Next Week

Thursday, January 4 @ 3:30 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. Grades 6-12.

A Librarian Reads…

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

On September 11, 2001, Alia is dealing with having disappointed her parents and her inability to tell them how much her art means to her, as well as having made the choice to start wearing the hijab. When she goes to World Trade Center to try to talk to her father about it, the whole world falls apart. In 2016, Jesse struggles to find her place in a family broken apart when her brother died on 9/11. Her mother is mostly absent and her father is angry all the time. When is caught painting a racial slur on the Islam Peace Center in her hometown, she finally realizes she has the choice to follow her father’s prejudice or find her own peace.

Told in alternating chapters, the story starts off a little rocky, but soon settles into a breathtaking, heart-pounding race to discover truths of all sorts. Recommended for readers in grades 8 and up.


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Featured Series

The Amanda Project by Amanda Valentino

When unconventional high school student Amanda Valentino disappears, her three closest friends, who are from very different circles, band together and, using enigmatic clues that seem to come from Amanda herself, try to find her.

1) The Amanda Project

2) Revealed

3) Shattered

4) Unraveled

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

December 27 – Wizard of Oz Interactive @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

December 27 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

December 30 – Movie Matinee: Jingle All the Way @ East Moline Public Library

January 2 – Jolly Rancher Readers–Open Book Share @ 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.

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night. But one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. And now there’s a spirit inside her. When Makepease is sent to live with her father’s rich and powerful ancestors, the wild, brutish spirit may be her only defense against a dark and terrible family secret.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Will gets on an elevator on the seventh floor with every intention of using the gun in the back waistband of his jeans to get revenge for his brother’s murder. As the elevator descends, people from Will’s past get on, each one teaching him a little bit more about his brother’s story. When he gets to the bottom, will he go through with it? Will he make it to the bottom?

The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace
Sorrow spent the first eight years of her life in her mother’s family’s apple orchard. Then a tragic event sent her to live with her father in Miami. Now sixteen, she returns to the orchard for the summer, hoping to learn more about her childhood and her family. But something strange is going on. Is the orchard trying to tell her something, or is she just imagining things?

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo
Jess has always known what was going on with her best friend Angie more than Angie herself. Like how Jess really feels about her. Then Angie begins to fall for Margot. Jess can see that her friend is also falling into a world of secrets and cruelty beneath the surface of Margot’s wealth and privilege. But will she be able to save Angie from herself?

The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian
Iranian-American Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real. But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past. But with her friends fighting, her mother planning an over-the-top sweet sixteen party, and an off-limits crush, Daria doesn’t have time for an identity crisis.

Next Week

The Moline Public Library will be closed on Saturday, December 30 & Monday, January 1 in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

A Librarian Reads…

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah was born to a black mother and white father in South Africa during apartheid. His very existence was a threat to the system of oppression designed to divide and dominate the people of South Africa. His parents not only could not marry, neither could even acknowledge him as their son in public. Because he did not fit in with any group, Trevor spent a lot of time observing others so he could learn to blend in anywhere. He did this through language, and especially through humor. Despite living in poverty and constantly under threat of violence, Trevor followed the example of his strong and courageous mother in trying to understand why the world was the way it was, and then expect more of it.

The story of Trevor’s childhood sheds light on aspects of South Africa during and after apartheid not often discussed in the western world. It is both educational and entertaining, and is recommended for readers in high school and up. The author narrates the audio version of this book, which is highly recommended for those interested.


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The National Book Award 2017

2010_nba_winnerEstablished in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award.


2017 Winner:
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

2017 Finalists:
What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
American Street by Ibi Zoboi

2017 Long List:
All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Around Town

Check out these events around town…

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

December 20 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

December 20 – Movie Matinee: Elf – INTERACTIVE @ East Moline Public Library

December 20 – Showtime @ Silvis: Hidden Figures @ Silvis Public Library

December 21 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

December 21 – Teen Holiday Craft: Mini Buttons @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

December 22 – Teen Games and Cocoa @ East Moline Public Library

December 23 – Movie Matinee: The Santa Clause @ East Moline 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.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (Rise of the Empress, Book One)
Xifeng is destined to be Empress of Feng Lu. A peasant in a forgotten village, Xifeng longs to fulfill this destiny promised by her aunt, the witch Guma. But is the price of the throne too high? In order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and use her cruel magic. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta
Zara finally has the chance to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. The director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments and no distractions. But it’s hard not to be distracted when people start dying in the theater and a beautiful girl named Eli catches Zara’s eye.

Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller (Otherworld, Book One)
Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It’s addictive—you’ll want to stay forever. Otherworld will make all your dreams come true. Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. When his friend Katherine goes missing, Simon must decide how far in the game he’s willing to go to save her.

The Breathless by Tara Goedjen
Mae Cole is determined to uncover who is responsible for her sister Roxanne’s mysterious death. Ro’s boyfriend, Cage, disappeared that night– and shows up exactly one year later with no memory of the past year. The search for answers takes a terrifying turn when Mae starts to dig up long-buried secrets about her family’s dark past– and the fact that maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever.

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga
Taliah has been sending letters to the rock star Julian Oliver since she was thirteen. But she never expected she’d actually meet him—even though she’s pretty sure he’s her father. Then he shows up while her mother is out of the country and asks her to go visit his father, who is dying. During the journey, Taliah discovers more about her family than she’d ever expected, and not all of it is what she’d hoped for.