Next Week

Monday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 6-12 are invited to a Chocolate Festival. Sample various chocolates, compete in a chocolate building contest, candy games, and more. Registration is requested.

Wednesday, February 28 @ 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Students in grades 6 through 12 can enjoy a variety of video games, board games, computer games, crafts, and other activities at the Moline Public Library during After School Fun. Make duct tape crafts. Drop in any time. No registration required.

Thursday, March 1 @ 3:30 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. Grades 6-12.

Thursday, March 1 @ 6:00 p.m.
Join HyVee dietitian Hannah Eddy to create and enjoy a Spring feast in a Cooking Class. Open to grades 4-8. Space is limited and registration is required.

A three-part LEGO Robotics workshop will be held on March 5, 12, and 19 @ 6:00 p.m. Create commands and modify them to have your robot compete in a race. Attendance at all three sessions is recommended. Space is limited and registration is required.

Students in grades 6-12 can create a 3-5 minute video for a chance to win $100 in the Teen Video Contest. Information and an entry form are available HERE. Entries are due March 1.

 

Want to get reminders about upcoming teen programs at the Moline Public Library? Sign up for Remind at https://www.remind.com/join/mpl-teens.

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A Librarian Reads…

Burn, Baby, Burn by Meg Medina

Nora is just trying to get by in 1977 New York City. She’s looking forward to graduating high school and turning eighteen so she and her best friend, Kathleen, can disco all night long. But she can’t ignore all the troubles going on around her. For starters, her brother, Hector, is getting out of control. But her Mima makes excuses for his drug use and violence and warns Nora that family must always come first. And the whole city is on alert about the serial killer known as Son of Sam, who is targeting girls with long dark hair—like Nora. Which makes it difficult for her to find the time and courage to go out with the cute new guy at the store where she works. But the worst is yet to come, and Nora will have to make a terrible choice about where she stands and what she stands for.

Recommended for readers in high school and up with an interest in history and family stories.

* Book read as e-book

 

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2018 Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

2018 Winner

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

 

2018 Honor Books

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman

 

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

February 21 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

February 21 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

February 21 – Star Wars: Destiny @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

February 22 – Teen Chef @ East Moline Public Library

February 22 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

February 24 – Teen Video Contest: Creative Workshop @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

February 24 – Chess Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

February 26 – Fandom Book Club @ Davenport Public Library (Main)

February 26 – Tween/Teen Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

February 26 – Escape Room: Stolen Goods @ LeClaire Community Library

February 27 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

 

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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 to find the book or place a hold.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air, Book One)
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. To win a place at the Court, she must defy Prince Cardan—and face the consequences.

I Never by Laura Hopper
Janey’s priorities used to be clear: track, school, friends, and family. But when she learns her parents are getting divorced, her world starts to shift. Back at school, Luke, an adorable senior, pursues Janey, and she realizes that she has two new priorities to consider: love and sex.

Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda
After her ex-boyfriend Caleb dies, his mother asks her to pack his things from his room. Even though, or maybe because, she blames Jessa for his accident. As Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all. Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?

The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith
Bun O’Keefe is a 14-year-old girl in 1980s Newfoundland, who runs away to the city and is taken in by a street musician who lives with an eclectic cast of characters: a pot smoking dishwasher with culinary dreams; a drag queen with a tragic past; a Catholic school girl desperately trying to reinvent herself; and a man who Bun is told to avoid at all cost.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life—she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

Next Week

Monday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 6-12 are invited to a Chocolate Festival. Sample various chocolates, compete in a chocolate building contest, candy games, and more. Registration is requested.

Students in grades 6-12 can create a 3-5 minute video for a chance to win $100 in the Teen Video Contest. Information and an entry form are available HERE. Entries are due March 1.

A Librarian Reads…

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

November 1, 1988 starts out an almost-ordinary day for Erin. She gets up before dawn to deliver newspapers. But last night was Halloween, and the people who are still out are not the kind you want to run into in the dark. Which, of course, she does. Fortunately, before the creepy teenager bothering her can cause any harm she’s rescued by a trio of female news carriers. Including Mac, the first paper girl in their town. Splitting into two pairs for safety, they continue on their routes. But before long there’s more trouble. Only this time it’s not just the usual creeps. Something very wrong is going on. What can four middle school girls do against monsters and aliens?

This graphic novel is a great blend of historical and science fiction. Recommended for readers in high school and up.

 

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