We hope you’ve had a great holiday, and are looking forward to getting back into the swing of things!

We’re starting programs at the library this week, so make sure you drop by our website to download and print your own copy. Many of them require registration, and we don’t want anyone to miss out!



Today is the last day of July, and that means programs for this month are wrapping up. This morning, we have a VERY full session of 9 – 12 year olds who will join us to decorate mugs…..and in the afternoon, we have a LEGO drop in for ages 3-8 from 1:30-3:30pm.

But that doesn’t mean we’re finished with programs. No! We have lots of fun coming up later this week, and well into August. This Thursday is going to be especially weird and wacky…we’re celebrating Halloween…in August!  Don’t be surprised if you walk into the library today and see spoooky things everywhere!  And dress up, if you like.

A lot of the programs are just drop ins, but there are a few that require registration, so make sure to check the schedule carefully. Our programs have been pretty full, and we don’t want anyone to go away disappointed.

Happy (almost) August, everyone!

Winter Programs

We’re getting ready to make the transition from Fall programming into Winter programming. The schedule isn’t quite ready yet, but for those of you wondering what’s going to be offered in the new year, we’re excited about many great new programs. We’ve got craft clubs, book clubs, movies, drop-ins, teen programs, children’s programs, and plenty more. If you thought the library was busy this fall, get ready for 2018!

November at the Library

november1We’re winding down our fall programs this month, and getting ready for a fun winter full of library activities! If you’re wondering what’s on, you can always take a look at the calendar on our library website, or drop by the library to pick up a newsletter. (This week is the exception….we’re taking a break from children’s programs, but we’ll be back next week). But here is a quick look at what’s up in November.


  • Toddler Time:  Now that Babytime is finished, we welcome in the toddlers. This program is for children aged 1-2 years old, and acts as a transition between babytime and storytime. We sing songs, learn some American Sign Language, and read books, of course! While it’s a little more active than babytime, your toddler doesn’t have to be able to follow directions. By the end of week five, we know they’ll be participating!  Toddler time runs from November 3rd through December 8th, Thursday mornings at 9:30am. Registration required, so give us a call at 257-2702.
  • Storytime continues through November 30th on Wednesday mornings. We have two sessions: 9:30am & 10:15am. Both tend to fluctuate with attendees each week, so make sure to call ahead to reserve a spot for your 2-5 year old. We read books, sing songs, incorporate rhythm into the mix, and have lots of giggles. It’s also a great way to introduce pre-literacy skills to your little ones.
  • Une Heure de Conte en Francais:  Friday mornings at 10:30am are our French Storytime sessions. This is just a drop in, and is for all ages. It is aimed at children who have some French skills, but we take it slow, and modify the program according to the average age of the group.
  • PA Day Drop Ins:  We have two this month, which means two school boards are planning days for your children to be off. If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, here’s what we have planned:  November 18th we’ll be doing a LEGO Drop In from 1-3pm, and November 25th we’ll be showing a movie, also from 1-3pm. Stop by our Facebook page to see what movie we’ll be playing that day!
  • Christmas Craft Night:  Registration is taking place now for our last children’s craft night of the year. Call us to sign up your child, aged 6-11, for a fun evening of crafts, treats, and snowy fun, on Tuesday, November 29 from 6-7pm.
  • And to wind up the month, we’re going to be handing out Elf Cards the last week of November to the kids. Drop by and pick one up, and then follow our Elf on the Library Shelf, Cocoa, during December. Collect all of the items on the card to win a prize. We can’t wait for Cocoa to arrive!


  • Our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club will be meeting for the last time in 2016 on Wednesday, November 30th from 4-5:30pm.  And we’re having our Christmas party! Don’t be surprised if you see a present exchange going on that day. It’s going to be a blast! (Oh, and we’ll talk about books, I promise.)


  • Adult Book Club:  We meet this month on Monday, November 14th at 6:30pm. We’re reading THE ILLEGAL by Lawrence Hill, and it’s going to be a great discussion! This is also the One Book, One Community pick for Lanark County, so you know it’s going to be interesting!
  • NaNoWriMo:  We have quite a few aspiring authors taking part in National Novel Writing Month at the library in November. We’re meeting weekly (Tuesdays at 1pm, starting November 15th) to chat about the struggles and triumphs of trying to write a novel in one month. Drop by to find out more, even if you’re not participating! We’d love to have new members.
  • Adopt-A-Book:  Starting in mid-November, you can drop by the library with a $20 donation and adopt a book for someone special on your gift-giving list. We’ll do the rest, and provide you with a nice token to put under the tree. Best of all, your adoptee will reap the benefits of being the first one to read the book, and have their name placed on a bookplate inside. Keep your eye on the library website for more information!
  • Adult Craft Club:  The adult craft club will be meeting on Monday, November 28th at 6:30pm. Call to sign up for this fun evening of crafting and chat. It’s a great night out and you get to go home with something cute!
  • We have two great seminars happening this month for adults. The first is an Introduction to Facebook on November 12 at 2pm. This is perfect for anyone who is new to Facebook, or who just doesn’t know how to use it properly. Registration is required, so sign up early. These tech seminars have been popular.
    • The second seminar is called Open Monitoring Meditation and takes place on November 24 at 7pm. This is part of our ongoing meditation series and there are a few spaces left if you’re interested in learning about the art of non-quiet meditation.

