Teen Poetry Contest

The Moline Public Library is holding a Poetry Writing Contest for teens in grades 6 through 12 to celebrate National Poetry Month in April. Teens are invited to submit one original poem of up to 25 lines. All entries will be checked for plagiarism and appropriate content. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. First place in each category will win a $25 Border’s gift card. Second place will win a $15 card and third place a $10 card.

The entry form is avaiable here. Submissions should be turned in to the Moline Public Library no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Contestants should write their name on the bottom of the form only and will be assigned an entry number so that all submissions can be judged anonymously.

On Saturday, April 30 the Library will host an Awards Ceremony and Poetry Café at 10:00. Prizes will be given to the winners and all contestants will have a chance to read their poems. Light refreshments will also be served.

If You Like “The Hunger Games” try…

Exodus by Julie Bertagna
by Kristin Cashore
Matched by Allyson Condie
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Hole in the Sky by Pete Hautman
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

See the full list here.

Video Contest for Teens

The American Library Association is hosting a “Why I Need My Library” video contest for teens. Just make a 1-3 minute video and upload it to YouTube by April 18, 2011 for your chance to win up to $3000! Visit http://www.ilovelibraries.org/whyineedmylibrary/ for more information.

Don’t have a video camera? Visit the Moline Public Library to check out a Flip Video Camera.

Zombie Survival Club

Will you survive the Zombie Apocalypse? Join us at the Moline Public Library on Saturday, March 12 at 2:30 p.m. to discuss all things zombie. This month we’ll play a variety of zombie games. Got a board game, card game, or video game for the Wii? Bring it along and sharpen your skills. Free snacks to tide you over.

Game Daze

Looking for something to do after school? Come on over to the Moline Public Library on Wednesday, March 9 from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. to enjoy Game Daze. We have a variety of board, card, and video games to choose from, or bring your own. Snacks are provided, and it’s all FREE!

Anime Club

Join us on Tuesday, March 8 at 3:00 for the Moline Public Library Anime Club. We’ll watch a film at 3:30, enjoy snacks, and have time to discuss.