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New Year, New “Best” Lists

By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

Jolly Fresh Year!  The beginning of a New Year is a great time to reflect on the previous one, and probably why so many “best” lists come out in January. Best Cars, Best Toys, Best Books – how do you use “best” lists? What makes a book a “best book”?  It shouldn’t be a surprise

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Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Image of Paper Things book cover By: Maddie, an 8th grader at Hadley Junior High

The book Paper Things is an incredible book, and very enjoyable to read. It is a book about a girl, Ari, and her older brother Gage, who move out of their guardian’s house because she isn’t treating Gage well. They have to move from their friend’s house to living on the streets, and it gets

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Encouraging All Readers

By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

Working in a library, I hear lots of conversations among people browsing “the stacks.” Many of these conversations are positive: “Hey, I found it!” “Mom, can we get this one?” “Wow, look at how many they have about (insert a topic).” But every once in a while, I hear a conversation that criticizes someone’s choice

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Ghost by Jason Reynolds

By: Elise

I did not like the book Ghost. Our whole school had to read it, but it didn’t really connect with me. The topic was sports, and that does not intrigue or interest me. The book begins with a really dark note. Castle Cranshaw, aka Ghost, had an alcoholic father who tried to shoot him and

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Programs


  • The Middle Squad
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
    The Middle

    Work with library staff to prepare for programs, pull books, and help as needed. Please visit the middle school volunteer page of gepl.org to fill out an application to join The Middle Squad. For grades 6-8.

  • New Year, Old Favorites
    Wednesday, January 29, 2020 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Youth Program Room

    Watch old cartoons (think Looney Tunes), eat cereal, and play classic games like Tic-Tac-Toe and Hearts. For grades 6-8.

  • The Middle Squad
    Tuesday, February 4, 2020 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
    The Middle

    Work with library staff to prepare for programs, pull books, and help as needed. Please visit the middle school volunteer page of gepl.org to fill out an application to join The Middle Squad. For grades 6-8.

  • The Middle Squad
    Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
    The Middle

    Work with library staff to prepare for programs, pull books, and help as needed. Please visit the middle school volunteer page of gepl.org to fill out an application to join The Middle Squad. For grades 6-8.

  • For Homeschoolers: Picture Me Yours
    Wednesday, February 12, 2020 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    Youth Program Room

    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, make picture frames to share with your loved ones. For kids of all ages.

  • Picture Me Yours
    Wednesday, February 12, 2020 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
    Youth Program Room

    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, make picture frames to share with your loved ones. For kids of all ages.

  • The Middle Squad
    Tuesday, February 18, 2020 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
    The Middle

    Work with library staff to prepare for programs, pull books, and help as needed. Please visit the middle school volunteer page of gepl.org to fill out an application to join The Middle Squad. For grades 6-8.

  • GEPL Get Together: Feel the Beat
    Thursday, February 20, 2020 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    North & South Meeting Rooms

    Warm up and boogie down with some new dance moves! Cristina Turcan from Fred Astaire Dance Studio will teach you how to line dance, swing, and hustle. Beginners welcome. For adults and kids of all ages.

  • The Comic Book Caper
    Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Youth Program Room

    Hero, villain, or sidekick—which will you be? Become a detective in this hands-on mystery puzzle and uncover the clues to solve The Case of the Missing Comic Book. For grades 6-8.

  • Leap (Frog) Into Leap Year!
    Friday, February 28, 2020 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Youth Program Room

    Participate in some fun froggy activities, crafts, and jumping games to get your body moving and celebrate the extra day we have this year! For kids of all ages.

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