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Top 10 lists of 2015

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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

Pumpkin Carving

pumpkinIf like me you have been planning your pumpkin carving now for a few weeks, I’ve done almost everything you can imagine when it comes to pumpkin carving. I’ve etched moths flying to a flame, used fairy lights to make an elegant spotted pumpkin and even used the stem as a nose like the ones pictured above.
 Are you looking for some inspiration this year? The library has some great books to help inspire you to do something more than the traditional Jack-O-Lantern.

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halloweenAs I’m sure you know by know, Halloween is my favourite holiday. I know you might be thinking that October 14th is too early to start thinking about Halloween, but like most children I’ve been getting excited since the first day of school. I live for Halloween, I can’t wait to dress my baby up in a cute little costume next year and read scary stories to him when he’s older.
If you are looking for a list of scary stories to enjoy with your little ghost and goblin this Halloween then look no further! Here is a list of my favourite Halloween stories for children.


Summer Camp


School is almost finished, do you know what your kids will be doing all summer? This can be a scary time if you don’t have anything for your kids to do.
The City of Guelph offers a wide range of summer day camps to make any kid and parent happy. Here are just some of the great camps offered. Click here for more information about pricing, dates, and registration.
Kiddie Camp (3 to 5 years) – West End Community Center
Daily Discoveries (5 to 12 years) – West End Community Center
Sports N’ swim (5 to 12 years) Victoria Road Recreation Center
Arts unlimited (5 to 12 years) Guelph Youth Music Center
Museum Camp – Guelph Civic Museum
Girls week (11 to 14 years) – West End Recreation Center
Pottery Week (7 to 12 years & 13 to 17 years) Guelph Community Pottery Center
Are your kids ready for sleep away camp? The Guelph YMCA YWCA offers some great options at Camp Nagiwa.
Nagi-Wanna (5 to 9 year)
Nagiwa Voyageurs (12 to 14 years)
L. E.A.D. Program for students turning 16 in 2015
Leader in Training (L.I.T.) for students turning 15 in 2015
Just looking for some great camping ideas when you take your kids out? The library has some great books for you.
Camping with kids by Goldie Silverman
The down and dirty guide to camping with kids by Helen Olsson
Camp out! by Lynn Brunelle
Campfire songs

Daddy Bloggers & Books for a New Dad

keep-calm-i-m-a-new-dad-2There are millions of blog posts out there for new moms, there are even whole blogs devoted to new mothers … but what about dad? He’s new at this too and probably just as worried as mom that he’s not going to be able to do this. There are a few places on the web now that dad can go to for reviews on baby items, advice on parenting and stories to help him realize he is not the only one learning as he goes.
dadditDaddit is a part of Reddit that was launched in 2011 to help fathers find reviews on baby items like strollers and baby monitors but it also gave them a place to talk about their children and ask for advice on things they might not be comfortable asking their friends. There are also some great daddy blogger’s out there like The Busy Dad Blog and Fatherly. Daddy blogger’s even have an annual convention called Dad 2.0 Summit.
Here is a great list of books to help get you on your way to being an awesome dad!
Be prepared : A practical handbook for new dads by Gary Greenberg
Dads under construction, adventures in fatherhood by Neil R. Campbell (Ebook)
Dads pregnant too! by Harlan Cohen
C’mon papa: displaces from a dad in the dark by Ryan Knighton
A man’s guide to having a baby by David L. Hill
From dude to dad by Chris Pegula
Dad’s guide to pregnancy for dummies by Matthew Miller
dad to dad : parenting like a pro by David L. Hill
Caveman’s guide to baby’s first year by David Part