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.

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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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