Next Week

Monday, May 2 @ 6:00 p.m.
The Renewable Energy workshop teaches students about energy supply, transfer, accumulation, conversion and consumption using LEGO science sets. Call 309-524-2470 to see if spots are still open.

Thursday, May 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.

Thursday, May 5 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 5 through 12 can learn to use MaKey MaKey, an invention kit that allows you to turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. Call 309-524-2470 to see if spots are still open.

A Librarian Reads…

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Whenever Astrid sees a plane flying overhead, she sends the passengers on board her love. After all, her love isn’t doing her any good these days. Her cold and distant mother has stolen her sister’s attention away, her father spends all his time smoking pot lately, and she’s more than a little confused about her feelings for Dee, who may or may not be her girlfriend. That would depend on whether Astrid is actually gay. She can’t even ask her best friend, even though Kristina is more than sure about her relationship with Donna. Everyone is putting pressure on Astrid to be someone she isn’t sure she is or even wants to be. And how is she supposed to figure it all out with rumors, lies, and hatred flying around school and home?

A realistic and unflinching look at a teen who is questioning who she is—not only her sexuality but everything in her life. Recommended for high school and up.

 

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Featured Series

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman

Although housebound following an eerie accident, teenaged Ryan continues to investigate the strange occurences in his hometown of Skeleton Creek, recording his findings in a journal and viewing email video clips sent by fellow detective Sarah. The reader may view Sarah’s videos on a website by using links and passwords found in the text.

1) Skeleton Creek

2) The Ghost in the Machine

3) The Crossbones

4) The Raven

Around Town

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.

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki
Montgomery Sole and her best friends, Thomas and Naoki make up Jefferson High’s Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the weird and unexplained. Monty’s gotten her hands on the Eye of Know, a possibly powerful crystal amulet. Hopefully it will help her predict the future or protect against the newest resident of their small town is scarier than mothmen, poltergeists, or, you know, gym.

Ascending the Boneyard by C.G. Watson
Tosh has had a little too much reality, so he escaped from pain, grief, and loss in this favorite game, The Boneyard. But as the darkness of the game bleeds into his life, reality and surreality mix until it’s impossible to separate one from the other. Tosh is desperate to Ascend, to reach the next level, to become Worthy.

Hurricane Kiss by Deborah Blumenthal
For Jillian, the threat of Hurricane Danielle means another boring evacuation. This time she’ll be stuck with River, who went from football star to a juvenile detention center and is recently back. But when they get stuck on the island real danger takes over, and survival becomes about more than just staying alive–it’s about fighting for yourself.

Railhead by Philip Reeve
Zen Starling is a petty thief, a street urchin from Thunder City. When mysterious stranger Raven sends Zen and his new friend Nova on a mission to infiltrate the Emperor’s train, he jumps at the chance to traverse the Great Network, to cross the galaxy in a heartbeat, to meet interesting people – and to steal their stuff.

Defender by Graham McNamee
Six foot six Tyne Greer, called Tiny, lives in the building where her dad is the super and focuses on basketball as a way out of their slum. When she finds a girl’s body in an abandoned basement room in her building, her dad tells her she must have been seeing things. Is he hiding something? As she searches for answers, the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous it becomes for her.

Next Week

The Project Next Generation Renewable Energy Workshop teaches students about energy supply, transfer, accumulation, conversion and consumption using LEGO science sets. Sessions will take place on Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 on May 2, 9, 16, & 23. Attendance at all four sessions is recommended. No experience is necessary. Call 309-524-2470 to register.

A Librarian Reads…

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

As Adolph Hitler rose to power in the wake of the Great War, the people of Germany were ready for change. Poor, hungry, and angry after Germany’s defeat and the humiliation of the Treaty of Versailles, they wanted someone to show them a better way. And no one was more invested in Germany’s future than its youth. Even before he became Chancellor, Hitler had started the Hitler Youth movement, encouraging boys and girls in health, exercise, and loyalty. As his power grew, more and more children were eager to follow him. This book shows how the children of Germany fell under, and often out of, Hitler’s spell. Some sacrificed themselves for the cause. Others only did what they felt was their duty. And many rebelled and paid the ultimate price for freedom.

This book does not shy away from difficult topics. The author presents the facts as they were, with no judgement on either side, showing the many different kinds of people and how they reacted to their situation. This book is thorough and enlightening. Recommended for junior high and up.

 

 

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