Monthly Archives: February 2016

Happy Leap Day

lead dayToday is Leap Day!
Here are some fun Leap Day facts.
  • A Utah woman has given birth on February 29 three times (2004, 2008, 2012). She shares the record for leap day births with a Norwegian woman (1960, 1964, 1968)
  • A person who is born on February 29 may be called a “leapling” or a “leap-year baby”. In non-leap years, some leaplings celebrate their birthday on either February 28 or March 1, while others only observe birthdays on February 29.
  • In Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, Frederic was apprenticed to a band of pirates until his 21st birthday. Now, having passed his 21st year, he leaves the pirate band and falls in love. However, since he was born on February 29, that day will not arrive until he is eighty-four.
  • Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker and author is a leapling (1960)
  •  A Leap Day occurs in most years that are divisible by 4, like 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.



Only 10 weeks until International Day of Happiness, March 20

March 2016 calendar

The right to Happiness was established in the 18th century, when Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence  that the pursuit of happiness is among the rights endowed by the Creator.

In 2012 the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.

Exploring Happiness …

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Manners and Etiquette


I was out the other day and I was amazed to see a young man open the car door for the women he was with. This got me thinking, when was the last time someone opened the car door for me, or any door for that matter.

Manners and etiquette seem to have fallen by the wayside in todays society. Everyone has their phones out at the dinner table texting or worse talking on them, no one holds doors open for anyone else anymore, no one lets you in on the highway during rush hour, and everyone dresses like they are lounging at home. What happened to the days when men wore hats, people dressed up to go to the airport, they said please and thank you, and gave you their undivided attention.

Now I’m not saying there were no rude people 50 years ago but a lot of what was considered rude is now common place.

Here are some great books that the library has on manners and etiquette.

Guide to good manners by Joelle Richa

Would it kill you to stop doing that? by Henry Alford

Everyday etiquette by Patricia Rossi

Manners made easy for the family by June Hines Moore

Excuse me, but I was next by Peggy Post

Time to say “Please”! by Mo Willems

Emily Post’s etiquette by Peggy Post

Don’t slurp your soup! by Lynne Gibbs

Miss Manners’ guide to excruciatingly correct behavior by Judith Martin

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teenmovieTeen Movies

FREE pre-released movies @ Main library

  • Feb. 27 @ 2 pm  Maze runner: the scorch trials
  • March 12 @ 2 pm  Jurassic World
  • March 15 @ 6:30 pm  Paper Towns


Teen cakebossDecorate a Twinkie Contest

A show-down for the best looking Twinkie !

Tuesday, March 5 @ 2:30 pm



Trivia Challenge

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Test your knowledge in every fandom to win prizes!

Thursday, March 17 @ 2:30 pm


Read ‘n Feed: a different book each month!


Next meeting: February 26th        For more info: or 519-829-4401


Looking for more ways to Connect at the Library?   Try these links: Connections magazine

Events calendar

Teen Portal



Family Day Fun in Guelph

The Guelph Public Library will be closed today for Family Day. Our regular hours will resume on Tuesday February 16th.

 Guelph MuseumsFamily Day at the Museum!Guelph Museums is the place for family fun on Family Day! Come by for an afternoon filled with DIY family fun!


WECC_Arc-Pool-300x199Public Skating and Swimming @ Victoria Road Recreation Centre and the West End Community Centre from 1-3 p.m.


Family Day Drop-in @ the West End Recreation Centre, $3.50 per child , 1-3 p.m.

Pickleball Drop in @ Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, $4/person, $10/family, 11-2 p.m.


Skating in Market SquareFree Skating at Market Square


face paintingAnnual Ariss and Maryhill Lions Club Family Fun Day,hosted at the University of Guelph’s Gryphon Field House, $5.00 per person


Out of the Strong, Something SweetLittle bees and their families are invited to the Art Gallery of Guelph for free Family Day activities.  Activities inspired by Cole Swanson’s larger-than-life honeycomb installation and print making in the Artists at Riverside Studio .


Microsoft Word - GYMC_KnightsFestPoster_Feb0416A Free event at the Guelph Youth Music Centre from 10 – 4 pm


Local Neighbourhood Groups are also offering a variety of guelphNoutdoor and indoor activities at part of Winterfest celebrations. Check out their websites for more details.





Take a look at the Guelph Tribune for more events.



February 14th a day for…Zombies?!

the-walking-dead-season-6-b-key-art-rick-lincoln-morgan-james-1200x707-v1For some, February 14th is a day of romance and chocolates but this year, it can also be a day of zombies and… more zombies! Bring your love life back  from the dead with a “ The Walking Dead” themed Valentine’s Day date.betty crocker

The Walking Dead resumes its 6th season on February 14th and I know there are many people just as excited for its return as I am. Will Glenn reunite with Maggie? How will Daryl, Sasha and Abraham survive Negan’s biker gang? Who is going to shut that kid, Sam, up? I don’t know! But I do know that I will find out while having the best zombie themed date a lady could ask for.

Now, this date could be truly amazing depending on how committed you are. You could dress up; you could decorate your place; you could even invite friends over for a “herd of zombies” date. It’s your date, so you choose. I, however, am going to help you plan your meal so you can WOW your significant other.


Channel your inner child and create these delightfully deadly appetizers. I recommend Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook which contains plenty of gruesome food like: Crusty Mummy Fingers (pg. 18) or Cheese-Filled Eyeballs (p.26).

Crusty Mummy Fingers     Cheese Filled Eyeballs

Main Course

Does anyone remember the water-logged zombie, from Season 2, that Glenn had to try to get out of the well, and then, to our horror was sliced by the rope around its gut? What am I saying? Of course you do! Well, (no pun intended), meet his food doppelganger:

Zombie Twins

This delicious looking cabbage roll zombie comes from the Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook, as well.  Take the presentation of this meal to the next level by wrapping the middle of it in a tiny piece of string.

Cabbage rolls not your thing? How about another trip down memory lane to season 4 and 5, to a little place called Terminus. If you remember, Terminus was a place of hope for The WalkingTerminus sribs Dead gang… until they found out that what they hoped would be a safe haven was actually a slaughter house. Hence, why I recommend barbequing this Vantines’s Day! Try making ribs, lamb chops, leg of pork- really any cut that combines bone with meat to make your meal look truly gruesome. For great recipe ideas try these fantastic bbq and grilling cookbooks found in the Guelph Public Library’s collection:



Oreo Dirt Cups - http://www.shariblogs.comFinish off your ghastly meal with one of my favourite nasty looking desserts. This dessert holds a special place in my heart as it’s one that I’ve enjoyed ever since I was a kid. A Cup of Worms is an easy way to infuse grubs into your grubby meal! For this recipe, along with other ghoulish recipes check out Ghoulish Goodies. For other great recipe ideas, come to any of the Guelph Public Library locations and take a look at the countless cookbooks for whatever meal you’d like to cook your loved one.

Not a The Walking Dead fan yet? The Guelph Public Library carries all five complete seasons of The Walking Dead, as well as, the graphic novel that inspired the hit show.


Joke books for kids

jokesWhat kid doesn’t love a good joke book? I remember they were all my little brother would read when he was about 8 or 9 years old.

Do your kids love telling cheesy jokes and punny riddles? If so then check out some of these great titles so they can learn some new ones!

Just joking: animal riddles by Patrick J. Lewis

Just joking 4 by Rosie Pattison

Foul play: jokes that won’t strike out by Rick Walton

Monster mayhem: Jokes to scare you silly! by Sam Schultz

Nutty jokes by Matt Rissinger

Chickie Riddles by Katy Hall