Monthly Archives: February 2015

National Chili Day – February 26th


With all the cold days in February why not celebrate National Chili Day

The history of chili is not clear, but it may date back to the 1660s  when Sister Mary of Agreda, a Spanish nun had out-of-body experience in which her spirit travelled across the Atlantic to preach Christianity to the Indians and on her return she wrote down the first recipe for chili con carne: chili peppers, venison, onions, and tomatoes.

Why not try some new chili recipes in February or host a chili cook-offSpicy foods can be good for you and if nothing else a nice pot of chili can warm you up on a cold winter day.

Want to find out more about chili or cook up a pot?

ultimate chili

Ultimate chili cookbook: history, geography, fact and folklore of chili

This is an Ebsco ebook.



red hot chiliThe red hot chilli cookbook : fabulously fiery recipes for chile fans

Borrow from the Main library: 641.6384 MAY




man made mealsMan made meals : the essential cookbook for guys

Borrow from the Main library or the Westminster Square branch:  641.5 RAI




holiday slow cookerGreat holiday slow cooker book

This is a 3M ebook.










Lost socks

lost socksLost socks are a part of doing laundry. I don’t know how it happens or why but I always end up with single socks and I end up keeping them for months in the hopes that I will find it’s match but I never seem too.
Have you ever wondered what, besides throwing them out, you could do with the socks that are missing their match? The library has some great books full of amazing ideas.
Check out some of these great titles and get creative with your lonely socks.
Stupid sock creatures by John Murphy
Sock doll workshop by Cindy Crandall-Frazier
Stray sock sewing by Dan Ta
Sock appeal by Brenna Maloney
Sockology by Brenna Maloney
Making sock puppets by Kathleen Petelinsek


Evening for Book Lovers – Have you purchased your tickets yet?

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Invite your friends, neighbours, co-workers, book club members, and anyone interested in a wonderful night out for a great cause! Gather a table of 8 and be entered into an exclusive mission leader draw at the event. Tickets are $85 per person, or $75 per guest when a full table of 8 is purchased. Those who choose to accept the mission of purchasing an entire table will be entered into a special draw for a fantastic prize during the event, and will be given a discounted rate of $75 per guest. Tax receipts for the eligible portion will be provided.

This is the Guelph Public Library’s annual major fundraising event, featuring an exquisite evening of dinner and auction in support of the library. Funds raised from the event are used to support the Guelph Public Library, enabling us to extend library offerings and provide invaluable programming and resources – affording unparalleled access to literacy and lifelong learning opportunities for the entire community.

Hosted by Magic 106.1 FM radio personalities Kevin Kelly and Lisa Richards, attendees of this year’s spy themed event will enjoy a fabulous dinner and silent auction festivities in an exciting casino atmosphere, as we celebrate one of the most popular genres in fiction. Entertainment will be provided by Viva Las Vegas casino company and guests are encouraged to bring out their inner James Bond, Jason Bourne, Nancy Drew, or Stephanie Plum for this royale evening.

Guests will have a chance to win a variety of fantastic items including a VIA Rail Getaway for two (including hotel accommodations in Montreal) courtesy of VIA Rail Canada and Delta Montreal, a Razor Electric Scooter generously donated by E-Ride Guelph, a Stratford Festival holiday (including theatre tickets, accommodations, and dining), a Freshwater Pearl necklace generously provided by Zak’s Jewellers, and a 5 day/4 night trip for two to Las Vegas (including airfare and accommodations) donated by Tri City Travel! With other great items to win including original artwork, gadgets, sports memorabilia, exquisite jewelry, and lots more from our generous donors, a stroke of luck might be in the cards for you! For a complete list of our donors please see our 2015 event partners.

The Pizza Party

These are the close-ups from a family Pizza Party Canadian-style (chez moi!)

The crust is from scratch and these pies were cooked right outside in the cold of winter on our bbq!  Yummy eh!

(half toppings on some, because my kids won’t eat all the same toppings as the grown-ups!)

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Inspired by a pizza-shaped cookbook by Carla Bardi, which I noticed that the GPL doesn’t own.  So I used the library’s suggested purchase form to see if we can add it to the collection!

If you know of a great book we don’t already own, here is where you can suggest we buy it!

For a look at Carla Bardi’s other cookbooks click here.

For a look at our current collection of pizza cookbooks, click here.