Category Archives: Crafts

If you like to quilt, make crafts with your kids, or give home made gifts, then this is the place for you.

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





Paper Crafting

It’s lovely to think that something as simple and commonplace as paper can be used to create such a variety of lovely gifts, decorations, and craft projects.  The GPL has some stunning books to show you how it’s done!


Exquisite paper flowers

home paper scissors

Paper flowers

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

A handmade Holiday

The holidays are almost upon us and I’m sure most of you have started or are thinking about doing some holiday crafting. I know I like to bake holiday cookies to give as gifts but I would also like to make other things as well like, sweaters and homemade bath products. Giving handmade gifts over the holidays is a great way to show your loved ones how much you care for them.
Do you have all your crafts done? If not, don’t fret there is still time to get all your crafts finished. I’ve made a few list of books that I like to use from the library to help you make a wonderful handmade holiday season. Check out the catalogue for more titles.
Sweet Christmas by Sharon Bowers
Christmas baking by Mia Ohrn
Handmade gifts from the kitchen by Alison Walker
Handmade gifts by Hannah Moore
Prettylittle presents
Gifts for kids to make by Cheryl Owen
Last minute knitted gifts by Joelle Hoverson
Heirloom Christmas stockings in cross-stitch
Winter knitting by Katarina Rosen

Lost socks

lost socksLost socks are a part of doing laundry. I don’t know how it happens or why but I always end up with single socks and I end up keeping them for months in the hopes that I will find it’s match but I never seem too.
Have you ever wondered what, besides throwing them out, you could do with the socks that are missing their match? The library has some great books full of amazing ideas.
Check out some of these great titles and get creative with your lonely socks.
Stupid sock creatures by John Murphy
Sock doll workshop by Cindy Crandall-Frazier
Stray sock sewing by Dan Ta
Sock appeal by Brenna Maloney
Sockology by Brenna Maloney
Making sock puppets by Kathleen Petelinsek