Saving

Libraries are all about cost savings. You can get the obvious benefits for your piggy bank by coming here for books instead of buying them. But what else can you get for your money at libraries?

At the Carleton Place Public Library, you can get:

  • movies for the weekend
  • museum passes to take the family to see a special exhibit
  • a great choice of puzzles to take home and exchange for new ones once you finish
  • literacy tutoring for your child who might be struggling with reading
  • access to free WiFi and computers
  • a safe space for your child to meet with a tutor
  • a cool zone during the hot summer months, and a place to warm up in the winter
  • one-on-one tech tutoring for that new device you don’t quite know how to use
  • fun summer programs for the whole family
  • great monthly events like bird watching classes, meditation seminars, and book launches
  • writing classes for youth and adults
  • online language instruction, downloadable magazines, and streaming TV shows
  • access to books from all across the country
  • a family friendly washroom with a changing table
  • room rental space for events
  • Halloween costume exchanges, craft nights, and Lego Drop In days

This is only a fraction of things that you can do or access at our library, but there are many more things that happen at libraries. If you haven’t been to a public library in a while, drop by to see what they offer. You might be surprised!

So, start saving those loonies and toonies for a nice vacation, and visit your public library!

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Balance that Budget!

budgetWe’d all like to be smarter with our money, but many of us are a little in the dark when it comes to making good financial decisions that will benefit us in the long run.

Join us on Saturday, April 30th at 10am for a fabulous and informative session about balancing that budget and finally setting financial goals that will work. Registration is required, so please call us to put your name on the list. You don’t want to miss out…this is the last financial seminar in our Lifelong Learning series!

Do You Use Bitcoin?

index.aspxRecently, I heard of a new online scam where someone was frozen out of all their accounts (Facebook etc.,), and sent an email asking for ransom. But it wasn’t money the crooks wanted…it was Bitcoins. The woman was instructed to purchase a large amount of bitcoins, and deposit them into a special online account by a certain time in order to gain access to her accounts again. And if she failed to meet the deadline, the cost would increase.

Before going that route, the woman tried everything she knew…a computer whiz to unlock her sites, the advice of her daughter who was more versed in technology than she was, and even pleading emails to the people who sent them…all to no avail.  She then proceeded to figure out how to purchase some bitcoins in hopes of getting her accounts freed up, only to find there was a glitch when she purchased them, and missed the “deadline” imposed by the people doing the blackmail. The ransom was then raised to another, much higher amount. At this point, she went to the police, I believe. Did she ever gain access back to her accounts? Probably not, which is the outcome of many online scams, unfortunately.

If you don’t know what bitcoins are all about, they’re the latest online currency, originally created to provide a safe way for people to purchase anything online…and in store. They’re an alternative to using PayPal, which also acts as an in-between account manager. You never have to worry about a company or person seeing your account information (and therefore, leaving yourself open to attack). But Bitcoin is not without problems, as rumors swirl online about it everyday.

If you’re interested in reading more about the state of cybercurrency and how it might (or might not) apply to you, we have a great new book in the library called THE AGE OF CRYPTOCURRENCY : HOW BITCOIN AND CYBERMONEY ARE OVERTURNING THE WORLD ECONOMIC ORDER by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey. I don’t think you need to be afraid of purchasing online, or of getting locked out of all your accounts, but it certainly puts a new spin on how we use the internet and how we try to keep our money safe.

Moneygami

The other morning while I was folding some paper to make a quick little box for an item, my hubby-to-be began talking about origami and the art of paper folding.  So what exactly is “Moneygami”?  It is the art of folding money to create something new.  The really ingenious part of this is the way the artist uses the designs on the bills as part of the object he is folding.  These are really creative!

I found these wonderful images at this website.  if you are interested in seeing more of the moneygami, please take a look.

Not just bookmarks!

People mark their pages with the strangest things. At our library, we often come across items that people have left in a book to mark their pages but have forgotten to take out before returning the book. Usually, we find things like grocery lists, telephone or hydro bills, scraps of paper, sticky notes, and photographs. If we know who returned the book, we will call them if it is something important like a doctor’s appointment card or list of phone numbers. But sometimes, the item falls out of the book in the book return bin, or we don’t notice it until one of the kids is shelving books, and by then, it is usually too late.

I can’t tell you how many times people have returned or even donated old books that have photos inside. We usually place the photo out on the front desk so that everyone can see it, hoping someone will recognize a person in the picture. But we usually just get comments about how cute the little child is, or how nice the scenery is in the picture…never identification. Now maybe these aren’t treasured photos, but we’d like to think that someone out there wanted to keep it.

So what are some of the strangest things that have been found in books? How about a ring? Or a rookie baseball card worth a mint. Or lottery tickets? There’s a great article documenting items found in books here.

Why do people leave items like teeth or money in books? Why are they marking a page with items like that anyway? My grandmother used to keep money in books on one particular shelf in her house. I remember being a little girl and watching as she would pull down book after book, flipping through pages and pulling out a $10 bill here,a $20 bill there. She said she didn’t like banks, but I wonder if it was just her little way of stashing some spending money of her own. I’m sure that my aunt, who inherited her house when she died, is still finding cash among the pages.

What do you mark your pages with?