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The Teen Scene

Downward spiral of books.

Knowing Only Halfway

Posted: May 18, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

I have a tendency to get anxious or even paralyzed when I feel I don’t know everything about something I feel I should. In college, I’d look for so many different sources to understand exactly what each author was saying I left little time to make my own argument. As a librarian, I feel silly when

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

What I Just Read: Children of Blood and Bone

Posted: May 4, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

What I Just Read: Children of Blood and Bone Summary: Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

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College kids walking down path.

Preparing for College

Posted: April 20, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Preparing for college — it is something many of you have to look forward to and something many of the adults around you have already been through. It’s one of those things were the more you do, the more you find you need to do to feel ready. Want to know a secret? There’s no

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Denton Little's Death Date by Lance Rubin

What I Just Read: Denton Little’s Deathdate

Posted: April 6, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

What I Just Read: Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin Summary: In a world where everyone knows the day they will die, a teenage boy is determined to outlive his upcoming expiration date. Thoughts: I just finished this one. In the near future, bio-science enables people to know when they’ll die — down to the day. People don’t know

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What I Just Read: Retribution Rails

Posted: March 23, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman is the first western novel I’ve read. Ever. Yeah, it’s weird it’s my first. Sometimes, we never know we like something until we try it. Sometimes, we don’t ever try it until we get a hunger. Then it’s like getting a surprise, and we’re like “Wait, what? I like this?

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Teen girl sitting in chair reading a book.

What’s Good?

Posted: March 9, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

What is good? When it comes to art, books, movies, or other interactions involving feelings and ideas, the short answer is, we don’t know exactly. Humans tend to make general rules about how we can decide if something is good, such as saying, “The more diversity we have, the better life is.” What we can

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State of Mind

Posted: February 23, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Have you heard the phrase “a state of mind” or “just a state of mind”? I’ve seen this phrased used to imply that calling something “just a state of mind” makes it less important than things that are more concrete. But a state of mind is very important, and can have as much influence on

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A young girl alone playing the guitar.

Sing Your Heart Out

Posted: February 2, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Some of us sing and want no one to ever, ever — not in a million years — hear us. Dogs start howling. Cats scream and run. Chickens cluck like they’re possessed. Nearby babies wail. Fish swim deeper. Sounds terrible, eh? (Pun intended!) But what happens to us when we sing is, well, oh so

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Andy Goldsworthy Ephemeral Works by Andy Goldsworthy

Art and Soul

Posted: January 19, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Art can resonate deeply in our soul. Art can make us laugh, or say “WHAT THE—?!” That’s what’s great about it. Art can tell us something, even if that something it wants to say is “Don’t think about anything ever at all.” Andy Goldsworthy does the first and a bit of the last for me. Goldsworthy

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GEPL’s Teen Scene Art Contest Returns!

Posted: January 5, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

February freezes the soul. January gets away with being the first month, and we expect to have frozen toes in January. February gets deeper into our bones, and March reaches for our emotions. If April is cold, we know Mother Nature is being mean for a reason. To melt our frozen spirits, we have the Teen

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