This is it…the final week for our wonderful summer students, Sarah and Erica. We’re sad to see them go, but wish them all the best in the upcoming year!
If you have a young reader in Kindergarten in our community, you might be one of the lucky ones to take part in our first summer of the Lanark Literacy Tutoring Program. All of the surrounding libraries in Lanark County are running some sort of literacy tutoring program throughout the summer (some even run them all school year long as well), so we are excited to jump into the mix.
Over the last month, our literacy tutor, Erica, has taken extensive training to help prepare her for the young people she’ll be working with this summer. She’s put together an exciting and encouraging program for these students who need a little coaching to keep their literacy skills strong over the summer months.
If your family was contacted by your school regarding this program and you filled in the registration papers, Erica will be contacting you over the next few days to arrange your child’s tutoring session this summer. It will be a two-week session, an hour each day, with some fun “homework” to help support your child in his or her reading efforts.
As well, each child will be participating in our TD Summer Reading Club program at the library (although in a slightly different way), so we’re hopeful they’ll have fun, learn some skills…and take home some extras from the library this summer.
Just a reminder, there will be a Parent Information Session on Monday, June 29th from 6-7pm at the Carleton Place Public Library. Parents will receive the starter kit, sign some important forms, and will be able to pay the $15 fee for supplies (fees will be waived if necessary). Please plan to attend. If you can’t make it, please let us know so that we can provide an alternate plan to get your child started with summer reading.
TheTeen Book Club at our library (aka The Nerd Herd) read and discussed John Green’s PAPER TOWNS. In it, a character obsessively edits a fictional online resource very similar to Wikipedia. His complusiveness is a funny part of this book, but it seems that real life has taken a page from John Green.
Recently, at a presentation regarding Wikipedia and its users, employees were asked who actually edits this site? If you’ve ever used Wikipedia, you’ll know that it is full of great information—some true and some not—most of which is contributed through user content alone. That means someone out there who knows a lot about a subject has taken the time to add his or her knowledge to the site regarding that topic. Is it always correct? No. Which is why many schools ban the use of Wikipedia when their students are doing research.
But for the most part, the content is probably pretty strong. However, the Wikipedia people set out after this presentation to find out exactly who was editing their site. And they came up with some very interesting facts. First, they conducted interviews with people who regularly contribute to or edit the site. They learned that a lot of these people were happy to work on a variety of subjects—whatever pleased them at the moment. Others were more specific and moved in one direction….like a user named Giraffedata, who had more than 15,000 edits to his credit…all for the same incorrect use of the term “comprised of” in articles. The Wiki people were VERY interested in Giraffedata, almost a God to some of them in the world of edits. So, they set out to find the person behind the screen name in hopes of honoring him with their own version of the Oscar in the Wiki editing world…a Barnstar.
And it turns out, Giraffedata is a 51-year-old software engineer names Bryan Henderson who has contributed more than 47,000 edits since 2007. And most of them are simply that one correction…..”comprised of”, which he replaces with “composed of” in proper form. He goes through articles systematically, week by week, and makes the change, determined to rid the world of his singular pet peeve. He even wrote a piece of software to help him find the newest additions to Wikipedia, and does his corrections each Sunday night. It won’t change the world, but in his own way, he’s making a mark in a unique way.
You can read more about Mr. Henderson and his quirky connection to Wikipedia right here. The article is full of pie charts, photos, and fascinating information not only about why Henderson does what he does, but how it impacts what you read. And if you are interested in making your own changes or additions to the information website, you can find out how to do it…well, on Wikipedia! It’s an arduous process, but once you learn how to do it, you’ve got a new skill. Give it a try!
Even as a library, we support our local bookstore here in Carleton Place. There have been many times we’ve needed a book (or books), and Aisha at Read’s Book Shop has come through in a pinch! It’s wonderful to shop local, and this little bookstore offers up all of the usual fun—-book clubs, a dynamite coffee shop atmosphere, and even special storytimes during the summer months.
Now, the Retail Council of Canada has launched a website to help you find an independent bookstore in your area. FindaBookstore.ca allows you to pop in your address, and it will search for Canadian Independent shops only. How easy is that? Support your local retail shops.
Summer Reading at the Carleton Place Public Library!
We’re gearing up for the start of summer reading at the library, and boy, is it going to be an exciting summer! Not only will we have our usual program for kids, we’re also offering a program for teens and this summer, we’re even doing Adult summer reading! We’re not quite ready to begin yet, but plan on signing up as soon as July rolls around for the maximum benefit. Not only will there be rewards, but you’ll have a great summer reading all of the books you want.
Who Can Join?
For the younger set, we’re offering the fabulous TD Summer Reading Club program. This summer, the theme is “EUREKA”, and it’s all about discovery, exploration and creativity. And we have LOTS of great things planned to go along with that idea. Starting Friday, June 27th from 1 -3pm, we’ll be holding our Library Lemonade Stand Kick-Off, rain or shine! Drop by, enjoy a nice glass of lemonade and sign up for summer reading. We’ll give you everything you need to get started, and maybe try to coax you into participating in one of our fun activities as well.
The TD Summer Reading program is a self-directed reading program aimed at children aged 2-12. Once your child registers, we’ll give them a bunch of things to take home to begin their reading fun. Then, all they need to do is read three books, and bring back their booklet with the titles. We’ll give them a sticker, a ballot to go into the prize draw and a piece for our fun summer wall. (It’s a secret, but we’re going to be creating something really fun!) The goal is to read 30 books this summer. I’m sure we’ll have lots of great readers.
