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Aug 12

Comic Con Book-to-Screen Announcements by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 12, 2022 at 11:23 AM by Genesis Gaule

From books to film to tv shows, the annual San Diego Comic Con always has exciting news for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and comic books--and this year was no exception! So while you wait for the next Marvel blockbuster or want to dive deeper into the ever expanding world of Star Wars, the library has you covered.

Book-to-Screen adaptations were also announced! Here are the books on our shelves that will be coming to a screen near you:

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

by Amy M. Reeder & Brandon Montclare
Disney+ | TV-Y7 | Winter 2022

After 13-year-old super-genius Lunella accidentally brings ten-ton T-Rex (Devil Dinosaur) into present-day New York City via a time vortex, the BFF duo works together to protect the city's Lower East Side from danger. // Junior Graphic Novel, Superheroes, Action // Also in e-book


The Silmarillion

by J.R.R. Tolkien
Amazon | TV-14 | September 2, 2022

Amazon's "Ring of Power" series, set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings', will follow characters both familiar and new as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. // Epic Fantasy, Adventure


The Gray Man

by Mark Greaney
Netflix | PG-13 | Now streaming

When a shadowy CIA agent uncovers damning agency secrets, he’s hunted across the globe by a sociopathic rogue operative who's put a bounty on his head. Starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, this film adapts the first book of Greaney's The Gray Man series. // Fiction, Thriller


The Sandman

by Neil Gaiman
Netflix | TV-MA | Now streaming

After years of imprisonment, Morpheus—the King of Dreams—embarks on a journey across worlds to find what was stolen from him and restore his power. // Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Supernatural, Horror


Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Theatrical | Not Yet Rated | March 2023 

Based on the popular role-playing game, this movie set in the campaign setting of the Forgotten Realms follows a charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers embark on an epic quest to retrieve a lost relic. Want to explore the Forgotten Realms before the movie drops? Read Starlight Enclave by R.A. Salvatore. // Fantasy, Adventure

New to the game? Check out our D&D guides and manuals to get started.


Vampire Academy

by Richelle Mead
Peacock | TV-MA | September 15, 2022

In a world of privilege and glamour, two young women's friendship transcends their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter vampire society -- one as a powerful royal, the other a half-vampire guardian. // Fantasy, Drama


Interview with a Vampire

by Anne Rice
AMC | TV-MA | September 18, 2022

In the year 2022, the vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac lives in Dubai and seeks to tell the story of his life or afterlife to renowned journalist Daniel Molloy. Focusing more on the gothic romance aspects of the story than the horror, this adaptation of the book shifts the book's timeline from 1791 to the New Orleans Storyville red light district right at the turn of the 20th century. // Fantasy, Horror, Drama


Returning Shows:

A slew of returning shows based on books were also announced! Including:

  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
    Also in e-audio
    A tale of the bungling of Armageddon featuring an angel, a demon, an 11-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch. // Supernatural, Fantasy
    (Amazon | TV-MA | Season 2: Winter 2022)
  • Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
    In a world where magic exists, but only some can access it, the evil Dark One pursues the reincarnation of The Dragon destined to stop him. // Epic Fantasy, Adventure
    (Amazon | TV-14 | Season 2: 2023; renewed for season 3)
  • Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
    Following their father's murder, three siblings move into a house filled with reality-bending keys. // Graphic Novel, Horror
    (Netflix | TV-14 | Season 3: Now streaming)
  • Walking Dead by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
    This popular zombie apocalypse series returns with a spin-off and a new mini-series in 2023. // Graphic Novel, Drama, Horror
    (AMC | TV-MA | 2023)
  • Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin
    Prequel to Game of Thrones, “House of the Dragon” focuses on the first to reign from House Targaren. // Epic Fantasy, Drama
    (HBO | TV-MA | Now streaming)
Jun 03

Tough Times by Charlotte Helgeson

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 3, 2022 at 10:11 AM by Genesis Gaule

What should I do? How can I help? 

Uff, the news is tough now. When we hear about people being hurt and killed, there is a tremendous amount of sadness our communities share. When the lives of children and our vulnerable are ended or permanently damaged, we feel a loss that can’t be easily removed.

So what do we do? How can we help?

Did you notice how the questions changed from the first line? From I to we. Yes, first I take care of myself. Then we look beyond ourselves and care for our community.

There is no fixing what has already happened, but we can look around us and see who needs our support, our consideration, patience, time and a fair shake. Even as I write this, tears build from the losses in our beautiful nation. 

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
--Soren Kierkegaard

Between backwards and forwards is now. Might I suggest we take the moment to pause. Breathe. Sincerely reflect on what has happened and consider what we’re going to do next. Let’s make conscious choices that will lead to a peaceful and beautiful place for all of us to live in safety. 

Our library offers materials that give ideas on how to locate peace during chaos or at least be reminded of its existence. The library shares these materials with patrons in hopes that there is a bit of comfort found in them. There is not an easy journey through tough times, but a smile goes a long, long way. Here are a few suggestions to find at the library:

Kids

  • can you say peaceCan you Say Peace? by Karen Katz
    Children around the world wish in many different languages for peace // Easy KATZ
  • When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith
    How the simple act of being kind affects all aspects of a child's life // Easy GRAY SMITH
  • Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin
    How to promote world peace and find peace within oneself // Easy 172.42 HALPERIN
  • Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter
    How one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change // Easy 333.72 WINTER

Adults

  • humankindHuman(Kind) by Ashlee Eiland
    How reclaiming human worth and embracing radical kindness will bring us back together // 241.4 EILAND
  • The Power of Kindness by Piero Ferrucci
    The unexpected benefits of leading a compassionate life // 177.7 FERRUCCI
  • Wild Communion by Ruth Baetz
    Experiencing peace in nature // 155.91 BAETZ
  • A Walk Around the Block by Spike Carlsen
    Explore the ordinary things we take for granted in our everyday life // 031.02 CARLSEN
  • World of Wonders by Aimee Nexhukumatathil
    In praise of fireflies, whale sharks, and other astonishments // 590 NEZHUKUMATATHIL

oil painting. idyllic lake with tree-covered mountains in background and a birch tree in foregroundEven a painting!

We can all be strong at times and have other times when a shoulder is needed. I have confidence in our community to offer that shoulder when needed. If each of us finds and offers a tiny bit of peace each day, our actions will help guide our elected officials, school administrators and employers to focus on keeping our communities safe. 

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!):