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Dawn Bussey, Library Director, Laurie Gornik, Award Recipient, and Carrie Jefferies, Circulation Department Director

Congratulations Laurie Gornik!

Posted: March 15, 2017
By: Dawn Bussey, Library Director

Laurie Gornik began her work at the old Glen Ellyn Library, which now houses District 87 offices, in the Adult Services Department until she decided to stay home with her growing family. She returned to work in the Circulation Department in a part-time capacity in October of 2002 and became a full-time employee in April

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Teenager sitting at desk working on project with books floating around him.

Just Not Feeling It

Posted: March 10, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Some days you just don’t feel it. The “it” being motivation, inspiration, vision, or excitement to do your homework, apply for a college, update your resume, train for a marathon, or read your book. Other days, you know what you want to say, you want to feel the weights push against your strength, have the

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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai

Women’s History Month

Posted: March 9, 2017
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

March is Women’s History Month, a month to celebrate all the accomplishments of women throughout history.  It’s also a great month to check out a biography about some of these amazing women.  I love reading biographies, they can be heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.  It’s so inspiring to read about women who have

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El Deafo by Cece Bell

My Vote for the Monarch, Bluestem and Caudill Awards

Posted: March 5, 2017
By: By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

You’ve probably seen our Monarch Award, Bluestem Award, and Rebecca Caudill Award displays in the library. These lists feature titles that children are encouraged to read and then they can vote on their favorite at school. If I could vote, these would be my favorites! Monarch: Summary: A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her

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Blue New Year's hat, confetti, and pen sitting on top open notebook.

Following Through On Your New Year’s Resolution

Posted: March 3, 2017
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

You’ve prepared all you can for the new year. You’ve written an ultra-long list of resolutions, all of which you plan on somehow achieving throughout the year, and vow to yourself that you can, you will, and you must complete that list by the next December 31st. All gleeful and excited, you jump into the

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G.K. Chesterton

If It’s Worth Doing…

Posted: February 24, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

“Something worth doing is worth being done well.” “Something worth doing is worth being done badly.” These ideas, seemingly contradictory, are both important. We need to work hard at what we do. We need to think, plan, and carry through. I’m the type of person who always has a list of things I want to do, but

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Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Meet Your New Young Adult Librarian!

Posted: February 17, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

This is my first post for the Teen Scene blog, and my first little essay as a Young Adult Librarian. There are few places where I talk about myself in general, in the spring newsletter, The Guide, on the Adult Department Meet the Staff page, and on the Ask Josh page. But this is a place

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Youth Media Award Winners

Posted: February 16, 2017
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Assistant Director

It’s that time of year again, award season!  I’m not talking about movies awards, although it’s true those were on recently. On Monday, January 23, I was at home streaming the Youth Media Awards on my iPad. The YMAs include the Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel and Coretta Scott King awards as well as many others. Each

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Ten Grouchy Groundhogs by Kathryn Heling

Groundhog Day

Posted: February 9, 2017
By: Christina Keasler, Middle School Librarian

Groundhog’s Day has come and gone, and for the life of me I can’t understand the appeal. This seems very anti-children’s librarian of me, I know, and I know I’m in the minority on this one, as hotels in Punxsutawney cost more than hotels for the Super Bowl this year. I am a big believer

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Book display outside Teen Scene room.

Best YA of 2016 On Display

Posted: February 8, 2017
By: Hannah Rapp

With another year gone by, many journals and awards have posted lists and chosen winners, trying to seek out the best books of 2016. Any judgment on a book is relative, but the journals and award committees this year have compiled some pretty amazing selections of great young adult books from 2016. The review journal

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