Monthly Archives: July 2014

Bird watching


bird watching summer
Bird watching or birding is the observation of birds as a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, with binoculars and telescopes, or by listening for bird sounds. Bird watching often involves a significant auditory component, as many bird species are more easily detected and identified by ear than by eye.
Birder: The acceptable term used to describe the person who seriously pursues the hobby of birding. May be professional or amateur.
Birding: A hobby in which individuals enjoy the challenge of bird study, listing, or other general activities involving bird life.
Bird-watcher: A rather ambiguous term used to describe the person who watches birds for any reason at all, and should not be used to refer to the serious birder.
—Birding, Volume 1, No.2
Want to try bird watching but don’t want to invest in binoculars just yet? You can borrow a pair of Eagle Optics Denali Binoculars from the Guelph Public Library.
How to be a better birder by Derek Lovitch
Spot 50 garden birds by Camilla de la Bedoyere
Audubon videoguide to 505 birds of North America on two dvd
Lost woods by Rachel Carson
The bird watching answer book by Laura Erickson
Don’t forget to also check out the Guelph/Cambridge/KW Birding website for information about birding in and round the Guelph Cambridge and Kitchener Waterloo area.



Summer salads

summer salad

Summer is the perfect time to eat salad for dinner, if you are like me you don’t want to be eating hot meals in the heat. Salads can be way more than just a side dish in the summer, there are many hearty salads out there that can stand alone as a meal.
Here are some of my favorite Summer Salads
Deli Chickpea Salad
Lobster salad with new potatoes and pickled onion
Big Daddy’s grilled blue cheese-and-bacon potato salad 
BBQ chicken salad
Grilled chicken Cobb salad
Check out these great salad books.
Cooking light: big book of salads
Salad for dinner: complete meals for all seasons by Jeanne Thiel Kelly
Salads: delicious recipes for a healthy life by Elena Balashova
Healthy salads from Southeast Asia by Bhumichity Vatcharin
Salads as a meal: healthy main-dish salads for every season by Patricia Wells
Salad dressing 101: dressings for all occasions
The Harrowsmith salad garden by Turid Forsyth





Summer tunes


I love music, I have it on in the car, when I’m in the kitchen and I can’t run without it. But there is just something about summer music that just makes you want to take a road trip or go to the beach. Here’s what’s on my summer mix tape.
  1. Surfin’ safari by The Beach Boys
  2. Cruel summer by Bananarama
  3. School’s Out by Alice Cooper
  4. In the summertime by Mungo Jerry
  5. Summer of 69 by Brian Adams
  6. California girls by The Beach Boys
  7. Hot fun in the summertime by Sly and the Family Stone
  8. Itsy bitsy teeny weenie yellow polka-dot bikini by Bryan Hayland
  9. Summer in the city by The Lovin’ Spoonful
  10. Stuck in the middle with you by Stealers Wheel
Check out our eResources to see what cool music resources the Guelph Public Library has. Let us know what’s on your summer mix in the comments.

Hot Summer Reads


Looking for a summer read but the holds list is endless? Try out our new Quick Reads, they let you get the hot new title without the long wait. Like our quick pick movies these hot titles go out for a shorter loan (7 days), they can’t be renewed or held and have double the fines. You can find Quick Reads at all of our locations.
Keep an eye out for some of these hot titles.
One plus one by Jojo Moyes
Big little lies by Liane Moriarty
Cut and thrust by Stewart Woods
Eden in winter by Richard North Patterson
Remains of innocence by Judith A. Jance
Swan point by Sherryl Woods
Wayfaring stranger by James Lee Burke
Boy, snow, bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Flash boys by Michael Lewis
Invisible by James Patterson
The invention of wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Robert Ludlum’s the bourne ascendancy by Eric Lustbader

Summer bucket list


Summer is a great time to make a fun bucket list. You can put anything you want on it from go fishing to reading that book you’ve been putting off.  Here are some great things to put on your summer bucket list.
These are just a few suggestions, I’m sure you can come up with some really cool ideas. Leave a comment about something cool you plan on doing this summer.