Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Best Books of the Year?

So what were your favorite reads this year? The last Harry Potter arrived (what will we do now!?!), but what will else did you read and love?

On my top picks list for the year, Anahita's Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayres, The Off Season by Catherine Murdock, Beast by Ally Kennan, The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper, The Invisible by Mats Wahl, and The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt.

Check out Teen Reads for their list of the Best of 07.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Winter Break Fun

Nothing to do this break? Stop by your Tigard Library Friday, December 21 through Sunday, January 6 for movies, crafts, cartoons and more. Free food during the movies and cartoons. Grab a schedule of all the events next time you're in or download a flyer here.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Fall into the Library

Upcoming Teen Events and Activities
(All teen programs and events are for grades 6 & up)

"Kawaii Anime Crusade" Teen Anime Club
Thursday, November 15,
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Community Room
Can't get enough anime? Join the new TPL Anime Club to watch anime episodes, review anime and manga, share fan artwork, and hang out with other anime fans.

Upcoming Anime Club Schedule (5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room)
Thursday, December 20th
Thursday, January 17th

Teen Library Council
Thursday, December 6th,
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Puett Room
The Teen Library Council meets each month to plan and discuss future teen programs and events at the library. This is a terrific way to build leadership skills and help make the library a terrific place for teens. For more info, email the Young Adult Librarian or call (503) 718-2654.

Teen Book & Movie Discussion Group
Thursday, November 8,
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Puett Room
Teens in 6th to 12th grades are invited to read the book, watch the movie, and then talk about them both. The November books is Bridge to Terabithia.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 – Open book-sharing and selection of spring books

Teen GameFest
Friday, November 30th,
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Community Room
Bring your friends to the library and enjoy Dance Dance Revolution, Super Smash Brothers, Twister, board games, Fudge Bingo, snacks, sodas, and lots of fun!

Elf Workshop for Teens Saturday
December 15 -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 16 -- 1 to 5 p.m.
Grades 6-12
Young Adult Room
*Drop In Anytime*
Last-minute teen elves are invited to drop in any time over the weekend to make a fun craft, card or jewelry for someone special on your list!

Look What's New to Read for Teens!

New YA Fiction

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm (Y HOLM)
An illustrated journal of a 7th grader, including diary entries, refrigerator notes, cards from Grandpa, and IM screen messages conveys a middle-school year full of ups and downs.

Chibi Vampire the Novel by Tohru Kai (Y KAI)
A novelized version of the supernatural-love-comedy-mystery graphic novel starring our favorite clumsy blood injector, Karin

Parrotfish by Ellen Hopkins (Y HOPKINS)
Grady, a transgendered high school student, yearns for acceptance by his classmates and family as he struggles to adjust to his new identity as a male.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy ( Y LANDY)
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.

Busted by Phil Bildner (Y BILDNER)
Students at a high school with a "zero-tolerance" policy get caught doing things they are pretty sure are wrong.

The Land of the Silver Apples by Nancy Farmer (Y FARMER)
In this sequel to the Sea of Trolls, the apprentice bard Jack plunges into a new series of adventures, traveling underground to Elfland and uncovering the truth about his little sister Lucy.

They Came from Below by Blake Nelson (Y NELSON)
Emily and her best friend Reese visit Cape Cod on summer break and meet two boys, Steven and Dave, who are too cute to be true. Where did they come from? Why are they here?

Who Says Non-Fiction is Boring?

Where’s My Stuff: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide (640 MOS)
Do you ever feel like you’d lose your head if it wasn’t attached? Well, then here’s a terrific resource for you, full of tips for helping you to become organized at school, at home, and while out, with step-by-step recommendations for de-cluttering, overcoming disorganized habits, and managing your schedule.

Stuff to Hold Your Stuff by Ellen Warwick (646.48 WAR)
Teach yourself how to make terrific totes, a knifty knapsack, worthwhile wallets, beachy beach bags, pretty purses, and more.

Ductigami: The Art of the Tape by Joe Wilson (745.5 WIL)
Teach yourself how to make some amazing items out of duct tape with splashes of humor along the way.

Cool Jewels: Beading Projects for Teens by Naomi Fujimoto (745.582 FUJ)
Get step-by-step instructions for creating beaded jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

Simple Gifts to Stitch: 30 Elegant and Easy Projects by Jocelyn Worrall (746 WOR)
Amazing gifts that you can make yourself are the best kind of gifts.

