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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 12, 2022 at 11:23 AM by Genesis Gaule
From books to film to tv shows, the annual San Diego Comic Con always has exciting news for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and comic books--and this year was no exception! So while you wait for the next Marvel blockbuster or want to dive deeper into the ever expanding world of Star Wars, the library has you covered.
Book-to-Screen adaptations were also announced! Here are the books on our shelves that will be coming to a screen near you:
by Amy M. Reeder & Brandon MontclareDisney+ | TV-Y7 | Winter 2022
After 13-year-old super-genius Lunella accidentally brings ten-ton T-Rex (Devil Dinosaur) into present-day New York City via a time vortex, the BFF duo works together to protect the city's Lower East Side from danger. // Junior Graphic Novel, Superheroes, Action // Also in e-book
by J.R.R. TolkienAmazon | TV-14 | September 2, 2022
Amazon's "Ring of Power" series, set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings', will follow characters both familiar and new as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. // Epic Fantasy, Adventure
by Mark GreaneyNetflix | PG-13 | Now streaming
When a shadowy CIA agent uncovers damning agency secrets, he’s hunted across the globe by a sociopathic rogue operative who's put a bounty on his head. Starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, this film adapts the first book of Greaney's The Gray Man series. // Fiction, Thriller
by Neil GaimanNetflix | TV-MA | Now streaming
After years of imprisonment, Morpheus—the King of Dreams—embarks on a journey across worlds to find what was stolen from him and restore his power. // Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Supernatural, Horror
Theatrical | Not Yet Rated | March 2023
Based on the popular role-playing game, this movie set in the campaign setting of the Forgotten Realms follows a charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers embark on an epic quest to retrieve a lost relic. Want to explore the Forgotten Realms before the movie drops? Read Starlight Enclave by R.A. Salvatore. // Fantasy, Adventure
New to the game? Check out our D&D guides and manuals to get started.
by Richelle MeadPeacock | TV-MA | September 15, 2022
In a world of privilege and glamour, two young women's friendship transcends their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter vampire society -- one as a powerful royal, the other a half-vampire guardian. // Fantasy, Drama
by Anne RiceAMC | TV-MA | September 18, 2022
In the year 2022, the vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac lives in Dubai and seeks to tell the story of his life or afterlife to renowned journalist Daniel Molloy. Focusing more on the gothic romance aspects of the story than the horror, this adaptation of the book shifts the book's timeline from 1791 to the New Orleans Storyville red light district right at the turn of the 20th century. // Fantasy, Horror, Drama
A slew of returning shows based on books were also announced! Including:
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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on May 6, 2022 at 4:29 PM by Genesis Gaule
I recently fell into a reading rut--that overwhelming want-to-read feeling but everything I picked up was quickly abandoned into the maybe-later-pile. As an avid reader, this can be disheartening. But have no fear! If you’re feeling the same way, here are a few tricks I use to help cure the reading blahs.
When I’ve hit a rut, my first course of action is to browse the library stacks, new arrivals, best sellers, and displays. Even if I don’t find anything, exploring the stacks can be fun in and of itself. As you wander, flip through books with interesting covers or intriguing titles. Keep an eye out for Staff Picks and Featured on Our Blog shelf tags to point you to the cream of the crop.
If you’re feeling like you keep reading the same story over and over, it’s time to genre jump!
Are you a regular fiction reader? Try a biography or true crime tell-all. Pick up a book of poetry or dive into some mythology or folklore. More of a history buff? Try one of these suggestions of novels for nonfiction lovers from readerslane.com.
I find book club selections push me beyond my typical preferences in a thought-provoking way. Check out our Book Club Picks that run the gamut from fiction and mysteries to self-help, history, and biographies.
Or perhaps you remember a book you loved and want to read more like it. Here's a few sites to help you scratch that itch:
Pro tip: See a book title on one of those sites you’d like to read but we don’t have yet? Request a title for us to purchase! If we do, you’ll be contacted when it arrives.
Sometimes the rut is a matter of weight. If starting that 8 (or more) book series you’ve been meaning to read or that new self-help book your friend has been raving about feels like a chore, try reading a cozy mystery, fluffy romance, or YA novel instead. Even a collection of essays or short stories could be just the thing to relax you back into reading.
Or reread a childhood favorite or one you vaguely remember from school. A familiar story read through new eyes can be an invigorating nostalgic jolt to power you through to your next read.
Sometimes your eyes just need a rest. We have a wonderful collection of audiobooks both in physical CDs or e-audio through Overdrive.
I know it seems counter-intuitive, but if reading isn’t bringing you joy right now it is ok to take a break. Focus on a different hobby, spend time outside, or watch that tv show or movie languishing in your watch list (or check out one from the library). Once the joy of reading has sparked in you, it never truly leaves. Trust that it will rekindle when it's ready.
Tag(s): reading, how-to, Genesis Gaule, at the library, article
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on March 23, 2022 at 11:53 AM by Genesis Gaule
The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced their 2022 Youth Media Awards which honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Here are this year's winners and honorees we have in our catalog!
Looking for past award winners? Check out our post about the 2021 ALA Award Winners.
by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin
Simple text and beautiful illustrations pack a strong emotional punch in this autobiographical picture book about gathering wild watercress that brings a daughter of immigrants closer to her family's Chinese heritage. An author's note in the back shares Andrea's childhood experience with her parents. // Easy // Ages 4 - 8
by written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
Fox overcomes his fear of monsters when he meets real nocturnal animals. With repeating text bolstered by whimsical illustrations that provide cues to the story’s humorous plot, Tabor deftly uses sensory stimuli of sight, sound and smell to immerse young readers into the perils of the night. // Easy Reader Yellow // Ages 4 - 8
by Angeline Boulley[Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians]
When University of Michigan student Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, she reluctantly agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source of a new drug. It's a page-turning YA thriller with gorgeous insight into Anishinaabe culture and a healthy dose of romance thrown in. // Junior (also in e-book and e-audiobook) // Ages 14+
by Malinda Lo
America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father—despite his hard-won citizenship—Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day. // Junior // Ages 14+
Tag(s): young adult fiction, science fiction, recommendations, picture books, lgbt, junior fiction, Holocaust, Genesis Gaule, First Nations, fiction, easy fiction, award winners, Asian Americans