What Should My Kids Read?

There are lots of great book lists out there…what to read now, what to read this summer, what to read if you don’t like reading….too many great books to read, really. But Today’s Parent magazine recently put together a list of the Top 100 Canadian Children’s Books that you really must read! And the list is fantastic!

kidsbooksFrom the classic ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, to funnier picture books like SCAREDY SQUIRREL and THIS IS NOT MY HAT, to the wonderful story of bats in SILVERWING, this list doesn’t miss a thing. And it has selections for kids of all ages.

If your children are looking for something great to read, but all of their favourites are currently charged out at the library (WIMPY KID, MINECRAFT, STAR WARS), why not take a look at this list and find something “new” for them to read. We have most of the books in our library (and plenty more we can suggest), but it’s so nice to see a list that draws on all the Canadian talent out there!

Happy Reading!

Storytime is Back!

For those of you with young ones at home, we know you’ve been itching to get back to Storytime at the library. After a nice little break, we’re ready to begin again!

Join us each Wednesday morning at 10am for a half hour of stories, songs, and lots of fun. And, of course, there will be plenty of time afterwards to look for books and movies.

Registration is required because spaces will be really limited with only one session during the summer. Make sure to call early to get your young one on the list, and register EACH WEEK for the next session. We want to give everyone a chance to attend.


And don’t forget, while you’re here, sign everyone up for the TD Summer Reading Club! They can earn stickers, and ballots for fun prizes. See you tomorrow!

Reading Help

You’ve probably noticed a lot of changes at the library in the past year. It’s been an exciting time for all of us, and one of the newest challenges is going to be a rewarding summer tutoring program for youngsters in our community. We’re pairing up with two local schools this summer to provide a one-on-one reading program for students who face losing reading skills over the summer months. This is part of a County-wide literacy project called the Lanark County Summer Literacy project.

20150525_150928We’d like to welcome Erica to the Carleton Place Public Library as our summer tutor! Erica will be working closely with the schools this month to help them identify children in need of this program, and then with the children over the upcoming weeks to keep their reading skills strong. She’ll implement tactics learned during an extensive training program, and encourage each emergent readers to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club in a variety of ways. She’s a wonderful addition to our summer programming, and we’re delighted to have her with us.

So, if you see Erica and her young readers in the library this summer, rest assured this is one program that is going to make a difference in the lives of our local children. We’ll report on how we did at the end of the summer, so make sure to check back in August!

Dads and Babies

babytimefacebookHey Dad….stay home with your baby today!

Okay, this isn’t an official holiday or anything, but we do have a lot of dads that come with their little ones to babytime and storytime. And it’s refreshing to see such hands-on dads!

While some dads are really lucky, the Swedish government recognizes how hard it is for fathers to spend these precious and important early years with their children. Not only do they have a very generous maternity leave in Sweden (480 days), at least 60 of these days MUST be taken by the father, or are lost altogether. Isn’t that amazing?

Photographer Johan Bävman has begun a photo series he calls Swedish Dads, showing just what it is like for these fathers who are tasked with taking care of their little ones. So far, he’s documented thirty dads, but is aiming for sixty, to have one for each of the paternity leave days. Drop by his website here to see some fantastic funny, heartwarming, and beautiful pictures of dads and their children in this series. You can also read about each of their stories. I guarantee this will make your Monday better!

Storytime…en francais.

If you attended our French Storytime during the March Break, you got to know our wonderful friend Agathe. And guess what? She’s coming back for more!

Frenchstorytime1We’re looking forward to offering French Storytime for ages 2 and up once per month….at least until the summer. Join us on the following dates for songs, stories and a quick craft!

Monday, April 13th   10:30am

Monday, May 11   10:30am

Monday, June 8    10:30am

It’s going to be a lot of fun. Please call or drop in to register. And while we know that a lot of people are interested in a later storytime for older kids, we’ll see if we can’t meet everyone’s needs during the summer months.


onlineresourcesWe often have children come to the library looking for very specific resources because they have a project. While we carry LOTS of great, new non-fiction in our juvenile section, we can’t carry everything, and that project about the Australian thorny devil lizard probably won’t garner a lot of hits when you search our library catalog. But what we don’t have in books, we make up for in online resources. This is WAY better than using Wikipedia.

onlineIf you drop by our online catalog, you can click on the “Online Resources” button (just like the one above….and I’ve linked it here so you can go directly to it while you read this blog post). At that point, select Homework Help, and you’ll be brought to a couple of great website links, such as Kids InfoBits.

kidsI LOVE this particular resource because it is so user friendly, and is aimed at kids from Kindergarten to Grade 5—exactly the ones who might not have a lot of research skills at this point. From there, you can choose your topic, search, and voila! Tons of great information! We’ve been suggesting this site to teachers who frequent the library, and the response so far has been wonderful.

While researching projects at the library is nothing new, being able to do it from home through the library catalog is a great idea not many people think about. This is second in our series called “FIND IT NOW : Online Resources at the Library.”