How to Tell a Story

8631214f-e8d3-40db-937d-c846b748b766Recently, at one of our NaNoWriMo group meetings, we talked about how to put together a story, and the art of the first line. While I spend a great deal of time with my young writers talking about elements of a story, and working specifically on first lines, I’ve never really done this with the adults.

But I came across this fabulous new book called, HOW TO TELL A STORY, by Daniel Nayeri, which is part book, part game…and now I want to use it everywhere! This book is used as a resource to allow children to learn how to construct a story using 20 interactive colour-coded blocks to help them along. Used in big groups or small, it’s a great way to get children of all ages to think about how stories work, and why they won’t work. I’m pretty sure our adults would have fun with this as an exercise as well.

You can see more about this interesting new teachable here:

Doesn’t this sound fun? I can’t wait to see what everyone writes!

Writing at the Library

NOVELYes, we’re going to write books again in November at the library! It’s a long, difficult process, so we’re getting ready starting with a workshop on Sept., 29th from 6-7pm to find out how.

We have an active adult writing group that has been meeting, learning, and challenging themselves for over a year now, and we’d love to have new members. Plan on coming to the meeting to see how to prepare for writing your first novel (or your 5th), and get to know some fantastic local writers who are working at their craft, just like you!

No registration required. We’ll see you at the meeting!

Fall is here…almost!

At the Carleton Place Public Library, we’re getting ready for an exciting fall full of programs for children, teens and adults. This year, with the addition of our new Adult Program Co-Ordinator Caroline, we have TONS of great new events and options for adults, too. Don’t forget the library when planning your fall schedule.

You can download a copy of our schedule, or pick up your own version at the library (it has a lot more information on it). But in the meantime, here is a quick rundown of upcoming programs:

CHILDREN: Registration required unless stated


Storytime –  Starting Sept. 16th (9:30am or 10:15am, Wednesday mornings, ages 2-5)

Babytime — Starting Sept., 17th (9:30am, Thursday mornings, ages 0 – 12 months)

Une Heure de Conte en Francais — Starting Sept., 18th (10:30am, Fridays…no registration, all ages)

Lego Drop In Days — PD Day/PA Day drop in from 2-4pm, no registration

Stuffed Animal Sleepover — Friday, Oct., 23rd…for Ontario Library Week

Halloween Craft Night — Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6-7pm, ages 6-11

Christmas Craft Night — Tuesday, Dec., 1st, 6-7pm, ages 6-11

We’ll also be running Forest of Reading starting in December, the Elf on the Library Shelf, and a few other fun surprises during Ontario Library Week, October 18-23/15. You can also see our library catalog for more details on these programs.

TEEN & ADULT PROGRAMS: Registration required unless otherwise stated

20150822_144306Technology Training— For teens or adults. One on one sessions, any devices, any programs, Thursdays by appointment

Nerd Herd Teen Book Club — Last Wednesday of each month, 4-5:30pm, ages 12+ (drop in to pick up a book list)

Bridging the Generation Gap Book Club —Second Tuesday of each month, 6-7:30pm, ages 11+/adult. Begins November 10th!

20150822_144313Board Games Night — Begins Sept., 22 — alternating Tuesdays, all ages drop in

NaNoWriMo— National Novel Writing Month- Nov. 1-30, all ages. Write a book with us in November! (Come to the NaNoWriMo Kick Off Party on Thursday, Oct., 29 6-7pm for more information)

Colour Yourself Calm — Begins Sept. 23,  Every 4th Wednesday, 6:30pm, adults only, Drop in!

Adult Book Club – Begins Sept. 14th, Second Monday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm (Reading list available here)

“Write a Novel in November” Workshop, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6-7pm, no registration

Library Cookie Exchange – Thursday, Dec. 17th, 7pm. Register by Dec. 14th.

We’re also excited to offer a fantastic community program called “One Book, One Community” this fall. Join us on Monday, Sept. 14th at 6:30pm to learn about the book everyone in Lanark County will be reading this fall, FLEE, FLY, FLOWN by Canadian author Janet Hepburn.

Then, on Wednesday, Sept., 16th from 2-3pm, we’ll have local museum curator Jennifer Irwin stop by to discuss “Connections to the Past”, and key items in her collection at the museum.

Finally, on Friday, Oct. 2, from 2-5pm, FLEE, FLY, FLOWN author Janet Hepburn will make a special visit to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum to talk about her book, and take questions: “In Conversation: Janet Hepburn”.

Plus, we’ll also have exciting things happening during Ontario Public Library Week, Oct. 18-24! Drop in to see what we’re doing!

We’ll let you know more about some of these programs as time goes on, but get your calendars out…it’s going to be a great fall!






Camp NaNoWriMo Progress

It’s now been a year since we first offered Camp NaNoWriMo at the Carleton Place Public Library. While it was a great success then, we’re so excited about all of the fun things happening this year!

camp2If you’re not familiar with this project, Camp NaNoWriMo is the baby brother of National Novel Writing Month, which takes place in November. The Camp version is a little less rigid, but the overall idea is for people to write a book in one month. This year, we have 15 people participating, and boy, are they writing!

