Hockeyville “Kraft” Night at the library!

To join in the fun on the bid for Carleton Place to become Kraft Hockeyville 2012, we’re having a Hockeyville “Kraft” night at the library!  Kids from ages 6 – 12 are welcome to sign up for a fun evening of hockey “Krafts”, puzzles, games and more!  There might even be a few very special guests to help us out!! (Just a hint….they’re not playing that night, but they are Canadians…….)

If you don’t know about the exciting endeavor, you can drop by the Kraft Hockeyville website to sign up and “JOIN” our community of Carleton Place, in an effort to become this year’s Kraft Hockeville community!  The winning community will get $100,000 in arena upgrades from Kraft Canada, an NHL pre-season game played at the local arena, NHL open team practices and a special Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on CBC.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  But Carleton Place needs LOTS more people to sign up and upload photos, stories or videos about the hockey experience in Carleton Place. 

If you know a young person who would like to come to our Kraft Night from 7 – 8pm on Tuesday, January 24th…please drop in or call us at 257-2702 to register.  Hurry…spaces are limited and this is going to be a popular event! Go Carleton Place!


We ARE Hockeyville!

As some of you might know, Carleton Place is in the running for the  Kraft Hockeyville contest! It’s a wonderful initiative by the people at Kraft to support communities across Canada with fabulous hockey spirit! The winning community gets a host of great prizes, including $100,000 in arena upgrades, an NHL pre-season game played at their local arena, NHL open team practices and a special broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada on the CBC, direct from the winning town’s arena!

As a community with enormous spirit, we’re hoping to earn the title of Kraft Hockeyville this year, but Carleton Place can’t do it without your support! Why not hop over to the Hockeyville website, sign up and “Join” our community.  It’s easy, free and only takes a couple of minutes. Once you’re signed up, you can upload photos that celebrate hockey in our community (photos from the Arena are MUCH in demand), and take part in all the “missions” that are assigned.  But the main thing is to just sign up and join Carleton Place. With your support, we can SO do this!

You can sign up using your email, through Facebook or Twitter and get going! We’ve qualified a a community so far, but there’s plenty more to do.  Watch for community activities in the next few months that will support the effort!

Time to relax!

We’ve noticed on several occasions this summer, that people are doing Tai Chi in the park just outside of the library.  There is a nice area in front of the Cenotaph where a group of seniors likes to gather for an hour of the slow and relaxing sport known as Tai Chi.

(Sorry about the tree!)

Here in Carleton Place, we have one official Tai Chi society, which falls under the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada.  You can see when they have sessions and workshops, find out about health benefits and register for one of their courses.

If you’d like more information about tai chi before trying it out, we have lots of books at the library on the subject, including:

If you’d like to try a bit of tai chi in your own home, there are plenty of videos on YouTube that show each movement, step-by-step.  Like this:

Hopefully, the nice weather will continue so that we’ll be able to watch our locals practice on a regular basis.  Although it is so beautiful to watch, we might not get much work done!

Are you ready for the Olympics?

We have lots of great books about the Winter Olympics at the library, so if you’d like to know a little more about the events that we’ll be seeing in the upcoming weeks, drop by and check out our sports section.  In the children’s area, we have a special table display with a variety of books on each winter sport, focusing on Canadian athletes, such as :

Miga, Quatchi and / et Sumi by Michael Murphy and Vicki Wong


Ski Jumping, Snowboarding and Speed Skating, all by Blaine Wiseman

Wiseman has covered each winter sport and there are plenty of other books along this subject in the library.

If you are interested in following the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, there is an official website that will lead you through.  You can drop by at any point and learn something about an athlete, see the schedule of events, buy tickets or something from the store.  Once the games begin, you can also watch events live on their site and see what the medal standings are on any given day.

We’re also getting ready to follow our athletes and to show our support.We created a few Olympic displays, celebrating the official mascots and more.

Go Canada!!

Ride your bike

These days, the cost of gas makes the idea of riding a bike even more attractive to a lot of people.  But it’s hard to keep the “cool” factor pulling up to work on your ten speed with your hair all smucked to your head from the helmet.  What if your bike was a bit more elegant, something to marvel at?  Would it coax you into trying?

Bicycle design has pretty much stayed the same since the original bicycles in the 19th century, aside from the fact that they’ve come down in size.  But bicycles could look so much more interesting and it seems that designers have finally caught on to that fact. The creative people at Hammacher Schlemmer have created an eight speed transmission electric bicycle (which kind of defeats the purpose of getting some exercise, but that’s neither here nor there).


