Around Town

Check out these events around town…

June 1 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

June 2 – Anime Club @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

June 4 – Summer Reading Kickoff @ Rock Island Public Library

June 4 – Water Balloon Hot Potato @ Bettendorf Public Library

June 4 – Summer Reading Kickoff @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

June 6 – Pizza John Club @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

June 6 – Smash Bros / Pokken Tournament @ Bettendorf Public Library

June 7 – Make a Mug @ Rock Island Public Library

June 7 – Dungeons & Dragons & Donuts @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

June 7 – Tabletop RPG @ Bettendorf Public Library


Please note, the Silvis Public Library is closed during remodeling.



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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 for more information and to place a hold.

Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski
Everyone at the Westing school is dying of the Peter Pan Virus. What do you do when you go to a school where no one has a future? Noah and his friends spend their time drinking, making out, and playing video games on But when an older boy named Zach shows up and challenges them to really live before they die, life becomes a whole lot more interesting…and desirable.

Static by Eric Laster
Curtis has started getting calls from his brother Wilt, who died a week ago. Though Wilt claims he wasn’t murdered, his death is ruled a homicide. Curtis embarks on a dangerous plan to find the killer which soon has him scheming against a billionaire and floundering toward love with his brother’s ex-girlfriend Suzy.

My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul
Everything goes wrong for Hank. Like when he tries to ask a girl out and nearly burns her house down. Even worse, Petyon sees the whole thing and takes an interest. The two become friends, but even that becomes difficult when Hank learns Peyton is hiding something dark.

This Is the Story of You by Beth Kephart
On the small island of Haven, Mira and her year-round friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But when a superstorm defies all predictions and devastates the island, nothing will ever be as it was. Strange things happen, and Mira must find a way to hold her memories in place while learning to trust a radically reinvented future.

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl in medieval France with a secret lover and an uncanny gift. Branded a heretic, she’s on the run from the friar who wants her executed. Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town of Bajas. When their lives collide, nothing will be the same.

Next Week

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

Thursday, June 2 @ 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.

Saturday, June 4 @ 3:00 p.m.
Students in grades 5 through 12 can make a Rocket Car as part of Project Next Generation. Call 309-524-2470 to register.

The Summer Reading Program runs June 4 through July 30, 2016. Keep track of how much you read to receive prizes and enter drawings. Sign up for great programs all summer long. Register at the library or online.

A Librarian Reads…

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Ani isn’t a very good princess. She would rather talk to birds and ride her horse than attend balls and rule over people. But she does her duty. So when her mother announces she is being sent away to marry a foreign prince instead of inheriting the crown, she does as told. Along with her lady in waiting and best friend, Selia, and a troop of 50 guards, Ani sets out on the six month journey. But from the very start something feels strange. Selia and some of the guards seem too close, always conspiring and keeping her at a distance. The closer they get to Bayern the worse things get, but Ani doesn’t see the danger until it’s too late.

This fantasy takes a while to get going, but when it does you won’t be able to put it down until the last page. Recommended for junior high and up. Look for other books in the Books of Bayern series also.


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Featured Series

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.

1) Hush, Hush

2) Crescendo 

3) Silence 

4) Finale

Around Town

Check out these events around town…


May 25 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

May 26 – Teen Gaming @ Rock Island Public Library

May 26 – Candy Sushi @ East Moline Public Library

May 27 – Retro Movie Night @ River Valley District Library


Please note, the Silvis Public Library is closed during remodeling and the Bettendorf Public Library is temporarily closed during repairs.


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.


Dreamology by Lucy Keating
For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist. But when Real Max shows up at her new school, he’s nothing like Dream Max even though he’s been dreaming of her also. When you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Extra Life by Derek Nikitas
After thoroughly messing up his life, Russ gets a call from the very last person he expects—his future self. This “Future Russ” gives him a chance to fix his mistakes by leaping twelve hours into the past. Russ can’t resist, figuring the day can’t get any weirder or worse. But he couldn’t be more wrong.

Nightstruck by Jenna Black
Becket was tricked into opening a door between worlds. Now dark magic trickles into Philadelphia, strange creatures roam the streets and inanimate objects come to life, all of them bloodthirsty and terrifying. The city returns to normal when the sun rises each morning, and Becket finds herself struggling to protect her family from the monsters—and the urge to join them herself.

Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Mads is staying with her aunt and uncle in Seattle after graduating from high school. But when she finds a body in the middle of the lake, she becomes obsessed the dead woman. Her search leads to her son Billy, and the two realize they have a lot in common and fall in love. As summer comes to an end, Billy and Mads must decide whose story to follow: their family’s or their own.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
Hermione has been a lot of things: Cheerleader. Girlfriend. Best friend. But then someone puts something in her drink at a party, and in an instant she finds herself wearing new labels: Victim. Survivor. That raped girl. And now she begins to learn who she really is, and who she can truly consider a friend.

Next Week

Monday, May 23 @ 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.

Friday, May 27 @ 5:00-8:00
Students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to join the Teen Advisory Group for an After-Hours Decorating Party. Help us decorate the Teen Corner and prepare Summer Reading Program materials while enjoying pizza and having fun. Registration is required. Call 309-524-2470 to sign up.

A Librarian Reads…

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Lyra has spent her whole life at Jordan College in Oxford, taken there by her uncle after her parents’ death. She’s grown into quite a wild child, exploring off-limit places, sneaking around and spying, and waging wars with the other children. But one adventure propels her into a whole new world when she accidentally hears about her uncle’s discoveries about Dust, the particles that are part magical and part religious, that seem to come from another world and cling to adults. Then the glamorous Mrs. Coulter shows up and whisks Lyra away on an adventure. But old habits die hard, and before long Lyra’s sleuthing ways uncover Mrs. Coulter’s monstrous involvement in the abduction of children, including her best friend Roger. Suddenly Lyra’s adventures become all too real in a fight for not only her life, but her very soul.

A classic read that is still captivating. The first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. Recommended for junior high school and up.


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Morris Award


The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.  The award’s namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. Bill Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens.

2016 Winner

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
On the brink of coming out, Simon’s plans are derailed by a scheming classmate who learns about Simon’s email exchanges with a mysterious boy that Simon may just be falling in love with.

2015 Finalists

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Ollie is allergic to electricity and lives in isolation with his mother. Moritz was born with no eyes, has a pacemaker, and is bullied at school. They become pen pals and unlikely friends as they learn more about one another.

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Braden is firm in his convictions; he trusts his father, believes deeply in God, and is dedicated to a future playing baseball. His faith, truth, and justice are tested when his father is accused of murder.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
After spending most of her life in the Kevinian Cult, Minnow loses her family, her freedom, and her hands. Now Minnow is behind bars, recounting her life in the cult and facing what really happened the night the camp burned down, leaving the Prophet dead.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Lace and Cluck are from rival performing families. The troupes only cross paths once a year, but tensions mount and fights break out. When tragedy strikes during a performance, fate thrusts them together and the star-crossed pair are forced to deal with their families’ feuding past.