What’s Coming Up?

While 2014 is coming to a close, we’ve been thinking about 2015 for some time now. And a New Year means new programs at the library! We’ve had a great fall, with lots of programming for adults, and children, so we’re going to expand again into the unknown. Here’s what’s coming up:




Toddler Time

Craft Nights

Forest of Reading®

March Break events

Free Comic Book Day


Teen Book Club

Camp NaNoWriMo

March Break events

Rock the Drop!


Monthly Book Club

Monthly Craft Club

Ancestry Database training

Writing workshops

Camp NaNoWriMo

Bad Art Night

Human Library Project



As you can see, we’re going to be doing most of the usual fun programs for kids, but we have a few fun new things to offer as well. Toddler time was a good success this fall, so we’re going to offer it in short 6-week sessions, running after babytime sessions. You can see the full schedule above for dates and times. We’re also hoping to add to the mix by participating in Free Comic Book Day in Carleton Place. If you’ve ever been on Bridge Street that day, you’ll know to expect lots of kids in costumes, roaming from business to business to pick up their free comic books. This time, we’re looking forward to having comics available, too. And don’t forget our great Forest of Reading®. We’ve already started, and this runs from now through April. There are plenty of great books to read this year, so get going now!

Teens, we’re looking for readers who want to have fun, read good books….and eat lots of snacks! The Teen Book Club will be a monthly meeting afterschool, so come in to find out more. Rock the Drop is a special project we’ll tell you more about as the time gets closer, but we want to spread the word about great YA books. And for those young writers who want some feedback, or just want to challenge themselves, we’re hoping to add this generation to our Camp NaNoWriMo group, as well as offer some fun Young Writers workshops during March Break. Pick up a schedule and stay informed!

Adults, we haven’t forgotten about you!  With the great success of the Summer Reading Club for Adults, we expanded this fall into an adult Book Club. Meetings are monthly, and we have a wide selection of books we’re covering this year. Drop by for some stimulating conversation! We’re also looking forward to our monthly Craft Club. If you want to meet new people and work on some crafts in a cozy environment, join us at the library! But what if you’re not crafty?  We’ve got something even BETTER for you! Bad Art Night is our first ever craft night for adults! It’s going to be hilarious—and full of bad art—so mark that on your calendar. If you enjoyed the one-on-one Ancestry.com training this fall, we’re offering more starting in January! And we’re hoping for some interesting participants in this year’s Human Library Project.

All of these events are laid out in the photos above, but we have copies available at the library, so drop in to find out more and pick up your own copy. We don’t want you to miss a thing! 2015 is going to be incredible at the Carleton Place Public Library!

Where Is He Today?

Our wacky Elf on the Library Shelf, Cocoa, has been getting up to some real hijinks in the library over the last few days.  If your little one drops in to get some books before Christmas, make sure you take a few minutes to spot him and collect a special Christmas prize for that day. But if you just can’t make it in, don’t worry. We’ve been posting his whereabouts each night on our library Facebook page.  We just hope he’s been telling Santa good things about us.


One Book, One Community!


Next year, we’ll be participating in the “One Book, One Community” project with all of the libraries in Lanark County. It’s an exciting endeavor that hopes to get people from all five communities reading the same book. We’ll be hosting events around the book, prompting discussion, and encouraging our communities to interact in various ways.

This week, we’re beginning the book selection. You can drop into any one of the local libraries (Carleton Place Public Library, Perth & District Union Public Library, Smiths Falls Public Library, Mississippi Mills Library, and Lanark Highlands Public Library) and fill out a quick ballot for your selection. The theme for 2015 will be AGING, so keep that in mind when selecting a book you’d like to suggest. It doesn’t have to be a Canadian book, and it can be from any genre, as long as it deals with aging in some way. We’re looking forward to seeing what books you suggest, and hope we’ll be able to announce the winning book in the near future. Then, we’ll be getting many copies of the book to make available to the public to read. Keep watching here or at the library for more information as time moves on.

What would your suggestion be for the One Book, One Community project this year?

Will it be a Typical Week?

You may not realize it, but libraries are constantly keeping track of statistics. We keep stats on items in, items out, reference questions, cataloged books, internet users, volunteer hours, genealogy users and much more. And once a year in or around November, libraries have what we call a “typical week”.  It’s a week without any holidays where we attempt to measure all of these things, as well as foot traffic into the library and social media stats. The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports gathers all of this data to see how libraries are being used, and to better allow us to offer services to our communities.


If you see us clicking this week, we’re counting. It’s funny because it often takes us a few days to get into the routine, and then once we’ve all become good at it, we’re done. It won’t be over for our Head of Library Services, however. She’ll have to put all the data together for the annual survey and see how it compared to previous years. I bet you’d be surprised at what we discover! If you’d like to see some of the previous statistics gathered, drop by this webpage for some of the details on public libraries in Ontario.


Ontario Library Week!


It’s Ontario Public Library Week, and that means it’s time to celebrate your public library! If you haven’t been in a while, this would be a great week to stop by your local public library and see what new and exciting things they have going on.  We’re always changing and offering exciting new programs for our patrons, so drop by to see what’s new.

At the Carleton Place Public Library, we’re starting up two new fun things this week:  our first ever library Book Club, and a Toddler Time! Both programs cater to a different set of patrons, and both are garnering a lot of interest.  If you want to know more about either of these programs, give us a call, or drop by the library for information.

  • Did you know that this week alone, we’re running four different programs, two in the evening and two in the morning?
  • Did you know that we have volunteers almost every day who help us with a variety of tasks that keep our library running smoothly each week?
  • Did you know that we have free wi-fi, computers with printers, photocopy services and help with your electronic devices when you’re downloading eBooks or audiobooks?
  • Did you know we have a superb genealogy room, access to Ancestry.com, and an exciting local history blog  where you can find out amazing things about our community?
  • Did you know we have an excellent selection of magazines that patrons can check out just like a book?
  • Did you know we purchase new DVDs for our collection every couple of weeks?
  • Did you know we offer a wonderful service to seniors and shut-ins, delivering books to those who cannot get out?
  • Did you know we are a community location that offers student volunteer hours for high school students who need them in order to graduate–and we currently have two students volunteering now?
  • Did you know we have a lovely room available for rental on a half-day basis, for those times you might need to conduct a meeting or hold a special event?

There are so many wonderful things this library—-and every public library—-has to offer. Plan on visiting yours today!


We’re Having a Kick-Off!

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We’re only a few short weeks away from National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. And once again, the Carleton Place Public Library will be an official Come Write In zone!  That means, we’re looking for people who want to write a novel during the month of November, and it doesn’t have to be done entirely at the library (although we would like you to try writing here at least once).

This coming Tuesday, October 21st from 6-7pm, we’re having our NaNoWriMo Kick-Off!  Join us for an hour to hear about our plans, and find out more about the whole idea. If you participated in April, this will just as much fun, and if you didn’t, come and participate this month!  We’ll have special write-in times, group events, inspirational daily emails and maybe even some snacks (because it’s hard work writing).

We’re looking for anyone aged 13+ who wants to write with us.  You can register on the official NaNo website, or just participate for fun.  But be prepared to write…we’re going to challenge you, and hopefully you’ll get that novel written.

Drop by the National Novel Writing Month website, or visit the blog for daily inspiration leading up to the event, as well as during NaNo.

Any questions?  Give us a call at the library, or drop by on Tuesday night for the event!