Holocaust: The Events and Their Impact on Real People by Angela Gluck Wood (940.5318 WOO)
Survivors of this tragic event in history tell their own stories with moving illustrations throughout.

The Cute Book by Aranzi Aronzo (975.5 ARA)
The world of Kawaii (cute) is alive and well with this how-to manual of cute characters that you can make yourself. Each character includes patterns and step-by-step instructions.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Teens Pick Their Top 10 Favorite Books of 2007!

More than 6,000 teens across the country have voted on their top 10 favorite books of 2007. It's probably no surprise that Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series wins again. To view the other picks for and by teens, visit YALSA's Webpage at:

Also, if you liked the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyers, you might also like some of these titles:

China Garden
by Liz Berry
After college Clare moves with her mother from London to a rural home where her psychic ability helps unravel the past and where she searches for something called the Benison.

Avalon High
by Meg Cabot
Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents, high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School, where several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.

Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
When Lord Death comes to claim sixteen-year-old Keturah while she is lost in the King's Forest, she charms him with her story and is granted a twenty-four-hour to seek her one true love.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
Five sisters who live with their merchant father in Transylvania use a hidden portal in their home to cross over into a magical world, the Wildwood.

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and the Winter Queen. The survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance.

An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton
In 1162 Scotland, 16-year-old Lady Jeanette hopes of redeeming her family's station through marriage. Yet she is haunted by the memory of a compelling young man from home--a man with a dark and terrible secret.

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
After benignly haunting a series of people for 130 years, Helen meets a teenage boy who can see her and together they unlock the mysteries of their pasts.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Skatepark is Now Open!

Celebrate the new Jim Griffith Memorial Skate Park Grand Opening!
Thursday, November 8th at 4:30 p.m.
Tigard City Hall Parking Lot
13125 SW Hall Blvd

Come and join the fun! Skateboard key chains and decals will be given away at the ceremony. Professional skaters will be there too. See more photos and info at

Get in the Zone!

Doing research online for a school assignment? Get Web savvy about it! Learn how to evaluate Webpages at Test your skills using the Internet Basics Quiz.

Featured Fun Webpages for Teens

Scratch is a Webtool that you can use to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

Chat with your absolutely favorite authors and other booklovers on this totally fabulous social networking site for booklovers!

Here's a fun new site from Wallace and Gromit creator Aardman Animations and Enable Interactive

Whyville Virtual World for Tweens
Whyville is a virtual world where tweens from all over the real world come to chat, play, learn, and have fun together. Check it out!

Summer Blog Blast YA Author Interviews
Looking for more information on your favorite author or his or her next book? Or maybe you'd like to find out about authors that are new to you. Here's a fantastic blog that will connect you to great YA author info this summer.

"Got Milk?” Online Game
Here’s another fun, free online game to waste away more of your free time from the Milk Producers Association. Take a tour of the Island, or have fun playing the virtual board game.

Anime News Network
If you love anime and manga, find out what’s new on the horizon, read reviews, see what’s good and what’s not, watch previews, and more.
Catch a Movie Online and Talk About it
You can watch free independent movies online and talk about them with other teens around the world at You and up to 10 others from anywhere in the world can watch a film simultaneously and chat about it in real time. The movies are aimed at teens and tweens. Check it out!

What kind of M&M are you?
Create your own M&M avatar and put him in a movie in this fun and interactive Website:

Generation Next
Ever feel like no one is listening to you? Find out how today’s young adults are speaking up and being heard on this extremely interactive and informative Website.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Another Way to Celebrate Teen Read Week!

Celebrate Teen Read Week....Chat with Your Favorite YA authors!

Visit Readergirlz during the month of October to chat with your favorite author each evening at 5:00 p.m. at

Special Note: Stephenie Meyer (the author of Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse) will be chatting on Halloween at 9 PM Pacific / midnight Eastern.

Celebrate Teen Read Week 2007 at Tigard Public Library!

Celebrate books as entertainment October 14 to 20th with this year’s Teen Read Week theme: Laugh Out Loud @ Your Library. The Teen Library Council will create a humorous book display and will also present a hilarious Live Clue presentation @ the library on Friday, October 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, call (503) 718-2652.

