Next Week

Wednesday, November 4 @ 12:00 p.m.
Watch The Fault in Our Stars and stick around afterward for a discussion of the book and movie. Open to grades 6 through 12. No registration required.

Thursday, November 5 @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The Teen Advisory Group is your chance to help plan programs and events for teens, recommend new books and materials for the library, earn service credits, make friends, and have fun.


A Librarian Reads…

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales 

Elise feels she’s done everything she change to make her life better, but nothing has worked. Even her decision to kill herself didn’t go as planned. But when she stumbles on a hidden night club and makes a few college aged friends, she thinks she may have finally found her place. Lessons in DJ-ing from a hot guy certainly don’t hurt. Just when it looks like everything is coming together, it starts to fall apart again. But maybe this time Elise won’t fall apart herself.

Anyone who’s been bullied or felt invisible will understand Elise’s journey. Fans of retro music will enjoy references to favorite classics. Recommended for high school and up.

Featured Series

Arkwell Academy by Mindee Arnett

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, sixteen-year-old Destiny Everhart feeds on the dreams of others, while working with a handsome human student to find a killer.

1) The Nightmare Affair

2) The Nightmare Dilemma

3) The Nightmare Charade **Just Released!**

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

October 28 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library 

October 28 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 29 – Tween Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 29 – Zombie Party @ Rock Island Public Library

October 29 – Junk Art @ @ River Valley District Library

November 2 – After School Otaku Mondays @ Bettendorf Public Library 

November 2 – NaNoWriMo Write In @ Bettendorf Public Library 

November 3 – Geek & Snack @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

November 3 – YA Writers Group @ River Valley District 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.

Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli
Dolce has grown up hidden away on an island in a lagoon in medieval Venice. She is a giant, a freak, tormented by everyone but her loving mother. When swims away after a tragedy, she lands on an island where people see her as normal, even beautiful. But evil lies in wait.

Into the Wasteland by Lesley Choyce
Dixon has decided to stop taking his meds and keep a journal. There are times he is angry and times he can see all the beauty in the world. But a tragic event makes Dixon’s journey darker and much more difficult and dangerous.

The Summer We Saved the Bees by Robin Stevenson
Wolf’s mother, who is obsessed with saving the world’s honeybees, announces she’s taking her Save the Bees show on the road—with the whole family. Wolf and his teenage stepsister aren’t so thrilled. It isn’t until the kids take some drastic action that she begins to listen.

Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius
Henry’s life seems to be perfect, but he is trapped, unable to pursue any career—or girl—his family doesn’t approve of. Anne is exactly that kind of girl, so naturally he falls for her. Based on the real-life love affair between Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Palomas and the Corbeaus are rival performing families. They each know the other is trouble, but when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing a Corbeau boy saves a Paloma girl. And falling in love might be the biggest trouble of all.


Next Week

The Teen Reading Challenge ends on Saturday, October 24. Be sure to turn in your Reading Logs by Thursday, October 29 to get your prizes and be entered into the drawings. If you’ve read at least 250 minutes, you are invited to the Final Party on Friday, October 30 from 6:00 to 7:30, which will be held at the Moline Public Library.


A Librarian Reads…

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Frankie has always felt like she was on the side of things, there but not fully included. So when she goes through some significant changes before her sophomore year and suddenly finds herself with a popular senior boyfriend, sitting at the senior table, and being invited to secret parties, she feels like maybe she’s broken through. But Matthew and his friends are holding back, hiding something from her. Something that has to do with the secret society her father used to be part of when he attended her boarding school. And Frankie seems to know more the boys do. So why not take control? What could possibly go wrong?

If you like strong girls, stories about private schools, and descriptions of hilarious pranks, you must check this out. Recommended for tweens and up.

The National Book Award

2010_nba_winnerEstablished in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award.


2015 Young People’s Literature Longlist:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson 

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin 

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson 

This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs by Gary Paulsen 

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby 

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magoon 

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin 

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman 

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson 


Around Town

Check out these events around town…

October 21 – Early Release Activities @ Bettendorf Public Library 

October 21 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 22 – Tween Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 22 – Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library

October 24 – Make a Difference Day @ Silvis Public Library

October 26 – After School Otaku Mondays @ Bettendorf Public Library 

October 26 – Anime Club @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 27 – Teen TuesdaysSilvis 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.

Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr
Adam Stone wants freedom and peace and a chance to escape Blackwater. But he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood most of all. Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane, Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul.

Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler
Zoe, Jake, Mia, Gregor, and Whitney meet at freshman orientation. At the end of that first day, they make a promise to reunite after graduation. So much can happen in those in-between years…

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
Peggy was eight when her father told her the world had been destroyed. For years they lived on their own deep in the wilderness. But when Peggy finds a pair of boots, she begins a search for their owner, and the truth about her life.

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines (The Field Party, Book One)
On the outside, West has it all, but on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer. Maggie’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother and she hasn’t spoken a word since, making her the one person West can truly confide in.

Drift & Dagger by Kendall Kulper
Mal is a blank, unable to be cursed or saved or killed by magic. And everyone is afraid of them—even Mal himself. Along with his partner in crime, Boone, Mal travels the world in search of dangerous and illegal magical relics.