Homeless Teenagers

The National Runaway Switchboard estimates that on any given night there are approximately 1.3 million homeless youth living unsupervised on the streets, in abandoned buildings, with friends or with strangers. Check out one of these books that deals with this very real and important problem. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.


City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

City of Angels by Kristi Belcamino

No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss

Tyrell by Coe Booth

The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull

Lottery Boy by Michael Byrne

The Girl in Between by Sarah Carroll

Skylark by Sara Cassidy

Crash by Lesley Choyce

Off the Grid by Lesley Choyce

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Pearl by Deirdre Riordan Hall

The Other Way Around by Sashi Kaufman

Winterfolk by Janel Kolby

The Circus by Olivia Levez

Killing Time in Crystal City by Chris Lynch

The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

Street Angel: The Princess of Poverty by Jim Rugg (Graphic Novel)

Saving Red by Sonya Sones

No Place by Todd Strasser


Around Town

Check out these events around town…

March 7 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

March 7 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 8 – Fantastic Fabulous Felties @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

March 8 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 8 – Teen Slime Club @ East Moline Public Library

March 9 – Teen Video Contest Premiere Party @ Putnam Museum

March 9 – Game Day @ East Moline Public Library

March 10 – Life-Sized Pacman @ East Moline 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 Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (The Hazel Wood, Book One)
Alice and her mother are always moving—always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. Then Alice’s grandmother dies and her mother is stolen by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. To retrieve her mother, Alice must ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan, and travel into the world where her grandmother’s tales began.

Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl
Martin is an American teen on the autism spectrum living in France with his mom and sister for the summer. He falls for a French girl who he thinks is a real-life incarnation of a character in his favorite book. Over time Martin comes to realize she is a real person and not a character in a novel while at the same time learning that love is not out of his reach just because he is autistic.

Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince by Luke Molver (Graphic Novel)
A time of bloody conflict and great turmoil. The slave trade expands from the east African coast. Europeans spread inland from the south. A charismatic young warrior prince emerges from exile to usurp the old order and forge a new, mighty Zulu kingdom.

No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear
A murder shatters the quiet town of Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. Suspicion falls on Nancy Clutter’s boyfriend, Bobby Rupp, the last one to see them alive. New Yorker Carly Fleming is an outsider who was close to Nancy. She and Bobby were the only ones who knew the real Nancy.
Determined to clear Bobby’s name, Carly dives into the murder investigation and ends up in trouble with the local authorities—and the whole town.

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant
Hildy and Paul each have their own reasons for joining the university psychology study that asks the simple question: Can love be engineered? By the time Hildy and Paul have made it to the end of the questionnaire, they’ve laughed and cried and lied and thrown things and run away and come back and driven each other almost crazy. They’ve also each discovered the painful secret the other was trying so hard to hide. But have they fallen in love?

Next Week

A three-part LEGO Robotics workshop will be held on March 5, 12, and 19 @ 6:00 p.m. Create commands and modify them to have your robot compete in a race. Attendance at all three sessions is recommended. Space is limited and registration is required.

Wednesday, March 7 @ 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 Bristlebot art. Drop in any time. No registration required.


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A Librarian Reads…

Beartown by Fredrik Backman*

There is a tiny town in the middle of the forest in Sweden called Beartown. The people there are a little different from their neighbors in the bigger cities. They keep to themselves and look out for each other. They speak rarely but say a lot. And they love hockey. The whole town is on edge as it gears up for the game that could change everything. Winning could mean a new rink, a new school, maybe even a mall—jobs and a future. And all this pressure is on the backs of a handful of seventeen-year-old boys. So it’s only natural that they think more of themselves than perhaps they should. They don’t need to follow the rules or respect their teachers. But what happens at a party goes too far even for them. And in the wake of a tragedy, nothing will be the same.

This is a complex tale told from many points of view, and it tackles very serious issues. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy stories about community, friendship, and social justice.

* Book listened to on audio CD


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Featured Series

Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale

On her way to marry a prince she’s never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

1) Goose Girl

2) Enna Burning

3) River Secrets

4) Forest Born

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

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

February 28 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

March 1 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 1 – Fantastic Fabulous Felties @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

March 1 – Tinker Lab–Galaxy in a Jar @ LeClaire Community Library

March 3 – DIY T-Shirt Rugs @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

March 5 – Stop Motion Movie Making @ River Valley District Library

March 5 – Kick-it with a Movie Monday @ LeClaire Community Library

March 6 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library


Would you like your teen-friendly events listed here? Let me know in the comments.