Instagram and Twitter are great for posting small snippets of your day. Whether it is a thought about the world, about someone’s behaviour, or just an expression of something fun you did that day, these social media sites provide a lot of insight into people’s lives.

During the summer, we’ve had fun Instagram Challenges, like a post a day based on something bookish. You can see our last one right here. While a 30-day challenge is a lot of commitment, maybe you’d like to participate in a world-wide Instagram challenge that you can do any day, as often or as little as you prefer. It is called #amreading.

#amreadingKnow what other people are reading can be so fascinating! Working at a library brings this into focus probably more than just your average person asking around to their friends and family, but reading is such a source of pleasure, it’s fun to be able to share. And if the book is especially wonderful, it’s even better!

How can you participate? Just post a photo of the book you’re reading with the hashtag #amreading on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and use the hashtag to search for others doing the same. You might find a lot of like-minded readers, and open up a great book discussion about your current read. Or you might simply come across a book that everyone seems to be talking about right then, and find a new author to add to your to-be-read pile.

So, start posting today. We want to know what you’re reading!

Summer Reading Help

summer tutorIf you have a young reader in Kindergarten in our community, you might be one of the lucky ones to take part in our first summer of the Lanark Literacy Tutoring Program. All of the surrounding libraries in Lanark County are running some sort of literacy tutoring program throughout the summer (some even run them all school year long as well), so we are excited to jump into the mix.

Over the last month, our literacy tutor, Erica, has taken extensive training to help prepare her for the young people she’ll be working with this summer. She’s put together an exciting and encouraging program for these students who need a little coaching to keep their literacy skills strong over the summer months.

If your family was contacted by your school regarding this program and you filled in the registration papers, Erica will be contacting you over the next few days to arrange your child’s tutoring session this summer. It will be a two-week session, an hour each day, with some fun “homework” to help support your child in his or her reading efforts.

As well, each child will be participating in our TD Summer Reading Club program at the library (although in a slightly different way), so we’re hopeful they’ll have fun, learn some skills…and take home some extras from the library this summer.

Just a reminder, there will be a Parent Information Session on Monday, June 29th from 6-7pm at the Carleton Place Public Library. Parents will receive the starter kit, sign some important forms, and will be able to pay the $15 fee for supplies (fees will be waived if necessary). Please plan to attend. If you can’t make it, please let us know so that we can provide an alternate plan to get your child started with summer reading.

Reading Help

You’ve probably noticed a lot of changes at the library in the past year. It’s been an exciting time for all of us, and one of the newest challenges is going to be a rewarding summer tutoring program for youngsters in our community. We’re pairing up with two local schools this summer to provide a one-on-one reading program for students who face losing reading skills over the summer months. This is part of a County-wide literacy project called the Lanark County Summer Literacy project.

20150525_150928We’d like to welcome Erica to the Carleton Place Public Library as our summer tutor! Erica will be working closely with the schools this month to help them identify children in need of this program, and then with the children over the upcoming weeks to keep their reading skills strong. She’ll implement tactics learned during an extensive training program, and encourage each emergent readers to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club in a variety of ways. She’s a wonderful addition to our summer programming, and we’re delighted to have her with us.

So, if you see Erica and her young readers in the library this summer, rest assured this is one program that is going to make a difference in the lives of our local children. We’ll report on how we did at the end of the summer, so make sure to check back in August!

The Page 69 Test

If you’ve ever read and re-read a book jacket, back cover or inside flap over and over to try to decide if you might like a certain book, one blog has taken this to the next level. It’s called “The Page 69 Test”. The idea is that page 69 is a good point in the story–the characters have been developed a bit, the tension is in mid-stride, and the plot is well underway–to tell a reader exactly what the story is really about. On the blog, they ask authors to open to page 69 of their books, and share that page with readers. Is it always a good choice? No, but more often than not, when you read what each author has written about the page, they seem to be amazed at how much page 69 is indicative of their books.

Let’s give it a try. Picking up HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY by Audrey Niffenegger (the first book that came across the desk as I was writing this post), I flip to page 69 and find that it’s about the twins, the flat that the story revolves around, and sewing—all things that quite represent the book. (It was a long page….so I didn’t bother typing it out here.)


Give it a try with a book you’re currently reading, or one of your favourites. Flip to page 69. Does it represent the book? Let us know! This is a lot of fun, and a new way I might recommend people choose books, just to see how it works.

Would you try this with a book you were thinking about picking up at the store?

Blind Dates are Fun!

We’re doing it again…a Blind Date with a Book! During the month of February, drop into the library and pick up one of our expertly wrapped books. You won’t know what you’re taking out until you get it home and unwrap it, but this year, we’ve given you a few clues to help you along.

20150202_132218Once you read the book, there is a fun “Rate Your Date” card inside the book. Fill it out and bring it back to the library with the book. We’ll post it on our Date Board so everyone can see how the dates have been going.

20150202_132211Don’t worry, this is a lot less risky than meeting someone new at a restaurant, and a lot more fun! If you don’t like the book, it’s no big deal. Bring it back, and try again if you like. We’ll have lots to choose from all month long!

Book Resolutions!

resolveIt’s the New Year, and that means resolutions. This year, instead of making plans to lose weight or get more sleep, how about making some reading resolutions? A year from now, you’ll be happy you did.


It’s great to have favourite authors or really get into a series, but there are so many other great books out there, are you limiting your reading? Think of it like only eating broccoli with every meal. What about carrots? Kale? Corn? There are so many other options, you might not realize what you’re missing until you try. Reading is all about getting lost, about expanding your horizons, about learning something new about yourself and those around you. Give peas a chance…….


Start with non-fiction. Yes, I said it….non-fiction. Not enough people read non-fiction, and it’s fabulous! Find a topic, or a person (celebrity or the latest criminal) and read about their lives. Or read a new type of cookbook. Anything non-fiction will give you a fresh outlook, and it might just refresh your reading schedule.

Once you explore the non-fiction world, you might feel like you need to go back to fiction again, and that’s okay. This time, try a new author. Stand in the aisle where you normally pick books (a favourite author or genre), and reach to a different shelf. Bend your legs, stand on your toes, lean to the side…whatever might make you choose a new book. Exciting, isn’t it?


No, you don’t have to join a book club, but talking to someone about a great book you just read can open you up to new ideas. Maybe that person will have a suggestion as to what you should read next. Or maybe you’ll both have a good laugh over the fact that neither of you figured out who the killer was in the latest murder mystery. Either way, talking about books to other people makes you look well-read (aka super intelligent!), and could lead to a new friendship. Talk to the person in the coffee shop who is sitting alone reading. Talk to someone with a book on the subway. Or just talk to the person in front of you in line at the library…you’ll never know what might happen. Everyone loves to talk about books!


Of course, we love it when people come to the library to get books. But once in a while, why not buy a book if it is within your means? Books as gifts, people! What could be better?

Make 2015 your year to try new things when it comes to books……new genres, new authors, new places to read, new book clubs…..whatever you can think of. You’ll be happy you did!

Teen Book Club


We have a new book club starting in the New Year….our first Teen Book Club! We’re hoping to get a great group of teen readers ready to discuss all sorts of great YA fiction out there. If you know someone who might be interested in attending, we’ll meet the last Wednesday of each month from 4-5:30pm here at the library. (And if it helps to get them here, tell them there will be FOOD!)

The first meeting isn’t until Wednesday, February 25th, but I wanted to get people thinking about it. We will begin registration for this program on February 1st, so watch for our posters in the library in January. And bring an idea for your favourite books to read this spring!