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GEPL Teens: Teens Write – Technology & Teenagers Take 3

Teens Blog BannerBy: Sabrina A., Teen Blogger

Blog Entry 164 - ImageYou are standing in line at a coffee shop and the person in front of you is using their smart phone. At school, iPads are being used for textbooks and homework. Technology makes most people’s life a lot simpler but is it really all that good? There are many debates on whether or not technology is helping out our society or only dumbing us down. There are many reasons why people believe that technology helps us out. One of them is that they give us more experiences.  For example you get to meet people online who you would not get to meet in person, and see pictures and videos of places you would not get to travel to. Another reason why some people believe that technology is helpful is because it helps people learn. For example, if a student has a question on their history homework, they will most likely use their iPhone or Tablet and simply google the question. Also it could help a busy parent learn a recipe for dinner, for instance. The last reason why a person might believe technology is good is because it saves people in times of an emergency. If one gets sick or doesn’t feel good, they could call someone, or if a child is in danger they can call their guardian. One phone call can save someone’s life.

Although many people believe that technology is valuable, many people believe that technology is making society stupid. One reason why technology is bad is because people depend on it to remember important things for them such as a best friend’s birthday or a test day. Another reason why technology is harmful is because it ruins society’s social skills. Everyone talks to teach other on these tiny little screens through texted words and the only way to express emotions through text is emoji’s. Society completely forgets how to read facial expressions and body language and so when a person needs to be social in real life, they get anxiety. The last reason why some people believe that technology is unhealthy is because it causes bullying. A lot of people have a hard time saying mean things to someone’s face but they do not mind saying it over social media. Over social media almost anyone can access it and the person can be humiliated in front of a lot more people than just a small group of people at school. Technology encourages cyber-bulling with apps like Yik-Yak, Ask.fm, and etc. These apps let people post things anonymously so everyone can be a bully on those types of apps without revealing their identity. Technology can be dangerous and harmful, however it can be really helpful – if people use it in the right way.

-Sabrina A.

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GEPL Tweens: Rainy Day Suggestions

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By: Christina Keasler, Tween Librarian

Rain. This is the summer of rain. What have you been doing when the weather outside is frightfully wet? Obviously, reading comes to mind for me. I think a lot of other people have this idea, as the library is usually pretty busy during the soggy times of the day. I have compiled a great list of book suggestions for you to turn to if you need a new story to dive in to.



Happy reading! Let’s hope it dries up outside by the time you finish your next book.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Okay For Now

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What’s your first name and school?: Erin; GCMS

What are you reviewing?: Okay For Now

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: I loved this book because it’s about a boy named Doug Sweiteck who’s life isn’t the best.He is moving to a town called Marysville that he thinks is stupid, he has family issues especially with his brothers and dad, his brother gets home from fighting in the Vietnam war and needs a job, Doug learns to draw Audubon’s birds and tries to find all the missing pages from Audubons book and place them where they belong, he always gets in trouble at school, and he tries to make new friends.It feels like things always go wrong, and he can’t seem to fix anything. His life and views of the world completely change throughout the book. Things go wrong, and something completely unexpected always happens. It is definitely a book worth reading.

Who would like this?: Someone who loves realistic fiction.

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

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GEPL Teens: The Watchful Protectors

Teens Blog BannerBy: Hannah Rapp, Teen Librarian

As I’m sure you all remember (and some of you are probably getting sick of hearing,) we’re doing some fun stuff for summer reading this year.  Between tug-of-war with the fire department tonight, great gift cards and grand prizes, and the opportunity to raise money for our local heroes, it’s a great program overall.  But of course, that wasn’t enough for me and Middle School Librarian Christina – we had to take it up a notch!  You can read more about the crazy stunts we’re doing this summer here, but if you’ve been reading this blog, you know you’ve already unlocked several tiers of our embarrassment.  If you attended our Nerf Wars in June, you even got to participate in one of them with us, letting us have what-for with your Nerf guns.

But for those of you who couldn’t make it (or even those who could!) we wanted to make sure you got to experience the humiliation as well.  So without further ado, I present to you: The Watchful Protectors!

