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In My Experience: Visiting Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Posted: October 30, 2018
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

“Saaniyah, do you want to go to Bangladesh with me and your brother to help the Rohingyas?” my father asked me in December. My father is a neurologist working in Chicago suburbs. This would be his third trip to Bangladesh to give medical help to Rohingya refugees. “Sure, that sounds okay,” I agreed. As sure

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A single leaf falling to the ground.

What I See: Observing the World Around Me

Posted: August 31, 2018
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

A leaf falls upon my window sill in my room. It gives me an idea and I look around. Sketchbook? Check. Wooden pencil? Check. Eraser? Check. With these things in hand, I wrap a sweater around me, step outside, and sit on my front porch. My next door neighbors are playing outside, the kids are

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What I Just Read: On the Fence by Kasie West

Posted: August 3, 2018
By: Keira S., Teen Blogger

On The Fence by Kasie West is a fiction book about love, inner beauty, and finding yourself. For 16-year-old Charlie Reynolds, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its benefits. Gage, Nathan, and Jerome have taught her to outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows — including her neighbor and

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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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A man points to the smiley face.

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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Two young teens sitting in a park working on laptops.

We Always Influence

Posted: October 3, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Me, influence people? Nah, that doesn’t happen. I’ve never tried to influence anyone… Influence comes to us in different ways and forms. We see Instagrammers using a product or wearing certain clothing, and we might emulate them. We see photos of food from our favorite restaurants on social media, and our stomachs rumble with hunger. The

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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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