Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Procrastinators Rejoice!

For all of you late minute homework types, or just super library visitors, the library is now open more hours on the weekends! Yep. Saturdays from 10-6 p.m. and Sundays Noon-6 p.m., you can stop by the Teen Desk and say "Howdy!"

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Teens' Top Ten

Hey, if you cast your memories way back to October, you may recall that we celebrated Teen Read Week and encouraged you to vote for books for the Teens' Top Ten. Well, in a thoroughly efficient process that just may make Minnesota green with envy, the votes are counted and the list is available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the American Library Association's Teens' Top Ten to see the top reads of 2008, as selected by teens all over the country. You won't be surprised that Eclipse made the list, but perhaps a few of the selections will be new to you and fabulous reading!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Publish Your Personal Story

The Teen Health and Wellness database is a fabulous resource for information about your body, mind and health. One of my favorite features is a section that publishes personal stories written by teens. You can read these stories here, or submit your own story.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dancing for Change

At 15 years old, Ruby has little to look forward to. She's dropped out of school to earn money for her family, working at a slaughterhouse in the Yards of Chicago. But a chance encounter with a aspiring gangster has her trying her luck as a taxi dancer, an elegantly dressed woman who is paid 10 cents per dance to swing around the floor with the men who visit the club.
1940s Chicago comes alive in Christine Fletcher's Ten Cents a Dance. Ruby's struggle to keep her job (considered very disreputable at the time) a secret from her family, her confusing relationship with Paulie the gangster, and the tension between the races makes this story an edge-of-your-seat drama. With great descriptions of the clothes, people and sounds of the time, Ten Cents is a fascinating glimpse into another time and place in American history.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Project T-Shirt

Hey, I wanted to tell ya'll about this fabulous program coming up at the Tualatin Public Library on Tuesday, December 23. At Project T-Shirt your can transform your dull, dreary duds into total fabulousness. Register ahead a time, bring a T-Shirt or two, and learn how to design and create stencils and apply them with fabric paint. A great way to make a last minute gift or fashionably spoil yourself!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Favorites

I've been working my way through the list of books Anna and I will be discussing at the Mock Printz workshop next month, and I wanted to share with you a couple of my new favorites:

Like Boy Meets Boy, My Most Excellent Year is what you want the world to be. The teen voices, while not authentic, are funny, intelligent, loving, and self-reflective. Six-year-old Hucky is so real, he jumps of the page and makes faces. I loved the format, alternating narration from the point of view of different characters through writing assignments, email, IM, and other correspondence. The question is, what 14-year-olds know that much about musicals? Obviously not of this world.

Elena and her sister, Dora, are opposites yet very close, until Dora begins to vanish into deep, psychotic depression. She spends time in a psychiatric ward that is so bad, she asks Elena to save her. Elena is left to figure out how she can rescue her sister without betraying her confidence. Schumacker creates vivid characters by sharing little moments of intimacy that tell the reader so much about who they are. This is a great story about how depression impacts a family, and how Elena untangles her own identity from her sister's.

Frankie is a student at Alabaster, and expensive and competitive boarding school. She blossomed during the summer between her freshman and sophomore year, and when she returns to school is surprised by the attention from her senior-stud crush, Matthew. He becomes her boyfriend, and while she tries to be satisfied by that amazing fact, she is troubled by the fact that he is more devoted to his best friend, Alpha, than to her. And while she likes being part of his group of friends, she senses that her status among them is tenuous at best. Most of all, she hates the way everyone underestimates her. So, when she discovers the existence of a "secret" society at Alabaster, she endeavors to become its secret leader. This is certainly the most feminist teen book I have ever read, and that along with its clever humor and sensitive introspection makes it an absolute pleasure. The boy's interactions seem at times contrived, but Frankie with her self-reflection and deception is spot-
Robin (AKA Birdy) joined the army after 9-11 and is sent to Iraq with a Civil Affirs unit. His job is to help convince Iraqi civilians that Americans are good people who want to help them. he finds this difficult without clear instructions, and when he can barely tell the difference between his enemies and his allies. The other members of his squad become his best Friends, and it seems clear that they are chosen for their duties because of their compassionate natures, their common ability to sympathise with anyone, even the enemy. Birdy and his friends express their doubt and confusion about the reasons for the war, and manage to find moments of joy and friendship within the insanity. The book has not so much a plot as a series of events that alternate between chaotic and boring, but that is what war is, right?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Twilight Dolls?

