Librarian Problems

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Librarian Problems.


Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Yes…we’re doing it again….a Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the library!

Stuffed Animal Sleepover posterAs part of our Ontario Public Library Week celebrations, we’re looking forward to our Stuffed Animal Sleepover on Friday, Oct. 23rd! Drop a stuffie off anytime that day, and we’ll get them ready for an overnight bit of fun at the library. (No, your child doesn’t stay…just the stuffed animal!)

We have lots of things planned for that evening, and when your child picks up their friend the next day, we’ll have lots to show them. We’ll be posting the photos on Facebook on Saturday, Oct., 24th, so keep watch. It’s going to be crazy fun!

Next Week, We have ALL the fun!

srmeiGiIh7f7KFwVl8aG9HA5O2VfUUDNEkvWmPvwnOEWe’re almost there….Ontario Public Library Week!  Yes, we’re going to be doing lots of fun things at the library next week to celebrate, so make sure you drop in.

What kinds of fun things, you ask?

  • A special Library-themed I Spy for the kids all week long
  • Super Hard library trivia contests, and extra special scavenger hunts for the kids
  • The launch of our Adopt-a-Book program!
  • A stuffed animal sleepover
  • Our #FavBookYourFacebook event
  • Get Carded at the Library……

….and much more! You won’t want to miss a second of it! See you at the library next week!

The Library Five

booksfiveSince today is October 5th, it’s the fifth day of Canadian Library Month. Let’s celebrate with five quick facts about the Carleton Place Public Library.

  1. When you place a hold in our library and we contact you by phone or email to say it is available, we only keep the book for you for FIVE business days. This is to keep the turnaround nice and compact for people waiting on popular books.
  2. You can take out FOUR movies at a time, per family, for a one-week period. While we’d love to be able to allow each family member to take out DVDs, this is to allow everyone a chance at new DVDs in the collection.
  3. We have THREE dedicated computer stations that you can book for one hour per day, or a half hour. We also have two express computers that can be used for a quick 15-mminute period. Why only an hour per day? Some days, the computers can be very popular. If we allowed everyone to stay on for an endless time period, someone might walk in and see the stations full, and leave, thinking nothing was available.
  4. Our library has museum passes for all of the museums in Ottawa and the surrounding city. You can borrow a pass at the library, which will cover five admissions, including TWO adults and three children. A few of the passes even allow you to push that to three adults. While they might not cover a special exhibit fee, our patrons are really enjoying these passes, and we think you’ll love the fact that they can save you some money!
  5. While our catalog and many other library services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week, the library building is closed only ONE day each week. Of course we’d love to be able to serve patrons each and every day, but costs prohibit that. However, we hope that services like an app for audiobooks and ebooks, an app that allows you to access our catalog at any time, a Facebook page to contact us and share ideas, an easily accessibly website with all relevant information about the library, and being open six days per week covering a variety of hours, allows our patrons a variety of ways to access the library, even when we’re not open.

Take time to visit the library this month. You might be surprised at everything we have to offer!

The Library is Everywhere


(This article was originally posted on Feb. 26, 2014, but October is Canadian Library Month, and we wanted to remind people why the library is so important.)

Your library is changing. It might be the same building and the same people and have the same name, but the idea of “library” is completely different now. It’s not only a place to find books, and get information and attend programs. It’s so much more. The library is everything now…and the library is everywhere.

Who is the library?

Your library staff may not have changed much through the years, or it may be in constant flux. At our library, we’re beginning a new chapter, and it’s full of interesting ideas, people and ventures. But the library is not only its staff. The library is community partners, schools, local government, and most importantly, YOU. Without you, there wouldn’t be a need for the building, the books or the staff. So, we must always keep our patrons at the forefront when thinking about the library. We have to listen to what you want and try to anticipate what you might need. I think we do pretty well overall. The library is all of us.

What is the library?

Originally, the library was a place that housed books and stored information. It was a center of learning, a meeting place and a place to gather important records for posterity. The library was history, current events and imagination all in one. And it still is all of those things, but now it’s also much more.

