Are You Smarter?

On Flipster this month, “Popular Science” claims on the front cover that this crow is smarter than your fifth grader.  Uh…okay. I know it’s making a little twist on the once-popular television show, but honestly, isn’t that stretching it a bit?

I’ve seen some of those fascinating documentaries about crows using tools and figuring out complex problems, but really, isn’t it usually just about food and survival? Heck, if someone stuck a Dairy Queen blizzard inside a locked plexiglass case and forced me to figure out how to get it, you better well believe that I’d get that ice cream before even a little of that soft-serve melted. Birds are smart, but birds are not people.

If you want to read this article, drop by our website and log into Flipster. You can download the latest issue, or even check out back issues. I guarantee a crow couldn’t do that…and your fifth grader would probably already be printing out pictures and using YouTube to get more information about something they found.

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Are we feeling spring yet???

If you haven’t signed up yet for this month’s adult Make and Take DIY, you should! We’re making seed bombs!

The idea is simple…soil+seeds in an earth-friendly “wrapper”. Join us on Monday, April 23rd at 6:30pm to get your hands dirty! What do you do with the seed bombs? Once the weather gets a little warmer…you throw them! Yes, that’s right….you throw away the seed bombs, and wait to see what grows!

It’s a lot of fun, environmentally friendly, and it’ll be a an interesting way to pass the evening. Meet some new people, or bring a friend….but don’t forget to call and register first. We want to have enough supplies for everyone! 257-2702.

Mapsacks are back!

Mapsacks are BACK!

Mapsacks contain everything you need to explore the outdoors. We have two specific topics available, Poop & Bugs. They include books and research materials such as magnifying glasses and bug boxes.

You check the Mapsack out just like a book and return it with everything inside (minus any of the poop or bugs you collected, of course).

Why not grab a Mapsack and one of the Library’s passes to Rideau Valley Conservation Authority or Ontario Parks for this weekend. Its the perfect time of year to get out there and explore!

Poetry Reading at the Library

We still have tickets for the wonderful Poetry Night at the Carleton Place Public Library on Friday, April 20th at 6:30pm. Join us for an evening of local poets Carol Stephen, Dean Steadman, Cliff D. Bird, Claudia Coutu Radmore and Lesley Strutt, who will read their own work and maybe answer a few questions at the end of the evening. It’s a great opportunity to get out of the house, and do something different. We promise, these poets will be fascinating!

Tickets are only $5 each, and all proceeds from that night’s event will go toward our Children’s Summer Literacy Program. Don’t miss out…this is just a special event for National Poetry Month!

Haiku, We Do!

Earlier this week, we enjoyed a fascinating the fun evening with local author and poet Claudia Radmore. She’d been a part of our “Local Authors Exposed” event in March, and we were delighted to have her back.

She taught us all about haiku, and we even had a chance to do a little bit of crafting. What a fun night!

Five Super Days!

On Sunday, we begin our special fundraising event for the Children’s Summer Literacy Program. We’re calling it “Five Super Days”, and we’d love for you to get involved!

During those five days, donate $5 either online or at the library to our literacy program, and you’ll be investing in our community. Raising a reader is hard, but your support will continue to benefit a child well after the summer is over.

We’re almost finished our fundraising push, so we’re hoping this week will put us over the top. We’ll have daily goals, fun facts, and lots of love for our Super Squad of donators.

Thank you! We think you’re SUPER!

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/carleton-place-public-library/

Things Discussed at a Teen Book Club Meeting

If you happen to be in the library on the last Wednesday of any month, around 4pm, you’ll likely see a herd of teens hanging out, waiting for book club to start. It’s not unusual to have teens in the library at all…but the sheer number converging on one room is often a bit of a surprise for some.

We regularly have about 13 – 15 teens who attend. Each month, we read a different book, then get together to talk about it (and other things), and eat snacks. Lots of snacks. It’s a fun session, and I always learn something–either about the world, about the teens, or the world they function in.

This month, we were discussing Tui T. Sutherland’s WINGS OF FIRE : THE DRAGONET PROPHECY, but oh, we discussed much more.

Some of the things we talked about during our meeting this week?

  • Elon Musk
  • Russia
  • Dragons (of course)
  • Manga rules
  • Iced Tea vs. other drinks
  • Mars colonization
  • The White House
  • DANTE’S INFERNO
  • Chips

All very important things to think about.