SLICE OF GUELPH has moved!

Hello there loyal Slice of Guelph Readers!

Please join us on our new blog, Guelph: Then and Now, where we will be posting all kinds of great content about our Royal City both present day happenings and historical tidbits. As always, we will highlight some of the great programs, resources and services available at your Guelph Public Library.  Check it out:

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Stratford Shakespeare Lecture Series


Colm Feore in King Lear

Each Thursday evening during March, University of Guelph professors of English and Theatre address the themes, characters, language and/or historical contexts of the works of Shakespeare. These lectures correspond with plays produced at Stratford during the 2014 season. Each lecture begins at 7pm in the meeting room upstairs, Main library, 100 Norfolk Street. Admission is free!

March 6: Dr. Paul Mulholland presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

March 13: Dr. Andrew Bretz presents King John

March 20: Dr. Ann Wilson presents Antony and Cleopatra

March 27: Dr. Mark Fortier presents King Lear.

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What’s your giving moment?

logoIf you listen to CBC2, you may have heard that the radio station supports My Giving Moment. Or you may have seen the website for My Giving Moment, created by Governor General David Johnston who believes that “the key to a smarter, more caring Canada lies in helping more of us discover what we have to give.”

The Governor General says, “There are two Latin words on my coat of arms: Contemplare Meliora… To envision a better world.” And he believes that opportunities are all around us, all the time.

I believe in “pay it forward” every day, in the library or my neighbourhood or anywhere else. It’s important to give when you can – whether money, labour or time – and it can be a darned good feeling to boot.

Visit My Giving Moment to register and start recording your giving moments. There are ideas on which you can build, or you can create your own. Post your stories and inspire others.

And thanks in advance for your consideration.

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Lyme disease lecture at U of Guelph’s Arboretum

Even though it’s not the season for Lyme Disease, it’s great to be prepared for next year.

Dr. Andrew Peregrine, Associate Professor, Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph will present his lecture “Lyme Disease and the Raccoon Roundworm: Is the Risk of Human Infection Increasing in Ontario?” on Thursday, February 13. Dr. Peregrine discusses the relationship between Lyme and raccoon roundworms, and will also include the predicted impact of climate change on these risks.

Lyme is here in Ontario and not just a disease of the eastern United States. Named Lyme because of its initial findings in Lyme, Connecticut in 1975, the disease is spread by the bite of the blacklegged (deer) tick infected with Borrelia burgdorferi. Early stages of the disease sometimes have a characteristic red-ringed rash around a bite site, usually in the first week after contact; flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, fatigue and eventually joint pain can follow. Although death is apparently rare from Lyme disease, further progression can result in serious neurological problems. (Source: )

As well as the lecture, you can find more about Lyme Disease by visiting our eResource health databases

Try searching for “Lyme Disease” or “tick-borne diseases” for further study.

Lyme Disease and the Raccoon Roundworm: Is the Risk of Human Infection Increasing in Ontario?

Thursday, February 13 at 7:30pm, the Arboretum Centre, University of Guelph Arboretum.

Everyone is welcome, and donations are appreciated.

For more information on programs see

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Signs of Spring?

robinsWhile hiking before work yesterday the dog and I heard a curious amount of birdsong in the beech and spruce beside the path. Not the usual winter birdsong, either. Much to my delight, it was a flock of robins – and by flock, I mean several dozen. Remember, yesterday was the day after our big snowstorm, so it seemed even more surprising to hear cheery robins as we waded through thigh-high drifts.
Apologies for the poor quality photo from the cell phone, but at least it’s proof-positive that those little black blobs in the trees were there!

You can bird watch in any season. Have a look at these birdwatching books for you or your family.

GPL also has binoculars available that you can borrow from each branch and the Bookmobile. Each set includes the case, instructions and cleaning cloth, and two field guide booklets, Summer garden birds of the Arboretum, and Feeder birds of the Arboretum, both by the University of Guelph. Binoculars and field guides are provided by the Gosling Foundation with the support of Wild Birds Unlimited, The Arboretum and the Guelph Public Library, and can be borrowed with an adult card for a three-week loan.

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Book art at East Side Branch

flutter booksEast Side’s own Louisa Kratka, who also owns LK Bookbindery in Guelph, is offering an Adventures In Art: Flutter Books session from 2:30-3:30 PM on Saturday, February 22.

Louisa will provide instruction on how to make your own unique flutter book for kids aged 7 to 10 years. Please register on the GPL website – space is limited!

As well, from February 16 to March 1, Louisa will be showcasing some of her work and that of her students in the display cases at Main Library.

“For over a decade I’ve taught bookbinding workshops at my studio, in backyards and at various arts centres and schools in Ontario. Through the Ontario Arts Council’s Artist in Education program, I have had the privilege and great fun of working with hundreds of children, teaching the basics of binding books by hand, and exploring with them… through story-telling, illustration,  and collage.”

You can also see more of Louisa’s work and other events at her website.

Book image c. Sarah Mitchell
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Slow Cooker Showdown at GPL

slow cooker bookThe First GPL Slow Cooker Showdown took place Saturday January 18 at the Main Library. Local cookbook author Donna-Marie Pye was in attendance and delivered an informal talk to over 50 participants and attendees about slow cooking, as well as her experience in publishing cookbooks. Donna-Marie has several to her name, including The best family slow cooker recipes, Canada’s best slow cooker recipes, Slow cooker winners: 300 easy and satisfying recipes, and 300 slow cooker favourites, which you can find in our catalogue. In them, she offers tips for successful slow cooking, food safety, and a range of recipes from Great Beginnings to Sweet Endings. Soups, meats, meatless mains, and grains and sides can all be cooked in a pot while you’re at work or entertaining guests.

Winner of the Slow Cooker Contest was Evelyn Delworth with her secret family recipe for Austrian meat rolls. Evelyn was also the People’s Choice winner, and her prize was a cooking class for two at Donna-Marie Pye’s Relish Cooking Studio in Waterloo.

Due to popular response, it sounds as if GPL will host a second annual Slow Cooker Showdown next year. That gives you some time to hone your special recipe and then try a taste-test with the masses. Check out some of our slow cooker books today!

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