The Nerd Herd has CONVICTION!

This month, the Nerd Herd is prepping for something very exciting. It’s our first author interview, and we’re doing it through a Google Hangout! Joining us from California is Disney-Hyperion author, Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of CONVICTION, a stunning YA debut about a boy, his love of baseball, and a family tragedy that spirals out of control.

ConvictionWe’ve been reading, preparing questions, planning our snacks, making posters and cards, deciding on games, and most of all, we’re looking forward to speaking with an author and hearing how she came to be published. This is a fantastic book–very different from a lot of the fantasy/dystopian/adventure books we’ve been reading, but certainly a book full of current topics.

From Goodreads:

Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn’t fall apart the way he feared.

But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden’s father, a well-known Christian radio host, has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son’s hands; Braden is the key witness in the upcoming trial.

Braden has always measured himself through baseball. He is the star pitcher in his small town of Ornette, and his ninety-four-mile-per-hour pitch al- ready has minor league scouts buzzing in his junior year. Now the rules of the sport that has always been Braden’s saving grace are blurred in ways he never realized, and the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing, is haunting his every pitch.

Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith, and the ultimate test of conviction.

It’s going to be so exciting! Have you read this? Let us know what you think! We’ll post some follow up at the end of the month to let everyone in on the experience.


Book Bucks Galore!

20150804_190209It’s here! The last week to spend Book Bucks! If you have teen readers who were collecting their Book Bucks this summer, make sure to remind them to drop in anytime Monday to Saturday in order to spend them. Once this week is over, that’s it for this year!

We had a LOT of teen readers this summer, and it was fun seeing what they picked to cover the Book Buck Bingo squares. From books in a series, to books with a cyborg, our teen readers had to challenge themselves and read a bit outside the box in order to earn their Book Bucks.

For the first spending week, we took $87 book bucks in total. I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed what they purchased, too. We expect that number to probably triple this week. Hmmm….what exactly is in that “Secret Prize” worth $16??!!

Don’t worry…if your young reader didn’t get a chance to participate in this fantastic summer reading program, we’ll be doing it again next year! Only 11 more months to wait….


Who Won?

It’s the official end to our summer programs, and along with that, we’re drawing for the last of our prizes. What’s up for grabs?  For our young readers, it is this HUGE gift basket full of fun items like books, games, candy and toys!

20150826_104816For our teen readers, we’ve made the draw for our second signed book…Megan Crewe’s EARTH & SKY.

20150826_104757And for the adult summer readers, we’ve got another fantastic gift basket, filled with fun items!

20150826_104843Congratulations to all our winners this summer!

What Have You Read?

Recently, we were going through a listing on the CBC website about the “Top 100 Young Adult Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian” in order to find the perfect book for our very first Bridging the Generation Gap Book Club. When you thindust-220k about YA books, Canadian authors aren’t immediately the first ones to come to mind, but I think it surprised us as to how many of these we’ve already read.

Our Generation Gap Book Club doesn’t begin until November, but we’ve already picked the first selection…DUST, by Canadian author Arthur Slade. This is an ambitious, dark tale that will be sure to stir up plenty of conversation between our young readers and their parents.

But there are plenty more Canadian YAaspyinthehouse-220 books on this list that we found ourselves discussing.  Books like A SPY IN THE HOUSE by Y.S. Lee, part of “The Agency” series that was one of the Red Maple® selections in Forest of Reading a few years back. This is a great historical mystery that readers have applauded. Don’t worry, there are several in the series, so you won’t have to make due with just one story.

One of my favourites is PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow, a magical tale of a young wood carver who loses her beloved father and is accplainkate-220used of witchery. I know that after reading this tale to several Grade 4 & 5 classes, it would be the perfect fit for a book club discussion (bring your kleenex!).

Why not look through the list to see how many books from this list you’ve read. My score? I’m sad to say it’s very, very low. Guess I have a lot to catch up on!

Fall is here…almost!

At the Carleton Place Public Library, we’re getting ready for an exciting fall full of programs for children, teens and adults. This year, with the addition of our new Adult Program Co-Ordinator Caroline, we have TONS of great new events and options for adults, too. Don’t forget the library when planning your fall schedule.

