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Josh O’Shea

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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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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