Do You Have a Clue?

Board Game Night PosterThis is the second sneak-peek into our Fall programming…..and it’s all about having fun!

Tuesday nights just got a little brighter, with our family-friendly “Board Game Night” at the library. Drop in alternating Tuesdays this fall, starting September 22nd from 5-8pm to join in a game, start a new one, or just to watch. Where else could you have so much fun for free?

We’ll provide the games, so pop the kids into their pajamas and drop by to play a quick game before bed. No kids, but still like a good game of Monopoly? Bring some friends, or come alone….we’re sure to have others who will want to play a friendly game or two.

Our fall calendar will be available soon, so drop by to pick one up. It’s going to be all kinds of fun this fall at the library!

Goodbye to Summer (students)!

This is it…the final week for our wonderful summer students, Sarah and Erica. We’re sad to see them go, but wish them all the best in the upcoming year!

girlsThank you for a WONDERFUL summer! We couldn’t have done it without either of you!

We’re Going Zen!

Colour Yourself Calm PosterOne of the exciting new programs coming up this fall involves colouring….but it’s not for kids! “Colour Yourself Calm” is going to be a regular, relaxing evening for adults. Mark your calendars now!

Join us the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm starting September 23rd for 90 minutes of zen colouring. We’ll provide the designs, markers, and more…all you need to do is show up.

If you could use a regular night out, why not bring a friend (or two), and colour with us. It’s not just for kids anymore!

No registration required….see you in September!

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!