What’s Going On?

Summer StorytimeThis is a fun week for us at the library. We’re starting ALL of our summer programs! That also means our reading programs have begun. But wait…what can you do this week at the library?

  • Participate in an art class with the amazing Matt MacKay!
  • Take part in a fun crafting program for kids on Tuesday or Thursday (see calendar for schedule)
  • Sign up for Storytime for Wednesday
  • Join the Young Writers on Wednesday
  • Meet up with our adult writers for our first Camp NaNoWriMo meeting of the summer on Tuesday afternoon
  • Adults can also do a FUN craft on Thursday mornings!
  • Take in a MOVIE on Thursday afternoon! (It’s going to be a fun, cool place for the kids)
  • Toddler sessions begin Thursday mornings
  • Join us for Une Heure de Conte en Francais on Friday morning
  • Friday afternoon is all about the Lego!

All of these programs can be found in our calendar at the top of this page, or on our website at http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

But…..we also have THESE fun things you can participate in when you drop by the library anytime….

  • Fill out a ballot to win a library gold card (that means no fines all summer)
  • Donate your dimes to our “Adopt a Giraffe” program
  • Read some of our “Wild” trivia placed all around the library
  • Pick up an ADULT summer reading kit and maybe win a great prize!
  • Find the weekly I Spy search
  • Fill out ballots to win signed books in the Teen area, or our weekly prize!

If you have any questions, give us a call at the library today at 257-2702. We’re going to have a wild summer!

Where are those books?

Recently, Popular Science posted an article about a new “Robo Librarian” that uses RFID technology to track down missing and misplaced books in libraries. It’s an interesting concept, but while the article would make you believe librarians spend most of their days looking for lost books, it’s simply not true.

booksaleBooks that are misplaced, mis-shelved, or simply lost, are a common problem in libraries. While we employ people to keep our shelves organized, neat, and structured so that we can find items easily, there are always reasons books cannot be found. Sometimes it is a library error–we might put them in the wrong place because of a distraction. Sometimes, it is a patron error—taking that book off a shelf to see if you might want to read it can mean putting it back in a slightly wrong position. And sometimes, people walk away without checking out books, and we might not see them again.

But whatever the reason, libraries work hard to keep their collections current, shelved properly, and available for patrons to take out. It is not usually the job of the librarian to shelve or “read” the shelved books to keep them in order. Many times, this is the job of a student page or volunteer. And they are wonderful, taking care of this small but important task for us.

However, the system is not perfect, and books can become lost. The new AuRoSS by A*STAR Robotics employs the use of RFID tags placed on the books to scan shelves and check for errors. While it is time consuming to remove each book to check the RDIF tags, this robot can simply scan a shelf without the need, and find places where books have been improperly shelved, or are missing altogether. It’s a fascinating idea, and one that might soon be used everywhere, if this article were to come to fruition. While it is very important, don’t let the fear of robots making librarians obsolete scare you. Shelving is just a small library task, and one that does not require a human touch, or a degree.

Take a minute to read the article, however. Robots might be a new thing you’ll bump into when you’re at the library in the not too far off future.

Library Loan Stars!

loanstarsIf you’ve ever wandered into a library and asked for a book suggestion, you’ll know that the librarians often have a great selection of options.  We might ask you a few questions, such as the last book you read that you loved, your favourite type of book, or even what kinds of books you don’t enjoy. Then, based on those few criteria, you might be given a myriad of choices from new books to proven winners. It’s a great way of finding something new to read from people whose opinions you value. After all, librarians see a lot of books in a day, and we read a lot of books.

Recently, a fabulous collaboration has been started between the Ontario Library Association, the British Columbia Library Association, and a few other networks, to come up with a fantastic Readers’ Advisory service. It’s called LOANSTARS. We’ll vote on new and favourite titles, and the collective vote will allow marketing of the favourite books to library staff and readers alike. It’s a great way for titles that might not be on the best-seller lists to make it to our attention, recommended by fellow librarians! What a great new way to select books!

If you’ve ever wondered how books get on your library shelves, this is just one of the fantastic ways librarians share favourites and get books out there to our readers. Isn’t this fun?

Libraries Aren’t Just About Books

The Toronto Public Library is doing something fascinating again–providing a lending library of musical instruments to the public!

musicWhat a great concept. While many libraries are starting up new lending options like seed libraries, tool libraries, and technology for lend, the idea of borrowing musical instruments is a fascinating idea. Musical instruments are so expensive, and the option of trying something before putting out the money on a big purchase is a great idea, and one that could help not only young people, but adults hoping to try something new.

