Next Week

The Summer Reading Program runs June 4 through July 30, 2016. Keep track of how much you read to receive prizes and enter drawings. Sign up for great programs all summer long. Register at the library or online.

Wednesday, July 27 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Students ages 11-18 are invited to Afternoon Gaming, featuring a variety of video games, board games, and other activities. Drop in any time. No registration required.

Friday, July 29 @ 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Students ages 11-18 are invited to the Moline Public Library on Friday, July 29 from 5:30 to 10:30 to take part in the National Library Lock-In. Join us for a variety of food, games, and activities in the library after hours and connect with other teens across the country. Registration and permission slip required are required. Call 309-524-2470 to register.

A Librarian Reads…

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is a Silverback gorilla. But he doesn’t live in the jungle, or even a zoo. His domain is a small cage in a circus in a mall. His friends include Stella, the performing elephant, Bob, a stray mutt who sleeps on his belly, and Julia, the daughter of the mall’s custodian. Ivan spends his days happily eating, showing off for the few visitors, and drawing pictures which are sold in the gift shop. But everything changes when a baby elephant comes to live at the mall. For the first time in his life, Ivan feels like a real Silverback with someone to protect.

Though this is a children’s story, the language is so beautiful and moving I would recommend it to everyone. But be aware, life for animals in a circus in a mall is not always happy or easy to read about.

 

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Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award: 2017 Master List

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Rain Reign by Ann. M. Martin

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

July 20 – Paracord Bracelets @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 20 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

July 21 – Tabletop RPG @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 21 – Anime Club @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

July 23 – Cookie Decoration Challenge @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 25 – Smash Bros/Pokken Tournament Free for All @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 25 – Pizza John Club @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

July 26 – Dungeons & Dragons & Donuts @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

July 26 – Tabletop RPG @ Bettendorf Public Library

 

Would you like your teen-friendly events listed here? Let me know in the comments.

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.

The World Beneath by Janice Warman
South Africa, 1976. Joshua lives with his mother in the backyard of their wealthy white employers’ house in the city by the sea. When he rescues a stranger and riots begin to sweep the country, Joshua has to face the world beneath—the world deep inside him—to make heartbreaking choices that will change his life forever.

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. Then they meet miles away from home. Kate has run away from a chance to meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way. Little do they know they will soon become the most important person in each other’s lives.

Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley (Alternative Detective, Book One)
Ang repairs the chimneys, towers, and spires of Bar-Selehm, a city built on the trade of the precious mineral luxorite. A historical luxorite icon is stolen at the same time Ang’s new apprentice is killed. She agrees to help a young politician investigate the death, but the link between the two crimes makes the case more dangerous than she bargained for.

With Malice by Eileen Cook
Jill wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the last six weeks, including her trip to Italy or the fatal car accident that ended it. Now she finds herself facing an investigation and possible murder charges. How can she say she didn’t kill her best friend when she honestly does not remember?

The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson and A.L. Sonnichsen
Charlie may seem like an average high school sophomore—but she’s just really good at pretending. Outside of school Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts in the world. And it’s not easy flying under the radar when you’re aiming for Olympic gold…especially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw your whole world off balance.

Next Week

The Summer Reading Program runs June 4 through July 30, 2016. Keep track of how much you read to receive prizes and enter drawings. Sign up for great programs all summer long. Register at the library or online.

Vote for your favorite series in our Tournament of Books. Entries due July 16 for a chance to win a prize. Check back each week for the new bracket.

Wednesday, July 20 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Students ages 11-18 are invited to Afternoon Gaming, featuring a variety of video games, board games, and other activities. Drop in any time. No registration required.

A Librarian Reads…

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Celia and Marco, two young illusionists, are pitted in a magical duel that will result in one of their deaths.  They unknowingly participate, developing their magical skills, while never seeing their opponent. The setting of their competition is the Cirque des Reves (Circus of Dreams), which travels the world, appearing and disappearing with no notice.  The pair eventually meet, and through their refusal to continue the game, risk their lives and the existence of the circus. The story of Celia and Marco is gripping, but readers will also be mesmerized by the other members of the circus and Bailey, a boy whose fascination with the circus draws him into their world.

This is a truly magical book. Recommended for junior high and up.

− Review submitted by Jennifer C.

 

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