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!



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!

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!

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!

Things Discussed at a Teen Book Club Meeting

If you happen to be in the library on the last Wednesday of any month, around 4pm, you’ll likely see a herd of teens hanging out, waiting for book club to start. It’s not unusual to have teens in the library at all…but the sheer number converging on one room is often a bit of a surprise for some.

We regularly have about 13 – 15 teens who attend. Each month, we read a different book, then get together to talk about it (and other things), and eat snacks. Lots of snacks. It’s a fun session, and I always learn something–either about the world, about the teens, or the world they function in.

This month, we were discussing Tui T. Sutherland’s WINGS OF FIRE : THE DRAGONET PROPHECY, but oh, we discussed much more.

Some of the things we talked about during our meeting this week?

  • Elon Musk
  • Russia
  • Dragons (of course)
  • Manga rules
  • Iced Tea vs. other drinks
  • Mars colonization
  • The White House
  • Chips

All very important things to think about.



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.