Around Town

Check out these events around town…

January 17 – Retro Gamers Club @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

January 17 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

January 17 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 18 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 18 – Lotion Making @ River Valley District Library

January 19 – DIY Braided Rugs @ River Valley District Library

January 20 – D & D – First Campaign @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

January 20 – #cupsidedown @ East Moline Public Library

January 22 – Fandom Book Club @ Davenport Public Library (Main)

January 22 – Hands Only CPR with the Red Cross @ Silvis Public Library

January 22 – Gamers Club @ Robert R. Jones Public Library

January 23 – Strings & Things – Crochet Workshop Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

January 23 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 23 – Teen Cupcake Wars @ Silvis 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 Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan
Bethan is the apprentice the green healer Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. One night Silas, the son of the chieftain, and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. She begs Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. To do so, Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.

Devils Within by S.F. Henson
Nate was fourteen when he murdered his father—the leader of The Fort, a notorious white supremacist compound. It was self-defense, and now he lives with an uncle he never knew existed, who wants nothing to do with him. He struggles to forge a new life and interact with people he was brought up to hate. Including Brandon, who is the first person to treat him like a human instead of a monster. But when his secret past comes into contact with his new life, Nate will have to decide between his own survival and standing for what’s right.

The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims
Since the car accident, Samantha has been in pain, not only from her leg injury, but also from her mother’s death. After pushing away her friends, Sam has receded into a fog of depression. Then she meets Eliot, a reckless loner with an attitude and an amazing secret—he can’t feel any pain. As they grow closer, they begin to confront Sam’s painful memories of the accident—memories that may hold a startling truth about what really happened that day.

Chico Boy by Gina Hooten Popp
Life isn’t easy when you have as many obstacles to overcome as Chico Boy has in his life. His Dad left over a year ago and he’s fallen behind in school. And his mother barely makes enough to cover the family’s expenses. To top it all off, he and his best friend Talula think they’ve witnessed a possible murder. But take heart, not all is bad for Chico Boy. He has a great group of friends and an indomitable spirit that keeps him bouncing high on the pogo stick of life.

Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz
World War Two has shattered Valka’s homeland of Russia. Determined to do her part, she signs up for an all-female group of pilots. As much as she loves flying, dropping bombs on German soldiers from a fragile canvas biplane is no joyride. As the war intensifies and those around her fall, Valka must decide how much she is willing to risk to defend the skies she once called home.

A Librarian Reads…

 

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Meg Garcia has committed suicide. Her best friend, Cody, is left alone and confused, and most of all feeling incredibly guilty. Meg and Cody were supposed to go to college together. But Meg got a scholarship for a private school and Cody couldn’t afford the state school nearby. They’d drifted apart, but surely Cody should have seen that something was wrong. She lives in fear of the day that Meg’s parents will ask if she knew. Because she didn’t. She didn’t know anything about her best friend. That starts to change when she goes to clear out Meg’s room at college. She meets Meg’s roommates and friends…and an old boyfriend. When she finds an encrypted folder on Meg’s computer, Cody is convinced there was more to the story than anyone knew. And she is determined to find out what was going on, even if it puts her in the same danger.

Cody is a likeable and relatable character, and her grief and determination are realistically portrayed. This is a slow-burning but compelling story that will appeal to readers in high school and up who enjoy realistic stories with a hint of mystery.

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Around Town

Check out these events around town…

January 10 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

January 10 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 11 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 12 – Teen Coding Club (Intermediate) @ East Moline Public Library

January 13 – D & D – First Campaign @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

January 13 – Winter Survival: An Escape Room Challenge @ East Moline Public Library

January 15 – Pokemon Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

January 15 – Manga Book Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 16 – 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.

Calling My Name by Liara Tamani
Taja lives with her parents and siblings in Houston. She’s always known that her conservative and tightly-knit African American family expects of her—do well in school, go to church every Sunday, no intimacy before marriage. She dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating.

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. Tattoos of the beasts appears on their skin while the guilt of the sins appear on thier minds. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he must fight to save the princess that he loves–and his own life.

Love Is Both Wave and Particle by Paul Cody
Levon and Samantha are students at an alternative high school for high-achieving but troubled teens. They have been chosen for a year-long project where they write their life stories and collect interviews from people who know them. The only rule is 100% confidentiality—they will share their work only with each other. What happens will transform their lives.

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. Her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want.

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski
Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to the opportunity to travel to space. She must compete against the best and brightest people on the planet for that chance. Cassie is ready for the physical and mental toll that the competition will take. But nothing could have prepared her for the bonds she would form with the very people she hopes to beat.

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