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Oct 16

Spooky Season Reading Recommendations by Andrea Lorenz

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on October 16, 2020 at 3:10 PM by Genesis Gaule

Even though I am a huge wimp, I still love to dip my toe into horror stories this time of year. There’s something about the fall -- the skeletal trees, the gusts of wind rustling leaves on the ground, the chill in the air -- that draws me to the spooky. Lucky for me, and for you, we’ve got a wide range of horror – titles for those who want the mildest of scares all the way up to hardcore scary gore-core. If you’re looking to dip your toe in too here are a few titles that are my Goldilocks level of horror (not too tame, not too scary, just right).

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

(Science Fiction WENDIG) Chuck Wendig weaves a tale that is oh-so-prescient in Wanderers. A young girl gets out of bed one morning and starts walking. She doesn’t talk or respond, just walks. And soon others join her. A flock of sleepwalkers begins a cross-country journey, no stops for food or rest, just a relentless push forward. They’re protected by “shepherds” – family and friends who follow the flock, determined to find out what’s wrong, determined to protect them. For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it.

The Outsider by Stephen King

(Mystery KING | eAudiobook) When Flint City’s beloved Little League Coach, Terry Maitland is implicated in a gruesome crime, the whole city reels. Terry Maitland, the English teacher, a murderer? No one can believe it. Though Maitland has an alibi, Detective Ralph Anderson orders a quick arrest – he has Terry’s DNA all over the scene. As the investigation expands and evidence proving Maitland’s alibi surfaces, more questions than answers emerge. How can one person be in the same place at the same time? I was drawn to The Outsider by its description of a confounding murder investigation, but I stuck with it as it twisted into a search for a supernatural predator. (And Holly Gibney – you’ll want to meet Holly Gibney!)

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

(eBook) If you like a little humor with your horror, check out the Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix. When a mysterious and handsome stranger moves into Patricia Campbell’s quiet neighborhood in Charleston, she’s intrigued. The only other exciting thing in Patricia’s life is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true crime and suspenseful fiction. But when some local children go missing, Patricia begins to suspect that the newcomer might be involved. She begins her own investigation and uncovers something much more horrifying than she had anticipated.

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Aug 28

Keeping Track of What You Read by Andrea Lorenz

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 28, 2020 at 11:55 AM by Genesis Gaule

I read A LOT. I read science fiction and fantasy novels, true crime, historical fiction, graphic novels and picture books. So many picture books. In any given year, I will read between seventy and one hundred and fifty books. Because part of my job is to recommend books to you, it’s important for me to keep track of what I read. There are lots of different ways to do this and today I’m going to highlight my favorites.


I would be lost without Goodreads. It’s primarily how I keep track of what I want to read, what I’m currently reading, and what I’ve already read. When you’ve created your Goodreads account and profile (it is free to create a Goodreads account), you can then start curating the books you’ve read or want to read.

The way you keep track of books on Goodreads is by shelf. You start with some default shelves - read, currently read, and to read – but can add an infinite number of shelves. I have shelves for each year, different genres, even books I own vs books I borrowed from the library. That isn’t all that Goodreads is good for. You can write reviews and give star ratings to books you’ve read, read others’ reviews, join discussion boards, and enter book giveaways. Goodreads has an app and a website and I like that I can access it on the go (especially if I’m in a bookstore or the library and want to look back on what I’ve shelved as “to read”)

screenshot of my account in library catalog
History and Lists in the Library Catalog

To turn the History feature on,
you need to log in to your library account in our catalog using your library card number and password. (Don’t remember your password?Give us a call and we can reset it in a jiffy!)

  • Click on My Account in the upper right hand corner, then click on Account Preferences.

  • In Account Preferences, click on Search and History Preferences.

  • Click on the checkbox next to Keep history of checked out items? and all the items you check out after that will be kept in your account!

Now you can see your list under Items Checked Out and Check Out History tabs.

If you are browsing the library catalog and see a book that you want to read but are already in the middle of five, you can add it to a list. You can create a list from My Lists or directly from the catalog.

  • When you’re logged in, you will get a button next to the title of a book that says Add to my list.

  • From there you can create a new list or add it to one you’ve already created.

I have lists for Possible Storytime Books, Picture Book Biographies, and Nonfiction I Want To Read Eventually.

photograph of handwritten book log book
Pen and Paper

There’s nothing like good, old fashioned pen and paper too. I’ve kept several lists of books I’ve already read and books I want to read throughout the years. My mom even bought me a notebook for this that had space for titles, authors and even a review!Some library patrons will write their initials on the date due sticker at the back of the book, letting them easily flip to the back to see if they’ve read that one or not. (We’re cool with this – we still put the date due stickers in the back of books specifically for this reason).

