March Break Success!

We had such a fun March Break last week. It was busy, but it was also very successful! Now we’re recovering. But what did we do? Lots!

march.jpgWe had THREE young writers sessions, where we wrote poetry, learned about mysteries, and made up some fractured fairy tales

  • We had a very loud and exciting session of Crazy Library Bingo! (All right now everyone…switch cards!)
  • Although we were scheduled to paint with Coke, it worked better with Kool-Aid.
  • And our Big Hero Drop In was one of the busiest afternoons we’ve had in a long time. (I think everyone was satisfied with our care.)
  • On Thursday, the great people from Radical Science visited and helped us dissect diapers, and make slime! How sublime! (Yes, that was a leftover from the Poetry Party.)
  • And our first French Storytime was a great success. We can’t wait for the next one! (Even though I promised to learn French songs for the occasion.)

Thanks for donating cash and groceries for the Food Bank, for sharing your Shelfie Selfies with us, for drawing cave art and searching for all of the fun I Spy items in the library. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Where Are you?

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Photo courtesy of Kimberly Richards at Unsplash

If you’re not one of those lucky people who will be firmly planted on a warm, sandy beach next week, join us at the library for lots of great activities for the whole family. If you haven’t picked up our March Break calendar, you can download one here.

We’re excited to see everyone. Don’t forget to bring your overdue books back, or a donation for the Food Bank, and we’ll forgive your fines! Isn’t that a BREAK?

See you Monday……..

March 2015 at the Library

Photo by Danist Soh, courtesy of UNSPLASHMarch is here and whether it comes in like a lamb or a lion, we have plenty of great things going on at the library. After the cold stretch in February,  please remember that the library is a warm spot to visit, especially if you are in need of some shelter. We’re open Monday to Thursday 1:30 – 8pm, Friday from 9:30 – 5:30pm, and Saturdays from 10am until 5pm. Drop by during those hours and find a cozy spot to sit. We’d love to see you here!

If you’re looking for things to do this month, we have lots going on. We’re well into our new Toddler Time sessions on Thursday mornings at 10am, and we also run a regular storytime on Wednesday mornings, either 9:30am or 10:15am. Please call the library for more information and to register.

Forest of Reading continues this month, and our young readers are really racing through their books!  We have several readers who have completed their category, and have moved on to another. Who will read 30 books this time? It’s up for grabs!

Of course, the BIG thing happening this month is March Break, which takes place from March 16 – 20. We’ll have all kinds of fun events for the little ones, school age, teen and even a few things for adults! Please see our earlier post for the complete schedule, or drop by the library to pick one up. We’re going to be busy!

As usual, we’ll be having our monthly Craft Club meeting on Monday, March 16th from 6-7:30pm. This is a great session for adults who like to knit, crochet, or do any number of crafts. Bring along your work, and plan on meeting up with new people who also like to craft. Refreshments provided!

Have you taken advantage of our Ancestry Database training? If you haven’t, there are still slots available for anyone who wishes to know a little bit more about how to use the service and start researching your family tree. These are one-on-one sessions, and you do need to have some computer skills in order to get started. Call us to make an appointment!

To finish up this month, we’re getting ready to write books again in April. Join us on Tuesday, March 31st for the Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party!  We’ll talk about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), discuss our plans for the month of April, and give writers a few pointers to begin writing. If you’ve been taking part in our sessions which began last year, this is a fun event, and one that gets our creative juices flowing. If you haven’t been writing, but think you might have a novel in you, join us from 6-7pm to find out how we can help you write that novel in April.

We hope to see you this month. Happy March!

Welcome Back!

welcomeDuring the March Break, we’re doing something special….welcoming people BACK to the library! We realize that sometimes fines can be intimidating. Really, we just want our books back so that other patrons can use them, too. But we understand that it might be difficult to pay a fine that has grown quite large.

Come back to the library during the March Break (March 16 – 21), bring your LONG overdue items back (movies, books, magazines), and we’ll wipe the fines clean. (And we promise, we won’t scold you!). Are other large fines preventing you from coming in? We don’t want you to feel like you can’t use all of the fantastic resources the library has to offer, so bring us a few donations for our local food bank (non-perishables or money), and we’ll wipe those fines away, too!  It’s a win-win situation……we get our items back, and you can start using the library again!

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 257-2702 for more information.

We want you back at the library! Drop in and say hello!

March Break Plans

It’s that time of year again, when everyone is thinking ahead to the March Break and what they’re going to be doing. Don’t worry, we’ve got LOTS of great plans in the works for that week, and it includes something for all of our patrons (not just the kids)!

March Break 2015 (page 1)

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You’ll notice, we have lots of things going on every day, all day long.

  • Join us for a new I SPY game everyday, which involves picking up a card and searching the library for fun items.
  • We’re planning a “Cave Art” project, which we hope everyone will add to as the week goes on.
  • Teens, have your Library Fortune told to see what book you should be reading next!
  • Book Bundles are sure to be a hit with frazzled parents who don’t have a lot of time, but need something for their kids to do. Drop in, pick out a bundle and take it home. That’s it!
  • We’re excited about the Shelfie Selfies project! Last year, we had so much fun seeing your mustache photos, we’re inviting everyone to come to the library to take your photo in our special Shelfie Selfie booth! Then, post them on our Facebook page and tell us why you were at the library.
  • If you’re interested in changing careers, we have amazing e-resources available at the library. This week, we’ll have dedicated computers set up to help you take a career quiz to find out what might be out there for you!

