Around Town

Check out these events around town…

February 1 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

February 1 – Magic TCG & More! @ Bettendorf Public Library

February 2 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

February 2 – Teen Gaming Night @ East Moline Public Library

February 3 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

February 6 – Etiquette Class @ Silvis Public Library

February 6 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

February 7 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

February 7 – YouTube Contest @ Rock Island 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.

One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
Sera and her friends are expecting a relaxing camping trip. But then they wake up one morning groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. And four dolls dressed like them are acting out a murder. Suddenly it’s clear; they’re being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion.

A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby
Disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory, the only work Evelyn can get in 1888 London is as maid to the Elephant Man in the London Hospital. Joseph is strangely gentle, and the two form a bond. But when the murders begin, they are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper’s dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity’s worst nightmares.

Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet
Noah Keller has a pretty normal life, until his parents pick him up from school and head straight for the airport. He learns his whole life has been a lie and his family is now on the run. As Noah—now Jonah—and his parents head behind the Iron Curtain into East Berlin, the rules and secrets begin to pile up so quickly that he can hardly keep track of the questions bubbling up inside him.

Stealing Indians by John E. Smelcer
Four Indian teenagers are kidnapped from different regions, their lives immutably changed by an institution designed to eradicate their identity. And no matter what their home, their stories are representative of every story, every stolen life. So far from home, without family to protect them, only their friendship helps them endure. This is a work of fiction. Every word is true.

The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker by Kat Spears
Luke feels his life is over when he goes to live with his Baptist pastor father in rural Tennessee. Golden boy Grant Parker does his best to make that true when he targets Luke for bullying. But when an accident leaves Grant at the bottom of the social pyramid, Luke is there to take his place at the top.

Next Week

Wednesday, February 1 @ 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Students in grades 6 through 12 can play a variety of video games, board games, and computer games in the Teen Corner on Game Days. Drop in any time.

Thursday, February 2 @ 3:30 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.

YouTube Contest for Teens
Quad City teens in grades 6-12 can create a 3-5 minute video for a chance to win $100. In teams of up to five people, make a video based on one of this year’s themes. Upload your movie to YouTube, submit a hard copy to your library, and turn in the entry form. Entries are due March 1st. A Premiere Party will be held March 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Putnam. See your local library for more information and an entry form.

A Librarian Reads…

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

Ravi is the new kid in Mrs. Beam’s fifth grade class. His family just moved from India, and he can’t wait to impress the American kids with his perfect English and math skills. But that’s not how it turns out. His teacher has trouble understanding his accent and even suggests he needs remedial help! The other kids laugh at him, even Dillon Samreen, whom he thought would be a friend. Joe, on the other hand, is dreading fifth grade. Bigger than most adults, Joe also has auditory processing disorder, which makes it difficult for him to function in the loud classroom. He’s so used to being picked on, especially by Dillon, that going to the resource room is his second favorite part of the day—after lunch, that is. These two seem to have nothing in common. In fact, they both assume the worst about each other. Can two kids on the outside, misunderstood and bullied, team up to help each other and show the world who they really are?

Recommended for fifth grade and up.


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Featured Series

Heartland Trilogy by Chuck Wendig

Cael McAvoy, living in the corn-overrun Heartland below extravagant sky flotillas, grows tired of scavenging and living in the Empyrean Empire’s shadow and vows to do something to change his lot in life.

1) Under the Empyrean Sky

2) Blightborn

3) The Harvest

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 to find the book or place a hold.

Saving Red by Sonya Sones
Molly reluctantly volunteers to participate in Santa Monica’s annual homeless count, just to get her school’s community service requirement out of the way. But when she ends up meeting Red, a spirited homeless girl only a few years older than she is, Molly makes it her mission to reunite her with her family in time for Christmas.

Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak
Arlie has been scarred and taking care of her addict mother since her stepfather blew up his meth lab and killed three people. But when her mom overdoses, Arlie finds herself living in a 31-foot Airstream trailer with an eccentric uncle and attending high school for the first time. Despite her scars, she starts to believe she might find a place for herself—until her stepfather finds her.

Be Good Be Real Be Crazy by Chelsey Philpot
When Mia first waltzed into Homer’s small corner of Florida, her bold approach to life changed Homer’s entire world. It wasn’t long before he was hopelessly in love. Now Mia is moving away—and Homer and his younger brother, Einstein, are helping her drive hundreds of miles to her new home. This is Homer’s last chance to tell Mia how he really feels. And with so many detours in front of them, anything could happen.

Freedom’s Just Another Word by Caroline Stellings
The year Easy meets Janis Joplin is the year everything changes. Easy is a car mechanic in her dad’s shop, but she can sing the blues like someone twice her age. Janis Joplin recognizes Easy’s talent and asks her to meet her in Texas to sing. So Easy begins an unusual journey that will change everything.

A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids by Shelley Tougas
Mary Margaret Miller is going to be a junior bridesmaid–that is, if she isn’t grounded for the rest of her life. She’s feuding with school bully Brent Helzinski, and her cousin Eden, aka The Bride, is clashing with her grandmother about wedding plans. Mary knows it’s her job as a junior bridesmaid to make the day run smoothly, but she sure could use a little help from above.