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Guelph Tool Library is moving to their new place at Tytler Public School and need your support for this and future expansions. Please consider supporting them through this campaign!

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The next Repair Cafe will be on Sat May 2yth at the downtown branch of Guelph Public Library from 10am to 2pm! There will be volunteers who will help to fix electrical appliances, electronics, clocks, computers, clothing, jewelry, bikes, etc. There will also be a volunteer who will help with sharpening knives! Bring your broken stuff and have them fixed with the help of our volunteer experts!

Visit the Facebook page to know more about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454586504566216/

Visit the GTL website to learn more about Repair Cafe: http://www.guelphtoollibrary.org/repair-cafe

This is a free event organized by the Guelph Tool Library.

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Posted March 14, 2017 by

The next Repair Cafe will be on Sat March 25th at St George’s Church from 11am to 3pm! This event will be part of the Resilience Festival. There will be volunteers who will help to fix electrical appliances, electronics, clocks, computers, clothing, jewelry, etc. There will also be a volunteer who will help with sharpening knives! Bring your broken stuff and have them fixed with the help of our volunteer experts!

Visit the Facebook page to know more about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454586504566216/

Visit the GTL website to learn more about Repair Cafe: http://www.guelphtoollibrary.org/repair-cafe

This is a free event organized by the Guelph Tool Library.

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The next Repair Cafe will be on Sat Feb 18th at Tytler Public School from 12 to 4! There will be volunteers who will help to fix electrical appliances, electronics, computers, clothing, jewelry, etc. Bring your broken stuff and have them fixed with the help of our volunteer experts!

Visit the Facebook page to know more about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454586504566216/

Visit the GTL website to learn more about Repair Cafe: http://www.guelphtoollibrary.org/repair-cafe

This is a free event organized by the Guelph Tool Library.

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On Wednesday February 15 Transition Guelph is hosting a free community potluck from 6 until 8 p.m at St James the Apostle Anglican Church located at 86 Glasgow St North in Guelph.

This will be a fun night of food and discussion. Transition Guelph’s Urban Food Working Group will be making presentations on the many projects that they have on the go. Learn about Tree Mobile, GROW, Urban Sugar Project, Appleseed Collective, Guelph Community Orchard Project and much more. Transition Guelph will also be signing up volunteers for upcoming projects and events.

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Transition Guelph’s GROW gardens had a productive first year with plans to expand and offer more opportunities for community members in 2017. GROW is a volunteer maintained, food garden located at Grace Community Church (http://www.gracecommunity.ca/). The garden is just north of Guelph on the Marden Road. Grace provided Transition Guelph with a rent free section of their property to develop a garden that can serve the local community.

The project began as part of the Back Share Sharing Program and Mike Barber has been coordinating the effort since its conception. According to Mike “the goal of the GROW garden is to provide healthy, organically grown vegetables and fruit for local individuals and well known emergency food cupboards and drop-in centres, while educating those who have an interest in growing their own food”.

GROW has managed, with limited funds, to create a 2500 square foot fruit and vegetable garden, plant their first row of fruit trees in an expanding orchard, plant a pollinator garden, and start a perennial vegetable area with rhubarb, asparagus and a few other plants.

This year GROW provided hundreds of pounds of food to a number of groups working with local food insecurity. In the process, GROW has been able to build community through gardening by providing space and resources to around a dozen volunteers. Alisha Arnold, Neighbourhood Support Worker for the Two Rivers Neighbourhood Group, wrote to acknowledge “the wonderful work The GROW gardens are doing. They have very dedicated volunteers working in unity to make great things happen against the fight for food security within the Guelph community. Organizations such as GROW are becoming more and more of a necessity to fight food security issues within many different communities.”

Next year, GROW plans on building an open air learning space and a tool shed/water catchment system. GROW is also expanding the garden’s footprint and orchard. According to Mike Barber ” the long term plan is to provide free workshops on everything from canning and seed saving to beekeeping. GROW volunteers have a wealth of knowledge and are happy and willing to share them time to help others gain new skills.” Volunteers are always welcome and their will opportunities for gardeners to help with the community plot as well as have space to grow their own vegetables. Look for more information about the GROW gardens in the spring of 2017.

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This has been a busy year for the newly formed Guelph Tool Library. We have managed in a very short time period to put together an interesting selection of tools, set up our location (123 Woolwich Street), develop our website/database (guelphtoollibrary.org) and begin lending out tools.

first-donationAs our library is made up almost exclusively of donated tools, I have had the opportunity to go out and meet many different people. It has been an interesting an enjoyable experience meeting the many donors and hearing their stories about the tools and appliances they are giving us. Some tools have come from people that are downsizing or moving away, others have come from families that are clearing out the estates of their family members. Some people are just no longer using the tools and want them to go somewhere that they can be put to good use.

We found out quickly that their are lots of rakes floating around out their so we have a great collection of various sizes and shapes! Some of the donations have been spectacular such as the almost new table saw donated in the spring and a propane smoker! Some donations have been much smaller but all have been welcome and helped us build up our inventory of tools (we have over 200 in our database).

tools1Susan Carey, another of the Coordinators of the Guelph Tool Library, has a great philosophy on our tools. Susan says that “people don’t necessarily want a drill, they want a hole.” Our goal is to facilitate our members getting their hole, or their garden roto-tiled, or their tomatoes crushed, and so on. So we have drills, rototillers, and tomato mills among the many tools and appliances to lend out.

So please keep us in mind if you have some tools that you don’t use or are thinking about upgrading. We even accept some broken tools as we have some community partners (JD Small Engines – http://jdsmallengines.ca/) and talented volunteers that can repair them. I am looking forward to meeting many more or you and hearing your stories.

Submitted by John Dennis,
Guelph Tool Library Coordinator

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Guelph Tool Library will have its second Repair Cafe on Sat Dec 3rd at St James the Apostle Church from 9 to 1! There will be volunteers who will help to fix toys, Christmas ornaments, clothing, jewelry, electrical appliances, etc. There will also be a holiday gift swap events! This is a free event.

Would you like to volunteer fixing stuff? please contact repaircafeguelph@gmail.com

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