Next Week

Monday, May 2 @ 6:00 p.m.
The Renewable Energy workshop teaches students about energy supply, transfer, accumulation, conversion and consumption using LEGO science sets. Call 309-524-2470 to see if spots are still open.

Thursday, May 5 @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The Teen Advisory Group is your chance to help plan programs and events for teens, recommend new books and materials for the library, earn service credits, make friends, and have fun.

Thursday, May 5 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 5 through 12 can learn to use MaKey MaKey, an invention kit that allows you to turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. Call 309-524-2470 to see if spots are still open.

A Librarian Reads…

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Whenever Astrid sees a plane flying overhead, she sends the passengers on board her love. After all, her love isn’t doing her any good these days. Her cold and distant mother has stolen her sister’s attention away, her father spends all his time smoking pot lately, and she’s more than a little confused about her feelings for Dee, who may or may not be her girlfriend. That would depend on whether Astrid is actually gay. She can’t even ask her best friend, even though Kristina is more than sure about her relationship with Donna. Everyone is putting pressure on Astrid to be someone she isn’t sure she is or even wants to be. And how is she supposed to figure it all out with rumors, lies, and hatred flying around school and home?

A realistic and unflinching look at a teen who is questioning who she is—not only her sexuality but everything in her life. Recommended for high school and up.


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Featured Series

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman

Although housebound following an eerie accident, teenaged Ryan continues to investigate the strange occurences in his hometown of Skeleton Creek, recording his findings in a journal and viewing email video clips sent by fellow detective Sarah. The reader may view Sarah’s videos on a website by using links and passwords found in the text.

1) Skeleton Creek

2) The Ghost in the Machine

3) The Crossbones

4) The Raven

Around Town

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.

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki
Montgomery Sole and her best friends, Thomas and Naoki make up Jefferson High’s Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the weird and unexplained. Monty’s gotten her hands on the Eye of Know, a possibly powerful crystal amulet. Hopefully it will help her predict the future or protect against the newest resident of their small town is scarier than mothmen, poltergeists, or, you know, gym.

Ascending the Boneyard by C.G. Watson
Tosh has had a little too much reality, so he escaped from pain, grief, and loss in this favorite game, The Boneyard. But as the darkness of the game bleeds into his life, reality and surreality mix until it’s impossible to separate one from the other. Tosh is desperate to Ascend, to reach the next level, to become Worthy.

Hurricane Kiss by Deborah Blumenthal
For Jillian, the threat of Hurricane Danielle means another boring evacuation. This time she’ll be stuck with River, who went from football star to a juvenile detention center and is recently back. But when they get stuck on the island real danger takes over, and survival becomes about more than just staying alive–it’s about fighting for yourself.

Railhead by Philip Reeve
Zen Starling is a petty thief, a street urchin from Thunder City. When mysterious stranger Raven sends Zen and his new friend Nova on a mission to infiltrate the Emperor’s train, he jumps at the chance to traverse the Great Network, to cross the galaxy in a heartbeat, to meet interesting people – and to steal their stuff.

Defender by Graham McNamee
Six foot six Tyne Greer, called Tiny, lives in the building where her dad is the super and focuses on basketball as a way out of their slum. When she finds a girl’s body in an abandoned basement room in her building, her dad tells her she must have been seeing things. Is he hiding something? As she searches for answers, the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous it becomes for her.

Next Week

The Project Next Generation Renewable Energy Workshop teaches students about energy supply, transfer, accumulation, conversion and consumption using LEGO science sets. Sessions will take place on Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 on May 2, 9, 16, & 23. Attendance at all four sessions is recommended. No experience is necessary. Call 309-524-2470 to register.

A Librarian Reads…

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

As Adolph Hitler rose to power in the wake of the Great War, the people of Germany were ready for change. Poor, hungry, and angry after Germany’s defeat and the humiliation of the Treaty of Versailles, they wanted someone to show them a better way. And no one was more invested in Germany’s future than its youth. Even before he became Chancellor, Hitler had started the Hitler Youth movement, encouraging boys and girls in health, exercise, and loyalty. As his power grew, more and more children were eager to follow him. This book shows how the children of Germany fell under, and often out of, Hitler’s spell. Some sacrificed themselves for the cause. Others only did what they felt was their duty. And many rebelled and paid the ultimate price for freedom.

This book does not shy away from difficult topics. The author presents the facts as they were, with no judgement on either side, showing the many different kinds of people and how they reacted to their situation. This book is thorough and enlightening. Recommended for junior high and up.



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2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award


The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author’s work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.

David Levithan

David Levithan wins the 2016 Edwards Award for The Realm of Possibility, Boy Meets Boy, Love is the Higher Law, How They Met, and Other Stories, Wide Awake, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

David Levithan has given a voice to teens who often feel marginalized.  His work has allowed readers to experience life and love from many different perspectives.  While his stories are written with high literary quality, they are accessible and engaging to everyone who reads them.  He has been on the forefront of issues that are vital to teens; his writing shows teens the importance of inclusion and the acceptance of themselves and others just as they are.

Around Town

Check out these events around town…


April 20 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 20 – Early Release Activities @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 21 – Teen College/Career Prep Night @ Rock Island Public Library

April 21 – After School Young Adult Hangout Bettendorf Public Library

April 21 – DIY Emoji Pillows @ East Moline Public Library

April 22 – Teen Game Night @ River Valley District Library

April 23 – 3D Doodlers @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 25 – Anime Club @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 25 – After School Young Adult Hangout Bettendorf Public Library

April 26 – After School Young Adult Hangout Bettendorf Public Library

April 26 – Teen Tuesday @ 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.


The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
When Aladdin releases Zahra from her jinni lamp, she finds herself in a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years — a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. The King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, but to do so she must betray Aladdin. Is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

Front Lines by Michael Grant (Soldier Girl, Book One)
It is 1942. World War II. But in this version, females subject to the draft and three girls sign up to fight. Each has her own reasons for volunteering. Not one expects to see actual combat. Not one expects to be on the front lines. Rio, Frangie, and Rainy will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race.

The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Hanalee is the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. In 1920s Oregon she has almost no rights, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred. Now the young man who killed her father in a drunk-driving accident is getting out of jail. But he claims her father didn’t die from the accident—he was poisoned by the doctor. That doctor is now Hanalee’s new step-father.

The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller
When Elodie’s father reneges on a contract to collect a rare and valuable orchid, he risks debtor’s prison and Elodie and her sisters are threatened with to the orphanage and workhouse. Desperate to save her family, she convinces her father to complete his mission—with her by his side.

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor (Into The Dim, Book One)
When Hope’s mother dies in an earthquake overseas, she is sent to Scotland for the summer. There she discovers her mother was not only a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. On a mission to save her mother from the twelfth century where she is trapped, Hope meets a mysterious boy who could help her succeed, or be her undoing.