Planning

It’s spring, and that means a lot of our programs are finishing up for the season. But that means we hear a lot of questions like…

Why do the programs stop?

When will the summer programs start?

What do you do all day???

Okay…that last question isn’t real. But sometimes, it’s implied. So, what DO we do with all this time between sessions, and why are we stopping?

It’s all about planning. We need time to think about the programs that we want to run in the upcoming season. Then, we need time to plan those programs, and make things for those programs, and advertise those programs. It would be great if all we had to do was think of a program, snap our fingers, and it’d be done. But it takes time to do each step, and to make the programs as interesting and as valuable to our patrons as possible.

If you come to the library, you’ll see posters for upcoming programs. You might pick up a newsletter, or a handout for something while you’re here. We might give you a reminder slip for something you’ve signed up for.  All of those things are items we’ve made. And each program requires many of those things to be designed, printed, photocopied, and added to our social media, website and blog.

In between all of this work, we’re —

  • serving patrons at the desk,
  • answering phone calls,
  • processing books,
  • helping with computer issues,
  • doing webinars to learn about new products or programs,
  • taking health and safety courses,
  • visiting schools, daycares, or other local businesses to run programs or talk about upcoming plans
  • training new staff
  • attending meetings
  • ordering books
  • answering emails and letters
  • and much, much, MUCH more!

Our library life isn’t a quiet one, as much as some people want to believe the stereotype, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We love what we do, and it’s and exciting part of our work to be able to dream up and execute new programs, especially when our patrons enjoy them!

So the next time we take a “break” from programs, you’ll probably see us squirreled away at our desks, or in another part of the library, working hard to create a better library services just for you. Because YOU are the reason we do all of this.

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What’s Happening?

Did you know that next week, we have TONS of great daily programs happening at the library? We’ve been super busy at the library, with drop ins, registered programs, and more. But in case you’re looking for something to do, here’s what’s happening next week, July 17-21st.

  • Monday — Water Wonders (ages 6-8) 10am—registration required
  • Monday — Library Scavenger Hunt Drop In (ages 6+) 1:30 – 3:30pm
  • Monday — National Film Board Screening (all ages) –7-9pm (see Facebook for details)
  • Tuesday— Liquid Life (ages 8-12), 10am–registration required
  • Tuesday—-Find Your Creative Self–(adults)—Session #3 (closed to registrants)
  • Wednesday — Storytime (Ages 2-5) 10am—-Registration required
  • Wednesday — Crafternoon Drop In (ages 7+)
  • Thursday— Art Through the Ages (adults and teens) – 10am
  • Thursday — Elliot Smith, Magician—10am at the Carleton Place Town Hall Auditorium (tickets $3 in advance at the library, $4 at the door) , ages 4+
  • Thursday — Fort Drop In Day — All Ages — 1:30 – 3:30
  • Friday — Une Heure de Conte en Francais — all ages, no registration, 10:30am
  • Friday — Lego Drop In — all ages—-no registration

If the kids are getting a bit restless, we have lots going on all week, plus I Spy, and summer reading. Oh, and we have books to take home, too!

 

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!

 

November at the Library

november1We’re winding down our fall programs this month, and getting ready for a fun winter full of library activities! If you’re wondering what’s on, you can always take a look at the calendar on our library website, or drop by the library to pick up a newsletter. (This week is the exception….we’re taking a break from children’s programs, but we’ll be back next week). But here is a quick look at what’s up in November.

KIDS:

  • Toddler Time:  Now that Babytime is finished, we welcome in the toddlers. This program is for children aged 1-2 years old, and acts as a transition between babytime and storytime. We sing songs, learn some American Sign Language, and read books, of course! While it’s a little more active than babytime, your toddler doesn’t have to be able to follow directions. By the end of week five, we know they’ll be participating!  Toddler time runs from November 3rd through December 8th, Thursday mornings at 9:30am. Registration required, so give us a call at 257-2702.
  • Storytime continues through November 30th on Wednesday mornings. We have two sessions: 9:30am & 10:15am. Both tend to fluctuate with attendees each week, so make sure to call ahead to reserve a spot for your 2-5 year old. We read books, sing songs, incorporate rhythm into the mix, and have lots of giggles. It’s also a great way to introduce pre-literacy skills to your little ones.
  • Une Heure de Conte en Francais:  Friday mornings at 10:30am are our French Storytime sessions. This is just a drop in, and is for all ages. It is aimed at children who have some French skills, but we take it slow, and modify the program according to the average age of the group.
  • PA Day Drop Ins:  We have two this month, which means two school boards are planning days for your children to be off. If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, here’s what we have planned:  November 18th we’ll be doing a LEGO Drop In from 1-3pm, and November 25th we’ll be showing a movie, also from 1-3pm. Stop by our Facebook page to see what movie we’ll be playing that day!
  • Christmas Craft Night:  Registration is taking place now for our last children’s craft night of the year. Call us to sign up your child, aged 6-11, for a fun evening of crafts, treats, and snowy fun, on Tuesday, November 29 from 6-7pm.
  • And to wind up the month, we’re going to be handing out Elf Cards the last week of November to the kids. Drop by and pick one up, and then follow our Elf on the Library Shelf, Cocoa, during December. Collect all of the items on the card to win a prize. We can’t wait for Cocoa to arrive!

