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!

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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!

Cocoa is Coming Back!

http___carletonplacelibrary-ca2It’s not quite December, but we’re excited that Cocoa will be back to help us out in December. And this year, he wanted to do something a bit special….a scavenger hunt with a prize!  You can download the image above as your own card to play along, then drop into the library starting December 1st through December 24, or follow our Carleton Place Public Library Facebook page to see what he’s up to everyday, and check off the boxes as you see them. He promises to be really creative this year (and probably as mischievous as usual).

Once you complete the sheet, drop it off at the library with your name and phone number, and we’ll be making a draw for “Cocoa’s Favourite Things” right before Christmas! The prize is aimed at our young patrons, but everyone is welcome to participate. It’s going to be a fun month!

And as usual, remind your youngsters that if they see Cocoa at the library, they are not to touch him. Elves have very, very special magic, and we’d have to send him back to Santa to reinstate his powers if he gets touched, so, it’s fun to look, but no touching please. (Besides, Cocoa is a bit of a complainer, and if you touch him, you’re bound to have to listen to his ailments for quite a while.)

Cocoa arrives December first, so get downloading, or drop by the library to pick up your card right away!

A New Picture Book!

It wasn’t too long ago that local author Natasha Peterson debuted her picture book, GAYLE THE GOOSE GOES GLOBAL. Well, she’ll be back this month with her second book called BUTTY NEIGHBOURS!

Nutty Neighbours picture bookJoin us in welcoming her to the library on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11am for a reading of the new book, and to get a signed copy. This is another delightfully illustrated book, with a cheery, rhyming text, featuring some super cute chipmunks. You won’t want to miss it!

Watch a book trailer for NUTTY NEIGHBOURS here!

There is no cost for this event, but Natasha will have copies of her book available to purchase on the day of the event.

Need a Laugh?

kinderLast week was difficult for a lot of people, and the feelings will probably continue for some time. If you need a little lift, I came across this great post on Manrepeller.com called “Nine Kindergarteners on Their First Month of School”.  I swear, these mini interviews will restore your faith in people, and let you revel in the sheer joy of being a kid.

My favourite? The little boy who was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. His answer? “A policeman. No! A leopard!”  Because, of course.