Next Week

The Annual Teen Reading Challenge ends October 21. Be sure to turn in your Challenge Log by October 25 to get your prizes and the invitation to the Final Party on Friday, October 27 at the Davenport Library Fairmount Branch.

Wednesday, October 25 @ 2:30-4:00
Students in grades 6 through 12 can enjoy a variety of video games, board games, computer games, crafts, and other activities at the Moline Public Library during After School Fun. Featuring Halloween Crafts! Drop in any time. No registration required.


A Librarian Reads…


Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby (York, Book One)

In 1798, Teresa and Theodore Morningstarr came to New York with a dream, and they achieved it. Over the next 57 years they built soaring buildings, harnessed solar power, and created machines that ran on their own. Then they disappeared. But they left something behind. The Old York Cipher was a puzzle hidden throughout the city, and the first person to solve it would find a treasure beyond all imagining. But more than two hundred years later, no one has found the answers—or the treasure. Like most people, Tess and Theo Biedermann, twins named after the Morningstarr twins, thought someday they would grow up and solve the cipher. After all, their grandfather spent his whole life working on it, and they know almost as much as anyone in the city. But when a real estate developer announces he’s buying the five remaining Morningstarr buildings, including the one Tess and Theo live in, they realize that someday needs to come sooner than later. The only way to save their home is to prove the cipher is real. And the only way to do that is to solve it. Can they do in thirty days what no one has been able to do in two hundred years?

This book combines science fiction with history and mystery in a compelling story you won’t want to put down. Highly recommended for readers in middle school and up.


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2017 Edgar Allan Poe Award


The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, based in New York City. They honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year.

2017 Winner:
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

2017 Nominees:
Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger
The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

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

October 18 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 19 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 20 – Halloween Dance/Costume Party @ River Valley District Library

October 21 – Teen Anime Day @ Figge Art Museum

October 21 – Chess Club Exploration @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 22 – Haunted House Spooktacular! @ East Moline Public Library

October 23 – Teen Fandom Book Club @ Davenport Public Library (Main)

October 23 – Gamers Club @ Robert R. Jones Public Library

October 24 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 24 – Soldier Care Packages @ Silvis 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 to find the book or place a hold.

Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson
When the vuvv first landed, no one thought of it as an invasion. They offered advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable. It was only much later, humans realized the price they had paid. Now Adam and his girlfriend Chloe are taping themselves having 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format just to be able to afford the necessities of life. But the more they act, the more difficult their real relationship becomes.

The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood
Five very different seniors—Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen—have reasons their own reasons to look forward to the school trip to the infamous Boulder House. When they’re separated from the group, they discover that what lies within Boulder House is far more horrifying than any local folklore. To survive, they’ll have to band together in ways they never could have imagined and ultimately confront the truths of their darkest selves.

Spinning by Tillie Walden (Graphic Novel)
For ten years, figure skating was Tillie’s life. But over time she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it. The more Tillie thought about it, the more she realized she’d outgrown her passion—and she finally needed to find her own voice.

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
Tara’s family has just immigrated to New York from India via London. Sonia is falling in love with a boy her mother can’t accept. Anna is both brilliant and shy, like the Bengal tigers she fights to protect. Chantal is as fierce a dancer as she is a friend, student, and athlete. And Ranee, the center that binds them all together, is beginning to unravel. As each decides which Bengali traditions to uphold in America and which to leave behind, one hard truth remains: some scars take generations to heal.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
On September 5, Death-Cast calls Mateo and Rufus to give them the news that they’re going to die today. They are total strangers, but  they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

Next Week

Monday, October 16 @ 6:30 p.m.
The library is hosting a Teen Nail Art Party for students in grades 6-12. Try out a variety of nail polishes, nail painting techniques, and nail art. The library will supply nail polish, tools, and accessories, and you can bring your own to share as well. No registration required.

The Annual Teen Reading Challenge runs October 1-21. Students in grades 6 through 12 can keep track of how many minutes they read during the Challenge dates. Read at least 250 minutes and get a prize and an invitation to the Final Party on Friday, October 27 at the Davenport Library Fairmount Branch. Keep reading to be entered into drawings for even more prizes. See your local library to pick up a Challenge Log or print one out here.

A Librarian Reads…

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Molly has had twenty-six crushes in her seventeen years—all of them unrequited. She’s never had the courage to talk to any of the boys, let alone tell them she likes them and risk getting her heart broken. After all, fat girls like her have to be careful. It’s not as easy for her as it is for her beautiful twin sister, Cassie. When Molly meets Mina, she knows Mina and Cassie would be great together. And they hit it off. Even better, Mina’s best friend Will seems to like Molly. If they got together all four could double date and Molly and Cassie wouldn’t drift apart the way sisters sometimes do. The only problem is that as hot as Will is, Molly can’t seem to crush on him. Not the way she’s crushing on her new coworker, Reid. He’s not exactly crush-worthy, at least not in the eyes of most people. But Molly finds his nerdy t-shirts and awkwardness cute. Should she go for the guy she’s supposed to want? Or the one she actually does?

Highly recommended for fans of sweet romance and sister stories in middle school and up.


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