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Aug 07

Quarantine with My Neighbors by Michelle Flaws

Posted on August 7, 2020 at 1:49 PM by Genesis Gaule

Picture collage of Sherlock Holmes, Chi's Sweet Home, Winnie-the-Pooh, and Luke Skywalker

Enter the spring of 2020 and because of COVID-19 I found myself working from home, stressed and unable to sleep. I thought that perhaps this would be the best time to finally tackle all of those challenging classics that I’ve been meaning to read someday. There I was perfectly nestled in a blanket, two am in the morning -the most serene time in the night to read, when my neighbors upstairs decided that this would be a good time to vacuum the living room.

Across the hall from me the family’s young children decide that they want to play dodge ball against their front door. I will applaud their effort and enthusiasm, they will always be picked first when they begin school. The worst offender lives downstairs and he is an avid gamer. I have not been able to decipher which video game he plays but he loses regularly and goes on such vulgar and descriptive rants that sailors would make him an honorary member. If his losing streak continues, the angrier he gets the higher his falsetto which sometimes throws me into a giggling fit.

I tried to concentrate on my novel but finally decided to go to bed and turn on both my fan and sleep machine to drown out the neighbors. I’m sure you're thinking, “well that’s just the cost of having such close proximity with neighbors” and you are right ! I sacrifice privacy and noise control for affordable housing at this moment in my life, but what if I could pick my neighbors? Who would I choose? What about literary characters?!

Obviously while I love hobbits, I would have to put in a revolving door for all the communal meals and constant visits. Wizards would cause way too much disruption in the building for a muggle like me. Dracula would be such an interesting person to visit with since he’s lived through so many centuries but his lack of restraint would be dangerous to all of the tenants. Those musically inclined might not be the best fit-because their genius doesn’t abide by a regular schedule and I need sleep-sorry Phantom.

On the basement floor would live all of my animal neighbors--Winnie the Pooh and friends, Chi and the Yamada family, griffins, and Pokémon.

The second floor would be for all my neighbors who worked in the criminal justice sector-Patrick Kenzie is a P.I., Clarice Sterling works for the FBI and Sherlock only takes the most interesting cases.

The third floor would house the neighbors who required the most privacy-I would constantly want to be making excuses to “borrow a cup of sugar”. Obi-Wan and Luke Skywalker share a two bedroom apartment.

The apartments available would not be big enough for the Traveller’s time machine but I hear he rents a super secret storage unit for it anyway.

So while I figure out a way to either make an apartment living more zen or finally move out, I’ll continue to imagine what it would be like to have my choice of ideal book character neighbors!

Aug 04

Book Notes 8/3/2020

Posted on August 4, 2020 at 3:37 PM by Genesis Gaule

Open books and the words book notes

8/3/2020


These books are physical copies and can be checked out through our Front Door Pick Up Service or by scheduling an appointment to browse in the library.


A Gift From Darkness by Andrea Claudia Hoffmann

Patience Ibrahim’s excitement about her pregnancy is short-lived because she is brutally abducted by Boko Haram. This powerful account of her story tells of her sheer determination to protect her baby and of their survival.

The Magical Language of Others by E. J. Koh

After living in America for over a decade, fifteen-year-old Eun Ji’s parents return to South Korea, leaving her and her brother abandoned. Eun Ji’s mother sends her letters over the years—letters Eun Ji can’t fully understand until years later as she grapples with her history and forgiveness.

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear

Halmey Dz and Connla Kurucz are salvage operators, piloting their space ship looking for relics of lost vessels. But then they make a shocking discovery about an alien species that was long thought dead.

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

When motherhood looms, Azalea “Knot” Centre realizes that her carefree freedom has come at a high price. Low on money and ostracized by her parents, Knot turns to her neighbor Otis Lee in search of some semblance of family and home.


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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Jul 31

Browsing the Stacks by Cody Rasmussen

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 12:09 PM by Genesis Gaule

Looking down the aisle between mystery and junior book shelves

What’s the first thing one does when they visit a new library? They start walking around looking at the different shelves.

Each library usually has its own system that they use to organize their books. I have seen this done in a variety of ways, whether it was by subject material, by the author, or even just by the title of the books themselves. For me it can be both amusing at times, or just downright confusing. Our library has sometimes confused our patrons as well, but there are some easy steps to figuring out the EGF Campbell Library.

Guide to the Library:
  1. One of the first things you need to know about this library, is that the books are first separated by the subject. We have Mystery, Junior, Adult Fiction, and even Military History sections. The sections are clearly labeled on the sides of the shelves, so I’ve found that they can easily be located.

  2. Authors are spread out around the library, so that is one thing that can mess someone up. It’s happened to myself quite a few times. One author that is spread out would be James Patterson, whose books are located anywhere from Junior to Nonfiction. In those cases where the author has written in a variety of genres, the best option would be to either go to a librarian and ask for assistance; or to simply look at the card catalog that is available to the public.

  3. We also have our Nonfiction and Easy Nonfiction sections. These are done using the Dewey Decimal System, and many of you probably have some experience with it.

  4. The library staff is always willing to help browse around with you as well. We all have different interests so we are able to give recommendations to many that would like to read a particular subject.

The last advice I would have for browsing the library is simple, just walk around and look at the shelves. You have no idea how many times I would just walk around and stumble across a book that seems to call to me. Just glancing at the shelves is enough to start you on your next great series.

Hope you all will enjoy browsing the stacks!