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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