Toddler Time at the Library this summer!

Yes, we’re getting ready to do it again—Toddler Time at the library!

toddlersummer posterJoin us on Thursday mornings at 9:30am for stories, songs and fun! No registration required.

This program is for children aged 1-2 years of age, and runs for six weeks. If you miss this one, don’t worry….we’ll have another one this fall. This is a great transition for little ones graduating from Babytime…

Une Heure de Conte en Francais!

French Storytime SummerIt’s going to be a fun summer, and we’re excited to announce our weekly storytime, en Francais. “Une Heure de Conte en Francais” will begin on Friday, July 10th, and run through to Friday, August 14th. Each session will begin at 10:30am, and we’ll read stories, sing songs, and do a simple craft. There will be plenty of time for everyone to choose books to take home, too!

No registration required, so mark Fridays on your calendar for the summer.

Lemonade, anyone?

20150525_111619We’re getting ready for the annual Library Lemonade Stand Summer Reading Kick-Off event! Whew!  That’s a mouthful, but it’s always a lot of fun. It’s a great way for kids to get to know what the program is all about, and have some lemonade, too.

Join us on Thursday, July 2nd on the front steps of the library from 1-3pm. We’ll have two kinds of lemonade, we’ll hand out our summer calendar, and give out invitations for the TD Summer Reading Club of 2015.

If your young reader has never done this program before, we’ll answer all of your questions. And if they have, they’ll be eager to pick up the calendar and get going to start earning STUFF. Yes, there is stuff!

Rain or shine, we’ll be on the front library steps. Save a little of that Canada Day celebration attitude for July 2nd……we’re going to have some FUN!

Wigs

One of my favourite picture books to read to visiting classes, or for storytime, is the hilarious book called BEE WIGGED by CeCe Bell. It tells the tale of a giant bee who is bullied because he is so different from everyone else. But when he finds a fabulous wig on the sidewalk one day, his life changes forever. Or does it??

Bee WiggedSo, naturally, when I saw the cover for a new book called WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A PIG IN A WIG by Emma J. Virjan, I thought—-we need to have a wig-themed storytime soon!

This Story Needs a Pig in a WigWhat is it about putting silly characters in wigs that appeals to youngsters so much? Why don’t we ALL see the fun in this? I’m putting it out there…..let’s have a wig revolution!! (Okay, I’ll settle for more books with funny stories about animals in wigs. Get writing, people!)

Minecraft Mania

MinecraftIf you have a young person, and a computer, chances are….you know about Minecraft. And if you don’t know about it, you’ve probably seen it….the weirdly simple pixelated images found in one of the most popular games ever.

What are the rules? What is the purpose to this game? No one aged 20 and above really seems to know. Players build things, and search for things, and build more things, and get excited when they can add a door to their creations, or plant some successful crops! Wow…this sounds a bit like real life.

But the exciting part of this game is that it is getting kids engaged in a game that makes them think, and plan. Teachers and parents alike are applauding the skills their kids are learning while having fun…even if they don’t fully understand why the kids are enjoying this so much.

We have lots of great Minecraft books at the library, including the Dummies version to help beginners move forward faster. We also have plenty to keep advanced Mincrafters, well, minecrafting. Drop by the library website to see what we have available!

http://olco.canlib.ca/client/cp

Summer Reading Help

summer tutorIf you have a young reader in Kindergarten in our community, you might be one of the lucky ones to take part in our first summer of the Lanark Literacy Tutoring Program. All of the surrounding libraries in Lanark County are running some sort of literacy tutoring program throughout the summer (some even run them all school year long as well), so we are excited to jump into the mix.

Over the last month, our literacy tutor, Erica, has taken extensive training to help prepare her for the young people she’ll be working with this summer. She’s put together an exciting and encouraging program for these students who need a little coaching to keep their literacy skills strong over the summer months.

If your family was contacted by your school regarding this program and you filled in the registration papers, Erica will be contacting you over the next few days to arrange your child’s tutoring session this summer. It will be a two-week session, an hour each day, with some fun “homework” to help support your child in his or her reading efforts.

As well, each child will be participating in our TD Summer Reading Club program at the library (although in a slightly different way), so we’re hopeful they’ll have fun, learn some skills…and take home some extras from the library this summer.

Just a reminder, there will be a Parent Information Session on Monday, June 29th from 6-7pm at the Carleton Place Public Library. Parents will receive the starter kit, sign some important forms, and will be able to pay the $15 fee for supplies (fees will be waived if necessary). Please plan to attend. If you can’t make it, please let us know so that we can provide an alternate plan to get your child started with summer reading.

Young Writers are Doing It Again!

It’s summertime, and that means fun programs for kids! And we couldn’t have a summer program without offering a fun session for our Young Writers. This program has proven to be a lot of fun, and we love to see the creativity pouring out of our young patrons.

Young Writers SummerSessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons at the library, beginning July 7th. We’ll have two groups…..1-2pm for kids aged 7-11 years, and 2-3pm for teens 12-16 years.

Registration is taking place now, so if you have a young writer who might like to take part, give us a call today at 613-257-2702 to reserve a space. It’s going to be a fun summer!