Around Town

Check out these events around town…

February 10 – Early Release Activites @ Bettendorf Public Library 

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

February 13 – Movie Matinee: Star Wars @ East Moline Public Library

February 15 – Magic: The Gathering Commander Event @ Bettendorf Public Library 

February 16 – Geek & Craft  @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)


Would you like your teen-friendly events listed here? Let me know in the comments.

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 for more information and to place a hold.

Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker (High School Horror Story, Book One)
When Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit and killed someone with her car, she did what any teenage science genius would do. She brought him back to life. Welcome to Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.

Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo
Harper and her best friend, Kate, have always planned on becoming professional ballerinas. But when Harper’s life takes an unexpected turn, she escapes to a research station in Antarctica while she tries to figure out where everything went wrong.

Forbidden by Eve Bunting
After Josie loses her parents she is sent to a tiny town in Scotland where everyone, including her aunt and uncle, are as cold and hostile as the sea. But Eli, mysterious, handsome—and forbidden, is different. What horrible secret are the townspeople hiding? The answer could be deadly.

The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey
Allie feels betrayed when her older sister commits suicide. Not only by her death, but because they promised to go together. Why would Leah leave her all alone? As secrets come to the surface, Allie isn’t sure what is more difficult: living without her sister or discovering the truth.

Girl Singer by Mick Carlon
Avery, and aspiring singer in 1938 Harlem, gets her big break when she Count Basie comes into her life and whisks her into the jazz life. But years later, when she meets Karl, a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Germany, her life takes an even bigger turn.


Next Week

Tuesday, February 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.

Thursday, February 11 @ 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join fellow teens to celebrate Singles Awareness Day with a variety of crafts, games, activities, and lots of chocolate! This program is free and open to middle school and high school students. Registration is required. Call 309-524-2470 or visit the second floor reference desk to sign up by Monday, February 8.

YouTube Contest for Teens
Quad City middle school and high school students can create a 3-5 minute video for a chance to win $100. In teams of up to five people, make a video based on one of this year’s themes. Upload it to YouTube, submit a hard copy to your library, and turn in the entry form. Entries due March 1st. A Premiere Party will be held March 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the Putnam. See your local library for more information and an entry form.


A Librarian Reads…

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

One minute, Alex is enjoying the freedom of being left home alone for the weekend while his parents and sister visit family out of town, and the next his world is ripped apart. The world shakes, something crashes into his house and sets it on fire, a continuous series of deafening explosions fill the air—and then the ash starts to fall. Determined to find his family, Alex sets out across Iowa toward his uncle’s farm, finding obstacles, enemies, allies, and love along the way.

Fans of disaster fiction will love all the issues Alex faces and overcomes. The story is often graphic in its description of violence and the necessities of finding food, and is not recommended for anyone sensitive to those sorts of things. Recommended for High School and up.


Would you like to submit a review of a book, movie, video game, etc. to be featured here? Leave a comment and the librarian will contact you.

People of Color

Check out these novels featuring characters of color.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

American Born Chinese by Gene Yang

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina


What would you add to the list? Leave a comment!

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

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

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

February 4 – Harry Potter Book Night @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

February 4 – Star Wars Crafts @ East Moline Public Library

February 5 – Teen Gaming Night @ River Valley District Library

February 8 – Various Video Games @ Bettendorf Public Library



Would you like your teen-friendly events listed here? Let me know in the comments.

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 for more information and to place a hold.

Surfacing by Mark Magro
In a post-nuclear war world, children spend their first 18 years learning at a subterranean school with Dr. Parkman. When sixteen year olds Zoe and Balt discover clues that all may not be as it seems, they decide to go to the surface to look for answers.

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety. She misses her old life and doesn’t see the point in trying to fit in to a place she doesn’t plan to stay long. But a new guy makes her change her mind, and let her guard down in more ways than one.

This Way Home by Wes Moore
Elijah knows basketball. He knows if you work hard, you’ll win. But when a gang wants Elijah and his friends to join their team instead, they face a fight they’ll need more than hard work to win.

Need by Joelle Charbonneau
A new site promises to grant students at Nottawa High School their every need and want, regardless of the consequences. All too soon, the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises.

Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern
Rose has to decide whether to take a test that will tell her what side of the 50/50 chance of inheriting Huntington’s disease she’s on. Why bother pursuing her dreams of ballet and falling in love if it might not matter?



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