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Posted on January 21, 2022 at 1:03 PM by Genesis Gaule
Welcome! I am so glad you are here! Now, please, pull up a chair and let me tell you a story…
“Once upon a time…”“In the beginning…”“It was a dark and stormy night…”“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
Spark any memories? That last line? That’s one of my favorite beginnings. It goes back to bedtimes past, and sitting on my papa’s lap as he rocked and read to me. Later, it became one of the first lines I remember reading out loud myself. It became a fixture throughout the years as first one, then another sister joined the family and our reading circle grew. Even now, that line starts one of my favorite stories to share with my sons.
Stories are the cornerstone of humanity. They shape us and our understanding of the world around us. Sharing stories builds connections; between people, between places, and across time. Before the written word came in these wonderfully portable packages, storytellers brought information and entertainment to the people in cultures around the world.
Today, a book, a shared space, and a few minutes can go a long way. Research has shown that reading aloud, especially to young children, is one of our most powerful tools in building language and literacy skills, increasing attention spans, and strengthening relationships. It doesn’t even have to be limited to parents and children, or even just between humans! Adults can read out loud to themselves or each other and still benefit in many of the same ways. Recent studies reveal cognitive benefits of shared reading among dementia patients. Animal rescue organizations like the ASPCA have used reading aloud to help relax and build bonds with rescued animals. And, to bring us full circle, therapy animals are often used to build confidence and reading skills among children in schools and libraries.
Speaking of libraries…did you know that we have over 35,000 books available here at EGF Campbell Library? SO MANY STORIES!
And if you want to read more about storytelling and reading out loud, we even have a few books to help you out:
by Meghan Cox Gurdon
The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction // Discover the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits of reading together with scientific research, practical tips, and reading recommendations. // Nonfiction // Coming soon to our shelves (also available in e-book and e-audiobook)
by Silke Rode West & Joseph Sarosy
Early childhood educators show you how to become an expert storyteller and strengthen your relationship with your child with this surprisingly simple method. // Nonfiction // 372.677 WEST 2021
by Amber Ankowski, PhD & Andy Ankowski
The Joyful Way to Turn Your Child into a Fearless, Ravenous Reader // The no-stress, ferociously fun way to raise a kid who loves to read—complete with reading recommendations and activities to inspire. // Nonfiction // 372.4 ANKOWSKI 2021
Tag(s): storytelling, recommendations, reading, parenting, nonfiction, Linnea Benton, article
Posted on January 18, 2022 at 2:43 PM by Genesis Gaule
Psst! Do you have a kid in grades K-5? Send them to our Spy School on Tuesday, February 1 @ 5 pm to learn about code breaking, invisible ink, stealth training and more! More information
Immune by Philipp Dettmer
A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive // Touching on our body's defenses, the types of adversaries we face (including a chapter on the coronavirus), and the grave consequences of immune malfunction, this book is a vital crash course in what is arguably, and increasingly, the most important system in the body.
Shutdown by Adam Tooze
How Covid Shook the World's Economy // By focusing on finance and business, Tooze sets the pandemic story in a frame that casts a sobering new light on how unprepared the world was to fight the crisis, and how deep the ruptures in our way of living and doing business are. The virus has attacked the economy with as much ferocity as it has our health, and there is no vaccine arriving to address that. Tooze's special gift is to show how social organization, political interests, and economic policy interact with devastating human consequences, from your local hospital to the World Bank.
World War C by Sanjay Gupta, MN and Kristin Loberg
Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic and How to Prepare for the Next One // As the doctor who's been holding America's hand through the crisis with compassion, clarity, and well-earned wisdom, Dr. Sanjay Gupta gives you the unvarnished story behind the pandemic, including insights about the novel virus's behavior, and offers practical tools to ready ourselves for what lies ahead.
Pump by Bill Schutt
A Natural History of the Heart // Zoologist Bill Schutt delivers a look at hearts from across the animal kingdom, from insects to whales to humans. Illustrated with black-and-white line drawings.
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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Tag(s): zoology, US economy, science, politics, pandemic, health and wellness, finance, economics, diseases, covid-19, business, book notes, animals, anatomy
Posted on January 10, 2022 at 11:50 AM by Genesis Gaule
Our January Book Club pick is Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. Check it out and then join us on Tuesday, January 25 at 6 pm to discuss. More information
Cabin Tripping by JJ Eggers
Where to Go to Get Away from It All // Whether readers are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or a quiet retreat, a cozy night around a fire pit or a summery lakefront sojourn, this book delivers. Divided into six Chapters-Forest, Tropics, Mountain, Arctic, Water, and Desert-the book features a curated collection of over 80 of the most incredible cabins available to rent all over the globe. Each cabin profile includes information on how to get there, activities to enjoy in the area (hiking trails, fishing holes, thermal spas, and more), and tips like when to plan your visit to maximize your "leaf-peeping" or whale-watching opportunities".
Relics by Jamie Grove and Max Grove
A History of the World Told in 133 Objects // The Mini Museum is a collection of treasures gathered from across space and time shared by tens of thousands of people in more than 120 countries. Each item in the collection is a story connected to a childhood dream of sharing all the wonders the universe has to offer while bringing all of us closer together. In this book, the Mini Museum team shares the stories of real objects that have shaped our very existence across billions of years of history.
NPR's Podcast Start Up Guide by Glen Weldon
Create, Launch, and Grow a Podcast on Any Budget // From NPR comes the definitive guide to podcasting, featuring step-by-step advice on how to find a unique topic, tell the best stories, and engage the most listeners, as well as the secrets that will take a podcast to the next level.
Design a Healthy Home by Oliver Heath
100 ways to transform your space for physical and mental wellbeing // This illustrated guide to detoxifying a home includes one hundred ideas to support health and well-being in kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, and workspaces that are affordable, stylish, and easy to implement.
Tag(s): travel, technology, podcasts, nonfiction, nature, media, how-tos, hotels, homemaking, home design, history, heath and wellness, camping, book notes, architecture, archeology