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, 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!

Be Thankful, Day 3


Today is all about being thankful for your local library. Many smaller towns and even big cities are losing their libraries due to lack of funding. Libraries are such important places these days, for so many reasons, and we should do all we can to keep them in our communities.

No longer is the library “just” a place to get a book. Libraries are now information hubs for the community, convenient meeting spots, afterschool tutoring locations, maker spaces, digital go-to sources, wi-fi zones, community resource centres and so much more. You can get books, take a course, make some crafts, listen to stories, prepare and send out resumes, surf the web, play a game, research your family history, learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks on your device, and find out if you’re on the voting list for the upcoming election. If we didn’t have libraries as a central part of the community, where would people go? In this age of information, we’re less connected than ever before, so keeping libraries as a free zone to meet up with other community members, develop friendships that go beyond the library walls, and learn about community resources in a safe and welcoming environment is essential to the workings of a happy and healthy society.

Today, thank your local library. Make a donation. Drop in and say hello. Take part in a project or event. Stop by and see what’s happening. If you haven’t been in a while, you might be surprised at what is being offered!