Category Archives: Cleaning

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



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

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


spring crocus

The seasons are determined by shifting sunlight not heat.  Spring is determined by how our planet orbits the Sun and the tilt of its axis. Spring is marked by the vernal equinox when day and night are each approximately 12 hours long.


How do you celebrate Spring?

Many home owners start pouring over books to plan their upcoming gardening and landscaping projects and get their seeds started for spring planting.

designing gardennitty grittygrpindbreakingLIVING LANDSCAPE


croyalFamilies love to celebrate spring at College Royal the University of Guelph open house . Among the many things to see, there are usually newborn farm animals in the barn and spring flowers in the green house.


Another great way to celebrate is to take part in a Maple Syrup Festival.  Nothing says “spring” better in Ontario than sweet Maple Syrup.maplesyrup



springIf you have young children the Guelph Public Library has a great collection of Spring DVDs  and BOOKs for you to enjoy together.




Is spring is not coming quickly enough for you?                        butterfly                                                          Feel some tropical heat at the Butterfly Conservatory.  From Mar 13th-22nd, you can even eat some bugs!



If you are like me the last “Spring” event you want to partake in is “Spring Cleaning”.    But if you are keen for some help with this task check out these books:

country almanachomade cleanerscreative ideas to organize

  Don’t forget to dispose of your unwanted items in a responsibly.   guelph