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Gaming at GEPL

Posted: May 10, 2019
By: Joshua O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Virtual Reality (VR) can expand our horizons and help us experience new places or things. In 2018, the library had a VR Club for high schoolers that met a few times a month to try out different games and rate them for future use. There were a few regulars who came every time. Others only

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Exploration Beyond Books

Posted: April 15, 2019
By: Joshua O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

A dust cloud blooms on the surface of the red planet. There is no welcome party, there are no banners or noisemakers, no blinding paparazzi. Within view, only dusty planes, arid foothills, and open space. The visitor is a delegate from another planet who traveled millions of miles with no promise of ever reaching the

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Being American to Me

Posted: March 6, 2019
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

Each year, ever since I was a young girl, I sit down to a table of hot Indian dishes for an Eid celebration. In the middle of our table is a big bowl of spicy rice and meat, biryani. Pickle is always served alongside this, not to mention crunchy Indian crackers, papad. Everything is spicy

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Teen Art Contest Results

Posted: February 18, 2019
By: Joshua O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

This year’s Teen Art Contest was wonderful, and we want to thank everyone who came out. It was a snowy, blowy day—although any weather after the polar vortex would have felt tropical. Our show coincided with a reception for the February Artist of the Month, the Seagrave Family, which featured artists from a few generations.

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Planet Under Pressure

Posted: January 28, 2019
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

Our planet is undergoing a lot of pressure from its inhabitants. The energy industry is a culprit of releasing tons of toxic gases into the atmosphere. Branches of the energy industry include biofuels and oil. Biofuels seem like a clean alternative to dirtier industries like coal, but biomass creates harmful carbon dioxide and sulfur emissions

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What I Just Read: Fat Girl on a Plane

Posted: January 14, 2019
By: Megan M., Teen Blogger

In Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly Devos, Cookie Vonn is very passionate about fashion and has dreamed of working in the industry since she was a little girl. Now she is a senior in high school, wondering why she can’t get into Parsons School of Design. Cookie is considered “plus-size,” which makes it

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Island of the Blue Dolphins (Part III: Analysis)

Posted: December 31, 2018
By: Nada A., Teen Blogger

In my AP Human Geography course as a freshman, I read Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies by Jared Diamond. It provided a new perspective on how various peoples can possess different types of knowledge and how this can affect their survival, communication, and societal advancement. In Island of the Blue Dolphins,

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Island of the Blue Dolphins (Part II: Summary)

Posted: December 21, 2018
By: Nada A., Teen Blogger

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell begins with an introduction of the narrator and her brother. Karana, or Wonapalei, is a vibrant girl who lives in the village of Ghalas-at with her sister Ulape, her brother, Ramo, and her father, the chief. While collecting roots for the tribeswomen, Karana sees a red ship

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Island of the Blue Dolphins (Part I: Historical Background)

Posted: December 10, 2018
By: Nada A., Teen Blogger

Island of the Blue Dolphins is a story about an islander named Karana and is one of my favorite books. Vibrant and realistic, it begins as a mystery and transforms into a spirited tale about resourcefulness and tradition. It is sure to have a lasting impact on readers. Author Scott O’Dell enjoyed the outdoors as

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Life in the Center

Posted: November 27, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Life is between bark and core. Tree rings show how new layers can grow around the outside of old layers. The hardened center acts as an anchor. And like those layers in a tree, our surroundings affect us. Humans have roots and leaves that absorb the nutrients we live in, forming new layers. The words

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