Whatever way you decide to it, keeping track of the books you read is a great way to supplement your memory. If you want any more insight or help with any of these methods I’ve mentioned, let us know at the library!We’re happy to help fellow book lovers!

Jul 10

Day in the Life of a Librarian by Andrea Lorenz

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 10, 2020 at 1:59 PM by Genesis Gaule

I can’t tell you how many times after revealing my profession I’ve been met with, “I’d love to be a librarian and read all day!” I usually chuckle and reply with “I wish I had time to read all day too!” There’s so much more to librarianship than reading (and, trust me, there would be a whole lot more of us if we COULD read all day).

So let me break it down for you and give you a glimpse into a day in the life of a librarian (Pre-CoVid-19).

7:45 am: Let yourself into the building. Turn on the tea kettle or coffee pot on the way to your desk.

7:55 am: Grab the newspapers, power on the computers, pull out all the books that have fallen into the book drop overnight to check in.

8:00 am: Check in the books and put them away along with the newspapers.

8:30 am: Check any voicemails that came in overnight and reply to ALL the email!

9:00 am: Grab the keys (and sometimes a buddy) and unlock the doors of the library! Let the people in!

9:00 am-9:45 am: Greet people who enter the building, sign them up for a computer, check in books they’ve returned and check out new books for them, oh and answer the phone!

9:45 am: Take a deep breath, down the rest of the coffee or tea, and prepare for storytime.

10:00 am: Greet every little patron by name and tell them “It’s STORYTIME!” in the happiest sing-songiest voice possible.

10:05 am: Begin storytime (after talking about new shoes, new owies, naughty things younger siblings did, and embarrassing tales that no parent ever wants to hear their child repeat – They are all in confidence, grown-ups. I won’t tell!). Read stories about ninjas or monsters, bugs or ducks or even pirates. Sing songs and dance along with 15-20 toddlers and preschoolers. Pass out the storytime craft and give step-by-step instructions and then sit back and admire all of the beautiful and unique crafts that have been produced.

10:40 am: Put away all the storytime and craft supplies.

10:45 am: Refill the coffee or tea!

11:00 am: Help check out all the books for all the storytime parents and children. Find some good read-aloud books for family time. Reach that movie on the top top shelf!

12:00 pm: LUNCH TIME! This is when you get some reading in – usually while you’re eating, but don’t spill mayo on that library book!

1:00 pm: Bounce back into the library. If it’s cold, refill the coffee or tea! If it’s hot, bring that iced coffee or tea back with you!

Hyperbolic character drawing of a person holding a broom yelling Do All the Things!

1:15 pm: Help put away all the books that everyone has brought back throughout the day. This is when you get all your steps in, walking all the way from the Easy section to Military History and back.

1:30 pm: You are approached by a library patron. They need help printing a form! Stand by their computer and help them adjust the printer settings so they can print. Walk up to the front desk with them and get their prints.

1:40 pm: Try to remember what you were doing before you started helping…….Oh shelving! Where did you put those books?

1:45 pm: Find the books and finish shelving them. Reshelve some books that were set on the ends of a shelf or are wildly out of place. Babar the Elephant definitely doesn’t belong next to the tank books.

2:15 pm: Thank your colleague for answering the phone the whole time you’ve been shelving.

2:30 pm: Work on that grant that will help fund library programs. Email potential artists, authors, and musicians to get quotes for a visit or performance. Make a budget in Excel using formulas. Write a good rationale for why the library needs grant money even though it seems obvious to you – the library is awesome, of course we deserve all the money.

3:30 pm: Take a break. Maybe squeeze a few minutes of reading in here. Or just have a snack.

3:45 pm: Set up for RALF. Talk to every teen and tween in the library and remind them that we’ll be playing board games in the large meeting room in 15 minutes and the snack this week is cheesy popcorn.

4:00 pm: Feed teens and tweens cheesy popcorn and remind them not to spill it on the floor (even though they will every time). Play UNO and Pandemic and Sushi Go with them and try to keep them relatively quiet (even though honestly you’re probably the loudest one there). Tell them about great books they should read.

4:50 pm: Remind the teens and tweens about the next RALF meeting. Vacuum up all the popcorn that got spilled on the floor. Clean up the board games and put them away.

4:57 pm: Check your email one more time. Turn off your computer. Try to clean your desk a little.

5:00 pm: Pack up your stuff and head home carrying more books than you came in with. When did you have time to check out books for yourself?!