Via the super cool blog readergirlz, there will be Twilight dolls. Strange or cool? So far I've only seen Edward and Bella dolls.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Americans Born Reading-More Reviews from the Book Group

Before I list the reviews, I must first deliver an important bulletin. Ahem. ATTENTION: The Teen Book Discussion Group has been consumed by BookTRON: Teens Read Outrageously Now, and will respond to no other name. That is all.

And now, I know you are dying to find out what BookTRON thought of American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, the autobiographical story of the son of Chinese immigrants and a Monkey King [Note upon later reflection: This is not to say that the hero of this book was created as the result of a union between Chinese immigrants and a Monkey King. What I mean is that there is a son-of-immigrants and there is also a Monkey King in the story. Watch your grammer, friends.]. This is the first graphic novel we have read and discussed, and it was a hit:

BookTRON says:

  • "Hilarious!"
  • "Totally an all-age book."
  • "It's a nice quick read if you have the time to sit down and look at it."
  • "Humorous and unexpected, while still telling a good story."
  • "The Monkey King is really cool!"
  • "It was funny!"
  • "I think there should be a sequel!"
  • "I am the monkey king; I can do anything."

Friday, December 12, 2008

On the Stage

Need a monologue for an audition? Or just want to practice your craft? Budding actors should check out one of these new books in the Young Adult collection.

Actor's Choice: Monologues for Teens edited by Erin Detrick (792.028 ACT)
Audition Speeches for 6 to 16 Year Olds by Jean Marlow (792. 028 AUD)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Right now you can ask a librarian a question at Tigard by walking in, phone, email, or IM/chat. I came across a library that was using text messaging for questions. Would you use text to ask a librarian a question? Answer the poll to the right and let us know. What kind of questions do you think you would want to ask? When's my book/movie/CD due? Or more homework-y kinds of questions? Comment here.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Best Books of '08?

A lot of places are putting up their picks for best books of 2008. I know that I've had some favorites this year (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler, and Airman by Eoin Colfer to name a few). I know there are still a few weeks of '08 left, but what books would you have on your list? Leave them in the comments!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Vamp Camp this week!!!!

Join us at the library on Friday, December 5 from 7-9 for our Vamp Camp. Dress up, eat snacks, win prizes, learn how to make realistic vampire bite FX from a professional makeup artist, share your gothic artwork, make an Ankh necklace, listen to cemetery music and watch a classic vampire movie. Remember the werewolf game? We'll be playing a vampire version, for all you LARPers! Costumes are encouraged but not required, and you're welcome to bring your aged vampire-fan friends, as the event is for teens and adults alike. Come to the Young Adult Room before Friday to preview our fabulous door prize.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Graceling - Killer Talent

In a land of seven kingdoms, those whose eyes change to two different colors are "graced." For some, this means a talent like baking, swimming, or predicting the weather. For Katsa, it means that with her incredible strength and speed she has a killing grace. When her talent is discovered (at eight years of age, she protects herself and accidently kills an older cousin), her uncle, the king of one of the kingdoms, sees the opportunity for an assassin. Katsa is sent to the far reaches of King Randa's kingdom to teach the greedy and insubordant a lesson by chopping off a few fingers or breaking a few bones.

Now an older teenager, Katsa has grown tired of the killing and seeks a more fulfilling life. She forms a group, known as the Council, to protect those who need protecting and to act in the best interest of all inhabitants of the kingdoms.

