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Josh O’Shea

Enslaved hands with words such as racism, bias, prejudice written on them.

Ideas and Actions

Posted: August 18, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Charlottesville gives us a vivid image of ideas on the march. It’s easy to distinguish the evil of white supremacy by its physical violence and rhetoric. However, what happens when someone defends an idea as being different, or another perspective, that’s as equally valid as any other, but we have a feeling that something is

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PBS kids program Between the Lions.

Truth or Lion?

Posted: August 4, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Ever have a moment when you shock yourself, realizing something that you saw in your past meant something else, or more, than when you witnessed it? Ever think of a conversation you had with someone, and days later said, “Oh! That’s what she meant!” Or when you see a Nestle truck and realize its branding

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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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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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“They” As Singular (Part One)

Posted: May 12, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Grammar Girl reports Chicago Manual Style and Associated Press Stylebook say “they/them” can be used to refer to individual people. Feminism and queer theory have been saying for a while that “he” shouldn’t refer to women or men, and that we need words that don’t out the subject in a way that would bias the

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Escapism

Posted: April 28, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Sometimes, it’s good to get away. Sometimes it’s important to shift your focus away from your personal life, school life, work life, love life, or any other category you might have. It’s not possible to put these things on pause, of course, but you can shift your attention. Leaving a piece of writing after the

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Picture of space.

Space, The Final Frontier

Posted: April 21, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

I love the universe. That’s big claim, isn’t it? No pun intended. Well, pun was kind of intended. I knew what I was writing, and I could’ve change it if I wanted. But I digress. I love the universe. I love space. I love planets, mysterious black holes, nebulae (especially the Crab), and huge asteroids

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