Art at your Fingertips

It seems like everyone in my Instagram feed these days is posting photos from gorgeous places around the globe. And one of the most interesting things about traveling is being able to hit museums and art galleries to see amazing art.

But what if you can’t get there? Recently, the Guggenheim Museum decided to make available over 200 books of art online. You can flip through pages of books just like they were right there at your fingertips. The photos are brilliant and crisp, and it is a wonderful idea. I’m sure this is just the start of offering valuable resources to people online that more institutions will adopt.

Take a few minutes to browse the collection. I’ll bet you’ll get lost in the pages.

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Picnic Like It’s 1914!

museumAre you ready to Picnic Like It’s 1914? July 12 from 12-4pm go to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum for live music, children games and activities, photo booth, and more! Stop by from 12-1pm and see Wayne Cavanagh from Jack FM!

If you haven’t been to the museum, what are you waiting for? It’s such a fun place to visit and the people are so friendly, you’ll go back often. And who wouldn’t want to picnic like it’s 1914?

We Visited the Museum!

Last week, we visited the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum as part of our TD Summer Reading Club GO! theme. It was a rainy afternoon, but the kids really enjoyed learning all about travel in Carleton Place through the years. They had plenty of questions and Allie and Kristie were so great to answer each and every one of them. A BIG thanks to Jennifer and her staff at the museum for always planning such a great event. We can’t wait to GO back next year!

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Some of the wonderful items in the exhibit.

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Everyone had fun!

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The Penny farthing was exciting to see!

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Everyone went home with w fun bookmark to colour.

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We played historical trivia…and the kids were fantastic!

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Can’t wait to GO back again next year!

We Have Museum Passes!

We have a wonderful new option available at our library for patrons…..museum passes!  Now you can come in, take out a museum pass for one of several great Ottawa and Ottawa area museums, and use them to get into the museum for free!  Each pass is a little different, but they’ll make family outings a breeze!

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Here’s how they work. Come to the library to pick up one of the passes (or call us and reserve a pass—it must be picked up that day).  You’ll have the pass for the next TWO days, and then the pass will have to be returned the following day.  That works out to be four days.

Day one….pick up the pass.

Day two & day three…..use the pass.

Day four….return the pass.

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Fines are $1 per day if the pass is not returned on time.  Please make sure you know which day you have to return it to avoid BIG late fees!

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Which museums do we have passes for?

The Canadian Museum of Civilization

The Canadian War Museum

The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

The Canadian Agriculture Museum

The Canadian Museum of Science and Technology

Billings Estate National Historic Site

Bytown Museum

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

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Goulbourn Museum

Nepean Museum

Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum

Pinhey’s Point Historic Site

Vanier Museopark

Watson’s Mill

We have multiple copies of each museum pass, but they’re pretty popular, so you might have to wait to get the one you want. They each also come with their own instructions….most are good for a maximum of 5 (FIVE) people (some are good for only 2 adults and 3 children, others allow 3 adults maximum, with the total number of people being five.)  Please make sure you ask at the front  desk so you know who is included in each pass. 

While these passes might not cover every member of your family, they will certainly help with the admission costs! And these aren’t only for families.  These are great for couples, people enjoying retirement and more!  It’s an exciting new venture for our library and we’re happy to be able to offer them to our patrons. Happy Museuming! (Okay, I know this isn’t a real word.)