Monthly Archives: June 2015

Teen Summer Reading Club


The Guelph Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Club starts today for anyone entering grade 7 up to grade 12!  Stop by your local GPL location for more information. Let the fun begin!

Benefits of cooking with picky eaters


Many children, and a few adults, are picky eaters. No matter what you serve them they wont eat it. Some people have suggested that having them help out in the kitchen can get them to try things they wouldn’t normally try.  In one study at Teachers College at Columbia University, almost 600 children, ranging in age from five to eleven years, participated in a nutritional education class. Some of these children also took part in cooking classes. The children who had cooked their own foods were more likely then the children who did not participate in the cooking classes to eat those foods in the cafeteria or at home.
Here are some great books to get your picky eater involved in the kitchen.
Mom and me cookbook by Annabel Karmel
Kitchen for kids by Jennifer Low
The silver spoon for Children by Amanda Grant
The Unofficial Harry Potter cookbook by Dinah Bucholz (eBook)
Noodlemania! by Melissa Barlow

Summer Learning Loss

Summer Learning Loss” is a phenomenon that occurs across all levels of education and results in students actually forgetting a percentage of what they have learned.

In my house this summer I will be using some basic resources for review as my child gears up for Grade 1.

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Try using our  federated search tool to learn more about this issue and how you can help students in your life at home this summer.  It allows a search of not only our physical collection, but it will also simultaneously search many of our eResources.

To do this find the search area on our website and use the drop down menu to access federated search.  in the type box type “summer learning loss”.  See below for an example:

federated search

Series to read or re-read this summer

book seriesAre you looking to do some great reading this summer? Interested in starting a new series? Then this is the post for you. Here are three lists of great series to start or to revisit this summer.
kids series
  1. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  2. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney
  3. Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
  4. Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
  5. Warriors by Erin Hunter
teen series
  1. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  3. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  4. Maze Runner by James Dashner
  5. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants By Ann Brashares
  1. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  2. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  3. Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich
  4. Jack Reacher by Lee Child
  5. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Natural Skin Care


Did you know the average person slathers and rubs up to 10 different skin care products on their body every day? And that our skin acts like a sponge and absorbs a lot of what it comes in contact with? That means we absorb the nearly 130 chemicals we regularly expose ourselves to. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a lot of chemicals to me. That’s not even including all the chemicals found in your makeup! Personally I think that is way to much and one of the reasons I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis.
Looking to make some skin care products? Here are just a few of the great books you can find at the GPL!
Skin cleanse by Adina Grigore
Homemade beauty by Annie Strole
The essential guide to natural beauty by Helene Berton
Beauty pure + simple by Kristen Ma
Organic body care recipes by Stephanie Tourles
The ultimate natural beauty book by Josephine Fairley
Making aromatherapy creams and lotions by Maria Donna

Eating Local

can-eat-localEating local is not just for hippies any more. More and more people are jumping on the eat local band wagon. And why not? It helps support local farms in your community, cuts down on your carbon foot print, stimulates your local economy, and is way fresher than eating the food that sat in a truck for 4 days as it was being shipped. It’s not just for home cooks either, many restaurants now feature local ingredients and change their menus based on what is fresh and available to them.
Here are some great books on cooking with local meat and produce that you can check out from the library.
Beyond bacon by Stacy Toth
Locavore by Sarah Elton
Anita Stewart’s Canada by Anita Stewart
Fresh and Local by Craig Flinn
The urban food revolution by Peter Ladner
The Chefs collaborative cookbook
Farm to fork by Emeril Lagasse
The locavore’s handbook by Leda Meredith
Looking for restaurants and grocery stores that are locally minded? Guelph has so many options for you, here are just a few of them.
Artisanale French Country Cooking
Baker Street Station
Einstein’s Café
Ouderkirk & Taylor Bakery
The Cornerstone
The Stone Store
Market Fresh
With the Grain
Enver’s of Morriston