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Jul 16

Backyard Astronomy by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 16, 2021 at 1:40 PM by Genesis Gaule

My parents were the first ones to introduce me to the wonder of the night sky---showing me how to identify the Big Dipper, pointing out the Northern Lights on late night drives, and even waking me up in the middle of the night to watch a meteor shower. I can still picture me and my siblings huddled in our blankets with our parents eating Oreos at the end of our driveway, competing to see who could count the most “shooting stars.” One night, we were lucky enough to catch a fireball light up the sky! These cherished childhood memories, and more I’ve made along the way, continue to fuel my desire to venture out into the night to see what’s on display in the heavens.

And according to we might be in for a treat July 17 - August 26, 2021. Known for its high volume of meteors with clear persistent trains, the Perseids are one of the most popular showers in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, it will peak on August 11-12 when the moon is only 13% full and will set in the early evening, providing dark skies for this year’s Perseids. In cloudless rural locations, it may be possible to see 50-100 shower members per hour! Many of the meteors will radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus, but you’ll be able to see them in any part sky after 9:00pm. They tend to strengthen in numbers into midnight, with the most meteors just before dawn. 

So go enjoy a beautiful night under the stars--find yourself some dark sky, bring the snacks, and keep your fingers crossed for a fireball!

Want to dive a little deeper into backyard astronomy? Check out these titles from our library!


A glow-in-the dark guide to the night sky
by Chris Sasaki

Easy 523.8 SASAKI // Bring your flashlight to storytime and explore the stars with this glow-in-the-dark picture book! Featuring the stories behind some of the most famous constellations, this child-friendly introduction to the night sky is a perfect mix of simple science and storytelling.

The Young Astronomer

A young enthusiast's guide to astronomy
by Harry Ford

520 FOR // Award-winning astronomer Harry Ford, brings a hands-on approach to astronomy to budding stargazers ages 10 and up. Filled with experiments and projects that help explain how a lunar eclipse happens, how to spot a planet, and how to make your own stargazing equipment.

Eyewitness Handbooks: Stars and Planets

A visual guide to the night sky
by Ian Ridpath

520 RID // New to the night sky? This practical field guide features clear, easy-to-use star charts and is a great introduction to constellations, the solar system, and celestial objects for middle-grade and high school readers.

Discovery Channel: Night sky

An Explore Your World Handbook
by Mary Kalamaras

520 KALAMARAS // Designed for astronomy enthusiasts new and seasoned alike, this authoritative field guide combines fascinating information on the fundamentals of the universe with practical advice for identification and observation techniques, full color star maps, and an alphabetical guide to all 88 constellations.

The Backyard Astronomer's Guide

Third Edition
by Terence Dickison and Alan Dyer

522 DICKINSON // Looking for a more technical approach to stargazing? This in-depth manual gets the amateur astronomer started identifying celestial objects, using telescopes, and photographing the night sky.

Jun 28

Book Notes 6/28/21

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 28, 2021 at 9:55 AM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes


Shift gears and join our Community Reading Challenge! Read anything--the newspaper, an e-book, instructions to your child's playset--and then stop in and fill out a gear to add to our reading machine.

Don't Call it a Cult by Sarah Berman

The Shocking Story of Keith Raniere and the Women of NXIVM // In 1934, aided by a California eugenics law, the socialite Maryon Cooper Hewitt had her "promiscuous" daughter declared feebleminded and sterilized without her knowledge. When a sensational court case ensued, the American public was captivated. So were eugenicists, who saw an opportunity to restrict reproductive rights in America for decades to come.

364.153 BERMAN

Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard

Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest // Simard brings to light the fascinating and vital truths; that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complex, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own.

333.75 SIMARD

Spark by Claudia Kalb

How Genius Ignites, From Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers // What propels some individuals to reach extraordinary creative heights in the earliest years of life while others discover their passions decades later? Are prodigies imbued with innate talent? Claudia Kalb explores these questions to discover what makes a prodigy and what drives a late bloomer.

153.35 KALB

Murder at the Mission by Samantha Bell

A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West // In 1836, two missionaries and their wives were among the first Americans to cross the Rockies by covered wagon on what would become the Oregon Trail. Both men failed as missionaries, but, by inventing a story, they helped to fuel a massive Westward migration that would eventually devastate those that they had originally set out to save.

979.5 HARDEN

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!

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Jun 03

Book Notes 5/31/2021

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 3, 2021 at 1:38 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).

A Cure for Darkness by Alex Riley

The Story of Depression and How We Treat It // What is depression? With depression rates becoming the leading burden of disease around the world, the world depends not just on new therapies, but on increasing the access for people who are currently without. Author Alex Riley dives deep into the treatment of depression, blending science, journalism, and memoir to illuminate one of the world’s most prevalent disorders.

616.85 RILEY

Featherhood by Charlie Gilmour

A Memoir of Two Fathers and a Magpie // One spring day, a baby magpie falls out of its nest and into Charlie Gilmour’s hands. Soon, Charlie and the bird have forged an unbreakable bond. A bird falls, a father dies, and a child is born. Featherhood is the unforgettable story of a love affair between a man and a bird. It is also a beautiful memoir about childhood and parenthood, captivity and freedom, grief and love.


No Common Ground by Karen L. Cox

Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice // When it comes to Confederate monuments, there is no common ground. Polarizing debates over their meaning have intensified into legislative maneuvering to preserve the statues, legal battles to remove them, and rowdy crowds taking matters into their own hands. In this narrative about the movements to raise, preserve, protest, and remove Confederate monuments, Karen L. Cox explores what these monuments mean to those who erected them as well as the stories of the civil rights activities, Black elected officials, and movements of ordinary people who fight to have them removed.

305.8 COX

My Broken Language by Quiara Alegría Hudes

A Memoir // Author of the libretto and screenplay of acclaimed Broadway show “In The Heights,” Quiara Alegría Hudes describes making her way through life lessons communicated in English, Spanish, and Spanglish. Weaving together Hudes's love of books with the stories of her family, the lessons of North Philly, and those of Yale, this is an inspired exploration of home, memory, and belonging.

862.7 HUDES

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!

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