Artist John Atkinson has taken some of the world’s best known books and given them a twist–book covers with a brief spoiler filled with humour. Books like MOBY DICK ( Man vs. Whale. Whale wins.) and WAR AND PEACE (Everyone is sad. It snows.), are reduced to two simple thoughts. But aren’t they brilliant?

I’m not sure the abridged versions would hold up as Coles notes for teens who don’t want to read the books, but they’re not wrong. And Atkinson’s simple line illustrations and milky colours make these absolutely hilarious. You can see a fun collection of the books at this link.

Can you think of your own versions of classic books that could be told in two brief statements?



Turtles All the Way Down

Young Adult author John Green has FINALLY written a new book, to be published on October 10, 2017. It will be called TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, and is what Green says is his “first attempt to write directly about the kind of mental illness that has affected my life since childhood.”

TURTLES is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara (which are lizards, for anyone who isn’t sure). Fans of John Green having been waiting six years for the follow up to his hugely popular THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, and while TURTLES has no relation to the book, it is bound to have Green’s signature style, witty banter, and quirky characters.

You can place a hold now for the book at our website. All you need is your library card and PIN. This is going to be a very popular and requested book, so get your holds in early to avoid waiting until next summer to read it!


Beach Reads

Publisher Simon & Schuster is working on a new campaign to help you find some great summer beach reads. Not only are they suggesting employee suggested favourite reads, they’re making fun videos with beach themes, suggesting fun recipes to make for a beach-themed book club meeting, and more.

If you’re interested in something different this summer, use the hashtag #WhatBeachWhatBook to find your next read. What a fun campaign…even if summer feels like it might pass us by entirely!


While we’re sad to see our friend Maren leave, we’re excited to welcome a new member to our staff—Alexine! Alexine joins us as the new Materials Processing Clerk, and she’ll be cataloging and taking care of our Interlibrary Loans starting this week.

If you happen to be in the library and see a new face, say hello to Alexine!

Everything Begins Again!

Happy New Year!  We hope that everyone has had a great holiday, and that you have lots of goals and excitement for the upcoming year. 2017 is gearing up to be great!

We have plenty of programs starting up again at the library soon. Most of them involve registration, so please check out the registration dates, and either give us a call, or drop by the library to sign up. Hopefully, we’ll have something going for you!

2v3ozqzaips-tim-tiedemannCHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

  • Storytime—–January 11- Apr. 26—-ages 2-5 years old—–Wednesday mornings at 9:30am or 10:15am—–registration begins Jan. 3rd.
  • Babytime — January 12- Feb. 16 — Ages 0 – 12 months —- Thursday mornings at 9:30am—-registration begins Jan. 3rd.
  • Une Heure de Conte en Francais — Jan. 13 – Apr. 28 — All ages—Friday mornings at 10:30am—- no registration
  • PA Day Drop Ins —movies or Lego (see Facebook to find out what’s happening that day)— Jan. 30, Feb. 2, 17, Apr. 7, May 19, June 2, 9—no registration
  • Valentine’s Craft Night — Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6-7pm-—ages 6-11——Registration begins Jan. 23
  • Toddler Time — Feb. 23- Apr. 6—Ages 1-2—–Thursday mornings, 9:30am—-Registration begins Feb. 6


  • Teen Book Club — Jan – April-—-Last Wednesday of each month—4:00-5:30pm—-Ages 12 and up—–no registration—Book list available on our website
  • Teen TAG Program —- applications for our NEW Teen Tag (Teen Advisory Group) available early February—-ages 12 +——-more information to come

March Break Information will be available in mid February!

ADULT PROGRAMS — Lifelong Learning & Ongoing Programs

  • Plot Your Novel Writing Workshop — Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6-7pm-registration begins Jan. 3
  • Creating Great Characters Writing Workshop — Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6-7pm——registration begins Feb. 6
  • Caring for Aging Parents — Saturday, Jan. 21, 2pm—– registration begins Jan. 3
  • iPads for Beginners — Saturday, Feb. 4registration begins Jan. 3
  • Surviving and Thriving as a Caregiver — Saturday, Feb. 18th 2pmregistration begins Jan. 3
  • Canada in Space (part of our Canada150 Celebrations)—–Monday, March 20, 7pm Registration begins Jan. 3
  • Introduction to Android — Saturday, March 25, 2pm — registration begins Jan. 3
  • Adult Craft Club — 4th Monday of each month, 6:30pm — register in early December
  • Meditation Club — 3rd Thursday of the month (time TBD)
  • Tech Tutoring — Thursdays, various times, please call to register.

Special Canada 150 National Film Board Screenings (movies to come)

  • Monday, Feb. 20, 7pm
  • Monday, March 23, 7pm

It’s going to be a really busy beginning to the year!


Holiday Hours

holidayhoursThe Carleton Place Public Library will be closed periodically over the holidays. Make sure to get in for new materials on the days we’re open, and ask for your PIN so that you can renew items from the comfort of home anytime.

You can drop off returns to our blue return box at any point, and you won’t be charged any fines for days we’re not open. Make sure to post this list on your fridge so you can see when we’re open at a glance.

Holiday Hours at the Carleton Place Public Library

Friday, December 23—-9:30am – 5:30pm (LAST DAY TO CHECK OUT ITEMS)

Saturday, December 24 — CLOSED

Sunday, December 25 —– CLOSED

Monday, December 26 —- CLOSED

Tuesday, December 27 —– CLOSED

Wednesday, December 28 — 1:30-8pm

Thursday, December 29 —- 1:30-8pm

Friday, December 30 — 9:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday, December 31 — CLOSED

Sunday, January 1 —- CLOSED

Monday, January 2 — CLOSED

Call us at 257-2702 for more information, or visit our website for current hours and programs.