Featured Series

Altered by Jennifer Rush

Seventeen-year-old Anna finds herself on the run from her father’s enigmatic Agency, along with the four teen boys the Agency had been experimenting on, as they try to make sense of erased memories, secret identities, and genetic alteration.

1) Altered

2) Erased

3) Reborn

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

March 22 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

March 22 – Magic TCG & More! @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 22 – Movie Matinee: Moana @ East Moline Public Library

March 23 – Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library

March 23 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 24 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 24 – Game Night @ River Valley District Library

March 24 – Showtime at Silvis @ Silvis Public Library

March 25 – Showtime at Silvis @ Silvis Public Library

March 25 – Teen Gaming Tournament @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

March 27 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 28 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 28 – Jolly Rancher Readers @ Silvis Public Library


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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 to find the book or place a hold.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi
After coming to America from Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration. Now she must deal with her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit’s west side, a new school, and a surprising romance, all on her own. When she faces an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Timekeeper by Tara Sim (Timekeeper, Book One)
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time. Danny, whose father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years, is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time. Now he’s facing a series of bombing that threatens to ruin his chances of saving his father.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Marin is waiting alone in an empty dorm room to reunite with her best friend Mabel. But will she finally be able to admit everything that happened before she left her old life behind and fled across the country?

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
When her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to beg for her release. The Goblin agrees, as long as another maiden takes her place. Liesl agrees to marry him, and soon finds him to be kind, even encouraging her to return to her love of music. But even as they grow close, Liesl finds her old life fading away.

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom (The Cruelty, Book One)
When her diplomat father is, Gwendolyn sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him. As plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking she discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting.

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.