Podcast and a Book!

It was inevitable…a multi-media version of a book, but not in the way you might think. We’re used to audiobooks, and podcasts, but a new book by YA author Courtney Summers does something a little different.

The first half of SADIE is narrated by the protagonist, in this true-crime YA novel mix. The second half of the book is told through supposed podcast transcripts told from the perspective of a fictional radio journalist.  And now, the transcripts have come to life in a podcast called The Girls, adapted straight from the book. Isn’t this a fun way to get into a book?

You can hear the podcast now free on iTunes, and read the book which just came out on September 4/18 to get the most of out of the story. Let’s hope this becomes a bit of a regular thing!


Most Popular Posts?

Did you know that one of our most popular posts on this blog has been the “Book in a Jar” post? Back in 2014, we ran a fun passive program for teens during a March Break event, and our Book in a Jar was super fun…and very tricky! We cut up a few pages of three very popular YA books at the time, and tucked them into three little jars…line by line. Teens had to try to guess what book it was from what they could see.

And this post tends to be one of our most searched items, showing up in quite a few Pinterest boards, and getting photo permission requests. We thought it was fun, and hopefully, other libraries have tried it and had success.

Maybe we should do a version for our adult readers next?

Book Bucks!

Next week is our last Book Buck Spending week of 2018! If you know a teen who has been reading and collecting all summer long, remind them to drop in next week anytime. We’ll have plenty of great items up for grabs.

Did you know that in the first Book Buck Spending week of the summer, teens handed in $117 in Book Bucks. That means they read 117 books….and we know there are plenty more out there to be spent. It’s going to be an exciting week!

Happy Labour Day!

We might be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find out what’s going on this fall at the library! Check out our latest Fall calendar for kids, and the one for teens and adults. We have plenty of great things coming up—most require registration, so please make note of the dates to start signing up, as things will fill up quickly!

Book Bucks

It’s the second last day of our Book Bucks Spending Week #1. We still have LOTS of great things in the window to purchase. But don’t worry…if your teen has been reading all summer and can’t make it this week, there will be another spending week starting September 10th.

Just what are the teens purchasing this summer? Candy is always a popular choice, but they’re going techie, picking up LOTS of Archie comics, and enjoying new school supplies. It’s always fun to see them come in and really think about what they want to buy! And all they had to do was read!

TAG, Teen Book Club, & Goodbyes

This is the last week for your teen to get their application into the library for our 2018-2019 Teen Advisory Group. They’ll meet new people, do great things for the library, and even earn most of their school volunteer hours. But, they can’t participate if they don’t submit an application, so make sure to drop by the library to pick one up. It’s a fun interview process (we promise), and they’ll make a real difference to our library.

We’re also getting books ready for our Teen Book Club, which begins again in September. This is always an amazing activity for teens aged 12 and up, who love to read. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month for snacks, book talk, and MUCH more. This will be our fourth year running, and we’re hoping to have a few new faces join us. Our book list for the 2018-2019 period is exciting, a little adventurous, and hopefully, exactly what everyone wants to read and discuss!

Sept. 26  THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken

Oct. 31   (Horror Month) —  THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijakamp   OR….. BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman

Nov. 28  SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli


Jan. 30  (Sci Fi Month) — ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis     OR…… THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

Feb. 27  WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME by Josh Sundquist

Mar. 27  THE OUTSIDERS  by S.E. Hinton



And this week marks the last day for our Summer Literacy Tutors. We’ll have a full breakdown of stats for this amazing program really soon, but for now, we’re getting ready to say goodbye to our tutors Molly and Gracey. We can’t wait until you’re back next summer!


Teen Advisory Group

We just wrapped up our first ever Teen Advisory Group at the beginning of June, and it was a major success! We had 8 members who worked with us from September through to June to develop ideas for our library, work on the Teen Zone area, and design and execute programs for children during special events. We loved hearing their ideas, getting to know their strengths, and enjoyed having them around.

So, just what IS the Teen Advisory Group?

The teens we select will attend meetings once a month for 1.5 hours. At those meetings, we discuss projects they’d like to work on, ideas they have for our space, or our collection, and they’ll learn something about library processes while they’re here. And not to worry, we know these teens are coming directly from school, so there are snacks, too!

Why would my teen want to participate?

Not only do they become an important part of our library, they get to do creative things, meet new people, represent the library during events, and….collect volunteer hours for school! That’s right, during the course of the year, they’ll collect a minimum of 20 volunteer hours that they can use toward the 40 hour requirement for graduation. Most of our first TAG group actually earned much more than 20 hours, so it’s possible to get a good chunk done this year alone.

Who is eligible?

We can only take teens who are aged 14 or older, which means grade 9 – 12. Once they fill out the application, they’ll be called for an interview, and possibly selected for the group that starts in September. It doesn’t matter what school they attend, or how many hours they already have, if they are interested in making a positive impact on the Carleton Place Public Library, then apply today!

Applications are available at the front desk of the library. Sorry, we will not email an application–we want to meet the teens and say hello when they apply. (It’s also a great way for them to reach out and try for something a little out of their comfort zone. Don’t worry…we don’t bite!)

We’ll take applications until August 10th, so don’t delay. Once all of the spots are filled, we won’t be taking any more students on until the fall of 2019. Good luck!