Next Week

Write Now! is a group for teen and adult writers of all genres and writing levels. Meetings will be on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room. Bring up to 6 pages of a piece you’re working on to the March 25 meeting to get feedback and advice.

Tween/Teen Gaming will take place on Wednesday, March 27 @ 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of video games, board games, and computer games at in the second floor program room. Drop in anytime. No registration required. Grades 6-12.

Students in grades 6-12 can submit ONE original poem of up to 30 lines in the Teen Poetry Contest. Entry forms are available at the library or online at https://bit.ly/2Gi5lAz. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Prizes will be $25, $15, and $10 gift certificates for first, second, and third places in each category (middle school or high school).

 

Check out events for teens at other area libraries:

Rock Island Public Library

Bettendorf Public Library

Davenport Public Library

East Moline Public Library

Silvis Public Library

River Valley District Library

Robert R. Jones Public Library

LeClaire Community Library

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A Librarian Reads…

Blended by Sharon Draper

Izzy spends one week with her white mom, then Isabella spends the next week with her Black dad. She’s gotten used to going back and forth between homes and parents and lives, even names. But that doesn’t mean she likes it. She especially hates how much her parents fight all the time. Now that she’s in sixth grade, though, she’s noticing other ways in which her unique situation causes problems. She isn’t even sure if she’s black or white, both or neither. And does it even matter? As she navigates through some serious incidents, she must figure out not only who she is, but who she wants to be.

Recommended for readers in middle school and up who like realistic stories that deal with families and social injustice.

2019 Alex Award Winners

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The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

 

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir

Circe by Madeline Miller

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

Green by Sam Graham-Felsen

Home After Dark by David Small

How Long ’Til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin

Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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.

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Paris, 1887. Sixteen-year-old Nathalie writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered—from the perspective of the murderer himself. When a second body is found a few days later, Nathalie has to figure out whether she’s going crazy or has the power to stop the killer.

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson
Dino’s parents own a funeral home, so he’s used to spending time with the dead. But it’s different when July shows up. Not only is she his ex-best friend, she’s also not quite dead. Or quite alive. As Dino and July attempt to figure out what’s happening, they must also confront why and how their friendship ended so badly, and what they have left to understand about themselves, each other, and all those grand mysteries of life.

The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes
The Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who hurt girls and women for years. After Thea’s cousin Natalie’s killer goes free, she’s more than willing to join them. She trains with other girls to carry out Balancings—acts of revenge guaranteed to teach a lesson. But when the Balancings begin to escalate in brutality, Thea discovers that the Black Coats are not all they seem to be.

Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (Dark Stars, Book One)
Seattle, 1913—Dorothy feels trapped, forced into an engagement she doesn’t want. So she runs into the woods, desperate to escape. New Seattle, 2077—Ash is on a mission to rescue the professor—his mentor who figured out the secret to time travel. When Dorothy collides with Ash, she stows away in his plane, only to wake up in a future Seattle devastated by earthquakes and floods. And she holds the key to putting it all right, though it may destroy Ash.

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
Lacey is finally living her dream of being in a movie, working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood. Unfortunately, she also has to finish her senior year of high school. Even worse, Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, is a full-on nightmare. As she struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance, Lacey learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script.

Next Week

TWEEN STEAM CLUB: Dissection is open to students in grades 4-8. Learn about animal science and dissect a fetal pig on Monday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited. This program is developed pursuant to a Library Services and Technology act grant administered by the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Students in grades 6-12 can submit ONE original poem of up to 30 lines in the Teen Poetry Contest. Entry forms are available at the library or online at https://bit.ly/2Gi5lAz. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Prizes will be $25, $15, and $10 gift certificates for first, second, and third places in each category (middle school or high school).

The library will be closed on Thursday, March 21 for an In-Service day.

 

Check out events for teens at other area libraries:

Rock Island Public Library

Bettendorf Public Library

Davenport Public Library

East Moline Public Library

Silvis Public Library

River Valley District Library

Robert R. Jones Public Library

LeClaire Community Library

A Librarian Reads…

Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Kate is a rider for the royal courier service. It’s not the life she imagined for herself. Once she the daughter of a minor noble who was stablemaster to the king. That all changed the day her father tried to kill the king. Now she’s a traitor too, for refusing to renounce her father. She’s managed to carve out a life, and at least she gets to work with horses. The long rides between cities even give her a chance to use her gift of animal magic safely, without risk of being discovered as a wilder. But everything changes the day Corwin, the king’s younger son and Kate’s former love interest, crashes back into her life. Despite her better judgment, Kate agrees to join him as he seeks to find out who is responsible for the attacks on the kingdom.

A great fantasy setting with a little romance and a lot of action, this book is recommended for readers in high school and up.

* Book listened to as audio CD.

Featured Series

The Agency by Y.S. Lee

Mary graduates from Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls with admirable skills, including being an undercover investigator. Working in the guise of a lady’s companion, she infiltrates a merchant’s home to try to trace his missing cargo ships. She then finds that that household is full of dangerous secrets.

1) A Spy in the House

2) The Body at the Tower

3) The Traitor in the Tunnel

4) Rivals in the City