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Teen Art Contest Results

Posted: February 18, 2019
By: Josh 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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What I See: Connecting with Nature

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

We all live in ecosystems. Each ecosystem has diverse parts that can be similar and dissimilar to others. Together they create an environment that is interconnected and inter-affective. When we realize how these connections influence our individual activities, we’re prompted to want the best relationship within our environment as possible. There are two main partnerships

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Author with Rohingya refugees

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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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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