One New Good Thing

January is typically the time when we make resolutions, but what about summer? We’re mid-way through the year, and this is a great time to take stock and start “improving”. Instead of looking at it as a challenge, why not keep the goals small, and work toward ONE good habit? Once you accomplish that, move on to the next.

What kinds of things could you try? I came across this post called 5 Summer Good Habits to Start Today. It includes things like getting up early, adding one piece of produce to each meal, and staying hydrated. But you could come up with plenty of new things like:

  • Read more books, especially non-fiction (like the one’s the BEST book I’ve read in quite a long time!)
  • Make a plan with a friend at least once a week. Call up someone you haven’t seen in a while, and go out for iced coffee (or ice cream!).
  • Teach yourself a new language, or skill, like learning to play the guitar. It requires some startup…like buying/borrowing a guitar, or using something like Mango Languages…but it could be fun!
  • Draw something every day.

Have fun. That’s what summer is all about!


New Anne Musical!

This is strictly for our former librarian and Anne fanatic, Janet. It looks like Anne of Green Gables is going modern…and she’s on her way to New York state soon!

A fan of the books only, Matte O’Brien has never seen the Netflix series, never been to PEI, and never gone to see the Broadway musical version of Anne of Green Gables. He wanted to be a purist, and focus on L.M. Montgomery’s vision in the books. Now, though, he plans to binge on everything Anne he can find. You can read a bit more about the new folk musical here.


Robin Williams

If you’re a fan of the late Robin Williams (and who isn’t?), we have the latest book about him in our library now. ROBIN, by New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, attempts to answer some of the questions left regarding the beloved comedian and his struggle with depression.

Did anyone really know the true Robin Williams? Was he really as high strung and full of energy as his public persona suggested? Only those closest to him will really know, but Itzkoff tries to bring a few things to light in this weighty book.

Drop by the library to pick it up, or put your name on the waiting list if it’s out. This is bound to be a popular read for a while.

It’s Magic this summer!

We’ve started selling tickets for a magical event this summer at the Carleton Place Public Library. Join us for “The Magic of Tyler” at the Carleton Place Town Hall Auditorium on Thursday, July 19th at 10am.  He’ll dazzle us with his tricks and skills. It’ll be perfect for the whole family!

Tickets are $3 each for children and adults in advance at the library. This show will be perfect for children who can sit through about a 30 minute program—we’d suggest ages 4 and up. You’ll also be able to purchase tickets at the door on the day of the event for $4 each.

This will be the event of the summer! Maybe magic is YOUR thing!

The Passage

Justin Cronin’s very unique vampire trilogy is coming to FOX as a series. THE PASSAGE stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar as a federal agent who is in charge of protecting a young girl who is the test-subject for a government controlled virus. The virus could either cure all diseases, or bring down the entire human race, so as you can imagine, it’s a hotly guarded secret.

Cronin’s books follow the development of the virus across three very long but fascinating books, and FOX originally purchased the rights to the novels to be made into a film. With the success of recent books to television series, FOX has decided instead to bring it to the small screen, where they can probably stretch it out into a multitude of seasons. Great for fans of this series, fans of vampire tales, and also new watchers.

No word yet on starting dates, but if you want to get started on the books (because they’re always better), you might want to pick them up now. These books are LONG–like 600+ pages long…each. Get out that library card and download or check out one today.

What do you consume?

I came across a very interesting post by business guru Paul Jarvis called “Consumption Spirals”. The whole idea behind most of Jarvis’ work is to help people do things better, not bigger, and so the idea of consumption spirals really aligns with his brand.

The idea behind the post is that many of us spend…not because we have the money to do so, and not because we even need something…but because what we have in comparison looks out of place.  That’s right….it looks wrong.  Jarvis uses the story about a French philosopher Diderot who lived a very meager life until one day, a friend gave him a luxurious robe as a gift. But once he put it on, he realized how old the chair he sat on while in the robe looked in comparison. So, he bought a new chair. And then the chair looked better than the table he sat at…and it started a downward spiral of spending to make things look right with each other.

That’s what Jarvis is talking about in the consumption spirals. And we all do it. In the age of the internet and social media, it’s easy to compare ourselves and our surroundings with what we see online. Do we have a Pinterest worthy home? Does our Instagram feed look as put together as someone else’s? Do we have as much as our friends on Facebook? The answer for most of us would probably be no, and that makes us feel unworthy, or less than we think we can be. And it begins the consumption spiral.

Jarvis gives a few ideas about how to stop the spending spiral, and even more importantly, how to stop comparing ourselves to everyone else. It’s worth the read all the way though.Start small. Stop elaborate spending in one place, or change your social media feeds to stop including those who are envy-worthy. It might make you feel better overall.

Free Comic Book Day!

Saturday, May 5th is Free Comic Book Day/Superhero Saturday in Carleton Place, and that means LOTS of super fun! Participants can pick up their mission card at the BIA office on Bridge Street, or Total Rhythm Dance Studios on Landsdowne Avenue starting at 10 am that day. No mission card, no comic books….so don’t forget! (Plus, the mission card tells you where all the comic books are!)

At the library, we’ll be handing out comic books, taking photos at our Superhero wall, providing water and super treats, and we’ll also give you a chance to win one of TWO great superhero themed prize baskets. You won’t want to miss it!

Our Teen Advisory Group has been working hard to make this a really special event at the library, so make sure to drop in and say hello. They’ll be here taking care of all the super participants. You can find out more about the Carleton Place event here.

Be super…come to the library that day!