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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

Holiday Fun

‘Tis the season to get together with friends and family, especially those you don’t get to see very often. Going out and having a good time can get expensive if you aren’t careful about where you are going and how much you are spending. I’ve put together some holiday activities that you can do in Guelph that are friendlier to your budget.


A winter scene from Speed River Trail 2014

There are lots of day-to-day activities around Guelph that cater to different age groups and many demographics.  Visit Guelph’s events calendar offers events information for Guelph and the surrounding area. Snap’d Guelph has a Calendar of Upcoming Events that shares events, big and small, around Guelph.  Finally, the Guelph Public Library has an events calendar that allows you to plan your activities 90 days ahead of time- there’s something for everyone!

Do you have a favourite activity you like to do during the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

Enjoying Autumn

autumnFall begins today, September 23rd,  at 4:21 A.M (ET).                                                                      Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Autumn in Ontario is one of the greatest shows on earth, from the colour of the trees to the fall harvest, there are so many ways to enjoy it.

cornmRun through a corn maze.



Enjoy the fall harvest by visiting a farm.fallveg



Take a drive in the country.falldrives



Visit an Ontario Provincial Park.Algonquin_Park_Fall_Leaves_2012_OP_3171-700x466

Attend a Fall Fair.fall fair



staycation : A vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer.             Source:

  Taking a “staycation” this year?

visitguelphDid you know that Guelph has a Tourism Information Centre open on Saturdays and an “Events Calendar” highlighting Guelph Events?

You can take a Guelph Historical walking tour, enjoy live entertainment at a variety of festivals such as the Jazz Festival or the Hillside Festival, enjoy a local park with your family, let your little ones cool off in a wading pool or splash pad or relax on a restaurant patio.

There is no limit to the variety of offerings in your area.  For more ideas check out the following sites:

Guelph Public Library

Guelph Mercury

Snapd Guelph

Downtown Guelph

Guelph Arts Council

Ontario Summer Fun Guide

Kitchener Welcome Centre

Explore Waterloo Region

Cambridge Visitor Information

Town & Country Discoveries

Tourism Hamilton