Next Week

Wednesday, February 3 @ 12:00 p.m.
Watch The Maze Runner and stick around afterward for a discussion of the book and movie. Open to grades 6 through 12. No registration required.

Thursday, February 4 @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
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…

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Caden lives in two worlds. In one he is a normal, if increasingly anxious, teenager. In another he sails with the Captain toward an unknown and unattainable destination. As these two worlds come together, Caden’s mental illness is explored in a unique, terrifying, and sensitive manner.

This book may be a challenge, but readers willing to go along for the ride will be rewarded as they piece Caden’s stories together along with him. Recommended for High School and Up.

* Winner of the 2015 National Book Award

 

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Featured Series

Miss Peregrine’s Children by Ransom Riggs

In this atmospheric dark fantasy enhanced by unsettling vintage photographs, Jacob travels to an island off the Welsh coast where he finds a creepy orphanage housing peculiar children. They are trapped in a time loop and under attack from terrible monsters. Sensing a connection with them, Jacob joins their efforts to save their protector and all of peculiardom.

1) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

2) Hollow City

3) Library of Souls

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

January 27 – Early Release Activities @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 27 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

January 28 – Teen Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library

January 29 – Teen Movie Night @ River Valley District Library

February 1 – Various Video Games @ Bettendorf Public Library

February 2 – Geek & Snack @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

February 2 – Teen Writers @ River Valley District Library

 

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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.

Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts
All Tamsen wanted was to marry the love of her life, even though she was 17 and he was 19. But when he dies suddenly, she finds herself back in high school, living with her parents, and a teenage widow.

Calvin by Martine Leavitt
As a child, Calvin felt he was living in the comic Calvin & Hobbes: he had a stuffed tiger named Hobbes and a best friend named Susie. Now seventeen, Hobbes is gone, Susie has new friends, and Calvin is diagnosed with schizophrenia. But he’s convinced he can make it all real again if he can just find Bill Watterson.

Hellraisers by Alexander Gordon Smith  (The Devil’s Engine, Book One)
The Devil’s Engine can make any wish come true—as long as you are willing to put your life on the line. When Marlow finds himself in a firefight against nightmarish creatures and secret soldiers battling the Devil, he makes a deal with the infernal device to join the battle—if it doesn’t kill him first.

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Ava was once rescued from to a series of ruthless military experiments by Black Widow. She’s always wanted to reconnect with her savior, and now she might have the chance. Children are going missing all over Eastern Europe, and Ava and Natasha will have to team up to defeat the madman who threatens their future.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
Rashad is mistaken for a shoplifter, arrested, and beaten. Was the incident racially motivated? Quinn doesn’t want to believe his foster father could do something like that, but he witnessed it with his own eyes. As tensions all over town begin to rise, Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.

 

A Librarian Reads…

Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey

Millie wants nothing more than to coast through her senior year until she can graduate and her real life can start. But she has a strange habit of being accidentally in the spotlight—usually in a good way. When she discovers the body of the football coach, however, her life takes a sudden turn for the worse. Her dad is a suspect, her life-long rival fights her for the right to report the story in the school newspaper, and her only ally in her own private investigation is the handsome and mysterious Chase. Despite her quick wit and refusal to take anything seriously, the odds stack up quickly against Millie. With so much on the line, will she be able to channel her inner Nancy Drew in time to save the day?

Recommended for high school and up.

 

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Best Books of 2015

The following books were selected by multiple sources as being the best books of 2015. Click on the title to go to the catalog for more information and to place a hold.

 

* Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Alberalli

The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond

* Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbroug

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle 

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano

* Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Out of Darkness by Ashley-Hope Perez

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

* Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

* Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

* More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

* Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

MARTians by Blythe Woolston

The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

 

* These books were cited by the most sources as being the best of the best!

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

January 20 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

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

January 21 – Anime Night @ Rock Island Public Library

January 21 – Create Your Own ‘Zine @ River Valley District Library

January 25 – Anime Club @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

January 25 – After School Mondays @ Bettendorf Public Library

 

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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.

Juba! by Walter Dean Myers
Based on the true story of the meteoric rise of an immensely talented young black dancer, William Henry Lane, known as Master Juba, who influenced today’s tap, jazz, and step dancing.

The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-Archer
When Spark lands a summer job cataloging historical archives at a remote house in Suffolk, she’s thrilled at the opportunity. She’s less thrilled about living in a house with no modern conveniences. And when she notices the same handwriting in journals that date back hundreds of years, she knows something very odd is going on.

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
A novel in verse, Paper Hearts is the story of survivial, defiance, and friendship. Based on historical events about a group of girls who were slave laborers at the munitions factory in Auschwitz.

Madly by Amy Alward (Potion, Book One)
When the Princess of Nova accidentally takes a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Samantha’s family used to be the most respected alchemists in the kingdom. Can she find a cure and restore her family’s name?

Serpentine by Cindy Pon (Kingdom of Xia, Book One)
As she turns sixteen, Skybright worries about her growing otherness. She is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family by day. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

 

A Librarian Reads…

Ms. Marvel: Volume One by G. Willow Wilson (Graphic Novel)

Kamala Khan is a lot of things: Pakistani girl, gamer, fanfic writer, friend, daughter, sister. The one thing she’s not is a superhero. At least, not until the mist hits Jersey City. A vision of her favorite heroes offers her a choice, and she chooses to be just like Captain Marvel. The power to shift size and shape lets her become someone else for a while. But even as she fights the evil inventor to save missing teenagers, Kamala learns that being herself might be the biggest challenge of all.

Fans of Marvel will love this new edition. Anyone who wonders where they fit in the world will connect with Kamala’s journey to find her place. Recommended for middle school and up.

 

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