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Saying Goodbye

Posted: January 6, 2017
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

As a rule, I’m not adept at saying goodbye. I mean, sure, I can give my parents a hug before I leave, or fist bump my brothers when they’re heading back to their out of state homes. But when it comes to being real — for instance, saying things like “I’ll miss you” — I’m not so

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Jazz Day The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill

Judge a Book by Its Cover

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

Let’s talk about book covers. There are usually two teams when it comes to book covers. Some readers say book covers are a key element to what draws readers to the book. Other readers firmly believe that the synopsis is the best way to decide whether or not a book is for you. I’m with

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Play is All Around

Posted: December 29, 2016
By: Stephanie Rivera, Youth Director

Play is an essential literacy skill and an important part of how children learn. Allowing time for your child to play can help to build confidence, problem-solving skills, and a stronger imagination. If you’re looking for ways to entertain your young children over winter break, try checking out a Playpack at the library. Our new

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Winter Break at GEPL

Posted: December 22, 2016
By: Emily Richardson, Youth Programming Associate

Ah, winter break. The time for snowball fights, sledding, and hot cocoa with marshmallows. But then the boredom hits. And suddenly, it’s “what are we going to do today? There’s nothing to do.” Good thing the library has some great resources to keep you busy, learning, and having fun during your winter break. If you’re in

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Speech and Debate

Posted: December 21, 2016
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

Efficient communication is the backbone of success in our society today. It lets us form connections, influence change, and express our ideas and viewpoints. Through sharing with others our thoughts on how to benefit the world around us, we truly make a footprint. The ability to cause change through words is an essential skill which

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This Year’s Book Gifts

Posted: December 16, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

It’s that time of year! Many of us are thinking about gifts, and as you may recall from previous holiday seasons, I am a big fan of giving books. I’ve already covered why books make great gifts, and some good choices for book-lovers in your life. This year, I thought I’d go a little more

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Gluten Free Baking by Rebecca Reilly

National Gluten-free Baking Week December 17-23

Posted: December 15, 2016
By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Programming Associate

So you poured your sweat and tears into making batches upon batches of cookies to give as a loving gift to family, friends, and coworkers. You go around handing them out basking in the glory of your own handiwork getting praise from everyone around you until you get to that one person who looks up

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Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

Posted: December 14, 2016
By: Ally K., Teen Blogger

Let me start by saying that this book was very well written. This psychological thriller was full of romance and mystery which kept me hooked after each page. As I uncovered the secrets of the main character, Callie’s, life, and her graphomania (an impulse to write), I found myself more and more invested in the

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Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

What I Just Read – Girl Mans Up

Posted: December 9, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

Once again, I’ve found a great audiobook to talk about in this edition of What I Just Read. Solid contemporary, with relatable (if sometimes infuriating) characters, with my favorite elements of family, friendship, and a pretty awesome main character. What I Just Read: Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard What’s It About (Jacket Description): All

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If You Give A Mouse a Brownie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Great Books for Gifting

Posted: December 8, 2016
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

It’s the season of giving!  Books always make a great gift — they are easy to wrap and the choices are endless. If you’re struggling to think of some good titles to give, we’ve got you covered. You can preview all of these titles before you buy at the library. For the wimpy kid lover in

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