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A young girl alone playing the guitar.

Sing Your Heart Out

Posted: February 2, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Some of us sing and want no one to ever, ever — not in a million years — hear us. Dogs start howling. Cats scream and run. Chickens cluck like they’re possessed. Nearby babies wail. Fish swim deeper. Sounds terrible, eh? (Pun intended!) But what happens to us when we sing is, well, oh so

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Andy Goldsworthy Ephemeral Works by Andy Goldsworthy

Art and Soul

Posted: January 19, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Art can resonate deeply in our soul. Art can make us laugh, or say “WHAT THE—?!” That’s what’s great about it. Art can tell us something, even if that something it wants to say is “Don’t think about anything ever at all.” Andy Goldsworthy does the first and a bit of the last for me. Goldsworthy

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GEPL’s Teen Scene Art Contest Returns!

Posted: January 5, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

February freezes the soul. January gets away with being the first month, and we expect to have frozen toes in January. February gets deeper into our bones, and March reaches for our emotions. If April is cold, we know Mother Nature is being mean for a reason. To melt our frozen spirits, we have the Teen

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Gothic Wonder: Art, Artifice and the Decorated Style by Paul Binski

The Joy of Fog

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

Rainy, misty, gray-clouded days are my favorite. I associate those days with serenity, curiosity, and wanderlust. I feel calm because I don’t have ideas of what I’m supposed to do on those days; I can do whatever I want. I always wonder, “what’s out there” in a way that I don’t on clear days; the shadowy

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandha Menon

Do Your Own Thing

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

I — as a teenager warped by today’s world of social media, TV shows, and nonstop advertisement — am quite clueless about who society wants me to be. Should I follow the path of big-name celebrities, who have fame, glory, and wealth? Or should I take a less showy path to success? What kind of

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Three small ghosts trying to be scary.

A Scary Amount More

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

We all have images of what Halloween is supposed to be in our minds. Most of us think of bats, cats, witches, frothing cauldrons, attempts to scare anyone we can, and haunted houses. Trying to get to the root of Halloween is one of the most dizzying escapades we can begin. What we think is

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Power of Sharing Struggles

Posted: October 27, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

It can be scary to tell people we trust about our fears or weaknesses. If we think something is embarrassing or not normal, we tend to hide it because it makes us feel weak or different. When this happens, we keep quiet and carry our burdens alone. We miss the power we might have gained

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The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong by Judith Rodin

Growth and Change

Posted: October 20, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Human bodies are hollow. Really, think about that. We have squishy bags inside. We gain energy and nutrients from putting food into our bellies and oxygen in our lungs. Bones have hollow cores where spongy marrow produce blood cells. Strange, right? Maybe you’ve already thought a lot about this; I haven’t before now. The way

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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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