Next Week

Thursday, August 6 @ 6:00

Anyone who turned in their fifth card is invited to the end-of-summer Superhero Pizza Party. Enjoy pizza, pop, and games. Registration is required by calling the Library at 309-524-2470.

2015 Alex Award Winners


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.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A blind Parisian girl and an orphaned German boy conscripted by the Nazis for his radio skills meet in the chaos of the American bombing of a French coastal resort.

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
High-school students gather at the isolated Bellweather Hotel for a statewide music festival only to be trapped by a blizzard with an arrogant fingerless conductor, drunken chaperones, a missing corpse, and perhaps the ghosts of long-dead newlyweds.

Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine
The ultimate hustler, Bingo uses his brains and charm to run drugs in a Kenyan slum, but after witnessing a murder he finds himself an art dealer, an adoptee, and someone caught in a dangerous moral dilemma.

Confessions by Kanae Minato
Japanese teacher Yuko knows two middle-school students killed her daughter, and nothing in their explanations of why and how will stop her revenge.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Lydia is dead. Is it murder? Suicide? As her family grieves for their perfect teen, they learn how little they really knew Lydia and how many secrets died with her.

Lock In by John Scalzi
A virus leaves millions as “Hadens”—locked in and fully aware, but unable to move or speak except when linked to androids. Chris is one of them, working as a rookie FBI agent hunting a murderer who is targeting Hadens.

The Martian by Andy Weir
Marooned on Mars after a tragic accident, astronaut Mark Watney’s supplies are running low and he has no way to signal Earth. Fortunately Mark can grow space potatoes and has a bold plan to escape the Red Planet.

The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim
This true account of Zak Ebrahim, whose father was responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, is a powerful book about tolerance and choice.

Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
On the day Jace conquers the highest jump of the quarry, he discovers a murder victim and begins to run for his life.

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
After his face is destroyed, Sean manages to carve out a life for himself as a designer of virtual role-playing games. When two teens take the game too far, Sean is forced to relive all his moves.

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

July 29 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

July 29 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 30 – Epic Cosplay Night @ Rock Island Public Library



What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Young Adult section. Click on the title to go to the catalog for more information and place a hold.

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
Ella fell in love with Matt while spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of. And then he left town. Now he’s back and wants to re-create their perfect night.

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
When a weird zombie guy crashes a party, Sierra Santiago discovers she is part of a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers. Now she must learn to harness her powers to save them all.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Samantha is hiding a secret behind her mask of popularity: she has Purely-Obsessional OCD. When she finally meets a friend who can understand her, she has to hide the relationship from her popular crowd. Or has she found where she truly belongs?

The Six by Mark Alpert
Muscular dystrophy has taken everything from Adam, and will take his life. So when a rogue AI program threatens all of humanity, he jumps at the chance to shed his body and become a weaponized robot along with five other terminally ill teens.

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George (Silver in the Blood, Book One)
Dacia and Lou love life in New York City circa 1890. But they are called home to Romania to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and—most terrifyingly—learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke.

Next Week

Friday, July 31 @ 2:00 to 4:00

The Hero Movie Series feature will be Rise of the Guardians. Free popcorn!

Featured Series

Summer Boys by Hailey Abbott

Cousins Ella, Beth, and Jamie are at their family’s beach house for the summer and first kisses, last dances, new loves, and old flames all add up to one unforgettable summer.

1) Summer Boys

2) Next Summer

3) After Summer

4) Last Summer

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

July 22 – Maker Project @ East Moline Public Library

July 22 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

July 22 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 23 – Paper Towns Party @ Rock Island Public Library

July 23 – Tween Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

July 24 – YA Game Night  @ River Valley District Library

July 24 – Google Hangout @ East Moline Public Library

July 27 – Random Fandom @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Young Adult section. Click on the title to go to the catalog for more information and place a hold.

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Lane is sent to Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis, where he reunites with Sadie, girl he knew years ago. They team up to break the rules and have a little fun…to live before they die.

Miles from Nowhere by Amy Clipston
Chelsea has her future all planned out. But when a handsome college boy joins the local summer stock theater group, she finds herself making choices she never dreamed she would.

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
When Gia asked a cute guy to stand in as her date when her boyfriend broke up with her before prom, all she wanted was a little time to win him back. She never imagined a single night was enough time to fall in love with a boy whose name she doesn’t even know.

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, and boys must take a series of tests for a chance to win a wife. Sudasa doesn’t want to be a wife, and Kiran doesn’t want a wife. Will they be able to find their own paths?

Hit Count by Chris Lynch
Arlo loves being at the heart of the action on the football field, getting hit hard and hitting back harder. The winning plays, the cheering crowds, and the adrenaline rush are enough to convince Arlo that everything is OK—in spite of the pain, the pounding, the dizziness, and the confusion.



Next Week

Thursday, July 23 @ 6:00

Play the classic or Xbox One version of Minecraft during Minecraft Night. Board games and Nintendo Wii will also be available. Ages 11-18. No registration required.

Friday, July 24 @ 2:00 to 4:00

The Hero Movie Series feature will be Monuments Men. Free popcorn!

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 2015 Top Ten

Each year, YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks committee selects and annotates an annual list of notable audio recordings significant to young adults from those released in the past two years. The name of the list became Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults with the 2009 list and was previously known as Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults.


ACID by Emma Pass

Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Define Normal by Julie Anne Peters

Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

Half Bad by Sally Green

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Revolution, by Deborah Wiles

Skink–No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Collection, by Ian Doescher