Next Week

Monday, November 20 @ 2:00-7:00
Writers are invited to stop by between 2:00 and 7:00 to work on their NaNoWriMo projects. Meet with other writers to keep you on track to reach your word count.

Monday, November 20 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 4-8 can learn the basic LEGO Robotics as part of the Project Next Generation grant. Create commands and modify them to have your robot compete in a sumo-bot contest. Attendance at all three sessions on November 6, 13, and 20 is recommended.

The Moline Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 to observe the Thanksgiving holiday

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A Librarian Reads…

And I Darken by Kiersten White

A princess is supposed to be beautiful, kind, and submissive. A prince is supposed to be strong, willful, and ruthless. Lada and her brother Radu got the wrong set of traits. Lada has always wanted not only to please their father, Vlad Dracul, but to be like him. From the earliest age she was fierce, sometimes even cruel. Radu was soft and kindhearted, always needing Lada to rescue him. But they loved each other. And when their father sends them to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire to ensure his continued obedience, all they have is each other. Until they meet Mehmed, that is. The Sultan’s son, Mehmed stands to inherit great power one day, but he is not ready yet. The three make unlikely but committed friends and allies. With war, treason, and constantly shifting alliances surrounding them, they will need each other more than they can know.

Based on historical figures, this book gives an imagined view into the fifteenth century Ottoman Empire. Recommended for readers in high school and up with a strong interest in historical fiction.

 

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2017 YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

 

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.

 

2017 Teens’ Top Ten :

 

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

November 15 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

November 15 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

November 16 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

November 16 – How to Pay for College @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

November 17 – Teen Coding Club @ East Moline Public Library

November 18 – Movie Matinee: Spiderman: Homecoming @ East Moline Public Library

November 21 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ 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 to find the book or place a hold.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League, but he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. Then Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, and they spark the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Olga, not Julia, was always the Perfect Mexican daughter. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought.

Vanilla by Billy Merrell
Hunter and Van become boyfriends before they’re even teenagers. But in high school, conflict arises—mostly because Hunter is much more comfortable with the sex part of sexual identity. As the two boys start to realize that loving someone doesn’t guarantee they will always be with you, Hunter strikes out on his own while Van begins to understand his own asexuality.

Welcome Home
This short story collection features adoption-themed fictional short stories from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Mindy McGinnis, C.J. Redwine, William Ritter, Adi Alsaid, Lauren Gibaldi, Sangu Mandanna, Karen Akins, and many more.

The Gatekeepers by Jen Lancaster
When lovable football player Braden takes his own life, the tragedy becomes a suicide cluster in picture-perfect North Shore, IL. Simone, the bohemian transfer student from London, Mallory, the hyper-competitive queen bee, and Stephen, the first generation genius must face their own demons. Can they find a way to save each other—as well as themselves

Next Week

Monday, November 13 @ 2:00-7:00
Writers are invited to stop by between 2:00 and 7:00 to work on their NaNoWriMo projects. Meet with other writers to keep you on track to reach your word count.

Monday, November 13 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 4-8 can learn the basic LEGO Robotics as part of the Project Next Generation grant. Create commands and modify them to have your robot compete in a sumo-bot contest. Attendance at all three sessions on November 6, 13, and 20 is recommended.

Tuesday, November 14 @ 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Anime Club
 is open to teens and tweens in grades 6 through 12 who love anime, manga, and all things Japanese. Drop by to watch anime, enjoy snacks, and make new friends.

Wednesday, November 15 @ 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 Squishy Circuits! Drop in any time. No registration required

A Librarian Reads…

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Rowan is trying to enjoy her last day of freedom before she starts her summer internship when she is awoken by the yells of the workers renovating her family’s back house. When she goes to investigate she finds a skeleton hidden beneath the floorboards. And her investigation doesn’t stop there. Since the police have little interest in a nearly century-old cold case, Rowan decides it’s up to her to discover who the skeleton was and how he came to his final resting place. Back in 1921, William is just trying to do what he thinks is right when he confronts a black man touching a white girl. He never expected others to get involved, tracking the man down and beating him. His conscious is torn between what he’s always been taught and the truth he sees opening up before him. As racial tensions soar, William has to choose a side and try to survive that choice.

These two stories blend seamlessly to create a story full of mystery and tension. Each character has to confront the harsh realities of racial conflicts. Rowan is half black, William half Osage Indian. This book is highly recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy historical fiction, mystery, and issues of social justice.

 

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