International Dot Day!

Monday, September 15th is International Dot Day, and the Carleton Place Public Library is participating in this fun event with Miss Janet’s Grade 4 class from St. Mary’s School. Haven’t heard of International Dot Day? It’s a great movement, inspired by the book, “THE DOT” by Peter H. Reynolds, which is the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after her teacher challenges her to make her mark.


International Dot Day goes one step further…encouraging children (and adults) of all ages to reach for the stars and make their own mark on the world. You can see more on the website, and if you’re really excited, you can sign up and download the ideas booklet to get you started. We’re only here a short time…make the most of it! There are many wonderful events planned all around the world, from children decorating their own dots, to pledging to do something important with their lives. We’ll have a special fun thing to do at the library next Monday for our first class visit from our friends at St. Mary’s. I’ll post some photos of the result on our Facebook page later that day.

And if you happen to be at the library that day, maybe you’ll even be able to participate in your own way. It’s all a secret just yet, though……

Go ahead….make your mark!

Book Covers

We don’t often think too much about book covers or how they’re designed, but sometimes, special attention goes into creating something very special.  The just released book entitled THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton, has brought about some significant excitement, and with it, a different book cover for the UK version. The book itself is about a young woman in the 17th century who creates a magical dollhouse that begins to predict the future.


You can read more about Ms. Burton on her website, and follow her research into 17th Century Amsterdam  to learn how this book came about. The UK book cover took quite a turn from this North American cover, showing the actual dollhouse in a very creative format. How lovely to see them hand-painting the font etc.!  You can watch how it was created below.



Sometimes it amazes me how much work can go into a single book!  But this book is getting a lot of buzz right now, so it’s sure to be worth the effort. Would you like to read it?


Many years ago, I remember being on a plane reading Richard Preston’s THE HOT ZONE, a  gritty book that traces the sources of Ebola and Warburg virus and their terrifying effects. This book stuck with me, and now many years later, hearing about the problems being faced in Africa during the most recent outbreak of Ebola, I’m tempted to read it again, if only to re-educate myself about the subject.

The_Hot_Zone_(cover)(Maybe I’ll stick a Post It note in the front of this book, for anyone in our library interested in finding out more!)

If you haven’t read this, or would like to find out more information about Ebola, we have a variety of books in the library that you might want to take a look at. Feel free to search our online catalog, or drop in to find out what’s on the shelf. The World Health Organization has plenty of information online to help inform and keep you safe if you’re traveling to that part of the world soon, so please make sure to drop by their website and read up. They have fact sheets about the disease, diagnostic information and numbers you can call if you’ve been in that area and think you might have been exposed. Caution is best, as always.

While there is no need for widespread panic at this point, staying informed is your best route to staying healthy.

Frivolous Friday Pinterest Book Deal!

Several months ago, I came across a funny story about a woman named Tiffany Beveridge, who only had two sons, but had created a wildly imaginative Pinterest Board for a daughter she didn’t have. In this board, she pinned wonderful, stylish and sometimes crazy photos of clothes for her little imaginary fashionista. She named her daughter Quinoa and wrote creative captions on many of the pins, creating a little story about the girl she imagined would wear all this stuff. It made me laugh, but I thought, how smart!

And after a lot of global attention (books, TV, online), she now has a book coming out called “HOW TO QUINOA : LIFE LESSONS FROM MY IMAGINARY WELL-DRESSED DAUGHTER”.



She never set out to make a big splash on social media, but her humour and inventive creation caught on with so many people, she’s thrilled at the attention. Just a little something for you to think about as we head into the weekend. How about creating your own Pinterest Board!

Bathroom Fun!

It’s Frivolous Friday again, and I have something very frivolous for you today! (Or maybe this will change your life….who knows?)



If you don’t have enough to keep you busy, I’ve got the perfect solution…towel origami!  Surprise your family or guests with wild creations made out of your everyday towels! It might be a great way to coax those little ones into the bath each night, if nothing else.

We don’t own this book at the library, but we’d love to order it in for you on interlibrary loan if you’d like to give it a try. Just drop in and we’ll get the order started!


What do YOU eat?

For our Frivolous Friday post, I came across a fascinating article about what people around the world eat each day. Photojournalist Pete Menzel and author Faith D’Aluisio have documented the photos and information into a new book called WHAT I EAT: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DIETS.


Not only is the calorie count amazing for some people, but you get a glimpse at what other foods people eat each day. Take a good look. I think you’ll be as surprised as I was! You can read the article and see many of the photos right here!


Book in a Jar

For our special teen event during the March Break, we’re having a “Book in a Jar” contest! There will be three jars in the YA section to look at, each with a certain book inside. Pick one up, figure it out and fill out a ballot. book in a jar

It might be easy, it might be tricky…but it’ll be fun! Maybe you’ll even win a prize!

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