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What I Just Read: 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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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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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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