Welcome to Kindergarten!

Did you know that the library participates in Welcome to Kindergarten events at our local schools? It’s a great way to tell parents about library programs, support early literacy, and also to form bonds with our schools. After all, we do many things within our community schools, and this is a nice way to help support their programs.

If you have a young person heading off to school this year, no doubt you’ll be going to a Welcome to Kindergarten event. At each event, you’ll learn about the school, discover all of the great things your child will be doing in the fall, and take home a wonderful bag stuffed with information, books, literacy supplies and more. You’ll also be able to talk with members of the literacy community, like librarians, the Ontario Early Years Centre and more. All of us are involved in the the Learning Partnership that helps to support schools and early literacy, to make our young people ready for school, and support those who might need some extra help to succeed.

It’s just another way libraries help to make our communities stronger.

Our Winners!

Last Thursday, our young readers who had participated in Forest of Reading® from December to April, came and voted on their favourite books. They had to read at least 8 books in most of the categories in order to be able to vote, so we feel confident they picked the best ones of the lot.

And the winners were:

Blue Spruce™

Cardinal-and-the-Crow-WebSilver Birch Express™ —a three-way tie!

express.jpgSilver Birch Fiction™—a two-way tie!

fictionSilver Birch Non-Fiction™—another two-way tie!

nonficAll of the winners we picked were tabulated and sent off to Toronto to join in all of the libraries and schools who also participated. Once all of the votes are in, “official” winners will be announced, and the Canadian authors and illustrators who were chosen will win one of the coveted prizes.  We can’t wait to see how we did! Check back here in May for all the details.

Human Library is Back!

We’;re13000089_1023318767704119_2687183973669691886_nWe’re doing it again…the Human Library project at the Carleton Place Public Library. Everybody has a story to tell, and on Saturday, April 30th, you can register to hear some of them!

In conjunction with the United Way, Lanark area libraries will have fascinating people that you can “check out” at the library on Saturday, April 30th. Each Human Book will have a certain number of spaces where patrons can register and talk with them for a 30 minute period. Ask them about their fascinating lives, or just sit with them one-on-one and listen to them talk about one of their favourite moments or most prized memories.

At the Carleton Place Public Library, we’ll be having Frank Hitchens, local astronomer and presenter who will no doubt want to talk about the fascinating worlds beyond our own, and Major Alex Hughes, who has led a stellar military career and who now champions local history! Both of these gentlemen would be wonderful to talk with, so if you’re interested in the Human Library project, now is the time to sign up!

Drop by our official registration page to select our library and reserve your space. Each Human Book is only available for two sessions, so don’t miss out!

We have Job Openings!

JOB POSTINGSIt is that time of year again….time to bring in new students to work at the library! While we’re sad to see some of our wonderful library pages go off to the next phase in their lives, we’re excited to offer the opportunity to work at the library to a new group of great students.

Right now, we’re also offering a position for a Summer Student to run our wonderful library programs for kids this June through August session! It’s a demanding job, but also so much fun, and we’re looking for a creative, special person for the position.

You can find all of the information about these positions on our library website at http://carletonplacelibrary.ca.

If you know of someone aged 14 and up who would be perfect for one of the page positions, or a student heading back to secondary school in the fall who would enjoy working with children all summer, please pass this information on. Deadlines for resume submission are Friday, April 29th.

We’re Voting!

It’s Forest of Reading® Voting Night at the library, and we’re excited! We have the polling stations ready, pencils sharpened, and ballots ready to cast. Who knows what books we’ll be picking as the winners tonight?

20160414_112710If your young reader finished all of the required books in their category, they are eligible to come and vote starting at 6pm.  If they did not finish enough books to vote, they can still come and enjoy the party from 6-7pm.  At the end of the session, we’ll announce the winning books, and get our votes all sent off to Toronto for the final tabulations.

This is an exciting night, so if you’re at the library, expect to hear kids having fun talking about books!

Spring Craft Night!

SPRINGWe’re all full up, but just a reminder to any young crafter who is already signed up….we’re ready for you tonight at 6pm.

We have some fun crafts planned tonight, and games…and as always, treats. Hopefully, we’ll have some great photos to post tomorrow on Facebook!

Happy Crafting everyone!

Lego Drop In Added!

LEGOWhile we thought our Lego Drop In dates for early spring were all over, they surprised us by adding a new date to the PA calendar…..Friday, April 15th!  That means, if you’re looking for something to do this afternoon, we’re holding a Lego Drop In from 2-4pm here at the library for kids of all ages.

No registration is necessary, just drop by and have fun.  Note to parents: this will be mostly unsupervised, so if you’re coming with young children, please plan on staying. See you this afternoon!