March Break Success!

We had such a fun March Break last week. It was busy, but it was also very successful! Now we’re recovering. But what did we do? Lots!

march.jpgWe had THREE young writers sessions, where we wrote poetry, learned about mysteries, and made up some fractured fairy tales

  • We had a very loud and exciting session of Crazy Library Bingo! (All right now everyone…switch cards!)
  • Although we were scheduled to paint with Coke, it worked better with Kool-Aid.
  • And our Big Hero Drop In was one of the busiest afternoons we’ve had in a long time. (I think everyone was satisfied with our care.)
  • On Thursday, the great people from Radical Science visited and helped us dissect diapers, and make slime! How sublime! (Yes, that was a leftover from the Poetry Party.)
  • And our first French Storytime was a great success. We can’t wait for the next one! (Even though I promised to learn French songs for the occasion.)

Thanks for donating cash and groceries for the Food Bank, for sharing your Shelfie Selfies with us, for drawing cave art and searching for all of the fun I Spy items in the library. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We’re Getting Ready for Babies again!

baby2015posterIn just a few more weeks, we’ll be welcoming babies back to the library. This is such a fun 6-week session, and just as much about the parents as it is about the babies. Each time, we make new friends, get to laugh and cuddle with new babies, and hopefully, make lifelong library-goers.

If you have a little one aged 0 – 12 months, this is the program for you. Call us to register starting today, and we’ll put you on the list. Babytime starts on Thursday, April 23rd and runs through May 28. We meet for about 20-25 minutes starting at 9:30am, but there is no hurry to leave the library right after the session. Stay, talk with other moms, check out some books….we’re just glad to have you at the library. We sing songs, learn fun tickle rhymes, and everyone will go home with a fun pre-literacy skill or baby life-hack to try out.

Don’t forget to tell any new moms you might know about this great program. This will be the last one until the fall!

Projects!

onlineresourcesWe often have children come to the library looking for very specific resources because they have a project. While we carry LOTS of great, new non-fiction in our juvenile section, we can’t carry everything, and that project about the Australian thorny devil lizard probably won’t garner a lot of hits when you search our library catalog. But what we don’t have in books, we make up for in online resources. This is WAY better than using Wikipedia.

onlineIf you drop by our online catalog, you can click on the “Online Resources” button (just like the one above….and I’ve linked it here so you can go directly to it while you read this blog post). At that point, select Homework Help, and you’ll be brought to a couple of great website links, such as Kids InfoBits.

kidsI LOVE this particular resource because it is so user friendly, and is aimed at kids from Kindergarten to Grade 5—exactly the ones who might not have a lot of research skills at this point. From there, you can choose your topic, search, and voila! Tons of great information! We’ve been suggesting this site to teachers who frequent the library, and the response so far has been wonderful.

While researching projects at the library is nothing new, being able to do it from home through the library catalog is a great idea not many people think about. This is second in our series called “FIND IT NOW : Online Resources at the Library.”

March 2015 at the Library

Photo by Danist Soh, courtesy of UNSPLASHMarch is here and whether it comes in like a lamb or a lion, we have plenty of great things going on at the library. After the cold stretch in February,  please remember that the library is a warm spot to visit, especially if you are in need of some shelter. We’re open Monday to Thursday 1:30 – 8pm, Friday from 9:30 – 5:30pm, and Saturdays from 10am until 5pm. Drop by during those hours and find a cozy spot to sit. We’d love to see you here!

If you’re looking for things to do this month, we have lots going on. We’re well into our new Toddler Time sessions on Thursday mornings at 10am, and we also run a regular storytime on Wednesday mornings, either 9:30am or 10:15am. Please call the library for more information and to register.

Forest of Reading continues this month, and our young readers are really racing through their books!  We have several readers who have completed their category, and have moved on to another. Who will read 30 books this time? It’s up for grabs!

Of course, the BIG thing happening this month is March Break, which takes place from March 16 – 20. We’ll have all kinds of fun events for the little ones, school age, teen and even a few things for adults! Please see our earlier post for the complete schedule, or drop by the library to pick one up. We’re going to be busy!

As usual, we’ll be having our monthly Craft Club meeting on Monday, March 16th from 6-7:30pm. This is a great session for adults who like to knit, crochet, or do any number of crafts. Bring along your work, and plan on meeting up with new people who also like to craft. Refreshments provided!

Have you taken advantage of our Ancestry Database training? If you haven’t, there are still slots available for anyone who wishes to know a little bit more about how to use the service and start researching your family tree. These are one-on-one sessions, and you do need to have some computer skills in order to get started. Call us to make an appointment!

To finish up this month, we’re getting ready to write books again in April. Join us on Tuesday, March 31st for the Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party!  We’ll talk about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), discuss our plans for the month of April, and give writers a few pointers to begin writing. If you’ve been taking part in our sessions which began last year, this is a fun event, and one that gets our creative juices flowing. If you haven’t been writing, but think you might have a novel in you, join us from 6-7pm to find out how we can help you write that novel in April.

We hope to see you this month. Happy March!

Calling All Toddlers!

We’re finishing up with our first babytime session of the year, and gearing up for Toddler Time starting next week. If you have young ones aged 1-2 years of age, drop by on Thursday morning at 10am for the first in our six-week session! It’s going to be a fun time, filled with songs, stories and much more.