Teen Read Week is an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association to encourage teens to develop a love of lifelong reading. Why? Because reading expands the mind, broadens the horizons, and opens up a world of entirely new possibilities. Also, it will make you smarter. Impress your friends with all the new ideas you've discovered in books!
Also, check out the REALLY COOL forum on Readergirlz! hosting 31 of your flavorite authors for 31 days in October -- all in honor of Teen Read Week.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

2007 Banned Books Week: Treasure Your Freedom to Read!

Banned Books Week is September 29th to October 6th

Did you know.....some of your favorite books might be challenged or banned in schools and libraries across the country? A banned book is a book that is removed from the shelf because the material is considered objectionable to a person or group. When the item is removed, no one is able to read it.

Is your favorite author on the Banned Books list this year?

The "10 Most Challenged Books of 2006":
  • "And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group
  • "Gossip Girls" series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language
  • "Alice" series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;
  • "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things" by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
  • "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
  • "Scary Stories" series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity
  • "Athletic Shorts" by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language
  • "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
  • "Beloved" by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group
  • "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence

Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are the "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain.

Fin out more about book challenges and censorship at the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books Web site at and about intellectual freedom at

Stop by and check out some of these great "banned" authors' Webpages:

Carolyn Mackler, is the author of the award winning teen novel, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, which was the fourth most frequently challenged book of 2006.

Chris Crutcher is the author of a number of challenged books including Athletic Shorts, Chinese Handcuffs, In the Time I Get, Running Loose, Stotan!, Whale Talk, and many more.

Sonya Sones, author of What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy, and What My Mother Doesn't Know—the eighth most frequently challenged book of 2005.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Congratulations to the Winner of the Teen SK8 Trivia Contest!

Congratulations to Mandee Campos, Grade 8, who answered all 20 of the skateboard trivia questions correctly, and won the very cool skateboard from Tigard Public Library.

In other SK8er news, the new Jim Griffith Memorial Skate Park is almost open for business! For more information about the opening of the new skatepark, you can visit

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Chew On This!

In our next teen book discussion group, we'll be reading and discussing the book Chew on This: Everything you Don't Want to Know about Fast Food by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson, and we will be talking about food and our culture today. In the meantime, read a new report from USA Today that discusses how surroundings can affect teen eating habits and overall health!

Next Teen Movie & Book Discussion Group Meeting:
Thursday, October 11
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Puett Room

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

What's New to Read at TPL

Check out the latest fiction and Graphic Novels for Teens at TPL!

New Young Adult Fiction

The Thief Queen’s Daughter by Elizabeth Haydon (Y HAYDON)
Young Ven Polypheme is sent on a secret mission within the walls of the Gated City, a former penal colony in the land of Serendair, where he and his friends face kidnapping and even worse dangers from the ruthless Thief Queen, who is trying to reclaim her runaway daughter.

Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey (Y DUEY)
In alternate chapters, Sadima travels from her farm home to the city and becomes assistant to a heartless man who is trying to restore knowledge of magic to the world, and a group of boys fights to survive in the academy that has resulted from his efforts.

Quantum Prophecy: The Awakening by Michael Carroll (Y CARROLL)
Ten years after the disappearance of superhumans--both heroes and villains--thirteen-year-olds Danny and Colin begin to develop super powers, making them the object of much unwanted attention.

M is for Magic: Stories by Neil Gaiman (Y GAIMAN)
Eleven stories by a favorite author of Gothic Horror involving strange and fantastical events.

The Restless Dead: Ten Original Stories of the Supernatural (Y STORIES RESTLESS)
In this companion volume to "Gothic! ten original dark tales" discover why we fear the undead.

The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper (Y HARPER)
In Lily Dale, New York, a community dedicated to the religion of Spiritualism, tenth-grader Sparrow Delaney, the youngest daughter in an eccentric family of psychics, agonizes over whether or not to reveal her special abilities in order to help a friend.

Someone Like Summer by M.E. Kerr (Y KERR)
An upper-middle-class white girl from Long Island and an immigrant worker from Colombia fall in love despite objections from both their families and their community.

How Ya Like Me Now by Brendan Halpin (Y HALPIN)
After his father dies and his mother goes into rehab, Eddie moves from the suburbs into his cousin's Boston loft, where he gradually adjusts to being one of the few white kids in a progressive private school, and learns how to feel like a normal teenager.

Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves (Y GAIMAN)
At nearly fifteen years of age, Joey Harker learns that he is a Walker, able to travel between dimensions, and soon joins a team of different versions of himself, each from another dimension, to fight the evil forces striving to conquer all the worlds.

Genesis Alpha: A Thriller by Rune Michaels (Y MICHAELS)
When thirteen-year-old Josh's beloved older brother, Max, is arrested for murder, the victim's sister leads Josh to evidence of Max's guilt--and her own--hidden in their favorite online role-playing game and Josh, who was conceived to save Max's life years earlier, must consider whether he shares that guilt.

Dream Factory by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler (Y BARKLEY)
Alternating chapters present the view points of two teenagers who find summer employment as costumed cartoon characters at Disney World and try to resist falling in love.

The Curse of the Romanovs by Staton Rabin (Y RABIN)
In 1916, teenaged hemophiliac and heir to the Russian throne, Alexei Romanov, escapes into the future to elude the murderous Rasputin, and meets his modern-day cousin, fifteen-year-old Varda, who is working on a cure for hemophilia and who wants to help change history by saving his family.

Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra by Wendy Lichtman (Y LICHTMAN)
Tess has always loved math, and she uses mathematical concepts to help her understand things in her life, so she is dismayed to find out how much math--and life--can change in eighth grade.

Brothers, Boyfriends and Other Criminal Minds by April Lurie (Y LURIE)
While living on the same block as several members of the Mafia does have the advantage of a lower crime rate, fourteen-year-old April and her brother find there are times when it is also a major disadvantage.

Before, After, and Somebody In Between by Jeannine Garsee (Y GARSEE)
After dealing with an alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriend, a school bully, and life on the wrong side of the tracks in Cleveland, Ohio, high school sophomore Martha Kowalski expects to be happy when she moves in with a rich family across town, but finds that the "rich life" has problems of its own.

New Manga & Graphic Novels

E’s by Satol Yuiga (Y GRAPHIC YUIGA)
Set in the future, E's, people with psychic abilities are used to turn thoughts into power.

Metamo Kiss by Sora Omote (Y GRAPHIC OMOTE)
When Kohanamaru runs into Nanao, the girl of his dreams, they switch bodies. True love, right? Well, unfortunately, she's in love with someone else. And if that weren't bad enough, the "someone else" turns out to be Kohanamaru's twin brother Konatsu...who can reverse their transformation with his own kiss!

Me2 by Sho Murase (Y GRAPHIC MURASE)
After her brother's death, Aki begins having blackouts and she fears that she's losing her grip on reality, but something even more shocking may be happening to her.

Friday, August 17, 2007

It's a Wrap - End of Summer Reading

Congratulations to all the Fabulous Finishers of the Teen Summer Reading Program!

Winners of the Final Teen Summer Reading Prize Drawing:
  • Thomas Woodward, Grade 7 - Grand Prize (4 GB Ipod Nano)
  • Mohammed Hejazi, Grade 7 - $20 Wash Sq Gift Card
  • Kristin Hortsch, Grade 10 - $20 Wash Sq Gift Card
  • Andrea Patru, Grade 6 - $20 Wash Sq Gift Card
  • Lindsey Rosette, Grade 6 - $20 Wash Sq Gift Card
  • Lynne Stracovsky, Grade 9 - $20 Wash Sq Gift Card
  • Jacqueline Bautista, Grade 7 - $5 See's Candies Gift Card
  • Stephen Patterson, Grade 11 - $5 See's Candies Gift Card
  • Kim Rorman, Grade 7 - $5 See's Candies Gift Card
  • Valeria Vila, Grade 8 - $5 See's Candies Gift Card
  • Ashley Bates, Grade 11 - Additional Prize Book
  • Katie Creer, Grade 7 - Additional Prize Book
  • Ian Hornok, Grade 9 - Additional Prize Book
  • Hailey Myers, Grade 10 - Additional Prize Book
  • Kara Sang, Grade 8 - Additional Prize Book
  • Carly Sherwood, Grade 6 - Additional Prize Book
  • Brandon Turley, Grade 7 - Additional Prize Book
  • Emma Williams, Grade 7 - Additional Prize Book
  • Robert Costa, Grade 8 - Teen Treasure Chest Selection
  • Hailey Eby, Grade 7 - Teen Treasure Chest Selection
  • Arianna Gittins, Grade 6 - Teen Treasure Chest Selection
  • Justine Hubbard, Grade 6 - Teen Treasure Chest Selection
  • Tiffany Le, Grade 11 - Teen Treasure Chest Selection
  • Elizabeth Miranda, Grade 8 - Teen Treasure Chest Selection
  • Necole Moore, Grade 6 - Teen Treasure Chest Selection
  • Vanessa Tran, Grade 7 - Teen Treasure Chest Selection
  • Bailey Wilcox, Grade 8 - Teen Treasure Chest Selection

