Book Clubs, Craft Nights and March Break!

We’ve been busy planning all kinds of new, fun things for 2015. And now that we’re back into the swing of things, we hope you’ll join us for some new programming!

1(Hint: these beautiful cave paintings found in Lascaux, France, have something to do with our March Break plans. No…we’re not planning a trip. Stay tuned!

January introduced us to an Adult Crafting Club! We provide the space, you bring your crafts!  It’s a fun way to meet knew people and discover all the crafty things you have in common. We’ve had knitters so far, but anyone is welcome….sewers, scrapbookers, wood carvers (okay, I’m being silly here, but if wood carving is your thing, you’re still invited!). Drop in on the third Monday of each month from 6-7:30pm. And refreshments will be provided, so even if you come directly from work, you won’t have to sit with a rumbling stomach.

Next up is our Ancestry Database training. This was such an amazing success in the fall, we’re continuing on! If you’ve always wanted to get started researching your family tree, but didn’t know how to begin, this is one-on-one training with a staff member who has a huge interest in genealogy. Book of one our sessions, and she’ll show you how to use Ancestry Library edition, and maybe she’ll even get you started on that family tree. You must have some computer skills to do this session, or bring someone along with you who does. Make an appointment for one of our Tuesday morning sessions, or for a Wednesday evening session. You won’t regret it!

For the first time, we’re starting a Teen Book Club!  We’ll meet the last Wednesday of each month, starting February 26th, from 4-5:30pm. At our first meeting, we’ll talk about great YA books, and make some selections for the upcoming book club meetings. Registration begins today, so give us a call if you have a teen (ages 12+) who would like to attend. Refreshments provided!

And last but not least, we’re doing another writing workshop to lead into Camp NaNoWriMo in April. You don’t have to be writing a book right now to get the benefits from “Voice Choice!”, but it might give you a few new things to look at as you move forward with your writing. We have a lot of continuing writers in our group, but we always enjoy having new members. Join us on Tuesday, February 24 from 6-8pm for this interesting workshop. No registration required….and yes, there will be treats!

These are just a few things happening in February. And if you’re starting to think about the March Break, our March Break calendar will be out early this week. There is something in it for EVERYONE! Watch here or Facebook for more information, or give us as call a little later this week and we can help you find the calendar online. It’s going to be an exciting March Break!

Staches Galore!

It was the 1st Annual Moustache Photobomb Contest for the Carleton Place Public Library. We handed out many, many moustache kits and asked our patrons to take them home and take the craziest photo they could think of…using the moustaches. The pictures came pouring in last week, and now we have a tough decision to make. After all, the coveted “Moustache Medal” is at stake!  We’ll announce the winner later this week.

Here are the entries. Do you have a favourite?














It’s Almost March Break!

Take a break with us this March Break at the library. We have something fun for everyone, from special drop-ins to crafts to fun scavenger hunts. (Click on the photo below to enlarge.)

March Break Insides 2014Of course, this is just a simple outline showing what we’re doing, but you can drop into the library to pick up the real deal…and maybe get your Moustache Kit to participate in our First Annual Carleton Place Public Library Moustache Photobomb Contest! All you have to do is pick up your kit, and then get creative. Then take a photo a post it to our Facebook page!  We’ll vote on the best photo at the end of the March Break (March 14) and award the Moustache Medal!

If you have any questions or want to sign someone up for one of our programs, give us a call or drop by the library. We’re getting excited!

Silly Sushi all the way!

Monday was Silly Sushi, the first big event during our Silly Week programs! We could have offered this three times over and STILL had waiting lists. With a little preparation, we had yummy goodies waiting for the kids who immediately got their hands sticky and dove right into the sushi!

With bowls full of gooey rice crispie treats, fruit roll ups, swedish fish,gummy worms, coconut and lots of sprinkles, we started rolling.  Not only did we make (and safely cut) “california rolls”, we invented our own candy sushi designs and even learned a few Japanese words.

