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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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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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Trigun Anime Poster

Trigun

Posted: December 7, 2016
By: Kaitlyn L., Teen Blogger

Hello, my name is Kaitlyn (buddies, and maybe future fans?, call me Kat). I’m 17 years old and I live with my mom, dad and my two year old sister. I’m not scared to say that I have autism and ADHD. Because I know that you are as sane as me. But we are here

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Hunger Games: Kidnap 24 children from neighboring districts and force them to kill each other - a rebellion probably won't happen.

Rebels With a Cause

Posted: December 2, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

Teenage rebels — it’s a cliché almost as old as time, and personified in pop culture with books like The Catcher in the Rye or movies like Rebel Without a Cause. But nowadays, there’s more to the rebels of young adult literature than angst or aimless fury. Today’s YA is full of smart, passionate teens who

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On the Topic of “Based On” Movies

Posted: November 30, 2016
By: James M., Teen Blogger

In the world of entertainment, one problem which has irked me for quite some time is the increasing number of non-original “based on” movies which reach theaters. These are movies that pride themselves on being based on a true story, or a book, or on a previous movie (i.e. sequels), or any other existing tale.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: November 25, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! As I’ve mentioned before, this is my favorite holiday. Part of this is because it’s my mom’s favorite holiday, plus I always celebrate with my extended family at my parents’ house, and part of it is because there’s a LOT of good eating involved. But part of it is because it always reminds

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Allegiant Review

Posted: November 23, 2016
By: Melissa G., Teen Blogger

*Spoiler Alert: Includes Spoilers for Allegiant – Read with Caution* October 22, 2013. The day the world of literature went into shock after the release of Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy. Readers everywhere went into a rage, confused as to why Veronica Roth ended the book the way she did. I’ll admit,

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Joyride by Anna Banks

Immigration Stories

Posted: November 18, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

Back in a past life (as in, pre-library days) I spent a few years working in immigration law, both private practices and non-profit. Perhaps partially because of that, I’ve always found myself interested in reading books about immigration experiences, whether they are set in the U.S. or elsewhere. With Thanksgiving around the corner, a holiday

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