Blog module icon

Displaying all posts tagged with:

'Acacia James'

Jul 07

The Different Styles, Simple Projects, and Creative Ideas of Architecture by Acacia James

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 7, 2021 at 2:21 PM by Genesis Gaule

Architecture is a field that is constantly changing and evolving. From Romanesque style architecture to Gothic to the Renaissance, then more modern styles like Neoclassicism, Art Deco, Neo-Modernism and so much more. Architecture is everywhere and can be changed and influenced by anyone.

photographs of the Neuschwanstein Castle, Chateau De Fontainebleau, and Horyu Temple

When thinking about architecture, it is common to think about large buildings or houses that look extravagant and fancy, but in reality, architecture is much broader than that. Architecture is any structure that a human being designs and constructs to fill a space. That means that anyone can be an architect. Projects including designing and building a dog house, a chicken coop, or even a shed for the back yard make you an architect.

photographs of a stylish wicker dog house, a shabby chic white hen house, and a blue she-shed

When the sky is the limit, the human brain can create all kinds of ideas. With architecture, the only limit is your imagination...and of course physics, a budget, and manual labor but that’s beside the point. There are buildings that show such creativity and ingenuity that they show what can really be done when the human mind goes toward something. Buildings have been built upside down, to look like musical instruments, and to incorporate nature.

Photographs of WonderWorks upside-down, a giant piano and violin building, and Bosco Verticale

Architecture is an amazing tool that we can use to innovate our world and make it a better place to live in. For more information on architecture, here are a few books that can be checked out at the library:

The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

Understanding the Concepts of Parallel and Perpendicular
by Janey Levy

720.9 LEVY // A foundational and concise history of architecture focusing on the style of Frank Lloyd Wright for middle grade students.

ND State Capital

The North Dakota State Capitol

Architecture and History
by Larry Remele

978.403 REMELE // An architectural gem, the building is unique among capitol buildings with a story that entertains and educates.

Drawing and Designing with Confidence

A Step-by-Step Guide
by Mike W. Lin, ASLA

720.284 LIN // Quickly learn drawing techniques to render architectural designs, room interiors, and landscapes.

Immigrant Architect

Rafael Guastavino and the American Dream
by Berta Miguel

Easy 720.92 MIGUEL // Spanish architects, Rafael Guastavino and his son, designed more than one thousand iconic spaces across New York City and the US.

May 28

10 Years Ago… by Acacia James

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on May 28, 2021 at 12:53 PM by Genesis Gaule

Have you ever been asked the question: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

While many may look to the future and what comes next, we don’t often stop and think about our past and where we were 10 years ago. It is important to make goals for our future, but it is also important to look to our past to see how we’ve grown and how we can continue to progress in the future. 

It’s strange to think about the year 2011. For some it may feel like yesterday and for others it was light-years away. What do you remember about the year 2011? To jumpstart your memory, take a look at the list below to see some interesting events that took place in 2011:


Jan 6: 37th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Kristen Stewart win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Lisa Edelstein win (TV Drama)

Jan 10: Ian McKellen officially confirms that he will reprise the role of Gandalf in The Hobbit film adaptations

Super Bowl XLVFeb 6: Super Bowl XLV, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX: Green Bay Packers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25; MVP: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, QB

Feb 20: 60th NBA All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: West beats East, 148-143; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F

Mar 1: Tomb of a 700 year old female mummy, discovered by road workers, opened in Taizhou, Jiangsu, China

Mar 11: 9.0 magnitude earthquake strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and causing the second worst nuclear accident in history at Fukushima nuclear plant

Thor_posterApr 17: Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in Sydney, Australia

Apr 27: Deadliest day of the 2011 super outbreak of tornadoes, the largest tornado outbreak in United States history

May 2: Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by US Special Forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan

May 25: Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show

Jun 20: 1st Critics' Choice Television Awards: Modern Family wins Best Comedy Series, Mad Men wins Best Drama Series

