Category Archives: brothers and sisters

Domestic Peacekeeping

At times all parents have to break up tussles between the kids, but how do we teach them to really love and appreciate each other?  I found some of these to be helpful with my little ones:

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And our own favorite:

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Top 10 lists of 2015

top 20, 10, 5

With 2015 now over I thought it would be fun to ask the staff here at the Guelph Public Library what some of their favourite books, cd’s, movies and other cool things were this year. Everything on these list can be found either in the library or online through our eResources.

Top 10 kids books

Leo: a ghost story by Mac Barnett
Everyone loves bacon by Kelly DiPucchio
I don’t like Koala by Sean Ferrell
The Princess and the pony by Kate Beaton
Wolfie the bunny by Ame Dyckman
The Skunk by Mac Barnett
Where’s the Pair? by Britta Teckentrup
Lenny and Lucy by Philip C. Stead
The Only Child by Guojing
Imaginary Fred by Edin Colfer

Top 10 fiction

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor
Dietland by Sarai Walker
The kind worth killing by Peter Swanson
City on fire by Garth Hallberg
The Turner house by Angela Flournay
The death and life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus
The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
A little life by Hanya Yanaghara

Top 10 non-fiction

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg
The home reference to holistic health and healing by Brigitte Mars
Hunger makes me a modern girl by Corrie Brownstein
Trashed by Derf
Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I’ll never wright my memoirs by Grade Jones
So you’ve been publicly shamed by JonRonson
The Road to Little Dribbling by  Bill Bryson
Shift Work by Tie Domi
Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes

Top 10 cookbooks

Good Housekeeping Fun Food Fast
Thug Kitchen: Party grub
Milk bar life by Christina Tosi
Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson
Le French Oven by Hillary Davis
Food52 genius food by Kristen Miglore
The Geeky Chef Cookbook by Cassandra Reeder
Sweet, savory, and sometimes boozy cupcakes by Alison Riede
Seven Spoons by Tara O’Brady
Per la Famiglia by Emily Richards

Top 10 CD’s (H-available on Hoopla)

Are you alone? -Majical Cloudz
Sound and Colour – Alabama Shakes
The magic whip – Blur (H)
If I should go before you – City and Colour (H)
Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit – Courtney Barnett
 Ghost notes – Veruca Salt (H)
Honeymoon – Lana Del Rey (H)
Heartbreaker of the year – Whitney Rose (H)

Top 10DVD’s

The Knick (TV series)
Red Army
Mission Impossible : Rogue Nation
Inside Out
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
Ex Machina
Jurassic World

Thriving During the Holiday Season

The Holidays are here and that means parties, work functions and lots of time spent with the family. All of this can be stressful and overwhelming for many people, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many things that you can do to prepare for the holiday mayhem!
I’ve put together a list of the things that I do to help  get ready for the Holiday party circuit.
  • Be prepared: This works for so many functions, not just the ones around the holidays. Test your recipes, make things ahead of time, and set your table the night before. Doing these 3 things will help cut your day of stress in half. Check out some of these books to help you prepare.

Holiday table

Get yourself organized for Christmas by Kathi Lipp
Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson
Table settings by Tessa Evelegh
Perfect table settings by Denise Vivaldo
  • Keep the children occupied: You need to keep them occupied from the beginning of the day so that you can get done anything that still needs to be done. Movies and crafts can be a great way to do this. Check out some of these great Christmas movies and craft books to keep your children occupied.

kids holiday crafts

Arthur Christmas
12 Dogs of Christmas
Hanna-Barbara Christmas Classics Collection
Origami holiday decorations by Florence Temko
Christmas decorations for you to make by Susan Purdy
The Merry Christmas activity book by Jane Bull
  • Remember to relax: It’s just a family holiday after all, if something goes wrong, roll with it. It’s not the end of the world if dinner is half an hour late or someone spilt their red wine on the carpet. After all the day really is about spending time with the people you love. Check out some of these great books and CD’s to help you relax.

take time

The mini-retreat solution by Julia James
MomSpa by Jennifer Sander
Down time classical music for quiet moments (CD)
Lakeside retreat by Oliver Schroer (CD)
Beneath the waves (CD)