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!

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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!

 

Go to the Museum!

Can you believe, the hottest thing going out from the library in the past few weeks has been….a museum pass?!

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Yes, that’s true. More specifically, the Canadian Museum of History/War Museum pass. I guess a lot of people are finding out about this great idea. Come to the library, check out one of our family museum passes, go to the museum, have fun, bring it back! We have passes for most of the museums in the Ottawa area, and they cover FIVE admissions. If you’re going to see a special exhibit, that might not be covered, but your regular, general admission for 2 adults and 3 children will be.

You need a library card and that’s it. Drop in and pick up the pass on one day, keep it for the next two full days, then return it on the fourth day. Easy! So get out there and experience museums, courtesy of the library!

Do You Need a Ghostorian?

Earlier this week, I came across an interview on the Yes and Yes website with personal historian, Rachael Rifkin. What is a personal historian, you might ask? She talks about it as being “part ghost writer, part historian”, hence the term ‘ghostorian’. She interviews people about their lives and puts together a chronicle in book format, complete with photos, to help preserve family stories. It’s almost like writing a biography, but about a regular person.  And as it turns out, there is a marketplace for this type of work.

People love family stories, but often the stories tend to disappear when our relatives pass away. And while it might seem simple enough to jot down the details, it can be more complex to make the story into something comprehensible and available to other family members. Personal historians will interview people, whether it’s a grandparent, a celebration of a new baby, or another important event, and then put everything together into a book format. They’ll take the time to organize photos and really pull out the important bits of information to make the history sound like a great piece of non-fiction. It might take months for a small project, or years for something larger, but wouldn’t it be worthwhile to protect something that could be passed down for generations?

If you do genealogy, this could be a really interesting way to branch off and focus on one of your immediate family members. Or if you had letters from a great-grandmother, it might be a nice way to show her story from beginning to end.

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There are plenty of places online where you can find a personal historian, including the Association of Personal Historians . You can even check out Rachael’s own website to see what she offers.  She even has samples of some of the books she’s put together.

Are there people in your family you’d love to do this with? Don’t wait until it’s too late!

 

Remember

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the historic invasion on Normandy’s beaches  June 6, 1944.  At the library, we have a fascinating display of articles from that time period, as well as a number of books on the subject.  We even have a poem by our very own Joe McNeill which tells a heart-felt story about his father and the D- Day invasion.

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Best of all, you can pop over to our sister blog, Carleton Place Local History, to read a fascinating commemorative article about this moment and history, and see more of the photos. If you don’t visit this blog on a regular basis, you might want to take a few minutes to really look through past posts. This is your best spot to find out more about the history of Carleton Place and the people who have lived here. History is fascinating!