You can download a copy of our schedule, or pick up your own version at the library (it has a lot more information on it). But in the meantime, here is a quick rundown of upcoming programs:

CHILDREN: Registration required unless stated


Storytime –  Starting Sept. 16th (9:30am or 10:15am, Wednesday mornings, ages 2-5)

Babytime — Starting Sept., 17th (9:30am, Thursday mornings, ages 0 – 12 months)

Une Heure de Conte en Francais — Starting Sept., 18th (10:30am, Fridays…no registration, all ages)

Lego Drop In Days — PD Day/PA Day drop in from 2-4pm, no registration

Stuffed Animal Sleepover — Friday, Oct., 23rd…for Ontario Library Week

Halloween Craft Night — Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6-7pm, ages 6-11

Christmas Craft Night — Tuesday, Dec., 1st, 6-7pm, ages 6-11

We’ll also be running Forest of Reading starting in December, the Elf on the Library Shelf, and a few other fun surprises during Ontario Library Week, October 18-23/15. You can also see our library catalog for more details on these programs.

TEEN & ADULT PROGRAMS: Registration required unless otherwise stated

20150822_144306Technology Training— For teens or adults. One on one sessions, any devices, any programs, Thursdays by appointment

Nerd Herd Teen Book Club — Last Wednesday of each month, 4-5:30pm, ages 12+ (drop in to pick up a book list)

Bridging the Generation Gap Book Club —Second Tuesday of each month, 6-7:30pm, ages 11+/adult. Begins November 10th!

20150822_144313Board Games Night — Begins Sept., 22 — alternating Tuesdays, all ages drop in

NaNoWriMo— National Novel Writing Month- Nov. 1-30, all ages. Write a book with us in November! (Come to the NaNoWriMo Kick Off Party on Thursday, Oct., 29 6-7pm for more information)

Colour Yourself Calm — Begins Sept. 23,  Every 4th Wednesday, 6:30pm, adults only, Drop in!

Adult Book Club – Begins Sept. 14th, Second Monday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm (Reading list available here)

“Write a Novel in November” Workshop, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6-7pm, no registration

Library Cookie Exchange – Thursday, Dec. 17th, 7pm. Register by Dec. 14th.

We’re also excited to offer a fantastic community program called “One Book, One Community” this fall. Join us on Monday, Sept. 14th at 6:30pm to learn about the book everyone in Lanark County will be reading this fall, FLEE, FLY, FLOWN by Canadian author Janet Hepburn.

Then, on Wednesday, Sept., 16th from 2-3pm, we’ll have local museum curator Jennifer Irwin stop by to discuss “Connections to the Past”, and key items in her collection at the museum.

Finally, on Friday, Oct. 2, from 2-5pm, FLEE, FLY, FLOWN author Janet Hepburn will make a special visit to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum to talk about her book, and take questions: “In Conversation: Janet Hepburn”.

Plus, we’ll also have exciting things happening during Ontario Public Library Week, Oct. 18-24! Drop in to see what we’re doing!

We’ll let you know more about some of these programs as time goes on, but get your calendars out…it’s going to be a great fall!






Nerd Herd Gathering

28187This month, our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club has been reading Rick Riordan’s THE LIGHTNING THIEF, the first in the Percy Jackson series. We’re getting ready for our meeting today from 4-5:30pm, and we anticipate a lot of discussion about this one.

Will it be the first book we all agree on?

nerdIf you have teens aged 12 and up who would like to become a part of our Nerd Herd, they can drop by the meeting today–whether they’ve read the book or not–for some lively discussion, some crazy games…and snacks. Will there be blue cupcakes today? Only time will tell……

The Nerd Herd is getting ready for an exciting fall, including a Skype author visit with Kelly Loy Gilbert in October, and a party in late November. How could you not want to be a part of this?


Book Bucks Spending Week!

It’s almost here–book buck spending week! Our teen readers have been busy reading up a storm, collecting book bucks since the beginning of the summer. And next week is the first week to spend them!

20150804_190209How does it work?

Each square on our Book Buck Bingo card is worth ONE book buck….a special summer library dollar. Teens who have been collecting the book bucks can bring them in and spend them on items we’ll have on display in our Book Bucks window.

What are the items we can purchase with our Book Bucks?

There will be plenty of great things, from books, to gift cards, to candy, to crafty items. The possibilities are endless, and you will have to wait until Monday of next week to see what we’ve got!

Do I have to spend my book bucks now?

No! A lot of readers wait until September, trying to collect the maximum amount of book bucks. Some readers simply spend a dollar or two in August and keep the rest. It’s an exciting time, and a lot of deliberation goes on.

So, drop in anytime next week to see what we have “on sale”.