One of the BIGGEST, most exciting things about March Break (March 16-20th), is going to be our WELCOME BACK program! We want to invite everyone who might have large fines, or very overdue library books, to come back to the library! And to make it more enticing, we’re going to be waiving our fines that week!  Bring back that overdue book and we’ll waive the fines. Or bring us a donation (canned goods, dry goods, or cash) for the local Food Bank, and we’ll waive your fines.  We just want you back at the library!

March Break 2015 (page 2)For the kids, we pop inside the March Break calendar to events happening every day. Most of the sessions are free, although they do require registration, so make sure to sign up early to save your child a spot.

  • First up, we’re inviting our Young Writers back to the library this week, starting with a fun session called “Fractured Fairy Tales”. This is going to be so much fun….we can’t wait to hear what our writers come up with!
  • Monday afternoon is a crazy sort of Bingo party. This is not your traditional bingo….and there will be wacky rules, treats and prizes. Hurry…this one will fill up fast!
  • On Tuesday, we’re trying a new crafty project….painting with Coke! Yes, this will be a new discovery for most of us…but it really works!
  • Wednesday is about poetry for our young writers, but it won’t be boring. Will there even be rhyming?? Who knows!
  • Our most-requested fun happens on Wednesday afternoon for the little ones…..our BIG HERO drop-in day! While it might be a new theme each year, this afternoon is always full of fun, crafts, costumes and books. Drop in anytime, do a craft, play a game, dress up….it’s all about Big Hero today! No registration required for this.
  • On Thursday, we’re talking about mystery writing with our Young Writers. We’ll learn how to craft the creepiest, scariest, most shocking story our little hearts can imagine! Boo!
  • This year, we’re doing something different on Thursday afternoon. It’s TWO sessions with RADICAL SCIENCE!!!!!!!!  Yes, instead of having an event outside the library today, we’re inviting all of our budding scientists to come and spend an hour doing thrilling, science-y stuff! Come to either session…..it only costs $1 for your ticket….and leave with a head full of knowledge (and a belly aching from laughter). This is going to sell out FAST, and we only have 25 spots for each session. Get your tickets NOW!!!
  • And last, but not least…..Friday is going to be wonderful!  Parents…if you’re exhausted from the week, drop in to pick up your OWN “Finally Friday” stress-relief kits! They won’t last long, though, so come by early!
  • For our French friends, we’re hosting an exciting preview to our upcoming new French Storytime!  Meet the wonderful Agathe who will read us a story, sing a song or two with us (maybe), and have lots of fun….all en francais!

 

If you have any questions about anything happening at the library during the March Break, give us a call. You can pick up your hard-copy of the March Break calendar starting today at the library. Post it on your fridge….you don’t want to miss a thing!

Book Clubs, Craft Nights and March Break!

We’ve been busy planning all kinds of new, fun things for 2015. And now that we’re back into the swing of things, we hope you’ll join us for some new programming!

1(Hint: these beautiful cave paintings found in Lascaux, France, have something to do with our March Break plans. No…we’re not planning a trip. Stay tuned!

January introduced us to an Adult Crafting Club! We provide the space, you bring your crafts!  It’s a fun way to meet knew people and discover all the crafty things you have in common. We’ve had knitters so far, but anyone is welcome….sewers, scrapbookers, wood carvers (okay, I’m being silly here, but if wood carving is your thing, you’re still invited!). Drop in on the third Monday of each month from 6-7:30pm. And refreshments will be provided, so even if you come directly from work, you won’t have to sit with a rumbling stomach.

Next up is our Ancestry Database training. This was such an amazing success in the fall, we’re continuing on! If you’ve always wanted to get started researching your family tree, but didn’t know how to begin, this is one-on-one training with a staff member who has a huge interest in genealogy. Book of one our sessions, and she’ll show you how to use Ancestry Library edition, and maybe she’ll even get you started on that family tree. You must have some computer skills to do this session, or bring someone along with you who does. Make an appointment for one of our Tuesday morning sessions, or for a Wednesday evening session. You won’t regret it!

For the first time, we’re starting a Teen Book Club!  We’ll meet the last Wednesday of each month, starting February 26th, from 4-5:30pm. At our first meeting, we’ll talk about great YA books, and make some selections for the upcoming book club meetings. Registration begins today, so give us a call if you have a teen (ages 12+) who would like to attend. Refreshments provided!

And last but not least, we’re doing another writing workshop to lead into Camp NaNoWriMo in April. You don’t have to be writing a book right now to get the benefits from “Voice Choice!”, but it might give you a few new things to look at as you move forward with your writing. We have a lot of continuing writers in our group, but we always enjoy having new members. Join us on Tuesday, February 24 from 6-8pm for this interesting workshop. No registration required….and yes, there will be treats!

These are just a few things happening in February. And if you’re starting to think about the March Break, our March Break calendar will be out early this week. There is something in it for EVERYONE! Watch here or Facebook for more information, or give us as call a little later this week and we can help you find the calendar online. It’s going to be an exciting March Break!

Staches Galore!

It was the 1st Annual Moustache Photobomb Contest for the Carleton Place Public Library. We handed out many, many moustache kits and asked our patrons to take them home and take the craziest photo they could think of…using the moustaches. The pictures came pouring in last week, and now we have a tough decision to make. After all, the coveted “Moustache Medal” is at stake!  We’ll announce the winner later this week.

Here are the entries. Do you have a favourite?

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