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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Re-Read Value

Posted: October 28, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

One of my “reading resolutions” this year has been to allow myself to re-read more books. As much as I love doing this, it’s often hard — there are so many new books that I hear about (and usually, purchase for the library) that I want to read, it’s hard to make room even for my

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Korean Drama W - Two Worlds Poster

Korean Dramas

Posted: October 26, 2016
By: Hafsa A., Teen Blogger

Many people might not watch Korean dramas, but for me it’s like enjoying any other TV Show. Korean dramas don’t usually have multiple seasons and typically have around 16 to 20 episodes. A drama’s episode is 1 hour, or even more, depending on which show you watch. The reason I like watching Korean dramas is

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The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig.

What I Just Read – The Girl From Everywhere

Posted: October 21, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

Sometimes, you find a book that is just what you need right at that moment. In this case, it was a blend of action, drama, and great supporting characters (with a little dragon thrown in for good measure). Who knows if I would have loved this book as much at another time, but one thing

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Alessia Cara

“Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara

Posted: October 19, 2016
By: Hannah S., Teen Blogger

Alessia Cara’s song “Scars to Your Beautiful” is a song promoting self-love and addressing the dangers of trying to fit in with everyone else. It includes many powerful lyrics and a catchy beat, all while sending an amazing message to people everywhere. The song overall talks about not being able to see your inner beauty

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Dog peaking out from underneath a bunch of blankets.

Fright Fest

Posted: October 14, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

Today’s fun fact about your teen librarian: I scare very easily. You may think I’m kidding, but I assure you, it’s true. I change the channel when trailers for scary movies come on. I was actually creeped out by parts of Scary Movie. I could barely get through Goosebumps books as a kid. I have

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Boy and the Beast TV Show Poster

What I Just Watched – Boy and the Beast

Posted: October 12, 2016
By: Ashley H., Teen Blogger

What I just watched: Boy and the Beast   What is it about?  The tale of a boy and a beast: both lonely, both stubborn, and both strong. For nine-year-old Ren, things could hardly be worse. His mother has passed away in a traffic accident, his father is nowhere to be found, and his extended

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When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

What I Just Read – When the Moon Was Ours

Posted: October 7, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

Today’s “What I Just Read” has received a lot of love from a lot of places, and even earned a spot on the National Book Award longlist before it was published. Add that to the fact that I met the author last fall at a conference (and thought she was awesome!) and it was enough

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Hunger Games: Now everyone knows how to use "dystopian" in a sentence.

New Trends in Young Adult Literature

Posted: October 5, 2016
By: Ayesha F., Teen Blogger

In the past decade, young adult literature has evolved from trend to trend, and it continues to change with time. However, these trends that gained much fame are starting to lose the position they once held. It could be because there are too many novels of its kind, but readers are looking elsewhere for an

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(more) abridged classics: The Odyssey - War veteran takes forever to get home then kills everyone. Wuthering Heights - A sort-of brother and sister fall in love. It's foggy. Walden - Man sits outside for two years. Nothing happens. Crime and Punishment - Murderer feels bad. Confesses. Goes to jail. Feels better. Beowulf - Hero kills monster. Blah, blah, blah, blah. Dragon kills hero. Dante's Inferno - All hell breaks loose.

Revisiting Classics

Posted: September 30, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a wonderful day in Spring Green, Wisconsin, watching two excellent productions of classic theater. The American Player’s Theater (APT) is a theater in the woods, so isolated I couldn’t get service on my phone there, and they produce a wide variety of plays every summer performed on an

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Adventure Time Cartoon Show

Cartoons and Complexity – Bridging the Age Gap

Posted: September 28, 2016
By: Shay M., Teen Blogger

TV shows are something that have captivated the whole of America ever since their debut after WWII. This phenomenon of short episodes made it easy and accessible for people to catch a bit of entertainment without having to go to the movies, and still gave the viewer something to, well, view, unlike radio shows. This

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