Fall is here…almost!

At the Carleton Place Public Library, we’re getting ready for an exciting fall full of programs for children, teens and adults. This year, with the addition of our new Adult Program Co-Ordinator Caroline, we have TONS of great new events and options for adults, too. Don’t forget the library when planning your fall schedule.

You can download a copy of our schedule, or pick up your own version at the library (it has a lot more information on it). But in the meantime, here is a quick rundown of upcoming programs:

CHILDREN: Registration required unless stated

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Storytime –  Starting Sept. 16th (9:30am or 10:15am, Wednesday mornings, ages 2-5)

Babytime — Starting Sept., 17th (9:30am, Thursday mornings, ages 0 – 12 months)

Une Heure de Conte en Francais — Starting Sept., 18th (10:30am, Fridays…no registration, all ages)

Lego Drop In Days — PD Day/PA Day drop in from 2-4pm, no registration

Stuffed Animal Sleepover — Friday, Oct., 23rd…for Ontario Library Week

Halloween Craft Night — Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6-7pm, ages 6-11

Christmas Craft Night — Tuesday, Dec., 1st, 6-7pm, ages 6-11

We’ll also be running Forest of Reading starting in December, the Elf on the Library Shelf, and a few other fun surprises during Ontario Library Week, October 18-23/15. You can also see our library catalog for more details on these programs.

TEEN & ADULT PROGRAMS: Registration required unless otherwise stated

20150822_144306Technology Training— For teens or adults. One on one sessions, any devices, any programs, Thursdays by appointment

Nerd Herd Teen Book Club — Last Wednesday of each month, 4-5:30pm, ages 12+ (drop in to pick up a book list)

Bridging the Generation Gap Book Club —Second Tuesday of each month, 6-7:30pm, ages 11+/adult. Begins November 10th!

20150822_144313Board Games Night — Begins Sept., 22 — alternating Tuesdays, all ages drop in

NaNoWriMo— National Novel Writing Month- Nov. 1-30, all ages. Write a book with us in November! (Come to the NaNoWriMo Kick Off Party on Thursday, Oct., 29 6-7pm for more information)

Colour Yourself Calm — Begins Sept. 23,  Every 4th Wednesday, 6:30pm, adults only, Drop in!

Adult Book Club – Begins Sept. 14th, Second Monday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm (Reading list available here)

“Write a Novel in November” Workshop, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6-7pm, no registration

Library Cookie Exchange – Thursday, Dec. 17th, 7pm. Register by Dec. 14th.

We’re also excited to offer a fantastic community program called “One Book, One Community” this fall. Join us on Monday, Sept. 14th at 6:30pm to learn about the book everyone in Lanark County will be reading this fall, FLEE, FLY, FLOWN by Canadian author Janet Hepburn.

Then, on Wednesday, Sept., 16th from 2-3pm, we’ll have local museum curator Jennifer Irwin stop by to discuss “Connections to the Past”, and key items in her collection at the museum.

Finally, on Friday, Oct. 2, from 2-5pm, FLEE, FLY, FLOWN author Janet Hepburn will make a special visit to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum to talk about her book, and take questions: “In Conversation: Janet Hepburn”.

Plus, we’ll also have exciting things happening during Ontario Public Library Week, Oct. 18-24! Drop in to see what we’re doing!

We’ll let you know more about some of these programs as time goes on, but get your calendars out…it’s going to be a great fall!

 

 

 

 

 

Get Out and Take a Picture!

springfacebookThe nice weather has everyone outside (finally!). And you’ve probably noticed a lot of people taking pictures, either with their phones, or a real camera. If you’re serious about photography, you might be trying to improve your photos, and improvement begins with knowledge.

We have plenty of great books in the library on both digital photography, and traditional SLR photography (or both). There are many great online resources as well, and if you don’t use Instagram, you might want to start an account. It’s a wonderful resource for inspiring photos, especially when you start following photographers you admire.

But what if you’re just starting out and you don’t know anything about photo jargon? All those words can be confusing….aperture, bokeh, field of vision? I came across a great website recently that breaks down the basics for you in a really easy way. I can almost guarantee your photos will improve just knowing these things. Not Dressed As A Lamb is a fashion blogger, but she makes this idea simple for anyone. Spend a few minutes on the link, and bookmark it to come back later…..you’ll learn as you go, and might need a refresher.

Most of all, have fun out there taking photos! It’ll show in your work.

Everyone Has a Story

I love watching TED talks. I think some of the most fascinating ideas and people being presented in this format. So, when I came across StoryCorps, the idea appealed to me on so many levels.

