Booktalking to 3rd Graders

If you’ve got a third grade child in the Moline-Coal Valley School District No. 40, ask your child if their library class at school has had any visitors lately?

Our children’s department staff has been visiting all the 3rd grade library classes the past couple of weeks. Our objective has been to booktalk some new books, talk about what’s happening in the public library, and hand out library card application forms.

Booktalks are short, informal presentations designed to inspire others to read the same book – we essentially are trying to “sell you” on reading that book!  “Booktalking” is one of the most effective ways to get kids reading, and we’ve had a blast talking to and with these terrific kids!

Here’s a list of what Miss Teresa was “selling” in her booktalks!

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Anne of Green Gables: a Graphic Novel adapted by Mariah Marsden

The Boxcar Children – Fully Illustrated Edition by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain and Philip Stead

Bad Kitty – Camp Daze by Nick Bruel

The Secret Cookie Club: P.S. Send More Cookies by Martha Freeman

Hilo – The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick

How To Be An Elephant – Growing Up in the African Wild by Katherine Roy

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers

Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey

Not So Different – What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability by Shane Burcaw

Ruth Bader Ginsburg – The Case of RBG vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter

Big Nate – Thunka, Thunka, Thunka by Lincoln Peirce

Miss Teresa


American Library Association Winners Announced…


Congratulations to the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, and Geisel Awards! for the full listing of awards, winners, and honor books, please visit

Miss Marta


Once we get the green light to start buying for the new year, I love to pick an area of my collection that needs some enthusiasm and just fill it with exciting new materials. This year, that section is…Realia! This collection includes our puzzles, puppets and kits, and I’m excited to show you the first wave of new materials- puzzles! So next time you’re here at Moline Library, check out some of the amazing new puzzles we have, and keep an eye out for new puppets and kits to come!



Miss Janna


What’s New in the Children’s Department…

Board Games!

Miss Janna


Play at the Library

One thing we pride ourselves on is providing an environment that helps build community.  Not only do we offer an awesome collection of items people can check out and take home, but we provide spaces, toys, and activities that encourage kids and parents to socialize and play with others in the department.  We frequently hear surprised patrons if it is their first time here. “I didn’t realize you had so much!”


Here are just a few activities you will find on your visit…


We have an amazing puppet theater with a stash of puppets that stay in the department just to make up creative, fun  stories to share.


We offer a variety of blocks from large foam blocks to make big structures, to Lego Duplos, to Bristle Blocks.


We keep board games near the children’s desk and if you ask the librarian you can select a game to play during your visit.  Coloring pages, crayons and occasionally other craft projects can also be found at the children’s desk.  You can use these in the library or take color sheets home with you!


Our magnetic pillar is a big hit!  Currently we have letters out, fun for leaving messages for friends or practicing ABC’s but we do swap these out with different activities from time to time so come in and check it out!  We also have games attached to the walls for the very young.  These games feature nursery rhymes and songs and are very durable.


Our oversized stuffed animal collection has been a favorite for many years.  Let me give you some insider info on these!  If the animals are on the floor, they are there to curl up and read with or play with.  If you see some on top of the shelves, we ask that they stay there.  These are animals that may be old and have had many visits to the stuffed animal “hospital” and can’t be played with anymore but still like to be out on display.


The AWE computers are a great resource!  These have no internet connection, touch screens, and are preloaded with fun (and sneakily educational) games so any kiddo can play, from the very young to the middle grades.


We do have some toys we DON’T want you to play with in the library, but that is only because we want you to take them home instead!  We have some awesome kits, puppets, and puzzles in special sections of the library.  These items will be in special containers, like bags, totes, or boxes and will have a barcode.

These check out for 3 weeks like a library book and cost nothing to check out and play with.  We encourage you to NOT play with these items at the library unless you have asked the librarian and there will be a grown-up supervising the play.  As harsh as this may sound, it is with good reason, I promise.

If a puzzle piece, puppet, or pieces from a kit go missing, then we can’t let kids or their families check them out.  They sit and wait until we can locate the pieces.  If those can’t be found, the kits end up being withdrawn from our collection and the community loses that resource.  We want to make sure anyone who wants to enjoy these has access so before grabbing one and opening it up at the library, talk to the librarian at the children’s desk first!  We are happy to let a child play with them as long as they are only being used one at a time, under the supervision of a grown-up.  We just ask you bring it back to the desk if you aren’t taking it home so we can check the pieces and reshelve it.


Miss Marta


New! Playaway Launchpad Videos!

Come in and take a look at our newest digital product!  We have 10 new Playaway Launchpad Video Tablets in our collection for you to check-out for 3 weeks at a time.  Each video is loaded with 5 movies and/or TV Episodes.  The rental fee is just $1 for three weeks!

After you’ve had a chance to take a look at this new collection, let us know what you think!  We value your opinion.

Miss Teresa


#2 of 2017

Only 2 spots left in our countdown for the top 10 new titles in the children’s department!  Get caught up here if you have been missing out on our countdown.


Miss Christina


The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney

I love folk tales. I love Jerry Pinkney. This book does not disappoint. This version is simple enough for its target audience, has lots of sounds to incorporate, simple and beautifully rendered pictures and an ending that teaches a lesson. If you are not familiar with Jerry Pinkney’s books, I hope this one will encourage you to look for more. You will find this book in the folk tale/fairy tale non-fiction section, J 398.2 Bil.


Miss Sarah


You Don’t Want A Unicorn by Ame Dyckman

A lesson in being careful what you wish for.


Miss Teresa


The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket

The bad mood is portrayed by a multi-colored, frowning cloud that follows Curly, prompting her to pick up a stick and poke her little brother.  While this makes Curly happy, the nad mood transfers to her mother.  Snicket’s amusing tale continues as the bad mood and the stick travel throughout the town, ultimately setting things right.


Miss Marta


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This Young Adult read is so timely and important, not to mention just darn good! Starr is the only witness to the shooting of her best friend, Khalil (who is unarmed), at the hands of a police officer.  She is getting pressure from opposing sides, both police and people from her neighborhood, as people take to the streets bringing national attention to an unjust killing.  Everyone is asking what happened and only Starr is left to answer the questions.  Inspired by the “Black Lives Matter” movement, the social and political messages that pour out of this book hit readers hard.  It made me personally think about white privilege in ways I hadn’t before. This book is awesome for starting some good converstions about what racial biases there are in our country and community and how we are handling them.  I don’t want to stand on the soapbox too long about the political and social elements of this book because the writing itself is so amazing and the main character Starr is so well developed.  The mixed emotions and raw truth of what she is dealing with is beautifully brought to light.  I have yet to meet a teen or adult who read this book and didn’t love it.



Miss Janna


History’s Mysteries: Curious Clues, Cold Cases and Puzzles From the Past by Kitson Jazynka

When this book came across my desk, I had to stop and read it from cover to cover in one sitting.  National Geographic has written some of my very favorite books for kids, and this was no exception.  Highlighting vanished cities, lost tribes, history’s most infamous heroes and villains, mystifying legends and other fascinating stories, this book is riveting!