Can You Read This?

We have a lot of people who come to the library to do genealogical research, which often includes looking at old, hand-written documents. Those documents can be VERY tricky to interpret. While the handwriting of the past was often quite elaborate and verged on calligraphy, to read it today can mean lots of squinting, interpreting, and frustration.

The Nova Scotia Archives feels the same way. So, they’re enlisting the public’s help online to try to transcribe some of their documents. Drop by this link, take a look at the document presented, and type what you see into the box on the side. You can also chat with other transcribers while working.

To see if you have what it takes, you can look at this sample, and see the transcription.

(Letter from Joseph Howe to Lord Faulkland in 1841 from the Nova Scotia Archives).

Get transcribing!

March Break Day 4

relaxSo many people are into Game of Thrones, or Vikings. All of this mythology is interesting, and makes for great characters and storylines. (It doesn’t hurt that the casting of these series is pretty amazing.)

But if you’re like a lot of people, these shows/books have also made you wonder about the mythology behind the stories. Best-selling author Neil Gaiman was one of those people, and while he writes many stories that are based on historical or mythical ideas, this time, he is sticking with the facts in NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman.

30831912The really funny thing is, Gaiman got a lot of flack from readers when this first came out because they said he was just “rehashing” the myths. Um…..yes, that’s the point, right? Apparently, not everyone understood that. But regardless of whether you know about Norse Mythology or not, Gaiman’s writing style is bound to bring these stories to life in a way that they’ve never been told before.

So why not brush up on some of that mythology this week. You’ll be able to dazzle people over coffee soon enough!

A Gala Fundraising Dinner

16143779_1324328084290749_4095778770319445462_oThursday March 9th : The Vimy Memorial – Celebrating 100 Years

This week, our local Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum is holding a gala fundraising dinner for the restoration of the Vimy Memorial. Architect Julian Smith will discuss his work on the project that is taking place in France, all as part of the Canada 150 celebrations.

This is bound to be an interesting evening. There will be dinner, the talk, live music, and even a silent auction. If you’re interesting, you might be able to purchase some last minute tickets by calling the museum at 253-7013, or dropping by the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $50 each, but you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck from the sounds of it!

What a great way to do something BIG in our little town!

Legacy Journaling

weave-your-wisdom-for-generations-to-come-intoWe’re so excited to be able to have a special visitor, Canadian author Heather Tucker, share her expertise with us about legacy journaling on Wednesday, March 1st from 6-8pm. Heather is the author of THE CLAY GIRL, a story where imagination, creativity, and everyday heroes create an unforgettable legacy, a novel which is garnering praise left and right!

Heather will be helping participants to share their stories in creative ways that will allow them to pass down the journals through generations. She says,

You don’t have to be a writer, an artist, or a public speaker. If you have a memory or two, the ability to doodle with a pen or cut out a favourite quote, if you’re up for a bit of fun and laughter, then you have everything you need to begin a legacy journal.

Legacy journaling is more than recording genealogy and events. Using colour and collage, words and whimsy, wise quotes and simple strokes, the essence of what makes you, you, emerges. A legacy journal is not something you work at, it is all about imaginative play. The workshop will be hands on and provide resources and prompts to get you started.

Legacy journaling is a triple treat. Journaling helps us process feelings and makes sense of our lives. Play reduces stress, makes us smarter, and slows dementia. And recording for posterity our thoughts, joys, accomplishments, challenges, gratitudes…fosters meaning and purpose.

This two-hour event will be free, but registration is a MUST.  You can call us at the library to register today at 257-2702.  Heather will also be selling copies of THE CLAY GIRL for $20, cash or cheque, so bring along your funds if you’d like to grab up a copy. (Maybe she’ll even sign it!)

claygirlThis hands-on workshop is presented in partnership with the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum as part of the Canada 150 Celebrations. Jennifer Irwin will be bringing along a selection of journals from our local collection to highlight the stories of Carleton Place through the years. We can’t wait to see what she brings!

museum_logo_2011-150x150Get your journaling on! #Canada150

What Was There?

For our Frivolous Friday post, we’re visiting a fun site called “What Was There?”  It allows readers to upload their own photos of specific buildings that used to be in places that might now be built up, or changed in some way.  It’s fun, even if you don’t know any of the places.  The old photos layered over a Google map image is fascinating!

thereIf you have a few minutes this weekend, spend time either uploading your own photos, or looking through some of the ones that are already posted. It will help you see your world with new eyes! (Hint: try some of the countries other than the US.!)

War Revisited

August marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I and Canada’s part in it. Over on our sister blog, Carleton Place Local History: Make the Connection, we’ve been doing a HUGE series on the events leading up to the war, as well as details of how the war played out as written in the Carleton Place Herald during that time.

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If you haven’t been following the blog, you’ll want to read back through many of the interesting posts. Our resident genealogist and local history expert, Shirley, has been compiling and regaling us with snippets from the newspaper regarding Carleton Place during that time period.  They are often quite humorous and always fascinating, so take a few minutes to really get into the articles.  You’ll be able to see actual articles there as they appeared in the newspaper as well.

If you’re looking for some great information regarding this anniversary, we have many new books in the library on the subject, including some for children and teens. Take a minute to look in the display window, and let us know if you’re interested in reading something. We’d be happy to let you borrow it!