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The American Flag flying above the trees.

Respectful Kneeling

Posted: October 6, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Two high school students from Victory and Praise Christian Academy in Texas were removed from their football team because they knelt during the national anthem. Students at high schools as well as NFL players are kneeling during the national anthem. Many people say kneeling is disrespectful. One fan attending the Bears Packers game on Thursday said

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Finding Your Inner Sports Story

Posted: September 29, 2017
By: Talha S., Teen Blogger

Nowadays most teenagers play a sport. Every teen who plays has a story behind their choice to play that sport. For most of them, their childhood affects their choice and carries through with them as they grow. The first choice isn’t always the choice that sticks. Sometimes, we know it when we feel it, and

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A camera lens.

Lenses of Perception

Posted: September 22, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

The eclipse reminded us that we need lenses to see clearly sometimes. The sun, in all its glory, is too overwhelming for us to experience all at once. Looking back at Earth, our world is so complex that we must filter information to concentrate on certain parts. The complexity of group mentality, national society, economic

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A Scouting Civilization

Posted: September 15, 2017
By: Chris E., Teen Blogger

The young portion of any group is the future of that group. This is true for a colony of ants, a company of badgers, or a population of humans. One of the best ways to guarantee the continued growth and success of a civilization is to provide its inhabitants, especially its young people, with ample

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The Search for My Passion

Posted: September 8, 2017
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

Have you ever suddenly discovered something about yourself, something you may have never expected yourself to take upon? This recently happened to me; more specifically, it happened to me this summer. As I lazed around the house, sitting around with not much to do, the long summer days finally started to itch. I was yearning

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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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