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“Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara

By: Hannah S., Teen Blogger Alessia Cara’s song “Scars to Your Beautiful” is a song promoting self-love and addressing the dangers of trying to fit in with everyone else. It includes many powerful lyrics and a catchy beat, all while

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Fright Fest

By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian Today’s fun fact about your teen librarian: I scare very easily. You may think I’m kidding, but I assure you, it’s true. I change the channel when trailers for scary movies come on. I was

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Homework Help Available @ GEPL!

By: Renee Grassi, Youth Department Director Research, projects, and papers….oh, my! We in the Youth Department can tell this new school year is officially in high gear. We are fielding all sorts of homework questions from kids and caregivers alike—and

Posted in Where The Child Things Are: GEPL Youth

What I Just Watched – Boy and the Beast

By: Ashley H., Teen Blogger What I just watched: Boy and the Beast   What is it about?  The tale of a boy and a beast: both lonely, both stubborn, and both strong. For nine-year-old Ren, things could hardly be

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What I Just Read – When the Moon Was Ours

By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian Today’s “What I Just Read” has received a lot of love from a lot of places, and even earned a spot on the National Book Award longlist before it was published. Add that to the

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Toddlers and Technology

By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Programming Associate 30% of children are obese. 30% developmentally delayed. 14.3% diagnosed with mental health disorders. 20-30% of children experience learning difficulties. And 1 in 11 now have technology addictions. All aforementioned problems are associated with

Posted in Where The Child Things Are: GEPL Youth

New Trends in Young Adult Literature

By: Ayesha F., Teen Blogger In the past decade, young adult literature has evolved from trend to trend, and it continues to change with time. However, these trends that gained much fame are starting to lose the position they once held.

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Revisiting Classics

By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian A couple of weeks ago, I spent a wonderful day in Spring Green, Wisconsin, watching two excellent productions of classic theater. The American Player’s Theater (APT) is a theater in the woods, so isolated I

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Lego Creative Building VS Sets

By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian If you have a school-aged child in your house, the chances are good that you have some LEGOs lying around. If you are like me, you have three giant tubs of LEGOs in your house.

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Cartoons and Complexity – Bridging the Age Gap

By: Shay M., Teen Blogger TV shows are something that have captivated the whole of America ever since their debut after WWII. This phenomenon of short episodes made it easy and accessible for people to catch a bit of entertainment

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