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Wednesday, April 5 @ 2:30 – 4:30 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, April 6 @ 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. Grades 6-12.

Thursday, April 6 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 4-8 can try out Arduino, a kit that for building digital devices and interactive objects. This workshop is part of the Project Next Generation grant. No registration required and bus passes are available to participants.

Teen Poetry Contest
Students in grades 6-12 can submit one poem of up to 12 (short) or up to 25 (long) lines in our annual Teen Poetry Contest. Entries are due April 13. Winners in each category will receive gift certificates for $25, $15, or $10. The Library will host a Poetry Café on Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. for all poets to read their work. Snacks will be provided and prizes will be awarded.

A Librarian Reads…

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick 

Claire has a lot of problems. Her two best friends are being moved up to the high school dance class a year early while she’s stuck with the babies. Ryder, who used to be a friend, torments her daily. The mean girls are mean. Her science teacher is crazy. Her brother is perfect. And then, when she’s sure life can’t get any worse, her father falls off his chair and starts shouting nonsense. Clair was barely hanging in there with his love and support. Now she has to add her father to her growing list of programs. But sometimes it takes a tragedy to show you just how lucky you really are.

Funny and touching, this book is recommended for middle school and up.

 

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Featured Series

Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel

In 1716 London, an orphaned sixteen-year-old girl from a good family impersonates a lady-in-waiting only to discover that the real girl was murdered, the court harbors a nest of spies, and the handsome young artist who is helping her solve the mystery might be a spy himself.

1) Palace of Spies

2) Dangerous Deceptions

3) Assassin’s Masque

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

March 29 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

March 29 – Teen Fun on Early Release @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 30 – Pokemon Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Southwest)

March 30 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 1 – Movie Matinee: Fantastic Beasts @ East Moline Public Library

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

April 3 – Creation Studio Drop-In: Bristlebots! @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 4 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 4 – Perler Bead Craft Night @ Rock Island Public Library (30/31)

 

 

 

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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 to find the book or place a hold.

The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins (Transference, Book One)
In order to protect her kingdom, Sorrow must either marry the barbarian prince Golmarr or sacrifice herself to the dragon. She chooses the dragon, but Golmarr follows her, hoping to win her heart. When they finally meet the dragon they are offered a chance to win its treasures. But if they lose the dragon will be freed.

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
Aki already knows she’s bisexual—even though she’s only dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes girls, too. When the two girls go on a church youth-group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer Aki meets Christa—slightly older and far more experienced. And that’s when things get really confusing.

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict. Their fathers work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred.

Fire Color One by Jenny Valentine
After Iris sets one too many fires, her mother decides to move them from LA to England to avoid trouble. But really, their mounting debt and her mother’s greed are what brings them to Iris’s father—a dying millionaire. Though her mother is determined to claim his life’s fortune, Iris finds a much more valuable treasure.

A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho
Even though Fin moved away in ninth grade, she and Betty have remained best friends, and plan to go to NYU in the fall. Then Betty disappears. Her ex-boyfriend Calder admits to drowning her, but the town believes Betty ran away and his confession is thrown out. Now Fin is back in her hometown, determined to discover the truth. Even if it means digging up secrets the whole town would rather keep hidden.

Next Week

Teen Poetry Contest
Students in grades 6-12 can submit one poem of up to 12 (short) or up to 25 (long) lines in our annual Teen Poetry Contest. Entries are due April 13. Winners in each category will receive gift certificates for $25, $15, or $10. The Library will host a Poetry Café on Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. for all poets to read their work. Snacks will be provided and prizes will be awarded.

A Librarian Reads…

The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters

A year and a half ago, Hanalee’s father was hit by a car and died. When his killer gets out of prison, Hanalee is set on revenge. But Joe swears Hanalee’s father was fine until Dr. Koning went in to see him, and that the doc is the real killer. It isn’t too hard to believe that the only black man in a small Oregon town in the 1920s was murdered. Add in the fact that Dr. Koning married Hanalee’s white mother a year later, and she isn’t sure what to believe or whom to trust. Is the KKK really taking over the town? Is her father’s ghost really wandering the roads? Hanalee is going to find out the truth—at any cost.

Historical fiction, mystery, and a nod to Shakespeare’s Hamlet make this a good read for mature readers in high school.

 

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