Next Week

Use science and chemistry to create an Edible Water Bottle as part of the Tween Steam Club on Monday, April 1 @ 6:00 p.m. Open to grades 4-8. Space is limited and registration is required. This program is developed pursuant to a Library Services and Technology act grant administered by the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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. The next meeting will be on Thursday, April 4 @ 3:30 p.m. Grades 6-12.

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to an Interactive Movie Program featuring Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Thursday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the second floor program room. Enjoy crafts and other activities related to the film. Registration is required and space is limited.

Students in grades 6-12 can submit ONE original poem of up to 30 lines in the Teen Poetry Contest. Entry forms are available at the library or online at https://bit.ly/2Gi5lAz. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Prizes will be $25, $15, and $10 gift certificates for first, second, and third places in each category (middle school or high school).

 

Check out events for teens at other area libraries:

Rock Island Public Library

Bettendorf Public Library

Davenport Public Library

East Moline Public Library

Silvis Public Library

River Valley District Library

Robert R. Jones Public Library

LeClaire Community Library

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A Librarian Reads…

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Bathsheba never wanted to be a hunter. But her grandmother prophesies it, and whales never ignore a prophecy. So she trains. But when her mother is killed by men, she is determined to join with the greatest captain there is—Captain Alexandria—so that she can exact her revenge. Her wish is granted, and she joins in the captain’s hunt for Toby Wick, the man who has slaughtered more whales than anyone. And when they find a human, the sole survivor on his ship, who has a message from Toby Wick himself, it seems the captain’s hunt might finally come to an end. But as Bathsheba, assigned as translator, gets to know the human, she starts to question the hatred that has grown between men and whales, and to doubt the need for so much killing.

This retelling of Moby Dick from the whales’ point-of-view is compelling and thought-provoking. You don’t have to have read the original (I haven’t) to understand and enjoy the tale. Recommended for mature readers in high school and up.

* Listened to on Audio CD

Featured Series

Mickey Bolitar by Harlan Coben

After tragic events tear Mickey Bolitar away from his parents, he is forced to live with his estranged Uncle Myron and switch high schools, where he finds both friends and enemies, but when his new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes, he follows her trail into a seedy underworld that reveals she is not what she seems to be.

1) Shelter

2) Seconds Away

3) Found

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 Afterward by E.K. Johnston
It has been a year since two heroes found the mysterious godsgem that cured Cadrium’s king and ushered in what promised to be a new golden age. Now Kalanthe is finding her hero’s reputation doesn’t pay the bills, and she may have to settle into a more stable future. Olsa finds herself too famous to go back to her old pickpocket ways. Both girls think their paths are laid out, but the godsgem isn’t quite done with them and that new golden age isn’t a sure thing yet.

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station. As the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions. Josie has to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. Delia wants to keep working on Midnite Matinee in the hopes her father might see it and want to reconnect with her.

The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena
Susan is the new girl—striving to meet her parents’ expectations of excellence. Malcolm is the bad boy—he started raising hell at age fifteen, after his mom died of cancer. Susan’s parents are on the verge of divorce. Malcolm’s dad is a known adulterer. Susan hasn’t told anyone, but she wants to be an artist. Malcolm doesn’t know what he wants—until he meets her.

The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (The Dysasters, Book One)
Foster has always known her abilities to talk to plants and control cloud formations made her different. Star quarterback Tate never questioned his night vision. The night the two first meet a deadly tornado brings them together and awakens their true abilities—the power to control the element air. They learn they are part of a genetic experiment, and Foster’s father is responsible for it. Now they must stop him his minions before he destroys their lives and the world.

Immoral Code by Lillian Clark
Nari is a hacker. Her boyfriend Keagan is happy to follow her wherever she may lead. Reese is an ace/aro visual artist with plans to travel the world. Santiago is off to Stanford on a diving scholarship, with very real Olympic hopes. And Bellamy is a physics genius bound for MIT—until she discovers she can’t get a loan because her estranged father is filthy rich. Nari isn’t about to let her friend’s dreams be squashed by a deadbeat billionaire, so she hatches a plan to steal just enough from Foster to allow Bellamy to achieve her goals.

Next Week

Write Now! is a group for teen and adult writers of all genres and writing levels. Meetings will be on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room. Bring up to 6 pages of a piece you’re working on to the March 25 meeting to get feedback and advice.

Tween/Teen Gaming will take place on Wednesday, March 27 @ 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of video games, board games, and computer games at in the second floor program room. Drop in anytime. No registration required. Grades 6-12.

Students in grades 6-12 can submit ONE original poem of up to 30 lines in the Teen Poetry Contest. Entry forms are available at the library or online at https://bit.ly/2Gi5lAz. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Prizes will be $25, $15, and $10 gift certificates for first, second, and third places in each category (middle school or high school).

 

Check out events for teens at other area libraries:

Rock Island Public Library

Bettendorf Public Library

Davenport Public Library

East Moline Public Library

Silvis Public Library

River Valley District Library

Robert R. Jones Public Library

LeClaire Community Library

A Librarian Reads…

Blended by Sharon Draper

Izzy spends one week with her white mom, then Isabella spends the next week with her Black dad. She’s gotten used to going back and forth between homes and parents and lives, even names. But that doesn’t mean she likes it. She especially hates how much her parents fight all the time. Now that she’s in sixth grade, though, she’s noticing other ways in which her unique situation causes problems. She isn’t even sure if she’s black or white, both or neither. And does it even matter? As she navigates through some serious incidents, she must figure out not only who she is, but who she wants to be.

Recommended for readers in middle school and up who like realistic stories that deal with families and social injustice.

2019 Alex Award Winners

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The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

 

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir

Circe by Madeline Miller

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

Green by Sam Graham-Felsen

Home After Dark by David Small

How Long ’Til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin

Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik