Get Ready to Read!


Summer Reading at the Carleton Place Public Library!

We’re gearing up for the start of summer reading at the library, and boy, is it going to be an exciting summer! Not only will we have our usual program for kids, we’re also offering a program for teens and this summer, we’re even doing Adult summer reading! We’re not quite ready to begin yet, but plan on signing up as soon as July rolls around for the maximum benefit. Not only will there be rewards, but you’ll have a great summer reading all of the books you want.

Who Can Join?

For the younger set, we’re offering the fabulous TD Summer Reading Club program. This summer, the theme is “EUREKA”, and it’s all about discovery, exploration and creativity. And we have LOTS of great things planned to go along with that idea. Starting Friday, June 27th from 1 -3pm, we’ll be holding our Library Lemonade Stand Kick-Off, rain or shine! Drop by, enjoy a nice glass of lemonade and sign up for summer reading. We’ll give you everything you need to get started, and maybe try to coax you into participating in one of our fun activities as well.

The TD Summer Reading program is a self-directed reading program aimed at children aged 2-12. Once your child registers, we’ll give them a bunch of things to take home to begin their reading fun. Then, all they need to do is read three books, and bring back their booklet with the titles.  We’ll give them a sticker, a ballot to go into the prize draw and a piece for our fun summer wall. (It’s a secret, but we’re going to be creating something really fun!) The goal is to read 30 books this summer. I’m sure we’ll have lots of great readers.

For teens and tweens in Grades 5 and up, we’re offering our exciting “Book Buck Bingo”. Pick up one of our fun Bingo cards and get reading. Readers earn ONE book buck for every square they complete, and they can save those book bucks and spend them on fun prizes during one of our Book Buck Spending Weeks!  There are going to be some awesome prizes this year, so get your tween/teen reading this summer!  They won’t be disappointed!

And last but certainly not least, we’re going to be offering Adult Summer Reading this year for the first time! We’re calling it “Goodies for Grown Ups!”, and yes…there will be prizes! Registration begins in July, and once you pick up a kit, it’s up to you which books you read. Every visit back to the library will earn you a Lucky Library Lotto card. Maybe you’ll win something fun….just for reading!

When Does it Start?

Join us Friday, June 27 from 1 -3pm for the official Library Lemonade Stand Kick-Off! We’ll serve lemonade and hand out registration kits. If you can’t make it that day, don’t worry….you can sign up anytime after that. The program will run from July through to the first week of September, so there’s lots of time. And if you can’t make it all summer, you don’t have to worry. Once you sign up, we can catch you up anytime before the end of the program. Just keep track of the books you read.

What If I Don’t Want to Do Summer Reading?

Don’t worry. We know summer reading isn’t for everyone, but we want you to be able to enjoy the library, too. So we have some great programs planned all summer long for all ages. You can stop in to pick up our fabulous summer calendar, or pop by our Facebook page for a simple rundown of some of the events.  We’ll have programs for 2 – 5 year olds, middle grade kids, tweens, teens and adults. How about a crafty afternoon based on Sharknado? What about trying your hand at an invention? Or how about joining us for a writing program?  We have so much going on, I can’t tell you about everything here. Come and get a calendar!


Drop us a line on our Facebook page, or at  We’re looking forward to discovering lots of great things this summer. EUREKA!  It’s Summer Reading!



It’s Survival Week at the library!

If you made it to the Library Lemonade stand last week, you’ll know we’re starting our summer events today! And what a week we have planned!  It’s Survival Week, and we’re starting today with CAMP HALF-BLOOD for kids aged 9 – 12.  We still have a few spaces, so call us this morning to register. It’s going to be so much fun, and it’s free! What more could you ask for?


IMG_4463(If you don’t have a clue about this photo, it has something to do with Percy Jackson. That’s all I’ll say.)

And later this week, it’s going to be an exciting day of Kid vs. Wild! Let’s hope our young visitors come ready to fight for their lives! (Okay, it won’t be that dramatic, but they will have to fight for their teams!)

If you haven’t picked up a summer calendar, you can download one from the side of this page. Or drop by the library to pick one up because they’re stocked with great information about all the programs. And don’t forget, we’re also starting the TD Summer Reading program!  Kids of all ages can sign up to earn fun things this summer, and maybe even win a prize! Ask us for more information at the front desk!

