What’s Happening?

It’s been a busy July, and we’re expecting August to be just as crazy! But don’t worry…we’re looking forward to every second of it! And you can be a part of the fun, too…..just give us a call to sign up for one of our wonderful programs.

yalpfridayComing up in August:

  • Our last two French Storytimes: Une Heure de Conte en Francais : Friday, August 7 & 14 at 10:30am….all ages. No registration required.
  • Jurassic Park Day on Monday, August 10th from 1-2pm, ages 9 – 12, registration required
  • Out of this World Drop In day on Thursday, August 13 from 1:30-4:30pm, all ages, no registration required.

Of course, we also have our weekly I Spy challenge, plenty of Book Bundles left, and we’re starting our second round of tickets for our Adult Summer Reading Club. Did you win the prize for July? Drop in to see if we drew your ticket number!

And don’t forget, there is still plenty of time for Yalp to visit with your family. He’s been soooo busy, going to museums, the Farmer’s Market and taking long bike rides. We can’t wait to see what adventures he’ll be up to next!

Nerd Herd Unites

fliesThe Nerd Herd (aka, our Teen Book Club) is meeting today to discuss this month’s read, LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding. No doubt many of you will be familiar with this book, but it is totally new to our teens. You might even be surprised to find out that one of our teens suggested this book for our list, and I think they got it right!

We won’t be taking turns talking about the book with a conch shell, but if you’re at the library today, you might hear some talk of pigs and islands. It’s bound to be a fun session!

We’ll also be working on some new books for our reading list, so if you have a teen (aged 12+) who might like to join our group, this would be a great week to get involved. We meet the last Wednesday of each month from 4-5:30, and we have LOTS of fun. This is a growing group, so be sure to give us a call if you have a teen who is interested. The Nerd Herd unites once again!

Little Free Library

I’ve posted before about the wonderful Little Free Library idea. These are wonderful handmade creations that people put up in their communities to encourage people to read books. The idea is to take a book, or leave a book in one of these great nooks…no need for a library card or worries about late fees.

The idea has really taken off, and we now have a super book available at the library called THE LITTLE FREE LIBRARY BOOK : TAKE A BOOK, RETURN A BOOK by Margret Aldrich. It has wonderful photos, tells the history of the idea, and gives you some ideas to create your own little free library.

littleIf you’re looking for something fun to do this summer and have a great community that might get a lot of use out of something like this, why not drop in a pick up the book to see what it’s all about. Libraries of any type are a wonderful idea!

Cool Zone

The temperature is really going to climb this week, but don’t forget, the library is a great place to come and cool off. Drop in, bring along a cold drink, find a comfy seat, and enjoy our free Wi-Fi for a few hours. We have lots of great magazines and books to look at, or bring along your laptop, some headphones, and take out a movie to watch. Stay all day, or just a few hours….we’re happy to be a cool zone!

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Yalp’s Friday Round Up!

yalpfridayWe missed Yalp’s Round Up last week, but that’s only because it was a really busy week. Who knew that Lego Drop Ins would be so popular?  (Yalp did!)

We finished up our first full session of Literacy tutoring, and it was a great success. The kids were delightful to see each day, and we they seemed really excited about coming back each time. A whole new session has started this week, and those eager young readers are already collecting their stickers and adding to our giant Tic-Tac-Toe board. Fun!

It was Harry Potter’s Birthday last week, and we celebrated by inviting plenty of Wizards to the library!

wizardsAnd even Yalp managed a visit with a friend this week. Seems like he has a variety of reading interests.

yalp3If you have youngsters who are looking for fun things to do this summer, give us a call at the library. We’re signing up for next week now…programs for Superheros, Royals and more!

 

Join us for some MAGIC!

CP Poster-page-001We’re selling tickets right now for a fantastic magic show at the end of the month. Join us for the amazing Elliott Smith, Comedy Magician, at the Carleton Place Town Hall Auditorium on Thursday,  July 30th at 10am.

This is a fun family-friendly show aimed at children aged 4 and up. Tickets are on sale now at the library for $3 each, adults and children. (Babes in arms are free!).  If you don’t get a ticket soon, we’ll have a few available at the door on the day of the event for $4 each, so come to the library and pick up your tickets today. This is a REALLY popular event, and tickets are going fast. Drop in today!

What Should My Kids Read?

There are lots of great book lists out there…what to read now, what to read this summer, what to read if you don’t like reading….too many great books to read, really. But Today’s Parent magazine recently put together a list of the Top 100 Canadian Children’s Books that you really must read! And the list is fantastic!

kidsbooksFrom the classic ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, to funnier picture books like SCAREDY SQUIRREL and THIS IS NOT MY HAT, to the wonderful story of bats in SILVERWING, this list doesn’t miss a thing. And it has selections for kids of all ages.

If your children are looking for something great to read, but all of their favourites are currently charged out at the library (WIMPY KID, MINECRAFT, STAR WARS), why not take a look at this list and find something “new” for them to read. We have most of the books in our library (and plenty more we can suggest), but it’s so nice to see a list that draws on all the Canadian talent out there!

Happy Reading!