Spend, Spend, Spend!

It’s finally here…the first week in our crazy, fabulous Book Bucks Spend-a-thon!  It only lasts one week, but don’t worry, if you can’t make it or don’t have enough Book Bucks yet, there’s still another week coming up in September!



How does it work? Our teens have been reading all summer, trying to accomplish all of the spaces on our Book Buck Bingo card.  It’s a challenge, but they’re doing well! We’ve seen readers avidly looking for a book with a one-word title, readers who have charged through a series this summer, and readers who have crafted a little something for us. It’s been lots of fun, and hopefully, everyone has a pocket full of book bucks.



What can they buy?  There are books, candy, movies, toys, jewelry, games, and much more, including several SURPRISE buys! The best thing is, the window will change almost everyday as people spend their bucks. So, our readers will have to keep coming back if they want to make sure to get something special.

20140811_102431Happy Spending!


Have You Been Reading?

We’ve been having a great time at the library this summer, and what’s been most exciting is seeing our adult readers win prizes! As part of our Goodies for Grown Ups program, participants read whatever books they like and then come back and ask for their “Lucky Library Lotto” card! We’ve had TONS of lucky winners so far. Have you been one?

lisaOur first winner with her proud daughter!

We must give a huge thank you to the wonderful local businesses that provided us with the prizes this summer, including:

Tim Hortons

Milano Pizzeria

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority

And it isn’t over yet!  We still have lots of great prizes to be given away, so if you’re a part of our program, keep reading!  And don’t forget to tell us you’re part of the program….we don’t always remember, and we want to give you your card.

Happy Reading!

Do You Have Your Tickets?

Yoshi poster

Yes, we still have lots of tickets available for Yoshi: Juggler Extraordinaire on Thursday, July 24th at 10am. We’ll meet you at the Carleton Place Town Hall Auditorium where we’ll enjoy a show by this talented performer!  This is a perfect event for ages 4 and up, and yes…parents need a ticket, too!

If you’re interested, tickets are on sale now at the library for $3 each (children & adults), but we’ll also have some available on the morning of the event for $4 each (parents and children). Why not save yourself a little money and drop by the library today to pick them up! You won’t want to miss this, and it’s a great event to take part in, rain or shine!

Giant Ice Cream Sundae!

As part of the TD Summer Reading Club, we’re building a giant ice cream sundae at the library this summer!  No worries…there won’t be pools of melting ice cream everytime you come. It’s made of all sorts of creative things, like paper, stickers and jewels. The theme this summer is “EUREKA”, and what better way to create and discover than to build something fun! So, all of our young readers are working hard to read all they can in order to put on another “sprinkle”.  Here is the sundae as it was on July 1st, before anyone put anything on it:

July 1st Our wonderful summer mascot Miss Squeaky and her friends are hanging out, enjoying the sweets, but they’re looking forward to being smothered by sprinkles of all types!  Here is the sundae one week later…already accumulating a few little sprinkles and sparkles.

July 11

You can keep track of our sundae with weekly updates on the right side of this blog. Hope you don’t get hungry thinking about it…..

Don’t Go in the Water!



Just one of the fun things we’ll have coming up in July. Haven’t seen a shark at the library before? Don’t be surprised if you do! Better keep your chainsaw handy……



Join us for some Lemonade!

Yes, it’s almost here…the TD Summer Reading Club begins tomorrow at the Carleton Place Public Library. And to get everything going with a bang, we’re having our 2nd Annual Library Lemonade Stand Kick-Off to celebrate!



Join us between 1 – 3pm for a nice, cool glass of lemonade. We’ll hand out summer calendars, invitations to join, teen brochures, and this year, we’ll even have something special for adults who would like to take part in a little summer reading of their own! You’ll find us on the front steps of the library, so stop and say hello. And although the lemonade is free, we’d certainly appreciate any donations toward the summer program if you feel like helping out.

See you tomorrow!

Get Ready to Read!


Summer Reading at the Carleton Place Public Library!

We’re gearing up for the start of summer reading at the library, and boy, is it going to be an exciting summer! Not only will we have our usual program for kids, we’re also offering a program for teens and this summer, we’re even doing Adult summer reading! We’re not quite ready to begin yet, but plan on signing up as soon as July rolls around for the maximum benefit. Not only will there be rewards, but you’ll have a great summer reading all of the books you want.

Who Can Join?

For the younger set, we’re offering the fabulous TD Summer Reading Club program. This summer, the theme is “EUREKA”, and it’s all about discovery, exploration and creativity. And we have LOTS of great things planned to go along with that idea. Starting Friday, June 27th from 1 -3pm, we’ll be holding our Library Lemonade Stand Kick-Off, rain or shine! Drop by, enjoy a nice glass of lemonade and sign up for summer reading. We’ll give you everything you need to get started, and maybe try to coax you into participating in one of our fun activities as well.

The TD Summer Reading program is a self-directed reading program aimed at children aged 2-12. Once your child registers, we’ll give them a bunch of things to take home to begin their reading fun. Then, all they need to do is read three books, and bring back their booklet with the titles.  We’ll give them a sticker, a ballot to go into the prize draw and a piece for our fun summer wall. (It’s a secret, but we’re going to be creating something really fun!) The goal is to read 30 books this summer. I’m sure we’ll have lots of great readers.

For teens and tweens in Grades 5 and up, we’re offering our exciting “Book Buck Bingo”. Pick up one of our fun Bingo cards and get reading. Readers earn ONE book buck for every square they complete, and they can save those book bucks and spend them on fun prizes during one of our Book Buck Spending Weeks!  There are going to be some awesome prizes this year, so get your tween/teen reading this summer!  They won’t be disappointed!

And last but certainly not least, we’re going to be offering Adult Summer Reading this year for the first time! We’re calling it “Goodies for Grown Ups!”, and yes…there will be prizes! Registration begins in July, and once you pick up a kit, it’s up to you which books you read. Every visit back to the library will earn you a Lucky Library Lotto card. Maybe you’ll win something fun….just for reading!

When Does it Start?

Join us Friday, June 27 from 1 -3pm for the official Library Lemonade Stand Kick-Off! We’ll serve lemonade and hand out registration kits. If you can’t make it that day, don’t worry….you can sign up anytime after that. The program will run from July through to the first week of September, so there’s lots of time. And if you can’t make it all summer, you don’t have to worry. Once you sign up, we can catch you up anytime before the end of the program. Just keep track of the books you read.

What If I Don’t Want to Do Summer Reading?

Don’t worry. We know summer reading isn’t for everyone, but we want you to be able to enjoy the library, too. So we have some great programs planned all summer long for all ages. You can stop in to pick up our fabulous summer calendar, or pop by our Facebook page for a simple rundown of some of the events.  We’ll have programs for 2 – 5 year olds, middle grade kids, tweens, teens and adults. How about a crafty afternoon based on Sharknado? What about trying your hand at an invention? Or how about joining us for a writing program?  We have so much going on, I can’t tell you about everything here. Come and get a calendar!


Drop us a line on our Facebook page, or at cplibrarykids@yahoo.ca  We’re looking forward to discovering lots of great things this summer. EUREKA!  It’s Summer Reading!