Monthly Archives: January 2014

Children’s Catalogue

kids catalogue

Did you know the Guelph Public Library has a Children’s Catalogue? You can get to it from our catalogue by clicking on the Kid’s Catalogue button at the top left hand corner of the catalogue page, or you can click on one of the Children’s Catalogue images here. There you will find an easy to use catalogue for children.

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Kid’s can search by clicking on a topic that they wish to know more about. Topics include animals, machines, science, the arts, people, sports, holidays, and places. When you click on a topic it takes you to a new page where the child can limit their search further. For example if the child would like to learn about animals they click on animals and that takes them to the next page where they can pick between a few animal sub-genres such as farm animals, pets, zoo animals, etc. From there the child is presented with a list of animals that they can learn about.
helpIf you need help while you are on the catalogue just lick on the help caterpillar.

Hot soup on a cold day



With the return of the Polar vortex I’ve been craving warm hardy soups to keep me warm. I love the warmth that stays with you after eating a big bowl of hot soup and the cozy feeling you get from it. Nothing says cold weather meal quite like soup.
Here are some soup cookbooks you can take out from the library.
Saved by soup by Judith Barrett
Canadian Living’s best soup and stews by Elizabeth Baird
Soup by Delia Smith
Love soup by Anna Thomas
The best soups in the world by Clifford A. Wright
Ladled by Kimberly Harris
Sopuesoup by Caroline Dumas
50 simple soups for the slow cooker by Lynn Alley
Williams-Sonoma soup of the day by Kate McMillion
The soup sisters cookbook

Parent Care


Did you know that the Children’s department has a great section called parent care? Parent care is a great resource for parents when you have questions, want to find a way to explain something to your child or just to see if you are doing it right.
Here are some of the great titles you can find.
The tween years by Donna G. Corwin
“Why did you have to get a divorce? and when can I get a hamster?”: a guide to parenting through divorce by Anthony, E. Wolf
Understanding your 10 year-old by Jonathan Bradley
Ten talks parents must have with their children about violence by Dominic Cappello
 How to mother a successful daughter by Nicky Marone
The big talk: talking to your child about sex and dating by Laurie Langford
How to negotiate with kids by Scott Brown
Teenagers learn what the live by Dorothy Nolte
Just say know: talking with kids about drugs and alcohol by Cynthia Kuhn
Raising a successful child by Sandra Burt
No room for bullies
The everything parent’s guide to raising boys by Cheryl Erwin
Hold onto your kids: why parents need to matter more than peers by Gordon Neufeld
Help! My toddler came without instructions by Blythe Lipman
Help! There’s a toddler in my house! Thomas Reimers

An Evening for Book Lovers: Red Carpet Edition


Celebrate your Love of Books & Movies: Red Carpet Style

Join the Guelph Public Library (GPL) on Saturday February 8th, 2014 for the 2nd annual ‘Evening for Book Lovers: Red Carpet Edition’ fundraising event! Step into the limelight and celebrate your appreciation for books and movies!
Held at the beautiful Hanlon Convention Center (26-340 Woodlawn Road West), this exclusive event will be a first-class evening filled with award winning entertainment. Book lovers will be delighted to meet Judy Croon – comedian, radio host, and author – along with a fabulous catered dinner, fun contests and lots of prizes. Guests are encouraged to walk the red carpet dressed as their favorite movie or book characters or even as film or book critics! Let the paparazzi capture your best poses in the photo booth, provided by PhotoBooth 2 Go, where you’ll receive VIP treatment and of course, can dress to impress in the spirit of the event. Finally, this five star evening will be capped off with silent auction festivities…all for a great cause!
Doors open at 5pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm. Tickets to this fantastic event can be purchased at any library location or online at for $85 per person, or $600 per table of eight until Friday, January 24th. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
What are you waiting for? Don’t delay, ACT today! Get primed and ready for this classy night out on the town with proceeds going towards the $10 million campaign for a new Main Library in Guelph. Let the red carpet festivities begin!

Beating the January blues

January can be a depressing month, it’s cold, dark, and seems to never end. Here a few things you can do to beat the January blues.
1. Try to get as much sunlight as possible during the day. Many of the library locations have great big windows that let in lots of sunlight. Come down, grab a good book and soak up the sun
2. Eat lots of oranges and try wearing water proof clothing to avoids coughs and colds
3. Remember the good things about winter- winter holidays, snow, January sales, not feeling bad about staying in by the fire with a good library book.
4. Try and spend as much time as possible with your friends or family. Come down to the library to enjoy one of our many programs, we’ll have you forgetting it’s January in no time.
5. Eat a good breakfast and high energy foods so you won’t feel as sluggish or lethargic
6. Most importantly remember spring is just around the corner!

Let them eat cake … and by them I mean me.


Who doesn’t like cake? They are so easy to make but can make a big statement and people are always so happy to receive a homemade cake.
I’ve made some awesome cakes for birthdays and parties and had some really cool cakes made for me. I remember my mom made me an amazing Peter Rabbit carrot cake for my birthday one year. She made the whole garden out of marzipan and it looked amazing. I made a three layer confetti birthday cake for my dad one year that had homemade rainbow cookie crumbs between the  layers of frosting. Cake making and decorating truly can be an art for.
Here are some of my favorite cake books available from the library.
The boozy baker: 75 recipes for spirited sweets by Lucy Baker
Rose’s heavenly cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum
The big book of cakes by Betty Crocker
Martha Stewart’s cakes
Saved by cake by Marian Keys
Vintage cakes by Julie Richardson
Cake couture: modern sugar-craft for the stylish baker by  Annie Dam
Booze cakes by Krystina Castella