It’s Flower Time!

We might just be seeing the first of the tulips (and LOTS of dandelions), but eventually, the world will be full of wild flowers, and flowers in our gardens. While it’s easy to pick flowers and put them in a vase, haven’t you always wondered how they make those gorgeous “casual” looking floral arrangements you see in the all the decorating magazines. Usually, the flowers aren’t even the focal point of the room! But they should be.

We recently added FORAGED FLOWER ARRANGING by Rebecca Clark Moody to our collection. Inside, she walks you step-by-step through creating beautiful arrangements using plants you can find on a walk, or in your garden. Now you won’t have any excuse for a simple bunch of cut lilacs.  Get out that white sheet background and prepare to stun Instagram with your new skill!

You can drop in to see if the book is available, or place a hold on our library catalog and receive a notification when it becomes available.

Saving

Libraries are all about cost savings. You can get the obvious benefits for your piggy bank by coming here for books instead of buying them. But what else can you get for your money at libraries?

At the Carleton Place Public Library, you can get:

  • movies for the weekend
  • museum passes to take the family to see a special exhibit
  • a great choice of puzzles to take home and exchange for new ones once you finish
  • literacy tutoring for your child who might be struggling with reading
  • access to free WiFi and computers
  • a safe space for your child to meet with a tutor
  • a cool zone during the hot summer months, and a place to warm up in the winter
  • one-on-one tech tutoring for that new device you don’t quite know how to use
  • fun summer programs for the whole family
  • great monthly events like bird watching classes, meditation seminars, and book launches
  • writing classes for youth and adults
  • online language instruction, downloadable magazines, and streaming TV shows
  • access to books from all across the country
  • a family friendly washroom with a changing table
  • room rental space for events
  • Halloween costume exchanges, craft nights, and Lego Drop In days

This is only a fraction of things that you can do or access at our library, but there are many more things that happen at libraries. If you haven’t been to a public library in a while, drop by to see what they offer. You might be surprised!

So, start saving those loonies and toonies for a nice vacation, and visit your public library!

Voice Choice Workshop

The last in our spring writing series for 2017 will be VOICE CHOICE, on Tuesday, May 16th from 6-7pm at the Carleton Place Public Library. We welcome writers from past workshops, and anyone who might be interested in finding out how to find your own writing style.

We’ll cover a broad range of ideas revolving around writing style and choices that you make. Even if you haven’t written much before, but are interested in starting, this workshop will help you discover exactly how to get started.

Registration is open now, so please call 257-2702 for more information, or to sign up. It’s going to be an interesting session.

Summer Student Position

We’re starting to think about summer at the library. I know, it seems a little too soon, considering we have hardly had any spring yet to speak about. But we’re always a few months ahead when it comes to planning, and summer is one of our busiest times.

This summer, we’re looking for a student Summer Literacy Tutor. The position is challenging, exciting, and creative, and we hope to find just the right person to help us expand our tutoring spaces. The lucky candidate will plan lessons, work one-on-one with a child in junior or senior kindergarten, and will be trained to help encourage and maybe even advance the literacy skills of a child who might be struggling.

If you are a student between the ages of 15-30, were in school full time this past year and plan on returning full time in the fall, then you meet the first of the requirements. Please see the full job description here.

If this sounds like the position for you, then you can send us a cover letter and resume. All of the contact information is on the employment link in the paragraph above. We’ll only contact those who are selected for an interview. Please have your resume in by Thursday, May 11 and 5pm.

Happy reading!

Free Comic Book Day!

This weekend is Free Comic Book Day, and Carleton Place has taken a special spin on it. Not only will you be able to pick up a mission card that will lead you to all 30 free comic books, but we’re celebrating Local Heroes, as well! Isn’t that a great idea?

The whole event begins at 10am. Pick up your Mission Card at either end of the hunt: The BIA Office, or Total Rhythm Dance Studio. The line ups will be long at the beginning, so don’t feel like you have to start at the first store or stop on the mission card. Pick a place listed, and get going. But, you NEED a card to get a comic book. Don’t be disappointed!

Bridge Street will NOT be closed that day, so parents need to be watchful of their excited children. No need to rush from place to place, you’ll have plenty of time to get all of the comics–they’ve ordered extra this year! And don’t forget to stop in at one of the booths along the way to say hello (and thank you), to a local hero like an OPP officer, a Paramedic, or a volunteer! And yes, the Carleton Place Public Library is one of your stops! Make sure to drop in, wear a costume, and get a picture!

Mark your calendars for Saturday….it’s going to be fun!