But I like the wheelbarrow!

Something very important is about to happen and you probably don’t know about it. The makers of Monopoly are in the process of eliminating one of the pieces in the classic board game. Yes, using a Facebook app, the makers of Monopoly are allowing people to vote on their favourite game tokens everyday, and choose a new token for the 21st century. And so far, the loser is the wheelbarrow.


The makers of Monopoly, Hasbro, are offering up several choices for the new tokens, such as: an anthropomorphic robot, a diamond ring, a guitar, a cat with a sparkly collar, and a helicopter. The original tokens are all symbolic of the working class, which is the theme of the Monopoly game, if you think about it. Everyone starts from the bottom and must make shrewd business moves in order to buy those houses and hotels and take over the board. The new tokens are slightly strange, if you look at it with respect to the whole game. But change is eventual in all things, and so Monopoly will evolve, too.

If you feel strongly about keeping your favourite token (even if it’s been years since you played the game), make sure you download the app and start voting today. Of course, if you already own the board game, you can play to your heart’s content with the original pieces until you choose to purchase a new version, so for the most part, this won’t really affect a lot of us. Even so, the wheelbarrow will always be my choice.

It’s time for Storytime!

We’ve had a great summer filled with many different types of programs, including storytime for the little ones.  After this week, we’ll take a short break so that everyone can get settled into their new schedules, and then we’ll start again.

Once again, storytime will take place on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10 – 11am.  You may sign up your child for ONE session a week, as they are the same both days. There will be stories, games, songs and crafts. This is a literacy-based program, but we have plenty of fun at the same time.

The program is for children aged 2 – 5, but parents are welcome to bring younger siblings along. If a child is fussy, we ask that you leave the room for a short period so that you don’t disturb everyone else.  There is plenty of space to sit and read and we’ll make sure everyone has time to choose books to take home.  Come a few minutes early so that your child is settled and ready to start when we are!

This is a VERY, VERY popular program and we have limited spaces each day (we need room to move), so please be aware that you MUST register in advance or you might be turned away at the door (and that can be very upsetting to children). Registration begins today for September 13th and 14th, so call us at 613-257-2702 or drop by and register in person.  We can’t wait to see everyone in September!!

Why should we only have fun on Friday?

Seeing as it’s a long weekend coming up, I think we should have a Trivial Tuesday post! How about doing something creative with a few minutes of your time? Draw A Stickman is the wackiest little site I’ve come across in a while.  Choose an episode, draw a stickman in the box provided and then follow the instructions.  I swear, I giggled all the way through the animation! Have fun and be creative!

Transformation Decks

My mother-in-law is an avid card player so this made me think of her right away. There is an artform out there called transformation decks that I’d never heard of, but might consider for an upcoming craft night.

Transformation artists use decks of cards to create original works of art.  Presumably, only new cards are used, and they are designed with the standard front of each card (the hearts, clubs, etc) changed so that they use the shape to form something new.

The standard rule is that the symbols (or Pips, as they are known), should remain in their original form and the artwork designed around them.  Originality and humour play a big part in this type of artwork, and the challenge is to create something that has never been seen before. You can see more about this type of artform and read its history here.

So, the next time you sit down to play a game of cards, instead of ignoring the simple hearts or spades, take a moment to imagine what they might become given the right design.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

On a special day like today (yes, it’s Valentine’s Day for those of you who forgot!), you might want to skip the fancy dinner and roses and stay home for a special games night. Why not break out the old Scrabble Board and try something new?

I came across this interesting board game remix from the wacky people at Hide-and-Seek.  They take traditional games and spin them out into something brand new…and it’s as easy as just fashioning some new rules.  They’ve taken Scrabble and made it into a group effort game where you must use popular acronyms to earn points.  (The version they suggest might be a little risque for some, but you could even make this into a family version, getting the kids involved using texting lingo!). Or try their version of Monopoly (which is called Divorce….not especially aimed at Valentine’s Day, but probably fun.)

You can download the .PDF version of all the game remixes right here.

Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!