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: http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/teenreading/teenstopten/teenstopten.cfm


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

China Garden
by Liz Berry
(YBP 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
(Y 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
(Y 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
(Y 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
(Y 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
(Y 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
(Y 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 http://www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/boards_committees/skateboard/default.asp




Get in the Zone!

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

Featured Fun Webpages for Teens

Scratch
http://scratch.mit.edu/
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.

ReaderGirlz
http://www.readergirlz.com/issue.html
Chat with your absolutely favorite authors and other booklovers on this totally fabulous social networking site for booklovers!

Webbliworld
http://www.webbliworld.com/
Here's a fun new site from Wallace and Gromit creator Aardman Animations and Enable Interactive

Whyville Virtual World for Tweens
http://www.whyville.net/smmk/nice
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

http://www.chasingray.com/archives/2007/06/your_summer_blog_blast_tour_au.html
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
http://www.gettheglass.com/
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
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/
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 http://cinema.lycos.com/. 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: http://www.BecomeAnMM.com/.

Generation Next
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/generation-next/index.html
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 http://www.readergirlz.com/issue.html

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! http://www.readergirlz.com/issue.html 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 www.ala.org/bbooks/ and about intellectual freedom at http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/basics/Default2272.htm

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 http://www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/boards_committees/skateboard/default.asp

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