Next Week

Monday, January 8 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 4-8 can use resistors, transistors, and other components along with programming to complete tasks and experiment to create your own devices in our Arduino Science Project. Space is limited and registration is required.

Tuesday, January 9 @ 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.


A Librarian Reads…

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

For years, Scarlett has dreamed of attending Caraval, the magical and elusive game hosted by Master Legend. She’s written to him every year to request an invitation. And just when she’d given up and written her last letter to explain she wouldn’t contact him again because she was getting married, three tickets arrive. One for her, one for her sister Donatella, and one for her fiancé, whom Scar has never met. She doesn’t even know his name. But he is going to rescue her and Tella from their cruel father. So of course Scarlett can’t go to Caraval. But Tella has other plans. With the help of Julian, a sailor visiting their island, Tella whisks Scarlett away to compete in Caraval. But nothing is what it seems, and if Scarlett doesn’t win the game she might end up losing everything.

The lush language sets the tone for a story filled with magic and intrigue. Recommended for readers in grades 8 and up.


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Dark Humor

Can’t decide whether you want to laugh or cry? Do both! Check out one of these darkly humorous books. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

All the Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher

Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Just Kill Me by Adam Selzer

Kid Alone by Simon Mason

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor

The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

January 3 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

January 3 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 4 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 6 – D & D – First Campaign @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

January 8 – Teen Game Night @ River Valley District Library

January 9 – 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.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Aza never intended to pursue the hundred-thousand-dollar reward for solving fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett’s mystery. But her friend Daisy is eager to investigate, so they start Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Kaleidoscope Song by Fox Benwell
Neo loves music. A life in radio is all she’s ever wanted. So when Umzi Radio broadcasts live in a nearby bar Neo can’t resist. She sneaks out to see them, and she falls in love, with music, and the night, but also with a girl. South African girls are supposed to go to school and get a real job and find a nice young boy to settle down with. But can she ignore her heart?

The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves
Marcos yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe a pair of sneakers that aren’t falling apart. But more than anything, he wants to get out of Maesta, his hood. When Marcos is placed in an after-school program for troubled teens with potential, he meets Zach and Amy. These new friendships inspire Marcos to open up and think about his future and what he has to fight for.

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry
Sarah Jac and James work in the vast maguey fields of the bone-dry Southwest. It is a rough life, but their secret love is enough to keep them going until they save up enough money to go east. Then a horrible accident forces Sarah Jac and James to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch called the Real Marvelous.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival, yet she stands apart as the only illusion-worker in hundreds of years. No matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered. As she hunts for the person killing her illusions one by one, Sorina learns more about the Festival than she could have imagined.

Next Week

Thursday, January 4 @ 3:30 p.m.
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. Grades 6-12.

A Librarian Reads…

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

On September 11, 2001, Alia is dealing with having disappointed her parents and her inability to tell them how much her art means to her, as well as having made the choice to start wearing the hijab. When she goes to World Trade Center to try to talk to her father about it, the whole world falls apart. In 2016, Jesse struggles to find her place in a family broken apart when her brother died on 9/11. Her mother is mostly absent and her father is angry all the time. When is caught painting a racial slur on the Islam Peace Center in her hometown, she finally realizes she has the choice to follow her father’s prejudice or find her own peace.

Told in alternating chapters, the story starts off a little rocky, but soon settles into a breathtaking, heart-pounding race to discover truths of all sorts. Recommended for readers in grades 8 and up.


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