Are you a Bookworm?

This week, we’re doing a little bit of special FUN-draising at the library. With all of the kids off for March Break, we’re looking to add a bit of excitement to an already busy week…and it’ll help us out, too!

Drop in anytime this week and donate $1 toward our Children’s Summer Literacy Program, and you’ll get a piece to add to our bookworm. We’re going to see just how long this bookworm can get. Maybe he’ll grow to the entire length of the library….or maybe he’ll even get TWICE as long!  Who knows?  It’s all up to you.

So, bring your loonies with you, and we’ll do the rest.  All of the proceeds go toward helping young community members who need a little extra reading help over the summer. We’ll be telling you more about this great program as the weeks go on, but without your support, we might have to scale it back. So please donate. Even one dollar will make a big difference.

And if you can’t make it into the library, you can always donate online. It’s easy…and you don’t even have to get out of your pajamas!

Thanks from all of us at the Carleton Place Public Library! Your generous support means so much to us, and will mean even more to a little reader out there.



Digital Device Workshop

Not sure how to use your tablet as much as you think you should? Still trying to figure out your new phone? We’re holding another Digital Device workshop next week where you can ask all the questions you have, and share some of your own tricks.

Think of this as Group Tech Tutoring. If you’ve been to a private tech session with Caroline, but need a little more help, try this type of session. You might be surprised at how much you already know, and how you might be able to help someone else.

Please call us to register for the session which happens on Tuesday, March 20 from 2-4pm.

Local Authors Exposed!

Last Friday night, we had a fun event at our library–Local Authors Exposed. We invited four local authors and a fabulous moderator to join us for an evening of questions about publishing, writing, and creativity. It was really well attended and an enjoyable evening overall.

What did the authors teach us?

  • Never give up. Rejection doesn’t mean you aren’t talented.
  • Every writer struggles. Just push through and you’ll find a way to do it.
  • Social media is important, and a great way to market books!

We could have stayed and listened for several more hours. But most of all, we learned that our community really loves authors. We’ll have to plan more events like this at the library in the future! (*We might even have something special coming up. Keep watching!)

Claudia Radmore tells us about ARCTIC TWILIGHT. It was fascinating to hear how she got this book deal. Can you believe it involved an open mic night?

Linda Seccaspina was a fantastic moderator. She had so much good information about publishing. How much did she saw the average author earned?? (Hint…it was less than $2000.)


Sandra Nikolai does social media for all her books..and must market for the US readers, so all of her books contain US spellings.

Sing Out Loud!

When I first became a children’s librarian, I knew one of my biggest hurdles was going to be singing in front of people. I had this vision of myself at the front of the room, having to sing even something as simple as Itsy, Bitsy Spider, and my voice cracking because I started too high, or sang out of tune, or couldn’t remember the words. It was VERY intimidating to think people were going to listen to me. It didn’t matter that it wasn’t a performance–I still felt like I was going to be bad, and people would judge me for it.

10 years later, I sing in almost every single program I run. Sometimes, I’m the only one in the room singing. Sometimes, everyone joins in. But it still becomes obvious to me how nervous people get singing in front of others, especially when the program consists of not much more than songs.

Here’s why it’s good to sing in front of children (and anyone else, really), and why nobody really cares:

  • Unless you’re doing karaoke, don’t worry about knowing all the words, singing out of tune, or finding the right rhythm. Just sing. It feels good, it’s fun, we used to do it fearlessly as children for both of those reasons.
  • Singing to children is a form of early literacy. Children love to hear music. Singing songs with them as you do things (driving, cooking, cleaning the house), is helping them to learn the sounds of words, the way words are split apart into syllables, and it’s a good way to bond with your child.
  • When you sing during a program at the library, nobody is listening to you. Trust me…everyone around you is thinking and worrying about the same things—how do I sound?
  • Your child has no judgement toward how you sing. You could be an opera singer, or a woefully out of tune shower crooner…..they have no idea. Honestly. They’ll think you’re great. They just want to sing along…and they’ll learn to do it, but you have to try, too.
  • Dads….if you’re in a room full of women and children for a program, and there is singing involved, do it anyway. Yes, we can hear you. Yes, you’re probably the one we’re all listening to. And yes, we’re aware of every single note you sing.  BUT…’s awesome to hear dads sing! That tenor or bass in a room full of female voices only makes us feel more confident. There’s no hiding your voice, so we can all sing a little louder. No one hears us. So, in the end, we all end up winning!

And a tip for singing with your child…..make sure you sing in a higher voice than you might normally. It’s going to sound funny to you, and maybe you won’t be able to reach all the notes, but children have naturally higher voices, and they don’t know how to sing the same notes in a lower pitch. They’ll try to match your notes, so sing up high and you’ll raise a reader!

Would You Be This Brave?

I love this lead up:

It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet’s final frontier? There wouldn’t be another encounter with an unknown this magnificent until Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon.

Everyone wanted in on the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered the planning’s every stage. And then, the night before the expedition’s flagship set off, Billy Gawronski—a mischievous, first-generation New York City high schooler desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business—jumped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard.

Could he get away with it?

THE STOWAWAY : A YOUNG MAN’S EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURE TO ANTARCTICA by Laurie Gwen Shapiro is the tale of Billy Gawronski’s daring hideaway on a ship bound for unexplored territory. The book takes the reader on the adventure, which ranges from New York City in the 20’s, to sultry Tahiti, all the way down to Antarctica where the adventure really begins. It was a time when hiding on a ship was possible, and the world still had secret places.

This book is in our new bin right now, and it’s been climbing some of the new lists out there. Read it now before everyone else wants to get their hands on it. Don’t we all need a little adventure in our lives?

It’s Almost March Break

It’s almost March Break!  Sign up today for our first session on Monday, March 12…”Silent Library”.  Or get ready to drop in for lots and lots of library fun all week long.

Don’t forget, we have lots of tickets for Eccentric Adam!!  He’s going to be at the Carleton Place Town Hall Auditorium on Thursday, March 15 at 10am. Get your tickets now…they’re only $3 each…..or wait and get them at the door for $4 each.  It’ll be a fun morning!

Have questions? Call us at the library at 257-2702 for more information.  We’re getting ready for a wild week!

How Strong is your Password?

In the Spring 2018 issue of Popular Science magazine, they have a full page on the strength of passwords. We often have people who try to log on to our public computers and find it difficult to sign in. Their email provider might ask for more verification, since it recognizes a foreign computer, and is trying to safeguard the user’s account. Great…if you can actually remember your password, own a cell phone, and are willing to put in a little extra time logging in.

But how safe IS that password when you’re using a public computer? Years ago, people used to use very simple passwords they could remember…names, animals, birth dates. As hackers became better, and software became less hack-proof, we hard the warnings to make our passwords more difficult to figure out. Popular Science goes through progression of passwords, from familiar names, to names plus numbers, to a difficult mix of numbers, letters and symbols, and finally, to something we could probably all do to strengthen our accounts (hint: it combines three or more obscure words).

If you’d like to know more about the history of passwords, and how to make yours stronger, you can stop by our website, click on the Flipster Magazine roll at the bottom until you find Popular Science, and read online. Page 18 will give you lots of great tips and tricks. I know I’m going to change a few of my passwords based on these ideas right now. All I have to do is remember the ones I’m using now…