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Sep 18

Schoolbook Overload by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 18, 2020 at 1:54 PM by Genesis Gaule

You hear that bell ringing?  It means that school has started once again, and with it comes the required textbook readings.


I do not have to tell you how many times I have looked at a syllabus and stared at the required reading list just thinking, “Why, oh why, did I take this class.”  It’s probably the same, if not similar, for quite a few students out there.  Then when it comes down to it and you start reading them, you just start to get tired and find no enjoyment.  Don’t get me wrong, there have been some textbooks I have enjoyed reading.  However, the majority of them have been very long and dry.


Don’t let this deter you from enjoying reading though.  We all know that there are other books that we can read for fun.  You just need to know when to read them, while still maintaining that textbook reading schedule.  I have found a couple ways in which to do this.


Maintaining Fun Reading:

  1. One of the best times to read is of course right before you go to bed for the night.  Reading something that you enjoy will help you not only relax and de-stress, but it will also help to clear your thoughts for the evening.
  2. I have also found that reading right after you have your noon meal is a good time as well.  Instead of being on the phone or watching TV, reading at that point can be relaxing, it gives you time to digest and just relax the eyes.
  3. The final time is an interesting one.  If I can, I try and read something right after I finish with my homework for the day, whether it be actual work or reading a text from the required readings.  This is mainly because I try to get myself in a different mindset from when I am working on schoolwork, reading helps with that.

Reading is meant for a variety of reasons.  Whether it be for educational purposes, for informative purposes, or for fun.  Overload of schoolwork has been seen to cause many issues for students, and in order for these issues to not happen students need to have a way to decompress.  Finding time to read something enjoyable is what I try and do, maybe it can help you as well.


Jul 31

Browsing the Stacks by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 31, 2020 at 12:09 PM by Genesis Gaule

Looking down the aisle between mystery and junior book shelves

What’s the first thing one does when they visit a new library? They start walking around looking at the different shelves.

Each library usually has its own system that they use to organize their books. I have seen this done in a variety of ways, whether it was by subject material, by the author, or even just by the title of the books themselves. For me it can be both amusing at times, or just downright confusing. Our library has sometimes confused our patrons as well, but there are some easy steps to figuring out the EGF Campbell Library.

Guide to the Library:
  1. One of the first things you need to know about this library, is that the books are first separated by the subject. We have Mystery, Junior, Adult Fiction, and even Military History sections. The sections are clearly labeled on the sides of the shelves, so I’ve found that they can easily be located.

  2. Authors are spread out around the library, so that is one thing that can mess someone up. It’s happened to myself quite a few times. One author that is spread out would be James Patterson, whose books are located anywhere from Junior to Nonfiction. In those cases where the author has written in a variety of genres, the best option would be to either go to a librarian and ask for assistance; or to simply look at the card catalog that is available to the public.

  3. We also have our Nonfiction and Easy Nonfiction sections. These are done using the Dewey Decimal System, and many of you probably have some experience with it.

  4. The library staff is always willing to help browse around with you as well. We all have different interests so we are able to give recommendations to many that would like to read a particular subject.

The last advice I would have for browsing the library is simple, just walk around and look at the shelves. You have no idea how many times I would just walk around and stumble across a book that seems to call to me. Just glancing at the shelves is enough to start you on your next great series.

Hope you all will enjoy browsing the stacks!