May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Its purpose is to raise awareness about mental illnesses, such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. It also aims to draw attention to suicide, which can be precipitated by some mental illnesses. Mental Health Awareness Month also aims to educate communities about psychological disorders, while reducing the stigma that surrounds them.

Check out one of these great books that tackles this difficult topic. Click on the title to find the book or place a hold.

Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais

Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti

We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Calvin by Martine Leavitt

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Schizo by Nic Sheff

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia


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What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Teen Corner at the Moline Public Library. Click on the title to go to the catalog for more information and to place a hold.

23 Minutes by Vivian Vande Velde
Zoe is pretty much a loser, with one exception: she can play back time and repeat events. So when she walks in on a bank robbery gone wrong, she has a chance to really shine. But she can only go back 23 minutes, and she only gets 10 tries. In the process of trying to become the heroine she doesn’t believe she can be, Zoe realizes that there is more to herself than she thought.

How Many Letters Are In Goodbye? by Yvonne Cassidy
Rhea used to write letters to her mother every Friday night, until her father decided it was stupid to write letters to a dead person. Almost eleven years since the last letter, a lot has changed. Almost 18, Rhea finds herself alone and lost. So she tries one last letter, one last chance to figure out how she got to where she is, and how to get back.

Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn
Shiels has a perfect life and a perfect boyfriend. But when the first-ever interspecies transfer student, a pterodactyl named Pyke, enrolls at her school, everything changes. Everyone is drawn to him, and Shiels is no exception.

Tripping Back Blue by Kara Storti
Finn is a drug dealer, scoring money to send his twin sister to Harvard. Torn between two worlds, his Finn’s life begins to spiral out of control, until he discovers a miracle drug called indigo. Finn is convinced that the drug is the way out of everything broken in his life. But is it really as magical as it seems?

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
The Earth is about to be hit by a comet. Denise and her family have been assigned to a shelter to wait out the blast, but when her sister goes missing she discovers something better than shelter—a generation ship. To qualify for passage you have to be useful. Will Denise’s autism keep her grounded?

Next Week

Monday, May 2 @ 6:00 p.m.
The Renewable Energy workshop teaches students about energy supply, transfer, accumulation, conversion and consumption using LEGO science sets. Call 309-524-2470 to see if spots are still open.

Thursday, May 5 @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The Teen Advisory Group is your chance to help plan programs and events for teens, recommend new books and materials for the library, earn service credits, make friends, and have fun.

Thursday, May 5 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 5 through 12 can learn to use MaKey MaKey, an invention kit that allows you to turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. Call 309-524-2470 to see if spots are still open.

A Librarian Reads…

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Whenever Astrid sees a plane flying overhead, she sends the passengers on board her love. After all, her love isn’t doing her any good these days. Her cold and distant mother has stolen her sister’s attention away, her father spends all his time smoking pot lately, and she’s more than a little confused about her feelings for Dee, who may or may not be her girlfriend. That would depend on whether Astrid is actually gay. She can’t even ask her best friend, even though Kristina is more than sure about her relationship with Donna. Everyone is putting pressure on Astrid to be someone she isn’t sure she is or even wants to be. And how is she supposed to figure it all out with rumors, lies, and hatred flying around school and home?

A realistic and unflinching look at a teen who is questioning who she is—not only her sexuality but everything in her life. Recommended for high school and up.


Would you like to submit a review of a book, movie, video game, etc. to be featured here? Leave a comment and the librarian will contact you.

Featured Series

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman

Although housebound following an eerie accident, teenaged Ryan continues to investigate the strange occurences in his hometown of Skeleton Creek, recording his findings in a journal and viewing email video clips sent by fellow detective Sarah. The reader may view Sarah’s videos on a website by using links and passwords found in the text.

1) Skeleton Creek

2) The Ghost in the Machine

3) The Crossbones

4) The Raven

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