As you can see, it’s going to be a busy month, but lots of fun. Give us a call for more information on anything you see above. We’d love to see you at the library this month!

Yalp’s Friday Roundup!


We’re starting a new series for the summer called “Yalp’s Friday Round Up!”. Yalp is our TD Summer Reading Club mascot this summer, and he’s up to lots of fun this summer…visiting with our young patrons, hanging out at the library, and much more. Hopefully, he’ll give us some insight into how much fun everyone is having at the library this summer.

We had Minion Madness, Marvelous Music and Crazy Colours this week. Everyone had fun, including Yalp! We had storytime, toddlers, young writers, adult writers, young readers, and today, we’re looking forward to French Storytime and an afternoon of Legos! Could our week be more fun?

Yalp heard LOTS of great things this week, including:

  • One of our young friends loved spending time with Yalp so much, it was difficult to bring him back to the library at the end of the week. Thankfully, he’ll be able to visit her again later this summer! (They went biking together, and he can’t wait to do it again!)
  • A young reader taking part in our summer literacy tutoring program came up with a great game that allowed him to find letters in the library that he was working on.
  • Our group of teen writers didn’t want to leave after their hour was up!
  • Children in the Crazy Colours program were laughing so hard during one of their games, it could be heard throughout the library
  • A gentleman visiting from Carleton Place enjoyed being able to walk in off the street to use the public computers for free. It turns out he was a former Parliamentary Librarian!

I’m sure next week will be even more exciting!  Don’t forget, we still have tickets for the Magic Show on Thursday, July 30th. Drop in now to get them for $3 before they’re gone!

What’s Coming Up?

While 2014 is coming to a close, we’ve been thinking about 2015 for some time now. And a New Year means new programs at the library! We’ve had a great fall, with lots of programming for adults, and children, so we’re going to expand again into the unknown. Here’s what’s coming up:




Toddler Time

Craft Nights

Forest of Reading®

March Break events

Free Comic Book Day


Teen Book Club

Camp NaNoWriMo

March Break events

Rock the Drop!


Monthly Book Club

Monthly Craft Club

Ancestry Database training

Writing workshops

Camp NaNoWriMo

Bad Art Night

Human Library Project



As you can see, we’re going to be doing most of the usual fun programs for kids, but we have a few fun new things to offer as well. Toddler time was a good success this fall, so we’re going to offer it in short 6-week sessions, running after babytime sessions. You can see the full schedule above for dates and times. We’re also hoping to add to the mix by participating in Free Comic Book Day in Carleton Place. If you’ve ever been on Bridge Street that day, you’ll know to expect lots of kids in costumes, roaming from business to business to pick up their free comic books. This time, we’re looking forward to having comics available, too. And don’t forget our great Forest of Reading®. We’ve already started, and this runs from now through April. There are plenty of great books to read this year, so get going now!

Teens, we’re looking for readers who want to have fun, read good books….and eat lots of snacks! The Teen Book Club will be a monthly meeting afterschool, so come in to find out more. Rock the Drop is a special project we’ll tell you more about as the time gets closer, but we want to spread the word about great YA books. And for those young writers who want some feedback, or just want to challenge themselves, we’re hoping to add this generation to our Camp NaNoWriMo group, as well as offer some fun Young Writers workshops during March Break. Pick up a schedule and stay informed!

Adults, we haven’t forgotten about you!  With the great success of the Summer Reading Club for Adults, we expanded this fall into an adult Book Club. Meetings are monthly, and we have a wide selection of books we’re covering this year. Drop by for some stimulating conversation! We’re also looking forward to our monthly Craft Club. If you want to meet new people and work on some crafts in a cozy environment, join us at the library! But what if you’re not crafty?  We’ve got something even BETTER for you! Bad Art Night is our first ever craft night for adults! It’s going to be hilarious—and full of bad art—so mark that on your calendar. If you enjoyed the one-on-one training this fall, we’re offering more starting in January! And we’re hoping for some interesting participants in this year’s Human Library Project.

All of these events are laid out in the photos above, but we have copies available at the library, so drop in to find out more and pick up your own copy. We don’t want you to miss a thing! 2015 is going to be incredible at the Carleton Place Public Library!

Winter Newsletter

While most of our programs are finishing up, we’re busy getting ready for a whole new set of fun sessions in the New Year. We’ve got the usual programs….babytime, storytime, toddler time and craft nights, but we’ll also have a few surprises.  Drop by the library soon to pick up your copy of the new newsletter!