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Aug 26

Dog Man? AGAIN? by Andrea Lorenz

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 26, 2022 at 10:47 AM by Genesis Gaule

Dogman comic pages

It is absolutely and completely fine that your child wants to check out Dog Man: Fetch 22 for the nine millionth time. Lots of kids re-read and for lots of different reasons.

We re-read in order to learn

The human brain is not wired for reading. It’s wired for spoken language. When we learn how to read, we are connecting the spoken sounds of language to written letters. When kids first start to read, much of their effort and attention is focused on decoding – connecting letters to sounds and then mushing those sounds all together to form a word! Beginning readers can accurately decode a text, read the words on the page, but they might not be connecting those words with what the sentence actually says. Re-reading can help your child become a more fluent reader – someone who can decode words and comprehend them at the same time.

In Donalyn Miller’s book The Book Whisperer, she says “My most treasured books have been read many times by me and each time I discover something different. Books are multilayered; one reading is not enough.” We base our understanding of books on our background knowledge – when we have a broader vocabulary, more life experience, certain books—even certain words – will mean something different to us.

We re-read for comfort and enjoyment

The Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report found that 41% of kids struggle with finding books they like as they get older. They know what to expect with Dog Man. They know the jokes (and probably think they’re funny), the characters are familiar, the plot is just right. Re-reading Dog Man is like eating your favorite meal. You know what you’re getting and you know you like it. 

If your child is re-reading Brawl of the Wild for the fourth or fifth time, they’re still reading! They’ll glean something new from each re-read, be it new vocabulary, fluency, or just confidence in their reading ability.

Beyond Their Favorite Meal

Just as we know we can’t eat our favorite meal every single day and get all the nutrition that we need, re-reading Dog Man will only take us so far on our reading journey. When your child is ready to branch out, here are some options that should appeal to Dog Man fans.

Catwad: It’s Me

by Jim Benton

Catwad is about two cats, one blue grump named Catwad, and one dim-witted orange tabby named Blurmp. Catwad has the same goofy humor and lively illustrations as Dog Man. // Junior Graphic Novel

The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza

by Mac Barnett & Shawn Harris

Oh no! Rats are eating the moon! The only one who can save all of humanity is……a bioengineered cat who will be jettisoned into space accompanied by a toenail clipping robot and the imperious Moon Queen. Animal science experiments who save the day? JUST LIKE DOG MAN! // Junior Graphic Novel

Lunch Lady

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

What do your lunch ladies do when they’re not doling out your daily helping of mystery meat? This one serves up JUSTICE! An unlikely hero kicking all kinds of bad guy butt should have a special place in the hearts of Dog Man fans. // Junior Graphic Novel

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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.