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.


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!)

We’re Open This Morning!


It’s kind of a fun morning for us at the library. While everyone is busy bustling around town doing last minute holiday preparations and packing up the car to go to Grandma’s, the Carleton Place Public Library will be open. Yes, open!  We’re only here from 9am until noon, but that means you can drop in and pick up a book, grab a movie, or renew your books so that you can be worry-free over the holidays. We might be playing Christmas music, and maybe there will be a treat or two on hand, who knows? Just expect it to be a nice part of your busy day.

Don’t forget, we’ll be closed for several days after this (Dec. 25- Dec. 28), so make sure you’re not without a book. If you can’t make it in, give us a call and we’ll do our best to renew all of your materials over the phone. Please do not leave items outside the library over the holidays. The blue return box will go out on Monday, December 29th at 9am.  But don’t worry, you won’t be charged any fines for the days we’re closed.

Happy Holidays!

Family Storytime

If you thought our storytime sessions were over for the year, you’ll be happy to know that we’re having a special family storytime that’s all about Christmas!


Join us on Wednesday, December 10th from 6-7pm for an hour of stories, crafts, treats and more! Don’t be afraid to wear pajamas, either. We expect some little ones to drop off right after. This session is aimed at children of all ages, and no registration is required.

See you at storytime!

And his name is….

ShelfelfStarting December 1st, our new friend Cocoa will be taking up his post as our Elf on the Library Shelf!  He’ll be camping out in a new spot each day, so make sure you visit the library to see what he’s been up to each night. Don’t worry, if you can’t make it in, we’ll be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page to keep you in the loop. He’s promised to be good, but we’ve heard these busy friends can get up to some mischief.

Welcome, Cocoa!

Christmas Craft Night at the Library

This is always a busy time of year, so we like to get our young ones into the library to make all sorts of fun crafts for the holidays. Next week, we’re having our annual Christmas Craft Night for kids aged 6 – 11. There will be crafts, treats, and games. What more could anyone ask for?

20141117_150320The pretty star wreaths we’ll be making!

  Registration is full now, so we can’t accept any more crafters, but don’t worry….there will be plenty more craft nights in the New Year! Watch for our 2015 newsletter going out in December to keep up on everything that’s happening at the library!

Elf on the Library Shelf


Yes, we’re lucky enough to have an Elf on the Library Shelf this year!  But he needs a name before he’ll begin his duties. Starting today, you can drop by the library to fill out your name idea. And then keep your eyes on our Facebook page for crazy fun in December!