Blog module icon

Displaying all posts tagged with:

'how-to'

Jun 27

Book Notes 6/27/2022

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 27, 2022 at 6:10 PM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

6/27/2022


The Library will be CLOSED Saturday, July 2 - Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.


The Prairie Gardener's Go-To for Soil Janet Melrose & Sheryl Normandeau

Guides for the Prairie Gardener // In this fifth book in the Guides for the Prairie Gardener series, master gardeners Janet and Sheryl provide the basics of soil science so that you can apply it to your gardening endeavors.

635.0489 MELROSE


To Risk It All by Admiral James Stavridis, USN

Nine Conflicts and the Crucible of Decision // From one of the great naval leaders of our time, a master class in decision making under pressure through the stories of nine famous acts of leadership in battle drawn from the history of the United States Navy, with outcomes both glorious and notorious.

359.0092 STAVRIDIS


Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People by Stephen G. Post & Jade C. Angelica

national geograhpic photography

How Caregivers Can Meet the Challenges of Alzheimer's Disease // A new ethics guideline for caregivers of "deeply forgetful people" and a program on how to communicate and connect based on 30 years of community dialogues through Alzheimer's organizations across the globe.

616.8 POST


Summer Kitchens by Olia Hercules

Recipes and Reminiscences from Every Corner of Ukraine // In this new cookbook from award-winning author Olia Hercules, explore the diversity of Ukraine's cuisine and heritage through the alluring window of summer kitchens--small structures alongside the main house where people cook and preserve summer fruits and vegetables for the winter months.

641.59477 HERCULES


If you need help accessing any of these titles or using front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you!

View Book Notes PDF archive

May 09

Book Notes 5/9/2022

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on May 9, 2022 at 11:53 AM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

5/9/2022


Come in and enjoy our art exhibit from the Northstar Quilters Guild & River Forks Watercolor Society! Where each watercolor painting is paired with a quilt inspired by the painting of a local landmark. More information...


Peril by Bob Woodward & Robert Costa

The transition from President Donald J. Trump to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stands as one of the most dangerous periods in American history. Bob Woodward and Robert Costa cover the end of the Trump presidency and the early months of the Biden presidency.

973.933 WOODWARD


Dad, How Do I? by Rob Kenney

Practical "Dadvice" for Everyday Tasks and Successful Living // From the host of the YouTube channel that went viral—Dad, How Do I?—comes a book that's part memoir/part inspiration/part DIY. Through his how-to videos, and now through this book, Kenney inspires you to live with compassion, honor, courage, and empathy. In short, he'll help you be everything you can be.

158.1 KENNEY


Unguarded by Scottie Pippen with Michael Arkush

national geograhpic photographyAn unflinching memoir from the six-time NBA Champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and Hall of Famer, revealing how Scottie Pippen, the youngest of twelve, overcame two family tragedies and universal disregard by college scouts to become an essential component of the greatest basketball dynasty of the last fifty years.

796.323 PIPPEN


The Rage of Innocence by Kristin Henning

How America Criminalizes Black Youth // Drawing upon 25 years of experience representing black youth in Washington D.C.'s juvenile court, Kris Henning confronts America's irrational, manufactured fears of Black youth and makes a powerfully compelling case that the crisis in racist American policing begins with its relationship to Black children.

364.360 HENNING


If you need help accessing any of these titles or using front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you!

View Book Notes PDF archive

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.