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On the Topic of “Based On” Movies

Posted: November 30, 2016
By: James M., Teen Blogger

In the world of entertainment, one problem which has irked me for quite some time is the increasing number of non-original “based on” movies which reach theaters. These are movies that pride themselves on being based on a true story, or a book, or on a previous movie (i.e. sequels), or any other existing tale.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: November 25, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! As I’ve mentioned before, this is my favorite holiday. Part of this is because it’s my mom’s favorite holiday, plus I always celebrate with my extended family at my parents’ house, and part of it is because there’s a LOT of good eating involved. But part of it is because it always reminds

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Allegiant Review

Posted: November 23, 2016
By: Melissa G., Teen Blogger

*Spoiler Alert: Includes Spoilers for Allegiant – Read with Caution* October 22, 2013. The day the world of literature went into shock after the release of Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy. Readers everywhere went into a rage, confused as to why Veronica Roth ended the book the way she did. I’ll admit,

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Joyride by Anna Banks

Immigration Stories

Posted: November 18, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

Back in a past life (as in, pre-library days) I spent a few years working in immigration law, both private practices and non-profit. Perhaps partially because of that, I’ve always found myself interested in reading books about immigration experiences, whether they are set in the U.S. or elsewhere. With Thanksgiving around the corner, a holiday

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Has the Internet Become America’s Favorite Storytelling Medium?

Posted: November 16, 2016
By: Sean Ma., Teen Blogger

As the age of computers has come to dominate how people interact with others, it has become apparent that the Internet has become more influential than more traditional forms of storytelling in American culture, such as television, due to its increased presence in the household. Many articles online have found that the average amount of

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

What I Just Read – Labyrinth Lost

Posted: November 11, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

It’s not every day you find a book you devour most of in a day and have a chance to meet the author. Having done both, I think it’s safe to say I’m a little obsessed with today’s What I Just Read book. What I Just Read: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova What’s It About

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MadMen TV Show

Mad Men Review

Posted: November 9, 2016
By: April G., Teen Blogger

The 1960s were a very complicated time in the United States. There was an ongoing war in Vietnam, women were expected to be housewives, and every teenager was infected with Beatlemania. Mad Men is a period drama that takes place in this intense decade, and the show covers the smoke-filled building of advertising firm Sterling

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Posted: November 4, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

It may have become very clear, if you’ve read more than two of my entries on this blog, that I read an awful lot of young adult fiction. I love it dearly, and it’s one of the reasons I love my job so much. But even I, who spend my days reading reviews of YA

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Invincible Volume One Kirkman, Walker, Crabtree

Invincible by Robert Kirkman

Posted: November 2, 2016
By: Peter F., Teen Blogger

As a person who mostly only reads novels or “actual books,” I normally forget to read any graphic novels or comics. They can seem less important or just not as engrossing/intriguing due to the shorter stories and the lack of words. However, due to newer stories and authors that create amazing worlds brought to life

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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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