What’s Going On?

Summer StorytimeThis is a fun week for us at the library. We’re starting ALL of our summer programs! That also means our reading programs have begun. But wait…what can you do this week at the library?

  • Participate in an art class with the amazing Matt MacKay!
  • Take part in a fun crafting program for kids on Tuesday or Thursday (see calendar for schedule)
  • Sign up for Storytime for Wednesday
  • Join the Young Writers on Wednesday
  • Meet up with our adult writers for our first Camp NaNoWriMo meeting of the summer on Tuesday afternoon
  • Adults can also do a FUN craft on Thursday mornings!
  • Take in a MOVIE on Thursday afternoon! (It’s going to be a fun, cool place for the kids)
  • Toddler sessions begin Thursday mornings
  • Join us for Une Heure de Conte en Francais on Friday morning
  • Friday afternoon is all about the Lego!

All of these programs can be found in our calendar at the top of this page, or on our website at http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

But…..we also have THESE fun things you can participate in when you drop by the library anytime….

  • Fill out a ballot to win a library gold card (that means no fines all summer)
  • Donate your dimes to our “Adopt a Giraffe” program
  • Read some of our “Wild” trivia placed all around the library
  • Pick up an ADULT summer reading kit and maybe win a great prize!
  • Find the weekly I Spy search
  • Fill out ballots to win signed books in the Teen area, or our weekly prize!

If you have any questions, give us a call at the library today at 257-2702. We’re going to have a wild summer!

Camp Kick-Off!

at theCarleton Place Public LibraryTonight is our Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off party!  We’re going to be getting together tonight for one hour from 6-7pm to talk about ways to prepare for writing that novel in July, as well as cheering each other on and hearing about the upcoming projects.

July will be a fun month of writing, whether you’re working on your first novel, or your twenty-first. And if you can’t make it to hear more about how it works, you can pick up a Camp NaNoWriMo kit at the front desk which will tell you everything you need to know in order to write something great this summer.

Hark, Young Writers!

Shakespeare_Selfie_2016_620Calling all young writers in Grades 7 – 12….it’s the 2016 CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie Challenge!! No, they don’t want you to take a photo of yourself dressed like Shakespeare…they want you to do a modern take on one of Shakespeare’s best ideas….the soliloquy! After all, Shakespeare was doing his best to speak to his audience through them, just like young people do with their camera phones today.

Drop by the website, click on the link, and download the topic PDF.  Then, write 200-400 words on the subject, and you’re on your way! There are great examples on the site, so you won’t be wondering just how to do this, and you’ll even get to know the judge a bit.  Did I mention there is an iPad mini up for grabs for each age group? Why are you waiting? Go and do this now!

Find out everything at the CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie Challenge website.

Now, go forth, and write thee a soliloquy!

They’re Writing!

12819314_10153891925659299_7508758285292817912_oWe have lots of participants in Camp NaNoWriMo again this April. Many of our library writers have done this before, but we also have three new people who are going to do their best to write books this month. It’s a hard task, but it’s also a very rewarding challenge!

And later this Spring, we’re hoping to debut a fun new aspect of our library writing group. (Hint: you’ll get to “meet” them and see what we’re all about.) So, stay tuned for more fun happenings at the library this month. And if you happen to see someone working on a book while you’re at the library, cheer them on. They’ll appreciate it!

April and Camp NaNoWriMo at the Library

Write a novel(1)Our post on Friday was all about our writers group at the library. But we’ve also got a strong following with members who have participated in past National Novel Writing Month events, and who might be writing again in April.

However, we’d LOVE to bring in new people to try their hand at writing a book next month with the library. Absorbing them into the established writing group has been a little bit difficult when it comes to talking about NaNoWriMo, so we’re going to open this Camp NaNoWriMo Kick Off event to new members only. (Don’t worry, if you already write with us, we’ll have something different to talk about earlier on.) We’ll answer questions, talk about the goals, and purpose of trying to write a book in April, and hopefully meet new writers in our community. It’s going to be fun…and a great challenge!

If you have any questions, you can always give us a call at 257-2702, or drop by the library to pick up a handout to get you ready to write a book in April.  We’d love for you to come to the Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off on Tuesday, March 22nd from 6-7pm, too! No registration is necessary…just come by that evening.

We want you to finally write that book in 2016!

Writing at the Library

WritingDid you know we have an ongoing writers group at the library? We started almost two years ago when we were approached about participating in National Novel Writing Month. Little did we know we’d have so many people participate and write more than one novel over many NaNoWriMo events! There are lots of writers in our community!

Our group consists of adults from all walks of life, and we’re looking for new members. Prior to our first meeting, almost no one had finished a novel on their own. But we’ve done workshops, writing challenges, and held many group meetings and our writers have completed novels, plays, poetry, memoirs, and even children’s books! It doesn’t matter what you write, we’re happy to have new members.

This is not a typical critique group where everyone submits work for criticism and editing. We are here to support each other, help with ideas, create long lasting friendships, and get to know people who are interested in writing. If you’re a more advanced writer with published books, plenty of critique partners, and workshop experience, this might not be the group for you, but you’re welcome to try us out.

In the next several months, we’re excited to start up a blog that will allow us to post some of our work, talk about the library writing group, and let everyone know what’s happening. We’ve also got plans to participate in upcoming NaNoWriMo events and maybe even a contest or two.

If you’d like to know more, drop by our March session on Tuesday, March 22nd from 1-2pm at the library. We’d love to grow our group a little more and get to know some more writers in our community.  Give us a call at 257-2702 for more information.

NaNoWriMo and the Library

crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbOnce again, we’re finishing up a NaNoWriMo program at the library in a few days. We have a great group of writers who have participated in many of our National Novel Writing Month programs, and this session was filled with a fantastic group as usual.

What have we been working on this month?

  • We have 11 participants who are either writing a new novel, working on a previous book, or plotting a new book for 2016.
  • Since we began this program, we’ve had 10 novels completed, from thrillers, to fantasy, to romantic comedies.
  • We are busy prepping for a fun creativity workshop in the new year that will help our writers—and anyone else who feels stifled in their creative zone—to work through the block and start creating again.
  • Due to popular demand, our Carleton Place Public Library writers are working on plans to start a writing blog to tell our community about what we do, and allow new members to check us out before coming to one of our meetings.
  • And our future plans include a community writing project that we hope will allow other library patrons to see exactly what we’re working on at the library!

If you’re interested in joining our writing group, you can send us a quick email to find out more (cplibrarywriters@yahoo.ca), drop by the library for more information on NaNoWriMo and how we participate at the library, or watch for one of our upcoming sessions in the new year, listed in our Winter Newsletter.

On a fun note, our writers finishing up books this month are going to be heading into the last four hours of the event with a fun write-in at the library…until midnight! We’ll have word sprints, prizes, and probably lots of coffee to keep us all going.

This is a great group of people at all experience levels and writing many different things. If you need some support to help you follow through with your writing plans, this might be the group for you. If you’re looking for some detailed criticism, we can also probably help you with that, too, although we’re not a critique group per se. Regardless, we’d love to have you at one of our meetings if you’re able to attend.

See you writing at the library!