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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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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

On the Ensemble Cast

Posted: September 23, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

Last week as I listened to Six of Crows (which is an excellent book and audiobook) I started noticing something. I was regularly googling fan art and fan casting for the characters in the book. Not just once, but often — like every time I learned new things about the characters, I wanted to re-visit people’s

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Wattpad Readers. Wattpad Readers Everywhere.


Posted: September 21, 2016
By: Ally K., Teen Blogger

Every day I open up my phone to see a little orange circle staring back at me in the upper left corner of my phone screen. It sits there right next to Netflix, which means that it is one of my top priority apps. By this point you have probably guessed that the name of

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

What I Just Read – If I Was Your Girl

Posted: September 16, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

If there’s one thing I love more than reading a good book, it’s finding a book I would love anyways, and then loving it even more thanks to stellar narration on the audiobook. Today’s What I Just Read fits the bill, and while I always recommend reading in any format, if you’re up for an

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College Essay Tips

Posted: September 14, 2016
By: Emma E., Teen Blogger

If you are one of the millions of American teenagers entering their senior year, you are likely stressing about college applications. And if you are anything like me, the most intimidating part of a very intimidating process is the essay. With three years of grades logged, standardized tests taken, and extracurricular activities participated in, the

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