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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





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

Cookbooks to watch for

cookbooks stack

I love cookbooks, as I’m sure you know by now, and this is the time of year that I start to get excited for what will be coming out in the new year. I’ve started to look at what will be coming out and here are a few that I am looking forward too. Keep checking out the catalogue to see if any of these great titles become available.
The Prairie girl cupcake cookbook by Jean Blacklock
Soup and comfort by Pamela Ellgen
The bare bones broth cookbook by Ryan Harvey
Dinner for two by Julie Wampler
The Plantiful table by Amanda Duclos
Dips and spreads by Dawn Yanagihara

Cocktail Parties

holiday-drinks-laila-hackCocktail parties are a nice informal way for friends, family and coworkers to get together over the holidays without the pressures of making a full on holiday dinner. You get to spend time with your guests, have a few drinks with friends and enjoy some great food.
To make the party easier for you have a signature cocktail ready for when guests arrive. Many can be made half an hour before hand in large batches so all you have to do is keep the glasses full. Try this signature big batch cocktail at your next gathering, I guarantee it will be a hit.

cider punch-b2b set 2

Cider Rum Punch

8 ounces dark rum
3 ounces lemon juice
4 ounces thyme simple syrup
12 ounces apple cider
4 ounces water
4 ounces club soda
8 dashed of Angostura Bitters
sprigs of thyme, garnish
apple wheels, garnish
  1. To make thyme simple syrup, combine 2 cups sugar, 1 1/2 cups of water and 6 thyme sprigs in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring up to a boil and reduce to simmer until the sugar ha fully dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and place syrup in the fridge to cool.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a large picture or carafe with ice and stir.
  3. Fill your glasses with crushed ice and fill. Place a sprig of thyme inside and put an apple wheel on the rim.
  4. Serves 6. Double or trip if needed.
Are you planning on hosting a cocktail party this holiday season? If so check out some of these great cocktail and appetizer books to help ensure your party is a great success.
Cocktail parties with a twist by Alexandra Angle
Cocktail parties, Straight up! by Lauren Purcell
Cocktails for a crowd by Kara Newman
Death & Co by David Kaplan
GQ drinks
The Craft cocktail party by Julie Reiner
Tiny food party by Teri Lyn Fisher
The ultimate appetizer book

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)