Monthly Archives: May 2014

Bicycle maintenance


Bicycle maintenance is a great skill to have if you ride your bike everywhere, even if you just ride on the weekends it’s still good to know a little bit about how to fix your bike.
Mountain Equipment Co-op has some amazing how to videos and helpful guides to cleaning and maintaining your bike. They also sell some of the stuff you will need to repair your bicycle at home.
If you want to try your hand at bicycle repair here are some books that can help you.
Complete bike book by Chris Sidwells
The best book of bikes by Amy Ruth Pinchuk
Fixing your bike not for you? That’s OK there are places that will fix it for you.
speed-river-cycle1129Speed River Bicycle located at 135 Wyndham St. N. offers tune ups and fitting services. They are open Monday-Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00 Pm Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. You can reach them at (519) 824-9371 or click their logo to go to their site.


Backpeddling located at 100 Crimea St. Unit A7 offers tune up services. They are open Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (note they are closed on Tuesday). You can reach them at (519) 763-7878 or by clicking their logo to go to their site.



There is nothing more satisfying than finishing a project from start to finish. It’s even better if the project can be showcased in your home and is functional. Woodworking is a great hobby to have, you can make furniture, turn bowls, and so much more.
Here are some books to help you get started.
The Living room: timeless traditional woodworking projects by George Bachanan
Woodworker’s guide to dovetails by Ernie Conover
The complete woodshop guide
Fine woodworking best tips on finishing, sharpening, gluing, storage and more
Workshop idea book by Andy Rae
Simply wood by Roshaan Ganief
Beautiful wooden projects for outdoor living by John Marckworth




Victoria Day

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Victoria Day or the May two-four is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 24. It honours Queen Victoria’s birthday, May 24, 1819 . It marks the unofficial start of the cottage season and the start of summer weather. All library locations are closed today.


Playing outside


With all this amazing weather we’ve been having and are going to continue having I thought it would be good to do a post on Playing outside.
When you ask any kid what their favorite part of spring and summer is I can guarantee it will have something to do with being outside. Whether it’s play in your own backyard or going camping with your family, the great out doors is a prominent part of every kids summer.
Not sure what to do outside or looking for a new activity? Try one of these ones.
  • Make sidewalk chalk and then use it on the driveway and sidewalk
  • Create a racing game and have prizes for the winners. You could even do a backyard Olympics
  • Play Hopscotch as a grouphopscotch1
  • Put up a basketball net or use the ones at a school to play a few games
  • Road hockey is always a popular activity in my neighborhood
  • Make a scavenger hunt scavenger hunt
Check out these great books to get some more ideas.
Fun at the park by Ruth Owen
Let’s Play hopscotch by Sarah Hughes
Basketball for fun by Brian Eule
Sidewalk chalk by Jamie Kyle McGillian
Buried treasure by Saviour Pirotta

Make your own clothing


Recently I was having a conversation with a few of my colleagues about women’s clothing and the huge variation that is seen in sizing, I can go from a size 2 in some places to a size 6 in others, in my head a size 2 and a size 6 are not the same. We were also talking about how years ago you didn’t see anything smaller than a size 4 or 6 and now, a size 6 is considered on the larger side and we have sizes as small as 00.
If I were better with a sewing machine I would make my own clothing. Here are some of the books I’ve looked at wishing I knew how to sew.
Dressmaking: the complete step-by-step guide to making your own cloths by Alison Smith
Gertie’s new book for better sewing: a modern guide to country-style sewing using basic vintage techniques by Gretchen Hirsch
Girls style book by Yoshiko Tsukiori
Famous frocks by Sara Alm
The Colette sewing handbook: inspired style and classic techniques for the new seamstress by Sarai Mitnick
Handmade beginnings: 24 sewing projects to welcome baby by Anna Maria Horner
The perfect pajama by Kristina Nilsson

Vegetable gardening for kid’s

Here are some cool books to help you get your garden growing.
Gardening projects for kids by Whitney Cohen
Kids’ container gardening by Cindy Krezel
The ultimate step-by-step kid’s first gardening book by Jenny Hendy
Gardening with children by Kim Wild
Kids in the garden by Elizabeth McCorquodale