Saturday, November 29, 2014

Are you there, readers? It's me, Ed Grimley.

I just erupted in giggles while at my very serious job at the Young Adult Reference Desk. Now, erupted is a very strong word that evokes imagery that, on close inspection, may make the reader suspect that I exaggerate a bit when I describe myself giggling. And to the reader I say, calm down. It's a common expression. Let's not get sidetracked. 

Here's what caused my mirth: I was browsing through Amazon's best books of the year according to celebrities, looking for gems I may have missed while ordering books for the YA collection. Of course, I had to click through and see what Martin Short had to recommend. Martin Short, for those of you who were not born in the 80s, have never seen season 10 of Saturday Night Live, or generally don't pay attention to the important things in life, is an actor, comedian, and skilled musical theater performer. I'm telling you this because he's only tweeted 126 times and most of those are re-tweets, so he may as well not exist.

Anyway, I was looking at Martin Short's recommendations and there, right there, was We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. We Were Liars is an incredible YA book I can't tell you too much about because of reasons. You should just believe that it's good and read it now. It involves boats, aunts, grandpas, love, private islands, pain, more pain, and ice cream. So Martin Short has read We Were Liars and liked it so much he recommended it to the dozens of people at least who read Amazon's book lists. Martin Short reads teen lit. This makes me giggle because it never occurred to me I could have something in common with Ed Grimley, except maybe for morning hair. And it makes me happy for many reasons: 1) Martin Short is not afraid to declare his affection for a teen book. He shouldn't be. E. Lockhart's book is literary and masterful. It pulls off writerly things that are very difficult to do. Being a teen book doesn't make it less than an adult book, in my estimation it makes it more. 2) We Were Liars is not a funny book. I like being reminded that funny people do not pursue laughter all the time. I think we expect our comedians to always be on, always make us laugh, pressure that can make healthy people overwhelmed, and sad people sadder. 3) I recently brought a box of beautiful, brand new YA books to a family event and invited my loved ones to pick one to keep. Strangely, they were all reluctant, pawing through the books tentatively and repeatedly asking me for reassurance that they were worthwhile in spite of being YA. The teen lit prejudice affects my work at the library where I'm faced with countless opportunities to defend YA against doubters and haters, but I've never had it strike so close to home. Thank you, Martin Short, for restoring my faith in grown-up human readers. Now people, listen to Uncle Marty- Go forth and read YA!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


The Forces is strong Saturday, October 11, from 2-4.
Two years ago in a library not far, far away we celebrated Star Wars Reads Day for the first time. Now you can join the party once again with games, crafts, trivia, prize drawings and The Clone Wars on the big screen. We encourage costumes and photo-ops with with members of Cloud City Garrison (a legion of dedicated fans with film-authentic costumes).
This is an all ages program!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

November Book TRON

Come join the fun at the Teens Read Outrageously Now! Or better known as Book TRON book club.
Stop by the reference desk in the Children's Room to sign up and get a free copy of November's Book.You can call to register, too! 503 718-2656. Pick your book up later.
We discuss, do stuff and the Burgess Community Room from 4:30-6:00, November 17.
The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine is our November book. It received starred reviews in School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Publisher's Weekly. It's about two friends in 1958 during integration in the deep south. Publisher's Weekly called it "riveting."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Teen Summer Reading Art Journal

The 2014 Spark Art Journal is done. Many thanks to all of the teens who submitted their artwork. We couldn't have done it without you.

Come pick up your copy today!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Oregon Battle of the Books 2014-2015

If you're looking for the Oregon Battle of the Books list for grades 6-12, look no further. You've come to the right place. We have the list linked to the WCCLS library website.

For grades 6-8, click here. Then click Find It.

For grades 9-12, click here.  Then click Find It.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Registration Required. Sign up Today! 
Call us at 503 718-2656 to register.
Are you getting ready for college entry tests? Learn from the pros. Teachers from the Huntington Learning Center will share tips and tricks and answer your questions at this beginning test prep workshop. Discover the difference between  the ACT and the SAT, new features of the SAT, testing dos and don'ts and how best to prepare.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Knights of Veritas

What was knighthood like in the Middle Ages? The armored Knights of Veritas will demonstrate ancient fighting techniques with authentically weighted, detailed swords. Learn how medieval scientists sparked a reaction that lasted centuries! This program lasts from 7-8 in the Burgess Community Room on Tuesday, August 12.


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