals. Or send your sweetheart a letter telling them how much they mean to you. Think of this as a time capsule. You’ll probably forget all about it, and then next year–bingo! Your mail will arrive. What a fun surprise, right?

20160208_163554To get you inspired, we’ve put out a really great selection of books on letter writing that might help you figure out what you want to say. I’m getting out my pen and paper right now. Are you?

It’s Valentine’s Craft Night at the Library!

Untitled design(2)It’s Valentine’s Craft Night at the library….our first craft night of the year! We’re looking forward to having our young friends join us for crafts, games, and treats tonight from 6-7pm.

Our craft nights are always popular, and the spaces have been filled for a while, so make sure to keep an eye on the blog or our Facebook page for future events like this.

What are we making tonight? Check out our Facebook page tomorrow to see the results. I’m sure there will be a red heart, or two.

March Break Menu!

We’re excited to put out our “March Break Menu” today for a fun week of programs (March 14-18, 2016) and drop-in events for our patrons of all ages. Please stop by to pick up your copy and get signing up for programs–they’ll fill up fast!

Most of our events are free (except for the DANGERBOY performance on Thursday, March 17th), but we do require registration for a lot of them, so please read the guidelines carefully to avoid disappointment.

You’ll also notice that we have plenty of great things going on every single day that don’t require you to attend a program. If you’re here with kids and need something to do while you’re waiting for another child who might be signed up for a program, take part in one of the fun things like our Interactive Mr. Potato Head, or Doodle on the Moon. We’ll also have I Spy, a Teen Scavenger Hunt, and much, much more….so don’t miss out. We’re the hottest destination in town for March Break!

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It’s Almost Babytime Again!

BabytimeWe’re excited that Babytime is starting up soon, and that means registration is beginning this week. This is a fun six-week program for babies and moms (or dads, or grandmas, or caregivers etc.), that allows for great bonding, meeting new people, and learning early literacy skills. Believe it or not, babies get a lot out of these programs, but so do the moms.

Register now for the sessions which will begin on March 3rd running through April 14th. They happen every Thursday morning at 9:30am, and are aimed at babies aged 0-12 months. These are always really popular sessions, so sign up early to avoid disappointment, as spaces are limited. You can either give us a call, or drop by the library to learn more.

The babies are coming! The babies are coming!

Lego Lego

LEGOIt’s an unusual day for a PA day, but some of the schools have one today. While there is NO STORYTIME this morning, we do have a Lego Drop In this afternoon from 2-4pm. We’ll have a fun challenge laid out, but the kids can make whatever they like. Drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole time….it’s fun for all ages!

Just a note, this is not a drop-off service. Parents, please stay with your younger children as this will be mostly unsupervised.

Happy Lego-ing!

February Fun!

January was a busy month at the library, with plenty of great “Lifelong Learning” seminars, including an ongoing creativity course, an introduction to Twitter, and a Family Finances seminar. February looks like it will be just as much fun…especially for adults!

While we start off the month with a Valentine’s Craft Night for kids, were continuing our Creativity Course, and looking forward to a special Facebook 101 seminar with Chantal Bechervaise of Take it Personel-ly. If you’ve been hesitant to get onto Facebook, or use it but don’t feel like you’re using it to its full potential, we have a few spaces left for this great introduction. If you took part in our Twitter 101 seminar, you know you’ll learn a lot about the site and how to use it, through Chantal’s easygoing manner and simple learning strategies. You can sign up for the course, which happens on Saturday, February 20th from 2-4pm, by calling us at 257-2702, or dropping by the library.

cropped-cropped-cropped-chantal-bechervaise-banner2Later on this month, we’re also hosting another fabulous financial wellness seminar, called “Making Your Money Last–Planning for Retirement”. This will be a fascinating look into how you can successfully transition into retirement without feeling the financial stresses that can occur without enough planning. The course takes place on Saturday, February 13th at 10am, and registration is required, so sign up today. Spaces are limited!

We’re also getting excited about our regular February event called “Blind Date with a Book”, where you choose a book based only on a brief description! It’s always fun, and a little bit exciting to see what you’ll get when you take the book home and unwrap it. And this year, we’re letting kids and teens in on the action with a “Book Crush” just for them. Visit our fun displays when you drop in!20150202_132218And last but not least, we’re starting a fun new program called “Slow Mail”, where letters take the long way around. Write a letter, drop it off, and we’ll mail it back to you in ONE YEAR! What kind of mail is this? Maybe you’ll write yourself a letter of encouragement, or write a love letter to that special someone, or even a letter to your future self reminding you of your goals. Wouldn’t it be fun to see what you were thinking one year later? Pop in for more information.

As always, don’t forget our regular features, like our “Colour Yourself Calm” workshops on the 4th Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30pm, and our “Bridging the Generation Gap” book Club which is really taking off! (2nd Tuesday of each month, from 6-7:30pm).

We’ll also have our March Break calendar out early on this month, so make sure to pick one up to see all the fun we’re planning for March!

Dangerboy is Coming!

DangerboyWe’re getting excited for March Break…and that means fun events! While we don’t have our March Break Calendars ready quite yet, we’ve got one special item to announce: DANGERBOY!

Starting today, we’re selling tickets for DANGERBOY, who will be visiting the Carleton Place Town Hall Auditorium on Thursday, March 17th at 10am. Tickets are $3 in advance here at the library (adults and children), and we’ll have some on sale at the door for $4 each. But tickets will probably sell fast, so make sure to drop in early to get yours!

Here’s what we’ve heard about Dangerboy:

Dangerboy is a talented circus performer who provides a melange of various art forms, including magic, juggling, plate spinning, escape and lots of fun! His interactive show will captivate you and is packed with humour and surprises you will not soon forget!

This show is aimed at children aged 4+ and their parents, so it’s the perfect way to hit those middle-of-the-break blues. If you have any questions, give us a call at the library at 257-2702 for more information.

This is going to be a dangerous morning!