Bake Sale!

We’re having a bake sale at the library this weekend!  Join us on Saturday, November 10th from 1-3pm for our “Sweet Saturday Bake Sale”. All the goodies will be made by the members of our Teen Advisory Group, and the proceeds are going toward their slush fund so that they can offer some extra special programs in the new year.

Our Teen Advisory Group is quite active this year, helping out at various library events, as well as hosting their own Christmas Fun Drop In event on Saturday, December 15 from 10am – noon. They’ve been working on games, crafts, stories and more for this fun day, so make sure to keep your eyes posted for more details in the coming weeks.

This is the second year for our Teen Advisory Group, which is made up of teens from both local high schools who are earning volunteer hours, but also earning a sense of pride in designing and carrying out a variety of programs that make our library an even more exciting place to visit. They work hard, are self-guided, and have the library’s best interests in mind at all times. If you see a group of active teens when you visit the library, chances are, it’s the TAG group. We love this group, and this is a great way for them to take ownership of their plans. And trust us, they have lots of plans for 2019!

So, if you’re in need of a tasty treat after some Saturday morning shopping, make sure to drop by the library with a few loonies and toonies. It’s bound to be a sweet day!


What Does 18 Look Like?

Last Friday, we held our first ever Teen Art Show. While we LOVE to do things that involve teens at the library, sometimes it’s tough to get them involved. They’re busy. They have actual lives. They work. They don’t want to admit the library is cool. (Or sick…or whatever it is they say these days.)

Those are the teens we know, from our community, our culture, our society. And we think they’re great.

But are teens the same everywhere around the world? The New York Times recently did a great piece showcasing what it looks like to be 18 all around the world. You might be surprised what some of these 18-year-olds are doing, and how they’re living at eighteen years of age. It’s a fascinating look at people, so take a few minutes to scroll through and really study the amazing photos. You’ll think differently about the 18-year-olds you know now. We promise.

Teen Art Show

Tickets are on sale now for our first ever Teen Art Show at the library. Join us on Friday, October 19th from 6-8pm for “TEN: Ten Teen Artists, One Gala Evening”.

Ten local teens have been painting, drawing, taking photos, and much more to get ready for this special event. We’ll have all their work on display, plus some refreshments, so make sure to attend this fun evening to see what teens in our community are creating. The talent will surprise you!

You can pick up tickets now at the Carleton Place Public Library for $5 each, or get one at the door on the night of the event. All proceeds will go toward the Summer Literacy Tutoring Program for 2019. It’s a great cause, and it will be a fun evening. Don’t miss it!

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!