Katsa's life becomes complicated, however, with a mysterious kidnapping, a gorgeous and graced fighter, and rumors of strange happenings in the kingdom of Monsea.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore is a great combination of fantasy, adventure and a little romance. This debut novel had me staying up late to read what happened next to the characters that I had grown to know. This book had a lot of hype (super reviews months before it was released) which had me nervous that it wouldn't live up to expectations. Well worth the hype! Check out the author's blog for more info.

Monday, November 24, 2008

This Week

Yes, the library is closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving.

But the fun returns on Friday (the day before Saturday). You can see two new releases on the big screen. From 2-4 p.m. see an epic robotic love story, kind of (rated G). From 6-8 p.m. a super hero of metallic awesomeness flies in (rated PG 13). Of course, there will be snacks. (You can call for movie names if you can't figure out my cryptic messages.)

Want to get a head start on presents? Or just like to make stuff? Stop by the Mega Craft Workshop, Saturday, November 29 between 1 and 4 p.m. You can make jewelry, cards, snowflakes, ornaments, votives and more. Lots of fun and cool stuff. For free! Plus, there are doorprizes! So stop by and make a present for yourself or someone else.

Both events are in the library's Community Room.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Movies Just for You!

That's right. Lisa and I had the difficult task of picking out movies just for teens. Actually, it was a lot of fun! Your Teen DVD collection is now on the shelves (just to the right of the YA CDs, across from the New Books shelf). Learn some dance moves, laugh at the comedies, or get swept away with an adventure. So take a look and maybe check something out!
Don't see your favorite movie there? Just leave us a comment with your suggestions.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Twilight is almost here!

OK folks, I know you know this, but maybe you didn't know that I knew you know. Anyway, the Twilight movie will be in a theater near you on November 21st. Been living under a rock? Haven't seen the trailer yet? Well, Here it is:

If you want to see other vampy and horror movies (though, arguably, Twilight is not a horror story. I digress.), check out this website that has tons of full-length classic horror films for free:

And last but definitely not least, join us at the library on Friday, December 5 from 7-9 for our Vamp Camp. Dress up, eat snacks, win prizes, learn how to make realistic vampire bite FX from a professional makeup artist, share your gothic artwork, make an Ankh necklace, listen to cemetery music and watch a classic vampire movie.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

An Abundance of Opinions

'Tis time for yet another round of book reviews from the most studious and stupendous Teen Book Group (the name of which will soon change to something far more exciting).

This month we read An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, in which Colin, heartbroken when his girlfriend dumps him, goes on a road trip with his best friend and discovers new friends and the spark of his own genius in the wilds of Gutshot, Tennessee.

The book group says:

"The book was strange from the beginning to the end."
"It was cool, funny, and weird."

"It was hilarious!"

"Very mature. When you first pick it up, read the back."
Rave reviews, no?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Can You Cook?

It's getting colder outside, which always makes me think of homemade soups. For any of you teens interested in putting on an apron and seeing what you can whip up, here are a few books that may help.

The Manga Cookbook by Yoko Ishihara (641.5952 ISH). If all the food that you see in your favorite manga has you hungry, pick up this for an illustrated step-by-step guide to creating Japanese dishes.

Real Food, Real Fast by Sam Stern (641.5 STE). Sam is a British teen cooking sensation. He has recipes grouped by the time it takes to make them. Fun ingredients, lots of pictures and easy how to directions.

Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat by Megan and Jill Carle (Y 641.5 CAR). These sisters whip up a bunch of tasty treats with a few simple directions. If your sweet tooth seems to rule, check out the sisters' companion book Teens Cook Dessert (Y 641.86 CAR).

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Featuring Teen Filmmakers!

