Monthly Archives: November 2013



Tomorrow is the start of Hanukkah (Nov. 28th – Dec. 5th) so I thought I would do a post to highlight all the wonderful material you can get a the library.
Hanukkah (sometimes transliterated Chanukah) is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-late December on the secular calendar. In Hebrew, the word “hanukkah” means “dedication.” The name reminds us that this holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.
Hanukkah: a counting book in English, Hebrew and Yiddish by Emily Sper
The eight nights of Chanukah
How to spell Chanukah: 18 writers celebrate 8 nights of lights
Candles long ago (songs for the Chanukah season)
The book of Jewish food: an odyssey from Samarkand and New York by Claudia Roden
Jewish holidays cookbook: festive meals for celebrating the year by Jill Bloomfield
Jewish cooking boot camp: the modern girl’s guide to cooking like a Jewish grandmother by Andrea Marks Carneiro

Children’s books


One of my co-workers had her young daughter in and I thought I would ask her what her favorite books are. Below are her favorite books right now, click on the images to put them on hold for your children.

Chicka_Chicka_Boom_Boom dogs The_Paper_Bag_Princess i spy minis bowti elmos potty time

Grocery Shopping

grocery list 2

Grocery shopping can be a big headache if you go into the store unprepared. If you’re like me  you need to go in with a list and stick to it. I am so easily distracted by flashy packaging and sales that I can come out of the store with nothing I went in for and still managed to spend $50.00.
I like to make up a weekly menu and create my grocery list around that. I find that way I’m not trying to think of what I want for the week at the store and then needing to go back in a few days for something I forgot. I also find doing this takes away the stress that can be associated with trying to figure out what you want to have for dinner.
Here are some helpful books you can get from the library to help you with grocery shopping.
Supermarket backpacker by Harriett Barker
Heartsmart nutrition: shopping on the run by Ramona Josephson
Big buy: the food lovers guide to buying in bulk and using it all up
Sustainable food: how to buy right and spend less by Elise McDonough
What to eat
Comfort food by Sandra Lee
Rich food, poor food: the ultimate grocery purchasing system (GPS): shop smart, shop healthy, save time, save money, avoid hype and harmful ingredients by Jayson Calten

Family Vacation

Now that it’s starting to get cold outside a lot of people are planning a mid winter family vacation. My boyfriend and I try to get away from the cold every February by going to a warm exotic location like Vietnam or East Africa. The library offers some really cool eResources to help get you on your way to a great family vacation.
a-to-z-mapsA to Z Maps Online gives you access to world maps, continent maps, country maps, outline maps, population density maps, and much more. Make sure to check their Antique Map collection and the Atlas of Canada.
AtoZWorldTravelA to Z World Travel is the most detailed travel resource for business and leisure travelers for more than 200 world cities. Prepare for your next trip with Guelph Public Libraries newest travel resource!
global-road-warriorGlobal Road Warrior is a comprehensive business travel, telecommunications and business culture reference available to Guelph Public Library patrons.
mango-languagesMango is a fun and convenient way to learn a new language. With over two dozen languages offered. Learn practical conversation skills for the world’s most popular languages and test them out on your vacation.

I love hand made

handmade stamp

This year for Christmas everyone is getting a hand made gift from me. I love hand made gifts, they mean so much more than something store bought and can be tailored to each individual. Personally I love doing gift baskets, this way everyone can get a few homemade items and they wrap up so nicely.
canningPreserves, pickles and canned goods can make excellent additions to a gift basket. They can be wrapped up so nicely like the jam in the picture or left rustic looking if that’s the look you are going for. I guarantee you’ll be able to find something to please everyone. Here are some helpful books to get you started. 250 home preserving favorites by Yvonne Tremblay, Blue ribbon country canning by Diane Roupe, Saving the season by Kevin West, or The art of preserving by Lisa Atwood.
knitted giftsI know when you hear knitted gifts you are probably just thinking of tight, itchy cable knit sweaters that your grandma made for you as a kid. I promise you there are some really nice knitted gifts out there. Here are some books to get you going. Astounding knits! by Lela Nargi, Knits men want by Bruce Weinstein, Made by me by Jane Bull, and you can borrow a set of knitting needles.
quiltsI love quilts, I think they look so great draped on a bed or a couch. I would love to get a homemade quilt as a gift, I know it takes a lot of time and effort to make one so I would feel so honored that someone made one for me. Here are some books to get you inspired to do some quilting. We love color, Beading artistry for quilts by Thom Atkins, Start with scraps by Carol Loessel, or Create your own free-form quilts by Rayna Gillman.