Winners of the YNK Teen Summer Poetry/Short Story Contest:

  • Mackenzie Grover, Grade 8 - 1st Place Overall for A Haunted Evening
  • Sierra Gamelgaard, Grade 8 - 2nd Place Overall for The Tale of Four Lovers
  • Jubilee Dawn Brenneman, Grade 10 - 3rd Place Overall for The Black Hunter

The 1st place winner received a gift card to See's Candies and a prize book. 2nd & 3rd place winners also received prize books.

Summer may be winding down, but there are still lots of great books to enjoy during the last days of summer.

Monday, July 30, 2007

What's New to Read at TPL?

Check out the Latest Manga & Graphic Novels for Teens

Hamlet (Manga Shakespeare) (Y GRAPHIC SHAKESPEARE) adapted by Richard Appignanesi; Illustrated by Emma Vieceli
A manga-like adaptation of a very old classic. You’ll look at Shakespeare in a whole new way.

Kitchen Princess [art by] Natsumi Ando; story by Miyuki Kobayashi (Y GRAPHIC KOBAYA)
Najika is a gifted cook and attends the prestigious Seika Academy cooking school. Her friendship with two brothers, Sora and Daichi, creates resentment with other girls at the school. Her greatest rival is a popular, teen model, Akane who tries to drive Najika from the school by staging a cooking contest.

Iron West by Doug TenNapel (Y GRAPHIC TENNAP)
Preston Struck is an incompetent outlaw with a heart of fool's gold. He discovers an army of metal men bent on destroying central California. While Struck avoids any form of heroism, he gets a little help from a magical old shaman and his sidekick Sasquatch

Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 Wishes by Camilla D’Errico & Joshua Dysart (Y GRAPHIC D’ERRI)
Hana just doesn’t fit in. At school, she feels like the invisible girl. One night she runs across a mysterious website called Before she knows it, she’s ordered a package guaranteed to make dreams come true. Or will it?

Gravitation Ex by Maki Murakami (Y GRAPHIC MURAKA)
order to heal the wounds in his heart, Eiri Yuki and his vocalist lover, Shuichi, travel to New York to visit the grave of Yuki's first love and tormentor, Yuki Kitagawa. But once there, they make a startling discovery that will change their lives...forever!

W Juliet by Emura (Y GRAPHIC EMURA)
Sixteen-year-old tomboy Ito Miura is going to be Romeo in the school production of "Romeo and Juliet.' The cute new student, Makoto Amano, has been chosen to play Juliet. As they become friends, Ito discovers that Makoto has a secret that will ruin Makoto's life if anyone ever finds out what it is.

Grand Theft Galaxy by Tricia Riley Hale (Y GRAPHIC HALE)
On her 18th birthday, Samantha finds out that her parents are intergalactic thieves. After discovering her familys true origin, she is whisked away to escape the galactic law enforcers who intend to blow up the Earth.

MaBuRaHo by Toshihiko Tsukiji (Y GRAPHIC TSUKIJI)
17-year-old Kazuki Shikimori is an average student, but that doesn't stop the female population of Aoi Academy from vying for his attention! His impeccable DNA will start a teenage war of lovesick girls!

To Terra by Keiko Takemiya (Y GRAPHIC TAKEMIYA)
Having driven Terra to the brink of environmental collapse, humanity decides to reform itself by ushering in the age of Superior Domination (S.D.), a system of social control in which children are no longer the offspring of parents but progeny of a universal computer. The new social order, however, results in an unexpected byproduct: the Mu, a mutant race with extrasensory powers who are forced in exile by The System.



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