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Dec 06

Book Notes 12/5/2022

Posted on December 6, 2022 at 9:25 AM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

12/5/2022


Take a break from the hubbub of winter with an evening of fun indoor activities at the Campbell Library! License to Chill: Thursday, December 8 from 4pm-7pm. More information...


Before Austen Comes Aesop by Cheri Blomquist

The Children's Great Books and How to Experience Them // An in-depth examination of the Children's Great Books--the literature that has made the most profound impact on the lives of children throughout Western history. In addition to its invaluable chronological list of titles, from ancient times to the present, the book provides both students and their parents the guidance they need to read leisurely or study formally the Children's Great Books at home.

809.89282 BLOMQUIST


A Death in Door County  by Annelise Ryan

A Wisconsin bookstore owner and cryptozoologist is asked to investigate a series of deaths that just might be proof of a fabled lake monster in this first installment of a new mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Annelise Ryan.

Mystery RYAN Monster v.1


American Midnight  edited by Adam Hochschild

The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis // A character-driven look at a pivotal period in American history, 1917-1920: the tumultuous home front during WWI and its aftermath, when violence broke out across the country thanks to the first Red Scare, labor strife, and immigration battles.

MH 973.91 HOCHSCHILD


I'm the Girl  by Laurie Cass

When sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis finds the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James outside the gates of an exclusive resort, she teams up with Ashley's older sister Nora to find the killer.

Young Adult SUMMERS


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!

Dec 02

From Nashville to the Kensington Stone: A Look Back at EGF History by Andrea Lorenz

Posted on December 2, 2022 at 10:37 AM by Genesis Gaule

Did you know that East Grand Forks was originally known as Nashville? It was named this after William C. Nash, fur trader and government mail carrier between Abercrombie and Pembina, in 1874. Nash was born in Pennsylvania, but came to the area in 1863. He built the first house (of a White man) at the fork of the Red and Red Lake Rivers, waiting for the flood of settlers he was sure was coming to buy land.* 

Before this, the land was inhabited by the Ojibwe people, who freely ranged across the areas that would become Manitoba, Minnesota, and North Dakota. In October of 1863, they signed the Treaty of Old Crossing under duress, ceding 11 million acres of Ojibwe domain to the United States Government.

Drawn map of Red River Valley (Lisbon, ND to Roseau, MN) featuring Old Crossing Treaty boundaries

Before the Ojibwe were established, there’s disputed evidence that a group of Norsemen visited the area in 1362. Three miles from Kensington, MN, Farmer Olaf Ohman and his two young sons found a nearly 200 pound stone inscribed with what appeared to be runic characters stating:

“8 Goths and 22 Norwegians on a journey of discovery from Vinland westward. We had a camp by 2 rocky islets one day’s journey north from this stone. We were out fishing one day. When we returned home we found 10 men red with blood and dead. AVM save us from evil. Have 10 men by the sea to look after our vessel 14 days’ journey from this island. Year 1362.” 

A photograph of the Kensington Stone

Supposedly at the command of Magnus Erickson, ruler of Norway and Sweden, a band of Vikings traveled across Hudson’s Bay, up the Nelson River, across Lake Winnipeg and then entering the Red River of the North until navigation became impractical (around where East Grand Forks now sits). After a march overland, 10 of the party were killed; the survivors then carved the stone, buried it and moved on to parts unknown.**

* The name was officially changed to East Grand Forks in 1883.

** Modern scholars believe the Kensington Stone to be a forgery, likely carved by immigrant farmers with expertise in stone cutting and the runic alphabet – a hoax created for entertainment during the long Minnesota winters.

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Nov 29

Book Notes 11/28/2022

Posted on November 29, 2022 at 10:29 AM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

11/28/2022


Join us for Music & Movement, Wednesdays @ 10am! For children ages 0-5 (and their grown-ups too!) More information...


Papyrus by Irene Vallejo

The Invention of Books in the Ancient World // In this sweeping tour of the history of books, the wonder of the ancient world comes alive and, along the way, we discover the singular power of the written word.

002.09 VALLEJO MOREU


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Young Adult BRACKEN Passenger v.1


The Escape Artist edited by Jonathan Freedland

The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World // This is the story of a brilliant yet troubled man--a gifted "escape artist" who even as a teenager understand that the difference between truth and lies can be the difference between life and death, a man who deserves to take his place alongside Anne Frank, Oskar Schindler and Primo Levi as one of the handful of individuals whose stories define our understanding of the Holocaust.

MH 940.531 FREEDLAND


Gone with the Whisker by Laurie Cass

A Bookmobile Cat Mystery // Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, have spent a busy day on the bookmobile, delivering good cheer and great reads to even the library's most far-flung patrons. But Minnie is still up for the nighttime festivities, eager to show off her little town to her visiting niece, Katrina. But then, during the grand finale of the fireworks display, Katrina discovers a body.

Mystery CASS Bookmobile v.8 LP


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!