Tier One you can see above.  Tier Two’s stunt was a whole week of goofy outfits at work, all of which you can see pictures of here.  And you’ve unlocked Tier Three as well, so Christina and I will be attempting to race three-legged in the library parking lot without causing serious injury to ourselves.  Stay tuned for that video soon, and keep reading – next up is a break dance competition, and if you meet your goals, we’ll have a live performance (and of course video) of the most awkward and embarrassing stunt yet!

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Rooftoppers

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What’s your first name and school?: Andrew; Hadley Jr. High

What are you reviewing?: Rooftoppers

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: I liked that Sofie was very willing to risk her life to find out who her real mom was. She like the cello because her mom played the cello. She meets new people who are called roof toppers. They can jump high and balance on rope 50 feet from the ground. That is why I like the book Rooftoppers.

Who would like this?: Someones who likes trilling books.

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

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – The Cobbler

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What’s your first name and school?: Eric; Hadley Jr. High

What are you reviewing?: The Cobbler

What did you review?: A movie

What did you like about it?: I liked that it was funny and I laughed a lot which I like. And also it taut me and my family a lesson which was it is bad top steal. I also liked that the dad was hiding in secret from his son and at the end he finally told him

Who would like this?: Anybody that likes funny but a little scary movies.

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

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

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What’s your first name and school?: Madeline; Hadley Jr. High

What are you reviewing?: Tell Me Again What a Crush Should Feel Like

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: This book packed a powerful message about coming to accept yourself as who you are. TMAWACSFL made me laugh, become unrealistically happy, and start bawling all at once. This book put the LGBT+ struggle into a new light for me.

Who would like this?: LGBT+ people, Someone that likes an emotional roller coaster.

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

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Music Review – Blurryface

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What’s your first name and school?: Melissa; Hadley Jr. High

What are you reviewing?: Blurryface by twenty one pilots

What did you review?: Music

What did you like about it?: twenty one pilots (no, it is not capitalized) is an amazing, powerful, outspoken band that is not afraid to share their fears and dreams with the music world. This statement is proven in their newest album- Blurryface. The band speaks about their insecurities and how they’ve grown to learn how to over come them. Blurryface inspires me as an individual and has taught me to accept myself no matter what.

Who would like this?: Punk-rock fans, fans of Fall Out Boy, fans of Panic! At the Disco.

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

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Paper Towns

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What’s your first name and school?: Melissa; Hadley Jr. High

What are you reviewing?: Paper Towns

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: I liked how it read as a mystery and a teen love story. Paper Towns really hooked me emotionally because the characters were so relatable and it was impossible to put down. It captivated me, and I loved Paper Towns.

Who would like this?: John Green Fans, Adventure Cravers, Sympathizers.

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

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GEPL Teens: Teens Write – Technology & Teenagers Take 2

Teens Blog BannerBy: Alison O., Teen Blogger

Blog Entry 162 - ImageThe ongoing debate regarding society’s attachment to smartphones questions whether the heavy reliance on these devices is good or bad. I think that our attachment to our smartphones is bad because of the things that it holds us back from. Many argue that the reliance on smartphones is responsible for the lack of human interaction now a days. I agree with this thought, because many of us get swept up in technology, which sometimes prevents us from communicating face-to-face with those around us.

On the other hand, technology can be a positive tool used in schools to reinforce learning in the classroom. Many times at my school we use smartphones and iPads to play educational games like “Kahoot!” or take online quizzes and tests. We also use technology to keep updated on our teachers assignments through a program called “Schoology” which helps us stay on top of due dates. I think that technology is very helpful for education because it enhances the learning by using devices that we are more comfortable with.

Some of technology’s problems these days is that it holds society back from creating real relationships. In the past, people would be forced to meet up in person and have a conversation because they weren’t offered the luxury of smartphones to communicate with one another. Now a days, if you needed to discuss something with someone, you could easily text or call them about it. I think this holds people back from real relationships that people used to have in the past. Many technological features such as Facebook, for example, allow people to keep updated on their friends’ lives by just clicking on their profile, whereas if technology wasn’t an option, people would have to meet up and talk if they wanted to know about their friends lives. I think that technology is negatively affecting humans’ relationships with other people, and the “realness” of these relationships.

I hope that we will teach the younger generations and ourselves the importance of getting out in the real world and keeping our technology addiction to a minimum. There are so many important aspects that we are missing while hiding behind our smartphones, and it’s important that we realize this and become more self-conscious about using our smartphones.

-Alison O.

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