Little Free Library

I’ve posted before about the wonderful Little Free Library idea. These are wonderful handmade creations that people put up in their communities to encourage people to read books. The idea is to take a book, or leave a book in one of these great nooks…no need for a library card or worries about late fees.

The idea has really taken off, and we now have a super book available at the library called THE LITTLE FREE LIBRARY BOOK : TAKE A BOOK, RETURN A BOOK by Margret Aldrich. It has wonderful photos, tells the history of the idea, and gives you some ideas to create your own little free library.

littleIf you’re looking for something fun to do this summer and have a great community that might get a lot of use out of something like this, why not drop in a pick up the book to see what it’s all about. Libraries of any type are a wonderful idea!

The Clan is Back!

Jean Auel’s CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR series has always been popular in our library. Back in the mid-eighties, they made a movie out of the first book, starring then-popular Daryl Hannah, and it didn’t garner much positive feedback. They’re trying again.

This time, Auel’s story is being made into a Lifetime series, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer behind it. Bigger names + better producers will hopefully mean the story gets told with more devotion to the characters and story Auel’s fans have grown to love.

CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR by Jean AuelTHE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR takes place 25,000 years ago and centres around a clan of Neanderthals who take into their group an orphan Cro-Magnon girl named Ayla. It focuses on the story of Ayla growing up in a society not the same as her own, and how she breaks free of the issues placed upon Neanderthal women. Gripping, right?

Auel weaves history and fiction together into a tale that explains the differences in early man, and also shows how much we haven’t changed. Auel did research at her local library, by touring archeological sites, and by going to numerous archeological conventions according to some online bios. We’ll have to wait to see if this television series makes fans happy.

One Book, One Community!


Next year, we’ll be participating in the “One Book, One Community” project with all of the libraries in Lanark County. It’s an exciting endeavor that hopes to get people from all five communities reading the same book. We’ll be hosting events around the book, prompting discussion, and encouraging our communities to interact in various ways.

This week, we’re beginning the book selection. You can drop into any one of the local libraries (Carleton Place Public Library, Perth & District Union Public Library, Smiths Falls Public Library, Mississippi Mills Library, and Lanark Highlands Public Library) and fill out a quick ballot for your selection. The theme for 2015 will be AGING, so keep that in mind when selecting a book you’d like to suggest. It doesn’t have to be a Canadian book, and it can be from any genre, as long as it deals with aging in some way. We’re looking forward to seeing what books you suggest, and hope we’ll be able to announce the winning book in the near future. Then, we’ll be getting many copies of the book to make available to the public to read. Keep watching here or at the library for more information as time moves on.

What would your suggestion be for the One Book, One Community project this year?

Author Visit!

Next week, the Carleton Place Public Library is pleased to welcome the author of IF…A MIND-BENDING NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT BIG IDEAS AND NUMBERS, David J. Smith!  While he won’t be speaking at the library, he’ll be joining us at St. Mary’s Catholic School to visit with the students there. If you aren’t aware, we have class visits from St. Mary’s students quite regularly here at the library, and we thought this visit would be a nice way to reward them for coming and using the library. It’s going to be a fun visit!


Mr. Smith will arrive here in Carleton Place next Tuesday, November 4th, and we’ll whisk him over the St. Mary’s where he’ll talk about his latest book, as well as some of his other great non-fiction for young people.  He is a teacher with more than 25 years experience in a classroom setting, and his books show that he’s well aware of the difficulties in teaching young people about size and comparison.  This should be a really fun talk, and we’re hoping he’ll be able to sign a few books while he’s here. We have his collection available here in the library, and we encourage anyone who might want to purchase one of his books to drop by our local bookstore, Reads Book Shop, and order a copy. If you have a young person aged 8-12 at home, it’s a great book to consider.

We’re looking forward to next week!

We’re Having a Kick-Off!

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We’re only a few short weeks away from National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. And once again, the Carleton Place Public Library will be an official Come Write In zone!  That means, we’re looking for people who want to write a novel during the month of November, and it doesn’t have to be done entirely at the library (although we would like you to try writing here at least once).

This coming Tuesday, October 21st from 6-7pm, we’re having our NaNoWriMo Kick-Off!  Join us for an hour to hear about our plans, and find out more about the whole idea. If you participated in April, this will just as much fun, and if you didn’t, come and participate this month!  We’ll have special write-in times, group events, inspirational daily emails and maybe even some snacks (because it’s hard work writing).

We’re looking for anyone aged 13+ who wants to write with us.  You can register on the official NaNo website, or just participate for fun.  But be prepared to write…we’re going to challenge you, and hopefully you’ll get that novel written.

Drop by the National Novel Writing Month website, or visit the blog for daily inspiration leading up to the event, as well as during NaNo.

Any questions?  Give us a call at the library, or drop by on Tuesday night for the event!

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.

Where Do You Belong?

If you’re a fan of the Canadian band Great Big Sea, you’ll know Alan Doyle. He’s the lead singer, and now author of a memoir called WHERE I BELONG: SMALL TOWN TO GREAT BIG SEA about growing up in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, as well as his musical journey.  He decided to write about his hometown because he feels it shaped him both musically, and as a person. As with many Newfoundlanders, Doyle is a born storyteller, and his memoir will sure to delight fans as well as those who just love to learn about small-town Canada.


You can see a bit more about his book, and the place he grew up in the book trailer:

Happy reading!