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Hidden Gems of the Library (and How to Utilize Them)

It’s no secret that I’m fairly new to the Niles-Maine District Library staff. I’m lucky that I’ve just started working with my amazing team about three months ago. I’ll admit, I had an old-fashioned idea of what a library could be (long stacks of books, librarians shushing me all the time), and let me tell […]

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YA Gets Real and Deals with Mental Health Issues – Part Two

Last week, in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, we began talking about YA novels whose lead characters manage mental health conditions. Let’s meet some of these characters. The heroine of Melina Marchetta’s Saving Francesca has a mother battling depression and sometimes unable to get out of bed. But, despite the long shadow of major […]

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John Green, author of Turtles All the Way Down and, of course, The Fault in Our Stars

YA Gets Real and Deals with Mental Health Issues – Part One

And what better time to take stock of this than May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month? Young Adult fiction is a good barometer of our changing culture. YA fiction exploded in “the mental health space” just as celebrities started talking more openly about their challenges: Kendrick Lamar and Dwayne Johnson (depression), Emma Stone and […]

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