Monthly Archives: May 2013


When I was younger I loved beading. I liked collecting interesting beads, making things for myself, and making meaningful gifts for family and friends. You don’t have to limit yourself to jewelry you can make all sorts of amazing pieces with beads….
beded crockLike this wire beaded alligator. Who wouldn’t be impressed when they find out that you made it. Why not take out Beaded critters by Sonal Bhatt and try your hand at beaded animals.
candleAnimals not your thing? Why not make some beaded gifts for friends and family. You could make beaded bands to go around tea lights to give a gift basket that homemade touch. If you are feeling really ambitious try making a beaded picture frame, you can find out how from Beautiful beaded gifts by Irene Lassus
Interested in doing some beading? Here are some books that can help you out.
Bejeweled by Claire Aristides
Creating wire and beaded jewlery DVD
Netted beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald
Zulu inspired beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald


“Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” – Francis Bacon
Wine has been around for centuries. The earliest known production of wine dates back to 6000 BCE in Georgia but is more commonly associated with Ancient Greece and Rome. More recently places like Napa Valley in California, Australia and Argentina have become popular in the wine world. People are even making their own wine now with wine kits that you can purchase from a wine making store.
Want to know more about wine? You should check out some of these books…
500 best value wines in the LCBO 2013 by Roderick Phillips
The Oxford companion to wine
The wine atlas of Canada by Tony Aspler
Wine with food by Joanna Simon
Red, white, and drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Small engine repairs


Its that time of year when we are all anticipating summer and pulling out the lawnmower and recreational vehicles to get them tuned up.   Did you know that the Guelph Public Library saves you time by offering an eResource to help you with this task.  You can access it from home just by going to the Library website , selecting eResources and then Automotive and Small Engine Repair

The Small Engine Repair Reference Center covers the following categories:


The library also offers electronic access toChiltonLibrary.comThis eResources represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make, and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.

Just remember to have your library card at hand when you access these databases.  You will be prompted for your card number.

The top 5 cookbooks I take out again and again


I can’t help it I find a cookbook I love and I keep coming back to it. I’m lucky working at the library that I can see when my favourite are back and grab them. I have so many cookbooks at home now that I’ve run out of space to keep them, borrowing them is a great way for me to use them again and again but not have them taking up space I don’t have.
Here are the top 5 cookbooks I keep signing out.
Coming in at number one was Gluten-free makeovers by Beth Hillson. I say was because I had it out so much I just had to have a copy. It helped me so much when I cut wheat and gluten from my diet. It’s a must have in my opinion if you are going to cut out wheat and gluten. I’ve lent my copy to a few friends who also cut out wheat from their diets and they found the book to be so helpful.
french-women-coverI  would have to put French women don’t get fat by Mireille Guiliano as the runner-up. It sounds like a diet book but it has some really great recipes in it. One of my favourite right now is the lamb meatballs on buttered noodles (You can’t tell me that sounds like a diet meal!)
41vepYM6j2L__SL500_AA300_In the number three spot we have The new Moosewood cookbook by Mollie Katzen. This is another one that I just had to buy. I love the hungarian mushroom soup recipe, the spanakopita, and any one of the salads from this book. Even if you are not a vegetarian you will love this book.
51fk62E01IL__SL500_AA300_In fourth is The Barefoot Contessa cookbook by Ina Garten. Her maple-oatmeal scones are amazing and the salmon salad is fantastic. The book is filled with great tips on throwing a great party that is fun and relaxed. If you are throwing your first dinner party I highly recommend signing this book out.
macaronsTo finish the list off I would have to put Les petits macarons: colorful french confections to make by Kathryn Gordon. I’ve taken this out about 4 times before I had the courage to actually make something from it. Even if you don’t make anything from this book it is a great book to just look at.
What are your favourite cookbooks that you keep taking out again and again?

GPL in the House Giveaway!!


As I’m sure you know by now that I love to bake, so I’m very excited to announce that GPL will be giving away a Babycakes mini cupcake maker and recipe book to one lucky blog reader!
Babycakes_cupcake_maker_2_full-1Babycakes mini cupcake maker will bake 8 mini cupcakes, mini pies, quiches, brownies, cheesecakes and more! 175 Best Babycakes Cupcake Maker Recipes book features everything from classics and kid favorites to innovative flavors, and even cupcakes with liquor. Recipes are also included for frostings, pies, gluten-free treats and cheesecakes.
To enter, simply let us know what your favourite cupcake flavour is by posting a comment below! The contest will run from now until 11:59pm on Wednesday May 22nd 2013 after which the winner will be randomly chosen and contacted by GPL staff. PLEASE NOTE: You must be able to pick up your prize at any GPL location.
cupcakesHere are some cupcake books available at GPL to give you some inspiration …
Two-bite cupcakes by Viola Goren
 Crazy about cupcakes by Krystina Castella
Cupcake heaven by Susannah Blake

Curb appeal: Painting your house’s exterior


There are so many ways to add “curb appeal” to your home and one of the most lasting is painting the exterior. This could be the whole house, the front porch or the window frames, doors and shutters. There is a trend toward using 2-3 colours to bring out the beauty and features of your home. If you’re are having trouble visualizing the correct colors for you home or need some help with the “how to” of painting you can browse through some books at the library.

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Exterior style    Curb appeal idea book    The perfectly painted house    Stanley complete painting

 You can also consult paint company websites for ideas and online tools.





Mothers Day


Mother’s Day is fast approaching so I thought it would be fitting to do a Mother’s Day post.
mothers-day-posterI thought it would be interesting to look into the history of Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced back to the ancient Greeks who honored Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday started in the 1600’s by the early Christians in England. It was originally a day to honor Mary, the mother of Christ the holiday was later expanded to include all mothers, and named as the Mothering Sunday. It is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent and honours the mothers of England. Now you might be saying to yourself, wait we celebrate Mother’s Day in May. In North America we have Anna Jarvis to thank for that. Anna spent most of her life looking after her mother and felt that people don’t appreciate their mothers enough and wanted to start Mother’s Day as a way to honour and say thank you to our mothers. Anna’s dream came true when on May 9, 1914, the Presidential proclamation declared the 2nd Sunday of May to be observed as Mother’s Day to honor the mothers.
So there you have it, a short history of Mother’s Day. If you want to learn more check out some of the great Mother’s Day books we have here at the library. We have everything from picture books to great craft books, but hurry they will go out fast!
*The History of Mother’s Day