Around Town

Check out these events around town…

August 1 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

August 2 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

August 4 – Bullet Journaling 101 @ East Moline Public Library

August 4 – Crafting with Jenn: Stenciled Wooden Signs @ LeClaire Community Library

August 7 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf 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.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Raised to be a warrior, Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, who supposedly died five years ago, fighting with the enemy. Forced to join the Riki to survive the winter, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family.

All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire
Year ago, Elliott and Catherine became friends, joined as fellow outcasts. But when Catherine needed him most, Elliott was forced to leave town. Now he’s back, a star high school athlete determined to win Catherine’s forgiveness. But just as Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy.

When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker
Mira has always been more concerned with playing trumpet in the jazz band than anything else. She only goes to the warehouse party to bond with her older sister. Instead, she falls in love with dance music, DJing…and Derek. Now her old life seems so unimportant. But when a devastating tragedy plunges her golden summer into darkness, Mira discovers just how little she knows about her new boyfriend, her old friends, and even her own sister.

Screenshot by Donna Cooner
Skye’s social media game is always on point. Until an embarrassing video of Skye at a sleepover is posted online. The post is quickly deleted, but then Skye gets an anonymous message—a screenshot from the video. This person threatens to share the shocking photo online . . . unless Skye does whatever they say. What will Skye do to keep the screenshot under wraps? And who is trying to ruin her life?

Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki (Graphic Novel)
Kara is concerned about winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit. The superpowers and not knowing where she came from she can handle. Then an earthquake shatters her small town of Midvale. Now Kara’s powers are kicking into high gear, and people she trusted are revealing creepy ulterior motives.

Next Week

Teens who completed the 2018 Teen Summer Reading Program are invited to a Lock-In on Friday, August 3 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Registration and a permission form are required. Please see permission form for information regarding drop-off and pick-up.

A Librarian Reads…

Hiding by Henry Turner

Since being dumped by his girlfriend, Laura, a teenage boy has been ghosting through his life. His mother has also left his dad, who sits around watching TV all day. He’s always been very good at hiding in plain sight—the kind of hiding where you’re in the middle of a crowded room but no one sees you. So being left on his own now isn’t so different. In fact, it allows him to wander the town unnoticed. So when he winds up in Laura’s backyard and notices the unlocked basement window, he knows he can get in without being discovered. Only once he’s there, nothing is what he expected. It turns out Laura’s family has a secret of their own. He’s not sure why, but he knows he must figure out what it is.

Written in a very casual style, this story takes a while to get used to. But the characters are vividly drawn, and the mystery unfolds at a slow but steady pace. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy psychological mysteries.


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Featured Series

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

In an alternate nineteenth-century Philadelphia, Eleanor Fitt sets out to rescue her brother, who seems to have been captured by an evil necromancer in control of an army of Undead.

1) Something Strange and Deadly

2) A Darkness Strange and Lovely

3) Strange and Ever After

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

July 25 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

July 26 – Teen and Tween Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

July 26 – DIY Teens @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

July 26 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 26 – Tinker Lab: Crafting Instruments @ LeClaire Community Library

July 28 – Song Lyric Competition @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 31 – Anime Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

July 31 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf 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.

How We Roll by Natasha Friend
Quinn loves her family, skateboarding, basketball, and her friends, but after she’s diagnosed with a condition called alopecia which causes her to lose all of her hair, her friends abandon her. Jake was once a star football player, but a freak accident—caused by his brother—cost him the use of both of his legs. Quinn and Jake meet and find the confidence to believe in themselves again, and maybe even love.

Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson
When quiet, shy Elyse is cast as the lead in her school’s production of Romeo and Juliet, she isn’t sure she’s up to the task. But when someone at rehearsals starts to catch her eye can’t help but be pulled into the spotlight.  Gabe wants to break up with his girlfriend, but she’s not going to let him go easily. Gabe and Elyse both make the mistake of falling for the wrong person, and falling hard.

Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton
Cliff is a huge loser. Literally. 6’6″ and 250 pounds, he’s dubbed Neanderthal. He has no friends at school, and his home life has gone from bad to worse since his older brother’s suicide. Aaron is a popular, cool quarterback. But during a near-death experience God tells him he and Neanderthal need to work together to complete a list to make the world a better place.

Holly Jolly Summer by Tiffany Stewart
Christmas, Kentucky, is a summer holiday-themed tourist destination known for its cheerful residents—including the mayor’s daughter, Darby. But when Darby lands a job at Holly Jolly Land, her summer quickly goes from merry to miserable. As she tries to sort out her love life, Darby grows positively Scroogey until she gets wrapped up in reinventing Holly Jolly Land—and the town—as the wonderlands they once were.

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
Winnie is shocked to find that her boyfriend, Raj, has not only cheated on her, but also been crowned chair of the student film festival, a spot Winnie was counting on for her film school applications. He was supposed to be her soulmate. Then there’s Dev, a fellow film geek, and one of the few people Winnie can count on to help her reclaim control of her story. Does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy, and her chance to live happily ever after?

Next Week

The Teen Summer Reading Program runs through July 28. You can read any book, magazine, comic book, or anything with words. Read 500 pages or minutes to complete each of three levels, then keep reading for entries into the grand prize drawings. Visit the library throughout the summer for programs, games, and events. Register in person or online at

Explore other countries during Let’s Visit Mexico and South America on Monday, July 23 @ 6:00. Enjoy snacks, create a simple recipe, do a craft, and learn about the history and culture of Mexico and South American countries. Ages 11-18. No registration.

A Librarian Reads…

Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki (Graphic Novel)

Kara Danvers seems to be an ordinary girl, hanging out with her two best friends, preparing for her school’s upcoming big race, and getting ready to celebrate her sixteenth birthday. But it’s not really her birthday—it’s the day her parents found her in their field. Despite their unconditional love, Kara wonders who she really is and why she can do amazing things like fly and lift tractors over her head. And even though she has to keep her powers a secret, she feels like she’s got her life pretty well under control. Until her powers start going haywire, deserting her just when she needs them the most.

This origin story doesn’t rely on knowledge of the rest of the DC universe to be completely enjoyable. Kara is a fresh and realistic character, as are her parents and friends. Recommended to readers in middle school and up who enjoy Superman and stories about powerful and independent young women.


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Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award: 2019 Master List

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.


Booked by Kwame Alexander

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson

The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Unbound by Ann Burg

Moo by Sharon Creech

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz

One Half From the East by Nadia Hashimi

Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Lamana

March, Book 1 by John Lewis

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson