Book Club Picks

Our new fall Book Club has been a great success so far, with lots of interesting discussion and some unique books. Next up? SARAH’S KEY by Tatiana de Rosnay on Monday, January 12, 2015.  556602

If you haven’t read this story, it’s a heart-breaker. It begins in 1942 in Paris during a Nazi raid where much of the Jewish population was rounded up and sent to large facilities such as bicycle stadiums, and held under terrible conditions until they were shipped by train to Auschwitz for extermination. In this story, Sarah–a 10-year-old Jewish girl—is arrested with her family and whisked off to one of the shelters. Her story is tragic enough, but a choice she makes during the raid will forever change her life.

Years later, a journalist researching an article about this period, comes across something that connects her to Sarah’s family. Once she begins to put the pieces together, the tragedy makes her look at her own life and the choices she’s made.  It is a complex and emotional story, but one which should provide some fascinating discussion during our next book club.

If you haven’t read the book, drop by the library and we’ll try to get you a copy in time to make the meeting. You don’t have to register to attend, so if you’ve already read the book and would like to come, the meeting starts at 6:30pm on Jan. 12th. Yes, we’ll have refreshments!

Book clubs are a great way to get to know new people, to discuss wonderful books, and challenge your usual reading lists. Why not give it a try? See you in January!

Teen Book Club


We have a new book club starting in the New Year….our first Teen Book Club! We’re hoping to get a great group of teen readers ready to discuss all sorts of great YA fiction out there. If you know someone who might be interested in attending, we’ll meet the last Wednesday of each month from 4-5:30pm here at the library. (And if it helps to get them here, tell them there will be FOOD!)

The first meeting isn’t until Wednesday, February 25th, but I wanted to get people thinking about it. We will begin registration for this program on February 1st, so watch for our posters in the library in January. And bring an idea for your favourite books to read this spring!

Our Book Club!

We had a great turnout for our first ever Book Club! There was plenty of discussion about all kinds of books, and almost everyone had a selection for the upcoming months. What did we choose? Here’s what we’ll be reading over the next few months:






Dec. 8 — STILL LIFE by Louise Penny

Jan. 12 — SARAH’S KEY by Tatiana De Rosnay

Feb. 9 — THE BIRTH HOUSE by Ami McKay

March 9 — DEAR LIFE by Alice Munro

April 13 — WE ARE WATER by Wally Lamb

May 11 — THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL by Philippa Gregory

June 8 — THE OUTLANDER by Gil Adamson

As you can see, there is a nice variety of books,  including lots of Canadian authors. If you want to get in on our book club, we’re going to be meeting the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30 – 8pm. No need to register, just come and join us for some lively discussion about the book!

Book Club!


For the very first time, we’re holding a book club at the Carleton Place Public Library!  It’s going to be an exciting fall, so if you’re looking to meet up with other readers from our community, we welcome you to come to the first meeting on Monday, October 20th from 6:30pm – 8pm.  Regular meetings will be the second Monday of each month, same time. We’ll be picking the book selections at the first meeting, so come with your recommendations!

And yes, there will be refreshments! Registration is required, so call us for more information at 257-2702.



It’s October!  And that means fun things happening at the library. This month, we’re all about crafting, book clubs and a new program for Toddlers!

Since today is October 1st, you can now register your child for Halloween Craft Night, which will take place on Tuesday, October 28th from 6-7pm.  This is open to children aged 6-11, and registration is required, so call us to sign up EARLY!  This event will fill up quickly!

Next up is a really fun special storytime with none other than Ronald McDonald! He’ll be visiting the library on Thursday, October 16th at 3pm to do a fun story and visit with our young readers.  This storytime is aimed at those aged 4-7, but everyone is welcome. No registration is necessary for this…so tell all of your friends!

If you’ve been waiting for a book club at the library, wait no longer!  Monday, October 20th from 6:30pm – 8pm will be the first one! Bring along a friend, and bring along a recommendation for our reading list.  Refreshments will be served, so expect it to be a fun evening! We’ll meet the 2nd Monday of each month after that. Registration is required!

We know many of you have been waiting for a Toddler session for those kids from 1-2 years of age…and it’s finally here! Our first session will take place on Thursday, October 23rd at 10am. We’re expecting this to be quite popular, so please call to register ASAP.  We have VERY limited spaces, so don’t be disappointed! (Yes, younger/older siblings are welcome to come along, but please don’t sign them up when registering.)

And in case you’ve been wondering, we’re registering for Forest of Reading this month. Book selections will be out later in the month, and we’ll start visiting schools in December to promote this great reading club for kids in Kindergarten to Grade 8.

Happy Library-ing!



Have you read PRACTICAL JEAN by Trevor Cole yet? If you were at the Lambs Down Park Festival back in June, we were handing out copies of this fun Canadian book as part of our Great Book Relay! All we asked was that you read the book and pass it on to someone else.  Then, we’re hoping lots of people will join us in September for a fun chat about it. It’s not a book club, it’s a book relay!

So, if you’ve read the book already, you’ll know what it’s all about. If not, we still have some copies available at the library, or feel free to download one on OverDrive to your eReader.  Here is the summary from Goodreads:


Jean Vale Horemarsh is an ordinary, small-town woman with the usual challenges of middle age. She’s content, mostly, with the life she’s built: a semi-successful career as a ceramics artist, a close collection of women friends (if you ignore the terrible falling out she had with Cheryl all those years ago), a comfortable marriage with a kind if otherwise unextraordinary man. And then Jean sees her mother go through the final devastating months of cancer, and realizes that her fondest wish is to protect her dearest friends from the indignities of aging and illness. That’s when she decides to kill them…

Here is a fun video of PRACTICAL JEAN…but be aware, it has spoilers!

 If you’re interested and have read the book, join us at the library on September 8th at 6:30pm for a lively discussion about the book and the entire Book Relay.