Literacy Tutoring Now Open!

Our Summer Literacy Tutoring list isn’t quite full, so we’re opening it up to patrons. If you have a child in Kindergarten to Grade 3 who might need a little extra help this summer with reading skills, you can now stop in and fill out an application!

This is a two-week program of one-on-one tutoring. Each child will attend for an hour a day, five days a week, and have individual lessons planned for them. Our trained tutors will also keep a close interaction with parents so that they will learn how to help their child with homework, and excel even after the program is finished.

Drop by the library to fill out an application. We won’t accept applications online, or over the phone. There are limited spaces, so once they’re all full, they’re full! Don’t hesitate!

We’re excited about helping children with their reading this summer. It’s going to be fun!



Thank you!

We’d also like to thank the Canadian Federation of University Women – Perth & District,  for their amazingly generous donation to our Children’s Summer Literacy Program. Their continued support each year has helped us to expand from one tutor for 12 students, into two tutors and 24 students. And while we started our literacy tutoring program focusing only on Kindergarten and Grade 1 students, we now offer reading help for children up to Grade 3.

And we love that representatives from the CFUW visit us each year to hear about our plans, or talk about what we did during the summer with regards to our tutoring sessions. We’re excited to show them progress reports, photos, and statistics that exhibit exactly how much the program is helping these young readers.

The proof Summer Literacy is important? We start getting phone calls and emails from teachers and parents in early January, asking when they can apply, and how many children we’ll be able to work with this summer. We don’t want to turn anyone away, so donations such as this, enable us to continue to offer a program that will impact as many young lives as possible.

Thank you so much. You truly made a difference to our library!

Thank you!

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Elizabeth Kelly Library Foundation Inc., for their extremely generous donation to our Children’s Summer Literacy Program. Their support in our program means so much to us, and allows us to continue to offer tutoring for children in Kindergarten to Grade 3 this summer.

The teacher referrals are starting to come in, and we’re expecting a full roster of children who need a little help over the summer to keep their reading skills fresh. Our two trained tutors will be gearing up soon, planning specialized individual lessons for each child, and working on ways to boost their love of reading. It’s so important to us to be able to offer this program, and with the help of groups like the Elizabeth Kelly Library Foundation, we’ll be able to tutor 24 children over the course of the summer.

Thank you so much. You truly made a difference to our library!


Five Super Days!

On Sunday, we begin our special fundraising event for the Children’s Summer Literacy Program. We’re calling it “Five Super Days”, and we’d love for you to get involved!

During those five days, donate $5 either online or at the library to our literacy program, and you’ll be investing in our community. Raising a reader is hard, but your support will continue to benefit a child well after the summer is over.

We’re almost finished our fundraising push, so we’re hoping this week will put us over the top. We’ll have daily goals, fun facts, and lots of love for our Super Squad of donators.

Thank you! We think you’re SUPER!

Are you a Bookworm?

This week, we’re doing a little bit of special FUN-draising at the library. With all of the kids off for March Break, we’re looking to add a bit of excitement to an already busy week…and it’ll help us out, too!

Drop in anytime this week and donate $1 toward our Children’s Summer Literacy Program, and you’ll get a piece to add to our bookworm. We’re going to see just how long this bookworm can get. Maybe he’ll grow to the entire length of the library….or maybe he’ll even get TWICE as long!  Who knows?  It’s all up to you.

So, bring your loonies with you, and we’ll do the rest.  All of the proceeds go toward helping young community members who need a little extra reading help over the summer. We’ll be telling you more about this great program as the weeks go on, but without your support, we might have to scale it back. So please donate. Even one dollar will make a big difference.

And if you can’t make it into the library, you can always donate online. It’s easy…and you don’t even have to get out of your pajamas!

Thanks from all of us at the Carleton Place Public Library! Your generous support means so much to us, and will mean even more to a little reader out there.


Why Donate?

Why donate to our Summer Literacy Tutoring Program? We’ve been asked this question a bit since putting up our fun donation board. And there are SO many great reasons to donate, but the most important ones have to do with our literacy tutors.

Donate because:

  • Our tutors fill the gap between summer and school. They prepare lessons based on information gathered from the teachers, and also from their own first-day assessments of the students. They understand what the weaknesses are for each child, and help to fill in those spaces until the child goes back to school.
  • They are support for parents. Parents are busy. And summer is no exception. Our tutors consult with parents before each and every lesson, after each lesson, and at the end of each week of tutoring. Parents need to know how to take what their children are learning and provide after-hours continuation activities of those lessons. They need to understand how to model good reading behavior, and to encourage proper reading habits. Our tutors prepare “homework” guidelines, provide books and extra reading lists, and answer any and all questions about their child’s reading progress. Parents can’t do it alone, and our tutors are there to ease some of the work.
  • One on one tutoring works. Although the sessions with each student only last two weeks, the effects are long lasting. Our tutors offer a slower pace, a time for those new readers to really take in everything they’re learning. They have nightly homework which builds on the things they’ve practiced, and parents are given a summer guide to help them continue the progress until their children go back to school. Who wouldn’t love a study plan generated specifically for their child? And a long list of library resources can aid in that continued success. Parents leave with book suggestions and reading instruction that will make sure their child continues to LIKE reading.
  • Tutors do more than just help with reading. They are cheerleaders and coaches. They are shoulders to lean on, and hands to hold. They are builders of confidence, and creators of interest. Often, they are the ones who HAVE the time to listen. It’s not just about building better readers, it’s about making friendships and making the library a place where a once-reluctant reader finds a home.

We offer 24 spaces for children in Kindergarten to Grade 3. While that might seem like a lot of tutoring, in reality, we could probably triple the number of spaces and still have a dire need in our community. Your generous donations make sure we have enough tutors, books, time, and continued support to our community children. Library budgets seem to grow tighter each year, and while this program is of the utmost importance to us, it isn’t always seen as a priority for those who might not have children in that age group. But these children in our community grow up to live and work in our area, and we love being on the early end of giving them the best start possible.

Want to help? Drop into the library and pick up a donation envelope. We’re doing well, but we still have plenty of envelopes to fill!

Thinking of Donating?

We run lots of fun programs at the library, and one of our most popular (and constantly growing programs) is our Children’s Summer Literacy Tutoring program. Let’s face it—funding is tough for libraries, and we’d love to keep this one going at full speed, and possibly expand. But we need your help. That’s where our FUNdraising program begins!

Starting this week, drop into the library and stop by our FUNdraising wall. It’s loaded with envelopes, each with a denomination on the front. Pick a donation you’re comfortable with, take the envelope, and fill it with cash or a cheque in that amount. Any and EVERY donation is welcome, even the little ones, so don’t feel shy.

For donations over $10, we can provide a charitable receipt, so keep that in mind–it’s good for us, and for you. Cheques should be made payable to the Carleton Place Public Library. And if you don’t have time (or the cash on you) when you drop in, make sure to take the donation envelope of your choice and bring it back in later.

As always, a HUGE thank you to all of our patrons for making our library such an important part of our community. We couldn’t do any of this without you!

Questions? Give us a call at 257-2702.