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Apr 14

Spring Cleaning in the Library and Beyond by Linnea Benton

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on April 14, 2022 at 4:23 PM by Genesis Gaule

Look, I know the weather this week has been more winter than spring, but did you know that libraries also like to freshen up in the spring?  We have SO MUCH to get ready for!

Summer Reading!

We're getting ready for the 2022 Summer Reading Program! Andrea is hard at work making sure we have plenty of interesting things to do and see throughout the summer.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page, Instagram, and website for more information. 

Meanwhile, I am happily working to bring in plenty of new materials for our community to enjoy!

2022 Spring Book Sale: April 22 & 23!

Did you know that the Friends of the Library conduct book sales twice a year? Many of the available books come from donations, and many others come from the library shelves through a process we often called “weeding.” Weeding is an essential process in any library to keep a collection relevant and interesting and make room for new material. The Campbell Library staff have been working hard this winter to review the books in our collection, using a variety of metrics to decide whether or not a book should be selected for weeding, including age, usage information, condition, duplication, etc. This helps us ensure we are providing the best possible selection for our community! Here at the Campbell Library, many of those weeded books are made available during the book sales, where the proceeds go back to supporting the library.

Seasons change, and so do our shelves!

Young Adult Fiction

We’re adding a Young Adult Fiction section to better serve our youth and teen patrons and bring the collection in line with current industry trends. You can find these materials on the last range of shelves between Junior and Mysteries.

NEW Arrivals Shelves

Our new adult materials are currently located in the middle of the library, as you enter. We’ve added some additional shelves on either end for extra display opportunities. Fiction genres are on the west side, facing away from the circulation desk. Non-Fiction is on the east side facing the circulation desk. DVDs and Nintendo Switch Videogames are on top!

New Easy materials are located on the shelves next to the Storytime Room door. Picture and board books are typically on the top shelf, while new Easy Non-Fiction will be on the bottom.

New Junior and Young Adult fiction books are on the freestanding shelves in the center of the Junior section. Junior titles are on the side facing the library entrance, Young Adult titles face the back of the library.

Displays

Have you checked out (lol!) our displays as you enter the library? Our staff each get the opportunity to create interesting and relevant displays featuring materials from our collection! We currently have a display of titles about Ukraine and the history leading up to the current crises, as well as educational titles for children. We also feature special selections that change every couple of weeks. 

And don’t forget to check out the display case at the Circulation desk! Our staff members work hard to create displays about their interests, passions, and/or upcoming events. Coming next week: selections from my time in Okinawa!

Please check back often to see what’s new! You can also find featured new titles on our website and in the catalog. We love seeing our books find readers!

P.S. If you need inspiration for your own spring cleaning, by golly, do we have the books for you!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

by Marie Kondo

The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing // With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire. Nonfiction // 648 KONDO


Messy Minimalism

by Silke Rode West & Joseph Sarosy

Realistic Strategies for the Rest of Us // With empathy, grace, and humor, Crawford—who curates the popular Abundant Life with Less site—shares doable ways to own less and live more fully. Laying out practical strategies for reducing waste, curbing consumption, decluttering, and finding lots more joy, Crawford offers no-nonsense solutions for the rest of us. // Nonfiction // 648 CRAWFORD


Other titles include (but are not limited to!): 

Jan 21

Reading Out Loud by Linnea Benton

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on January 21, 2022 at 1:03 PM by Genesis Gaule

Welcome! I am so glad you are here! Now, please, pull up a chair and let me tell you a story…

“Once upon a time…”
“In the beginning…”
“It was a dark and stormy night…”
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

Spark any memories? That last line? That’s one of my favorite beginnings. It goes back to bedtimes past, and sitting on my papa’s lap as he rocked and read to me. Later, it became one of the first lines I remember reading out loud myself. It became a fixture throughout the years as first one, then another sister joined the family and our reading circle grew. Even now, that line starts one of my favorite stories to share with my sons.

Stories are the cornerstone of humanity. They shape us and our understanding of the world around us. Sharing stories builds connections; between people, between places, and across time. Before the written word came in these wonderfully portable packages, storytellers brought information and entertainment to the people in cultures around the world.

Today, a book, a shared space, and a few minutes can go a long way. Research has shown that reading aloud, especially to young children, is one of our most powerful tools in building language and literacy skills, increasing attention spans, and strengthening relationships. It doesn’t even have to be limited to parents and children, or even just between humans! Adults can read out loud to themselves or each other and still benefit in many of the same ways. Recent studies reveal cognitive benefits of shared reading among dementia patients. Animal rescue organizations like the ASPCA have used reading aloud to help relax and build bonds with rescued animals. And, to bring us full circle, therapy animals are often used to build confidence and reading skills among children in schools and libraries.

Speaking of libraries…did you know that we have over 35,000 books available here at EGF Campbell Library? SO MANY STORIES!

And if you want to read more about storytelling and reading out loud, we even have a few books to help you out: 

The Enchanted Hour

by Meghan Cox Gurdon

The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction // Discover the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits of reading together with scientific research, practical tips, and reading recommendations. // Nonfiction // Coming soon to our shelves (also available in e-book and e-audiobook)


How to Tell Stories to Children

by Silke Rode West & Joseph Sarosy

Early childhood educators show you how to become an expert storyteller and strengthen your relationship with your child with this surprisingly simple method. // Nonfiction // 372.677 WEST 2021


Bringing Up Bookmonsters

by Amber Ankowski, PhD & Andy Ankowski

The Joyful Way to Turn Your Child into a Fearless, Ravenous Reader // The no-stress, ferociously fun way to raise a kid who loves to read—complete with reading recommendations and activities to inspire. // Nonfiction // 372.4 ANKOWSKI 2021