The library is offering these instruments with a valid library card. Maybe you’re not interested in buying that violin for your child until you know they will keep up with lessons. Or maybe you are on a limited income, and want to give your teen the chance to audition for a University music program without having to worry about borrowing an instrument from school. One would think they must have proper sanitization methods to follow before lending or borrowing instruments, but it would be a good idea to ask about this if you’re looking at playing an instrument that involves mouthpieces.

I’m sure all of the instruments have limited borrowing times, but this would also be a fun way for people to get together to learn music as a group. Music is a great way to keep the mind active, and learning a new instrument can provide a lot of satisfaction.

You can find out more information about this unique program right here.

Why would YOU borrow a musical instrument from a library?

New French Resources!

maBiblio_logoWe have some great new options for patrons looking for eBooks and Audiobooks in French! Mabiblionumerique is our newest e-Resource, completely accessible through our main library website. All you need is a library card,  set your login, and you’re ready to go!

There are plenty of great options, from Quebecois authors, to non-fiction, to translations of popular titles for both adults and children. And if you’re not fluent, but looking for some options to get you started, the website is also offered in an English interface to make it easy. Drop by our library website, and choose ONLINE RESOURCES, then LANGUAGE LEARNING, and then Mabiblionumerique….or simply click the link here to go directly to the login page.

You’ll have to download a small program to use the interface, but it’s easy to use, and you can take out a number of books at one time and read to your heart’s content.

Voila! This is a wonderful way to supplement your French reading!

Why do YOU use the library?

QUALITY GOODSA few years ago, we ran a post that talked about many of the different reasons people used the library. It covered lots of typical uses like taking out books, magazines, and DVDs, using our WiFi or public computers, and attending meetings. While these reasons are still a very big part of why many of our patrons use the library, there are now many more.

How about:

  • taking out books, magazines, DVDs, and audiobooks
  • Downloading eBooks and Audiobooks from our online collection
  • Doing volunteer hours, either as a student or adult
  • Using our free WiFi, or public computers
  • Photocopying, printing, emailing, and scanning items
  • Tutoring, taking exams
  • Doing puzzles
  • Taking part in programs for children, teens, and adults
  • Book club meetings
  • Tech tutoring sessions
  • Adult colouring
  • Regular class visits
  • Visits from Sparks and Brownies
  • Relaxing on our couches, reading
  • Taking advantage of A/C in the summer, and warm spaces in the winter
  • Special workshops and events
  • Free Comic Book Day
  • Reading Programs
  • Literacy Tutoring
  • Books for sale
  • Borrowing a museum pass for the whole family


There are so many reasons people visit the library each day, but one of the nicest things is that we see many of the same faces day after day. It’s wonderful to be able to have a conversation with a young person who comes here after school just to “hang out” and read while waiting for a parent to pick them up. It’s just as satisfying to talk with someone who drops in everyday to work on whatever puzzle is out on the back table. When students come for regular tutoring, the library is a safe space, and they are greeted with friendly faces they’ve seen before, and that can mean a lot to a child. And for some, the library is their only real means of connection each day, and coming in to get a movie or choose some books means they’ll be able to tell someone about their day, or just commiserate about the weather.

In every community, the library is a social hub, a safe place, a learning zone, a technology port, a comfortable temperature, a game center, and most importantly—-free. All you need is a library card.  If you haven’t been to the library in some time, why not drop by to see what’s happening? We’re always glad to see you!

So….why do YOU come to the library?

Slow Mail

Does anyone write letters anymore? We sure hope so! And February is the perfect month to think about writing a special letter to someone—yourself in the future, a loved one, or maybe even to someone you don’t really know, but would like to share some kind words with.

20160208_163601SLOW MAIL is our newest library fun! Write a letter at our special table, address it, and we’ll mail it out….a year from now! (No, we’re not trying to compete with the Post Office, as you can see.)  This is a great way to see what you’re thinking right now….and mail yourself some goals. Or send your sweetheart a letter telling them how much they mean to you. Think of this as a time capsule. You’ll probably forget all about it, and then next year–bingo! Your mail will arrive. What a fun surprise, right?

20160208_163554To get you inspired, we’ve put out a really great selection of books on letter writing that might help you figure out what you want to say. I’m getting out my pen and paper right now. Are you?