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Sep 10

Curious Canines! by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 10, 2021 at 9:17 AM by Genesis Gaule

coyote

"Now and then we hear the wilder voices of the wilderness, from animals that in the hours of darkness do not fear the neighborhood of man: the coyotes wail like dismal ventriloquists, or the silence may be broken by the snorting and stamping of a deer.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

How often have you heard the phrase “Man’s Best Friend?” How often have you been the one to actually say it? How many of us are even aware of the first time that phrase was actually used? Dogs have been a common feature of our lives for so long that they seem to be a staple of daily life. Walking down the street you will see various breeds of domesticated dogs. From German Shepherds to Chihuahuas, Siberian Huskies to Corgis. They are everywhere.

howling-wolf

Many have forgotten though that our modern day companions were not always so. Once upon a time they were some of the creatures that we often had to fear, that of a now extinct wolf. Many of the modern-day descendants find their closet cousin in the canine family is the modern grey wolf.

arctic-fox

The canine family, though, is full of various creatures besides the well known dogs and wolves. On the Australian continent there are the wild dogs themselves, the dingos. In Africa one can find an even greater variety ranging from the Jackal to the Hyena. There is also the endangered African wild dog that still roams the sub-Sahara. You can find the coyote in the regions of North America, and 12 different species of foxes all over the world in different climates.

golden-retriever-dog

Canines have been long held as a companion and guide to humankind for various reasons, from their sense of smell to their loyalty. Many of the achievements we have accomplished over the ages can be traced back to the aid we have received from these wonderful creatures. However we must always remember the roots of our companions, their ancestors: those wild canines.

“A man might befriend a wolf, even break a wolf, but no man could truly tame a wolf.”
-George R. R. Martin

Aug 06

Incoming Cryptids! by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 6, 2021 at 11:09 AM by Genesis Gaule

spooky woods at night with moon and mist

“I think the human mind isn’t comfortable with mysteries. We’re always looking for answers to the unexplained. And if an answer can’t come from facts, we’ll try to cobble one together from old stories.”
-- Max Brooks, Excerpt from Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre

In the forests...the skies...below the depths. Strange creatures have always been in the tales of humankind since the beginning of time. Creatures of enormous proportions, creatures with claws and wings, some that move without the fear of man, and those who race towards us with fire in their eyes. Many so-called “cryptids” keep us all intrigued.

loch-ness

Below the depths we hear tales of fantastical creatures that bear resemblance to ancient water-dwelling creatures, such as the world-renowned Loch Ness Monster and the infamous Kraken

Others reside in the skies, predicting misfortune and terrifying the local populations such as the Jersey Devil, the Mothman, and the Snallygaster.

statue of a mothman

However it is the land-based cryptids that are often some of the most recognizable around the world. The Chupacabra, a bizarre land creature that is said to feast on the blood of it’s livestock victims. 

But in truth the most well-known land cryptid would have to be the large bipedal primate-like creature: Bigfoot. Going by various names, it is said to be located on almost every continent. From the Yeti in the Himalayas to the Yeren in China. The Yowie in Australia to the bizarre Mapinguari of Brazil, that is said to be a giant cyclops with a mouth on its abdomen. The cryptid known as Sasquatch has been immortalized in the video and camera footage that have been “caught” over the decades.

bigfoot

Legends from all over the world tell of creatures that are beyond the scope of humans, they are believed to be something that can only come out of the imagination. Yet it is because of this simple fact...that cryptids are still one of the most interesting subjects that we have to this day.

“The inclination to believe in the fantastic may strike some as a failure in logic, or gullibility, but it’s really a gift. A world that might have Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster is clearly superior to one that definitely does not.”
-- Chris Van Allsburg, Caldecott and National Book Award-winning children's author and illustrator

Jun 25

Manga Mania! by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 25, 2021 at 10:31 AM by Genesis Gaule

Were you aware that the genre of manga has a very long history? In fact it is speculated that some of the earliest art stories that could be considered manga have connections with material found from the 6th and 7th centuries. The term manga was first used in the 1800’s by the renowned Japanese artist, Hokusai.

With interest growing, the manga selection in the library is following suit. There are many manga that are good for the first-timer or for seasoned readers. Some of our manga in the collection are…

Yotsuba&!

by Kiyohiko Azuma

If you would like something for the younger readers, this is the manga for you. Experience the life and interactions of five year old Yotsuba and her adoptive father as they move to a new town. With no set plotline each new chapter is a new adventure for Yotsuba and the reader themselves.

Dr. Stone

by Riichiro Inagaki

"One fateful day, all of humanity was petrified by a blinding flash of light. After several millennia, high schooler Taiju awakens and finds himself lost in a world of statues. However, he's not alone! His science-loving friend Senku's been up and running for a few months and he's got a grand plan in mind--to kick-start civilization with the power of science!"--Back cover of Volume 1.

Pokémon

by Hidenori Kusaka

Spanning decades, this series of books has captivated and changed generations of readers. Exploring new lands and meeting new people and Pokémon alike, it brings a sense of wonder and adventure to each new reader.

S.A.

by Maki Minami

A school with classes separated by grade rankings, A-F. Those in Class A are said to be the top students, but what of those who are top ranked in that class? They are referred to as the S.A, or Special A. Follow Hikari Hanazono and her fellow S.A. classmates as they deal with competition for grades, while their feelings grow as a result.