We’re getting ready for babies!

Yes, it’s that time again….Babytime!!  We’re going to start a new six-week session this Thursday, April 23rd. Registration is open to children aged 0 – 12 months, and the sessions are every Thursday morning at 9:30am.

baby2015posterWe sing songs, learn fun tickle rhymes, and also make some wonderful friends. This is more about the parent than the baby is a lot of ways, so if you’re looking for a way to get out of the house, drop in and meet up with other mothers and children. You won’t regret it!

Bad Art Night at the Library

This past Tuesday was our first ever BAD ART NIGHT at the library! We had a LOT of interest in this program, and I don’t know if everyone was prepared to have as much fun as we did!

The whole idea around Bad Art is to allow adults who want to be creative, to give themselves permission to make things that are imperfect. In this world of Pinterest and Etsy, we’re bombarded by perfect photos of things that people have made. It isn’t something all of us can do. So, Bad Art Night was the antidote.

badartnightcollageAfter explaining the concept–that we wanted participants to create something ugly on purpose–we got down to work with a simple ice-breaker.  We drew ourselves.  But it wasn’t as simple as picking up a pencil and sketching out our features. I wanted to make sure any “hidden” talents wouldn’t surface just yet. So, we used paper plates perched atop our heads, and we drew without being able to see exactly what we were drawing. The results? Hilarious!

Then, we got down to the concept of Folk Art, along with examples from an extensive collection to let these budding creative-types understand the difference between art created for sale, and art created out of love.

In the end, we worked on ugly creatures, some of which you’ll see displayed in our library soon. I think they turned out very…well, bad! Participants were encouraged to Instagram or Facebook their experiences throughout the session, and I must say, some of the photos I found later were quite creative.

Hopefully, this won’t be the only Bad Art Night we’ll have. I think it was a great success failure!

Check Out a Skill!

skillCheck out a Skill at the library is only in the mid-week phase, but it’s already been super popular, and helpful to those participating.  We still have sessions that are available if you have a technology skill you’d like to learn….anything from setting up an email, to opening a browser for the first time, to downloading audiobooks to your phone. Whatever your questions, we’ve got the answers.

Call us to book a half hour session sometime later this week, or next week. Our fabulous Skill Master, Caroline, will guide you through the steps to learn a new skill. Bring along your laptop, tablet, phone or other device you want to learn, or we can book you on one of our own computers to assist with the session. So far, it’s been a popular program, and maybe something we’ll be able to offer up periodically at the library.

So, check out a new skill today! (Or next week!)

They’re Human

Don’t forget, this weekend is the Lanark County Human Library Project. We’ve got four spectacular Human Books lined up, and the spaces are filling up fast.  If you’d like to reserve your space to speak with any of our featured books, please drop by the website to get your ticket. (If you’re unable to print one off at home, drop by the library and we’ll do it for you!)

humanfourThis is a fun project that each library in Lanark County will be running this weekend, with different Human Books to be reserved. The sessions are bound to be fascinating, and you can either ask the participants questions, or just sit and listen to them talk about their projects.

Please give us a call if you have any questions about reserving your space, or about the Human Library project in general. See you on Saturday!

Camp NaNoWriMo Progress

It’s now been a year since we first offered Camp NaNoWriMo at the Carleton Place Public Library. While it was a great success then, we’re so excited about all of the fun things happening this year!

camp2If you’re not familiar with this project, Camp NaNoWriMo is the baby brother of National Novel Writing Month, which takes place in November. The Camp version is a little less rigid, but the overall idea is for people to write a book in one month. This year, we have 15 people participating, and boy, are they writing!

Through weekly meetings, and daily emails, we’re keeping in touch with our writers to make sure their progress is smooth, and that they have support. It’s been a lot of fun seeing their progress reports each day. Just about everyone is meeting their goals…whether it is to write every day, revise a project, or to blast through this mid-way through the month and reach the 50,000 word goal. We’re so proud of all the stories, and all the writers.

We have people working on projects from last year, people working on brand new projects, and people who are writing for the very first time. It’s fun to hear about crazy plot ideas, writing breakthroughs and

If you’re interested in joining us, feel free to drop in and have a chat. If you’re not ready to write this month, it’s also a great time to prepare….we’ll be doing this again in the summer (hopefully).

 

Storytime…en francais.

If you attended our French Storytime during the March Break, you got to know our wonderful friend Agathe. And guess what? She’s coming back for more!

Frenchstorytime1We’re looking forward to offering French Storytime for ages 2 and up once per month….at least until the summer. Join us on the following dates for songs, stories and a quick craft!

Monday, April 13th   10:30am

Monday, May 11   10:30am

Monday, June 8    10:30am

It’s going to be a lot of fun. Please call or drop in to register. And while we know that a lot of people are interested in a later storytime for older kids, we’ll see if we can’t meet everyone’s needs during the summer months.

Teen Book Club. Are You In?

We had a really great Teen Book Club at the end of March! Everyone had read our book….Ranson Riggs’ MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, and they all had plenty to say about it.

peregrineIt was a creepy book, to say the least. I’m sure you can tell from the cover. And inside, are many old and equally creepy photos that the book revolves around. We decided to try taking our own photos to make us look like we were hovering, just like the book cover. Fun!

teenbook2(So, you need to use a little imagination here, but it was still fun.)

Since the book had elements of time travel, one of the members even made her own investigative-scientific evaluation of the probability of time travel within the book. It was fascinating to hear (and I think we all learned a few things about how the science behind it works.)

teenbookWe also discussed our plans for the upcoming book club meetings and picked a selection of books we want to read.

Our next Teen Book Club (open to members aged 12 and up) will be on Wednesday, April 29th from 4:00-5:30pm. This month, we’re reading John Green’s PAPER TOWNS. If you know someone who would like to take part, give us a call and we can get them a book to read. This is a fun club…and yes….we have snacks!