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Jan 15

Less is More and More is Less by Vanesa Gomez

Posted on January 15, 2021 at 12:53 PM by Genesis Gaule

Every New Year, I make the same promises to myself. I’ll add that exercise routine to my life! I’ll save up this amount of money! I’ll get my life together and become the best version of myself! 

Needless to say that nothing of the sort happened in the year of our forsaken lord 2020. A year of having plans smashed and one curveball after another thrown at me, I was just about ready to tap out on this year. Despite it all, it did make me realize one thing. I didn’t have to live with much.

On a whim, I checked out the book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by famous cleaning consultant Marie Kondo. I recalled the popularity gained by the Netflix series on social media a while back, but I hadn’t looked into or understood the process until I picked up the book.What I initially expected to be a dry, step by step instruction manual to cleaning turned out to be quite the opposite.

Filled with anecdotes about Marie Kondo’s experiences and trial/error process of developing her tried and tested method to tidiness, I didn’t want to put it down! You can tell that Kondo is passionate about tidiness, or rather, the benefits of simplifying your home and life. Not only will this give you a guide on how to start the process yourself, but you’ll be motivated to do so!

Catching a ride on the same motivation train I had hopped on with Marie Kondo, I wanted to look deeper into this simplified lifestyle. A big struggle that people find when it comes to tidying is getting caught in a “consumerism cycle: earn more, buy more, want more…”.

Cait Flanders’ self memoir, The Year of Less, is her experience while challenging herself to go an entire year without shopping. She limited herself to only buying groceries, gas, and toiletries, as well as decluttering her apartment. This memoir is a very honest and naked look at how materialism is ingrained into our culture and influences our every decision and habits. In some ways, this book is less about preaching a minimalist lifestyle, and more about simply becoming more mindful of what we spend our money on.

The next time you take a look at your home book collection, take a look at each book and reflect on its usefulness to your life. Do you find yourself reaching for it often? Is it on your to-read list? Does it spark joy to your life to own this book? If you find there are less books that you have read than not, why not pass along books you no longer want to others in need. Your local public library will not only allow you the opportunity to borrow books for free, it can be a great way to keep only your most loved and used books in the spotlight at home.

In a world where wild headlines seem to dominate our news feeds and lives, the best thing we could do is make sure we are at peace in the place we call home.

Jan 11

Book Notes 11/1/21

Posted on January 11, 2021 at 1:21 PM by Genesis Gaule

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The Campbell Library is open to the public Mondays/Fridays (9am-5pm) and Tuesdays/Thursdays (4-7pm). We also offer Front Door Pick Up and half hour appointments for browsing or computer use Wednesdays (9am-5pm) and Tuesdays/Thursdays (9am-4pm).

Drawing Fire by Todd DePastino

The editorial cartoons of Bill Mauldin // Army sergeant William Henry “Bill” Mauldin shot to fame during WWII with “Willie & Joe” cartoons, giving readers a glimpse of the war from the foxholes of Europe. Now, his entire career is explored in this illustrated volume.

About Your Father and Other Celebrities I Have Known by Peggy Rowe

Ruminations and revelations from a desperate mother to her dirty son // Peggy tells about her adventures and the quirky sense of humor that came from her “doting” lifestyle being combined with her husband’s minimalist ways, this also being the seed for their son Mike’s obsession with doing dirty jobs and the comical presence he is known for today.

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Condos and FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, the neighbors Sydney’s known all her life disappearing. She channels her frustration by diving into the past, but realizes that the push to revitalize the community is more deadly than advertised.

And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall

Isabel Lincoln is gone. But is she missing? Grayson Sykes is reluctant to track her down if she doesn’t want to be found, and her search becomes more complicated and dangerous as she uncovers each of Isabel’s secrets.

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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Jan 08

Our Living World by Cody Rasmussen

Posted on January 8, 2021 at 12:50 PM by Genesis Gaule

The Earth. As far as we know there is no other place like it in the universe.  With its blue oceans and green grasslands, its vast deserts and rainforests, the planet is completely filled with life from one corner to the other.  Plants and animals are vast and varied, adapting to the environment in which they inhabit.


In Northern North America one can find White Spruce trees growing, and in the rainforests of the world some may find the Kapok Tree growing strong. You go to the far reaches of the Northern Hemisphere and you will see Polar Bears, while in Southwest Asia you can find the Giant Panda. The Amazon River Dolphins in South America to the Humpback Whales of the world’s oceans. Life can be found almost everywhere.

snow leopard

However, we are reaching a point in the history of our planet that we may not be able to come back from. The planet as we know it is always changing. This is especially true for the animals and plants of the world. As mankind continues to expand we find ourselves losing so much more than we can imagine. The wildlife that has been on our planet for so long, is starting to disappear. So many different species of animals and plants are being driven to the brink of extinction because of our actions. We must find it in ourselves to change our ways, to save our planet that has sustained us for so long.

Otherwise, what will become of… Our Living World?

“We are at a unique stage in our history. Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about that. Surely we all have a responsibility to care for our Blue Planet. The future of humanity and indeed, all life on earth, now depends on us.”

 - Sir David Attenborough