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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. 

May 23

Book Notes 5/23/2022

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on May 23, 2022 at 4:09 PM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

5/23/2022


The Library will be closed Saturday, May 28 - Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.


You Can't Be Serious by Kal Penn

Born Enemies // Penn bravely demonstrates by example that no matter who you are and where you come from, you have many more choices than those presented to you. It's a story about struggle, triumph, and learning how to keep your head up.

792.028 PENN


The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones & The New York Times Magazine

A New Origin Story // This book sends a very strong message: We must have a clear vision of this history if we are to understand our present dilemmas. Only by reckoning with this difficult history and trying as hard as we can to understand its powerful influence on our present, can we prepare ourselves for a more just future. // Also in e-book)

973 HANNAH-JONES


An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States by Kyle T. Mays

national geograhpic photographyMays explores the relationship and differences between the Black American quest for freedom and the Native American struggle for sovereignty in the U.S.

973 MAYS


Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy by Emmanuel Acho

For awkward questions white and non-black parents don't know how to answer, this is an essential guide to help support communication on how to dismantle racism amongst the youngest generation.

305.8 ACHO


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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Mar 14

Book Notes 3/14/2022

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on March 14, 2022 at 1:24 PM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

3/14/2022


Minne-Murals™ are here again! This month will be about the Bald Eagle, remember to pick up your kit at the library then join us on Zoom Wed, March 23 @ 6:30 pm to color with us. More information...


Sure, I'll Be Your Black Friend by Ben Philippe

Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump // Ben takes his role as your new Black friend seriously, providing original and borrowed wisdom on stereotypes, slurs, the whole "swimming thing," how much Beyoncé is too much Beyoncé, Black Girl Magic, the rise of the Karens, affirmative action, the Black Lives Matter movement, and other conversations you might want to have with your new BBFF. This book is a conversational take on topics both light and heavy, universal, and deeply personal that reveal incisive truths about the need for connection in all of us.

305.80 PHILIPPE


Woke, Inc. by Vivek Ramaswamy

Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam // This book begins as a critique of stakeholder capitalism and ends with an exploration of what it means to be an American in 2021--a journey that begins with cynicism and ends with hope.

322.3 RAMASWAMY


Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh

We face a potent intersection of crises: ecological destruction, rising inequality, racial injustice, and the lasting impacts of a devastating pandemic. The situation is beyond urgent. To face these challenges, we need to find ways to strengthen our clarity, compassion, and courage to act. Nhat Hanh make it blazingly clear: Mindfulness and the radical insights of Zen meditation can give us the strength and clarity we need to help create a regenerative world in which all life is respected.

294.3927 NHAT HANH


Frequently Asked Questions about the Universe by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson

Daniel and Jorge offer short, accessible, and lighthearted answers to some of the most common, most outrageous and most profound questions about the universe they've received. This witty, entertaining, and fully illustrated book is an essential troubleshooting guide for the perplexing aspects of reality, big and small, from the invisible particles that make up your body to the identical version of you currently reading this exact sentence in the corner of some other galaxy.

523.1 CHAM


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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