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No registration is necessary, and your child can be a little older (or a little younger), if you think they’re ready for this session. We do a bit of baby-sign, and the format is quite different from babytime, so it might be a great cross-over before they’re ready for storytime.

Each Toddler Time is about 25 minutes long, and you have plenty of time to chat with other parents, choose books, and let the children socialize. It’s a great chance to get out of the house and do something a bit different. All of our children’s programs are quite popular, so we’re hoping this session will be as much loved as some of the other ones. Yay, Toddlers!

Happy Valentine’s Day…one day early!

20150210_133655This week, we held our annual Valentine’s Craft Night for our younger set. As usual, we had lots of enthusiastic crafters join us to make lots of lovely (and yummy) things. We made the cute cereal heart bird feeders shown above, and also some pretty 3D paper boxes. There were games, LOTS of treats and even some Valentine’s Day mad libs. It was all very heart-y.

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If you’re like most of us, Valentine’s Day has probably crept up on you. But there is still plenty of time to make your own delightful Valentine to give to that special someone. And what better way than to spend a weekend morning crafting something cute with your little ones?  If you’re looking for some easy printable and fun Valentine’s you can make at home, I rely on these great sites for inspiration. They always have fun things to make, and they usually don’t involve more than items you already have at home.

How about these cute pop-up card Valentines from Skip to My Lou?

Or what about a yo-yo Valentine from The Crafty Crow?

This happy camper Valentines Card box from Suzy’s Sitcom is super cute, too!

So, Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our wonderful readers, from all of us at the Carleton Place Public Library!  We hope you have a crafty, wonderful weekend!

March Break Plans

It’s that time of year again, when everyone is thinking ahead to the March Break and what they’re going to be doing. Don’t worry, we’ve got LOTS of great plans in the works for that week, and it includes something for all of our patrons (not just the kids)!

March Break 2015 (page 1)

Click on the photo above to see more!

You’ll notice, we have lots of things going on every day, all day long.

  • Join us for a new I SPY game everyday, which involves picking up a card and searching the library for fun items.
  • We’re planning a “Cave Art” project, which we hope everyone will add to as the week goes on.
  • Teens, have your Library Fortune told to see what book you should be reading next!
  • Book Bundles are sure to be a hit with frazzled parents who don’t have a lot of time, but need something for their kids to do. Drop in, pick out a bundle and take it home. That’s it!
  • We’re excited about the Shelfie Selfies project! Last year, we had so much fun seeing your mustache photos, we’re inviting everyone to come to the library to take your photo in our special Shelfie Selfie booth! Then, post them on our Facebook page and tell us why you were at the library.
  • If you’re interested in changing careers, we have amazing e-resources available at the library. This week, we’ll have dedicated computers set up to help you take a career quiz to find out what might be out there for you!

One of the BIGGEST, most exciting things about March Break (March 16-20th), is going to be our WELCOME BACK program! We want to invite everyone who might have large fines, or very overdue library books, to come back to the library! And to make it more enticing, we’re going to be waiving our fines that week!  Bring back that overdue book and we’ll waive the fines. Or bring us a donation (canned goods, dry goods, or cash) for the local Food Bank, and we’ll waive your fines.  We just want you back at the library!

March Break 2015 (page 2)For the kids, we pop inside the March Break calendar to events happening every day. Most of the sessions are free, although they do require registration, so make sure to sign up early to save your child a spot.

  • First up, we’re inviting our Young Writers back to the library this week, starting with a fun session called “Fractured Fairy Tales”. This is going to be so much fun….we can’t wait to hear what our writers come up with!
  • Monday afternoon is a crazy sort of Bingo party. This is not your traditional bingo….and there will be wacky rules, treats and prizes. Hurry…this one will fill up fast!
  • On Tuesday, we’re trying a new crafty project….painting with Coke! Yes, this will be a new discovery for most of us…but it really works!
  • Wednesday is about poetry for our young writers, but it won’t be boring. Will there even be rhyming?? Who knows!
  • Our most-requested fun happens on Wednesday afternoon for the little ones…..our BIG HERO drop-in day! While it might be a new theme each year, this afternoon is always full of fun, crafts, costumes and books. Drop in anytime, do a craft, play a game, dress up….it’s all about Big Hero today! No registration required for this.
  • On Thursday, we’re talking about mystery writing with our Young Writers. We’ll learn how to craft the creepiest, scariest, most shocking story our little hearts can imagine! Boo!
  • This year, we’re doing something different on Thursday afternoon. It’s TWO sessions with RADICAL SCIENCE!!!!!!!!  Yes, instead of having an event outside the library today, we’re inviting all of our budding scientists to come and spend an hour doing thrilling, science-y stuff! Come to either session…..it only costs $1 for your ticket….and leave with a head full of knowledge (and a belly aching from laughter). This is going to sell out FAST, and we only have 25 spots for each session. Get your tickets NOW!!!
  • And last, but not least…..Friday is going to be wonderful!  Parents…if you’re exhausted from the week, drop in to pick up your OWN “Finally Friday” stress-relief kits! They won’t last long, though, so come by early!
  • For our French friends, we’re hosting an exciting preview to our upcoming new French Storytime!  Meet the wonderful Agathe who will read us a story, sing a song or two with us (maybe), and have lots of fun….all en francais!

 

If you have any questions about anything happening at the library during the March Break, give us a call. You can pick up your hard-copy of the March Break calendar starting today at the library. Post it on your fridge….you don’t want to miss a thing!