Welcome, Maren!

Last week, you met one of our new staff members, Caroline. This week, we’re pleased to introduce our new Materials Processing Clerk, Maren.

20150731_141835CPPL: Welcome, Maren!  It’s been a busy few weeks for everyone here, but it’s nice to see you settling in so well. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Maren:  I was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, but grew up in my grandparents’ house when my family moved to Stellarton. After earning a degree in History at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB, I decided to pursue a different career path that was better suited to my interests and skills, and becoming a library technician clicked! It allows me to help people by sharing information, which is something I love doing. I recently graduated from Algonquin College and now I’m working here and couldn’t be happier!

CPPL: We’re just as happy, Maren. Your job here is quite detailed, and we know you must leave here each day with a tired brain. Do you even feel like reading when you get home? Are books the last thing you want to see?

Maren: Right now I’m reading DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, the fourth book in the Outlander series. I’m a huge reader of historical fiction and have read primarily books about the War of the Roses and Tudor England.

CPPL: Bring on the historical fiction, then! Speaking of history, we hear you have quite the interest in genealogy. Do you have any other fun pastimes?

Maren: I’ve been researching my family history for the past year or so. I’ve always had an interest in genealogy when I would trace the family trees on the back of my English history books. I’ve also delved into the world of amateur jewellery making last year, and it’s something I want to start doing again.

CPPL: Okay, the important question…coffee or tea?

Maren: Coffee. Always coffee.

CPPL:Last but not least, if you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Maren:  Time travel! Since reading the Outlander series, the desire to have this superpower has only increased. I always thought it would be amazing to see what the world looked like before cities and human innovations.

CPPL: Time travel would be amazing! If only I could go back to right before I ate that triple chocolate cupcake. (Of course, I did enjoy it, so……)

A big thank you to Maren for taking the time to tell us a bit about herself. We’re glad to have you on staff!  And if you pop into the library, be sure to stop and say hello!


Just a reminder, the library will be closed today for the Civic Holiday. We hope all of our patrons will have a safe and happy long weekend.


Please keep all returns until Tuesday, August 4th. Our blur return box will go out at 9am then.  Don’t worry, you won’t be charged any fines for the days we are closed.

See you Tuesday!

Cool Zone

The temperature is really going to climb this week, but don’t forget, the library is a great place to come and cool off. Drop in, bring along a cold drink, find a comfy seat, and enjoy our free Wi-Fi for a few hours. We have lots of great magazines and books to look at, or bring along your laptop, some headphones, and take out a movie to watch. Stay all day, or just a few hours….we’re happy to be a cool zone!


Welcome, Caroline!

The faces at the Carleton Place Public Library might be changing, but we’re happy to welcome our newest staff members! They’ve only been with us a short time, but we’re enjoying getting to know them, and we thought you’d like to know a little more about them, too.

20150713_111645First up is Caroline, our new Adult Services and Outreach Coordinator. You might have participated in one of her programs in the Spring when she was doing a school placement with us before getting her degree. She ran several tech One-on-One sessions to help our patrons learn to use their devices, or set up emails and Facebook pages. We feel lucky to have her back with us now, and she’s hard at work developing some great new programs for the fall session for all of our adult patrons!

CPPL: Caroline, we’re so happy you’ve joined our staff. Can you tell us about your journey to the Carleton Place Public Library? (No, I don’t mean what street you took to get here…the bigger picture, please.)

Caroline:  I was born in England, and moved to Canada when I was seven years old. Later, I ended up going back to England to study history and art history at the International Study Centre (Herstmonceux Castle) which is part of Queen’s University. I decided to pursue a library career at this point in my life because both of my parents are in the library field. I think access to information in the modern age is a fundamental human right. Also, books are magic. They allow us to communicate telepathically with other people. Someone writes an idea down and it appears in our brain when we read it. Magic.

CPPL: Exactly! Books are magic. We’re the keepers of the magic at libraries, aren’t we? Wizards, I’d say.  Speaking of books, what are you reading right now?

