Next Week

The Teen Summer Reading Program runs through July 28. You can read any book, magazine, comic book, or anything with words. Read 500 pages or minutes to complete each of three levels, then keep reading for entries into the grand prize drawings. Visit the library throughout the summer for programs, games, and events. Register in person or online at https://bit.ly/2FXZDz3.

Drop by the library on Thursday, July 5 @ 2:30-4:00 for Tween/Teen Afternoon Gaming, Enjoy a variety of video games, board games, and computer games. Ages 11-18. No registration.

The Moline Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

A Librarian Reads…

The Missy Chronicles (Doctor Who)

Six stories about Missy, the latest regeneration of The Doctor’s nemesis The Master. As a woman, Missy’s evil tendencies have to find a new form of expression. She finds herself unwelcome at The Scoundrels Club, but soon makes the men there wish they’d treated her no differently just because of her sex. A mission for the High Council is meant to bring her under their control, but she soon turns the tables on them. A magic teddy bear, a time vortex, a secret club of women to change women’s role in history, and her final adventure reunited with her former self.

Fans of Doctor Who, and especially the show’s best-loved villain, as well as those who like stories about gender freedom, will love these stories. Recommended for readers in high school and up.

 

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Featured Series

Heirs of Watson Island by Martina Boone

After the death of her disfigured, shut-in mother, Barrie Watson moves to her aunt’s South Carolina plantation, which is guarded by an ancient spirit who cursed one of the island’s three founding families and gave the others magical gifts that become compulsions.

1) Compulsion

2) Persuasion

3) Illusion

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

June 28 – Teen and Tween Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

June 27 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

June 28 – DIY Teens @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

June 29 – Movie & Ice Cream: One Crazy Summer @ River Valley District Library

June 30 – Homemade Drums @ Bettendorf Public Library

June 30 – Teen Elemental Art @ East Moline 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.

The Gone Away Place by Christopher Barzak
Before the day when a rash of powerful tornadoes touched down, Ellie’s biggest worry was getting the high school yearbook printed. Now she’s been haunted: by the ghosts of her best friends, by the boy next door, even by her boyfriend. And the living are haunting her too, all those left behind in the storm’s wake. A chance encounter leads Ellie to discover that she’s not the only one seeing ghosts, and everyone needs to find a way to free the spirits.

The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo
Eve is used to being the only girl on her school’s baseball team. But when her high school’s team is absorbed by the neighboring town, the new team’s star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?

We Kiss Them With Rain by Futhi Ntshingila
Life wasn’t always hard for fourteen-year-old Mvelo. There were good times living with her mother and her mother’s lawyer boyfriend. Now her mother is dying of AIDS and the terrible thing that stole Mvelo’s song remains unspoken, despite its growing presence in their shack. But a series of choices, chance meetings, and Shakespearean comedy-style exposures of hidden identities hands Mvelo a golden opportunity to overcome hardship.

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
Six years ago, Moss’s father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media’s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks. Now Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.

Elektra’s Adventures in Tragedy by Douglas Rees
Elektra is on her way to becoming a proper Mississippi southern belle. Then her mother decides to uproot her and her sister and start over in California. They leave behind Elektra’s father—a professor and leading expert on Greek mythology, and Elektra can’t understand why. For her, life is tragedy, and all signs point to her family being cursed. Determined to get back to Mississippi at all costs, she’ll beg, cheat, and steal to get there. But things are not always what they seem, and home is wherever you decide to make it.

Next Week

The Teen Summer Reading Program runs through July 28. You can read any book, magazine, comic book, or anything with words. Read 500 pages or minutes to complete each of three levels, then keep reading for entries into the grand prize drawings. Visit the library throughout the summer for programs, games, and events. Register in person or online at https://bit.ly/2FXZDz3.

Explore other countries during Let’s Visit Africa on Monday, June 25 @ 6:00. Enjoy snacks, create a simple recipe, do a craft, and learn about the history and culture of several African countries. Ages 11-18. No registration.

A Librarian Reads…

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

From the outside, Aza’s life doesn’t look so bad. She lost her father several years ago, but she and her mom get along great. She’s got an amazing best friend, Daisy, gets good grades, and leads a comfortable life…on the outside. Inside she’s a mess, with obsessive thoughts that spiral out of control. She’s constantly worried about her microbiome and wonders who’s in control of her life—her or the germs? When Daisy learns about a reward being offered for information about a missing billionaire, and remembers Aza used to be friends with his son, they set off on adventure that will change their lives. But only on the outside.

Green uses his own experiences with OCD to create an authentic voice for Aza. The mystery and romance aspects are secondary but still compelling. Recommended for readers in high school and up who are fans of John Green or enjoy stories about people dealing with mental illness.

* Book read as an e-book through Overdrive

 

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Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers’ Choice Award: 2019 Master List

The Lincoln Award is given to the book from that year’s master list that earns the highest number of student votes.

For a book to reach the master list, adult and young adult fiction and nonfiction titles must be nominated by teachers or librarians and vetted by the nominations committee. While the popularity of a particular title is important, the overall quality of the work is of primary importance. Each year, a panel of high school librarians, teachers, public librarians and students determines the final master list of twenty titles.

Registered schools promote these books, and students who have read four or more titles are eligible to vote. See the calendar for the award timeline and register today!

This program encourages teens to read for pleasure and to become lifelong readers. Named after former President Abraham Lincoln, an avid reader and noted author, the Lincoln Award is sponsored by ISLMA (Illinois School Library Media Association) and administered by the steering committee.

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders (also known as Gabe Johnson Takes Over) by Geoff Herbach

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal G. by Willow Wilson

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

 

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

June 20 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

June 21 – Crafterwork: Alcohol Ink Washer Necklace @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

June 21 – DIY Teens: Perler Beads Headphones Holder @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

June 21 – Tie-Dye: Bring Your Own T-Shirt @ Bettendorf Public Library

June 21 – Teen Cupcake Wars @ East Moline Public Library

June 21 – Anti-gravity Galaxy in a bottle @ River Valley District Library

June 23 – Stranger Things Party @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

June 25 – Dissection Lab for Teens @ Rock Island Public Library (Southwest)

June 25 – Libraries Rock! The Greatest Music of All Time @ Bettendorf 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 to find the book or place a hold.

Rewind by Carolyn O’Doherty (Rewind, Book One)
Alex is a Spinner—she has the ability to rewind time to review past events. Hated and feared for their ability to find the truth, Spinners are restricted to Centers. Alex’s society uses their skills to solve major crimes, but no Spinner lives past the age of twenty. At sixteen, Alex is in her prime–until time sickness strikes early. Will an experimental treatment offer hope? Or bring even more dire consequences?

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales
When Winter Halperin gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats?

Losing the Girl by MariNaomi (Life on Earth, Book 1) (Graphic Novel)
High school math prodigy Claudia Jones is missing. Her classmates share rumors of an alien abduction—when they’re not struggling with early romances, fraying friendships, and the other challenges of young adulthood. Emily’s trying to handle a life-changing surprise. Paula’s hoping to step out of Emily’s shadow. Nigel just wants a girl who will laugh at his jokes. And Brett hardly lets himself get close to anybody.

The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard
Alice has acquired brain injury, the result of an assault, and her words come out slow and slurred. But when she writes, words fly from her pen. Manny was once a child soldier. He appears to be adapting to his new life in this country, but at night he runs, barefoot, to escape the memory of his past. Can Alice and Manny help each other?

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong
Three years ago, best friends Skye and Jesse both lost brothers in a school shooting, only Skye’s brother was the shooter. Now she’s moving back to her hometown, and the welcome is less than warm. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer.