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GEPL Teens: Week of Goofy Outfits

Teens Blog BannerBy: Hannah Rapp, Teen Librarian

If you’ve seen me at the library this week, you may have noticed some strange sartorial choices going on.  That’s because you guys have once again hit a tier of your reading goals (you average over 2 books per person!) for summer reading, which meant that Christina and I spent all week answering awkward questions from patrons because of our goofy outfits.  Next up, we try not to fall to our knee-skinning doom in a three legged race around the parking lot – if you or the tweens read enough.

In case you missed any or all of these ensembles, here’s my week of goofy outfits!

On Monday, I went old-school nerd style, thanks to a shirt stolen from my grandfather’s wardrobe (seriously – this was his shirt!)

Hannah Monday

On Tuesday, it was a throwback to 90s grunge (and the comfiest outfit of the week – those Nirvana fans were on to something!)

Hannah Tuesday

Wednesday, Christina and I coordinated to rock some 80s style.  Unlike the flannel, a side ponytail is a trend that’s not for me, I think!

Hannah Wednesday

Yesterday we showed off what’s usually a favorite every December, our cheesy Christmas sweaters!  I managed to rep my favorite sports team as well, which was a bonus.

Hannah Thursday

And today I’m on the road for a family vacation, but I didn’t want to let you down or renege on any promises, so I’m rocking the road trip in this beauteous outfit!

Hannah Friday

So there you have it – one more round of embarrassment as a bribe to get you guys to read.  And there’s more coming, so keep reading, and enjoy your holiday weekend!

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – The Future of Us


What’s your first name and school?: Teagan St. Petronille

What are you reviewing?: The Future of Us

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: The Future of Us is a great book for 13+ its about a girl who gets a computer with Facebook on it (Facebook wasn’t invented yet) and her and the boy across the street see themselves fifteen years in the future they figure out the future is a delicate thing and cant be messed with. Once Emma (the girl) sees that she has a bad future she changes it and finds herself a whole new future then the one she was supposed to have read this book and find out what happens.

Who would like this?: All ages.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Best ever.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Dork Diaries


What’s your first name and school?: Teagan St. Petronille

What are you reviewing?: Dork Diaries

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: Dork Diaries is a book about a girl named Niki who is a dork. She rights about everything that goes on in her life witch can be pretty funny, sad, miserable or even embarrassing Niki has a little sister named Brianna who drives Niki insane her dad a bug exterminator and a normal house hold mom these books are good for all ages so please read this series and gain hours on the library reading program.

Who would like this?: All ages.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Best ever.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Mockingjay


MockingjayWhat’s your first name and school?: Bryanna, Hadley Jr. High

What are you reviewing?: Mockingjay

What did you review?: Book

What did you like about it?: I liked how in the end everything turned out alright. I also like the fact that the author was not afraid to kill supporting characters off. The story line was breathtaking and it will definitely leave your heart in pieces.

Who would like this?: Anyone who likes dystopian novels.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Best, EVER.

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GEPL Kids: Beach Reads

By: Kate Easley, GEPL Youth Librarian

The Mystery of the Graveyard of the AtlanticNext week I will be visiting the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. I am excited to sit on the beach, swim in the pool, and bask in the sun. I will also be reading! Whenever I travel I love to bring books set in the place I’m visiting. For this trip I might bring along The Mystery of the Graveyard of the Atlantic. This book is part of the Carole Marsh mystery series where each book is set in a different, fascinating location.

The Mystery of the Wild PoniesI could also bring along The Mystery of the Wild Ponies, #77 in The Boxcar Children books. While visiting the Outer Banks the Alden family hears of a mysterious horse that may just be a ghost!

Of course, good beach reads are not limited to the Outer Banks. Some other great beach reads include:

Wherever you find yourself this summer, be sure to pack a book!

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GEPL Teens: Teens Review – Rebel Belle

Teens Blog BannerBy: Sara A., Teen Blogger

Blog Entry 159 - ImageThey say never judge a book by its cover, but looking at Rebel Belle’s, I couldn’t help but be intrigued. Automatically, it was piled on to the stack of books building up in my arm. When I began this book, however, I did have doubts that this wasn’t my type of book. The main character, Harper Price, was the type of girl who needed everything perfect, from her Homecoming makeup to her high school transcript. I, personally, preferred something more action-packed, but Hawkins’ writing kept me hooked and, I found, didn’t fail me. This book has possibly one of the strangest plot lines I’ve encountered in a while, which I found enjoyable. It involves evil history teachers, ninjas, and sparkly shoe defense, sprinkled with classical humor.

The different personalities of characters in this book highlighted different people in a typical high school environment. You have the incredible best friend, Bee, the jock boyfriend, Ryan, and the mysterious nerdy boy, David, who has more to do with Harper’s life than she could ever imagine. The character development in this story has quite an arc, as you begin to see Harper revise her priorities, and balance ninja life with high school. Towards the end of the book, she is faced with a choice as she struggles to maintain the balance she really wants to uphold. I found that characteristic relatable because it’s not fantastical, it’s real. And up until the action, Harper was looking like a typical teenager in her junior year of high school. Right until the end, this book had me absorbing the words off of its pages and eager to grab the next book, Lady Mayhem, from the shelves.

-Sara A.

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GEPL Tweens: National Camping Month


By: Christina Keasler, Tween Librarian

CampingIt’s National Camping Month! I love camping. It’s kind of like living off the land, but I know I’d never last if I went on one of those wilderness survival shows. I like using the camping gadgets, researching new tin foil recipes on Pinterest, and sleeping under the stars in the fresh air. Sure, you come back smelling like smoke and missing your bed, but I’ll never pass up the chance to go camping.

There are a lot of tips and tricks for new campers to make life a little easier out in the great outdoors. While I haven’t had much luck with the lint in toilet paper rolls as fire starters, I have found a few useful tricks that actually do work.

Fabric Softener

Maybe I’m using the wrong fabric softener?

To save space in your cooler, freeze gallons of water instead of loading your cooler with ice. As the gallons of ice melt, you’ll have ice cold drinking water, and a lot of dry space in your cooler.

Christina Camping

Long Story

Headlamps are a great investment. They’re not the best for area lighting, but great to use when fumbling around in the dark to find the bathroom. They were a lifesaver when my husband had to hobble around in crutches in the middle of the night. Yea, we’re that hardcore.

A very important tip is to clean up your campsite before going to bed. Make sure all of your food items are high up in a tree, or safely in your car. We made the mistake of forgetting a sealed package of walnuts on the picnic table overnight. Paw Prints

The raccoons were in heaven. They broke open the container and munched for hours, not to mention wreaking havoc all over the site. Also before going to sleep, put next day’s clothes at the foot of your sleeping bag. Then you don’t have to change into a chilly outfit when changing in the brisk morning temperatures.

Packed CarPacking for camping is an art. Be sure to remember to bring clothing layers, pillows, flip flops for showering and the rest of your bathroom essentials. Some showers are operated by quarters, so stock up on those too.

Here are some books to get you in the camping spirit:


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GEPL Teens: What I Just Read – Shadowshaper

Teens Blog BannerBy: Hannah Rapp, Teen Librarian

Blog Entry 158 - ImageOnce again, I took advantage of my #LibrarianPerks and snagged a chance to read a pre-publication version of a book I was really looking forward to. This book will be out next Tuesday, June 30, and it should be hitting our shelves ASAP. But of course, if you want to be the first to get your hands on it, you can place a hold right away!

What I Just Read: Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

What’s It About (Jacket Description): Cassandra Clare meets Caribbean legend in Shadowshaper, an action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent.

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “No importa” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future.

Did I Like It: For sure!

Thoughts: Before this, it had been a long time since I had read a really good urban fantasy – especially one that was actually set in a big city, and I’d forgotten how much fun it can be! Having a real-world city settings, complete with its mass transit, graffiti, and crowded streets, and then combining it with the secret and mysterious world of the paranormal is just a great way to get readers completely immersed in a book. And Shadowshaper does just as good a job of bringing the city and Sierra’s neighborhood to life as it does at making the mysterious powers and horrifying creatures of the Shadowshapers’ world seem real. I felt like I was wandering the hot city streets along with Sierra, or visiting the dusty basements of a university library, or running from terrifying re-animated corpses and multi-mouthed, multi-spirited abominations.

This book was exciting in part because I’d never read about any sort of paranormal world or powers quite like that of the Shadowshapers. Their powers are based on spirits that can infuse art – visual, musical, or any other kind – with their energy, minds, and ability to move. The idea of using art to bring to life real, tangible powers and spirits was fascinating, and made me feel as exhilarated as Sierra by the paintings, graffiti, songs, and stories that helped give life to the shadow world.

Another standout feature of this book for me was Sierra’s relationships. Her complicated but loving relationship with her mother and her ailing grandfather, her deep closeness with her brother, and her love and friendship with her godfather, were all beautiful to read about. She also has interesting relationships with the people who made up the core of her neighborhood, like the domino players at the empty lot where she paints or her schoolmates. But the absolute highlight as far as I’m concerned was her group of friends. Sierra is part of a tight-knit circle of friends who laugh, fight, banter, love, and support each other like the best groups of friends I’ve ever seen or been part of. Although Shadowshaper was a fast read, by the end of it, I felt like I too was friends with Sierra, Bennie, Tee, Jerome, Izzy, and the rest.

While Shadowshaper certainly stands on its own and didn’t end at a cliffhanger, there were plenty of threads that could be followed up into a sequel. And with such an expansive and breathtaking world to plunge into – both in terms of the New York setting and the world of the Shadowshapers – I’m desperately hoping for a sequel!

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Music Review – 1989


What’s your first name and school?: Samantha, Hadley

What are you reviewing?: 1989

What did you review?: Music

What did you like about it?: 1989 is a wonderful album. I think it is one of Taylor Swift’s best. The music in this album is for all people who like pop. Her voice is amazing and will make you want to get up and dance. Especially if you’re listening to Shake It Off. If you’re feeling sad listen to Clean. Clean has very low beats and her voice is very soft. I think all pop lovers will like 1989. You should go listen to it.

Who would like this?: Someone who likes Ariana Grande.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Best ever.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Paper Towns


What’s your first name and school?: Samantha, Hadley

What are you reviewing?: Paper Towns

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: Paper Towns is an amazing book. It is really suspenseful and mysterious. The main character Quentin has to follow clues to find his crush Margo who has disappeared once again. This storyline will keep the reader interested and they won’t abandon the book. This book also has good word choice. The word choice in this book is easy to understand so you will not be confused. Paper Towns is a really great book and you should definitely check it out.

Who would like this?: Someone who likes The Fault In Our Stars.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Best ever.

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