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“They” as Singular (Part Two)

Posted: May 19, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Language is often more important than we realize. We have strong words like “love” or “hate” that have a lot of emotional weight behind them. Telling a partner or family member “I love you” requires a lot of emotional commitment (if it’s said sincerely). Letting someone know that “I hate it when you talk to

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Woman sitting on the grass writing in a notebook.

“They” As Singular (Part One)

Posted: May 12, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Grammar Girl reports Chicago Manual Style and Associated Press Stylebook say “they/them” can be used to refer to individual people. Feminism and queer theory have been saying for a while that “he” shouldn’t refer to women or men, and that we need words that don’t out the subject in a way that would bias the

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Take care of your body, and your body will take care of you.

Taking Care of Your Body

Posted: May 5, 2017
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~ Buddha Our bodies are our temples. Without a doubt, they are a wonder and a reason for us to appreciate our lives. Every jump, every thought, every action we take is at their expense. With all this exertion, however, we

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Woman with small images floating around her head.

Escapism

Posted: April 28, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Sometimes, it’s good to get away. Sometimes it’s important to shift your focus away from your personal life, school life, work life, love life, or any other category you might have. It’s not possible to put these things on pause, of course, but you can shift your attention. Leaving a piece of writing after the

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Picture of space.

Space, The Final Frontier

Posted: April 21, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

I love the universe. That’s big claim, isn’t it? No pun intended. Well, pun was kind of intended. I knew what I was writing, and I could’ve change it if I wanted. But I digress. I love the universe. I love space. I love planets, mysterious black holes, nebulae (especially the Crab), and huge asteroids

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Adopting a Character or Series Any Time

Posted: April 14, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

I’m a fan of superpeople who have a gothic, noir glory to them, like Batman, Wolverine, Batwoman, and Constantine. I started loving graphic novel characters in my late teens. I didn’t interact with comics when I was growing up. The first superperson I attached to, and the only superperson to whom I was attached, was

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St. Paul and the Broken Bones play at NPR's Tiny Desk Concert

Mundane Intensity

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

Ever heard of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert? It’s totally great. The band or group or person is set up in a little office surrounded by books. So, that should convince you already: music surrounded by books. It’s got standard, good lighting; no mood lighting to try to make everyone better-looking, or match the lighting to

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Silhouettes of teens holding various Nerf guns.

Nerf War

Posted: March 31, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

We had a blast, it was a smash hit, the event was on target, it was a bull’s eye…the Nerf War was a fantastic experience. There were only small number of us, but that almost made it better than a huge group. We got to play multiple rounds of Zombie Antidote, where we had one

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Congratulations GEPL Teen Scene Art Contest Winners!

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

I am very proud to announce our GEPL Teen Scene Art Contest winners! Photography and Graphic Design Winner: Jennifer Doran’s Tranquility Runner-Up: Emma Orr’s Bloom Runner-Up: Sophie Guastaferri’s Laie-Pointe Drawing and Painting Winner: Jennifer Orozco’s Dancer Runner-Up: Courtney Cosby’s Ohma Runner-Up: Karen Milroy’s Alpacan Chicken Ceramics and Sculpture Winner: Connnor Lavin’s Bird of Prey Runner-Up: Madelyn

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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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