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Josh O’Shea

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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A camera lens.

Lenses of Perception

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

The eclipse reminded us that we need lenses to see clearly sometimes. The sun, in all its glory, is too overwhelming for us to experience all at once. Looking back at Earth, our world is so complex that we must filter information to concentrate on certain parts. The complexity of group mentality, national society, economic

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The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Moore

Understanding Better

Posted: September 1, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Leading from last week’s blog, I wanted to provide some books at the library, including ones I’ve read and recommend, as well as books I want to read. My experience with books like these is that I feel I’m able to see through someone else’s eyes and gain empathy and understanding of their views. Often,

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

Me? Biased?

Posted: August 25, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Jay Smooth said racism is like bad breath, not tonsils. It’s not a question of have them/don’t have them, but a matter of degrees. We need to keep moral hygiene a priority, paying attention to our words to see if they smell funny. Words are inseparable from ideas (go figure), so if we hear things that

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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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