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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: Madlyn

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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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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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You will never regret being kind

Kindness

Posted: February 1, 2017
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” — George Sand Without a doubt, an act of kindness may mean little to you, but could mean the world to someone else. I, for one, believe that kindness is among the

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Art Contest

Art Contest

Posted: January 25, 2017
By: Hannah Rapp

This year marks the third year in a row of GEPL’s Teen Art Contest! Whether you’re an artist, a friend of an artist, an art fan, or just into fun events and good food, listen up. You can get all the rules and details about the art contest on our website here, so today we’ll

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Road sign saying College Just Ahead.

Picking a College

Posted: January 18, 2017
By: Hafsa A., Teen Blogger

School. Not many people want to think about education especially when everyone is on vacation. But unfortunately, school is not going to get off anyone’s mind, especially for juniors and seniors who need to start thinking about which college they are going to. Finding the perfect college that will meet all your needs will be

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A pile of sleeping dogs.

Finals Are Over!

Posted: January 13, 2017
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

You did it!  You made it through finals! If you’re a senior at West or South, you’ve made it through your last ever high school finals. Congratulations! You’ve probably been too busy studying for the last couple of weeks to think about anything else, so now that you’re done, we wanted to remind you of

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