Winners

After the Oscars this past weekend, a lot of people will be flocking to rent or buy some of the winning movies they didn’t manage to see last year. Did you know that we carry many of the most current DVDs and also a great assortment of the books that the movies were based on? You can drop in and pick up a DVD at the library using just your library card, and keep it for a week. Isn’t that a great deal? We think so! These are just a few of the movies that won or were nominated for Oscars this year, and we have them here. If they aren’t available when you come in, put one on hold.

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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!

Tim Burton and Miss Peregrine

When Ransom Riggs YA novel, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN first came out, it was the cover that caught my eye first. Nevermind that it sounded particularly scary, and had a title that couldn’t be ignored. But that cover! Why is it so creepy?

peregrineAnd now, Hollywood’s most interesting director, Tim Burton, is going to bring his inimitable flair to MISS PEREGRINE in the big screen adaptation of the novel. This is sure to be a very wild combination, and I can’t wait to see the movie, which is slated for release in March of 2016.  So far, casting includes Eva Green, and recently, Samuel L. Jackson has been in talks to participate as well.

If you don’t follow Ransom Riggs on Facebook, Instagram or his website, you might not know that he is the husband of fellow YA author extraordinaire Tahereh Mafi, creator of the SHATTER ME series. They are so cute together, often posing for photos on one of their many far-off trips (they went to Iceland recently), and even make short films together, which you can find on Riggs’ site.

The big question: will the movie be in black and white?

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)

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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!

Book Clubs, Craft Nights and March Break!

We’ve been busy planning all kinds of new, fun things for 2015. And now that we’re back into the swing of things, we hope you’ll join us for some new programming!

1(Hint: these beautiful cave paintings found in Lascaux, France, have something to do with our March Break plans. No…we’re not planning a trip. Stay tuned!

January introduced us to an Adult Crafting Club! We provide the space, you bring your crafts!  It’s a fun way to meet knew people and discover all the crafty things you have in common. We’ve had knitters so far, but anyone is welcome….sewers, scrapbookers, wood carvers (okay, I’m being silly here, but if wood carving is your thing, you’re still invited!). Drop in on the third Monday of each month from 6-7:30pm. And refreshments will be provided, so even if you come directly from work, you won’t have to sit with a rumbling stomach.

Next up is our Ancestry Database training. This was such an amazing success in the fall, we’re continuing on! If you’ve always wanted to get started researching your family tree, but didn’t know how to begin, this is one-on-one training with a staff member who has a huge interest in genealogy. Book of one our sessions, and she’ll show you how to use Ancestry Library edition, and maybe she’ll even get you started on that family tree. You must have some computer skills to do this session, or bring someone along with you who does. Make an appointment for one of our Tuesday morning sessions, or for a Wednesday evening session. You won’t regret it!

For the first time, we’re starting a Teen Book Club!  We’ll meet the last Wednesday of each month, starting February 26th, from 4-5:30pm. At our first meeting, we’ll talk about great YA books, and make some selections for the upcoming book club meetings. Registration begins today, so give us a call if you have a teen (ages 12+) who would like to attend. Refreshments provided!

And last but not least, we’re doing another writing workshop to lead into Camp NaNoWriMo in April. You don’t have to be writing a book right now to get the benefits from “Voice Choice!”, but it might give you a few new things to look at as you move forward with your writing. We have a lot of continuing writers in our group, but we always enjoy having new members. Join us on Tuesday, February 24 from 6-8pm for this interesting workshop. No registration required….and yes, there will be treats!

These are just a few things happening in February. And if you’re starting to think about the March Break, our March Break calendar will be out early this week. There is something in it for EVERYONE! Watch here or Facebook for more information, or give us as call a little later this week and we can help you find the calendar online. It’s going to be an exciting March Break!

Where Have You Been?

150122114524-01-dr-seuss-0122-super-169Last week marked the 25th anniversary of OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO by Dr. Seuss. Not only is this a popular children’s book, but it has become a standard gift for recent graduates. Not only does the book have a message of encouragement, but it tells the truth–that times won’t always be easy, and that not all things will go your way.  You might think that’s harsh information for children, but it’s something that rings true no matter what your age.

Written by Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) during the last months of his life, it is thought that he was reflecting upon his own life and career, and wanted to pass on the lessons he learned. It is believed that this is the last book he worked on from start to finish, with several more books being released after this death, those of which were either completed by someone else, or the editing took place afterward.

Geisel always said he never wrote for children. “I write for people,” and this book demonstrates the huge crossover appeal that will probably continue for many years to come. The book is also being released in various formats, this year for babies (OH, BABY, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO), so you might want to pick one of those up for the new parents in your life.

What a lovely way to finish off a career! Thank you, Dr. Seuss.

Station Eleven

StationElevenHCUS2While we’re in Toronto this week, I plan on digging into the audiobook of Emily St. John Mandel’s STATION ELEVEN. I have been meaning to read this for some time, and wouldn’t you know it, the moment I get ready to leave for a library conference, I’m right in line for the download. Seeing as this novel begins during an unprecedented flu epidemic in Toronto, I don’t know if this is good timing or not. One thing for sure, after listening to only a few chapters so far, I’m hooked!

STATION ELEVEN begins during a production of King Lear, when a famous Hollywood actor who has waited his whole life to play the lead role, dies onstage suddenly. In the middle of this terrible event, a young man who tried to help him, receives news from a friend that a Georgian Flu epidemic has arrived in Toronto, and is causing massive deaths. He is urged to get out of town…immediately.

While this book moves back and forth through time, telling several stories at once, it centers around twenty years in the future, when 99% of the population has been killed off, and now, a theatre company called the Traveling Symphony performs for those living in leftover colonies. An intriguing premise, that promises to link the arts world with the concrete world that none of us would recognize.

Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic novel is so lyrical, and yet draws you in to this devastating time and place no one could possibly predict. I can’t wait to really get into it this week. I’m sure it’s going to be one of my favourite books this year.

Have you read it? Are you tired of post-apocalyptic novels? Do you think this is a unique take on the subject matter? Let us know what you think!