A Day in the Life of an Adult Services and Outreach Coordinator!

a-day-in-the6My name is Caroline, and I’m the Adult Services and Outreach Coordinator. I like to arrive early, because that’s my nature, and then I typically spend the first hour performing opening duties, like emptying the blue return box, checking in materials, and putting returned DVDs away. I usually have emails to follow up on, and might spend a few minutes returning phone calls or making appointments.

Then, I spend the rest of the morning planning for my programs. That might involve scanning Pinterest to find great craft ideas, trying out those ideas, doing research on Google for programs and displays, and I also make posters for upcoming programs.

After lunch, I’ll prepare for any programs I might have in the afternoon or evening,  and then work on the circulation desk for an hour circulating materials, answering reference questions, making book suggestions, and helping with research. It can very busy!

You might not realize it, but we make visits to home bound patrons to deliver books. It’s not just about dropping off materials–it usually involves spending a little time with them, as we might be one of their only visitors that week. And once I return from my deliveries, I spend the next two hours doing one-on-one tech tutoring. This service is so popular with our patrons, we often book several weeks in advance. I answer questions about whatever device they would like to learn about, and we spend time learning specific skills during their hour-long session.

Sometimes, I have evening or weekend programs, which means I need to spend about 45 minutes setting up and making sure everything is ready. Being prepared means the program will run well, and everyone will have fun, or be informed.

It’s an interesting position, and every day brings something new!

You can find out more about our staff and what we do all day by coming back tomorrow.

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Library Survey!

Have you filled out our library survey?  If you visit the Carleton Place Public Library on a regular basis, or even if you only drop by now and then, we’d like you to let us know how we can improve our services, or what you think we’re doing right.

13592379_1066320360070626_7511972315773206309_nTake a couple of minutes to fill out this survey, and you might win a Chapters gift card!

The Long Weekend

Happy(1)This is just a reminder that the library will be CLOSED on Monday, May 23rd. We will be open regular hours today (9:30am – 5:30pm), and Saturday (10am – 5pm), so if you need materials, please make sure to get in before we close.

If you need to return items, please feel free to leave them in our large blue outdoor return box. You won’t be charged any fines on days we are closed.

Museum passes will be at a minimum this weekend, we assume, so you can check on availability by going to our website and clicking on the large green MUSEUM block on the top left of the page. These passes will be available on a first come, first served basis, so keep checking to see if the one you’re waiting for has been returned.  We can’t hold them, but you might get lucky!

The staff at the Carleton Place Public Library wishes everyone a safe and happy long weekend! See you on Tuesday……

Movies at the Library

movies.jpgDVD loans are popular at our library, and we’ve been staying on top of all the latest releases. Among those, you’ll find Academy Award nominees, children’s movies, and independent releases.

If you’re looking for a current selection, drop by our library catalog and type in DVD in the search bar. You can then search through the list, do your own search, or have the titles listed by date released. Place a hold…often new releases are quite popular!

You can find our library catalog at http://olco.canlib.ca/client/cp

 

 

Why do YOU use the library?

QUALITY GOODSA few years ago, we ran a post that talked about many of the different reasons people used the library. It covered lots of typical uses like taking out books, magazines, and DVDs, using our WiFi or public computers, and attending meetings. While these reasons are still a very big part of why many of our patrons use the library, there are now many more.

How about:

  • taking out books, magazines, DVDs, and audiobooks
  • Downloading eBooks and Audiobooks from our online collection
  • Doing volunteer hours, either as a student or adult
  • Using our free WiFi, or public computers
  • Photocopying, printing, emailing, and scanning items
  • Tutoring, taking exams
  • Doing puzzles
  • Taking part in programs for children, teens, and adults
  • Book club meetings
  • Tech tutoring sessions
  • Adult colouring
  • Regular class visits
  • Visits from Sparks and Brownies
  • Relaxing on our couches, reading
  • Taking advantage of A/C in the summer, and warm spaces in the winter
  • Special workshops and events
  • Free Comic Book Day
  • Reading Programs
  • Literacy Tutoring
  • Books for sale
  • Borrowing a museum pass for the whole family

 

There are so many reasons people visit the library each day, but one of the nicest things is that we see many of the same faces day after day. It’s wonderful to be able to have a conversation with a young person who comes here after school just to “hang out” and read while waiting for a parent to pick them up. It’s just as satisfying to talk with someone who drops in everyday to work on whatever puzzle is out on the back table. When students come for regular tutoring, the library is a safe space, and they are greeted with friendly faces they’ve seen before, and that can mean a lot to a child. And for some, the library is their only real means of connection each day, and coming in to get a movie or choose some books means they’ll be able to tell someone about their day, or just commiserate about the weather.

In every community, the library is a social hub, a safe place, a learning zone, a technology port, a comfortable temperature, a game center, and most importantly—-free. All you need is a library card.  If you haven’t been to the library in some time, why not drop by to see what’s happening? We’re always glad to see you!

So….why do YOU come to the library?

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!

Star Wars Reads Day!

Saturday, October 10th is Star Wars Reads Day…and we’re having some fun at the library to go along with it! Stop by anytime between 10am – 5pm to take part in a special Star Wars themed I Spy, grab up a few great Star Wars books, and take home some crafts and special bookmarks. It’s going to be a great day!

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