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About gplrachel

Hello, I'm the Registrations Clerk at the Guelph Public Library. I love to cook, going running with my dog Jenny, and working on the house with my husband.

Alternative yarn projects

rug hookingI know we’ve done a few posts on here about knitting and crocheting so I thought I would mix things up a bit and showcase our great collection of books on rug hooking.

So what exactly is rug hooking? Rug hooking is both an art and a craft where rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base such as burlap, linen, or rug warp. The loops are pulled through the backing material by using a crochet-type hook mounted in a handle (usually wood) for leverage.

Here are some of the great books the library has to offer on rug hooking.

Introduction to rug hooking by Kristen Miller

Creative techniques for rug hookers by Donna Hrkman

Hooking animals by Judy Carter

The rug hooker’s bible by Jane Olson

Rug hooking for the first time by Donna Lovelady

Scrappy hooked rugs by Bea Brock

Finishing hooked rugs

Basic rug hooking

Rug hooker’s companion by Donna Hrkman


Books and Hooks: Join the Royal City Ruggers for a weekly fun and   social afternoon at the Library.

Whether you are experienced with rug hooking or not, this is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn and practice a great skill, and enjoy the Library.

East Side Branch  Every Tuesday Afternoon, noon – 7 pm.

East Side Branch  Last Saturday of every month, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm





Teaching teens to cook

Teenage boy (15-17) holding a fried egg in a frying pan

As you know I feel it’s very important to get kids in the kitchen and cooking. I’ve posted before on how having picky eaters help cook their food will encourage them to try more and in this post I want to talk about getting teens ready to move out for school or work.
Let’s face it, you wont always be able to cook for them and they will need to learn how to cook cheap nutritious meals for themselves. I remember being in University and having friends that were so amazed that I could cook, they didn’t even know how to make KD let alone make something from scratch. I felt that their families had done them a great disservice by not teaching them at least the basics of cooking like how to boil water, and cook an egg.
Check out some of these great cook books geared for teens.
cluelessThis thorough and witty culinary guide demystifies the kitchen and its contents for young adults and anyone who’s found themselves in front of a full fridge exclaiming, “There’s nothing to eat here!” With 200 easy-to-follow recipes, Evelyn Raab shows the culinary neophyte how to make all kinds of simple and scrumptious dishes for every meal and occasion




how to cookA fully revised and updated edition of Raymond Sokolov’s classic kitchen primer for beginning chefs of all ages, filled with 150 simple, sophisticated recipes, easy-to-learn techniques, and indispensable advice. First published in 1986, Ray Sokolov’s How To Cook is the ultimate book for beginning cooks of all ages. Unlike most kitchen primers, How To Cook does not assume any prior cooking instruction or skills, but rather guides the reader through the entire cooking process with simple explanations in ordinary language. There are no fancy cooking terms or special gadget here, just easy, indispensable techniques and foolproof recipes for every occasion.


teen cuisineRenowned chef Matthew Lorrichio introduces adolescents to more than 50 mouthwatering recipes that don’t have meat or fish. For beginning cooks and seasoned chefs, its step-by-step instructions feature fresh, nutritious ingredients and show-stopping dishes for all times of day, from breakfast through dinner.There’s a even a special section on making sushi. With more than 75 original, stunning photographs by award winning photogorapher and chef James Peterson, this one-of-a-kind book will provide a show-stopping culinary experience.


cooking skillsMaster essential cooking techniques and skills Learn how to make simple, tasty soups Make and bake delicious pizzas Prepare some perfect pasta dishes Create delicious desserts and fruit feasts Cooking Skills shows you how to get started on a wide range of cooking adventures. It is packed with ideas, techniques, and tips and includes advice, information, and clear step-by-step instructions.




the green teenGoing green is hard to doespecially when it comes to food. There are acronyms to learn, labels to decipher, seasons to accommodate, and grocery stores to navigateand that’s before you even turn on the stove! The Green Teen Cookbook cuts through the chaos and shows teens how to shop smarter, cook more consciously, and eat a healthier diet. And in addition to the 70+ incredible recipes (created by teens, for teens), the book also includes: Illuminating essays about freeganism, flexitarians, vegetarianism, and more!






Spring Cleaning


I know, I know, didn’t we just do spring cleaning a few months ago? Well time moves fast and it’s time to do it again. This year I want to focus on decluttering my home and organizing the stuff I keep so it looks better.
Here are some great books to help get you going on decluttering and organizing your home, and one that is just really funny.
My boyfriend barfed in my handbag … and other things that you can’t ask Martha by Jolie Kerr (This one is really funny)
Clutterfree with kids by Joshua Becker
What’s a disorganized person to do? by Stacy Platt
Molly Maid cleaning handbook
Greening your cleaning by Deirdre Imus
Cleaning: plain and simple by Donna Small


A garden for all seasons

season-garden4I’ve started planning the gardens in my yard this year and I realized I was really only planning them for the spring and summer, I had forgotten to take into account that I can still see them in the fall and winter. You don’t have to put in anything huge like an architectural piece to make your garden look nice all year round, some tall trees, and bushes that are colourfull all year round will make your garden pop.
Need help planning your all seasons garden? Here are some great books to help you out.
Garden made by Stephanie Whitney-Rose
The Gardener’s year
The nitty-gritty gardening book by Kari A. Cornell
The gardener’s guide to understanding weather and climate by Michael Allaby
Homegrown Harvest
The garden in winter by Suzanne Bales

March Break fun at the GPL

March-BreakMarch break is just around the corner, do you know what your kids will be doing? The GPL has some great programs that you and your kids will love. Check out the events calendar or the Connections magazine for more details.

Monday March 14th

  • Crazy Pasta Sculptures 10AM  @ Bullfrog (Ages 3-7)
  • Applefun Puppetry Presents …10:30AM @ Westminster (Ages 3-7)
  • Magical Mr. OH! 10:30AM @ Main (Ages 3-7)
  • Wacky water week 1PM @ Main (all ages)
  • Kristen’s Critters 2:30PM @ East Side (Ages 3-7)

Tuesday March 15th

  • Let’s pretend 10:30AM @ Main (Birth to 2 yrs.)
  • Kristen’s Critters 2:30PM @ West End (Ages 3-7)
  • Teen: Cake Boss 2:30PM @ Main (Ages 12-19)
  • Teen Movie Night: Paper Towns 6:30PM @ Main (Ages 12-19)

Wednesday March 16th

  • Puppets and Songs with Jay Wilson 10:30AM @ West End (Ages 7-11)
  • Carnival Fun 10:30AM @ Scottsdale (Ages 3-7)
  • Mr. Chris and Gassy Bubbles 10:30AM  East Side (Ages 3-7)
  • Let’s talk Science : Super Science Challenges 2:30PM @ Bullfrog (Ages 7-11)

Thursday March 17th

  • Morning Movie: Inside Out 10:30AM @ Main (Ages 7-11)
  • Let’s talk Science : Super Science Challenges 2:30PM @ Scottsdale (Ages 7-11)
  • Teen Trivia Challenge 2:30PM @ Main (Ages 12-19)

Friday March 18th

  • Wacky Water Week 1:00PM @ East Side (all ages)

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.