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National Volunteer Week

A chance to say “thank you” to Canada’s 12.7 volunteers and be inspired to volunteer in your community.


Why volunteer?

  • It’s good for you! Research shows that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability as they get older and report good health more often.
  • Makes our community stronger. Volunteering gets people involved in their community and reduces isolation.
  • Learn something new.  Volunteering is an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.
  • Feel good! Volunteers consistently report a high feeling of self-worth, achievement and higher motivation.
  • Enrich your life.  Volunteering gives you the opportunity to make new friendships and show yourself and people around you that you care—perhaps you can inspire them too!
  • Helps you get a job.  Volunteering enhances job skills and connects you with new employment opportunities.
  • Spend time with your family. Volunteering as a family is a great way to spend time together.

volunteer1Looking for a local volunteer opportunity?  Go to the Volunteer Centre website and explore your options.  


gpl-logoWant to volunteer at a Guelph library? Please fill out our online application.


Following is a great article about volunteering, and the Volunteer Centre:

Guelph-Wellington Centre readies for National Volunteer Week

The Wellington Advertiser,Vol. 44 Issue 14

Guelph-Wellington’s theme for National Volunteer Week this year is Volunteers Build Caring Communities.

The centre said volunteers’ enthusiasm and spirit instill a sense of community pride,  inspiring others to participate in building a caring community. The outstanding service volunteers provide makes Guelph and Wellington County great places to live, work and play.

The Volunteer Centre of Guelph Wellington is dedicated to supporting volunteers and member organizations by:

– promoting volunteer opportunities;

– encouraging volunteerism, through promotion of National Volunteer Week;

– training for effective volunteer engagement; and

– providing leadership to support community needs.

The Volunteer Centre hosts an on-line database of volunteer opportunities, as well as providing walk-in and telephone service. Volunteers can search for appropriate volunteer positions related to a field of interest (such as children, animals, special events), length of commitment (short-term, long-term), location, or by organization.

The centre is dedicated to supporting the community by providing local, accurate information on services that enable access to the basic necessities of life, promote emotional stability, and adaptation to new environments.

Community Information Guelph is a program of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington. It provides information on community organizations, human services, events, and government contacts.

Information is provided by phone, walk-in or our on-line internet database.

National Volunteer Week Events in Guelph and Wellington County include the fifth annual Dr. William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Involvement awards.

That event honours the significant community involvement and charitable activities of University of Guelph students, staff, and faculty. The awards were presented on March 31.

On April 11 from 10am to 12pm, the Volunteer Centre will be hosting an official launch to mark the beginning of National Volunteer Week. This launch will feature star speakers, with an all star line-up and a Wall of Fame portraying members and local volunteers.

The annual Time to Give community breakfast will be held on April 14 featuring an all-star cast of community volunteers, organizations and employers on the Galaxy Cinema’s red carpet. The event premieres short films made to celebrate volunteering.

Tickets for that event must be purchased in advance by calling 519-822-0912 extension 224.

The County of Wellington Volunteer Appreciation awards are presented to individuals who demonstrate generosity of time and spirit by achieving outstanding results as a volunteer. There is a recipient from each of the seven towns and townships in Wellington County. They will be presented at the April 28 county council meeting.

“Volunteering is a fundamental building block of civil society. It brings to life the noblest aspirations of humankind – the pursuit of peace, freedom, opportunity, safety, and justice for all people,” states the Universal Declaration on Volunteering, 2001.

It began 68 years ago.

National Volunteer Week began in 1943 as a way to draw attention to the impact women were having on the war effort on the home front. In the late 1960s, the focus grew to include all community volunteers. In Canada, 12.5 million volunteers dedicate their time to the front lines of our community services – health care, sports and recreation, heritage and arts, environmental protection and advocacy, disaster relief, international development, firefighting – and many more. The week pays tribute to these millions who give freely of their time and energy.

All across Canada, volunteers strengthen communities. They participate on boards, committees, mentor peers, plan cultural and special day events, organize recreational programs, support older adults, provide shelter, tutor young people, clean parks and streets, and much more.

People volunteer because they believe in something – the equal opportunity of all, healthy and safe communities, active living and helping others. Volunteers aspire to make our communities a better place to live and enhance the lives of others. They inspire and encourage others to participate. We honour them for these contributions.

Volunteer Canada is celebrating National Volunteer Week with the theme: Volunteers. Passion. Action. Impact. It is based on the individual super-heros across Canada who dedicate themselves to making their communities better – and Canada a great place to live.

For more information about Volunteer Canada and its resources, visit

International Year of the Volunteer (IYV plus10). Proclaimed in 2001, the International Year of the Volunteer was created through Japan’s recommendation at the 52nd assembly of the United Nations. The 10th anniversary offers an exceptional opportunity to join the global effort to revitalize the spirit of volunteerism. The United Nations Volunteers met to develop a Global Plan of Action to guide stakeholders.

