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If It’s Worth Doing…

Posted: February 24, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

“Something worth doing is worth being done well.” “Something worth doing is worth being done badly.” These ideas, seemingly contradictory, are both important. We need to work hard at what we do. We need to think, plan, and carry through. I’m the type of person who always has a list of things I want to do, but

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Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Meet Your New Young Adult Librarian!

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

This is my first post for the Teen Scene blog, and my first little essay as a Young Adult Librarian. There are few places where I talk about myself in general, in the spring newsletter, The Guide, on the Adult Department Meet the Staff page, and on the Ask Josh page. But this is a place

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Book display outside Teen Scene room.

Best YA of 2016 On Display

Posted: February 8, 2017
By: Hannah Rapp

With another year gone by, many journals and awards have posted lists and chosen winners, trying to seek out the best books of 2016. Any judgment on a book is relative, but the journals and award committees this year have compiled some pretty amazing selections of great young adult books from 2016. The review journal

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You will never regret being kind

Kindness

Posted: February 1, 2017
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” — George Sand Without a doubt, an act of kindness may mean little to you, but could mean the world to someone else. I, for one, believe that kindness is among the

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Art Contest

Art Contest

Posted: January 25, 2017
By: Hannah Rapp

This year marks the third year in a row of GEPL’s Teen Art Contest! Whether you’re an artist, a friend of an artist, an art fan, or just into fun events and good food, listen up. You can get all the rules and details about the art contest on our website here, so today we’ll

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Road sign saying College Just Ahead.

Picking a College

Posted: January 18, 2017
By: Hafsa A., Teen Blogger

School. Not many people want to think about education especially when everyone is on vacation. But unfortunately, school is not going to get off anyone’s mind, especially for juniors and seniors who need to start thinking about which college they are going to. Finding the perfect college that will meet all your needs will be

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A pile of sleeping dogs.

Finals Are Over!

Posted: January 13, 2017
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

You did it!  You made it through finals! If you’re a senior at West or South, you’ve made it through your last ever high school finals. Congratulations! You’ve probably been too busy studying for the last couple of weeks to think about anything else, so now that you’re done, we wanted to remind you of

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Saying Goodbye

Posted: January 6, 2017
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

As a rule, I’m not adept at saying goodbye. I mean, sure, I can give my parents a hug before I leave, or fist bump my brothers when they’re heading back to their out of state homes. But when it comes to being real — for instance, saying things like “I’ll miss you” — I’m not so

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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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