Caroline: THE FIRST BOHEMIANS by Vic Gatrell, and THE FIFTH ELEPHANT by my favourite author, Terry Pratchett. I love Pratchett so much. And this book is brilliant and biting and hilarious and deep. No one else writes like this.

CPPL: I want to read that now! Do you have any special interests outside of work? A cotton ball collection, a love for hiking up steep mountains, a fascination with 80’s bands, maybe?

Caroline: I’m currently obsessed with Korean dramas, and I can knit up a story, but only in a straight line. Also, I knit very strangely…with one of the needles tucked between my legs.

CPPL:  Wow! I guess you’re self-taught.  Okay…the important question coffee or tea?

Caroline:  Coffee all the way!!!

CPPL:  This question should have been on the job interview, but because we didn’t ask it then….if you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Caroline:  I would want to be super fast and/or be able to pause time. There never seems to be enough time in the day. Also, how great would it be to be able to pause time and continue sleeping/reading/watching something until you are ready for time to start again?!

CPPL: I totally agree!  I think being able to pause life would be a perfect superpower…how many times a day do I wish for this? Too many to count! Maybe we’ll have to work on this idea, Caroline.

We’ll introduce you to our other new staff member a little later this month, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll stop by the library and say hello!






Yalp’s Friday Roundup!

yalpfridayWe’re starting a new series for the summer called “Yalp’s Friday Round Up!”. Yalp is our TD Summer Reading Club mascot this summer, and he’s up to lots of fun this summer…visiting with our young patrons, hanging out at the library, and much more. Hopefully, he’ll give us some insight into how much fun everyone is having at the library this summer.

We had Minion Madness, Marvelous Music and Crazy Colours this week. Everyone had fun, including Yalp! We had storytime, toddlers, young writers, adult writers, young readers, and today, we’re looking forward to French Storytime and an afternoon of Legos! Could our week be more fun?

Yalp heard LOTS of great things this week, including:

  • One of our young friends loved spending time with Yalp so much, it was difficult to bring him back to the library at the end of the week. Thankfully, he’ll be able to visit her again later this summer! (They went biking together, and he can’t wait to do it again!)
  • A young reader taking part in our summer literacy tutoring program came up with a great game that allowed him to find letters in the library that he was working on.
  • Our group of teen writers didn’t want to leave after their hour was up!
  • Children in the Crazy Colours program were laughing so hard during one of their games, it could be heard throughout the library
  • A gentleman visiting from Carleton Place enjoyed being able to walk in off the street to use the public computers for free. It turns out he was a former Parliamentary Librarian!

I’m sure next week will be even more exciting!  Don’t forget, we still have tickets for the Magic Show on Thursday, July 30th. Drop in now to get them for $3 before they’re gone!


Storytime…en francais!

storytimefrancaisIt’s been a while coming, but we’re hoping to start up a French Storytime for our wonderful young patrons. Living in a community with a French school, and French immersion in many of the other schools, we know there is a great need for this type of program. We also have more and more French-speaking families who have moved into the area, and we want to accommodate them, as well. But right now, we do not have anyone on-staff who speaks French, so we’re a little limited. That’s where YOU come in.

We’re looking for someone in our community who might be interested in leading a French storytime once a week, for a 6-week session. Each storytime will last 20 – 25 minutes, and we’ll provide all of the resources and support. All you’d have to do is make the commitment, and join us at the library to make this wonderful program a reality! This would be a wonderful opportunity for someone homeschooling children, a retired community member, or even a high school student looking to earn a few volunteer hours. If you know someone who might be interested, please pass on the information, and have them get in touch with us at the Carleton Place Public Library, or cplibrarykids@yahoo.ca.

This week, we’re running a quick questionnaire in the library for our patrons to find out who might be interested, and how we can best serve our young patrons. Please stop in to fill out the questionnaire, which includes questions about when to run it, what age group is looking for a French storytime, and the extent of your child’s French abilities. If you can’t make it in, please let us know and we’ll send you some info.

Yay for French Storytime!


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