Electronic Resources at the Library

While many of you are already thinking summer, we’d like to remind you about some of the great eResources we have available on our library website to help with homework, reading and more. There is more here than just an online encyclopedia—how about book suggestions, read-alongs, and more!

To access any of these great eResources, all you need to do is visit our website at:

http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

eResourcesDid you notice how many of these offer French options? And everything is available 24/7! All you need is your library card. Click on one of the links above, and get searching.

Literacy Tutoring at the Library

SUMMERLast summer was such a success, we’re doing it again…..summer Literacy Tutoring at the library. It’s a great program aimed at helping emergent readers gain more confidence and focus on some trouble areas they might be having.

We still have some spaces available for children who were in Junior Kindergarten or Senior Kindergarten this year. Each child will have a two week session, where they will meet for one hour each day (Monday to Thursday), one-on-one with the tutor. If you think your child might be in need of some extra summer help, please drop by the library to pick up a registration kit. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay. We will not take registration through the blog, so please come by the library or give us a call at 257-2702.

Registration will be open until May 31st.

 

Are You Paying Attention?

PAY ATTENTIONWe have this discussion a lot at work. Do people actually see things anymore? We’re so bombarded with signage everyone, we’ve simply stopped paying attention to things. And it’s not really our fault. But we can do something about it.

When I came across this fabulous post about “How to Pay Attention”, it made me really think about how we see things. Rob Walker talks about posing the idea to his students during a course for a visual design MFA program. What are we actually seeing when we go through our daily lives, and is there a way to learn how to pay attention? Walker believes there is, and he enlists the help of his students and other great thinkers to give us 20 Ways to Pay attention.

You can try some of the challenges yourself. Some of them are really interesting, like giving yourself a scavenger hunt based on a certain colour, over-looked objects such as “space available” signs, or checking for country-of-origin signs on products while at the store. These are all things we see, but don’t really look at or register. Walker believes maybe it is time for us to train ourselves to start recognizing them. (It could also be a fun game to play with the kids when you’re looking for things to do this summer. How easy would it be to assign an object to look for? I bet you’d be surprised when you start looking.)

Today, give yourself the challenge to see things around you. Isn’t it amazing what you miss when you’re simply too busy to look?

February Fun!

January was a busy month at the library, with plenty of great “Lifelong Learning” seminars, including an ongoing creativity course, an introduction to Twitter, and a Family Finances seminar. February looks like it will be just as much fun…especially for adults!

While we start off the month with a Valentine’s Craft Night for kids, were continuing our Creativity Course, and looking forward to a special Facebook 101 seminar with Chantal Bechervaise of Take it Personel-ly. If you’ve been hesitant to get onto Facebook, or use it but don’t feel like you’re using it to its full potential, we have a few spaces left for this great introduction. If you took part in our Twitter 101 seminar, you know you’ll learn a lot about the site and how to use it, through Chantal’s easygoing manner and simple learning strategies. You can sign up for the course, which happens on Saturday, February 20th from 2-4pm, by calling us at 257-2702, or dropping by the library.

cropped-cropped-cropped-chantal-bechervaise-banner2Later on this month, we’re also hosting another fabulous financial wellness seminar, called “Making Your Money Last–Planning for Retirement”. This will be a fascinating look into how you can successfully transition into retirement without feeling the financial stresses that can occur without enough planning. The course takes place on Saturday, February 13th at 10am, and registration is required, so sign up today. Spaces are limited!

We’re also getting excited about our regular February event called “Blind Date with a Book”, where you choose a book based only on a brief description! It’s always fun, and a little bit exciting to see what you’ll get when you take the book home and unwrap it. And this year, we’re letting kids and teens in on the action with a “Book Crush” just for them. Visit our fun displays when you drop in!20150202_132218And last but not least, we’re starting a fun new program called “Slow Mail”, where letters take the long way around. Write a letter, drop it off, and we’ll mail it back to you in ONE YEAR! What kind of mail is this? Maybe you’ll write yourself a letter of encouragement, or write a love letter to that special someone, or even a letter to your future self reminding you of your goals. Wouldn’t it be fun to see what you were thinking one year later? Pop in for more information.

