Around Town

Check out these events around town…

May 23 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

May 23 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

May 24 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

May 24 – Tinker Lab— 3D Doodler Pen @ LeClaire Community Library

May 25 – Teen Fright Night @ East Moline Public Library

May 29 – 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.

The Midnights by Sarah Nicole Smetana
Susannah has never been in the spotlight, but she dreams of following her father, a former rock star, onto the stage. She’s certain that if she writes the perfect song, her father might finally look up from the past long enough to see her. But when he dies unexpectedly her dreams—and her reality—shatter.

Black Chuck by Regan McDonell
When the mangled body of Real’s best friend, Shaun, turns up in a field just east of town, tough-as-hell Real blames himself. But except for the nightmares, all Re remembers is beating the living crap out of Shaun the night of his death. Shaun’s girlfriend, sixteen-year-old Evie Hawley, keeps her feelings locked up tight. But now she’s pregnant, and the father of her baby is dead. And when Real looks to her to atone for his sins, everything goes sideways. Fast.

Relative Strangers by Paula Garner
Jules has always wished for a close-knit family. Her life and future look as flat and unchanging as her small Illinois town. Then a simple quest to find a baby picture for the senior yearbook leads to an earth-shattering discovery: for most of the first two years of her life, Jules lived in foster care.

The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Avery is athletic, rich, and pretty. Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe they can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them—and their families—farther apart.

This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter
An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping Leah alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. When a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor killed himself. Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and they’re certain it means something.

Next Week

Friday, May 25 @ 5:00-7:00
Students in grades 5-12 are needed to help at a Summer Reading Decorating Party. This event will be held after-hours. Students must be in the library no later than 5:30 and picked up between 6:50 and 7:10. Registration is required.

A Librarian Reads…

The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg

Avery has spent the last three years feeling ashamed of her mother, who was labeled a witch and taken away to an asylum. Her father has slowly deteriorated, spending more time making mechanical limbs for his fellow Civil War soldiers than taking care of Avery. Forced to quit school and work as a welder, Avery has no one to talk to about the strange visions she’s been having. When she sees the foreman beating one of her fellow welder-rats, her emotions take over and she causes an explosion. Realizing maybe her mother wasn’t insane after all, Avery goes to visit her, revealing her existence, and her powers, to the evil Dr. Spector. Now she must learn to control her new abilities, rescue her mother, and stop a plot to take over New York.

A combination of historical fiction, magical realism, and steampunk, this story will appeal to readers in middle school and up.


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2018 Morris Award


The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.  The award’s namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. Bill Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens.

2018 Winner

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Starr Carter has learned to live in two worlds, managing her life as a prep-school student by day while returning each night to the low-income neighborhood she calls home. After witnessing the murder of her unarmed friend Khalil by a police officer, these two worlds collide, and Starr must decide what risks she is willing to take to pursue justice.

2018 Finalists

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Devils Within by S.F. Henson

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Around Town

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.

Hiding by Henry Turner
One night, a lovelorn teen boy “accidentally” slips into the home of his ex-girlfriend, Laura, and ends up hiding in her basement, trapped in the house by its alarm system. How long can he stay hidden? What will happen if he is found? What will he learn about Laura—and himself—in this house? And what is his true motive for being there?

Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy
Unlike the rest of the world, Iris doesn’t care about the famous high-fantasy Elementia books written by M. E. Thorne, even though E. Thorne is her grandmother. When Iris gets dropped in Ireland for the movie adaptation, she sees her opportunity: if she can shut down production, the Elementia craze won’t grow any bigger, and she can finally have a normal life. Not even the rascally-cute actor Eamon O’Brien can get in her way.

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
Abby has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn’t expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. But when Jordi’s photography puts Abby in the spotlight, it feels like a betrayal, rather than a starring role. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image that other people have of her?

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Danny has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father’s closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there’s much more to his family’s past than he ever imagined.

How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand
Rod’s life is pretty awesome. He plays in a punk rock band and has a great girlfriend. Then he learns that his rich cousin, Blake, will be staying with him for three months. Blake’s efforts to improve Rod’s life are the opposite of helpful. Between Blake’s ridiculous pranks and Rod’s increasing paranoia, this semester might be the cousins’ most memorable yet. That is, if their hijinks don’t kill them first.