Next Week

Wednesday, April 19 @ 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Students in grades 6 through 12 can play a variety of video games, board games, and computer games in the Teen Corner on Game Days. Drop in any time.

Students in grades 4-12 are needed to volunteer for the Illinois Veterans History Project. Interviews with veterans will take place on April 22 at Hope Creek Care Center from 9:00 to 12:00. Anyone who wishes to take part must call the library to be scheduled. This event is part of the Project Next Generation grant and bus passes are available upon request.

Next Week

Monday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 4 through 8 can experiment with Strawbees. Strawbees lets you connect straws to each other and build little to huge mechanical objects from just straws and cardboard. This event is part of the Project Next Generation grant. Bus passes are available upon request.

Tuesday, April 11 @ 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, April 12 @ 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Students in grades 6 through 12 can play a variety of video games, board games, and computer games in the Teen Corner on Game Days. Drop in any time.

Teen Poetry Contest
Students in grades 6-12 can submit one poem of up to 12 (short) or up to 25 (long) lines in our annual Teen Poetry Contest. Entries are due April 13. Winners in each category will receive gift certificates for $25, $15, or $10. The Library will host a Poetry Café on Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. for all poets to read their work. Snacks will be provided and prizes will be awarded.

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

September 14 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 14 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

September 15 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 15 – Anime Night @ Rock Island Public Library

September 15 – Teen Game Night @ River Valley District Library

September 16 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 17 – Movie: Captain America Civil War @ East Moline Public Library

September 19 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 20 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 20 – Blackout Poetry @ Silvis Public Library

 

 

 

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Next Week

Thursday, April 21 @ 6:30 p.m.
Teens who entered the Poetry Contest are invited to a Poetry Café and Awards Ceremony. Everyone will have a chance to read their poems for friends and family while enjoying snacks.

Novels in Verse

Celebrate National Poetry Month with these fantastic novels in verse. Click on the title to get the call number or place a hold.

Freakboy by Kristin Clark
Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

One by Sarah Crossan
Despite problems at home, sixteen-year-old conjoined twins Tippi and Grace are loving going to school for the first time and making real friends when they learn that a cardiac problem will force them to have separation surgery, which they have never before considered.

Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe
Douglas Ashe keeps a weekly record of historical and personal events in 1968, the year he turns seventeen, including the escalating war in Vietnam, assassinations, rampant racism, and rioting; his first girlfriend, his parents’ separation, and a longed-for sister.

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle
Fourteen-year-old Mateo and other Caribbean islanders face discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when American recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in 1906 to build the great canal.

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank
Two very different girls bond while hospitalized for Crohn’s disease.

The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl and Random Boy by Marie Jaskulka
As her parents’ marriage falls apart, a girl whose poetry writing helps her survive meets a boy with family troubles of his own who has also turned to poetry, but their growing relationship eventually takes a darker turn.

Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen
In 1993 in New York City, high school senior Mira uncovers many secrets, including that her father has a male lover.

Up from the Sea by Leza Lowitz
A novel in verse about the March 2011 tsunami that sent Japan into chaos, told from the point-of-view of Kai, a biracial teenaged boy.

Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons
Seventeen-year-old aspiring artist Samantha Henderson, eager to learn about life and to get away from her father’s political campaigns and her stepmother, refuses to give up on her new boyfriend, “X,” even after he proves to be trouble, damaging her friendships and introducing her to drugs.

Crazy by Linda Vigen Phillips
While growing up in the 1960s, Laura uses art to cope with her mother’s mental illness.

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
Two girls forge a powerful friendship that carries them through horrific circumstances.

Next Week

Monday, June 15 @ 6:00
Turn a plain cupcake into a work of art in Superhero Cupcake Wars. Cupcakes will be judged on creativity and design. Compete in teams of up to three for a chance to win prizes. Ages 11-18. Registration is required by calling the Library at 309-524-2470.

Friday, June 19 @ 2:00 to 4:00
The Hero Movie Series feature will be Percy Jackson: Lightning Thief. Free popcorn!

Next Week

Friday, June 12 @ 2:00 to 4:00
The Hero Movie Series feature will be X-Men. Free popcorn!

Saturday, June 13 @ 2:30-4:00
This is the sixth and final session of the “Project Next Generation: Dream, Design, Deliver” Video Game Design Workshop for Teens and Tweens in grades 5-12. For more information, or to see if space is still available, contact Jan LaRoche at jlaroche@molinelibrary.org or by calling 309-524-2470.