Book Trailer: The Eye of Minds

October 21st, 2013

The Maze Runner author James Dashner’s new book The Eye of Minds is out now!  Here’s the blurb, via the publisher:  ”Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secrets out”.  Sounds exciting!

Check out the trailer above and don’t forget to place a hold on a copy!

The Teen Reading Challenge is almost over!!

October 18th, 2013

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Don’t forget, Saturday October 19th (TOMORROW!) is the last day of the Teen Reading Challenge!  Be sure to turn in your log books at any of our three locations.  You’ll get a prize and an invite to the Teen Reading Challenge Party, which will be next Friday night at the Rock Island Public Library.  Keep your fingers crossed that Team Davenport will emerge victorious this year!!

Fangirl

October 16th, 2013

FANGIRL

I know it seems like lately all I’ve been doing is gushing about Rainbow Rowell, but trust me, she totally deserves it.  After I read Eleanor and Park, I had to rush out and get her newest novel Fangirl pretty much immediately.  The main character, Cath, is obsessed with the Simon Snow book series.  For years she and her twin sister Wren have built a following online by writing fanfiction about Simon Snow and Baz, Simon’s enemy (or something more, in Cath’s mind).  But now that they’ve gone off to college, Wren is ready to build her own identity separate from Cath, which means ditching all that fanfic stuff.  So now Cath is on her own and dealing with the challenges of college life:  having a surly roommate, figuring out where to eat in the cafeteria, getting attention from a couple of charming boys, all while balancing classwork with writing Carry On, Simon.

I love this book not just because it’s well written with lots of witty dialogue and an understanding of what going away to college is really like, but also because I’m a BIG fan of Harry Potter, who has clearly heavily influenced Simon Snow.  Rainbow Rowell really gets the fandom thing right.  If  you’re part of the HP fandom, or any fandom really, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book.

It’s Teen Read Week!

October 14th, 2013

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It’s that time of year again!  ALA’s Teen Read Week is going on NOW!  What are you reading this week?

And don’t forget, you can vote for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten now through Saturday October 19th.  Which of the nominees was your favorite YA book of the year?  (Code Name Verity gets my vote)

Last but not least, if you haven’t picked up a reading log for the Teen Reading Challenge, there’s still time!  Stop by any of our three locations to find one.  Keeping track of your minutes will get you cool prizes, an invite to the big party, and possible bragging rights for Team Davenport!

 *Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Anime Fest at the Figge tomorrow!

October 11th, 2013

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Don’t forget, the annual Anime Fest at the Figge is TOMORROW!

Join us at 225 W. 2nd Street in Davenport from 12:00-3:00 on Saturday October 12th.

 $5 admission will get you entry to the event, where we’ll have noodles, candy sushi, crafts, lessons in calligraphy and Japanese, movies, cosplay, and more!

Tonight: Teen Volunteer Council!

October 8th, 2013

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Come join us at our monthly Teen Volunteer Council meeting!

Tonight, we’ll be brainstorming ideas for our Zombies Rising program and signing up to volunteer at some upcoming events, like the Halloween and Festival of Trees parades, the Cemetery Tours, and more!

Tonight, 5:30pm, at the Fairmount Street Branch.

 

Eleanor & Park

October 3rd, 2013

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Every once in awhile I come across a book that I love so much and find so universally appealing that I just can’t help but recommend it to everyone I see. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is one of those books. You might have heard of it because of the controversy surrounding it lately (and just in time for Banned Books Week, of course!). Or maybe you heard of it because of John Green’s glowing review of it in the New York Times. Either way, it’s getting tons of buzz, and for good reason.

Eleanor & Park is set in 1986 and is the story of two misfits who meet on the school bus. She gets bullied for being a bigger girl with bright red hair. He’s a kept-to-himself Asian-American who would rather read his comic books and listen to The Smiths than hang out with the cool kids. When Eleanor can’t find a seat on the bus, Park saves her from ridicule and lets her take the seat next to him. At first they don’t speak to each other, but one day Park notices Eleanor reading his comic books over his shoulder. This new found friendship grows into love over time, turning into one of the most genuine and charming YA love stories that I’ve read. I fell in love with Rainbow Rowell’s witty dialogue and realistic characters, and I guarantee that you will too.

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