It began when founder David Isay found out his father was gay, and began looking into an interesting story about gay rights in the 1960’s. After doing several interviews with people who were once banished from acceptable society, he found talking to them and asking questions about their lives was not only rewarding, but fascinating. So, he decided to start a project where people could record stories with important people in their lives, to be kept for posterity in the American Folklife Centre at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. All artwork, photos and other important memorabilia are scanned and returned to the owner, but the recorded interview and a wonderful cartoon are uploaded and available for access through the StoryCorps site.

Isay wasn’t sure whether anyone would want to participate in his project, but he created the recording booth in the heart of New York City’s Grand Central Station to see what would happen. So many people….children, teachers, soldiers, grandparents….delighted in the idea of having their voices and stories saved for generations to hear. It was so appealing, the project expanded.

It’s not only the wonderful short stories in a question and answer format (often) that are appealing, but the artwork depicting each interview. I could sit for hours and watch each of these short works and never get bored. Sometimes, they’re heartwarming and will bring a tear to your eye, and other times they’ll make you laugh. But it proves that everyday people like you and like me, all have stories to tell.

The best part is that YOU can participate as well. You can drop by one of the locations, or request a special recording. How nice would it be for your children’s children to hear their great Grandma’s voice many years from now? Or to be able to access a long-forgotten family tale. It’s amazing how easily family stories can disappear from our memories.

I love the fact that this site also offers up a series of questions based on the person you want to talk with. There is a list of general questions that you could easily use at a dinner party or business conference where you might not know a lot of people, or find making conversation difficult. Give one a try! A bet you’ll have people talking about themselves in no time.

You can see Isay’s TED talk below. Take a few minutes to go through some of the great stories on the StoryCorps website, too. You won’t be disappointed.

Did You Know?

screenIf you haven’t been using our new website, we think you should give it a try. It might look different from our old catalog, but it’s got lots of great new features. And one of the best is our ONLINE RESOURCES!

If you click on the tab on the left of the page that says, Online Resources, you’ll come to a new menu that allows you to explore the resources based on what you’re looking for. Try “Genealogy and History” if you’re looking for links to Ancestry.com library edition, the World History Collection, or Our Ontario. Or click on “Health and Wellness” if you would like an easy way to find information about a medical problem or health question, choosing Consumer Health Complete, a Multilingual Health Database, or even a Teen Health and Wellness link. It’s easy to search any of these databases, either from home or while you’re at the library. It’s a great resource that we’re proud to offer to our patrons.

One of the great “book” related links is called NoveList (or NoveList K-8 for the younger set). Click on that link and you’ll be brought to a fantastic search engine that will help you search for books by your favourite author, see what’s coming next in a series, and even get recommendations for authors who write in a similar style. No more wondering what to read next!

You can find all of these links at our online catalog. Take a few minutes to explore it. You might be surprised at what we have to offer!

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.

Creative? Read this!

BuzzFeed has put together another fabulous list, this time with 37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading.

creativeThere are plenty of wonderful books on this list—books for writers, books for people who like to make things, books by actors, directors, artists and business people. But don’t just pick up the books that apply to your line of work. The whole idea about creative thinking is to look outside the box and come up with new ways of doing things. There are so many great books on this list, I don’t know where to start…..maybe at #1.

Drop into the library to pick one up, if you’re interested. We have a few from the list, and we can always do an interlibrary loan for anything you might want to read. If your New Year’s resolution is to try new things or turn your creative hobby into a career, these are a must. Happy reading!

Ringly, Witricity & the Selfie Stick

Today, our Frivolous Friday post aims to make your life better in some way! If you have no idea what any of those words in the title of this blog post mean, you’re not alone.  But some people are already well-versed in their usage. They are three of what Time Magazine is calling “The 25 Best Inventions of 2014”.  And yes, that means you should know about them.

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Each year, the people at Time put together their lists to keep the rest of the world up to date. And this year, many of the inventions are apps. Download to your phone, or use them on your iPad and your life is sure to be better, from an app that uses a small clip attached to your shirt to sense whether your posture is correct, to a ring that not only looks good, but buzzes to let you know you’ve received an important text or email on your phone in your purse.

Many of the items on the list will help make your life easier, but there are also some here that strive to improve not only quality of life, but solve a major problem. (All right, so the Selfie Stick doesn’t really solve a major problem, but it will make taking those candid shots a lot easier, especially if you happen to have short arms. #firstworldproblem)

If you have a few minutes, take a look through the list. It’s fun, and you might find a few things to get that special person for Christmas. Happy surfing!