Salad a Day

Here is an interesting idea to get you through the end of the year. It has nothing to do with libraries or books, but everything to do with having enough energy to do everything you need to in the next few weeks. On the interesting lifestyle website, SMAGGLE, they have set up a 30-day Instagram Salad-a-Day challenge! Print out the list, read through the suggestions, and then get eating those greens! It’ll be fun to get a bit creative, and to work some salad back into your daily intake during the holidays. (Salad? Does it come in a cookie format?)


Read through the whole post. They give some great suggestions to get you thinking outside the box.  And you don’t have to belong to Instagram. You can also post your photos to Facebook. Just be sure to use the hashtag #smagglesaladaday and tag @smaggle in your post. Easy, isn’t it? If you start today, you’ll be on Day 16–“Asian” is the theme today. Mmmm…crunchy noodles.

Tips for photographing food? If you’ve seen any of Martha Stewart’s awful food posts on Instagram, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you don’t want your pictures to look like. Instead, make sure your plate is clean around the edges, try to take a photo before you eat anything, make sure the lighting is really good, and aim for a photo taken from above, not off to the side. Remember, look at everything in the shot…..not just the food. Is there something on the table? Is someone making faces in the background? All of these things will make your shot less appealing, and you want people to ooh and ahh over your salad photos, right? Right!

Happy Salad Days!

Join us for some Lemonade!

Yes, it’s almost here…the TD Summer Reading Club begins tomorrow at the Carleton Place Public Library. And to get everything going with a bang, we’re having our 2nd Annual Library Lemonade Stand Kick-Off to celebrate!



Join us between 1 – 3pm for a nice, cool glass of lemonade. We’ll hand out summer calendars, invitations to join, teen brochures, and this year, we’ll even have something special for adults who would like to take part in a little summer reading of their own! You’ll find us on the front steps of the library, so stop and say hello. And although the lemonade is free, we’d certainly appreciate any donations toward the summer program if you feel like helping out.

See you tomorrow!

Picnic Like It’s 1914!

museumAre you ready to Picnic Like It’s 1914? July 12 from 12-4pm go to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum for live music, children games and activities, photo booth, and more! Stop by from 12-1pm and see Wayne Cavanagh from Jack FM!

If you haven’t been to the museum, what are you waiting for? It’s such a fun place to visit and the people are so friendly, you’ll go back often. And who wouldn’t want to picnic like it’s 1914?



We’ve been hearing for years about the dangers of too much fat in our diets. Even the sound of low-fat donuts by local baker Healthy Food Technologies is enough to bring about a flood of excitement. Hooray! Low fat donuts! But how much fat is too much?

The new book by Nina Teicholz called THE BIG FAT SURPRISE: WHY BUTTER, MEAT & CHEESE BELONG IN A HEALTHY DIET delves into the idea that we really do need fats in our diet. I must say, Teicholz seems to have really done her research. The last 100+ pages are works she’s cited in her quest to come up with the most relevant information. It’s not an easy read, but then, if you’re really interested in your health and want to have a broad knowledge of the latest research, this should be on your to-be-read list. You can read more on her website about the idea here.

If you’re interested in reading this book, drop into the library and check it out. While it looks like the meat, butter, and cheese are useful overall, they are only good in moderation. But does that surprise you? Even the healthiest of foods can have negative repercussions if you eat too much. The best choice is to be wise about what you put into your mouth. The only thing making you fat…is you.

Do You Glow?

A lot of people are getting into the vegan lifestyle. Maybe it’s just that summer is around the corner and we’d all like to be a few pounds lighter for shorts/bathing suit season, but it’s also because a lot of us are looking to get healthier. And healthier means more fruits and veggies, plain and simple.


We’ve had many new cookbooks show up at the library recently with lots of wonderful recipes, including vegan and vegetarian cookbooks. One of the prettiest ones lately has been the OH SHE GLOWS cookbook by Angela Liddon. It is a compilation of recipes from her popular food blog by the same name, and it was the photos and straight-forward ingredients that caught my eye.  But I’m a bit of a pushover when it comes to recipes.

While I love to cook, finding the time to whip up a recipe when I get home from work just isn’t on my radar. I might experiment on the weekend, but I’m sure there are many people out there just like me. And recently, I noticed on Liddon’s blog that she is concerned about the same problem later this year when her baby arrives.  I must say it made me feel better to hear someone else admit they might not have time to put together such healthy foods every single day.  It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, but it’s okay not to accomplish it all the time.  I’m giving myself permission.

If you’re interested in some of the new ideas for healthy eating, come in and check out our latest selection of cookbooks and magazines.  You might find a few new healthy staples to add to your meal preparation!

Would You Like Something to Read With That?

Have you ever found yourself in a fast food restaurant with no one to talk to and nothing to read? Author Jonathan Safran Foer found himself in just such a position while eating at Chipotle one day. He wondered why there weren’t interesting things to read on the cups or bags, and decided to approach the company about his great idea.  And they loved it! 


Starting this week, those visiting the US food chain will begin to see the fabulous cups and be able to read a short essay from a famous author, screenwriter, actor or comedian. Participants include Toni Morrison, Malcolm Gladwell and Judd Apatow. If you’d like to read more about the project and a couple of the essays, drop by this great Vanity Fair article. We can only hope more restaurants will pick up on this unused space to enrich our lives while we eat.


What do YOU eat?

For our Frivolous Friday post, I came across a fascinating article about what people around the world eat each day. Photojournalist Pete Menzel and author Faith D’Aluisio have documented the photos and information into a new book called WHAT I EAT: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DIETS.


Not only is the calorie count amazing for some people, but you get a glimpse at what other foods people eat each day. Take a good look. I think you’ll be as surprised as I was! You can read the article and see many of the photos right here!