Around Town

Check out these events around town…

March 23 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

March 23 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 24 – Teen Coloring Night @ Rock Island Public Library

March 25 – Teen Movie Night @ River Valley District Library

March 28 – Anime Club @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

March 28 – Various Video Games  @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 29 – Teen Tuesday- Pinterest Duct Tape Crafts @ Silvis 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.

How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras
When Georgia’s mother dies, she decides to make the most of life right now, to avoid getting lost in her pain. As she does all those things she’s always been afraid to do, she finds out that life might not always turn out the way you plan, but it can still be amazing.

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
Vicky Cruz shouldn’t be alive. That’s why she tried to kill herself. At Lakeview Hospital she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With these friends she begins to heal. But when a crisis forces the group to split up, Vicky must go back to the life she was trying to escape and find her own courage and strength.

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
Katie, her mother Caroline, and her grandmother Mary are forced together when Mary returns to the family suffering from Alzheimer’s. They all have secrets and trust is hard to come by. But as Mary begins to unravel the truth becomes harder to hide. As they are all forced to confront the past, will Katie be able to seize her own future?

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (Lady Helen #1)
Lady Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London following the disappearance of one her housemaids. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. But can she trust him enough to ask for help? Or will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame (The DIMILY Trilogy, Book One)
When Eden agrees to spend the summer with her father and his new family, she doesn’t expect to fall in love. But as she starts hanging out with Tyler and his friends she finds herself drawn to him. Two problems. One is Tyler’s clingy girlfriend. The other is that Tyler is her step-brother.


Next Week

Monday, March 21 @ 6:00 p.m.
The Beginner LEGO Robotics series introduces students in grades 5-12 to building and programming the LEGO EV3 Core sets. Call 309-524-2470 to see if spots are still open.

The Library will be closed on Friday, March 25 in observance of the Spring Holiday.

A Librarian Reads…

Luna: A Novel by Julie Anne Peters

Regan loves her brother Liam. He is smart and loyal, always there for her. She also loves her sister Luna. She is beautiful, strong, and brave. The only problem? They are the same person. Regan has always known Liam was different, and fully supports who she really in inside. But as Luna struggles to come to the surface, to be recognized by the world and not just by Regan, complications arise for everyone involved. All Regan wants to do is coast through high school unnoticed, except maybe by Chris, her handsome new lab partner. Can she balance Luna’s needs, her father’s expectations, and have a life of her own?

This book is gentle and thoughtful in its approach to a difficult and underrepresented topic. Recommended for high school and up.



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2016 Alex Award Winners


The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

All Involved by Ryan Gattis
Los Angeles, 1992: in the chaos of a rioting city, between settling scores and surviving another day, 18 young men and women—gangbangers, a nurse, an artist, a dreamer—give intense and sometimes brutal voice to their complex human experiences.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Coates writes to his 15-year-old son about the inborn hazards of being black in America and his own intellectual, political and emotional confrontation with the need to live fully, even in the face of racialist culture.

Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis
Sixteen-year-old Maren literally eats the ones who love her, bones and all. When her mother abandons her, Maren sets out to find the father she has never met, hoping he can help her understand why she is a monster.

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
Zoey never had much ambition beyond being a barista, but when her father leaves her in control of the lawless city of Tabula Ra$a, she goes from steaming milk to slaying supervillains.

Girl at War by Sara Nović
Ana’s early life was ravaged by the 1991 Balkan wars. Now a college student, Ana relives her war and its consequences as she unravels the mystery of herself and the meaning of home.

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
A bloodthirsty girl and a reluctant warrior are recruited by a cunning minister for a mission that will either save or doom their kingdom.

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
In pictures and interviews that captivate, puzzle and reveal, photojournalist Brandon Stanton collects an immeasurable range of human emotions and perspectives. The photos draw us in and their subjects’ words leave us wondering and cheering at the variety of humanity.

Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia
Adults have disappeared, and Ben Schiller is trying to keep things together until their return in this unsettling graphic novel. A series of mysterious deaths may be a sign of impending doom for Alexandria’s troubled kids.

Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta
Overstaying his visa in the U.S. before he was in kindergarten, Padilla Peralta joined other young DREAM Act scholars to erase his illegal status. His humor, wisdom, success and very American boyhood smash anti-immigration stereotypes.

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen
Mercy, a high school basketball star, lives under the thumb of her grandmother, a fierce believer in Y2K as the apocalypse. The year 1999 alters Mercy’s life in a small Texas refinery town and gives her a future beyond it.

Around Town

Check out these events around town…


March 16 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

March 16 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 17 – Anime Night @ Rock Island Public Library

March 19 – Puzzle Tournament & Swap @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

March 21 – Various Video Games @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 22 – Teen Movie @ East Moline Public Library

March 22 – Dinner & a Movie @ Silvis Public Library

March 22 – Knitting for Teens @ River Valley District 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.

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Riley is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. Riley also has a congressman father and a therapist, on whose advice Riley starts a blog about being gender fluid. When the blog goes viral and someone discovers Riley’s true identity, things get even more complicated.

Peas & Carrots by Tanita S. Davis
Dess and Hope are both 15, but that’s about all they have in common. White Dess has just been placed in foster care with Hope’s black family while her mother is in jail. The girls take turns narrating their misunderstandings and conflicts as they begin, reluctantly, to understand each other.

Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward
All over the world, blood appeared out of the ground, even through concrete—and then the earth started growing hair and bones. Lea wants to ignore it all and spend time with her new girlfriend, Aracely, but the blood has made them a prisoner in their own homes. Lea must save herself and Aracely whatever way she can.

The Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller
After Theo woke up with a scar and no memory of how she got it, she began spending all her time in a Manhattan café, secretly documenting random “subjects.” Her favorite is the Lost Boy, whom she discovers is has been coming to the café every day waiting for someone who never showed up. She agrees to help find his lost love, but is she really helping him, or herself?

The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull
Clare grew up with an awareness of the Strange, tales of fairies and magic-making told to her by her mother who died years ago. Now she and her father are returning to Ireland, to the house Clare was born in. In this place, magic—both bright and dark—will not sit quietly in a corner.