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!

 

2014 in review!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. We had an amazing year!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Library Holiday Hours

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The library will be closed a few extra days over the holidays. Please make sure to drop in early to pick up more books, movies and audiobooks, or renew what you have out so that your books don’t become overdue. Don’t worry, we don’t charge fines for days we are closed. And please keep all returns for any of the days we are open, only.

LIBRARY HOURS:

Wed., Dec. 24        9am – noon

Thurs., Dec. 25      CLOSED

Fri., Dec. 26           CLOSED

Sat., Dec. 27           CLOSED

Sun., Dec. 28         CLOSED

Mon., Dec. 29       1:30 – 8:00pm

Tues., Dec. 30      1:30 – 8:00pm

Wed., Dec. 31       9am – noon

Thurs., Jan. 1       CLOSED

Happy Holidays from the staff at the Carleton Place Public Library!

What’s Coming Up?

While 2014 is coming to a close, we’ve been thinking about 2015 for some time now. And a New Year means new programs at the library! We’ve had a great fall, with lots of programming for adults, and children, so we’re going to expand again into the unknown. Here’s what’s coming up:

FOR CHILDREN:

Babytime

Storytime

Toddler Time

Craft Nights

Forest of Reading®

March Break events

Free Comic Book Day

FOR TEENS

Teen Book Club

Camp NaNoWriMo

March Break events

Rock the Drop!

FOR ADULTS:

Monthly Book Club

Monthly Craft Club

Ancestry Database training

Writing workshops

Camp NaNoWriMo

Bad Art Night

Human Library Project

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As you can see, we’re going to be doing most of the usual fun programs for kids, but we have a few fun new things to offer as well. Toddler time was a good success this fall, so we’re going to offer it in short 6-week sessions, running after babytime sessions. You can see the full schedule above for dates and times. We’re also hoping to add to the mix by participating in Free Comic Book Day in Carleton Place. If you’ve ever been on Bridge Street that day, you’ll know to expect lots of kids in costumes, roaming from business to business to pick up their free comic books. This time, we’re looking forward to having comics available, too. And don’t forget our great Forest of Reading®. We’ve already started, and this runs from now through April. There are plenty of great books to read this year, so get going now!

Teens, we’re looking for readers who want to have fun, read good books….and eat lots of snacks! The Teen Book Club will be a monthly meeting afterschool, so come in to find out more. Rock the Drop is a special project we’ll tell you more about as the time gets closer, but we want to spread the word about great YA books. And for those young writers who want some feedback, or just want to challenge themselves, we’re hoping to add this generation to our Camp NaNoWriMo group, as well as offer some fun Young Writers workshops during March Break. Pick up a schedule and stay informed!

Adults, we haven’t forgotten about you!  With the great success of the Summer Reading Club for Adults, we expanded this fall into an adult Book Club. Meetings are monthly, and we have a wide selection of books we’re covering this year. Drop by for some stimulating conversation! We’re also looking forward to our monthly Craft Club. If you want to meet new people and work on some crafts in a cozy environment, join us at the library! But what if you’re not crafty?  We’ve got something even BETTER for you! Bad Art Night is our first ever craft night for adults! It’s going to be hilarious—and full of bad art—so mark that on your calendar. If you enjoyed the one-on-one Ancestry.com training this fall, we’re offering more starting in January! And we’re hoping for some interesting participants in this year’s Human Library Project.

All of these events are laid out in the photos above, but we have copies available at the library, so drop in to find out more and pick up your own copy. We don’t want you to miss a thing! 2015 is going to be incredible at the Carleton Place Public Library!

A Sign of the Times!

Have you noticed all of the great new signage at the library? We’re slowly beautifying the library…and making it easier for you to find things at the same time!

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We have a Teen Zone, a Kid’s Corner, a new reference area sign, and some fantastic non-fiction Dewey signage.

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If you’ve ever wondered what you might find down each aisle, now it’s crystal clear. Maybe you’ll even be tempted to look someplace you’ve never been!

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Happy searching!

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