And what about a folding bike that will save some space once you get to work?  In fact, you could bring the entire bike into your cubicle with you, instead of just the wheel. The Strida Folding Bike looks a little odd, but if it works, then I guess that’s all that matters.


Australian student designer Julie Anne Davies has come up with a unique helmet design that cools the rider, is more ergonomic and provides better safety in crashes.  Along with that, her Pulse Bicycle Safety Helmet features a USB port and Bluetooth capabilities to allow you to take your music along with you.


We have nice number of books on the subject of bicycles in the library, also, such as :

bicyclesBicycles by Robert Green


ZinnZinn & the art of Mountain Bike Maintenance by Leonard Zinn

Of course, there are many more books to choose from but if you are interested in getting out your bike and taking to the streets or the trails, come on in and browse the shelves for some ideas.  You can also see more fun bicycle designs right here at the interesting site Been-Seen.

I am a yo-yo

I’ve decided that maybe I’m just a yo-yo.  We’ve all heard about yo-yo dieting which is the act of losing and gaining weight over the course of your life, and now I’ve heard the term used for exercise as well.  And it applies….I am a yo-yo exerciser.  I begin and keep at it for a while, then just completely stop and lose all of the headway that I’ve gained.  And now studies are showing that this is even harder on your body than not exercising at all (which would be a preference for many of us, I know).  The time it takes for your body to start burning calories at a significant rate is greater once you’ve stopped exercising for a long stretch of time.  It is better to just keep at it, once a week for instance, than to quit cold-turkey.  Your body will still reap the rewards (higher metabolism, stronger bones and muscle) if you just continue to exercise on a regular basis, but it does have to be good exercise.

So why do we exercise?  Many of us do it for a specific event….a wedding, summer bathing suit weather, a high school reunion, and yet others do it to stay healthy or get healthier.  Weight loss is a big motivation for most people to exercise, but so is health.  I read an article recently about famous chef Gordon Ramsay who says he started exercising after a really stressful period in his life when his father had passed away due to a bad heart.  His brother-in-law signed him up to run a marathon and so, he HAD to go into training, no excuses.  He began running and found it to be a huge stress reliever, his only quiet time to think during his day.  I know that I don’t want any of my family to sign me up for a marathon, but I want to stop yo-yo exercising.

We have a new book in our library for those who might want to start running now that the warmer weather is upon us.  Although we were lucky this year to have the option of walking indoors at the Carleton Place High School in the evenings (you can ask Judi or Janet about it if you are visiting the library), many people still prefer to run as a form of exercise.  The book is called No Need for Speed : A beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running by John Bingham, a columnist for Runner’s World Magazine.  He is a self-proclaimed back of the pack runner and wants people to understand that it isn’t how fast you run, but the fact that you just do it at all.

noneedThis looks like a really great read for those of us who might not be sure about running a exercise.  There are pages and pages of motivational stories, lots of great tips for getting out there and just starting as well as diet advice and even tips on buying shoes.  Although running may seem like a simple  form of exercise, Bingham gives you tips on how to really get the most out of it, without stressing the need to achieve the longest distance or the fastest time.

And for those who are less likely to go out and run a marathon yourself, there is a fascinating book in the new bin this morning called A Race Like No Other : 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York by Liz Robbins which details the stories of the New York Marathon in 2007.

raceShe tells the tales of the amateur runners as well as seasoned professionals, bringing insight into both the men’s and women’s races and the people who are spotlighted as the ones to watch during the race.  There are pages of great photos before, during and after the race which really brings the book alive.  If you’ve ever imagined participating in the world’s largest marathon, this book will not only inspire you, but it might just be the motivation to change your life and achieve that goal.

But for me, it looks like I might be doomed to a lifetime of yo-yo exercise, although I’ll try to correct that lifestyle and at least do something to break a sweat once or twice a week. I can manage that, if only for the thought that it might make my life a bit easier 30 years from now.

As if ice hockey isn’t already dangerous enough!

A new and extremely dangerous sport is being played by Austrians and it is changing the great game we all know and love.  Under Ice Hockey is the extreme sport being played by free divers and extreme sport lovers in Austria.  And yes, it really takes place under the ice!

The game takes place after a hole is cut in the ice and teams submerge themselves in the freezing waters.  There are frequent “air breaks” and the audience watches from up above on monitors.  No oxygen tanks and the risk of hypothermia are just a few of the dangers, although divers with oxygen are always present while the game plays out.

Of course, if you are looking for a few good hockey books, the always-extreme Don Cherry has a new book called Don Cherry’s Hockey Stories and Stuff and it is available in our library, along with countless other books on the subject.