YA and Middle Grade author Tahereh Mafi knows something about break dancing. You wouldn’t think it to look at her, but Iranian-American born Mafi spent much of her youth breaking dancing with her brothers. If you follow her on social media, she regrets not getting any photos from her teen years, but she willingly posts a new shot of her break dancing just a few weeks ago. And that’s as a new mom.

Mafi writes adventure for middle grade, with bits of magic and lots of fantasy. And her YA books are often dystopian–and always full of interesting characters and situations. So it seems out of sort to write a very different type of YA novel, to be titled A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA, coming out this fall. In it, she tells the story of Shirrin, an hijab-wearing Muslim teenager living in the year after 9/11, who struggles to find her identity as a young adult, but who is also living a new life of fear in the suspicious and confusing world after that tragic day in September. To make matters even more difficult, she falls in love with a white boy–something that only makes her stand out even more, and offers her a different view of the world through his eyes.

While she won’t say how the break dancing fits into this book, it’s her most autobiographical book to date, and she hopes it will show readers that people aren’t just what they appear to be on the outside. It might hit a new audience of readers, but her loyal fans (known as the Mafi Mafia) will probably tag right along, if only to learn a little more about their favourite author.

You can read the fascinating L.A. Times interview about Mafi and her new book right here.


Spend Those Bucks!

It’s our final Book Bucks Spending Week of the summer! Drop by the library anytime this week to spend the last of your Teen Book Bucks. We’ll have the window filled with tons of great items worth one Book Buck all the way up to Thirteen Book Bucks!

Your Book Bucks are only good this year—so don’t forget to drop by often! When we’re done, we’re done.

Programs are Back!

Next week, our programs are starting again! If you haven’t signed up for something good, make sure you take a look at our calendar and give us a call. Some programs are full, but we have spaces for many more (and don’t forget our great drop ins).

You can find our entire schedule right here: http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

See you at the library!

Teen Book Club

Our Nerd Herd, aka the Teen Book Club, is getting ready for a fun book-filled fall! We’ve got our choices picked, and we’re gearing up for lots of discussion, fun, and more.

If you have a reader who is at least 12 years old who might like to join, drop by the library before school starts to get on the list. It’s always a fun session, and our first meeting takes place on Wednesday, September 27, from 4-5:30pm.

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!


The Gold Card….Maple Edition

It’s our Library Lemonade Stand Kick-Off event today, and that means you’ll be able to fill out a ballot between now and July 8th for a chance to win one of SIX Carleton Place Public Library Gold Cards!

We’ll draw for the Gold Cards on Monday, July 10th—two for children, two for teens, and two for adults, so make sure to fill out a ballot for every member of your family to give yourself more chances to win. The card will only be valid for the person who wins it, is non-transferable, and lasts for 150 days. During those 150 days, the winners will not be charged any fines…a very special allowance in honour of this year’s Canada 150 celebrations!

And while you’re here, sign up for one of our great summer reading programs or events. We’ve got lots going on, and this is going to be an extra special year.

Don’t forget, the library is only open tomorrow, and then we’re closed for a few days to celebrate. Make sure to drop in to get all of your items for the long weekend!

See you at the lemonade stand!