Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations to everyone who entered this year’s Teen Poetry Contest. Despite the challenges of not being in school, the library being closed, and a lot of delays, so many of you were still willing to share your amazing talent.

This year’s winners in the Middle School category are:
First Place–Aaliyah P, for the poem All that we see
Second Place–Elizabeth B, for the poem Writing Brings Me Light
Third Place–Gianna K, for the poem Spring Time in COVID Time

This year’s winners in the High School category are:
First Place–Tommy P, for the poem Secrets to the Young
Second Place–Josie R, for the poem The Jack of Spades
Third Place–Ashton Powell, for the poem The End of a Sentence
Honorable Mention–Jaylee G, for the poem Unconditional Love



Witches aren’t just for Halloween! Keep warm with these tales of witches and witchcraft. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (The Bone Witch, Book One)

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

A Fiery Friendship by Lisa Fiedler (Ages of Oz, Book One)

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd

The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull (The Hawkweed Prophecy, Book One)

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Brujas, Book One)

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling

Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes

Books on the Big Screen

Check out these books that were made into movies in 2018 and those in the works for 2019. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

All the Bright Places
based on
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Artemis Fowl
based on
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Ashes in the Snow
based on
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

The Darkest Minds
based on
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

based on
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Every Day
based on
Every Day by David Levithan

The Hate U Give
based on
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Love, Simon
based on
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Maze Runner: The Death Cure
based on
The Death Cure by James Dashner

based on
Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Mortal Engines
based on
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists
based on
The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

Ready Player One
based on
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
based on
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

A Wrinkle in Time
based on
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


Did You Know…

Going on a road trip? Download e-books, e-audio books, music, movies, magazines and more with your Moline Public Library card and the Libby, Overdrive, Axis 360, Hoopla, and RB Digital apps. Prefer print books? Try the MPLTOGO app to search the library catalog.

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.

Grief and Loss

Dealing with loss can be difficult, but grief is a normal part of the healing process. Check out how these teens deal with grief. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy by Jacqueline Woodson

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

I’ll Give You the Sun by By Jandy Nelson

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley


Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (Syrena Legacy, Book One)

Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith

Undertow by Michael Buckley (Undertow, Book One)

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (Fins, Book One)

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs (Tempest, Book One)

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly (Waterfire Saga, Book One)

Ingo by Helen Dunmore (Ingo Chronicles, Book One)

The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan

September Girls by Bennett Madison

Siren by Tricia Rayburn (Siren, Book One)

Books on the Big Screen

Check out one of these movies and the book that inspired it!

Beastly based on Beastly by Alex Flinn

Beautiful Creatures  based on Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

The Book Thief  based on The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Divergent  based on Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Fault in Our Stars based on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Giver based on The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Hunger Games based on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

If I Stay  based on If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Life of Pi based on The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Seventh Son based on The Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney


Top Banned Books for Teens

Each year, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom publishes a list of the Top 10 Banned or Challenged books of the year. This list explores some of the most frequently banned books from the past few years — and the reasons other people don’t want you to read them.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Reasons: offensive language; racism, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. The only friend he had killed himself, forcing him to face high school alone. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to heir eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love, until a repressed secret from his past threatens to destroy his newfound happiness. Reasons: Drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide and unsuited to age group.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
While many, many readers have followed, embraced, and rooted for Katniss Everdeen and her heroic struggle against the evil, controlling, and manipulative forces of Panem, there have also been voices of dissent. In the past few years, there have been multiple challenges to this series which question its place both on library shelves, and in the hands of young people. Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitivity, offensive language, occult/satanic and violence.

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school’s annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit and violence.

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school’s less popular students. Reasons: Racism and offensive language.

Lush by Natasha Friend
Thirteen-year-old Samantha feels that she must keep secret the fact that her father is an alcoholic. It would bring shame to her family if this secret got out. But when things get out of hand, Samantha realizes that she needs to share some things with her friends. Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins
High school junior Kristina battles an addiction to the “monster” crystal meth, or “Crank,” in this powerful novel in verse. Reasons: drugs, offensive language and sexually explicit.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
In the small southern town of 1930’s Maycomb, Alabama, seven-year-old Scout Finch and her older brother Jem are raised by their father Atticus, a lawyer. When Atticus is called to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white girl, Scout and Jem’s idyllic childhood is interrupted by the intolerance, fear, and prejudice of Depression Era America. Reasons: offensive language, racism and unsuited to age group.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. Reasons: religious viewpoint and violence.

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam. Reasons: offensive language, racism and violence.

ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r by Lauren Myracle
Chronicles, in “instant message” format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela, as they begin tenth grade. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
A tale born of witch clans and armored bears, shining angels and magical devices, haunted other world and the shocking destinies of Lyra and Wil, two children at the center of a more-than-mortal battle. Reasons: Political viewpoint, religious viewpoint and violence.

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Chronicles the misadventures of Holden Caulfield, after his expulsion from prep school. Reasons: Sexual content, offensive language and unsuited to age group.

What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right. Reasons: Sexual content and being unsuited to age group.

Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar
An omniscient blogger airs out the dirty laundry of some very privileged and shallow prep school students in New York. Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.

2014 Teens’ Top Ten

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 18-24, 2015) atwww.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens; the winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 
  2. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
  6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
  7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

See the list of 2015 nominees here.

American Revolution

Celebrate Independence Day with one of these great novels…

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen