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August 17, 2015 at 8:39 pm Leave a comment

playaway audiobooks: coming June 1st

It’s happened! GPL has gotten rid of their Young Adult Audiobooks on cassette and will be introducing the new version of the audiobook: playaways.

Playaways are easy to use and don’t require any special equipment (except earbuds/headphones). The entire book is read to you on a ready, pocket-sized device.

To learn more about playaways, visit

To learn more about how to use playaways, visit (then click on “View the How-to-Play Demo”) and/or view the additional informational pdf file at

Look for the playaways starting June 1st! (Which is also the first day of the Teen Summer Reading Experience!)

May 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

The Last Alter This Book Club and Read That! for this school year

The last meeting of Alter This Book Club for the school year is Monday, May 9 from 4-6pm in the auditorium. We’ll be finish up our projects and creating 3-D paper flowers to decorate our teen space.  Sign up for the program at the front desk, or by telephone (574) 533-9531.

The last meeting of Read That! Book Discussion for the school year is Thursday, May 19 from 6:30-7:30pm in meeting room A/B. This month we’re reading Paper Towns, by John Green. School Library Journal said, “Green builds tension through both the twists of the active plot and the gravitas of the subject. […] beautiful and terrifying ways we can and cannot know those we love.” Sign up for the program at the front desk, or by telephone (574) 533-9531, and come pick up your copy of the book at the library.

April 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

So Long, Farewell

Well, folks, it is time for me to say good-bye. I was recently offered a new job that I have accepted, and today will be my last day at GPL.  I have loved every moment of working at the library and am leaving with so many wonderful memories.

On a lighter note, Michael, while discussing my departure, said that all of his co-workers were leaving him.  He, of course, was over exaggerating. So, make sure to stop by the Front Desk and say, “Hello! I’m sorry that all of your co-workers are leaving you” to cheer him up…or, at least, that is what Mayra wants you to do!

Oh, and don’t worry about the blog.  Until Ann-Margaret finds a replacement, I will sneak on once in awhile to share what is new in the world of teen lit!  For example, I HAVEN’T EVEN DISCUSSED THE CASTING OF THE HUNGER GAMES MOVIE YET!

April 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment

How Hard Can It Be?

How Hard Can It Be? is a new series on the National Geographic Channel, where people try to figure out how hard it would be to accomplish certain feats.  The latest challenge was to see if they could get a house to fly in the air with balloons similar to what the main character did in Up.

The crew was able to get their house to fly with the assistance of 300 helium balloons.  The balloon were 8′ high, and it took an entire helium tank to fill a single balloon!  Once it was up in the air, the house flew for over an hour and went at least 10 stories up into the sky!

Check out the video below showing the project and click here to see photos of their challenge.

March 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm 1 comment

Man vs. Snow

As promised, here are the pictures of Michael in front of the snow mountain in our parking lot. It took me awhile to find the adapter cord for my camera, but, when I did, the photos paid off!

Here is a vertical view of Michael and the snow mountain. Please note that said mountain is taller than Michael.

And, to prove that the snow mound extended throughout the parking lot, here is a horizontal view of Michael and the snow for your viewing pleasure.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on whether or not you like snow), the gigantic pile of snow has started to shrink with the warmer weather. Have you seen any mounds of snow that are larger around Goshen? If you have seen one, then where?

February 15, 2011 at 6:43 pm 1 comment

Teens’ Top Ten for 2010

It’s time to vote for YALSA’s Teen’s Top Ten!  You may be wondering what the Teens’ Top Ten is.  It is a teens’ choice list of your favorite books from the previous year!  The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week in October!  I’m pulling for Catching Fire, Geektastic, If I Stay, Beautiful Creatures and Shiver.  Who do you want to see in the Top Ten?

August 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Your 2010 YA March Madness Champions

If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s April – which means our 2nd Annual YA March Madness Tournament has come to an end.  This year, the competition was intense.  Middle school and high school students across Goshen cast over 800 votes!  When Michael, Tabi and I finished counting all of the ballots, we had not 1, but 2 winners!  At Goshen Middle School, Rick Riordan’s The Last Olympian won by only 6 votes.  At Goshen High School, Suzanne Collin’s Catching Fire reigned supreme.  Needless to say, I was doing a victory dance in the workroom due to the outcome of the tournament.  Good job, teens of Goshen (not that I am biased toward the winners or anything)!

Also, congratulations are in store for Mercede G., Crystal F., Lily N., Skyler L. and Brett F. who won free books from GPL during the tournament.

April 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm Leave a comment

Jane Mayse Scholarship

Jane Mayse was a Goshen educator who helped found the Goshen Adult Literacy Program as well as the Friends of the Goshen Public Library.  She believed that education was the key to every door.

The $1,000 scholarship is available to high school seniors who are valid Goshen Public Library resident and non-resident card holders.  Students must submit an application and complete an essay using the following topic:

“In order to achieve success in life, it will be necessary for you to make a commitment to  lifelong learning.  In an essay of 200-300 words, discuss your plans for your undergraduate education, explaining how these plans relate to your personal views and to your commitment to lifelong learning.”

Please do not put your name on the essay page.  Essays will be judged on how well the essays are developed, the expressiveness in writing, the competency in writing (i.e. grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.) and the thoroughness in following the directions set forth in the paragraph above.

Please double space the essay and have someone proofread it before you submit it!

Goshen High School seniors may pick up the application form at the GHS guidance office and return it there.  All other applicants may obtain an application at the GPL Front Desk and return it there.

Applications are due by April 1, 2010.

March 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

Eclipse Trailer

Here is the long awaited for trailer for Eclipse.  I’m going to be perfectly honest with y’all.  I am not excited about this one.  I really want to be excited, but – for some reason – I can’t seem to reach a level of jumping up and down with excitement that should be appropriate for the movie.  The first two films made oodles of money and left people standing in long lines to see them.  I get that, I really do.  But, just because a movie makes a ton of cash, does not mean that it is good.

Now, as I am writing this post, Michael is trying to psych me up about Eclipse. He told me that the Harry Potter movies didn’t really hit their stride until the third film in the series.  To which I responded, “Michael, there are 7 films – o.k. technically 8 – with the Harry Potter series.  Twilight only has 4 – 5 if they are lucky.  Twilight is running out of time to redeem itself!”  Who knows, maybe I will feel less ‘meh’ about Eclipse when June 30th rolls around.  Anyways, on a more positive note, I hope you enjoy the trailer!

March 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

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