How to Pack a Suitcase

If you’re thinking about traveling in the near future, you might think that packing your suitcase is a simple thing. We’ve all heard the tricks—roll up your clothing so that it doesn’t wrinkle, purchase small containers to transfer your shampoo into, and make sure not to pack any scissors or knives in your carry on.

But Marie Kondo takes packing to a new level. We’ve all heard of her book THE LIFE CHANGING ART OF TIDYING UP, and many have tried her home organization tips seen in her Netflix show. Did you know she also offers packing tips for the busy traveler?

Take a few minutes to work out her suggestions, and you’ll wind up at your destination looking wrinkle-free, and with plenty of space to bring home a few trinkets.

Where are you going this spring or summer?

Travel to Familiar Places

Lonely Planet has put together the 10 Places that bring Children’s Books to life. You can now visit those familiar locations you’ve read about in books, from the rainforests of THE JUNGLE BOOK, to PIPPI LONGSTOCKING’s Swedish roots. What a fun thing to start planning!


Airbnb Story

If you’re looking to do some traveling this spring and summer, your options might include an Airbnb. Often, these local properties are hosted, or rented out by people who furnish and maintain their residences with their communities in mind. They stock their bathrooms with fun, trendy, local products, leave maps and brochures for things to do in and around their location, and aim to make your stay as memorable as possible. After all, their hope is that you’ll leave a great review, and other people will want to stay!

Did you know there are 30 rental Airbnb properties in and around Carleton Place right now? You can find these and other property rentals right here at the Airbnb website.

Not sure what Airbnb’s are all about? There is a fascinating new book out called THE AIRBNB STORY: HOW THREE ORDINARY GUYS DISRUPTED AN INDUSTRY, MADE BILLIONS…AND CREATED PLENTY OF CONTROVERSY, by Leigh Gallagher. Find out how they developed this creative sharing idea, and how the travel industry has responded. (Hint…it hasn’t been easy for them.)

Would you consider renting out your home to strangers? There are lots of great websites, twitter posts, and Facebook pages devoted to starting up your own rental, with tips on how to furnish, what not to leave out when renting, and how to solve issues with renters. Drop in to pick up this book to find out more about the whole industry before you decide if it’s right for you. Maybe you’ll embark on a new adventure…and earn some extra cash while you’re at it!

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!