Category Archives: Self improvement

Manners and Etiquette


I was out the other day and I was amazed to see a young man open the car door for the women he was with. This got me thinking, when was the last time someone opened the car door for me, or any door for that matter.

Manners and etiquette seem to have fallen by the wayside in todays society. Everyone has their phones out at the dinner table texting or worse talking on them, no one holds doors open for anyone else anymore, no one lets you in on the highway during rush hour, and everyone dresses like they are lounging at home. What happened to the days when men wore hats, people dressed up to go to the airport, they said please and thank you, and gave you their undivided attention.

Now I’m not saying there were no rude people 50 years ago but a lot of what was considered rude is now common place.

Here are some great books that the library has on manners and etiquette.

Guide to good manners by Joelle Richa

Would it kill you to stop doing that? by Henry Alford

Everyday etiquette by Patricia Rossi

Manners made easy for the family by June Hines Moore

Excuse me, but I was next by Peggy Post

Time to say “Please”! by Mo Willems

Emily Post’s etiquette by Peggy Post

Don’t slurp your soup! by Lynne Gibbs

Miss Manners’ guide to excruciatingly correct behavior by Judith Martin


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


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

Homework Help


Overwhelmed with Homework? . . . .  We’ve got help!


Information QuestionEach day the staff at the Guelph Public Library answer several information questions via email and text/chat. All you need is your GPL library card. Simply e-mail, at, or start a chat by clicking the “Ask a Question” tab, or you can text us at 613-519-0059. Questions will be answered during regular operating hours at the GPL.


Homework HelpHomework Help is a free after-school service for students in Kindergarten through to early university and college years — as well as Adult Learners — to connect to tutors for one-to-one homework help sessions. Help is available in math, science, social studies, and English. Students connected to a tutor in an Online Classroom. With your Guelph Public Library Card Live Homework Help is available seven days per week between the hours of 4 PM to 10 PM.

Access Homework Help via the web or mobile APP:


Live Homework Help Mobile Mobile empowers everyone to connect to a tutor for a personalized, high quality and rich learning experience from any mobile device using our HTML5 classroom or


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GPL’s large collection of eResources are tools available 24/7 from the comfort of your own home. They can help you with everything ranging from science projects to finding French language news articles. All you need is an internet connection and your GPL library card!


Need a computer to work on your assignment?


The Upper Grand District School Board has generously placed 35 Chromebook laptops exclusively for their students check-out at Guelph Public Library (GPL) locations with a seven day loan period ($2 per day overdue fine). This new homework option provides students of The Upper Grand District School Board equal access to reliable wi-fi services and electronic resources within the library and the ability to retrieve assignments on UGCloud after school, in the evenings, and on the weekends!


Don’t own a printer?

printGPL Main Library has a Patron Printing Service.  Print virtually any document or web page from your internet connected PC, MAC, Mobile Phone of Tablet deice to our Library Printer.  There is no additional software required.

FYI: The Upper Grand District School Board offers online Math Tutoring, also called Homework Help:  Grade 7 to 10 math students in the Upper Grand District School Board have access to live, interactive online math help. Homework Help is free, real-time math tutoring by certified Ontario teachers.  Students can log in from Sunday to Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST for 20 hours a week of individualized confidential math tutoring.   Students need their Ontario Education Number (OEN) to set up their free registration. Register or sign-in at

What to eat when pregnant or How I scared myself into thinking I could no longer eat like a normal person

foods to avoidWhen I found out I was pregnant my first thought was, what will I eat now? I have a lot of food allergies and I knew what I could eat might not be safe anymore like sushi and soft cheese. Images, like the one above scared me, soy and wheat are in almost everything along with MSG.
So I did some research on the internet. I don’t recommend doing that it only took me to dark scary places where I was bombarded with so many articles about eat this not that, this is bad for you in this article but good for you in this one. I came away very confused, was I supposed to eat fish or not, was wheat good or bad, and what happens if I accidently eat a nut? Plus I don’t know about you but I had morning sickness all day long some days and all I could keep down was Cheerios but then felt bad because I might have been doing some serious harm to my unborn child.
I finally gave up on the internet, I talked to my midwife who cleared up a lot of misconception’s for me and gave me some good books to look at. Turns out if I have wheat and soy my children will be just fine.
The library has some amazing cookbooks that my midwife recommended I take a look at.
Here are the titles I’m currently enjoying. Make sure to talk to your care provider before making sweeping dietary changes.
The everything paleo pregnancy book by Tarah Chieffi
What to eat when you’re pregnant by Nicole M. Avena
Full belly by Tara Desmond
The vegan pregnancy cookbook by Lorena Ball
Feed the belly by Frances Largeman-Roth
I’m pregnant! Now what do I eat? by Hope Ricciotti
The complete organic pregnancy by Deirdre Dolan


Use your Library Card at Home!

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Do you know that your Guelph Public Library Card gives you access to many resources that you can access electronically?

Need a new ringtone for your phone?  Freegal has over 4 thousand ringtones to choose from.  Just search ringtone and select the songs tab.

Looking to improve your skills?  Register for a free Gale Course. You can improve your photography and computer skills.

Trying to reformat your resume? Cyprus Resume creates professional-quality resumes in three easy steps!

Cutting back on your spending?  You have free access to magazines through Zinio.

Stressed with your homework?  Get Live Homework help at

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Have you just purchased a new tablet, eReader or phone?  Add the 3M and Hoopla apps and you can start reading and listening to books today.


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It’s time to declutter and organize

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Once the summer is over and the kids are back to school I have the itch to do some decluttering and organizing.  I have always wondered if a professional organizer would have some new ideas on how to keep the clutter at bay. If you are looking to hire one, check out Professional Organizers in Canada .

I am currently reading The life-changing magic of tidying up the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing.  This book provides practical tips and is based on the idea that possessions are full of feelings and energy.  It provides detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy”.  I am not sure if I agree with everything in Marie Kon’s book, but I have found a few gems of advice and inspiration to do a “whole house” declutter this fall.

More books to inspire you:

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