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Mar 14

Book Notes 3/14/2022

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on March 14, 2022 at 1:24 PM by Genesis Gaule

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Minne-Murals™ are here again! This month will be about the Bald Eagle, remember to pick up your kit at the library then join us on Zoom Wed, March 23 @ 6:30 pm to color with us. More information...

Sure, I'll Be Your Black Friend by Ben Philippe

Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump // Ben takes his role as your new Black friend seriously, providing original and borrowed wisdom on stereotypes, slurs, the whole "swimming thing," how much Beyoncé is too much Beyoncé, Black Girl Magic, the rise of the Karens, affirmative action, the Black Lives Matter movement, and other conversations you might want to have with your new BBFF. This book is a conversational take on topics both light and heavy, universal, and deeply personal that reveal incisive truths about the need for connection in all of us.


Woke, Inc. by Vivek Ramaswamy

Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam // This book begins as a critique of stakeholder capitalism and ends with an exploration of what it means to be an American in 2021--a journey that begins with cynicism and ends with hope.


Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh

We face a potent intersection of crises: ecological destruction, rising inequality, racial injustice, and the lasting impacts of a devastating pandemic. The situation is beyond urgent. To face these challenges, we need to find ways to strengthen our clarity, compassion, and courage to act. Nhat Hanh make it blazingly clear: Mindfulness and the radical insights of Zen meditation can give us the strength and clarity we need to help create a regenerative world in which all life is respected.

294.3927 NHAT HANH

Frequently Asked Questions about the Universe by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson

Daniel and Jorge offer short, accessible, and lighthearted answers to some of the most common, most outrageous and most profound questions about the universe they've received. This witty, entertaining, and fully illustrated book is an essential troubleshooting guide for the perplexing aspects of reality, big and small, from the invisible particles that make up your body to the identical version of you currently reading this exact sentence in the corner of some other galaxy.

523.1 CHAM

If you need help accessing any of these titles or using front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you!

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Sep 23

9 Children's Books About Bullying by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 23, 2021 at 6:37 PM by Genesis Gaule

At least 1 out of every 5 children will be the target of bullying [] and the unfortunate truth is that--whether as a victim, bystander, or even as the bully themselves--nearly every child will be involved in bullying behavior at some point in their lives.

Bullying is defined “as intentional, repeated and power-imbalanced forms of emotional or physical abuse." []. It can start as early as age 3 and often develops from “pre-bully” behaviors that have been allowed to continue unchecked. By modeling empathy and helping children learn skills for handling bullying behavior, caring adults can help turn the tide before it becomes a serious problem.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to focus and raise awareness on bullying and its harmful effects on children. Looking for a way to participate? Talking openly about bullying and its effects with the young children in your lives is just one way you can help prevent and process bullying trauma--and books are a great way to get conversation started.

These are just a sampling of the anti-bullying books we have available at the library. For more on this topic, visit our catalog or ask a librarian.

I Talk Like a River

by Jordan Scott

When a boy who stutters feels shunned, isolated, and incapable of communicating the way he'd like, it takes a change of perspective to help him find his voice. Masterfully illustrated, the expressive paintings powerfully mirror the text's emotion, putting you in the boy’s shoes. Based on the author’s own experiences, this moving book is for any child who feels unable to fit in due to physical differences and helps foster empathy in those who don’t. // Easy // Grades K-4


by Kevin Henkes

Until Chrysanthemum started kindergarten, she believed her parents when they said her name was perfect. But at school, Chrysanthemum begins to suspect that her name is far less than perfect from her classmate’s incessant teasing. Heartbroken, Chrysanthemum's parents try to piece her self-esteem back together again. // Easy // Grades PreS-3

A Big Guy Took My Ball

by Mo Willems

Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found. What will Gerald and Piggie do? Willems has a way of delivering funny, emotionally perceptive stories for just-emerging readers and this tale on sharing, assumptions, and feelings of injustice is no exception. // Easy // Grades: PreS-2

You, Me and Empathy

by Jayneen Sanders

Empathy--being able to understand how another person is feeling and recognizing their needs--is one of the most important skills a child can learn. This charming story follows Quinn through every-day situations as they model empathy towards others. Discussion questions are included as well as suggested activities to promote empathy and kindness. // Easy // Grades K-3

The Invisible Boy

by Trudy Ludwig

This gentle story beautifully illustrates what it feels like to be excluded and how simple acts of positive peer pressure can make a world of difference. Including a discussion guide and resources for further reading, The Invisible Boy is a valuable resource addressing the needs of quieter children. // Easy // Grades 1-4

Each Kindness

by Jacqueline Woodson

Chloe won’t let the new girl, Maya, play with her and her friends. Bullied and excluded, Maya eventually stops coming to school. Told from Chloe’s perspective, we get an inside look on how easy it is to fall into negative peer pressure. Although this story does not have a happy ending, it contains a powerful anti-bullying message. // Easy // Grades 2-6

Trouble Talk

by Trudy Ludwig

Maya’s friend Bailey loves to tell jokes and spread rumors about the troubles in other children’s lives. But when Bailey hears Maya’s parents fighting and turns it into a rumor that they’re going to get divorced, Maya realizes how painful this “trouble talk” can be. Includes notes, resources, and discussion questions for caregivers to help empower and encourage their children towards healthier friendships. // Easy // Grades 2-5

Duck Days

by Sara Leach

Third-grader Lauren, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, is practicing the skill of 'going with the flow,' but finds that difficult when she learns that her best friend Irma has made another friend, Jonas. Straightforward text and frequent black-and-white illustrations make this an accessible chapter book for young readers and a great family read. // Junior // Grades 2-5

Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends

by Ame Dyckman

This book from the popular American Girl brand focuses on teaching girls how to identify bullying and how to stand up and speak out against it. The mix of quizzes, quotes from other girls, and age-appropriate advice can help tweens learn that there is no one right way to deal with bullying. // Nonfiction // Grades 3-7

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Sep 21

Book Notes 9/21/2020

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 21, 2020 at 10:03 AM by Genesis Gaule

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The library is now open on Tuesdays & Fridays! These books can also be checked out through our Front Door Pick Up on Mondays & Thursdays or by scheduling an appointment on a Wednesday.

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

This is the heartrending story of a family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s greatest hope in the quest to understand the disease.

George Harrison on George Harrison by Ashley Kahn

Known as the “Quiet Beatle” but arguably the most thoughtful and certainly most outspoken of the famous four, these are Harrison’s most revealing and illuminating interviews, correspondence, and writings.

The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman

Having lost her husband to World War II and her daughter to illness, Iris walled herself off from the world and built a new family…of flowers. Then Abby moves next door and Iris is reluctantly yet inevitably draw into her boisterous neighbor’s life.

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone—where conditions are just right for human habitation—in humanity’s last hope for survival.

If you need help accessing any of these titles or using front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you!

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