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Space, The Final Frontier

Posted: April 21, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

I love the universe. That’s big claim, isn’t it? No pun intended. Well, pun was kind of intended. I knew what I was writing, and I could’ve change it if I wanted. But I digress. I love the universe. I love space. I love planets, mysterious black holes, nebulae (especially the Crab), and huge asteroids

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Adopting a Character or Series Any Time

Posted: April 14, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

I’m a fan of superpeople who have a gothic, noir glory to them, like Batman, Wolverine, Batwoman, and Constantine. I started loving graphic novel characters in my late teens. I didn’t interact with comics when I was growing up. The first superperson I attached to, and the only superperson to whom I was attached, was

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St. Paul and the Broken Bones play at NPR's Tiny Desk Concert

Mundane Intensity

Posted: April 10, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Ever heard of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert? It’s totally great. The band or group or person is set up in a little office surrounded by books. So, that should convince you already: music surrounded by books. It’s got standard, good lighting; no mood lighting to try to make everyone better-looking, or match the lighting to

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Silhouettes of teens holding various Nerf guns.

Nerf War

Posted: March 31, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

We had a blast, it was a smash hit, the event was on target, it was a bull’s eye…the Nerf War was a fantastic experience. There were only small number of us, but that almost made it better than a huge group. We got to play multiple rounds of Zombie Antidote, where we had one

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Congratulations GEPL Teen Scene Art Contest Winners!

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

I am very proud to announce our GEPL Teen Scene Art Contest winners! Photography and Graphic Design Winner: Jennifer Doran’s Tranquility Runner-Up: Emma Orr’s Bloom Runner-Up: Sophie Guastaferri’s Laie-Pointe Drawing and Painting Winner: Jennifer Orozco’s Dancer Runner-Up: Courtney Cosby’s Ohma Runner-Up: Karen Milroy’s Alpacan Chicken Ceramics and Sculpture Winner: Connnor Lavin’s Bird of Prey Runner-Up: Madelyn

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Teenager sitting at desk working on project with books floating around him.

Just Not Feeling It

Posted: March 10, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Some days you just don’t feel it. The “it” being motivation, inspiration, vision, or excitement to do your homework, apply for a college, update your resume, train for a marathon, or read your book. Other days, you know what you want to say, you want to feel the weights push against your strength, have the

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Blue New Year's hat, confetti, and pen sitting on top open notebook.

Following Through On Your New Year’s Resolution

Posted: March 3, 2017
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

You’ve prepared all you can for the new year. You’ve written an ultra-long list of resolutions, all of which you plan on somehow achieving throughout the year, and vow to yourself that you can, you will, and you must complete that list by the next December 31st. All gleeful and excited, you jump into the

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G.K. Chesterton

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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