Road Trip!

Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel

Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel

Summer is always a great time to take a road trip, and there are so many fantastic literary references to road trips that it’s about time someone put together a map to document each route.

I came across this fabulous post called “The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips” by Richard Kreitner. His parameters for including the trip on the map were exacting, and had to have a narrative arc that matched the geographical arc in order to be included. The results are amazing.

You can click on the routes (which intersect), pick a starting point, or find out the literary reference to a certain spot simply by clicking on the dot. He’s even organized the routes so that you can choose to see only one literary route at a time, which is fantastic. This map chronicals everything from WILD by Cheryl Strayed, to TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY by John Steinbeck.

If you’ve always wondered what a particular road trip must have looked like, take a few minutes to work through this detailed map. You won’t regret it, and I bet you’ll share this with friends.

Happy Road-Tripping!

Planning on some Travel?

20150328_091844If you’re like most of us, you’re already planning summer. And what better things to think about than trips! If you don’t think you have the time or funds to venture to another part of the world, what about staying in Canada and doing exciting things?  I’ve got some ideas for you!

We recently got some great new travel guides in the library….and they’re all about bucket lists and Canada. Choose from fabulous one-of-a-kind experiences like being a cowboy on a ranch, or skiing a World UNESCO site, or how about swimming with salmon? These are just a few ideas from THE GREAT WESTERN CANADA BUCKET LIST by Robin Esrock. It seems like Esrock has put together amazing ideas that you can do close to home, with an exciting I can’t believe this is in Canada feel!

Drop by the library for these and many other super travel guides for Eastern Ontario, the wide province and Canadian trips you might never have thought about. Start planning now, and your summer is bound to be exciting!

Carleton Place is Fantastic!

It’s the day before the Bridge Street Bazaar here in Carleton Place, and we’re excited. If you’re not familiar with the event, the entire length of Bridge Street will be closed from 9am – 4pm Saturday, August 3rd, so that everyone can walk downtown and visit all the great tables, stores and special shows. There will be over 100 vendors with their goods on display and lots to see and do. Come hungry, because there are always lots of fun places to eat. Have a slice of pizza, some of Mike’s fries, or even some Vietnamese food!  The possibilities are almost endless! Check out the link above to see everything that will be happening, rain or shine!

We’re excited that this year, we’ve got a fun event happening during the bazaar.  You can drop in this week to pick up the information, or grab a handout when you park in the library parking lot Saturday morning. We’ll have a table set out and friendly people to answer your questions. What are we doing?  We’re asking you to “GO!” to some of our favourite spots in Carleton Place as part of the TD Summer Reading Club, and take a photo. That’s it!  And there will be PRIZES!!


All you need is a phone that can download the FOURSQUARE app.  Once you register, you can find CP Library and we’ll add you to our friends list. Then, just go to each of the places listed in our “GO! CARLETON PLACE!” list and use the hint to take a photo. If you have Facebook, upload it there and hashtag it as #cplibrary.  Or do the same on Instagram!  We’re excited to see how many people will participate.  It’s going to be fun, and you have until Friday, August 9th to finish the task in order to qualify for the prizes.

Just a reminder, the library will be closed on Monday, August 5th, for the long weekend. We’ll see you Tuesday!

Go! Carleton Place!

This Saturday, during the Bridge Street Bazaar in Carleton Place, we’re planning a special library event. It’s called GO! Carleton Place, and we’re inviting everyone (children, teens and adults) to participate! 


We’re starting at 9am, and it will run all day during the Bazaar, but we’re going to give everyone time to get their entries in. 

Here’s how it works:

1. Drop in and pick up a brochure.

2. Download the FOURSQUARE app to your iPhone, tablet or Android device.

3. Register.

4. “Find your Friends”.  We’re listed as CP Library .  Just “add” us and we’ll accept!

5. Once we accept you, check out our list called “GO! CARLETON PLACE!”

6. Visit each spot on our list.  “Check in” & follow the tip. (You’ll have to take a photo and upload it to Facebook or Instagram and hashtag #cplibrary so we can see it!)

That’s it!  We’ll tabulate all the photos/check-ins and notify people who have won prizes.  All entries must be finished by Friday, August 9/13 at 5:30pm to be eligible for prizes.

What are the prizes??

We’ll have one for Youth entries (ages 0 – 12) …a Walmart Gift Card    &   one for Adult entries (13+)……a Starbucks Gift Card!

Any questions? Drop by the library or ask us here!  It’s going to be fun. Get out and GO!

We’re Back!

It was a whirlwind weekend, but we’re back from Winnipeg! This summer’s theme is GO!, so it couldn’t have been more appropriate to get up and GO! to Winnipeg on a journey!

winnipeg1At the Ottawa Airport early, early, early.  It was sunny, sweltering and busy. Arriving in Winnipeg, it was freezing, raining and quiet. Quite a change!


There were plenty of things going on at the Canadian Library Conference. Exhibits, workshops and more.


The closing ceremonies were about to begin. We had front row seats for the TD Summer Reading Club Awards.


Our seat markers.


Representatives from Library and Archives Canada & the TD Bank talked about how important summer reading at the library is for children.


The two giant screens displayed a slideshow of the winning libraries’  best shots from the summer of 2012. This was our giant reading wall on display for the beginning of the award ceremony.


The slideshow.


The stats for last summer.


Our award announcement. Yay!


Accepting the award was exciting and nerve-wracking!


Congratulations to the Queen’s Square Branch of the Cambridge Public Library!


Honorable mention winners.

20130601_171203Our special plaque. We’re so thrilled to be recognized!

We’ll have lots of news about the upcoming summer theme, but for now, this is our first taste of GO! We’re excited to get started!

Are You Going to Travel?

Our summer theme this year is GO!  Since the warmer months are a great time for people to take off on car trips, or even off to more lofty destinations, I thought you might like to know about a great new way to chronicle your trip.

Tripographer combines our love of vacation photos with our obsession to share with our friends.



Even if you just have a “staycation”, this is a fun way to make your photos stand out.  Once you upload and edit, connect the photos as a slideshow, add a Google Street View option and share with your friends on all your favourite social media sites!


Travel to a book!

At the beginning of our lives, many of us grow to love books. The stories often take place in magical settings or simply places we’ve never been and so seem magical to little readers. I came across a wonderful blog post about popular children’s books and the places that inspired them.  The comments below the article are just as interesting, with a small argument going on about the origins of Winnie the Pooh.


Just click on the link above, or on the picture to go to the site and read more. A fun way to waste a few minutes!