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The Teen Scene

The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Moore

Understanding Better

Posted: September 1, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Leading from last week’s blog, I wanted to provide some books at the library, including ones I’ve read and recommend, as well as books I want to read. My experience with books like these is that I feel I’m able to see through someone else’s eyes and gain empathy and understanding of their views. Often,

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Enslaved hands with words such as racism, bias, prejudice written on them.

Me? Biased?

Posted: August 25, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Jay Smooth said racism is like bad breath, not tonsils. It’s not a question of have them/don’t have them, but a matter of degrees. We need to keep moral hygiene a priority, paying attention to our words to see if they smell funny. Words are inseparable from ideas (go figure), so if we hear things that

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Enslaved hands with words such as racism, bias, prejudice written on them.

Ideas and Actions

Posted: August 18, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Charlottesville gives us a vivid image of ideas on the march. It’s easy to distinguish the evil of white supremacy by its physical violence and rhetoric. However, what happens when someone defends an idea as being different, or another perspective, that’s as equally valid as any other, but we have a feeling that something is

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PBS kids program Between the Lions.

Truth or Lion?

Posted: August 4, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Ever have a moment when you shock yourself, realizing something that you saw in your past meant something else, or more, than when you witnessed it? Ever think of a conversation you had with someone, and days later said, “Oh! That’s what she meant!” Or when you see a Nestle truck and realize its branding

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College kids walking down path.

The Most Stressful Time of Your Life Before the Best Time of Your Life

Posted: July 28, 2017
By: John F., Teen Blogger

High school is supposed to be some of the best years of one’s life. It is supposed to be a mix of learning and fun, all while preparing for college. However, preparation for college is filled with stress, something that can detract from the other aspect of having fun. Finding time to discover different colleges

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Multiple open books stacked on top of each other with inserts and pencils stuck between pages.

So Much — Too Much?

Posted: July 21, 2017
By: Lola K., Teen Blogger

High school: it can be a crazy place, filled with stressful classes, loads of homework and producing lifelong memories. It’s the stage in someone’s life when they begin the last chapter before adulthood. It’s four years of really beginning to find out who they are and what they want to do in the future. However,

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It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It’s Kind of a Funny (Heavy) Story

Posted: July 14, 2017
By: Madeline, Teen Blogger

A year or two ago I picked up a book at Barnes & Noble because I thought it had a cool cover: a boy’s head with maps traced in his silhouette. I looked at the back, and thought, “Wow, this seems like some heavy stuff to put in a book. Perfect.” The premise was that a

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We need diverse books.

What the World Needs

Posted: July 7, 2017
By: Annabel P., Teen Blogger

Your finger skims along a row of laminated young adult books. As your finger smooths over the ridges of the colorful books, it lands on one of the thicker novels that appears to be the first book in a series. Pulling out the book, you skim the cover where a beautiful teenage girl stares dramatically

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Tidy Time

Posted: June 30, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

My iPhone gets cluttered quickly. Lots of apps excite me, and I think “Oh, I’ll use this all the time!” A few months pass, and I haven’t opened it in a week, which turns to weeks, and before you know it, I don’t really remember the last time I used it. There’s a way to

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See It Once, Do It Twice

Posted: June 23, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

When I think about something I have to do, I’ve noticed I have a trend: I try to envision doing it. I think about the space, about what I’ll say, about the people involved, about how it feels to do whatever it is I’m planning to do. I feel a tad bit more prepared if

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