  • The library is a place to get books, magazines, audiobooks, ebooks, movies and music.
  • The library is a place to access computers, usually for free. This not only means access to the internet, but an opportunity to use software to update your resume, search for your ancestors, do your homework or balance your chequebook.
  • The library is a place to bring your wireless devices and access free Wi-Fi. Download movies, chat on Facebook with your friends or check your email.
  • The library is a place to socialize. It’s warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. We have lots of programs where we invite you to come and spend time learning and meeting new people.
  • The library is a place for programs. Babies, toddlers, pre-school, school age, tweens, teens, adults and seniors are all represented at the library.  Looking for something different to do? Chances are, the library is offering up something fun!
  • The library is a community space. Host a meeting, tutor some students, hold a birthday party or teach a class. You can do it all in our public meeting space.
  • The library can help you with your future. Talk with people in a second language, take a course, research Universities, find books on subjects you’d like to know more about.
  • The library can teach you about your past. Access and research your family tree. Book time in the Genealogy room or talk with a resident expert on the subject. No idea where to start? We have a questionnaire to help, and we offer special one-on-one sessions to learn how to do it, based on the demand.
  • The library is a place to go for help. We’re great at finding local information, matching people up with the correct community service and helping you figure out things like what day to put the trash out. We’re as good at finding your next great read as we are at listening to you vent about lack of parking in the public lot. And hopefully, you’ll always find us to be friendly, interested and full of great ideas.
  • The library is literacy.  Spend time in our Summer Reading program. Find a tutor to help with a second language. Start your children on the right path by coming to babytime or storytime. Read with your family.
  • The library is entertainment! Attend a fun event during the summer. Take part in one of our children’s programs throughout the year. Stock up on DVDs to get through the long weekend. Take out an armload of books.
  • The library supports local business. Did you know we buy some of our book selection from the local bookstore? How about those DVD’s we picked up in another shop in town. Participate in one of our fun events during the Bridge Street Bazaar or during Canada Day and you’ll find us encouraging you to visit many local businesses to see what they have to offer. Like us on Facebook…we have friends in the community, and you’ll find out what’s opening up or staging a special event. The library is everywhere.

Where is the library?

It might seem like an obvious question, but the library isn’t just that building in the center of town. The library is everywhere. It’s in your schools (with presentations and book visits), and it’s in your home (our online catalog is easy to access, and we have eBook and audiobook downloads, too). It’s in your car (plug in a CD or hook up your iPod or tablet to listen to a book on that long drive in), and it’s with you on vacation (bring sale books, stock up on downloads, pick up a movie before you go or access your account from the top of a mountain). Easiest of all, it’s on your phone (just download the OverDrive app, like us on Facebook, scan one of our QR codes and watch a book trailer, or send us a quick email…it’s all at your fingertips!)

When is the library?

Remember when you had to wait for the doors to open to access the library? Now, you can use the library 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Download books in your pajamas when you can’t sleep. Renew your books after we close in the evenings online. Visit our online catalog and place holds on books before you come in so they’re ready for you to pick up when you’re ready. The library is there during holidays, over the summer and most of all, on your schedule. While the physical doors might be locked, there are so many ways to access the library at all hours, you never need to go without information or books. Have a question about a library program or service? Need to know something about the community? Send us a message on Facebook or through the blog. We’re always checking our posts, and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can. Have an overdue book and can’t find your PIN? Give us a call and leave a message. We’ll renew it the next business day, no problem.

Why is the library?

We should probably rephrase the question to be “Why is the library still so relevant?” It’s not the intimidating place you once visited as a kid, where you had to tiptoe around.  It’s not somewhere you have to go, but someplace you want to go. What other place in your community allows people from all walks of life, from infants to senior citizens, to go through the doors….for free……and participate in something interesting or fun or important? We’re hard-pressed to think of one.

Often, you’ll drop in an hear laughter pouring out of the children’s area, or people in hot discussion at the back tables. You might partake in a conversation with other patrons or staff at the front desk, or engage someone in the parking lot. Why is the library still a part of our society when everything can be accessed online? The easy answer is because the library is still about people. It’s about active conversation and ideas and programs. It’s about a physical building with community ties to engage you in something new. It’s about learning and trying new things. It’s about books and movies. It’s about access for people who might not have access anywhere else. It’s about the people that can afford programs, and the people that can’t. It’s about everyone, regardless of the job you have, where you live, your age or your beliefs. It’s a solid post in your community with access to the world.

