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Jul 23

Books for a Rainy Day by Andrea Lorenz

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 23, 2021 at 10:27 AM by Genesis Gaule

As you’re lacing up your shoes, ready to go outside and enjoy the sunny day, you see a bright flash and then – one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi – hear the low rumble of thunder. Rain? Today?! What a bummer! Lucky for you, your grown-up has just come back from the library and has a whole bunch of books they promise will keep you busy. Let’s see what they have, shall we?

bigfootBigfoot: Spotted At World-Famous Landmarks by D.L. Miller (Easy 001.944 MILLER) You take a peek inside this book. Oh!  Look at the detailed pictures! And you have to find a teeny tiny Bigfoot hidden in each picture! These are just like mom’s falling apart, old Where’s Waldo books, but cooler and new. You could spend hours looking for Bigfoot, footprints, tour guides, and more. As you turn the page, you see that there’s facts, history, and real pictures of each world-famous landmark that Bigfoot visits. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty’s index finger is 8 feet long?

choose-adventure-robotAfter you’ve found all of the Bigfoots, you turn to a goofy looking chapter book: Your Very Own Robot Goes Cuckoo-Bananas! by R.A. Montgomery (Junior MONTGOMERY) Hmm…The first page says “Read this first!!! Watch out! This book is different than every book you’ve ever read. YOU get to choose what happens next—and even how the story will end.” You like this idea. Nobody ever lets you choose anything. So you start reading about a whacky robot and his faithful kid until two things happen at the same time. Do you a. run toward the sound of a braking car? or b. go to Robot Cloning classes? For A. go to page 8, for B. page 10. You get to choose what happens through the whole book! You can even go back and re-read to see what COULD have happened. This is cool!

Okay, those were neat, but you’re getting a little antsy since you had to sit still for SO LONG. Your grown-up grabs Locomotion: March, Hop, Skip, Gallop, Run by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Beth Hughes (Easy 612.78 DAHL) and queues up some music from the book on their phone! You can read AND move along with the book!  

unicorn-yogaWhen you’ve made it through the whole book, your heart is racing. Your grown-up suggests that you try out Unicorn Yoga by Gina Cascone & Bryony Williams Sheppard, illustrated by Jennifer Sattler (Easy 613.7 CASCONE) to cool you off. Cat pose, cow pose, tiger and plank, there’s even one especially for you: child’s pose!

Whew! That was hard work. Good thing it’s time for lunch! You’re famished. You pull out Fish and Fowl: Easy and Awesome Sandwiches for Kids by Alison Deering and Bob Lentz (Easy 641.84 DEERING) and start paging through. Lox? EW! Tuna melt? Maybe. Chicken and waffles! YES! Your grown-up helps you gather ingredients and uses the oven to heat up the chicken. You toast the waffles, add some cheese, honey mustard and lettuce and then put it all together. YUM.

l-otto-funnNow that you’ve refueled, you want to do something hands-on. You pull the last book out of the library tote bag. The Secret Files of Professor L. Otto Funn: Or Stop Being a Slug, Open This Book, and Make Your Brain Happy (745.5 GORS). This looks like fun, or should you say FUNN? You look through the projects and choose three to do: The Crayon Rock Cycle, Create Your Own Masterpiece, and Minotaur Mask. Your grown-up asks if you deliberately chose the messiest projects. (You did). You creates new things from old things and learn about earth science, painting, and mythology along the way.

The next thing you know, it’s time to clean up for supper. Where did the time go? You ask your grown-up about the forecast for tomorrow. Will there be rain again? 

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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:


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


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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


May 21

Exploring Our Backyard by Vanesa Gomez

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on May 21, 2021 at 1:38 PM by Genesis Gaule

After over a year of social distancing and quarantining, everyone's itching for a cure to our cabin fever. While some may rush out to book the soonest plane ticket and hotel, for many this may not be possible or desirable. Luckily, our region is home to a beautiful and diverse selection of flora, fauna, bodies of water, parks and trails to explore and admire. Becoming familiar with our environment not only can improve our physical and mental health, but remind us how important it is to take care of our earth! 

Hiking MinnesotaHiking our local parks and trails can be a nice change in routine that makes even the most familiar cities feel like a new adventure! Hiking Minnesota by John Pukite is a reference book that provides useful hiking tips for both beginner and expert hikers. Detailing information on ecology, geology, and state history, you’ll have a great start to planning your next adventure.

The Sioux Chef Indigenous KitchenAre you tired of choosing between burgers or pizza for dinner? The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman allows you to explore the flavors this region has to offer. Eating out of season produce is not only more expensive and less flavorful, but very damaging to the environment! Locally sourced, seasonal, "clean" ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking are nothing new to Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. In his first cookbook, Sherman shares his approach to creating boldly-seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, at once elegant and easy. 

Midwest medicinal plants identify, harvest, and use 109 wild herbs for health and wellnessInterested in not only being able to identify wild plants, but utilizing them in your everyday life? Herbalist Lisa Rose’s guide to Midwest Medicinal Plants is fascinating and will inspire you to see the world in a different way.

If you prefer to keep the outdoors nearby, we offer a wide variety of gardening books depending on your limitations and needs! Gardens are both a fulfilling hobby, and an educational project for all ages. 

The East Grand Forks Campbell Library also provides plenty of opportunities for exploration! Whether it’s diving into a new book series or joining us in new virtual and in-person programs, the library is a great resource for any adventure you go on!