Slow Mail

Does anyone write letters anymore? We sure hope so! And February is the perfect month to think about writing a special letter to someone—yourself in the future, a loved one, or maybe even to someone you don’t really know, but would like to share some kind words with.

20160208_163601SLOW MAIL is our newest library fun! Write a letter at our special table, address it, and we’ll mail it out….a year from now! (No, we’re not trying to compete with the Post Office, as you can see.)  This is a great way to see what you’re thinking right now….and mail yourself some goals. Or send your sweetheart a letter telling them how much they mean to you. Think of this as a time capsule. You’ll probably forget all about it, and then next year–bingo! Your mail will arrive. What a fun surprise, right?

20160208_163554To get you inspired, we’ve put out a really great selection of books on letter writing that might help you figure out what you want to say. I’m getting out my pen and paper right now. Are you?

March Break Menu!

We’re excited to put out our “March Break Menu” today for a fun week of programs (March 14-18, 2016) and drop-in events for our patrons of all ages. Please stop by to pick up your copy and get signing up for programs–they’ll fill up fast!

Most of our events are free (except for the DANGERBOY performance on Thursday, March 17th), but we do require registration for a lot of them, so please read the guidelines carefully to avoid disappointment.

You’ll also notice that we have plenty of great things going on every single day that don’t require you to attend a program. If you’re here with kids and need something to do while you’re waiting for another child who might be signed up for a program, take part in one of the fun things like our Interactive Mr. Potato Head, or Doodle on the Moon. We’ll also have I Spy, a Teen Scavenger Hunt, and much, much more….so don’t miss out. We’re the hottest destination in town for March Break!

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Lego Lego

LEGOIt’s an unusual day for a PA day, but some of the schools have one today. While there is NO STORYTIME this morning, we do have a Lego Drop In this afternoon from 2-4pm. We’ll have a fun challenge laid out, but the kids can make whatever they like. Drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole time….it’s fun for all ages!

Just a note, this is not a drop-off service. Parents, please stay with your younger children as this will be mostly unsupervised.

Happy Lego-ing!

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!

Dangerboy is Coming!

DangerboyWe’re getting excited for March Break…and that means fun events! While we don’t have our March Break Calendars ready quite yet, we’ve got one special item to announce: DANGERBOY!

Starting today, we’re selling tickets for DANGERBOY, who will be visiting the Carleton Place Town Hall Auditorium on Thursday, March 17th at 10am. Tickets are $3 in advance here at the library (adults and children), and we’ll have some on sale at the door for $4 each. But tickets will probably sell fast, so make sure to drop in early to get yours!

Here’s what we’ve heard about Dangerboy:

Dangerboy is a talented circus performer who provides a melange of various art forms, including magic, juggling, plate spinning, escape and lots of fun! His interactive show will captivate you and is packed with humour and surprises you will not soon forget!

This show is aimed at children aged 4+ and their parents, so it’s the perfect way to hit those middle-of-the-break blues. If you have any questions, give us a call at the library at 257-2702 for more information.

This is going to be a dangerous morning!

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!

Canada Reads 2016

The Canada Reads contenders have been announced, and it looks like they’re gearing up for a great debate! This year, the theme is “starting over”, and all of the books feature transformation or second chances, something I think we can all relate to in some way.

All of the books will be defended during the Canada Reads debates, which will take place from March 21-24, 2016. Each book is defended by a famous Canadian who will strive to make “their” book feel the most relevant, in order to earn votes. As well this year, there will be a social media panelist who will read the books and lead the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

This year, the books–and the celebrities defending them–are:

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Adam Copeland defending MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO by Michael Winter.

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Bruce Poon Tip defends BIRDIE by Tracey Lindberg

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Clara Hughes will be defending THE ILLEGAL by Lawrence Hill

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Farah Mohamed will defend BONE & BREAD by Saleema Nawaz

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You can find out more about Canada Reads, the authors, and the defenders at the Canada Reads website right here. It’s going to be an exciting event!