Featured Series

Alex Van Helsing by Jason Henderson

At a boarding school in Switzerland, fourteen-year-old Alex Van Helsing learns that vampires are real, that he has a natural ability to sense them, and that an agency called the Polidorium has been helping his family fight them since 1821.

1) Vampire Rising

2) Voice of the Undead

3) The Triumph of Death


Around Town

Check out these events around town…

August 22 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

August 23 – Tween and Teen Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

August 23 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

August 23 – Escape Room- Hogwarts Tower @ LeClaire Community Library

August 27 – Teen Art Night @ East Moline Public Library

August 28 – 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.

Crossing the Line by Simone Elkeles
To escape his abusive stepdad, bad boy Ryan runs from his tiny Texas border town to Mexico. Then he meets Dalila. She shouldn’t even know someone like Ryan. The daughter of one of the wealthiest lawyers in Mexico, Dalila is focused on studying and planning for her bright future. They are wrong for each other in every way. But their love is like a flame burning too close to the fuse.

The Ruinous Sweep by Tim Wynne-Jones
After Donovan is thrown out of a car he can barely remember his own name, let alone the past twenty-four hours. In an attempt to flag down the next passing car to find his girlfriend Bee, he startles the driver, causing a fatal accident. Donovan grabs the dead driver’s briefcase and flees. When the police show up and hint that Donovan is the prime suspect in a murder, Bee is determined to put together the pieces of what happened and clear his name.

Copycat by Hannah Jayne
Addison is flattered when the infamously reclusive author of the popular Gap Lake mystery series contacts her, granting her inside information others would kill for. But when the most popular girl in Addison’s high school is murdered, Addison can’t help but think that life may be imitating fiction. And as other terrifying events from the book start happening around her, Addison has to figure out how to write her own ending—and survive the story.

Magic Unleashed by Devri Walls (Venators, Book One)
Six years ago, Grey was attacked by creatures who called him Venator. Since then, his life has been a hellhole of secrecy—hiding old pain alongside strange new abilities. Rune has an anger that builds up when she’s around anything supernatural. By order of an unknown council, Grey and Rune are pulled through a portal in the St. Louis arch, landing them in an alternate dimension where creatures of myth and legend exist

The Fall of Grace by Amy Fellner Dominy
Grace’s junior year is turning into her best year yet. Then news breaks that the investment fund her mom runs is a scam and her mother is a thief. Now, instead of friends, the FBI is at her door. Everyone wants to know where all the money went. Can she find it and clear her mother’s name? Sam, a mysterious loner from school, is on her trail and wants to know exactly what secrets she uncovers.

Next Week

The Friends of the Moline Public Library Foundation are holding an Overflow Booksale on Saturday, August 25 from 10:00 to 2:00. All items $0.25 and proceeds go to support Moline Public Library programs and services.

Be sure to check out the “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine” exhibition on the Library’s second floor, now until September 8.

A Librarian Reads…

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

As Dill begins his senior year, he’s facing a lot of changes. Most notably, Lydia, one of his two best (and only) friends will be leaving for college in a year while Dill and Travis are stuck where they are. Travis seems content to work at his Dad’s lumber yard and escape through his favorite fantasy books. But Dill isn’t sure where he belongs any more. With his father in prison and his mother injured from a car accident, it’s up to him to support his family—even though they don’t support him. Is he resisting Lydia’s encouragement to go to college and focus on his music because it’s not possible? Or because he wants it too much?

Set in a small, rural town in Tennessee, this book paints a vivid picture of what it’s like to feel trapped by circumstances. But it also sends a powerful message of hope, friendship, and faith. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up.

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2018 Westchester Fiction Award

The Westchester Fiction Award was founded in 2009 by Suzanne Osman, a teacher librarian for the Los Angeles Unified School District in Los Angeles, California. This award honors talented authors who contribute exemplary literature to the Young Adult literary canon & the visionary publishers who bring their texts to life. When evaluating literature, the committee considers the following questions:

  1.  Does the work have immediate and widespread appeal to adolescents?
  2.  Is the theme/topic meaningful and relevant today?
  3.  If the work is part of an established series, can it stand alone?
  4.  Is there a unique quality to the work (voice, message, language, format, etc.)?
  5.  Is the writing rich, compelling, detailed?
  6.  Are the main characters and content age appropriate for high school students?
  7.  Is the work a valuable addition to the Young Adult literary canon?


2018 Winners:

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Warcross by Marie Lu

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum


2018 Honorable Mentions:

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairytale by Ashley Poston

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

August 15 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

August 16 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

August 16 – Escape Room- Hogwarts Tower @ LeClaire Community Library

August 17 – Teen Halloween Planning Committee Meeting @ East Moline Public Library

August 21- Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library


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