I am thrilled to invite all of you to a special South-side screening of the Northwest Film Center's Young People Film and Video Festival, on Friday, November 7 from 5-7 p.m. in the Community Room. The screening includes the 13 winners of the festival, all films made by young folks covering a variety of topics, from zombies, to homelessness, to doughnuts.
Because we're librarians, Anna and I have created a list of resources about books-to-film and filmmaking. Come by the YA Room to pick one up and see our book and movie display. Remember that the new YA DVD collection is almost here, and be prepared to celebrate with us. That is all.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Movies, Costumes, and Sugar

Yes, the almost perfect combination of fun! Thursday (the day before Halloween) you'll have a chance to try out your costume at the library's Creature Features, between 1:30-8:30 p.m. See the classic monster movies from way before you were born, featuring Frankenstein's monster, that wacky vampire Dracula and a couple of comedians. Stop by and say boo!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Weird and Chilling Anime and Manga

The community room seemed alive that night. Anna and I had just been enjoying the quiet of the vast space, when suddenly, they began to appear. Like ghosts, they materialized out of nowhere, bursting through the doors, shrieking and squeezing the life out of each other. The teens had arrived...

That's right, people. Last Thursday at our Anime Club meeting, Anna and I managed to wrangle ya'll long enough to get a list of your picks for Scariest, Strangest, and the Best Creatures in anime or manga. And, as promised, here it is:


Alive- On Order
Higurashi When They Cry (When Cicadas Cry)- On Order

Best Creatures

Galaxy Angel (Y GRAPHIC KANAN)
Vampire Hunter D (Y GRAPHIC KIKUCHI)


Tokyo Babylon (Y GRAPHIC CLAMP)
Vampire Knight (Y GRAPHIC HINO)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Local Author Talk at the BCL

On October 25, at 3:00 p.m., the Beaverton City Library will be hosting an evening with local author David Michael Slater in their auditoriam. Slater's new book, The Book of Nonsense, is the first in a series for Young Adults. Here's the description from the author's website: The book is ancient, ravaged and full of utter nonsense. But the moment it enters Daphna and Dexter's lives, bizarre things begin to happen. Why is their father, who found the book, suddenly so distant? Is the old man who took it from him some kind of hypnotist? Why is a giant, red-eyed boy menacing them? And what does their thirteenth birthday have to do with all this? Daphna and Dexter can't stand each other, but they'll have to work together to learn the truth about the Book of Nonsense - before their lives come apart completely.

Find out more about the event here:, or on the BCL's teen blog,

Friday, October 17, 2008

Rock the Pizza Vote

Do you ever long to cast your opinion on something truly important? the I suggest you join us in the Community Room on Saturday, October 18 at 11 a.m. to Rock the Pizza Vote. Taste local pizzas and pick your favorite. Even those of you who think pizza is vile are welcome to hang out, drink some tasty beverages, watch a movie (Vote for Pedro!), and browse some library resources about voting and activism. See you there!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Randomness from the Web

Vote now (for your Teen Top Teen). It's Teen Read Week and time for you to vote for your favorite reads. Vote here before midnight on Saturday! Go now!

For serious news...the National Book Award Finalists have been named. This is an award given to writers from writers. The finalists in the Young People's Literature category include the following:

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp.*

And true confession from your librarian, I have read one of the above titles. Shocking! Just means I have some (more) books to add to my reading list! Have you read any of these? What did you think? Comment now!

And now for something fun and completely time consuming -- sand art. Thanks to this blog I follow (thanks, Big A little a!) I zoned out to pretty colors of sand. It took all of my concentration to stop. Have fun!

*Titles underlined link to our catalog.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

On Guard!

Fans of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, The Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan, and the Warriors series by Erin Hunter should have a look at the fabulous graphic novel Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen (Y Graphic Petersen). Sent in search of a missing mouse, three members of the guard discover a treacherous threat that could destroy them. With adventure, intrigue and stunning artwork, Mouse Guard is a book to spend hours pouring over.

Have a look at the official web page for a taste of what to expect from the book. The book is actually a collection of the six issue mini-series published in hardback form. The follow up Mouse Guard : Winter 1152 is due early next year.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Teen Read Week, Yippee!

So it seems like we've been talking about it forever, but Teen Read Week Books with Bite is finally here! It's when we celebrate (are you ready for this?) teens reading! See the super display Lisa created behind the Teen Desk. She's got free bookmarks there, too. See the nominations for the Teen Top Ten list and vote for your faves.

And for fun, stop by our Books with Bite Party Thursday, October 16 from 5-8 p.m. in the Community Room. Chocolate, a movie, and hanging out -- it doesn't get much better than that.

Except maybe for pizza, which is why you can Rock The Pizza Vote Saturday, October 18 from 11-12:30 p.m. Taste a variety of local pizzas and vote for your favorite.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bump in the Night

In celebration of Teen Read Week, the super cool blog readergirlz will be hosting online live chats with your favorite teen authors at 6pm every night between October 13 and 17. Ally Carter, Holly Black, Tamora Pierce and Christopher Golden, to name a few, will be on hand to chat with their readers. Check out the full schedule at readergirlz and pick up the books at the library.

More Rave Reviews from the Teen Book Group

'Tis time for another batch of reviews from the fabulously critical member of the Teen Book Discussion Group. Feel free to comment, and if you want to be a part of the group, just stop by the Children's Reference Desk to register and pick up a free copy of new month's book, An Abundance of Katherines.

This month's book was Life as We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer, a harrowing account, through a 15-year-old's journal entries, of the catastrophic consequences when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to the Earth.

Teen on the Street (or in the Puett Room) Reviews:

*No comment.

*Close to what could happen [in real life].

*If I wrote a book like this, I would include Godzilla.

*The cover freaked me out, but the book was good.

*The book was so awesome that the title as an option for my future band name, and the cover.

*SPOILER ALERT* I really, really liked the ending. I though it was gonna be one of those sad lame books that want you to think about life and how it sucks, but I think books should always end happily. Who needs books about life? We're IN life!! I want to read something HAPPY.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Creepy and Cool

So I was introduced to the creepy and cool world of Neil Gaiman with Coraline. The comic book king has a knack from creating very real characters is some strange situations. His newest book The Graveyard Book features a young boy Owen who has grown up, you've got it, in a graveyard raised by ghosts.

The audio book of Coraline was spectacular, with eery music and Mister Gaiman reading. The Tigard Library has 4 copies of The Graveyard Book on order. If you can't wait or if you just want a sneak peak, you can listen to Neil Gaiman reading you his book online! Every day of his 9-city tour he's been reading one chapter and then posting it online. So far he's on the beginning of Chapter 7. I'm not sure how long this will be go have a listen!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Midnight Sun

More news from the world of Stephenie Meyer and Twilight! Now this is from way back in August, so many of you will be way ahead of me, but after an early draft of Ms. Meyer's Midnight Sun (Twilight from the vampire's perspective) was leaked and went viral on the Internet, the author decided to post it legally on her own website. To get a little taste of the mind of Edward Cullen, follow this link:

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Letters about Literature

Has a book ever changed your mind about anything? Do you credit a certain book or author with helping you form your worldview? The Letters about Literature contest gives you a chance to share about the books that have been most influential in your life and possibly win prizes for yourself and your school library. All you have to do is write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves. Find out more about the contest, and download participation forms here:

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Death Note II

OK, Animanga fans. Get yourselves motivated, 'cause the live-action Death Note II is coming soon to a Portland theater near you. Check out this website for more information: And if you're unfamiliar with Death Note, come by the library to check it out (you'll probably need to put it on hold): Y Graphic OHBA, or Y Graphic DEATH for the first volume.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

OK all, I'm a David Levithan fan and a Michael Cera fan, so I'm just a little bit excited about the film adaptation of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist coming out on October 3rd, the day after my birthday (ahem). Nick is a guitarist in a queer-core band in New York City, and he's trying (though not very hard) to get over his break up with a girl he thought he loved, and who seemed to love him back until she cruelly cheated on, then dumped him. After playing late at a punk club, he sees his ex coming toward him, and he asks the random girl sitting next to him (Norah), if she will be his girlfriend for the next five minutes. Ultimately, their relationship lasts a bit longer than five minutes.
Nick and Norah is one of many fabulous YA books that has a strong connection to a playlist or soundtrack. You can see author and fan created playlists here:
Other books that feature music prominently include High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, Morvern Callar by Alan Warner, Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina (though it's a playlist of Kylie Minogue songs), King Dork by Frank Portman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky,
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuenhert , Beige by Cecil Castellucci, Heavy Metal and You by Christopher Krovatin, and Born Confused by Desai Hidier.
Stephenie Meyer has playlists for each book in the Twilight series on her website:
And this website has playlists contributed by YA authors, including Sarah Dessen and Bennett Madison:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Teen Library Council Application Deadline

