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May 20

Summer Reading by Andrea Lorenz

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on May 20, 2022 at 12:48 PM by Genesis Gaule

It is almost my favorite time of year: SUMMER READING PROGRAM SEASON!

You may be thinking, Summer Reading? What’s that all about? I read all year round. What’s so special about summer?

For Summer Reading Program, we invite children, teens, and adults to come to the library, participate in engaging, hands-on activities, and celebrate their reading!


Summer Reading Program 2022For kids who have completed grades kindergarten through 5th grade, there’s our traditional Summer Reading Program

Kids track the number of minutes they read and can receive weekly prizes. They’re also invited to come to a weekly activity where we experiment, learn and create! This year we’ll be sending rockets in the atmosphere, making paper sculptures, learning about plants and mammals of Minnesota and more! 

You can register your child for Summer Reading Program online or at pick up a form at the circulation desk.


RALF: Random Awesome Library FunFor teens and tweens (kids who have completed grades 6-12), we have RALF. RALF stands for Random, Awesome, Library Fun! Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch and we’ll eat and play games, make crafts, and generally have a good time.

We’ll be meeting over the noon hour on Fridays in June and July. No registration required!


lazy riverFor us grown-ups, there’s the Lazy River Challenge where community members will compete with staff to get their innertube down the lazy river first. 

Pick up a reading tracker at the front desk in June and start tracking the number of minutes read (and the titles – we’ll be posting those throughout the challenge). Bring your tracker in whenever you’re at the library and we’ll stamp it and add your minutes and move your innertube down the lazy river. 

Can you out-read library staff? I’m not sure…


The best part of all of this? It’s FREE! Absolutely completely free. Check out the library’s website for more information, email Andrea at alorenz@egflibrary.org or call (218) 773-9121.

May 06

Stuck in a Rut by Genesis Gaule

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.

Wander the shelves

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.

Genre jump

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.

Find a read-alike

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:

  • Check out our staff-picked “If you liked…” lists or ask a staff member for recommendations.
  • What Should I Read Next?, TasteDive, and Library Thing are also great tools to find read-alikes. Simply type in a book you like and it will generate suggestions of similar reads based on genre, topic, and even hand-picked user lists. 
  • Whichbook is a unique book finder that allows you to find books based on mood/emotion or character/plot or even geographical areas.
  • You can also find a read-alike from a TV show you’ve enjoyed with these lists from NPR and BuzzFeed.

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.

Read something light or short

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. 

Try an audiobook

Sometimes your eyes just need a rest. We have a wonderful collection of audiobooks both in physical CDs or e-audio through Overdrive.

All else fails, embrace the rut

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.

Apr 28

Displaying the Community by Vanesa Gomez

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on April 28, 2022 at 4:05 PM by Genesis Gaule

You may have noticed when you first come into the library the large glass display case. Every month we have a new display to showcase the wonderful non-profit organizations and clubs in our community. 

girl scouts

By partnering with these organizations, we not only get to promote the services and events these groups have, but we also enjoy the unique posters, photographs, and props as we enter and exit the library! Some of these clubs include the beloved Grand Forks Lego Club, North Dakota Ballet Company, and Global Friends Coalition!

lego club

We typically book the case a year in advance, but if you run a non-profit group or club in the community and are interested in creating a display, shoot us an email or call us at the library. 

The next time you stop by the library, take a minute to stop and ask about the group on display that month. You might just find your next fun volunteer opportunity or resource!

Here are some links to non-profit organizations we have displayed recently:

Global Friends Coalition: This small nonprofit is dedicated to welcoming new Americans to the Grand Forks community. They pair volunteer mentors with refugees and other new Americans, as well as provide immigration legal services for those needing assistance.

Stable Days Youth Ranch: This non profit organization is a faith based mission that supports and encourages youth personal development. They facilitate one-on-one sessions, using agriculture, art, and nature to help mentor children.

Greater Grand Forks Community Theater: Help support your local community theater! The GGFCT is listed as one of the ten oldest community theaters in the nation, and there are many programs to join for all ages.