Jul 5: Somebody That I Used to Know single released by Gotye ft. Kimbra (Grammy Award Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record of the Year 2013)

harry-potter-posterJul 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the last Harry Potter film, premieres in London

Aug 5: Svalbard Polar Bear Attack - a rogue polar bear attacks and kills a British schoolboy

Sep 3: Following his disqualification in the 100m, Jamaica's Usain Bolt runs a season best 19.40 to win the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in South Korea

Sep 20: Call Me Maybe, single by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, is released

Oct 30: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Bill Condon, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres at the Rome Film Festival

Oct 31: The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations


Nov 8: The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances from Earth (about 324,600 kilometers or 201,700 miles), the closest known approach by an asteroid of its brightness since 2010 XC15 in 1976.

Nov 18: The X Factor group One Direction release their debut album Up All Night in Ireland and the UK

Nov 18: Video game Minecraft is officially released by Mojang

Dec 18: The last US troops withdraw from Iraq, formally ending the Iraq War

Apr 16

Furry Companions by Acacia James

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on April 16, 2021 at 1:26 PM by Genesis Gaule

“Dogs are not our whole life,
but they make our lives whole.”

— Roger Caras

Since I was little I wanted a dog. I thought they were fluffy, cute, and that I could play fetch with them whenever I wanted. But we were always a cat family. We had two cats while I was growing up in Spokane, Washington, and a couple of fish, but I always wanted a dog. My parents wanted a dog too but didn’t want to deal with a big dog or have more animal fur than we already had throughout the house. So great, I thought, we just need to find a small dog that doesn’t shed. Turns out that was easier said than done. We searched but couldn’t find the right one for my family. 

In 2017, my family moved to East Grand Forks. We loved it here, we were able to start again in a new city and make new friends. After one month of living here, my dad nonchalantly asked my siblings and me if we wanted to go down to Fargo to get a dog. We all looked at him stunned, not believing our ears. We hurried into the car and drove down to Fargo. 

That night we got our dog Lily Skull-Crusher Thunder-Fist James (Yes, that is her real name. My dad wanted to make her sound tough despite how little she was).


Lily was the best dog I could have hoped for. She was so fluffy and cute, even though she didn’t know how to fetch just yet. Lily has so much energy that I wonder how she contains it within her small frame without exploding. My favorite thing about having a dog is being greeted at the door when I come home. When Lily hears the garage door open, she sprints to the door and attacks whoever is coming in with loves and licks. If she weren’t a dog, I could imagine she would be saying, “I love you! I love you! I love you!” Her energy and love bring me joy and she makes our lives whole. 

That was the story of my dog Lily. If you want to read more about loving dogs, try these books:

Old Yeller

by Fred Gipson

Junior GIP // At first, Travis couldn't stand the sight of Old Yeller. The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever, and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier. Strong and courageous, Old Yeller proved that he could protect Travis's family from any sort of danger. But can Travis do the same for Old Yeller?

One Good Dog

by Susan Wilson

Fiction WILSON // Chance is a mixed breed Pit Bull who was born and raised to fight and seldom leaves the dirty basement where he is kept between them. But Chance is not a monster. It is Chance’s unique spirit that helps him escape and puts him in the path of Adam. What transpires is the story of one man, one dog, and how they save each other—in ways they never could have expected.

Harry the Dirty Dog

by Gene Zion

Easy Reader Green ZION // There's never been another dog as delightful–or dirty–as Harry. This lovable white dog with black spots (or black dog with white spots) has charmed children for fifty years, and we are celebrating with an anniversary edition. This childhood favorite is perfect for reading aloud before going to bed or avoiding a bath.

The Day My Dogs Became Guys

by Merrill Markoe

Easy MAR // Carey has three ordinary, lovable dogs. Until one day, during a solar eclipse, he finds three pretty strange people who used to be his pets. Butch starts chasing cars and yelling at the squirrels, while DeeDee begins raiding the refrigerator. Ol Ed seems to just want to take a nap. But what will happen when his mother gets home?