As always, don’t forget our regular features, like our “Colour Yourself Calm” workshops on the 4th Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30pm, and our “Bridging the Generation Gap” book Club which is really taking off! (2nd Tuesday of each month, from 6-7:30pm).

We’ll also have our March Break calendar out early on this month, so make sure to pick one up to see all the fun we’re planning for March!

Who Do You Follow?

While it’s fun to post things on Facebook, it’s also interesting to see what other people are posting. Our library follows local businesses, town Facebook pages, other libraries and many “bookish” sites. We can learn a lot about libraries, the book world, and also our community by looking at posts from all of these pages. Recently, we discovered:

The Carleton Place Town Hall was asking for photos taken by local residents capturing the beauty of winter in our area. Did you send a photo and use the hashtag #myCP ? Why not! You might be featured.

The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum is always posting amazing photos of Carleton Place back in the day, and this week, they shared with us a fabulous black-and-white of Findlay Foundry as it was at its heyday.

12473528_1037388819651345_5404475710751705604_oCBC Books is always a great source of information about upcoming books, authors, featured topics, and just delightful reads. This week, they shared a list of children’s author Barbara Reid’s favourite children’s books. She’s got some of my favourites on there. Does she have yours?

And the NAC English Theatre page had a great post about their English Theatre production of 12th Night, happening now until February 6th at the NAC. It has puppets!

But one of the best things about following a variety of pages is that often, we find out something of importance that we can share with our readers. This week, it was a call out to the community from our local food bank for non-perishables that will soon be needed. While the Food Bank is well stocked at the moment, thanks to Christmas food drives etc., the shelves will empty quickly as people tend to forget about donating. Don’t forget, food is needed year round, so when you visit your local grocery store, pick up a can or two of the following and place it in one of the Food Bank bins on the way out of the store.

12400772_1866778360215177_8175255594555933128_nA BIG thanks to The Blossom Shop for sharing this with their readers, so that we could share with ours.

Start following some of our favourites, and share some of your favourites with us in the comments below so that we can add to all of the great communication going on between readers!

Emma Watson’s Book Club!

You probably know Emma Watson as Hermione, the brainy, well-adjusted wizard in training from Harry Potter, or from any of her other acting forays. Recently, she’s also been in the news for her strong stance on feminist issues, and is constantly championing for equality.  But did you know she’s starting a book club?

50993735OUR SHARED SELF is her latest project, a fun Goodreads group that aims to explore feminist issues in literature. The book club will read one book each month with that theme in mind, then discuss questions and have conversation during the last week of the month. And it’s already started. Her first book club pick is Gloria Steinem’s MY LIFE ON THE ROAD.

15451058All you have to do to be a part of the conversation is get a Goodreads account and join her group. Then, get reading! This is probably going to be a fascinating (and popular) club, so don’t be afraid to get in there and add to the comments. Click on the links above to go right to the page to find out more.

Read with a conscience this year!

Can You Explain That to Me?

thingWhat is a “food heating radio box”? Or a “shared space house”? (A microwave, and the International Space Station, respectively.)

If you’ve ever wondered about things, any things, a fun new book by Randall Munroe called THING EXPLAINER: COMPLICATED STUFF IN SIMPLE WORDS, will give you the answers you’re looking for. Munroe takes everyday objects, and breaks down their purpose into a simple explanation, making even complex concepts easy to understand. You don’t have to be a scientist, and you don’t have to want to know a huge amount about anything in particular.

I picked this book up the moment it first came into the library, and couldn’t stop looking at it. The illustrations are creative, and the ideas are really fun. The best part? This is a non-fiction book for adults that looks like it should be for kids! Have some fun while you read.

Munroe really knows his stuff. A degree in physics, and a former builder of robots for NASA, he can delve into the nitty gritty and pull out the important information. But his new career as a comic illustrator for popular web comics, also assures you this book will be fun.

What do you want to learn about today?