Eva Paulus

By Ollie Oster

Eva Paulus is no stranger when it comes to the library. With both parents working at the library Paulus became a part of the Teen Advisory Board at the Library before moving on as an employee.

“The best part of working at the library is being part of one of the few organizations where we can exist at without paying for and being able to just be yourself.”

Apart from spending most of her time at the library Eva is an avid artist although most of her time is devoted to reading and working at the library.

When asked what book changed her mindset on the world, Paulus had no hesitation when responding with Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. This is one of the few books that has made her cry, mainly because of her personal connections and how she is able to relate to the story. 

Paulus is a dedicated worker and her contributions to the library have been unforgettable. As she continues her work at the library she never ceases to amaze us all!

Photo Courtesy of Eva Paulus

Only the Cool Kids Will Read This Article

Part I of a Series by Wyatt Ahrens

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Did you notice something wrong with these ads? Some sound silly, but that’s not the point. There’s something logically wrong with their arguments: they don’t provide any actual reasons to buy (how their product works, price, etc.), just unsupported claims and irrelevant statements.

These ads try to convince you with logical fallacies: reasoning errors that introduce irrelevant topics, make unwarranted assumptions, or present unclear terms. They’re usually used to convince others to do or buy something. To see how these arguments are fallacious, consider:

Does popularity make the phone better (Mob Appeal fallacy)?

Does being modern make the app better (Chronological Snobbery fallacy)?

Does saying you’re the best prove you’re the best (Begging the Question fallacy)?

Are my favorite flavors really best consumed all at once (Composition fallacy)?

Fallacies are extremely persuasive; they intentionally look for weak spots in the ways we typically reason. It’s not just in ads either – fallacies also appear in general conversation, politics, and this article’s title. They’re used by children and adults alike.

How do you fight the fallacies? Whenever you’re faced with new information, you’ll spot fallacies by asking: Is that relevant? Does that follow? Does it make sense? Check our monthly newsletter for follow-up articles to help you recognize different fallacy types and avoid buying something as goofy as a sticky phone.

Breaking the Rules with Enola Holmes

A Book Review by Natalie Ahrens

“I would very much like to know why my mother named me ‘Enola,’ which, backwards, spells alone.” So begins the story of Enola Holmes, who leads a secluded life in her family’s ancestral home. On Enola’s fourteenth birthday, her mother, the only family she  knows, disappears. When her mother doesn’t return, Enola calls her much older brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock. When they arrive, they are shocked to discover their mother had been requesting funds from Mycroft but not using them in Mycroft- approved ways, including that she neglected to provide Enola a governess. Although Enola sees nothing wrong with her education (she read every book in the library) or her manners, her brothers decide to send her to boarding school. Sherlock abandons Enola and leaves for London to search for their mother, while Mycroft summons a seamstress to prepare Enola for boarding school, where she can learn to be a “proper lady” by wearing constricting corsets, suffering through useless embroidery lessons, and walking with books on her head instead of reading them. However, Enola refuses to let her brothers determine her future and flees before she can be subjected to the horrors of boarding school.

Although I’d love to tell you what happens next, it would spoil the intrigue in this delightful mystery. I can tell you it involves a missing marquess, cutthroats, and overbearing brothers. Enola is an independent, clever heroine who is determined to not be controlled at a time when women were expected to fulfill limited roles approved by men. This book leaves you wanting to know what the future has in store for unconventional Enola. Luckily, there are eight books about her, and two movies that loosely follow the books. If you like mysteries and strong young women, you should read this series. The game’s afoot!

Wisconsin Winter Wings

By Isiah Chrouser

Birding is a popular activity to do in the summer, but what can one do in the winter when most of our Avian friends migrate south to spend a toasty winter in the tropics?

Although one can still spot many species that stay all year round, there are a few bird species that do move down from further north to spend their winter in Wisconsin. Out of the winter-exclusive birds, Dark-eyed Juncos and American Tree Sparrows are the most consistent. Snow Buntings are an interesting find, often seen around lakes and in farmland. If you look upward, you may see the picturesque silhouette of a Rough-legged Hawk soaring through the skies. The Northern Shrike is another predatory bird, spotted atop trees in open fields.

Rarely, a species of bird explodes in population and consumes their local food source, spreading the species out much further than normal. This can sometimes force birds thousands of miles away from their original range. This phenomenon is called irruption. Among the irruptive birds, a fair amount rely on evergreens and other seed-producing plants to survive. This includes Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls and aptly named Red Crossbill.

Perhaps the most well-known irruptive bird is the Snowy Owl. A majestic bird, their extremely unpredictable migration behavior can lead them to be found as far south as Florida. Unusually for owls, they can be found during the day, generally perched overlooking flat snow plains. 

If you are looking for a guide to identify birds, check out Birds of Wisconsin by Stan Tekiela from the library.

The Teen Advisory Board of the Library is made up of a variety of teens aged 12-18 that meet once a month to discuss all things library. They develop events and curate different displays for the teen lounge. To learn more about TAB information and an application form can be found on the Library website. Visit the Teen Advisory Board application page.