That included a vision statement, along with volunteer values, volunteer engagement and volunteering in the future guidelines. The vision statement is: Inspiring the Volunteer in You. In celebrating IYV+10, volunteer values are:

– an expression of the common humanity and as a means of building mutual respect, understanding, trust, solidarity and reciprocity.

– universal and inclusive, and recognize volunteering diversity, as well as the purpose that sustains it.

For more information, visit


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.


Only 10 weeks until International Day of Happiness, March 20

March 2016 calendar

The right to Happiness was established in the 18th century, when Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence  that the pursuit of happiness is among the rights endowed by the Creator.

In 2012 the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.

Exploring Happiness …

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Family Day Fun in Guelph

The Guelph Public Library will be closed today for Family Day. Our regular hours will resume on Tuesday February 16th.

 Guelph MuseumsFamily Day at the Museum!Guelph Museums is the place for family fun on Family Day! Come by for an afternoon filled with DIY family fun!


WECC_Arc-Pool-300x199Public Skating and Swimming @ Victoria Road Recreation Centre and the West End Community Centre from 1-3 p.m.


Family Day Drop-in @ the West End Recreation Centre, $3.50 per child , 1-3 p.m.

Pickleball Drop in @ Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, $4/person, $10/family, 11-2 p.m.


Skating in Market SquareFree Skating at Market Square


face paintingAnnual Ariss and Maryhill Lions Club Family Fun Day,hosted at the University of Guelph’s Gryphon Field House, $5.00 per person


Out of the Strong, Something SweetLittle bees and their families are invited to the Art Gallery of Guelph for free Family Day activities.  Activities inspired by Cole Swanson’s larger-than-life honeycomb installation and print making in the Artists at Riverside Studio .


Microsoft Word - GYMC_KnightsFestPoster_Feb0416A Free event at the Guelph Youth Music Centre from 10 – 4 pm


Local Neighbourhood Groups are also offering a variety of guelphNoutdoor and indoor activities at part of Winterfest celebrations. Check out their websites for more details.





Take a look at the Guelph Tribune for more events.



February 14th a day for…Zombies?!

the-walking-dead-season-6-b-key-art-rick-lincoln-morgan-james-1200x707-v1For some, February 14th is a day of romance and chocolates but this year, it can also be a day of zombies and… more zombies! Bring your love life back  from the dead with a “ The Walking Dead” themed Valentine’s Day date.betty crocker

The Walking Dead resumes its 6th season on February 14th and I know there are many people just as excited for its return as I am. Will Glenn reunite with Maggie? How will Daryl, Sasha and Abraham survive Negan’s biker gang? Who is going to shut that kid, Sam, up? I don’t know! But I do know that I will find out while having the best zombie themed date a lady could ask for.

Now, this date could be truly amazing depending on how committed you are. You could dress up; you could decorate your place; you could even invite friends over for a “herd of zombies” date. It’s your date, so you choose. I, however, am going to help you plan your meal so you can WOW your significant other.


Channel your inner child and create these delightfully deadly appetizers. I recommend Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook which contains plenty of gruesome food like: Crusty Mummy Fingers (pg. 18) or Cheese-Filled Eyeballs (p.26).

Crusty Mummy Fingers     Cheese Filled Eyeballs

Main Course

Does anyone remember the water-logged zombie, from Season 2, that Glenn had to try to get out of the well, and then, to our horror was sliced by the rope around its gut? What am I saying? Of course you do! Well, (no pun intended), meet his food doppelganger:

Zombie Twins

This delicious looking cabbage roll zombie comes from the Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook, as well.  Take the presentation of this meal to the next level by wrapping the middle of it in a tiny piece of string.

Cabbage rolls not your thing? How about another trip down memory lane to season 4 and 5, to a little place called Terminus. If you remember, Terminus was a place of hope for The WalkingTerminus sribs Dead gang… until they found out that what they hoped would be a safe haven was actually a slaughter house. Hence, why I recommend barbequing this Vantines’s Day! Try making ribs, lamb chops, leg of pork- really any cut that combines bone with meat to make your meal look truly gruesome. For great recipe ideas try these fantastic bbq and grilling cookbooks found in the Guelph Public Library’s collection:



Oreo Dirt Cups - http://www.shariblogs.comFinish off your ghastly meal with one of my favourite nasty looking desserts. This dessert holds a special place in my heart as it’s one that I’ve enjoyed ever since I was a kid. A Cup of Worms is an easy way to infuse grubs into your grubby meal! For this recipe, along with other ghoulish recipes check out Ghoulish Goodies. For other great recipe ideas, come to any of the Guelph Public Library locations and take a look at the countless cookbooks for whatever meal you’d like to cook your loved one.

Not a The Walking Dead fan yet? The Guelph Public Library carries all five complete seasons of The Walking Dead, as well as, the graphic novel that inspired the hit show.


New Years’ resolutions are all about changing our habits

Making the decision to change or end a habit and commit to real, lasting change?

GPL can inspire you … 





Reading not your thing …  attend a library event.

* Young Professionals Connect  – Keeping your New Years’ Resolutions

* Financial Literacy Workshops – budgeting, eliminating debt & investing