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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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Posted November 18, 2016 by

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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Posted November 18, 2016 by

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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Repair Cafe

Repair Cafe – Saturday August 20 from 9 am until 1 pm

The Guelph Tool Library is presenting Guelph’s first Repair Café. The Repair Café will take place in the morning of Saturday August 20 at St. James the Apostle (86 Glasgow Street North, Guelph).

A Repair Café is an event where people volunteer to try and fix broken items. Stations will be set up in the hall and outside with volunteers offering to fix damaged items or provide advice about next steps. Tables will be set up for repairing jewellery, simple sewing fixes, small appliance repair, and bike repairs. Volunteers from the University of Guelph Bike Club and Transition Guelph will be among the people helping out.

Tool Library Coordinator Susan Carey said “It is a fantastic project to bring to Guelph. Repair Cafés offer a chance to repair a favourite item and to keep it out of the landfill”.

The Repair Café will also offer a Swap Table. Participants bring an item in good working order that they no longer need and swap it for something of equivalent value. The table is a unique way to share items and reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill.

Finally, the Repair Café will be a chance for the Guelph Tool Library to promote itself and to sell memberships. The Guelph Tool Library will also be accepting donations of gently used kitchen appliances, gardening tools, and hand tools.

The Guelph Tool Library is looking for volunteers to help out with the Repair Café. If you have a skill that you would like to share or if you just want to help out. Please contact toollibrary@transitionguelph.org

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Posted July 15, 2016 by

MapLocation: The site search has ended and we have officially found our new home!!  We are located at 123 Woolwich Street, Guelph, ON.

 

Open House: Come for a tour on Saturday, July 16, 2016 between 11:00am-2:00pm.  See our new space, check out our current collection of tools, and join the tool library!  This open house is part of the Urban Farm Tour, more info at http://urbanfarmtour.weebly.com/

 

Memberships: Our website is up and running, which means you can become a member.  Visit https://guelphtoollibrary.myturn.com/library/ or come to our open house this Saturday, July 16th to join.

 

Tool Donations: We have received many gracious donations of basic garden tools, but we haven’t received much kitchen related inventory. A list of things we could use is listed at the end of this update. Please spread the word!

 

Repair Cafe: We’re hosting our first Repair Cafe on the morning of August 20th at St James the Apostle Church. You can bring in a broken household item and ideally, get it fixed! There will be various repair stations: electrical items, jewelry, zippers, clothing, furniture and wooden items, etc. The CSA Bike Centre will be there for minor bike repairs and maintenance. There will also be a locally grown salad buffet brunch, tool library donation drop-off, swap tables and info displays. More info to come!

 

Volunteers: Yup, we’ll need them. Interested? Email us and I’ll add you to our list. We believe in giving volunteers interesting and creative tasks. Write-ups of volunteer positions are in the works.

 

To contact the tool library, email toollibrary@transitionguelph.org

 

Follow us on Twitter @GToolLibrary

 


Kitchen wish list (by no means is this a complete list!)

  • Blender with glass jug
  • Hand mixer
  • Slow cooker
  • Stand mixer with dough hooks
  • Pressure canner
  • Toaster oven
  • Hot plate
  • Propane outdoor cooker
  • Smoker
  • Charcoal BBQ
  • Canning pot
  • Stock pot
  • Rice cooker
  • Pasta mill
  • Grain press
  • Flour mill
  • Various food thermometers
  • Various cake tins
  • Icing kit
  • Juicer
  • Large roasting pan
  • Large serving platters
  • Foley mill
  • Scales
  • Sets of dishes, glassware etc. suitable for catering

 

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What’s going on with the GTL

Location: The site search continues but we do have a few good options to consider. If you know of a business or group that has a suitable affordable space, please let us know! We need a single car garage size space, with electricity, heat and water. It should be centrally located and near a bus stop and on street level with easy access.

Tool Donations: Our library offers a collection of tools specifically gathered to support urban and backyard agriculture and food production in Guelph. Donations of basic garden tools are flowing in well but we haven’t received much kitchen related inventory. A list of things we could use is listed at the end of this update. Please spread the word!

Our Art Collection: We saw an opportunity through the tool library to grow support for the arts in Guelph,  furthering the local growth of resilience skills like creativity. Saba Sanienejad has stepped up as our Curator of Art & Craft Tools. These could include:
Leatherworking tools
Glass and tile cutting tools
Sewing machines and sergers
Easels
Dremels
Weaving and spinning equipment
Paper and matt cutters

Repair Cafe: We’re hosting our first Repair Cafe on the morning of August 20th at St James the Apostle Church. You can bring in a broken household item and ideally, get it fixed! There will be various repair stations: electrical items, jewelry, zippers, clothing, furniture and wooden items, etc. The CSA Bike Centre will be there for minor bike repairs and maintenance. There will also be a locally grown salad buffet brunch, tool library donation drop-off, swap tables and info displays. More info to come!

Networking the Guelph Sharing Economy: We’ve been connecting with others working locally in other sectors of the sharing economy. Last week we met with the CSA Bike Club and Ed Video. Next week we’re meeting with Ten Carden. Also this month we will be meeting with the Guelph Public Library and the city’s Community Garden Working Group.

Volunteers: Yup, we’ll need them. Interested? Email us and I’ll add you to our list. We believe in giving volunteers interesting and creative tasks. Write-ups of volunteer positions are in the works.

To contact the tool library, email toollibrary@transitionguelph.ca

Follow us on Twitter @GToolLibrary

Kitchen wish list (by no means is this a complete list!)

  • Blender with glass jug
  • Hand mixer
  • Slow cooker
  • Stand mixer with dough hooks
  • Pressure canner
  • Toaster oven
  • Hot plate
  • Propane outdoor cooker
  • Smoker
  • Charcoal bbq
  • Canning pot
  • Stock pot
  • Rice cooker
  • Dehydrator
  • Pasta mill
  • Grain press
  • Flour mill
  • Various food thermometers
  • Various cake tins
  • Icing kit
  • Juicer
  • Large roasting pan
  • Large serving platters
  • Foley mill
  • Scales
  • Sets of dishes, glassware etc suitable for catering
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