Next Week

Teen Poetry Contest
Students in grades 6-12 can submit one poem of up to 12 (short) or up to 25 (long) lines in our annual Teen Poetry Contest. Entries are due April 13. Winners in each category will receive gift certificates for $25, $15, or $10. The Library will host a Poetry Café on Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. for all poets to read their work. Snacks will be provided and prizes will be awarded.

A Librarian Reads…

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Hermione Winters is a cheerleader in a small Canadian town where cheerleading is the biggest sport. They don’t just cheer at games but compete nationally. Part of their success is due to the annual cheer camp the school sends them to each summer. As co-captain in her last year of high school, Hermione knows this camp will be bittersweet. But when she wakes up in a hospital after the end-of-camp dance and learns she was drugged and raped, her entire senior year becomes a challenge. Luckily she has a great support system in her best friend, Polly, her parents, and her team. And she’ll need them when the rumors and accusations start to fly. Hermione is a cheerleader—not a victim.

Recommended for grades 10 and up due to mature themes like rape, abortion, and victim-blaming.

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2017 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.

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
Daleina is determined to keep her family safe from vengeance-seeking spirits, placing her in the crossfire of an insecure queen and powerful spirits.

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
Fraught with explosive action, female assassins, teenage crushes, and even a cyborg, this fast-paced, dynamic story of revenge explores what happens to a group of woman hell-bent on defending the world from evil forces.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burfor
After Diane Guerrero returned home from school one day to find her family deported, the 14-year-old went on to combat self-injury and suicidal thoughts, finish her education, and to become a successful actress and citizenship activist.

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart
Candid and thoughtful, Hart’s memoir details her difficult childhood and rise to internet fame.

Arena by Holly Jennings
Virtual gaming: Kali’s team is competing to win, not to die.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Sometimes kids disappear. Sometimes they come back. And when they come back, they need a place to go. At the Home for Wayward Children, everybody has a story, and some stories have better ending than others.

Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North
Take the lead in this choose-your-own-adventure graphic novel. Fantastic, dense illustrations draw you into a Romeo and Juliet retelling like none other you’ve ever experienced. Romance isn’t dead and in the end, maybe Romeo and Juliet aren’t either.

Die Young with Me: A Memoir by Rob Rufus
A story of punk rock, first love, cancer and the incredible power of music to get us through the hardest times in our lives. Rufus details his brave fight for his life in this tender and contemplative memoir.

The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon
Simon explores the benefits of evolution, in these odd yet compelling stories that range from creatures adapting to find food to having sex.

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach
He has no arms or legs. She has blood that is betraying her. They are the smartest people in the children’s hospital and the only ones who understand, and they take “star-crossed lovers” to a whole new level.

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

March 15 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

March 15 – Spring Break Theater @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 16 – Coding Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Main)

March 16 – Stop Motion Movie Maker @ River Valley Library

March 18 – TEEN STEM – Magnetic Slime @ East Moline Public Library

March 18 – Henna Tattooing @ Silvis Public Library

March 20 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 21 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ 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.

Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson
In Myra’s world, some people can flicker, or become invisible. Flickerkin are viewed with suspicion by the ruling Plats and can be put to death. Myra has never dared to use her inherited power. But when mysterious happenings begin to occur around New Heart City, she will have to decide where her loyalties lie.

Until I Break by Kara Bietz
Sam North has a bright future as a well as a problem that nobody else seems to see—Ace Quinn, his neighbor and teammate. For years, Ace has been bullying and harassing Sam. When gunshots echo through the halls of Broadmeadow High School, whose finger is on the trigger?

Infinity by Jus Accardo (The Infinity Division, Book One)
Kori is used to being the daughter of an army general. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he’s away… That’s taking it a step too far. Cade watches Kori he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, she learns that her father isn’t who she thought. Now she finds herself caught between deadly crossfire and falling in love.

After the Fall by Kate Hart
Raychel often sneaks into her best friend Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. That’s fine with Raychel, who is in a secret relationship with Matt’s brother, Andrew. As she deals with the classmate who assaulted her, the constant threat of her family’s eviction, and the dream of college slipping quickly out of reach, she needs Matt’s friendship more than ever. But Matt has secrets of his own.

The Life Fantastic by Liza Ketchum
In Brattleboro, Vermont in 1913, Teresa’s beautiful voice makes her a hit in vaudeville. But her parents have given up life on the road, and her father wants her to drop out of school and work in the organ factory. An amateur singing contest offers Teresa a way out, but her journey to stardom is paved with danger.

Next Week

Monday, March 13 @ 6:00 p.m.
During the second session of LEGO Robotics, students will use what they learned to compete against their friends. This event is part of the Project Next Generation grant. Space is limited and registration is required. Bus passes are available upon request.

Tuesday, March 14 @ 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.

Wednesday, March 15 @ 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Students in grades 6 through 12 can play a variety of video games, board games, and computer games in the Teen Corner on Game Days. Drop in any time.

Thursday, March 16 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 4-12 are needed for Illinois Veteran’s History Project Training. Learn interview techniques, how to use recording equipment, and the project’s guidelines. Interviews with veterans will be scheduled in April and May. This workshop is part of the Project Next Generation grant. No registration required and bus passes are available to participants.

A Librarian Reads…

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum  

When Jessie was fourteen she lost her mom to cancer. Two year later her dad came home from what was supposed to be a business trip and announced he’d eloped with a woman he met online. Now Jessie finds herself transplanted from her simple life in Chicago to living among strangers—including her own father—and attending a posh private school in Los Angeles. What she needs is a guardian angel. And she gets one. An anonymous email from “Somebody Nobody” offers support and guidance. Reluctant at first, Jessie comes to depend on SN as she navigates mean girls, new friendships, and a crush on an unattainable guy. Who is SN? Could he be someone she could love as much in real life as she does online?

Recommended for grades 7 and up.

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Featured Series

Quarantine by Lex Thomas

When a virus deadly to adults infects their high school, brothers David and Will and the other students soon break into gangs that fight each other for survival and the hope of escaping their quarantine.

1) The Loners

2) The Saints

3) The Burnouts

4) The Giant

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

March 8 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

March 8 – Make Your Own Compass @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 9 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 10 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 11 – 2nd Saturday Card ClubSilvis Public Library

March 13 – Creation Studio: Yarn Monsters @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 14 – Teen Coloring Contest @ 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.

Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff (The Red Abbey Chronicles, Book One)
Maresi is a novice at the Red Abbey, a haven from abuse and oppression. Four years ago, during the hunger winter, she was taken in by the Mother and now enjoys days learning and caring for others. But when Jai arrives at the Abbey, her dark past follows her, and Maresi will have to find the courage to act to save her new sister and their way of life.

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. To prove it, she immerses herself in Lizzie’s life, including taking Lizzie’s job—and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk, but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
Will is blind, and does not want to be dependent on anyone. But when he develops a crush on a sweet but shy girl named Cecily, he’s willing to take a risk. Then he gets a chance at an experimental surgery that could let him see for the first time, and he discovers that being able to see might be more confusing and dangerous than being blind.

The Truth of Right Now by Kara Lee Corthron
Lily’s starting her junior year after a summer spent avoiding everyone because of an incident at the end of the previous school year. Dari is an artistic and mysterious transfer student. As the two find each other and become close, they start to believe they can finally be happy. When tragedy becomes reality, can friendship survive even if romance cannot?

Dreadnought by April Daniels (Nemesis, Book One)
Danny had enough on her plate with trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. Then Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her. Inheriting Dreadnought’s powers also transformed her body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now she has to deal with people knowing her secrets and a murderous cyborg out to get her.