Around Town

Check out these events around town…

April 25 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 25 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

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

April 26 – Teen Chef @ East Moline Public Library

April 26 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 26 – Tinker Lab 3D Needle Felting @ LeClaire Community Library

April 30 – Game Night @ River Valley District Library

May 1 – 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 Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, and Michelle Schusterman
Phoebe is a drummer ready to prover herself at the Indoor Percussion Association Convention. Vanessa has been looking forward to the WTFcon for writers for months. Callie is attending the World Taxidermy and Fish-Carving Championships more for her dad than herself. When a crazy mix-up in the hotel lobby brings the three girls together, they form an unlikely friendship against a chaotic background of cosplay, competition, and carcasses!

No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli
Following a family tragedy, Gabe finds himself the caregiver for his ailing grandfather. He does his best to make the most of his senior year with his friends John and Sofia, but going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined. And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men.

Honor Code by Kiersi Burkhart
Sam attends Edwards Academy in the hopes of getting into Harvard. She’s willing to endure the hazing, sports, and social scene she’s not really into. But will she be willing to bury the worst night of her life in order to “keep the community sacred”? As the line between truth and justice blurs, Sam must find out for herself what honor really means.

Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell
Just as Audrey’s life is starting to look up, she’s told it’s time to evacuate her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza because of the enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California. Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, Audrey wrestles with the possibility of losing her family home and remembers her relationship with Brooks. But as secrets from Brooks’s dark past come to light, Audrey wonders if he might be more dangerous than the fire.

Miles Away from You by A.B. Rutledge
It’s been three years since Miles fell for Vivian, a talented and dazzling transgender girl, and eighteen months since a suicide attempt left Vivian on life support. Now Miles is on a trip to Iceland, trying to honor Vivian’s life by photographing her treasured Doc Martens standing empty against the surreal landscapes. With each step he takes, Miles finds his heart healing–even as he must accept that Vivian, still in a coma, will never recover.

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A Librarian Reads…

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

In a small town in Colorado live a family of saints and their pilgrims. The Soria family have been saints for generations, and the three teenage cousins in 1962 are no exception. Daniel is the current Saint, quiet and thoughtful and holy. Beatriz is quiet also, because her mind is busy analyzing and sorting information, and she would rather build things than be a saint. Joaquin is boisterous and would rather be a radio DJ than a saint. When Pete comes to Bicho Raro looking to work, he is the only non-saint, non-pilgrim the town has seen. And it turns out that is exactly what they need. Because miracles come in twos. First the saint makes the pilgrims darkness visible, then the pilgrim performs the second miracle on themselves to banish the darkness. A saint must never interfere in this second miracle, or even talk to the pilgrims, or risk darkness themselves. But Daniel does, and so Beatriz and Joaquin feel they must too, to save their cousin. Now the Sorias and the pilgrims must all work together, with Pete in the middle, to save everyone.

This tale of magical realism is lyrical and beautiful and heart-wrenching. Recommended for readers in high school and up who are fans of magical realism, family stories, and Maggie Stiefvater’s previous novels.


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Featured Series

Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

Magicians rule an alternative British empire in this stylistically complex, action-packed and witty fantasy trilogy. Nathaniel, an angry apprentice magician harboring secret powers, summons a 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus to help him steal a powerful amulet. The djinni, cocky and sarcastic, forms an uneasy bound with his new master, but the theft opens a Pandora’s box of future intrigues.

Prequel) The Ring of Solomon

1) The Amulet of Samarkand

2) The Golem’s Eye

3) Ptolemy’s Gate

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

April 18 – Retro Gamers Club @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

April 18 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 18 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 19 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 19 – Teen Slime Club @ East Moline Public Library

April 19 – Stop Motion Moviemaker @ River Valley District Library

April 20 – Teen Tech Club @ East Moline Public Library

April 21 – Chess Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 21 – Mock Chihuly Sculptures @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 23 – Fandom Book ClubDavenport Public Library (Main)

April 24 – Crafting Tweens and Teens @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

April 24 – 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.

It Should Have Been You by Lynn Slaughter
Five months ago, Clara’s twin sister, Moura, was murdered. Now she’s receiving threatening emails at her staff inbox for her school’s newspaper where she ghostwrites an advice column. Convinced that her email stalker blames Clara for her sister’s death and is out for revenge, s where she he decides to undertake her own investigation. Can she solve the murder in time to save herself?

#Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid
When a classmate takes Peter’s picture and posts it online with the caption, “See Prettyboy Run,” he knows he’s in trouble. When hostiles drop through the ceiling of his 6th period chem class, Peter’s pretty sure his trouble just became a national emergency. Because he’s not really Peter Smith. He’s Jake Morrow, former foster-kid turned CIA operative.

The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith
Brooke’s junior year was supposed to be about change—a new school, making plans for college, and leaving her past behind her. Then her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father. Now Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction, as she struggles to embrace her identity, finds her true place in the world, and learns how to let go.

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
When Artemisia’s mother died she was left with two choices: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father’s paint. She chose paint. By the time she was seventeen, she was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau
A congressman’s daughter who has to be perfect. A star quarterback with a secret. A guy who’s tired of being ignored. A clarinet player who’s done trying to fit in. An orphaned rebel who wants to teach someone a lesson. A guy who wants people to see him, not his religion. They couldn’t be more different, but before the morning’s over, they’ll all be trapped in a school that’s been rocked by a bombing. When they hear that someone inside is the bomber, they’ll also be looking to one another for answers.