Do You Have a Reader On Your List?

It’s that time of year….yes, the time when we’re all either glued to our laptops, trying to pick out the perfect items for those on our shopping lists, or running around from store to store to find them. Well, I’m here to help you, especially if you have a reader (or librarian) on your list!

The Ontario Library Association has a wonderful Holiday Gift Guide–and shop—to help you find the perfect book-themed items. From card catalog socks, to colouring books, to puppets, they have all sorts of wacky and wonderful items that anyone who reads would love. Personally, I’m hoping for this Hand-Lettering book:

9781441322012_1024x1024But don’t wait too long. Many of the items are already sold out (sorry to anyone who would have picked the Cats on the Go Tech Decals, but they still have some Cattoos!), so get on this right away. I wish I’d known about this before our Teen Book Club Christmas party…..but maybe next year!

Happy shopping!

Cocoa is Coming Back!

http___carletonplacelibrary-ca2It’s not quite December, but we’re excited that Cocoa will be back to help us out in December. And this year, he wanted to do something a bit special….a scavenger hunt with a prize!  You can download the image above as your own card to play along, then drop into the library starting December 1st through December 24, or follow our Carleton Place Public Library Facebook page to see what he’s up to everyday, and check off the boxes as you see them. He promises to be really creative this year (and probably as mischievous as usual).

Once you complete the sheet, drop it off at the library with your name and phone number, and we’ll be making a draw for “Cocoa’s Favourite Things” right before Christmas! The prize is aimed at our young patrons, but everyone is welcome to participate. It’s going to be a fun month!

And as usual, remind your youngsters that if they see Cocoa at the library, they are not to touch him. Elves have very, very special magic, and we’d have to send him back to Santa to reinstate his powers if he gets touched, so, it’s fun to look, but no touching please. (Besides, Cocoa is a bit of a complainer, and if you touch him, you’re bound to have to listen to his ailments for quite a while.)

Cocoa arrives December first, so get downloading, or drop by the library to pick up your card right away!

Christmas Hours at the Library

from THE STAFF AT THE CARLETON PLACE PUBLIC LIBRARYThe library will be CLOSED off and on over the Christmas holidays, so if you need to get books or DVDs, renew items, or drop in to use our wireless, make sure to pop these hours on your calendar.

Monday, Dec. 21    1:30pm – 8:00pm

Tuesday, Dec. 22  1:30pm – 8:00pm

Wednesday, Dec. 23  1:30pm – 8:00pm

THURSDAY, DEC. 24   9am – noon

Friday, Dec. 25   CLOSED

Saturday, Dec. 26   CLOSED

Sunday, Dec. 27   CLOSED

Monday, Dec. 28   1:30pm – 8:00pm

Tuesday, Dec. 29  1:30pm – 8:00pm

Wednesday, Dec. 30 1:30pm – 8:00pm

THURSDAY, DEC. 31   9am – noon

Friday, Jan 1   CLOSED

Saturday, Jan 2    10am – 5pm

The blue return box won’t be out, but don’t worry….we won’t charge fines for the days we’re closed. Please keep all returns for the days we’re in the building.

Merry Christmas from the staff at the Carleton Place Public Library!

Stop Baking!

20151106_100614-1Today is the last day to register for our Christmas Cookie Exchange at the library. If you haven’t had a chance to do any baking yet this year, don’t dismay! We’re here to help!

Here’s all you have to do:

  • Register at the library by 8pm tonight.
  • Go home and bake one type of Christmas cookie
  • Bring them back to the library at 7pm on Thursday, December 17th
  • Exchange cookies with other participants
  • Take home a wide variety of cookies to enjoy!

We’re taking the stress out of the holidays! Call us for more information at 257-2702.

Starbucks + Christmas – Christmas = ???

10890728_1234187126596633_2133648073_nBy now, you’ve probably all heard the crazy argument going around the internet about Starbucks and their “plain” holiday cups this year. If you haven’t, you’re lucky. But just to summarize, when Starbucks rolled out their annual red cups November 1st, a former pastor in the US took offense to the fact that they were so plain, and free of all Christmas references, which he took to mean that Starbucks hates Christians, of course.

Now, as far as anyone can tell, holiday references in Starbucks’ previous red cups were only things like ornaments, or reindeer….and not really any religious references. This year, they kept the cups clean—only a graduated ombre to the deep red—to “usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories”, claims Starbucks President Jeffrey Fields. So why the pastor chose to take this fight to such an extreme level (and really, it has nothing much to do with being Christian and celebrating Christmas at all), leaves everyone stumped. He started up a campaign online to get people to say their name was Merry Christmas, so that the Starbucks employees would have to write that on the cups, and therefore, keep the Christmas at Starbucks, as well as fight the fight using the hashtag #MerryChristmasStarbucks.

What?

Red cups, blue cups, reindeer or no deer….what does it matter? Coffee and books go together,and we’re fans of Starbucks here at the library. Does anyone really passionately care what the design is on the cup? Unless you’re the one who designed it, I don’t think so.

I’m pretty sure this former pastor, Joshua Feuerstein, who now calls himself a “social media personality”, just needs to chill out, and maybe take up adult colouring as a form of relaxation.

Just keep the red pencils away from him.

(Speaking of adult colouring, join us at the library on Wednesday, November 25th at 6:30pm for some fun zen colouring. There may even be Christmas things to colour!)