Teens:

  • Our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club will be meeting for the last time in 2016 on Wednesday, November 30th from 4-5:30pm.  And we’re having our Christmas party! Don’t be surprised if you see a present exchange going on that day. It’s going to be a blast! (Oh, and we’ll talk about books, I promise.)

Adults:

  • Adult Book Club:  We meet this month on Monday, November 14th at 6:30pm. We’re reading THE ILLEGAL by Lawrence Hill, and it’s going to be a great discussion! This is also the One Book, One Community pick for Lanark County, so you know it’s going to be interesting!
  • NaNoWriMo:  We have quite a few aspiring authors taking part in National Novel Writing Month at the library in November. We’re meeting weekly (Tuesdays at 1pm, starting November 15th) to chat about the struggles and triumphs of trying to write a novel in one month. Drop by to find out more, even if you’re not participating! We’d love to have new members.
  • Adopt-A-Book:  Starting in mid-November, you can drop by the library with a $20 donation and adopt a book for someone special on your gift-giving list. We’ll do the rest, and provide you with a nice token to put under the tree. Best of all, your adoptee will reap the benefits of being the first one to read the book, and have their name placed on a bookplate inside. Keep your eye on the library website for more information!
  • Adult Craft Club:  The adult craft club will be meeting on Monday, November 28th at 6:30pm. Call to sign up for this fun evening of crafting and chat. It’s a great night out and you get to go home with something cute!
  • We have two great seminars happening this month for adults. The first is an Introduction to Facebook on November 12 at 2pm. This is perfect for anyone who is new to Facebook, or who just doesn’t know how to use it properly. Registration is required, so sign up early. These tech seminars have been popular.
    • The second seminar is called Open Monitoring Meditation and takes place on November 24 at 7pm. This is part of our ongoing meditation series and there are a few spaces left if you’re interested in learning about the art of non-quiet meditation.

As you can see, it’s going to be a busy month, but lots of fun. Give us a call for more information on anything you see above. We’d love to see you at the library this month!

Program Evaluations

-POP(1)If you’ve been enjoying the library this summer by participating in reading programs or activities, we’d love to hear from you! Take a few minutes to drop by the library to fill out a quick survey, or do it right now by clicking on this link! It’s easy, and fun.

Tell us how we did!

 

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 http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

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!

New Programs at the Library!

Starting in January, we have a whole host of new programs on the schedule. There are book clubs, craft nights, workshops, and much more. You can drop in right now to pick up the 2016 Winter Newsletter for adults and teens, and take the new children’s Newsletter at the same time. There’s something for everyone!

20151209_161258You’ll notice we have the regular storytime beginning again. This session, we’ll also have Toddlers, and a little later on, babies again! Our French storytime session will start up on Fridays again, and we’ll have things to keep the kids entertained on PA days all winter long.

If you’re wondering about March Break, you’ll have to wait a few weeks, but we’ll let everyone know when we have that special schedule out. And if you have young crafters, make note of the registration dates for Valentine’s Craft Night, and Spring Craft Night. These fill up fast, and they are always popular! We’ve already started Forest of Reading®, so register early and begin reading right away!

20151209_161247Our adult and teen programs are even more exciting for 2016!

Starting with teens, we’ll begin our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club again in January, and run it through May. We’re also gearing up to celebrate Rock the Drop again in April for Teen Literature Day….and keep a lookout for a few special new programs for teens a little later on.

For adults, we’re starting up the VERY popular tech training again, as well as our adult book club. But if you’d rather take part in a different type of book club, we have one to bridge the generation gap! (It’s a lot of fun, and it gets everyone involved.)

If adult colouring is more your thing, we’ve got plenty of great colouring pages ready for winter. See all of the details above, or drop in to pick up your own copy (it’s super clear, and has a lot more detail).

20151209_161240The BIG fun happens with our workshops this winter. We’ve got creativity fun, social media info, and money workshops for women. We’re also excited about a special astronomy talk with Frank Hitchens in January that you won’t want to miss!

If you want to know more about any of these great programs, drop by the library, take a gander at our online catalog (http://olco.canlib.ca/client/cp), or give us a call at 257-2702. It’s going to be an exciting winter….even if we don’t get any snow!