Art at your Fingertips

It seems like everyone in my Instagram feed these days is posting photos from gorgeous places around the globe. And one of the most interesting things about traveling is being able to hit museums and art galleries to see amazing art.

But what if you can’t get there? Recently, the Guggenheim Museum decided to make available over 200 books of art online. You can flip through pages of books just like they were right there at your fingertips. The photos are brilliant and crisp, and it is a wonderful idea. I’m sure this is just the start of offering valuable resources to people online that more institutions will adopt.

Take a few minutes to browse the collection. I’ll bet you’ll get lost in the pages.

March Break at the Library!

1Just a few more days until March Break! Don’t forget, we have LOTS of fun things going on at the library all week, for all ages. Drop in, participate, read, pick up materials…we’re going to be busy!

Since it will be a VERY busy week, if you’re looking for Museum Passes (they’ll be in big demand), you can stop by our website to see what’s available. We’ll try to keep a running list of what we have when you drop in, but you can stay one step ahead by checking the website. Just click on this link, and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see availability. You can’t place holds on museum passes, so be patient. And if you take one out and use it, please bring it back as soon as you can so that others might take advantage of the savings. We know there will be a lot of people waiting!

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Museum Passes

13927388698_042687a6f3_bCanadian Museum of Nature photo credit to Ottawa Tourism

With the long weekend upon us, we’re seeing a lot of activity regarding the museum passes we have for Ottawa and Brockville attractions. Just a few reminders:

  • most museum passes go out for FOUR days (which includes the day you pick it up, and the day you must return it), the exception being the Brockville Aquatarium which goes out for a week
  • passes go out on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • You’re welcome to call us to check on availability, or go online to http://carletonplacelibrary.ca and check under the “Museum Passes” tab
  • We have multiple passes for each museum, but some will be more popular than others
  • If you keep a museum pass out past the due date, fines are $5 per day

These are such a popular item in the library, and understandably so. The passes allow FIVE admissions (usually two adults and up to three children), and make going to see the exhibits much more affordable. While we would love to have an unlimited number of passes for each museum, we do not. Please keep in mind that the loan policies we have put in place are to make it easier for everyone to have the opportunity to experience exhibits, not to make it impossible. We will certainly call a patron if a pass is very overdue, however, we cannot call simply because it is a day late. It is up to patrons to return items on time, and we hope that everyone will appreciate that these are in high demand, and get their passes back promptly.

The library isn’t just about books anymore!

A Visit to the Museum!

museumIn August, we have plans to visit the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum in Carleton Place with a group of kids. This is always such a fun afternoon, and it is not only interesting, but always leaves us wanting to go back. The people are so friendly, and they make the town’s history exciting and relevant to all of their visitors.

A SCHEDULE CHANGE!

While we were slated to go on Wednesday, August 17th, we are now going on Wednesday, August 10th from 1-2pm!! (Just a little scheduling conflict that couldn’t be helped.)  While you register for this visit for another few weeks, we wanted to give everyone a bit of a heads up. The program is for children aged 7 – 11, and we’ll be meeting over at the museum for 1pm that day, so mark it on your calendars!

Get ready for a fun afternoon!

Visit the Museum!

Museum pass

It seems that people are still just hearing about this great program that we’re thrilled to offer to our patrons—museum passes!  And they aren’t just for kids. All you need is a library card.

We have museum passes for all of the Ottawa museums, and the pass covers FIVE (5) general admissions. Some of the passes allow up to three adults, but most are for two adults, and up to three children. The passes do not cover admission for special events, but go to see a regular exhibit, and we’ve got you covered.

The passes go out for a total of four days turnaround. After that, if the pass is late, there is a fine of $1 per day.  Only one pass per family, please.

If you’re thinking of things to do with the kids over the holidays, don’t forget these great passes. They’ll save you some money to spend on something special!

Go to the Museum!

Can you believe, the hottest thing going out from the library in the past few weeks has been….a museum pass?!

Museum pass

Yes, that’s true. More specifically, the Canadian Museum of History/War Museum pass. I guess a lot of people are finding out about this great idea. Come to the library, check out one of our family museum passes, go to the museum, have fun, bring it back! We have passes for most of the museums in the Ottawa area, and they cover FIVE admissions. If you’re going to see a special exhibit, that might not be covered, but your regular, general admission for 2 adults and 3 children will be.

You need a library card and that’s it. Drop in and pick up the pass on one day, keep it for the next two full days, then return it on the fourth day. Easy! So get out there and experience museums, courtesy of the library!