For teens and tweens in Grades 5 and up, we’re offering our exciting “Book Buck Bingo”. Pick up one of our fun Bingo cards and get reading. Readers earn ONE book buck for every square they complete, and they can save those book bucks and spend them on fun prizes during one of our Book Buck Spending Weeks! There are going to be some awesome prizes this year, so get your tween/teen reading this summer! They won’t be disappointed!
And last but certainly not least, we’re going to be offering Adult Summer Reading this year for the first time! We’re calling it “Goodies for Grown Ups!”, and yes…there will be prizes! Registration begins in July, and once you pick up a kit, it’s up to you which books you read. Every visit back to the library will earn you a Lucky Library Lotto card. Maybe you’ll win something fun….just for reading!
When Does it Start?
Join us Friday, June 27 from 1 -3pm for the official Library Lemonade Stand Kick-Off! We’ll serve lemonade and hand out registration kits. If you can’t make it that day, don’t worry….you can sign up anytime after that. The program will run from July through to the first week of September, so there’s lots of time. And if you can’t make it all summer, you don’t have to worry. Once you sign up, we can catch you up anytime before the end of the program. Just keep track of the books you read.
What If I Don’t Want to Do Summer Reading?
Don’t worry. We know summer reading isn’t for everyone, but we want you to be able to enjoy the library, too. So we have some great programs planned all summer long for all ages. You can stop in to pick up our fabulous summer calendar, or pop by our Facebook page for a simple rundown of some of the events. We’ll have programs for 2 – 5 year olds, middle grade kids, tweens, teens and adults. How about a crafty afternoon based on Sharknado? What about trying your hand at an invention? Or how about joining us for a writing program? We have so much going on, I can’t tell you about everything here. Come and get a calendar!
Drop us a line on our Facebook page, or at firstname.lastname@example.org We’re looking forward to discovering lots of great things this summer. EUREKA! It’s Summer Reading!
We don’t need a special day to enjoy books, but today is the perfect time to plan something out of the ordinary. It’s Family Literacy Day! While there are lots of events planned at libraries and bookstores across the country, you might want to aim for something to do at home.
1. Read a book together and then watch the movie! There are plenty of family-oriented books that are easy to read in one night. Netflix, your local library and the cheap bins at big box stores always have great choices to help you plan a fun night. Try THE CAT IN THE HAT, JUMANJI, or CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.
2. Make a theme dinner. Pick a fun book your family enjoys, then make a meal based on the characters, the story or the setting. You could try making green eggs and ham, or decorate your kitchen table with monkeys and bananas (for a Curious George meal). Be as silly as you wish…the kids will enjoy it!
3. Instead of rushing to get the kids out the door in the morning, get everyone up a few minutes early and announce you’re having a morning storytime! They’ll be excited and you could even let them eat breakfast while you read.
4. How about trading a stack of your favourite books with another family? Ask a friend who might have children who are the same ages as yours, and switch books for the evening. Tell your children these are the books that Bobby and Susie and Sam read each night. It might be fun!
What are YOU going to do to celebrate Family Literacy Day?
“Have you read anything by Alice Munro?”
Last week, when it was announced that Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature, we expected a flood of people coming in to ask for her books. And while it’s been a bit more like a trickle (maybe our townspeople just aren’t into Canadian literature the way we thought they might be), we’ve heard a lot of the same things. “Have you read her books?” “Does she only write short stories?” “Do you like her books?”
This was an important win, not only because it is the NOBEL prize, and those are only given out to very special recipients, but because it’s the first win for a Canadian author. (There have been a number of squabbles about this online, mentioning author Saul Bellow who also won, and was born in Quebec. However, the general consensus is that he is American, having moved from Quebec to the US when he was 9 years old. So, we’ll leave that argument aside.) Munro’s stories are clearly Canadian—always—and so she must be celebrated as such.
So, the questions about her books have been interesting. It seems that the “average” person has not read her books, or if they have, it’s been as an assignment. From those who claim to love her books, I must admit, there is a renewed interest: we haven’t seen people running out of here with Alice Munro books prior to the win. Now they are. Hindsight, maybe.
While Munro’s life wasn’t magical in terms of writing success (she didn’t publish her first collection until she was 37 years old, and it took her many years to be known outside of Canada), she’s become something of a legend in her later years. She claimed to retire recently, but now I’m sure people are hoping she might give that idea up and pour herself into one (or two) more collection(s). Frankly, she almost ‘owes’ the world that much, don’t you think? More, please, Alice Munro!
Must we enjoy her books because she mentions small Canadian towns we might have driven through or inhabited? Can we readily admit we don’t find thrills reading about smalltown doctors or shopping at local hardware stores? Of course! It’s perfectly fine not to enjoy someone’s writing, even if others think we should, and we might be scorned for not loving it by snobbish literary types.
We should, however, rejoice in the fact that this spectacularly private Canadian accomplished something incredible in a genre that is difficult to market mainstream. We should celebrate that she is a woman who has persevered throughout a career that brought about many “no’s” and disappointments. And we should cheer loudly about the fact that she has been recognized as one of the World’s best. We don’t have to love her books, we just have to love her, as a fellow amazing Canadian. Because really, isn’t that who she writes about? The average Canadian person in extraordinary circumstances.