Do you want to be involved in Teen Library Council? Have you been involved in the past and want to continue? Well as you may have heard, you need to fill out one of our new Teen Library Council applications, and the deadline is this Friday the 26th!

The mission of the Tigard Public Library’s Teen Library Council is to assist the library in creating events and developing resources that fulfill the needs and interests of teens and to promote the library to teens and the Tigard community. Being a member of the Teen Library Council (TLC) provides you with a chance to be a representative of the library while exercising your creativity, developing leadership skills and having a positive, lasting impact on library collections, services and programming.

To be a TLC member, you must be in grade 6-12 and able to commit to meeting regularly (the first Tuesday of every month from 5:00-6:30), attending special events that the TLC plans and occasionally working on projects outside of the regular meeting time.

So, come by the library and pick up an application if you haven’t already. And remember, if you can’t make the time commitment now, TLC members will be planning occasional work sessions and social hours in which non-members can participate.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Have You Been Reading?

So way back in June (I know, ages ago), we let you know about the nominees for the Teens' Top Ten. Voting will take place during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.

And the nominees are...well, the list is too long for this blog! You can pick up a bookmark with the titles in the Teen Room or check out the complete list with summaries at the official page.

I know school has you busy, so relax with some reading just for fun. You've probably read a couple of these already (Eclipse, anyone? or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Game- I just lost and so did you

Alright, people. You are all now playing The Game. You have always been playing. You were winning up until this point, and now you are losing. You lose every time you remember that you are playing, and you win when you forget. When you lose, you must declare out-loud that you just lost.

To learn more about The Game, check out the official website:

Thanks to Elizabeth for introducing me to The Game. I feel less alone in the Universe, now that I know that everyone is playing, whether we are actually aware we are playing or completely ignorant of that fact. I am now enlightened.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Stump Your Librarian

Stump Your Librarian

OK, teen-aged folk. I challenge you to come up with a tough question and stop by the young adult desk to ask us. If we can't find the answer in 10 minutes or less, you get to pick out a book of your very own. Think you can stump your librarian? Hah! I'd like to see you try!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Because Pirates Are Fun

Do you dream of salt water, hard tack, and plunder? Then, arrrgh, matey, you should be parrr-tying with the library this Friday, September 19* from 5-8 p.m. in the Community Room. Arrr-ive in costume, parrr-ticipate in craft creations, and enjoy a swashbuckling movie**. Savvy?

*Because it's International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day, of course!

**What's the movie, you ask? Well, there's a missing pirate ship, some bank robbers, and...

Monday, September 15, 2008

Calling All Guitarists!

Want to brush up on your guitar skills? Want to know how to get started on the guitar? This Saturday, September 20 from 1-4 p.m., two guitar masters will be offering a Guitar Workshop. Michael Suffin and Justin Price will be in the library's Community Room answering questions, demonstrating technique, and well, you get the idea. Open to all beginner and intermediate students.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Get Mortified!

Imagine getting up in front of an audience full of strangers and doing a dramatic reading of your middle school journal. That may not sound too terrible to you, but to me it closely ressembles hell, although it would certainly be entertaining.

Mortified is coming to Portland's Someday Lounge on September 19th and 20th. Local folks will read portions of their teenage-diaries in front of a live audience. Find out more about the Mortified project, books, and performances here:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Book Group Rave Reviews!

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, M16.
The TPL Teen Book Group Says:

Stormbreaker is one of the greatest books I have ever read!

