Next Week

Monday, May 23 @ 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.

Friday, May 27 @ 5:00-8:00
Students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to join the Teen Advisory Group for an After-Hours Decorating Party. Help us decorate the Teen Corner and prepare Summer Reading Program materials while enjoying pizza and having fun. Registration is required. Call 309-524-2470 to sign up.

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A Librarian Reads…

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Lyra has spent her whole life at Jordan College in Oxford, taken there by her uncle after her parents’ death. She’s grown into quite a wild child, exploring off-limit places, sneaking around and spying, and waging wars with the other children. But one adventure propels her into a whole new world when she accidentally hears about her uncle’s discoveries about Dust, the particles that are part magical and part religious, that seem to come from another world and cling to adults. Then the glamorous Mrs. Coulter shows up and whisks Lyra away on an adventure. But old habits die hard, and before long Lyra’s sleuthing ways uncover Mrs. Coulter’s monstrous involvement in the abduction of children, including her best friend Roger. Suddenly Lyra’s adventures become all too real in a fight for not only her life, but her very soul.

A classic read that is still captivating. The first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. Recommended for junior high school and up.

 

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Morris Award

Morris

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.  The award’s namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. Bill Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens.

2016 Winner

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
On the brink of coming out, Simon’s plans are derailed by a scheming classmate who learns about Simon’s email exchanges with a mysterious boy that Simon may just be falling in love with.

2015 Finalists

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Ollie is allergic to electricity and lives in isolation with his mother. Moritz was born with no eyes, has a pacemaker, and is bullied at school. They become pen pals and unlikely friends as they learn more about one another.

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Braden is firm in his convictions; he trusts his father, believes deeply in God, and is dedicated to a future playing baseball. His faith, truth, and justice are tested when his father is accused of murder.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
After spending most of her life in the Kevinian Cult, Minnow loses her family, her freedom, and her hands. Now Minnow is behind bars, recounting her life in the cult and facing what really happened the night the camp burned down, leaving the Prophet dead.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Lace and Cluck are from rival performing families. The troupes only cross paths once a year, but tensions mount and fights break out. When tragedy strikes during a performance, fate thrusts them together and the star-crossed pair are forced to deal with their families’ feuding past.

 

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

May 18 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

May 18 – After School Young Adult Hang Out Bettendorf Public Library

May 19 – Anime Night @ Rock Island Public Library

May 19 – After School Young Adult Hang Out @ Bettendorf Public Library

May 23- After School Young Adult Hang Out @ Bettendorf Public Library

May 24- After School Young Adult Hang Out @ 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.

The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow
No one seems too concerned when Henry and his family disappears. But his best friend, Daisy, knows something isn’t right. When she breaks into his house and finds a note that says SAVE ME, she follows his trail deep into the California wilderness. What she finds there makes her wonder if she ever knew Henry at all.

Dan Versus Nature by Don Calame
When Dan’s mother sends him on a bonding trip, he enlists his best friend to come along on Operation Torment Crusade—a series of increasingly gross and embarrassing pranks they’ll pull on Hank until he breaks like a twig. But they didn’t count on a hot girl joining their trip or a man-hungry bear stalking their every move.

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Anna’s father has been taken by the Nazis, leaving her all alone until she meets the Swallow Man. Like her father he has a gift for languages, including that of birds. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. She follows him into the wilderness, where she soon learns that in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man.

Burning by Danielle Rollins
Angela is a few months shy of release after three years in juvie. Then Jessica arrives—only ten years old and under the highest security possible. As strange things begin, it becomes clear that juvie is no longer safe. They must find a way to get out, but how can they save themselves when the world has forgotten them?

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s heard stories about the cursed girl, and wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world.

 

Next Week

Monday, May 16 @ 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.

A Librarian Reads…

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Piddy Sanchez has only been at her new school when a girl she’s never met informs her that Yaqui Delgado is out to get her. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, and tries to ignore the threat. But as she finds herself the victim of increasing levels of bullying and violence, she has to admit that she’s in more danger than she can handle. With her mother keeping secrets about their past, her best friend moved away and settling in with a new group of friends, and her new friends pulling away from her, Piddy has nowhere to turn to help.

This is an honest and heartbreaking look at the way bullying can escalate to the point of irreparable harm, but also about learning to trust and hope. Recommended for high school and up.

 

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