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Jan 24

Book Notes 1/24/2022

Posted on January 24, 2022 at 2:16 PM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

1/24/2022


Curious about your family history? Stop in for a Minnkota Genealogical Society Meeting! They meet the first Thursday of the month at 6 pm at the library.


Until Proven Safe by Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley

The History and Future of Quarantine // Manaugh and Twilly track the history and future of quarantine around the globe. It is a story of emergency isolation, but they also guide us through a nuclear-waste isolation facility beneath the New Mexican desert; plants stricken with a disease that threatens the world's wheat supply; and a meeting with NASA's Planetary Protection Officer, tasked with saving Earth from extraterrestrial infections.

614.46 MANAUGH


Becoming: Adapted for young readers by Michelle Obama

How Covid Shook the World's Economy // In this adaptation of her autobiography for younger readers, Michelle Obama presents an account of her life, and, in telling of her own personal evolution, stresses the need for people to realize that no one is perfect, that the process of "becoming" is what really matters.

973.932 OBAMA


The First Shots by Brendan Borrell

The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine // This book draws on exclusive, high-level access to weave together the intense vaccine-race conflicts among hard-driving, heroic scientists and the epic rivalries among Washington power players that shaped 18 months of fear, resolve, and triumph.

615.372 BORRELL


The Plague Year by Lawrence Wright

America in the Time of Covid //Beginning with the absolutely critical first moments of the outbreak in China, and ending with an epilogue on the vaccine rollout and the unprecedented events between the election of Joseph Biden and his inauguration, this book surges forward with essential information--and fascinating historical parallels--examining the medical, economic, political, and social ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

614.5 WRIGHT


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Jan 21

Reading Out Loud by Linnea Benton

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: 

The Enchanted Hour

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)


How to Tell Stories to Children

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


Bringing Up Bookmonsters

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


Jan 18

Book Notes 1/17/2022

Posted on January 18, 2022 at 2:43 PM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

1/17/2022


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.

616.079 DETTMER


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.

332.042 TOOZE


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.

614.592 GUPTA


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.

612.17 SCHUTT


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