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Jul 29

Tools to Succeed at Your Library! by Vanesa Gomez

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 29, 2022 at 3:07 PM by Genesis Gaule

The library is a great place to check out your favorite books, new movies, and Nintendo Switch games. What some people might not know is that the library can also help students achieve their goals with information and resources. No matter what your school level is (or how many years you’ve been out of it), we can help!

For new readers, our Easy Reader collection is color coded to help you find the level of reading that is both approachable and challenging for your child. The levels of easy reader books from lowest to highest are: blue, yellow, and green.

For older students who may need to research topics for class projects, book reports, and essays, we have a wide variety of books in our Easy Nonfiction and Adult Nonfiction sections. You can find a section of books on a certain topic by using our catalog or asking a librarian for help. 

If you are interested in researching a topic and need credible or peer reviewed sources, the eLibraryMN (or ELM) has a database of e-books and scientific journals available.

screen shot of eLibraryMN website

If we don’t carry a book you are looking for, ask a librarian about submitting a Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request. There is a $3.50 fee to help cover the cost of shipping.

The library also offers quiet study rooms that students can reserve for free. These can be used for studying, test taking, or even to attend a job interview--All the student needs is a library card to reserve a room! If your course requires in-person test proctoring, ask the front desk to set up your test day and time for a $15 fee.

study-room

Need to record? Ask about using the study room equipped with sound proofing. 

Volunteering is also a common requirement for college graduation. Tutoring at the library is a great way to help students of all ages and backgrounds who may need extra homework or reading help. Reach out to Robyn Benda at (218)773-9121 ext 221 or rbenda@egflibrary.org if you are interested in volunteering!

Finally, don’t forget to check out our wide range of test prep books to boost your test scores and computer/coding books to boost your resume:

Exam Prep Study Guides: GED Study Guide book cover

New Americans:

Learning Coding / Computers: 

Learn Microsoft Office:

Jul 16

Benefits of Volunteering by Robyn Benda

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 16, 2022 at 10:07 AM by Genesis Gaule

Big Event HelpersUND Big Event volunteers at the library

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is you contributing some of your own time, effort, and talent to help people in our community. Volunteers support our community and add to them in their own unique way using a wide variety of skills, knowledge, and experience. So why volunteer? It sounds like I work hard using my talents with very little reward. 

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”  
- Winston Churchill

The benefits and rewards of volunteering can last a lifetime, not only for those who you are helping, but for you as well. If you are on the fence about diving into a new volunteer experience or having doubts about whether volunteering is right for you, you may find yourself surprised at just how much you can gain from taking the plunge. 

Here are some ways volunteering can affect you positively:

Book sale VolunteersFriends of the Library Book Sale volunteers

Meeting New People

Everyone loves new friends! Being a part of a team with a common goal will help form bonds with strangers that can be life changing. Volunteering creates an opportunity to connect with people with specific shared values and common interests. 

Our teen volunteers have dedicated their time to the Summer Reading Program. Each week our volunteers are learning with our summer reading children and making new friends.

teen-volunteersTeen volunteers at Summer Reading Program

Expanding Your World

Volunteering might take you to a new part of your community you never been to before. Learning about cultures and ways of life that are different from one of your upbringing will increase your social flexibility and expand your world view. 

Our volunteer Therese comes to the library once a week to tutor Abdi and his brother. Abdi and his family moved to America less than a year ago and has shown patience and determination in learning to speak, read, and write English.

Learning New Skills

Throughout life, we develop social and professional skills that promote personal achievement. Using those skills for a wider, communal impact can be even more fulfilling. Volunteering will enrich your life and give you a broader purpose and a boost of motivation. 

Volunteering offers you new skills that can be used throughout your career, as well. When you have volunteering experience to add to your resume, you stand out over job candidates who don’t take the time to give back to society. Volunteering highlights your character, passion, and determination!

GGYP Volunteers 2Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals tackling spring cleaning

How Do I Start?

There are many local non-profit organizations that need volunteers. Volunteer opportunities ranging from health care and mental health, sports, childhood development, food pantries and libraries. 

Need help finding the right volunteer opportunity for you?
Here are a few places to start:

  • Search online for organizations in your interest area and see if they have a volunteer page on their website
  • A few volunteer websites to search: VolunteerMatch.org, PointsofLight.org, Encore.org, and Volunteer.gov
  • Contact local community centers, senior centers, or food banks to find out if they need volunteers--they usually are! 

Volunteer at the Library! 
Volunteers are an integral part of the services we provide. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities for most ages and skill levels! No previous experience is necessary. Contact Robyn at (218)773-9121 / rbenda@egflibrary.org or fill out our Library Volunteer Interest Form to get started.

Jun 17

Creatures of the Continents - Part 4: Asia by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 17, 2022 at 11:24 AM by Genesis Gaule

Tiger

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Upon this planet we call home, one can find a great multitude of forms of life. From the birds in the sky to the creatures beneath the waves, the creatures that move upon the earth to the ones that move below it. They are everywhere. Some can be seen in certain places around the world more than others. One of these places is none other than the Asian continent.

vulture

When it has the opportunity, nature flourishes. This is something that can be accepted with great certainty, and this is true in regards to Asia. Amongst the mountains and through the skies the birds of the continent soar, from the Japanese tit to the White-rumped vulture to the Indian peafowl. And upon the land move a variety of creatures; whether in the open areas or amongst the forests or even the deserts and mountains. Predators such as the Snow leopard in the mountain ranges and the Tigers stalking the forests, while the Orangutans and the Giant panda go searching for their meals amongst the trees.

Komodo dragon

Asia is also the dwelling place for a wide variety of lizards and snakes. From the venomous King cobra and Indian cobra to the Burmese python, they are everywhere. Who can forget the Komodo dragon? However, like other continents, so many of these animals are at riskDue to the growth of cities, much of the native habitats are slowly dwindling away. Yet poaching is one of the greatest risks that these creatures face. From the Snow leopards to the Javan rhinoceroses, the Malayan tiger to the Borneo elephant, they are being hunted for their prized and treasured body parts and even for medicinal purposes. In order to protect these creatures, we must look deeply on who we are as humans.

Panda

The continent of Asia has many wondrous creatures that call it home. The sounds echo throughout the mountains and valleys, constantly reaffirming that life is bountiful there. Keep watch for the next blog post in this series, where it will be based on the creatures of Australia.

“Wildlife needs wilderness-not just to survive, but also to live freely. Sadly, many species struggle to survive due to increased human activity and expansion into habitats they call home.”
- Zoe Helene

More in this Series: Part 1: North America | Part 2: South America | Part 3: Europe