Why Donate?

Why donate to our Summer Literacy Tutoring Program? We’ve been asked this question a bit since putting up our fun donation board. And there are SO many great reasons to donate, but the most important ones have to do with our literacy tutors.

Donate because:

  • Our tutors fill the gap between summer and school. They prepare lessons based on information gathered from the teachers, and also from their own first-day assessments of the students. They understand what the weaknesses are for each child, and help to fill in those spaces until the child goes back to school.
  • They are support for parents. Parents are busy. And summer is no exception. Our tutors consult with parents before each and every lesson, after each lesson, and at the end of each week of tutoring. Parents need to know how to take what their children are learning and provide after-hours continuation activities of those lessons. They need to understand how to model good reading behavior, and to encourage proper reading habits. Our tutors prepare “homework” guidelines, provide books and extra reading lists, and answer any and all questions about their child’s reading progress. Parents can’t do it alone, and our tutors are there to ease some of the work.
  • One on one tutoring works. Although the sessions with each student only last two weeks, the effects are long lasting. Our tutors offer a slower pace, a time for those new readers to really take in everything they’re learning. They have nightly homework which builds on the things they’ve practiced, and parents are given a summer guide to help them continue the progress until their children go back to school. Who wouldn’t love a study plan generated specifically for their child? And a long list of library resources can aid in that continued success. Parents leave with book suggestions and reading instruction that will make sure their child continues to LIKE reading.
  • Tutors do more than just help with reading. They are cheerleaders and coaches. They are shoulders to lean on, and hands to hold. They are builders of confidence, and creators of interest. Often, they are the ones who HAVE the time to listen. It’s not just about building better readers, it’s about making friendships and making the library a place where a once-reluctant reader finds a home.

We offer 24 spaces for children in Kindergarten to Grade 3. While that might seem like a lot of tutoring, in reality, we could probably triple the number of spaces and still have a dire need in our community. Your generous donations make sure we have enough tutors, books, time, and continued support to our community children. Library budgets seem to grow tighter each year, and while this program is of the utmost importance to us, it isn’t always seen as a priority for those who might not have children in that age group. But these children in our community grow up to live and work in our area, and we love being on the early end of giving them the best start possible.

Want to help? Drop into the library and pick up a donation envelope. We’re doing well, but we still have plenty of envelopes to fill!


March Break Plans!

It’s just early February, but we’re already thinking about March. Our March Break calendar goes out today, and we’re excited about all of the fun we’re going to have!

Each day, we’ll have something going on in the library, whether you drop in, or register for a program. Take a look at the calendar, choose an event, and we’ll see you at the library!

You can download the calendar here, or drop in and pick up a nice, printed version. The contents are the same, but it all depends on you. Most programs this year are drop in…no registration required, but there are a couple that will require you to sign up ahead of time, or drop in to pick up a ticket. Read each event carefully, or call us to find out more. We wouldn’t want someone to be disappointed if a session fills up quickly!

As usual, we’ll have fun things going on at the library that you can take part in no matter what time you come in. Our ever popular daily I Spy game, Giant Sudoku, caption contests and much more will be available from Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16. And if you can’t make it into the library, there will be something fun each day online on our Facebook page.

Our big event comes on Thursday, March 15th at 10am. Join us at the Carleton Place Town Hall for Eccentric Adam…and wild and fun comedic clown/magician/juggler/entertainer. We’ve got tickets on sale now at the library for $3 each (Adults and Children), or for $4 at the door on the day of the event. It’s going to be a fun family-friendly event, appropriate for children 4 and up (but feel free to bring along a younger child if you think they’ll be able to sit for a 40-minute show).

We’re going WILD during the March Break. What will YOU be doing?

Fun for the Whole Family!

We’re selling tickets now for our fun March Break event at the Carleton Place Town Hall Auditorium! Join us on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 10am for “Eccentric Adam”! He’s what’s known as a contemporary clown–no scary face makeup–and he’ll be entertaining us with tricks, jokes, juggling, and much more!  It’s going to be fun for the whole family!

Tickets are on sale now for $3 each at the library—that’s for children & adults. Babes in arms get in for free.  This show is probably best aimed at ages 4 and up, but you’re welcome to bring along anyone who might be able to sit through a 30 minute show. We’ll also be selling tickets at the door for $4 each, but get them early and save yourself a bit of money this March Break. We know you’ll need it!

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 257-2702 for more information. We can’t wait until March Break!

Featured Forest Reader

Our first featured Forest Reader is Aurora Gibbons. She chose THE DARKEST DARK by Chris Hadfield as her favourite Blue Spruce book so far. And now she’s well on her way to reading all ten books in her category.

If you have a young reader who would like to be a Featured Forest Reader, drop into the library to fill out a questionnaire when it’s time for a new book. We want to know what everyone is enjoying so far! It’s going to be a difficult choice this year, as all of the books are so good!

Keep reading…we’re not voting until April 19th….


As the weather gets colder, we’re expecting bus cancellations. If the buses are cancelled, don’t forget, we’ll be having a special I SPY day at the library! Drop in anytime with the kids for some searchable fun!

And while we could have I SPY at the library every single day of the year if it were up to our young patrons, we know how popular this type of activity can be. We’ve even been caught searching through some of our new I SPY books to find the requested items while prepping the books to go out. They’re addictive!

We have a few new I SPY books at the library… I SPY 123, and I SPY ABC. These books combine the fun act of searching for tiny objects while teaching numbers and letters. What could be better?

I spy with my little eye, something that is hours of fun!