Featured Series

Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale

On her way to marry a prince she’s never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

1) Goose Girl

2) Enna Burning

3) River Secrets

4) Forest Born

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

February 28 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

February 28 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

March 1 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 1 – Fantastic Fabulous Felties @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

March 1 – Tinker Lab–Galaxy in a Jar @ LeClaire Community Library

March 3 – DIY T-Shirt Rugs @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

March 5 – Stop Motion Movie Making @ River Valley District Library

March 5 – Kick-it with a Movie Monday @ LeClaire Community Library

March 6 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ 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 to find the book or place a hold.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (DC Icons, Book Two)
One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum. There he meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel.

Rules of Rain by Leah Scheier
Rain has taken care of her twin brother Ethan long before she even knew what autism meant. She’s always prepared—when her father abandons them, when her mother gets sick, when Ethan is tortured by bullies from school—Rain is the reliable, stable one holding them all together.Then one night her world is turned upside down by a mistake she can’t take back. As her new romance and carefully constructed life begins to unravel, she discovers that the fragile brother whom she’s always protected has grown into a young man who no longer needs her. And now, for the first time, she finds that she needs him.

Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
Carmel Fishkill lives in a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, or love. So she decides to fight back. She becomes Fishkill Carmel, deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook, and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers. Then she meets Duck-Duck and his mother Molly, and soon they form a tentative family. But this fragile new beginning is threatened by the reappearance of Fishkill’s unstable mother — and by unfathomable tragedy.

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Maya is torn between her parents’ dream for her to live a proper Indian Muslim life and her own dream of going to film school and living in New York City. Then, in the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

Devil in Ohio by Daria Polatin
When Jules comes home from school to find a strange girl, her mother explains that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But shortly after, Mae is wearing Jules’ clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and kissing Jules’s crush. Then things get weird.

Next Week

Monday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 6-12 are invited to a Chocolate Festival. Sample various chocolates, compete in a chocolate building contest, candy games, and more. Registration is requested.

Wednesday, February 28 @ 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Students in grades 6 through 12 can enjoy a variety of video games, board games, computer games, crafts, and other activities at the Moline Public Library during After School Fun. Make duct tape crafts. Drop in any time. No registration required.

Thursday, March 1 @ 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.

Thursday, March 1 @ 6:00 p.m.
Join HyVee dietitian Hannah Eddy to create and enjoy a Spring feast in a Cooking Class. Open to grades 4-8. Space is limited and registration is required.

A three-part LEGO Robotics workshop will be held on March 5, 12, and 19 @ 6:00 p.m. Create commands and modify them to have your robot compete in a race. Attendance at all three sessions is recommended. Space is limited and registration is required.

Students in grades 6-12 can create a 3-5 minute video for a chance to win $100 in the Teen Video Contest. Information and an entry form are available HERE. Entries are due March 1.


Want to get reminders about upcoming teen programs at the Moline Public Library? Sign up for Remind at https://www.remind.com/join/mpl-teens.

A Librarian Reads…

Burn, Baby, Burn by Meg Medina

Nora is just trying to get by in 1977 New York City. She’s looking forward to graduating high school and turning eighteen so she and her best friend, Kathleen, can disco all night long. But she can’t ignore all the troubles going on around her. For starters, her brother, Hector, is getting out of control. But her Mima makes excuses for his drug use and violence and warns Nora that family must always come first. And the whole city is on alert about the serial killer known as Son of Sam, who is targeting girls with long dark hair—like Nora. Which makes it difficult for her to find the time and courage to go out with the cute new guy at the store where she works. But the worst is yet to come, and Nora will have to make a terrible choice about where she stands and what she stands for.

Recommended for readers in high school and up with an interest in history and family stories.

* Book read as e-book


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2018 Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

2018 Winner

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.


2018 Honor Books

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman


Around Town

Check out these events around town…

February 21 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

February 21 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

February 21 – Star Wars: Destiny @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

February 22 – Teen Chef @ East Moline Public Library

February 22 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

February 24 – Teen Video Contest: Creative Workshop @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

February 24 – Chess Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

February 26 – Fandom Book Club @ Davenport Public Library (Main)

February 26 – Tween/Teen Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

February 26 – Escape Room: Stolen Goods @ LeClaire Community Library

February 27 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library


Would you like your teen-friendly events listed here? Let me know in the comments.