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.


Summer Student Position

We’re starting to think about summer at the library. I know, it seems a little too soon, considering we have hardly had any spring yet to speak about. But we’re always a few months ahead when it comes to planning, and summer is one of our busiest times.

This summer, we’re looking for a student Summer Literacy Tutor. The position is challenging, exciting, and creative, and we hope to find just the right person to help us expand our tutoring spaces. The lucky candidate will plan lessons, work one-on-one with a child in junior or senior kindergarten, and will be trained to help encourage and maybe even advance the literacy skills of a child who might be struggling.

If you are a student between the ages of 15-30, were in school full time this past year and plan on returning full time in the fall, then you meet the first of the requirements. Please see the full job description here.

If this sounds like the position for you, then you can send us a cover letter and resume. All of the contact information is on the employment link in the paragraph above. We’ll only contact those who are selected for an interview. Please have your resume in by Thursday, May 11 and 5pm.

Happy reading!

Blind Date with a Book

16195594_1241718475864146_2420850322450417109_nIt’s that time of year again….Blind Date with a Book! We’ve found our favourites from the last year, and packaged them up in pretty paper and stickers! If you drop by the library anytime between now and the end of February, we’d love it if you took one home.

Some of the books have a little blurb on them to give you a hint, but why not be wild and pick one up because you like the look of the decorations? Maybe you’ll fall in love with a new author. Or maybe it’ll be a bore. But either way, it’s a lot of fun and a nice way to make the month go by a little faster.

We have a nice selection of books for adults–both fiction and non-fiction, and books for kids (8 years and older), and teens. All of them are good. Keep an open mind, and you’ll have fun.

16143316_1241719109197416_2926013362927477432_n 16179843_1241718745864119_6040080664942583363_oHappy Blind Dating!


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

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!

Parent Information Night

SUMMERTonight is our Parent Information Night for all of the children registered in the Summer Literacy Tutoring program. We welcome all parents or guardians who would like a little more information about what their children will be doing this summer.

We’ll get started at 6pm, have a quick info period, and question session at the end. You’ll get a chance to look at materials we’ll be using this summer, take a look at a sample session, and give us any last-minute information we might need regarding your child’s attendance.

The schedule is set, and we’ll be contacting parents regarding the sessions a few days before they start, so no need to worry that you’ll miss it. This is going to be a great summer for getting children to enjoy reading and improve their skills. They’ll be taking part in the TD Summer Reading Club at the same time and earning stickers and other fun things toward their goals.

Hope to see you tonight!