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Aug 02

Book Notes 8/2/2021

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 2, 2021 at 4:03 PM by Genesis Gaule

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 Make some art with us this August! Learn the art of bowl weaving on August 17 at 6 pm and make Quick Draw and Collage Stories on August 19 at 4 pm. All ages are welcome to both events!

The Power of Awareness by Dan Schilling

And Other Secrets from the World's Foremost Spies, Detectives, and Special Operators on How to Stay Safe and Save Your Life // How to identify and avoid threats using situational awareness and intuition just like the pros. Told with wit and wisdom, this compelling guide uses stories from Dan’s special operations career and those of other experts to outline six easily implemented rules you can apply anywhere to improve your personal safety.


Conscious Crafts: Pottery  by Lucy Davidson

20 mindful makes to reconnect head, heart & hands // Author Lucy Davidson reveals the meditative nature of working with clay and its wellbeing benefits for slowing down, creativity and mindfulness. Pottery is a popular meditative craft and drawing on the traditions of hand making, Lucy has created 20 modern makes with air dry and polymer clay.


Drawing Is for Everyone by Kateri Ewing

Simple Lessons to Make Your Creative Practice a Daily Habit--Explore Infinite Creative Possibilities in Graphite, Colored Pencil, and Ink // Artist Kateri Ewing guides you through a series of simple creative drawing projects using a soulful, meditative, and reflective process. There are lessons in drawing with graphite pencil, colored pencil, and ink. Whether you’re drawing for the first time or are an experienced artist, you’ll discover and deepen your creative potential through these exercises.

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Come Fly the World by Julia Cooke

The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am // A Pan Am stewardesses’ role in the Vietnam War, as the airline added runs from Saigon to Hong Kong for planeloads of weary young soldiers straight from the battlefields, who were off for five days of R&R, and then flown back to war. Finally, with the evacuation of 2,000 children during the fall of Saigon. Set on stewardesses as they embraced the liberation of their new jet-set life.

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Mar 05

National Women’s History Month by Acacia James

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on March 5, 2021 at 1:55 PM by Genesis Gaule

March is National Women’s History Month! To celebrate women’s history, consider reading one of these amazing books:

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

510.92 SHETTERLY | ebook | DVD

Hidden Figures is about three women who defied all expectations. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson were three Black women who worked for NASA during the time of racial segregation. These three women were the brains behind one of the greatest events in history: sending astronaut John Glenn to space. Their achievement restored America’s confidence and was a huge turning point for the world-wide Space Race.

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

363.17 MOORE | ebook


When the element radium was discovered, it made headlines around the nation. It was the new wonder drug of the medical industry. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls work tirelessly in radium factories painting dials with radium dust. Their clothes glowed from the dust they used to paint with every day. They were the lucky ones — until girls started becoming mysteriously sick. Radium companies denied claims of the gruesome side effects of their new “wonder” substance. The girls’ courage to face adversity has changed the way we live and saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by J. Ryan Stradal

616.994 SKLOOT | Large Print NF

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a book about Henrietta Lacks and how a part of her will live on forever. Henrietta was a poor tobacco farmer when she contracted cancer. While being treated, some of her cells were taken without her knowledge. These cells, when tested, became one of the most important tools in medicine. These cells were named HeLa cells after Henrietta and were the first “immortal” human cells grown in culture. They are still alive today even though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital in developing the polio vaccine and more. This book captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery and its human consequences.

Feb 26

Put Your Literature to the Test by Vanesa Gomez

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on February 26, 2021 at 2:07 PM by Genesis Gaule

The Bechdel Test is famous for two reasons:

  • Firstly, due to the very simple and minimal standards that a piece of media needs to meet to pass.
  • Secondly, due to the sheer volume of stories that do not meet said standards.

The original test, first mentioned in Alison Bechdel’s comic, asks if in a piece of media there are two (named) women who talk to each other about something that is not a man.

A six panel comic featuring two women talking about their 3 requirements to see a movie.

With the rise in popularity, many have compared these standards to films and constantly updated lists of films. Many other tests have created a checklist for films and books. For example, the Vito Russo Test measures how LGBT characters are portrayed in films (they cannot be used just as a punchline to a joke, and their character must be tied into the plot).

What exactly do these tests indicate? Why do people care? The answer to both is inclusivity. While the Bechdel test shouldn’t be the gold standard for feminist literature, it is a step towards recognizing when women are not fleshed out. Representation and diversity in our stories matter.

If you are interested in reading some female-centric books, here are some available for checkout from our library.

The Devil Wears Prada

by Lauren Weisberger
FICTION CD Audiobook

A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

by Maria Semple

After her infamous mother goes missing, Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng
FICTIONebookCD Audiobook

When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that threatens to upend a carefully ordered community.

The Power

by Naomi Alderman 

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?

The Handmaid’s Tale

by Margaret Atwood

Set in the near future, the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans.