Une Heure de Conte en Francais

French StorytimeOur French Storytime is changing a little bit!  We’re excited to get back at it, and it will still be on Friday mornings at 10:30am, but we’re going to be working on a more consistent routine during each session.

Since many of our attendees have low French skills, we’ll do stories in both French and English to allow for more comprehension. We’ll also be adding more songs, and a few new ideas to the mix to make it rewarding and positive.

No registration is required, so feel free to drop in from week to week…..but this time, we’ll be doing very similar things each time, so you won’t feel disoriented when you attend. Une Heure de Conte en Francais is for all ages.

PA Day Drop In

one1We’re getting excited about all of the upcoming PA Day Drop In events at the library. Not all schools in the area have PA Days on the same dates, so we’re trying to make sure to cover them all. Most of these will be Lego days, as our movie license comes to an end in early spring, but we’ll still have fun.

Drop in from 1-3pm on a PA Day for some fun (except for weird days of the week like Mondays and Thursdays….we’ll run them from 1:30-3:30pm). We’ll post what we’re doing on our Facebook page on a few days before, and again on the date of the PA Day, so keep watching. And don’t forget to like our Facebook posts so that you’ll see us at the top of your newsfeed!

And the Babies are Coming Back, too!

BabytimeWe LOVE babies at the library, and one of our most popular programs ever is Babytime! Join us for five weeks of songs, tickle rhymes, books, and lots of pre-literacy skills during the 25 minute session.

Registration begins today for this fun program, and we hope to see lots of new moms, as well as moms from past sessions…and of course, the babies!

How does a session work?

Parents will start arriving only a few minutes before the sessions, typically. Bring a blanket, diapers, food…whatever you might need for a comfortable stay. We have a changing table available in the public washroom to make things easier, and we welcome nursing moms to feel free to breastfeed before/during/after a session.

Each babytime begins with a welcome song, then moves into a few fun tickle rhymes and various action songs. We’ll slip in a book, maybe use shaker eggs, scarves, or bubbles, and then begin another round of songs, rhymes and more. There are puppets, balls, and the last session always involves our super huge parachute. We finish off with a goodbye song, and a visit from our puppet pal, Baby Bunny.

Can I take out books?

Of course! You’re welcome to take out any items while you’re here. Just because we’re not open to the general public at that time doesn’t mean the desk is off limits. Stay after and look for books, DVDs, or take out a museum pass to make the day even more fun.

What if I don’t know anyone else?

We have a lot of new moms who come to babytime because they need to get out of the house. Everyone is always friendly, and often, parents will offer suggestions to others about playgroups, fun places to trade baby clothes, coffee meet ups, and more. Come and meet new people….babytime is often more about being able to socialize for a while, than focus on the babies 100%. Stay after as long as you want….we won’t kick you out of the library!

What if I can’t make all the sessions? Or what if my baby is sleeping at that time?

We’ll be honest and say that more than a few moms have attended all or almost all of the sessions with a sleeping baby. That’s okay…come anyway. We can’t stress enough how important it is to get out of the house and meet new people. If your baby wakes up during the meeting, great!  If not, well, we hope you’ll sing extra loud anyway.

If you can’t make each session, that’s okay. Sign up, and attend as many as you can.

Registration begins now, so call and sign up ASAP.  This session will fill up fast and we have limited spaces!

Storytime is Back!

storytimeWe’re gearing up for another great session of storytime at the library. It happens on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am, and again at 10:15am. Our 2-5 year olds learn early literacy skills, sing songs, bang rhythm sticks, and listen to stories. They even take home a fun craft!

Who is this best aimed at?

We invite all 2-5 year olds to attend, but we often have younger siblings tag along. And they always end up participating just as much as the older kids. Even if your child isn’t super active yet, we bet they’ll enjoy each session. We have something for everyone….songs, stories, giggles, and more.

What if my child can’t sit still?

We have LOTS of fun things that get the wiggles out. But if your child isn’t quite ready to sit for any length of time, you’re welcome to bring them and try it out. You can always leave the room for a few minutes if your child is fussy. We guarantee they’ll want to come back in at some point (usually when we break out the rhythm sticks)!

Why do I need to register?

Since we run most of our programs for young children when we’re not open, many people have no idea why they can’t just drop in from week to week. But if you’ve been to one of our sessions where that happens, you’ll know it can be C-R-A-Z-Y if there are too many children/parents/babies/stuffed animals in one room. So, we need people to register so that we can control each session and make it an enjoyable experience for everyone (especially the children’s librarian)!

What if it’s a bad day for us? Or what if it snows?

If the buses are cancelled, we don’t run our children’s events. Many families have older children who might suddenly be home, and it’s tricky to keep everyone occupied. We’ll post a bus cancellation on our Library Facebook page, so make sure to check there if you’re not sure.

If you can’t make a session you’ve signed up for, please CALL THE LIBRARY to let us know. Not only will we be able to pop someone else into that space at the last minute, but we’ll make sure you’re on the list for the following week. We don’t want anyone to be disappointed.

We don’t celebrate holidays. How do I know if this is not going to suit my child?

In the past, we’ve held special storytimes to celebrate holidays. It becomes a little tricky trying to make our sessions appropriate for every denomination or belief, so we tend to run very general storytimes now….no holiday books, rhymes, songs, or crafts. However, if we do decide to do something a little different, we’ll let everyone know the week before, or provide an alternative craft for those who might not want to take the one we’re handing out that week. Please feel free to talk to the librarians about special requests, such as celebrations or beliefs. We’ll do our best to make it fun for everyone!

Great!  When can I sign up?

You can sign up starting January 3rd. Give us a call at 257-2702.

But Seriously…

The School Library Journal has once again done a list of the best Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, and YA books that were published in 2016. If you have young readers, and you’re wondering what to get them for Christmas, this is a really good list…and none of these books are selected due to their popularity. I love that a lot of the books are there simply because they are great.

You can find each list on its own here, or watch the big reveal video below. Keep in mind, it’s well over and hour, but each book gets its moment in the sun.

It’s Time to Start Reading!

Calling all readers in Kindergarten to Grade 6, we’re starting Forest of Reading® today at the Carleton Place Public Library. Drop in to register, pick up your reading list, grab a book to sign out, and get reading! You have from now until mid-April to finish the books in your category.

BLUE SPRUCE (Kindergarten to Grade 2) — Must read all 10 books in order to vote

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SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS™ — Grades 3 & 4—Must read at least EIGHT books in order to vote

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Silver Birch Fiction™ — Grades 5 & 6 — Must read at least EIGHT in order to vote

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Silver Birch Non-Fiction™ — Grades 5 & 6 — Must read at least EIGHT books in order to vote.

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It’s Christmas Craft Night!


We’re excited to have a whole roster of young crafters in tonight to make some fun things for Christmas. We’ll be knitting some mini-hat ornaments (no knitting experience required), and creating some Christmas mice. In between, I’m sure we’ll be playing a few games, like the fun one above. Who was naughty or nice this year? I guess we’ll find out! 20161128_132513This is the last craft night of the year (and sorry, it’s all full), but keep watching here, our Facebook page, or our website for future craft nights for the kids. We have lots planned for 2017!