Monthly Archives: January 2015

Chopped Canada

 Guelph chef competes on Chopped Canada

It’s a Halva Day

Season 2 – January 24, 2015

Four female chefs brave the baskets for a shot at $10,000.

Competing Chefs:
Hanna Sogo (Age 23) from Surrey, BC           Stacie Royds (Age 41) from St. Catherine’s, ON
Becky Hood (Age 28) from Guelph, ON         Elizabeth Phillips (Age 54) from Midland, ON

Judges: Michael Smith, Lynn Crawford, John Higgins


 Looking for Chopped recipes?

Borrow the Chopped cookbook or visit their website for Chopped Canada inspired recipeschopped

 You might also like to try:

family mealsat home with lynn crawfordeveryday exotic3chefs


Non-fiction writing

Are you an aspiring writer?

Join Vocamus Press beginning February 1/15 for a 5-week Writing Series

Rob O’Flanagan has been a newspaper reporter, photojournalist and columnist for nearly twenty years, winning numerous Ontario Newspaper Awards and a National Newspaper Award. He will introduce participants to the craft of writing non-fiction for newspapers and other serial publications.
Location:Main     Time:  1:00 pm     Age Group: Adult


Getting away from winter

beach and boatAs January turns into February a lot of people start to get a little cabin fever from being indoors. This is the perfect time to take a vacation from winter and travel to a warm exotic location. Because really who can say they wouldn’t rather be on that beach in the photo above.
The library has some amazing travel books and eResources to help you pick out your dream sunny winter vacation destination.
AtoZ 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 GPL’s newest travel resource!
Mango includes a variety of resources to help individuals learn practical conversation skills for the world’s most popular languages. Mango is a fun and convenient way to learn a new language. With over two dozen languages offered, popular languages include Russian, German, Arabic, Japanese, Hebrew, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. As well, Mango has an ESL tool to engage English language learners.
Check out the libraries selection of Lonely Planet , Fodor’s and Footprint focus books to help you pick a vacation destination that works for you.

Top 10 book of early 2015

top-ten-books-usedI’ve been looking at some of the books that are coming out in early 2015 and these are the 10 I’m really looking forward too. This is a list of everything so there are some kids books, YA, and adult fiction in this list, it’s also in no particular order. Check the catalog regularly to see when we get the other titles.
  1. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
  2. The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas
  3. Thicker than water by Maggie Shayne
  4. The grown ups by Robin Antalek
  5. Virgil and Owen by Paulette Bogan
  6. Young, Gifted, and Dead by Lucy Carrer
  7. The devil you know Elisabeth de Mariaffi (Canadian Author)
  8. I was here by Gayle Forman
  9. Cane and Abe by James Grippando
  10. A fine summer’s day by Charles Todd



With winter storms surprising us we can be housebound overnight or just not feel like braving the snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures.

The Guelph Public Library has many resources that you can access from your home computer, tablet or phone:

Movies & Television Stream videos, television shows for free!  Try for streaming access to CBC television, radio, news reports, archival material, stock shots and more.  (You will have to contact GPL to get your Curio access code.)

eBooks & eAudiobooks – Do you have a new Tablet, eReader or Cell phone?  Now is the time to download a free book to enjoy on your device.

Newspapers & Magazines – Read newspapers from around the world, look at Canadian newspapers back to the 1800s, do some research in a variety of databases or check out popular magazines.

Local history  ,where you can find pictures of the past, information about the city’s history, and other interesting finds…

School snow day for your children…

Try the Kid’s Portal which has links to fun games and websites and the Munsch Portal.

There is also a Guelph Teen Portal where you can find Homework help, book reviews and more…

Stay warm and enjoy!

Following through with New Year resolutions


There are as many types of New Year resolutions as there are days in a year.  No matter what you have decided to change or work on in 2015 the library can help you with your follow through.

Have you decided to lose weight, exercise more or adopt a healthier lifestyle?  GPL has many resources to help you on your way.

Fed up: the movie

Fed Up

The New Health Rules: simple changes to achieve whole-body wellnessjacket image for The New Health Rules

Unmasking superfoods: the truth and hype about quinoa, goji berries, omega 3s and more Diet cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of UsDiet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us | [Matt Fitzgerald]

Joel Harper's firming after 50 brain fitness.Walk fitSara Ivanhoe's taste 10 short yoga sequencesElement, the mind & body experience. Targeted toning Pilates for beginnersTai chi for health and happiness30 minutes to fitness. Start here15 minute better back workoutFat-to-firm fitness ball workout for dummies


 Want to try something new in 2015…   GPL eResources can help you.

Gale Courses   Take courses on Creative writing, Digital photography,  Project management, Individual excellence, Effective communication, Microsoft Excel, Keyboarding etc.

Mango LanguagesLearn conversation skills for the world’s most popular languages.

Career CruisingLooking at a new Career?  Use theinteractive career assessment; learn about universities and colleges across the country, or get the inside story on over 900 careers.


Drop by or give us a call and ask how we can help you in 2015.


Slow Cooker Challenge


Cold winter days are the perfect time to dust off your slow cooker and get cooking those soups, stews, and roasts! Competing against your fellow foodies, your esteemed dish will be judged by local cook book author Emily Richards. Click here to register to have your Slow Cooker dish judged…otherwise everyone is invited to the event! You could win two cooking classes at Thyme to Cook and other great prizes!