A Librarian Reads…

Solo by Kwame Alexander

Blade Morrison has everything—a posh home in Hollywood, beautiful girlfriend, money, musical talent, great grades, and a bright future. But Blade also has nothing. His father is an alcoholic, washed-up rocker. His mother is dead. His sister has no time for him. His girlfriend’s parents hate him. All Blade wants is a place to belong, where he can make his music, love and be loved. But as every good thing left in his life is stripped away one by one, he finds himself more lost and confused than ever. Before he can make his way forward, he must confront his past.

Sparse poetry, strong emotions, and lots of music keep this novel rushing to the final, beautiful note. Highly recommended for fans of novels in verse, stories about families, and music lovers in middle school and up.

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Vote for the 2017 Teens Top Ten List

Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Voting is open from August 15 to through Teen Read Week, which is October 8-14, 2017! The Top Ten titles will be announced the week of October 18, 2017, so check back to see the winners!

Vote for up to 3 Books HERE. (Voting is for TEENS ONLY)


Nightstruck by Jenna Black

The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

Starflight by Melissa Landers

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

August 30 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

August 31 – Teen Back to School Craft @ River Valley District Library

September 2 – Movie Matinee: Descendants 2 @ East Moline Public Library

September 5 – Board Game Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

September 5 – Squishy Circuits @ Davenport Public Library (Main)

September 5 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 5 – 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.

What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy
Rosa and Eddie have been selected to join Team 3 of NASA’s mysterious Multi-World Agency. What they don’t expect is that aliens will arrive from another dimension, and look just like us. And no one could even imagine that Team 3 would be the only hope of saving our world from their Earth-destroying plans.

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn
Quinn is having a bad enough summer before her former childhood friend—now worst enemy—comes back to town. When Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, she’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired. But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped.

Flight Risk by Jennifer Fenn
No one knows who Robert Jackson Kelly really is. Juvenile delinquent? Criminal mastermind? Folk hero? Now the kid who failed at school, relationships, and almost everything in life, is determined to successfully steal and land a plane.

All the Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher
Lenny’s best friend is moving to New York City and her dad has terminal cancer. To cope with her stress Lenny is making a list of all the ways the world can end and stockpiling supplies in a bunker in the backyard. Then she starts to fall for her dad’s very nice young doctor. In a time of complete uncertainty, one thing’s for sure: Lenny’s about to see how everything is ending and beginning. All at the same time.

Fragile Like Us by Sara Barnard
Caddy and Rosie have always been inseparable. But that was before Suzanne. Now the twosome has become a triangle with constantly shifting alliances. Caddy’s ready to be more than just the quiet one. Suzanne is trying to escape her past and be someone different. But sometimes downward spirals have a momentum of their own. And no one can break your heart like a best friend.

Next Week

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A Librarian Reads…

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Three years ago, two girls ended up dead, one went to prison, and one walked free. Only Ori and Vee know what really happened in that alley. Ori won’t defend herself, and no one is asking Vee any questions. A short time later, Amber gets Ori as a new cellmate, and she knows right away this tall, beautiful girl is different. She doesn’t belong there. And then all the girls at the Aurora Hills Secure Juvenile Detention Center are dead. Told in alternating sections by Vee and Amber, Ori’s story unfolds slowly, long after it’s too late for the truth to make any difference. Or is it?

This complex novel, with dual narrators and shifts in time, is best suited to skilled and patient readers. Recommended to fans of challenging horror and paranormal in high school and up.

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Featured Series

Luxe by Anna Godbersen

In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others.

1) The Luxe

2) Rumors

3) Envy

4) Splendor

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

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

August 24 – Anime Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

August 25 – All Ages Game Night @ River Valley District Library

August 26 – Movie Matinee: Everything, Everything @ East Moline Public Library

August 26 – Showtime at Silvis: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 @ Silvis Public Library

August 28 – Gamers Club @ Robert R. Jones Public Library

August 29 – Tween/Teen Gaming NightRock Island Public Library (Downtown)


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 to find the book or place a hold.

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit and socially isolated David, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton
Adam, recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, struggles separate the real from the not real. As he starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. When he meets Maya, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser (Song of the Current, Book One)
For generations, Caro’s family has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. She’s spent her life getting ready to take her place. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name. When her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo.

A Void the Size of the World by Rachele Alpine
Rhylee feels responsible for her sister Abby’s disappearance. And she might be. Abby ran into the woods after catching her boyfriend Tommy and Rhylee kissing. When she doesn’t return, people begin to suspect something terrible has happened—and point the finger at Tommy. As Rhylee starts to lose faith in everything, she must face the truth and begin healing.

Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski
Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny—and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak.

Next Week

Monday, August 21 @ 11:30-2:30
Stop by the library for a Solar Eclipse Viewing. Weather permitting, members of the Popular Astronomy Club will help people safely view this rare event that begins at 11:48am, reaches its maximum at 1:14pm, and ends at 2:38pm.

The Library will be closed on Thursday, August 28 for a Staff In-Service.