May 22

Take the Time on Memorial Day Weekend by Charlotte Helgeson

Posted on May 22, 2020 at 1:10 PM by Angela Salgado

We often miss the mark over Memorial Day Weekend by not remembering why we celebrate and hold special services during this weekend.  A day for honoring Americans who lost their lives while protecting our country started just after the Civil War.  A time when our country needed great healing.  

Gathering together has often given us the strength and hope needed to continue forward and thrive.  For now, our big celebrations are put on hold.  Staying home more may give us the time to read or watch a movie about some of these soldiers.  We can take the time to think about the effort put forward to keep our lives and families safe.

The East Grand Forks Campbell Library has a wonderful Military History Section named after a dedicated civil servant and vet, Henry Tweten.  He is one of the many who can relate to stories told about World War II and share his with others.  With fewer places to gather, we can still hear or read some of these great stories in the safety of our own homes.

Some of my suggestions from our great Military History Section are:

Hymns of the Republic:  the story of the final year of the American Civil War by S.C. Gwynne

The American Expeditionary Forces in the Great War by Maartin Otte

Or perhaps, this is the time to watch a DVD from our Military History Section.  Such as, Great Battles of World War II or The History Channel Ultimate Collections.

We also have many Junior reads about our military history.  I particularly enjoyed, I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 and I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 both by Lauren Tarshis.   

These materials can inspire questions for grandparents or help a family remember a story that has never been shared before.  

Take a little time this Memorial Day to think about the many brave and hardworking Americans that have kept us safe in our past and keep us safe today.  

May 19

E-Book Notes 5/18/2020

Posted on May 19, 2020 at 11:27 AM by Angela Salgado

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Week of 5/18/2020

These are all e-books. Click on the book title to view the book in our Overdrive catalog. Email or call us if you need help accessing them, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power
Power’s outlines her American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official. In 2005, her critiques of US foreign policy caught the eye of Senator Barack Obama who eventually named Power US Ambassador to the United Nations, the youngest American to assume the role.

Lost Connections by Johann Hari
What really causes depression and anxiety—and how can we solve them? Hari, who’s suffered from depression since he was a child, travels around to world discovering that everything we’ve been told about depression is wrong.

The Chocolate Maker’s Wife by Karen Brooks
Rosamund Tomkins, the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman, spends most of her life in a drudgery at a country inn . . . until the day she is nearly run over by the coach of Sir Everard Blithman and offered an “opportunity like no other.”

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
When seventy-year-old Charlotte wins the Become a Jetsetter contest and reunites her estranged children—Lee, an almost famous actress; Cord who can’t seem to find a partner; and Regan, a harried mother who took it all wrong when Charlotte bought her a Weight Watchers gift certificate for her birthday—they’re forced to confront what drove them all apart.

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May 15

Read For Fun, Or Read To Learn? by Angela Salgado

Posted on May 15, 2020 at 10:46 AM by Angela Salgado

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This question comes up a lot, in one form or another, at Campbell Library. Sometimes it’s a discussion between staff members, who like any group of coworkers have very diverse tastes in books. Sometimes it’s a patron, who seems a little embarrassed that they generally only read a certain type of book and don't branch out from their comfort zone often. It can be a sensitive subject but I am here to say, it’s alright to read whatever it is that brings you joy and fulfills your purpose for reading!

However, there’s definitely advantages to both reading for fun and reading to learn. Here’s the balance I have struck in my own reading habits. The time I do my most reading is right before bed at night. By then, I’m pretty tired and have no interest in working through something really difficult that’s going to require a lot of thought. So I mostly stick to novels that are engaging (but not so thrilling that I won’t put the book down and go to sleep). A few of my recent favorites that the library owns in e-book format include The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout, Long Bright River by Liz Moore, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

On the other hand, first thing in the morning while I am running or driving, I find that I have the mental energy to learn something new and that is when I engage in rereading the classics, and listening to nonfiction titles in audiobook format. I find that this is an especially great time to listen to memoirs, because they are often read by the author which makes them extra interesting! My recommendations from our catalog would include Open Book by Jessica Simpson, Becoming by Michelle Obama, and Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick.  

Although of the two, I treasure my late night bestseller reading time more, I find the time I spend listening to nonfiction or classics in the morning to be so valuable. It absolutely broadens my horizons, helps me to see the world from new perspectives, teaches me new information about our modern world, and gives me a foundation of knowledge about the past. If I didn’t commit that time to nonfiction books, I’d be missing out!

But going back to where we started...this is a deeply personal topic and there is no wrong answer! Read what brings you joy, when it works for you. And know that the staff at Campbell Library is there to help you find that right next book to dive into, and that we too don’t always read what we “should” but rather read what we enjoy and what fulfills our purposes for that time and space in our lives. Happy reading!