We have two really great Teen prizes available this summer, along with the “regular” book buck bingo prizes. In July, we’re giving away a signed copy of John Green’s TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. Teens can drop in, fill out and ballot, and then cross their fingers. We’ll draw for the book at the end of July! Good luck!


Storytime, Art in the Park(ing) Lot, and more!

This week, we have LOTS of exciting things going on at the library. Storytime begins again, our weekly French storytime starts on Friday, and we’re introducing a super fun Friday night event at the Art Shack called “Art in the Park(ing) Lot”.

What is Art in the Park(ing) Lot? It starts at 6:00pm, and will take place in the parking lot beside the library. You can’t miss the wildly decorated Art Shack, and we’ll be bringing out some chalk for the kids, and a few art challenges. Bring along a lawn chair, some snacks, and if you’re musically inclined, bring your guitar! We’d love to have a family sing along!

Give us a call to register for programs, and feel free to bring along your kids and their friends for the drop ins. And don’t forget to sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club (kids), the Teen Summer Reading program, and the Adult Summer Reading program. It’s going to be fun!

Summer Calendar

It’s here! The Summer Calendar is officially out today! You can download one here, or drop by the library to pick up a paper copy.

We have plenty of exciting things going on this summer for all ages. Along with the TD Summer Reading Club (ages 0 – 12), we’ll have a Teen Summer Reading program (includes Book Buck Bingo), and an Adult Summer Reading Club! All of these great programs start on Thursday, June 28th at our Library Lemonade Stand Kick Off! Join us from 1:30-3:30pm for lemonade and LOTS of fun!

You’ll also find exciting summer programming if you’re looking for something for the kids to do. Most of the programs will be drop ins this year, good for all ages, but several programs do require registration, so please check the calendar carefully, or ask us if you’re not sure. We don’t want anyone to be disappointed. Registration begins the week before each program.

What’s YOUR thing going to be this summer? We hope it’s the library and summer reading!

Accessible Fun for ALL Readers

Summer reading is upon us…and for some, the idea isn’t exciting. When a child has reading issues (dyslexia, reading stress, visual impairment etc.), the thought of joining a summer reading program can be daunting, especially when that child has siblings who might be reading better.

We understand how frustrating this can be–for the child, and for the parents. No one wants to feel like they aren’t going to be able to keep up. We certainly don’t want that. We want every child who joins the TD Summer Reading Club to have access to books or materials that will entertain, educate, and keep them enthusiastic about reading throughout the summer.

The first amazing resource that we want to highlight is the TD Summer Reading Club website and materials. Each child who registers for the program at our library will receive a fun reading bag full of items to get them started. It will include a reading booklet, a fantastic bookmark, activity pages, reading challenges, and much more. All of the branded materials provided by the TD Summer Reading Club are available for children of all ages, contain both French and English versions, and have wonderful age-related activities.


The website has all of this available in a variety of languages, for all ages and interests, and we encourage everyone to visit it often once the program begins.

But if your child has reading issues, like the ones mentioned above, they also have special downloadable accessible booklets to replace the ones we include in the bags. There are booklets in Braille, audioversions, and booklets that are specially designed for those readers who have print issues. Ask us to print one for you, or show you how you can access them from home!

We have lots of other great accessible resources available this summer, too. Please watch for more posts, or ask us how we can help your child participate in a format that works best for them. We want EVERYONE to love summer reading as much as we do!

What’s YOUR thing?

What’s YOUR thing?

Do you collect giant paperclips?
Do your friends get tired of hearing you talk about your skincare routine?
Are you planning a vacation that takes you to all of the places in your favourite movie?

This summer, we want to hear about YOUR thing…what makes you happy, what you love to do in your spare time, what gets you talking and your blood flowing. Everyone has something they enjoy…and we want to know about YOUR thing!

We’ll be devoting special days this summer to something we’re calling “Bring Your Thing”. It’s our version of Show & Tell. If you have a collection you’d love to show off, a hobby you’d like to demonstrate, or even start up a discussion about your latest Netflix binge, we’d love for you to sign up for a spot.

Children, teens, and adults ALL welcome to “Bring Your Thing”. The more, the merrier. Let’s bring back the excitement of Show and Tell to the library this summer. Drop by the library to sign up today!

We’re Wiping the Slate CLEAN!

Here it is…the news you’ve been waiting for!

This summer, we’re wiping the slate clean!! That’s right, when children 12 and under sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club, we’ll put their account at ZERO! All previous fines or fees owed will be forgiven. It’s a great way to start off the summer!

Our program goes into effect on Thursday, June 28, starting with our TD Summer Reading Club Library Lemonade Stand Kick-Off! We’ll be handing out invitations, and all the information you’ll need to know about summer programs. All your child needs to do then is read three books, bring back the invitation, and we’ll wipe the slate clean!

Keep in mind, fines will accrue once they are registered for any items that become overdue. But we want everyone to be able to participate in the TD Summer Reading program this year, and this is our way of making it possible.

So get ready, we’re going to have a great summer!

Library Lemonade Stand and the TD Summer Reading Club!

Libraries + Lemonade Stands! Challenge initiated!

This year, ALL of the libraries in our area will be taking part in a Summer Reading Kick Off! And it all happens on Thursday, June 28th from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

But it’s about more than just lemonade….it’s the kick-off to our Summer Reading events! We’ll be starting our versions of the TD Summer Reading Club, handing out information about summer activities, and much, much more! But you’ll have to be there to see what it’s all about!

Participating libraries include Carleton Place Public Library, Mississippi Mills Public Library, Perth & District Union Library, Lanark Highlands Library, and the Smiths Falls Public Library. Drop by any of our libraries that afternoon (or any day this summer) to get started!

Over the next month, we’ll be sharing a few hints about what’s to come…and challenging each other to throw the best Library Lemonade Stand EVER! Keep an eye on Facebook for some shenanigans. We’re about to squeeze some life into Summer!

Mississippi Mills Public Library Lanark Highlands Public Library Perth & District Union Public Library Smiths Falls Public Library