How is the library?

This is one question that has to be answered in different ways. How is the library still available? How do we all have access to the library? How can we keep it going? In our community, we don’t charge fees to use the library (except for book fines, photocopies, room rentals and computer printouts). Our library is funded through community taxes, so in effect, if you live in our community, you fund the library. There are also other surrounding communities who help support our library, to ensure their residents also have access. We feel incredibly lucky to have a strong support system behind us, and we don’t take it for granted.  But it’s not the same everywhere.

We can keep libraries open and running by visiting them, taking part in programs, donating to special events or fundraising efforts and accessing us online. Some of our patrons rarely come through our doors, but are active members by downloading eBooks or audiobooks, which also contributes to our statistics. We keep close ties with community groups and encourage them to visit our library…like the Sparks or Cub Scouts. We invite schools to bring classes so that they have access to a bigger selection of books, and in doing so, encourage a new generation of readers. And we stay fresh in the minds of our local government by participating and inviting them to use our facility whenever possible. It’s all about ties….to people, government and ideas.

The next time you hear someone say that libraries are becoming obsolete, think of all of the ways we use our libraries now, and how we could continue to use them in the future. They won’t disappear if we fight for them and make them an integral part of our communities. After all, the library is everywhere.

 Update: Oct. 1, 2015

 It’s been over a year since we posted this originally, and you may have noticed several new changes in the Carleton Place Public Library. We have new staff, new programs that now include adults, new catalog access that allows us to email our patrons reminder notices of items due soon, and new participation in community events. We’re also gearing up for an exciting new element that will change how we do things currently at the front desk…and we think you’re going to LOVE it!

Celebrate Canadian Library Month with us by letting us know what you love about your library. It will always be a vital part of the community, and we hope you think so, too.


(Photo: Monika Majkowska)

Adult Services are Here!

20150713_111645When we think of libraries and programs, our minds often go right to children’s programming. While this usually is the main focus of library programs, it ignores an entire group of patrons—adults. We’ve offered a few programs for adults in the past (home delivery for shut-ins, adult bad art night, and writing groups),  but now, we’re so pleased to finally be able to offer regular programming for adults at the Carleton Place Public Library.

With the addition of a new staff member, Caroline, who is taking Adult Services to a whole new level here, this week marks the official start of some great new programs aimed at adults. This week alone, we’re offering an Adult Colouring Night, a Family Board Game Night, and our new regular weekly feature–tech tutoring! It’s going to be hopping here this week!

Why are library services like adult programs so important?

Library programs are usually free, and often fill a gap in services offered in the community in some way. People who have used libraries as children will tend to continue to use libraries as adults, and offering adult-aimed programs is one more way to keep libraries relevant in our towns and cities.

Whenever libraries close, low-income families often feel the greatest impact of the closure thrust upon them. Free programs for their children disappear. Entertainment and reading for pleasure, as well as education, becomes impossible. And having access to basic needs, such as the internet, also becomes more difficult. These are often, also, the people who are participating in free programs at the library, and where our services become vital.

Who can participate?

Anyone can sign up or attend free programs at the library. Our fall schedule is located on our library catalog, as well as being available in the library at the front desk. There are no costs to any of our programs—from game nights, to book clubs, to tutoring—and everyone is welcome.

Do I have to bring anything?

If you are participating in our Tech Tutoring program, it is beneficial if you bring your devices, such as your laptop or tablet, or your phone. And don’t forget those passwords! Nothing is more frustrating than beginning a session, only to find out you can’t get any apps set up on your tablet because you can’t remember your passwords.

If you are coming to any of our game nights, or colouring events, just bring yourself (and some friends!), and be ready to have fun. We’ll supply everything else.

How long will these programs run?

Most of our adult services are going to run throughout the year, with a short break around December. Please call for more details, or refer to our online calendar if you’re not sure.

And if you’re interested in seeing other adult services/programs offered at our library, make sure to talk to Caroline while you’re here. We’d love to know what you think, and strive to offer what our community is asking for. Don’t sit silent….let your voice be heard when it comes to adult programs!

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


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!