Blog module icon

Displaying all posts tagged with:

'Andrea Lorenz'

May 20

Summer Reading by Andrea Lorenz

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on May 20, 2022 at 12:48 PM by Genesis Gaule

It is almost my favorite time of year: SUMMER READING PROGRAM SEASON!

You may be thinking, Summer Reading? What’s that all about? I read all year round. What’s so special about summer?

For Summer Reading Program, we invite children, teens, and adults to come to the library, participate in engaging, hands-on activities, and celebrate their reading!

Summer Reading Program 2022For kids who have completed grades kindergarten through 5th grade, there’s our traditional Summer Reading Program

Kids track the number of minutes they read and can receive weekly prizes. They’re also invited to come to a weekly activity where we experiment, learn and create! This year we’ll be sending rockets in the atmosphere, making paper sculptures, learning about plants and mammals of Minnesota and more! 

You can register your child for Summer Reading Program online or at pick up a form at the circulation desk.

RALF: Random Awesome Library FunFor teens and tweens (kids who have completed grades 6-12), we have RALF. RALF stands for Random, Awesome, Library Fun! Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch and we’ll eat and play games, make crafts, and generally have a good time.

We’ll be meeting over the noon hour on Fridays in June and July. No registration required!

lazy riverFor us grown-ups, there’s the Lazy River Challenge where community members will compete with staff to get their innertube down the lazy river first. 

Pick up a reading tracker at the front desk in June and start tracking the number of minutes read (and the titles – we’ll be posting those throughout the challenge). Bring your tracker in whenever you’re at the library and we’ll stamp it and add your minutes and move your innertube down the lazy river. 

Can you out-read library staff? I’m not sure…

The best part of all of this? It’s FREE! Absolutely completely free. Check out the library’s website for more information, email Andrea at or call (218) 773-9121.

Mar 03

Unconventional Mysteries: When You Want Something A Little Bit Different by Andrea Lorenz

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on March 3, 2022 at 4:47 PM by Genesis Gaule

I LOVE mysteries. I was practically raised on them. I started with Aunt Eater Solves a Mystery and Nate the Great then went from Encyclopedia Brown to Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, and then straight to the loving embrace of Agatha Christie.

I do still love to have Miss Marple and Poirot as my detective companions, these days, I am often on the lookout for something a little different. So, in no particular order, here are a few unconventional mysteries I’ve enjoyed lately.

All Systems Red

The Murderbot Diaries #1
by Martha Wells

SCIENCE FICTION // All Systems Red is the first in a series of novellas by Martha Wells starring…..Murderbot, a self-named security android with a hacked governor unit. You might think that this would be a gory, violent redemption of robots story, but you’d be wrong. Murderbot just wants to be left alone to watch his shows, but the human scientists he’s been hired to protect keep getting almost killed, Murderbot knows they’ve been set up. Each Murderbot novella features Murderbot begrudgingly solving a mystery to save his human companions.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Flavia de Luce #1
by Alan Bradley

MYSTERY // Also in e-book // Alan Bradley’s mysteries feature the aspiring young chemist with a penchant for poisons, Flavia de Luce. Flavia lives in Buckshaw, a once grand mansion, with her father, two sisters, and a few servants. When she finds a dead body in the cucumber patch, rather than been frightened, Flavia perks up and begins investigating: “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”

Magic for Liars

by Sarah Gailey

SCIENCE FICTION // Imagine the Harry Potter mashed up with Sam Spade, and you’d come close to the feel of Magic For Liars. Ivy Gamble is happy with her life. She lives alone and works, mostly successfully, as a private investigator, but trouble comes calling in the form of her estranged sister: a magically gifted professor at a school for magical children. One of the faculty members of Osthorne Academy for Young Mages has been gruesomely murdered and Ivy, who has knowledge of the magical world AND solving mysteries, is the only one fit for the case.

Honorable Mentions

  1. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
    A police detective investigates a murder as the world is ending.
  2. The Verifiers by Jane Pek
    FICTION // A client of a private investigation company that investigates if your dating app match is lying to you is murdered.
  3. The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur
    E-audiobook only // A girl poses as a man to investigate the mysterious disappearance of young girls on the island of Jeju, set in 15th century Korea.
  4. Powers by Brian Michael Bendis
    GRAPHIC NOVEL // A graphic novel series about cops investigating the murders of superheroes.
Nov 18

Great First Lines by Andrea Lorenz

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 18, 2021 at 4:11 PM by Genesis Gaule

“First sentences are doors to worlds.” –Ursula K. Le Guin

One of my favorite things to do is crack open a book that I’m interested in and see if the first line really catches me. I love opening a book, scanning those first few words, and being immediately hooked. I mean, who doesn’t have questions after reading: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”1 Thirteen?! 

I love first lines that are mysterious, lines that spark the imagination like: “If I die, it will be in the most glorious place that nobody has ever seen.”2

Good first lines can introduce you to new characters, strange and bewildering: “All children, except one, must grow up”3 or characters, clever and humorous: “For the better part of my childhood, my professional aspirations were simple—I wanted to be an intergalactic princess.”4

Sometimes they frighten the pants off of you: “I believe just about anyone can kill in the right circumstances, given enough motivation. The question is, am I there yet? I think I must be,”5 or “The overseers had taken all the carcasses, at least.”6

I especially love first lines that riff on other famous first lines: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”7

The first line can make or break your interest in a story. My personal favorite? “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.”8

Books Referenced In Order:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver by Jill Heinerth
    796.525 HEINERTH
  3. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
    Easy BARRIE // Also in e-book, e-audiobook, and CD audiobook
  4. Seven Up by Janet Evanovich
    Mystery EVANOVICH
  5. Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
    Mystery BOLTON
  6. Nophek Gloss by Essa Hansen
    Science Fiction HANSEN
  7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
  8. The Princess Bride by William Goldman