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Multiple open books stacked on top of each other with inserts and pencils stuck between pages.

So Much — Too Much?

Posted: July 21, 2017
By: Lola K., Teen Blogger

High school: it can be a crazy place, filled with stressful classes, loads of homework and producing lifelong memories. It’s the stage in someone’s life when they begin the last chapter before adulthood. It’s four years of really beginning to find out who they are and what they want to do in the future. However,

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It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It’s Kind of a Funny (Heavy) Story

Posted: July 14, 2017
By: Madeline, Teen Blogger

A year or two ago I picked up a book at Barnes & Noble because I thought it had a cool cover: a boy’s head with maps traced in his silhouette. I looked at the back, and thought, “Wow, this seems like some heavy stuff to put in a book. Perfect.” The premise was that a

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We Need Diverse Books

What the World Needs

Posted: July 7, 2017
By: Annabel P., Teen Blogger

Your finger skims along a row of laminated young adult books. As your finger smooths over the ridges of the colorful books, it lands on one of the thicker novels that appears to be the first book in a series. Pulling out the book, you skim the cover where a beautiful teenage girl stares dramatically

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Tidy Time

Posted: June 30, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

My iPhone gets cluttered quickly. Lots of apps excite me, and I think “Oh, I’ll use this all the time!” A few months pass, and I haven’t opened it in a week, which turns to weeks, and before you know it, I don’t really remember the last time I used it. There’s a way to

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See It Once, Do It Twice

Posted: June 23, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

When I think about something I have to do, I’ve noticed I have a trend: I try to envision doing it. I think about the space, about what I’ll say, about the people involved, about how it feels to do whatever it is I’m planning to do. I feel a tad bit more prepared if

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Set Yourself Free

What I Don’t Have, I Don’t Need. What I Don’t Need, I Don’t Have.

Posted: June 16, 2017
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

It is of human nature to look at the possessions of others and draw parallels to one’s own life; sometimes we wonder if ours are as important. Although one may already own these possessions, it is highly likely that envy will arise. We may perceive the other person’s versions better, or surmise they are happier.

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A woman and a man looking at each other through binoculars with words such as deficiency, inadequacy, weakness and abandonment written on them.

Snap Judgment — Good or Bad?

Posted: June 9, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

One of my favorite radio programs and podcasts is NPR’s Snap Judgment. They’re collections of stories from people, told in entertaining ways, in different themes. Each story has some question, some mystery, some strange or inexplicable occurrence that makes you scratch your head in bewilderment or laugh in surprise. At the end of each story,

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Monstrous Affections by Kelly Link and Gaving J. Grant

Judge a Book by Its Cover

Posted: June 2, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Some people say “don’t judge a book by its cover,” which typically means you should get to know something, or someone, before you decide what you think about it or them. It can refer to how a person dresses, or how food looks, or anything else you may wish to make a snap judgement about.

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Silhouettes of teens in front of teacher and chalkboard with language written on it.

Language Magic

Posted: May 26, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Words have always been magical to me. I love Elizabethan English, the language that Shakespeare used; it sounds high, it sounds like it’s flying, it sounds like it could echo in eternity. When you dig down into a subject, you start to find and use technical language. Sciences and Arts have technical language that often

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English philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein

“They” as Singular (Part Two)

Posted: May 19, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Language is often more important than we realize. We have strong words like “love” or “hate” that have a lot of emotional weight behind them. Telling a partner or family member “I love you” requires a lot of emotional commitment (if it’s said sincerely). Letting someone know that “I hate it when you talk to

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