Category Archives: Seniors

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

It’s your Time – Get Ready for Retirement

It's your Time - Get Ready for Retirement program image

Life transitions like retirement require a whole set of decisions and choices. What do I need to do to get ready? What are the ducks I need to get into a row? Getting started earlier rather than later is to your advantage and so start by meeting someone who has taught, lectured, blogged, and written a book about preparing for retirement.

mccawJoin Donna McCaw ( author of                   It’s your time at the Main Library on November 18th, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.


Cooler weather? Curl up at home with a good book!

Find your Next Read here!

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Next reads provides regular reading suggestions to your mailbox based on your choice of genre.  I look forward to my science fiction list every month!


Novelist Plus is a fun tool to help you find reading material for your whole household.  Searchable by adult child teen and in-between!


This one will get the kids excited about new titles.

So many choices!  so little time!

Once you have decided what to read don’t forget to contact your closest GPL to request the titles.





Series to read or re-read this summer

book seriesAre you looking to do some great reading this summer? Interested in starting a new series? Then this is the post for you. Here are three lists of great series to start or to revisit this summer.
kids series
  1. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  2. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney
  3. Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
  4. Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
  5. Warriors by Erin Hunter
teen series
  1. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  3. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  4. Maze Runner by James Dashner
  5. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants By Ann Brashares
  1. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  2. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  3. Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich
  4. Jack Reacher by Lee Child
  5. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Guelph Seniors

Seniors are a growing segment of our population:

The aging of the population in Canada will accelerate between 2010 and 2031, the period during which all baby boomers will reach age 65. Population aging will continue after 2031, but at a slower pace.

Today, one in seven Canadians is aged 65 or over. By 2036, nearly one in four Canadians will be a senior.

Source: “Population projections: Canada, the provinces and territories, 2013 to 2063,” The Daily, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 What does Guelph have to offer Seniors?

gwsalogo2The GWSA partners with the City of Guelph in the operation of the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre and other locations across the City. The GWSA makes available organized programs, activities, services, special events and public interest forums.



Our Visiting Library Service, provides complimentary delivery of library materials to people who are unable to visit the library in person due to a physical or visual disability, or long-term illness.


The Guelph Public Library brings the Bookmobile to you.  It visits many seniors residences including:  The Elliot Community, Guelph Lake Commons Senior Residence, Riverside Glen, Royal on Gordon, St. Joseph’s Health Centre & Apartments, Stone Lodge and the Village of Arbour Trails/Arboretum.




40 downtown businesses honour seniors (60+ years of age, however it is at the discretion of each business. ) in this once-a-month promotion by offering them 15% off their purchase or meal.

Seniors’ Day discount cards can be picked up at any participating business or at the Downtown Guelph Business Association.




Seniors makes it easy for seniors in Guelph & Wellington County to engage in their community in meaningful ways.              On this website you can search for opportunities to volunteer, or find out about community services in the area.


citylogoThe affordable bus pass is a lower-cost pass to help low-income individuals get around Guelph using public transportation. This program aims to make getting around and connecting with the community more affordable. Seniors living in low-income households are encouraged to apply.

Programs and activities for Seniors – Download the Guelph Community Guide or pick it up at several locations in Guelph, including Guelph Public library branches, community and recreation centres. The City also offers a Fee Assistance in Recreation (FAIR) program which provides access for qualifying seniors that meet the same low-income cutoffs established by the affordable bus pass.

Other recreational and educational opportunities are available through:                        

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Upper Grand District School Board Interest & Leisure Courses

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Third Age Learning