Goodbye, Janet!

Here we are on the last working day of Janet’s official role as Head Librarian at the Carleton Place Public Library. Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday that she announced she would be retiring, which turned into a whirlwind of preparation, tying up loose ends and eventually, the search for a replacement. We’re really going to miss her.


Well, Janet….     

– no more early mornings,

– no more being interrupted in restaurants because an alarm has gone off at the library,

– no more calling all over creation to find someone to come and do a repair,

– no more health and safety meetings,

– no more putting on your coat every three minutes to run around town to pick up books/supplies/spare parts/to sign papers/to participate in a mock                                                                                  disaster,

– no more pulling your hair out when someone needs a last minute schedule change

……and we hope there will be plenty of…..

– sitting on your porch drinking cups of tea

– naps in the middle of the afternoon

– knitting/quilting/baking

– reading all the books you can possibly keep on your bedside table

– red hatting

– lunches with friends

– visits with your mom

– phone calls to a certain young man down East, and maybe a few extra visits

– and lots and lots of “if the mood strikes you” stuff

Thank you for all the wonderful years, experiences and guidance. Don’t forget to drop by to visit once in a while!

Happy Retirement, Janet!


Keeping Things Easy.

It’s a BIG transitional week for us here at the Carleton Place Public Library.  We welcomed our new librarian, Meriah, on Monday, and we’re all just trying to get in sync. It’s exciting, isn’t it? We think so, too. But we feel like the occasion needs a little bit of levity, too.  So, I came across this great list of “Pop Culture Librarian Links” over at Flavorwire. Which one is your favourite? (The domino-stacks scene in The Mummy always makes me cringe!)

monstersustillThe Librarian in Monsters University


Grand Prize Alert!

This is our last week for the TD Summer Reading Club 2013 at the Carleton Place Public Library! That means, kids have all of this week to finish reading their books, drop into the library with passports, and pick up their ballots, stickers and pieces for Hollybook City! Next week, we’ll pick a day and do the draws for the grand prize and all of the other prizes we have waiting for our wonderful young readers.


It’s been a fantastic summer, with so many kids of all ages reading and trying to achieve all they can. Our city has grown from a blank green space to a wildly creative plot of land where lots of wonderful things must be going on! We’ve noticed that kids have picked plots in a specific block and placed their buildings, trees,  and people etc. Land claims are fierce here! But we’ve got a few key places that have set the tone for the city….the library, the TD Bank, the bandstand where One Direction drove their fans wild, the Hollybook sign atop the mountain and even our own version of the Eiffel Tower! It’s certainly been exciting, and we’re looking forward to seeing it all complete next week.

The most fun thing?  Each piece—every tree, animal and cloud—represents 3 books that someone has read.  That’s a lot of books! And each type of piece lets us know how far someone made it through the summer, whether they read three books or 30 books. We’ll post the grand total next week to let everyone know.


So, if you’ve got a young reader who is almost finished, make sure you get in here this week to finish up.  And keep an eye out for our winners, which we’ll post in the library next week!

Good luck everyone!


We’re All About Puppets!

Our TD Summer Reading Club programs are going along like gangbusters, and we’re having a great time! Don’t forget, if you pop in to get some books, stop in fora program or only to update your reading Passport, you should pick up your tickets now for next week’s puppet show! They’re only $3 each right now, and if you wait too long, we might sell out.

Yvette and her Puppet Friends will be dropping by the Carleton Place Town Hall Auditorium on Thursday, August 8th at 10am. She’ll take us “Around the World” with her wonderful show and amazing skills as a ventriloquist.  You won’t want to miss this, trust me!  It’s a family friendly show….aimed at children 4 and up.  We still have lots of tickets available, but drop by soon…they’re flying out the door!

Yvette and her Puppet Friends


Go! Carleton Place!

This Saturday, during the Bridge Street Bazaar in Carleton Place, we’re planning a special library event. It’s called GO! Carleton Place, and we’re inviting everyone (children, teens and adults) to participate! 


We’re starting at 9am, and it will run all day during the Bazaar, but we’re going to give everyone time to get their entries in. 

Here’s how it works:

1. Drop in and pick up a brochure.

2. Download the FOURSQUARE app to your iPhone, tablet or Android device.

3. Register.

4. “Find your Friends”.  We’re listed as CP Library .  Just “add” us and we’ll accept!

5. Once we accept you, check out our list called “GO! CARLETON PLACE!”

6. Visit each spot on our list.  “Check in” & follow the tip. (You’ll have to take a photo and upload it to Facebook or Instagram and hashtag #cplibrary so we can see it!)

That’s it!  We’ll tabulate all the photos/check-ins and notify people who have won prizes.  All entries must be finished by Friday, August 9/13 at 5:30pm to be eligible for prizes.

What are the prizes??

We’ll have one for Youth entries (ages 0 – 12) …a Walmart Gift Card    &   one for Adult entries (13+)……a Starbucks Gift Card!

Any questions? Drop by the library or ask us here!  It’s going to be fun. Get out and GO!

We Visited the Museum!

Last week, we visited the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum as part of our TD Summer Reading Club GO! theme. It was a rainy afternoon, but the kids really enjoyed learning all about travel in Carleton Place through the years. They had plenty of questions and Allie and Kristie were so great to answer each and every one of them. A BIG thanks to Jennifer and her staff at the museum for always planning such a great event. We can’t wait to GO back next year!


Some of the wonderful items in the exhibit.


Everyone had fun!


The Penny farthing was exciting to see!


Everyone went home with w fun bookmark to colour.


We played historical trivia…and the kids were fantastic!


Can’t wait to GO back again next year!


We’re having an event! Yes, we’re gearing up for Yvette and her Puppet Friends!  They’ll join us for a “Travel the World”  show on Thursday, August 8/13  at the Carleton Place Town Hall Auditorium.

Yvette is an award-winning ventriloquist with many years of performing behind her. She has a wild and wacky group of characters that she brings along, and this summer, her Travel Around the World program is exactly right for the TD Summer Reading Club theme of  “GO!”

Yvette and her Puppet Friends

We’re inviting all ages to this wonderful family-friendly event. It won’t be geared toward little-little people, but a slightly older age group (4 – 12), so please plan accordingly.  Tickets are on sale now at the library for $3 each (adults and children), or you can purchase them at the door on the day of the event for $4 each. Babes in arms are free, but everyone else needs a ticket! Please drop by or call the library for more information! (613) 257 – 2702!

This is going to sell out quickly, so get your tickets soon!