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May 14

Into the Depths by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on May 14, 2021 at 9:40 AM by Genesis Gaule

Phot of blue ocean horizon under a sunny sky with fluffy white clouds

The Ocean. The Earth’s surface is calculated to be around 71 percent covered by water; and of that 71 percent, almost the majority of it can be found in the oceans of the world. To the unknowing eye, the sight of the water and the waves may be all that they see.  

Yet below the surface of the water lies an entirely new world apart from our own on land. A vast ecosystem that mimics the vast changes that can be seen on land. With the changes between cold and warm water, there will be new aquatic creatures that will be seen.  

In the Arctic regions of the world, one might find various species of whales such as the Beluga Whale and the Narwhal. While in the Antarctic regions, one would find whales such as the Blue Whale and the Killer Whale. Even the subspecies of seals will change depending on location, where the Arctic has the Ringed Seal the Antarctic has the Leopard Seal.

underwater photograph of coral reef with tropical fish

The Tropics are no different from the rest of the world’s oceans when it comes to diversity.  With the various species of fish that can be found in the oceans, such as the Marlin to the Barracuda. There are also the different types of sharks and turtles that can be found in the tropical regions of the oceans. Yet there are many different types of marine creatures that still are being discovered. Whether they be found in the regions of the known oceans, or perhaps in the unexplored regions of the deep trenches.  

underwater photo of sunlight shining through clear blue water

After all, of the vast oceans that cover the Earth there is still an estimated 80 percent left to explore.  The stars may be the limit, but we do need to remember that we still have much we can learn from our own planet… and beneath the waves.

“I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came."

- John F. Kennedy

[Remarks at the Dinner for the America's Cup Crews, September 14 1962]

Apr 26

Book Notes 4/26/21

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on April 26, 2021 at 4:31 PM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes


The Campbell Library is open to the public Monday/Friday (9am-5pm) and Tuesday/Thursday (10am-7pm). We also offer Front Door Pick Up and half hour appointments for browsing or computer use Wednesdays (9am-5pm).

World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments // Nezhukumatathil has called many places home: a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter where she was transplanted, she was able to turn to our world's fierce and funny creatures for guidance.


Vibrant by Dr. Stacie Stephenson

A Groundbreaking Program to Get Energized, Own Your Health, and Glow // Today's view of wellness is far too often fragmented, focusing on specific symptoms rather than the whole person. In Vibrant, Dr. Stacie Stephenson introduces readers to a new and empowering way of looking at health. Vibrant is like having a friend that just happens to be a leading health authority figure who brings you under their wing


Women and Leadership by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Real Lives, Real Lessons // Women and Leadership presents a lively and readable analysis of the influence of gender on women's access to positions of leadership, the perceptions of them as leaders, the trajectory of their leadership and the circumstances in which it comes to an end.


The Energy Paradox by Dr. Steven R. Gundry, MD

What to Do When Your Get-Up-and-Go Has Got Up and Gone // In The Energy Paradox, Dr. Gundry will offer readers the information and tools necessary to quiet the autoimmune battle raging within—a battle that depletes precious energy reserves, leaving you drained and prone to mood disorders and weight gain. With new guidelines readers can take back their lives, giving them the energy they need to feel, look, and be their best.

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Apr 23

7 Silly Picture Books to Read Aloud by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on April 23, 2021 at 4:18 PM by Genesis Gaule

One of the joys of spending time with young children is being able to read aloud with them. My daughter loves hearing us act out the voicing of the characters, feeling the rhythm of words strung together, and hearing us try to master a tricky tongue twister. She especially enjoys stories with a humorous twist--the sillier the better!

While most are familiar with the wonderful staples of Dr. Seuss and Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggy (and Pigeon!) books, here are a few other laugh inducing selections we’ve enjoyed that just beg to be read aloud:

The Book with No Pictures
by B. J. Novak

Easy Fiction | eBook

Your youngster may think a book without pictures would be boring, but this book is anything but! That is because you must say every increasingly preposterous sentence and nonsense word printed on the page out loud. A little irreverent and irresistibly silly, this one will turn any reader into a comedian.

Read to Tiger
 by S. J. Fore; illustrated by R.W. Alley


Easy Fiction

Do you ever get annoyed when someone keeps interrupting your precious reading time? That’s exactly what this little boy goes through, except he’s being distracted by a large playful tiger behind his couch! Get your best “tiger voice” ready for this silly and heartwarming read.

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
by Bob Shea

Easy Fiction -- Currently a part of our Storytime kits!

Goat becomes very jealous when Unicorn moves to town. Now that everyone loves Unicorn, he feels like yesterday's news! Can the two learn to celebrate their differences or will Goat stay upset forever? Great for fans of the Pigeon books' “irritated narrator” style of humor.

The Princess and the Pony
by Kate Beaton

Easy Fiction

Princess Pinecone longs to have a horse of her own--a big, strong, warhorse--to help her compete in the battle games with the other warriors. When she finally gets one for her birthday, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams...

Dragons Love Tacos
by Adam Rubin; illustrated by Daniel Salmieri


Easy Fiction

Dragons love tacos--who knew? So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should absolutely serve tacos. But whatever you do, don’t feed them spicy salsa! With its conversational tone and charming illustrations, this book will make you hungry and laugh.

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School
by Laura Murray; illustrated by Mike Lowery

Easy Fiction

We fell in love with the Gingerbread Man books with his adventures at the Firehouse and were excited to find more! With its clever rhyming and wonderful rhythm, this delightful twist on the classic gingerbread man tale is definitely a fun one to read out loud.

Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarves
by Willy Claflin; illustrated by James Stimson


Not so good at voices? This picture book will read itself from the Libby App! This “distremely” whimsical blend of three classic fairy tales is impeccably narrated from the perspective of Maynard Moose--complete with Bullwinkle-ish moose dialect--which only amplifies the silliness of this rambling yarn.