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The Teen Scene

Freshman by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Prepping for College Book List

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

Heading off to college this fall? Here are some great, relatable books to read this summer. And, if you do read them, be sure to log them in so they count towards your summer reading. The more you read, the more prizes you receive – and you help make a difference in your community! You

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What I Just Read: The Hazel Wood

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

One of the many wonders of fiction is that it can give you an experience you didn’t know you needed. It places you in the shoes of characters who are nothing like you, whose lives are completely unlike yours, and who have experiences you’ll never have. And it shouldn’t be too strange to read that

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What I Just Read: Breakfast with Neruda

Posted: June 22, 2018
By: Keira S. (Teen Blogger)

What I Just Read: Breakfast with Neruda by Laura Moe Summary/Thoughts: Breakfast with Neruda is a fictional novel about two delinquents that form a special bond between each other. Michael, who is living in his car when his mom’s hoarding obsession starts to become too much to handle, is working community service at the school he just got

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What I Learned: Teens Reflect on Their Customer Service Leadership Training

Posted: June 15, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

In June, the library, in partnership with B.R. Ryall YMCA, held Customer Service Leadership Training for high school students. This program provided seminar-style courses and practicum-style experiences to teens who wanted to be leaders in customer service. Participants learned skills and ideas they could apply in any setting. The training focused on values such as respect,

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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 when I don’t know everything about something I feel I should. Sometimes I become paralyzed by the anxiety, which stops me from beginning in the first place. In college, I’d look for so many different sources trying to understand every little detail of the subject that I left

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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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