The afternoon was a big success and everyone went home with Bento boxes full of their creations. Can’t wait until tomorrow’s Superhero Storytime!

Next week is Silly Week at the library!

Yes, we’re almost ready for the onslaught of kids storming the library for Silly Week (aka March Break)! If you don’t already have lots of plans, we’re gearing up for something fun each day!

On Monday, March 12, it’s Silly Sushi Day!  Kids aged 6 – 12 are welcome to sign up for a fun hour of making paper Japanese bento boxes and then hoards of silly candy sushi to take home.We’ll be sampling products, I’m sure, so if your child has any food allergies, this may not be the event for them. There will be plenty of goodies on hand, so this is one event that’s filling up fast! Sign up today if you want a spot.

On Tuesday, March 13,  from 1:30 – 3:30, we’re showing a movie….Percy Jackson and the Olympians : The Lightning Thief.  This will be for kids aged 8 and up and we’ll have treats to make it lots of fun. Registrants are asked to bring a pillow and prepare to stay for two hours. As usual, this event requires registration, and parents can drop off kids and pick them up when the event is over.

Wednesday, March 14th will be so much fun, I can hardly wait.  It’s Superhero Storytime day!! Not only will we have a fun morning full of Superhero stories and crafts, but there will be a special guest…..Korny Klowns!! No, they won’t be performing, but they’ll arrive early and spend two hours here to face paint!!  Anyone who’d like it done will have a chance, so don’t worry if you get here a bit late.  As usual, this storytime will take place from 10-11am, but we have VERY LIMITED SPACES, so you need to sign up soon!  We’re almost full!

We hope to see all of you at the library next week. So call us to sign up for programs, or drop by the library and pick up tickets for the special event. You’ll be glad you did!

It was MAGIC!

What a fun morning we all had at the Carleton Place Town Hall!  It was beautiful outside but close to 200 kids and parents gathered inside for the Magic of Diego! He thrilled us all with some card tricks, a funny trick about a “bandana”, and even made a table float in front of our eyes!  Amazing!

Many of the kids were picked to help with a trick, but even if they didn’t have the chance to go up, everyone had a great time.  It was a fantastic way to spend a March Break morning!

This was just before the table started dancing around in mid-air!  Lots of fun!

It was another successful March Break, and now I’m looking forward to planning a few fun things for summer. Thanks Diego! Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday!

Take a Magical March Break!

We’ve got everything planned and in a few weeks, we’ll have lots of kids into the library to spend a bit of their March Break with us. If you haven’t already picked up your March Break Calendar, then stop in at the library and ask for one.  Or….there’s one on the right hand side of this page.  Just click, open and download.  We’re expecting the events to fill up quickly, so make sure you register early for anything you’d like to do.

On Monday, March 14th, there’s Poetry Slam with Danielle Gregoire from 9:30 – 11:30am.  This is a fun performance-based poetry event.  Kids aged 8 – 12 are welcome to sign up.  Bring a pencil and paper and be ready to perform! In the afternoon, we’re having AbraCraftDabra!….a fun hour of crafts, games and more from 1:30 – 2:30.

On Tuesday, anyone who missed out on AbraCraftDabra is welcome to sign up for another great afternoon of crafts!  This will  be the same as yesterday, so please, only sign up for one craft event!

Wednesday will be all about music!!  Issie is joining us with her magical combination of stories, music and FUN!!!  This is open to kids aged 2 – 5 and spaces are really limited, so sign up as soon as possible!

And finally, on Thursday, March 17th….we’re hosting a MAGIC SHOW with DIEGO!  Tickets are available right now at the library for $3 each…or at the Carleton Place Town Hall auditorium on the morning of the show for $4! Don’t wait….these tickets will go fast!

So…hurry on in and sign up for all the great things we have planned!  It’ll be a lot of fun and the kids will enjoy having something special to do!