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!

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!

 

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!