Next Week

Wednesday, April 4 @ 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 friendship bracelets. Drop in any time. No registration required.

Thursday, April 5 @ 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.

Students in grades 6-12 can submit a poem in the Teen Poetry Contest for a chance to win up to $25. Information and entry form are available HERE. Entries are due April 20.

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A Librarian Reads…

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Graphic Novel)

T’Challa never wanted to be king. But he is. And though he wants nothing more than to rescue his sister, Shuri, from living death, he must deal with the consequences of a rebellion in which he was forced to kill his fellow Wakandans. Now civil unrest rules throughout his country. He must deal with Tetu, who seeks a civil war with the aid of Zenzi, the deceiver. And Ayo and Aneka of the Dora Milaje who are meting out their own justice against wrongdoers. But more than anything, T’Challa needs to figure out what kind of king he is, what kind of hero he is, and what kind of man he is. And he must do it before Wakanda falls.

Readers not familiar with the Marvel Universe may find themselves a bit lost at first, but the story is worth sticking with. Coates elevates this above the typical superhero story and looks at complex and important matters. Recommended for fans of Black Panther, Marvel comics, and stories about social issues.


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Featured Series

The Program by Suzanne Young

When suicide becomes a worldwide epidemic, the only known cure is The Program, a treatment in which painful memories are erased, a fate worse than death to seventeen-year-old Sloane who knows that The Program will steal memories of her dead brother and boyfriend.

1) The Program

2) The Treatment

3) The Remedy

4) The Epidemic

5) The Adjustment

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

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

March 28 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

March 29 – Tween/Teen Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

March 29 – Fantastic Fabulous Felties @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

March 29 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 29 – Teen Chef @ East Moline Public Library

April 3 – 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.

I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter
When Ellie starts freshman year she just wants to blend in with the wallpaper. Then Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn’t the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories, waiting for someone to find her. But will anyone search for a girl they never noticed in the first place?

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles, Book One)
Camellia is one of the Belles, revered for their control of Beauty. In Orléans, the people are born gray, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they be made beautiful. Camellia wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace. But the palace is full of dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined.

The Book of Pearl by Timothée de Fombelle
Joshua Pearl is from a world that our own no longer believes in. He knows that his great love is waiting for him in that distant place, but he is trapped in our time. As his memories begin to fade, he discovers strange objects, tiny fragments of a story from a long time ago. Can Joshua remember the past and believe in his own story before his love is lost forever?

Winterfolk by Janel Kolby
Rain is a homeless teen living with her father in the woods outside Seattle, near a community of other homeless people called the Winterfolk. She finds safety and sanctuary in this hidden world—until the day that safety is shattered when she learns the city plans to clear the woods of everyone who lives there. Now she’s forced to confront Seattle, which is full of strange sights, sounds, people—and memories…

The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg
Avery pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city.

Next Week

Students in grades 6-12 can submit a poem in the Teen Poetry Contest for a chance to win up to $25. Information and entry form are available HERE. Entries are due April 20.

The Library will be CLOSED on Friday, March 30 in observance of the Spring Holiday.

A Librarian Reads…

Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

When Ari’s mother died four years ago she had two dying wishes. One was for Ari and her older brother, Gage, to stay together. The other was for Ari to attend Carter Middle School. So when Gage announced he’d gotten an apartment and was moving out of the house with their guardian, Janna, of course Ari went with him. Only, he wasn’t telling the whole truth, and for the last several weeks Ari and Gage have been bouncing between friends and shelters. Ari’s grades have slipped, making it less and less likely she’ll be able to attend Carter next year. And even worse, staying with Gage is getting harder and harder too.

This novel looks at temporary homelessness with unflinching reality, but also with hope and compassion. Recommended for readers in middle school and up who enjoy stories of families, friendships, and people overcoming adversity.


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2018 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.


All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Stuck on a distant planet with an exploratory crew, a Security Robot kills time watching soaps. After a group of scientists is killed, the robot (now calling itself “Murderbot”) must figure out how to save its crew from a similar fate.

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson
Automata Elena and Peter are “born” in Peter the Great’s Russia… or are they? Can they really live in the power-hungry world of humans? And can they find the “breath of life” before it is too late?

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
In this dark fable, twins Jillian and Jacqueline venture to a dangerous world where they must choose one of two paths. As they discover their true selves, they find that love and adventure are among the most hazardous things.

Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing
Wielding words and images like lasers, and bending genres to her will, Ewing’s poetry and prose tells stories both personal and universal. With humor and gravitas, this collection spotlights the joy, cruelty, and struggle of life.

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming
This gripping account follows Doaa Al Zamel’s journey to Egypt and her harrowing days at sea as she leaves her war-torn home for the promise of a better life in Europe.

Malagash by Joey Comeau
Already grieving for her dying father, Sunday plans to release a computer virus that memorializes his words and laugh. But she begins to realize that to fully understand him, she needs to embrace his relationships with other family members.

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
In the snowy recesses of northern Canada, a down-and-out former hockey player must confront his past when his long-lost sister returns to town battling demons of her own. Can they save each other? Or will violence swallow them both?

She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
Polly, an 11-year-old girl with “gunfighter eyes,” her teddy bear, and her estranged father suddenly find themselves struggling for survival in a world ruled by gangs. Fast-paced and thrilling, this will get even reluctant readers’ hearts racing.

Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh
Yasmin wants to be close to the most beautiful girl in her school, but surely a freak like her has no chance. Unless, that is, she can save her from the man who was staring at her from the woods.

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
The Wheel is turning and Sydney is determined to have fate spin her way. Meanwhile, magic is faltering and there are people who will do whatever it takes to save it.

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

March 21 – Retro Gamers Club @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

March 21 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

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

March 22 – Fantastic Fabulous Felties @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

March 22 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

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

March 27 – Crafting Tweens and Teens @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

March 27 – 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.

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie by Anthony Del Col (Graphic Novel)
When teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father—a detective in the small resort town of Bayport—they must team up with Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting noir tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit, and dames.

Glow by Megan E. Bryant
When Julie searches for information about antique paintings with hidden glowing images, she uncovers the haunting true story of the Radium Girls. As her obsession with the paintings mounts, truths about the Radium Girls—and her own complicated relationships—are revealed. But will she uncover the truth about the luminous paintings before putting herself and everyone she loves at risk?

The First to Know by Abigail Johnson
Dana secretly does a DNA test for her dad, hoping to find him some distant relatives. Instead she discovers a half-brother her age. Her desire to know her half-brother, Brandon, and the extent of her dad’s deception, clashes with her wish not to destroy her family. With her family crumbling around her, Dana must own up to her actions and find a way to heal the breach before they’re torn apart for good.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer (Renegades, Book One)
The Renegades are humans with extraordinary abilities who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society. As champions of justice, they are a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. Then she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

This Is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell
Every Friday since they started dating, Chris has written Jessie a love letter. Then, just after Jessie asked for a break, Chris disappeared while running in the same area where he was recently beaten by some boys from the rival high school. When Jessie speaks up about the harassment Chris, one of the only black kids in a depressed paper mill town, kept quiet about, no one wants to believe it. The smear Chris’s name and threaten Jessie. To find answers, Jessie will have to face her fears, her guilt, and a past more complicated than she would like to admit.