Through weekly meetings, and daily emails, we’re keeping in touch with our writers to make sure their progress is smooth, and that they have support. It’s been a lot of fun seeing their progress reports each day. Just about everyone is meeting their goals…whether it is to write every day, revise a project, or to blast through this mid-way through the month and reach the 50,000 word goal. We’re so proud of all the stories, and all the writers.

We have people working on projects from last year, people working on brand new projects, and people who are writing for the very first time. It’s fun to hear about crazy plot ideas, writing breakthroughs and

If you’re interested in joining us, feel free to drop in and have a chat. If you’re not ready to write this month, it’s also a great time to prepare….we’ll be doing this again in the summer (hopefully).


Sign up for Camp!

We’re getting ready to do it again…welcome aspiring writers to the library to participate in a month-long challenge to write a book in one month. April is all about Camp NaNoWriMo here, and we’re gearing up for some fun!

camp2We started doing this about one year ago, and it’s been a great year. Back then, we weren’t sure if anyone would show up, or how they would do, but we’ve had a dedicated writing group ever since. We meet up about once a month and discuss new projects, take part in challenges and plan for upcoming events.

Last year, during the first Camp NaNo attempt, we had about ten people of all ages take part. They wrote like crazy for the month of April….30 days….and several met the goal of 50,000 words, which is the length of a small book. Yay! After that, we worked on revision, talked about voice, and discussed plot, all in an attempt to further our writing chops. It’s been amazing to see these writers grow.

During the summer, many of them took part in a second run, trying their hand at a new book or revising the one they finished in April. We also gathered together a summer of young writers, and wrote many, many, many creative things. It was fantastic!

In November, a few of the writers took part in the more official National Novel Writing Month, and wrote a new book. Our youngest participant was a teen who won NaNo, and finished her second novel. How amazing, right?

Now, we’re doing it all again. We’d love to get new writers….anyone interested in giving it a try. You’ll have the rest of March to prepare an idea, work out some plot points or create some characters, and then you can join us on Tuesday, March 31st for the Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party at the library, from 6-7pm.  We’ll learn the rules, make some promises, but mostly….we’ll gear up for a month of fun.

If you’ve never written a book, but have always wanted to try, why not join us? You don’t have to be good at it, you just have to try. There are no rules, and you don’t have to actually write on the library premises…..write wherever you like…at home, in a coffee shop, on the bus. But join us for the meetings, and sign up for the daily inspirational emails. We’d love to have you join!

If you’d like a bit more information, drop by the library, or give us a call at 257-2702. We’re writing in APRIL!


What’s Coming Up?

While 2014 is coming to a close, we’ve been thinking about 2015 for some time now. And a New Year means new programs at the library! We’ve had a great fall, with lots of programming for adults, and children, so we’re going to expand again into the unknown. Here’s what’s coming up:




Toddler Time

Craft Nights

Forest of Reading®

March Break events

Free Comic Book Day


Teen Book Club

Camp NaNoWriMo

March Break events

Rock the Drop!


Monthly Book Club

Monthly Craft Club

Ancestry Database training

Writing workshops

Camp NaNoWriMo

Bad Art Night

Human Library Project



As you can see, we’re going to be doing most of the usual fun programs for kids, but we have a few fun new things to offer as well. Toddler time was a good success this fall, so we’re going to offer it in short 6-week sessions, running after babytime sessions. You can see the full schedule above for dates and times. We’re also hoping to add to the mix by participating in Free Comic Book Day in Carleton Place. If you’ve ever been on Bridge Street that day, you’ll know to expect lots of kids in costumes, roaming from business to business to pick up their free comic books. This time, we’re looking forward to having comics available, too. And don’t forget our great Forest of Reading®. We’ve already started, and this runs from now through April. There are plenty of great books to read this year, so get going now!

Teens, we’re looking for readers who want to have fun, read good books….and eat lots of snacks! The Teen Book Club will be a monthly meeting afterschool, so come in to find out more. Rock the Drop is a special project we’ll tell you more about as the time gets closer, but we want to spread the word about great YA books. And for those young writers who want some feedback, or just want to challenge themselves, we’re hoping to add this generation to our Camp NaNoWriMo group, as well as offer some fun Young Writers workshops during March Break. Pick up a schedule and stay informed!

Adults, we haven’t forgotten about you!  With the great success of the Summer Reading Club for Adults, we expanded this fall into an adult Book Club. Meetings are monthly, and we have a wide selection of books we’re covering this year. Drop by for some stimulating conversation! We’re also looking forward to our monthly Craft Club. If you want to meet new people and work on some crafts in a cozy environment, join us at the library! But what if you’re not crafty?  We’ve got something even BETTER for you! Bad Art Night is our first ever craft night for adults! It’s going to be hilarious—and full of bad art—so mark that on your calendar. If you enjoyed the one-on-one training this fall, we’re offering more starting in January! And we’re hoping for some interesting participants in this year’s Human Library Project.

All of these events are laid out in the photos above, but we have copies available at the library, so drop in to find out more and pick up your own copy. We don’t want you to miss a thing! 2015 is going to be incredible at the Carleton Place Public Library!