Cocoa’s Antics

Are you following us on Facebook? Each day until December 24th, we’ll be posting a photo of Cocoa, our Elf on the Library Shelf, doing his best to “help us” at the library. Even if you aren’t playing along, you’ll probably want to stop by to see what he’s been up to.

While you’re there, make sure to follow us to keep up to date with all of the events and general goings-on in the library. It’s a very active page, and we love our patrons. Leave us a comment on a post to say hello, or share one of our programs with some of your friends. We’d appreciate it!


Christmas Drop In

Our Teen Advisory Group has been busy planning a super fun Christmas Drop In. Join us on Saturday, December 15 from 10am – noon for Christmas crafts, and I Spy, treats…and a few surprises!

We’ll also have a Christmas storytime at 10:30am and 11:30am, so make sure to be here for one of those sessions.  This is “Santa’s Library” at its best, and is suitable for all ages. No registration is required….come for a few minutes, or stay the whole time. The elves are looking forward to it!

Cocoa’s Super Fun Library Game is Coming!

As soon as Cocoa arrives back at the library on December 1st, we’ll be launching something new and fun to play while you visit the library.  “Cocoa’s Super Fun Library Game” is simple….pick up a game card at the front desk, find 6 pictures of Cocoa in the library in YOUR colour, and bring your game card back to the front desk for an Elf treat!  It’s like a slightly different version of our popular I Spy game…..but with our friend Cocoa!  Isn’t that fun? And your child can play each time they come…there are so many different cards, they’ll probably never get the same one twice.

And yes, even “mature” elves can play. Just ask us for a card at the front desk once December gets here.

(Don’t forget, you can also download an Elf Card and look for the items as we post them each day on Facebook. A basket of Cocoa’s Favourite things is up for grabs!)

What to Read…Part 3

You might not think that kids care about what they read, but trust us…young readers are BIG fans. And a few of the biggest authors and series are hitting the shelves this month and next. You won’t want to miss these….and books are a great way to keep the kids busy and happy during the blustery, cold days of December. Drop into the library to pick one up, or make sure to get these to put under the tree. A great Christmas Eve tradition to start? How about a new book for every member of the family…and then a nice long evening of reading?

SUPERNOVA by Kazu Kibuishi

This is lucky number #13 in the popular AMULET series, and SUPERNOVA is bound to thrill young readers aged 9 – 11. We have trouble keeping this exciting graphic novel series on the shelves, and it’s as popular with reluctant readers as it is with voracious readers. Don’t worry that it’s got pictures…this is not a comic book. The story follows Emily who has lost control of her Amulet and is now imprisoned in the Void. Kibuishi has a great YouTube video on his website explaining his creative process and the storyline of the book, a bit of behind the scenes fun for fans of the series! It’ll be a quick read, but one that Amulet readers will want to get their hands on immediately.

I LOST MY TOOTH by Mo Willems

If you’ve read any of the Elephant and Piggie books, you’ll become a fan of Willems’ latest heroes, the squirrels, in I LOST MY TOOTH. Willems always writes easy to follow stories, with silly characters and situations that get the kids laughing. But they’re also great as easy reads for new readers. You can listen to a great interview Willems did about the book and why his squirrels are not gender-specific right here. And check out his blog for lots of zany fun, activities, and more! It doesn’t matter if you have a little one, or an older reader…you can’t go wrong with this new book.


Wimpy Kid books will never go out of style…that’s our prediction. Not only are the characters funny and totally identifiable, the simple line drawing style makes the books into instant classics. THE MELTDOWN, the latest in the Wimpy Kid series is perfect for the chilly winter months (although your reader will probably devour the book in one night), and is easily the perfect book for boys and girls aged 8 – 11. Kinney appears to be touring Europe right now, but even if you can’t make it to one of his appearances, you can stop by his website to find all the fun about the Wimpy Kid series, and the new book.


These books were not on our radar until recently…and then everyone started asking for them. This is not your average princess. She’s funny, adventurous, and always dresses in black. And THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE SCIENCE FAIR SCARE has more than one Princess battling monsters at the science fair. Doesn’t that sound fun? Empowering books for girls, but the adventures are just as fun for boys. Want to know a secret about the Princess in Black? Her #1 fan is Duff the Goat Boy who admires her ninja skills! You can find out even more secrets by visiting the official website here.


That’s the last of our December reading suggestions, but we have lots more fun coming up on the blog, so make sure to check back often.

The Elf Cards are Ready!

Cocoa is coming back to the library on December 1st! And that means we’ll be starting our fun Elf Sighting Game. Download your card here, or pick one up at the front desk, and start watching. We’ll post Cocoa’s whereabouts each day on Facebook, or you might drop by the library to find him. If you see him in one of the situations listed on the card, check it off. Complete your card and bring it in by Friday, December 21st to be entered into a draw for “Cocoa’s Favourite Things”. We’ll draw for a fun gift basket full of Christmas-y things over the holidays.

Even if you don’t want to play, make sure to visit our Carleton Place Library Facebook page each day to see what Cocoa’s up to. It’s bound to be festive!

Forest of Reading®

We’re getting ready for another season of Forest of Reading®, and this year, we’re expanding! Our young readers are moving up, and this means we’ll be offering the program from Kindergarten right through Grade 12! It’s going to be exciting.

Beginning in December, we’ll start registrations for each category. Readers will select from 10 nominated books in each reading category, and depending on the level, they’ll be asked to read anywhere from eight to ten books over the course of the next five months. At the end of April, participants will vote on their favourite book in their category. All of our tabulations will be sent to Toronto and collected with other libraries and schools, and the winning authors and illustrators will be given the coveted awards for their books. This is the only award given to Canadian authors and illustrators that is completely chosen by children. Isn’t that great?

Stay tuned for a complete list of nominated books!

Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2018

The New York Times has just released its list of the Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2018, and it’s wonderful…as usual. From modern illustration to more classic books, all of the choices are great. Of course, this list must have been impossible to make, as most of the books written and illustrated for children these days have amazing artwork. This young generation “demands” it.

But take a few minutes to scroll through the page to view the books. We have a lot of them in our collection, but we can always borrow books from other libraries through interlibrary loan if needed.

As we bring the year to a close, we’ll be seeing more of these fantastic book lists, and we’re sure you’ll want to catch up on books you’ve missed. It’s hard to get to everything in this busy life, so these lists are a great way to wrap things up.

Happy viewing!