Intense and fast-moving, good if don't wanna read The Scarlet Letter.

Lots of suspense!

There are parts in Stormbreaker you will never forget.

Teen critics are raving!

In the end, everything was really wrapped-up.

If you're looking for an exciting, thrilling comedy, Stormbreaker is the book you are looking for!

And another semi-relevent quote: "Tigard Library has cool librarians!" Why thank you, thank you very much.

Next month's book if Life as We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer: Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

Sign-up at the Children's Reference Desk to participate in the next book discussion, and get a free copy of the book!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New (and Random) Non Fiction

I love non-fiction, that collection of the strangeness that is real life. My top picks in the latest batch of new books that the Tigard Library has received follow.

Bike, Scooter, and Chopper Projects for the Evil Genius by Brad Graham and Kathy McGowan (Y NEW 629.2272 GRA). Inexpensive parts, simple tools, and designs to create some pretty wicked (sorry!) vehicles. Step-by-step instructions, plenty of pictures, and 14 different projects make this book an easy way to unleash your evil genius.

Oval Office Oddities by Bill Fawcett (Y NEW 973.09 FAW). Which presidents died in debt? What pets did each have? Lincoln was "Honest Abe," but who was "Old Hickory of the Granite Hills?" Find these answers and plenty more presidential tidbits just in time for the big election in November.

Manga for the Beginner by Christopher Hart (Y NEW 741.51 HAR). This is the essential book, written by the best-selling author of drawing and cartooning books. Get tips for drawing hairstyles, movement, animals and more.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Wowsers Review!

Suzanne Collins, author of one of my favorite series Gregor the Overlander, has a new book coming out next month. The Hunger Games is set in a dark future where North America has become a TV-centric dictatorship. I, for one, am super excited about it, even though it sounds a little grim. For the scoop, check out Stephen King's review of the book in Entertainment Weekly. Yes, I said Stephen King!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Find the 39 Clues

Attention all ye Lightening Thief fans: Local author Rick Riordan has written the first in a new series of books. Here's the publisher's description: What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39 Clues? What if you were given a choice, take a million dollars and walk away, or get the first Clue? If you're Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the Clue, and begin a very dangerous race. Join Amy and Dan as they begin their hunt for the 39 Clues in Book 1: Maze of Bones, written by New York Times best-selling author Rick Riordan. The high-octane adventures accelerate in Book 2: One False Note, by Gordon Korman, and continue for a total of ten exhilarating books written by well-known authors.

The best part is, you can take an active role in your reading. There's on online game, and a set of playing/trading cards that go with this adventure series! Find out more or play the game here:

Friday, September 5, 2008

Books you can't put down...

Well, while you've all been busy with your summer reading, I've been trying to keep up. So, here are a few of my favorite books from the last month or so:

Marcus is just a regular, Bay-area teen right? Well, after the bombing of the Bay Bridge, there's no such thing as normal anymore, according to the over-zealous Department of Homeland Security. Marcus, fed-up with being treated as a terrorist no matter where he goes, finds ways to subvert government-sanctioned discrimination and abuse with everyday items. Imagine starting a grass-roots revolution with an XBox. Marcus and his friends cause all kinds of creative havoc while chanting "Don't trust anyone over 30." This book is funny, sexy, authentic, and terrifyingly close to our post 9-11 reality.

When a boy at Kimberly's (aka Skim) high school commits suicide, everyone starts treating her like she's gonna be next. So she's goth, quiet, and artistic, studying to become a witch, that doesn't mean she's ready to start walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. The story of this graphic novel is told through Skim's diary entries, and ink-drawings depicting the somehow fascinating mundanities of every-day life. The author and illustrator have an amazing sense of the minute events and interactions that can have a huge impact on your life and outlook.

Miles and Laura are first cousins who have grown-up together as sisters. Laura has always been the sunshine to Miles' dark night, so everyone who knew her was shocked when she took her own life. And Miles was angry. Angry that Laura never told her that she was feeling bad, that she wanted to die, and angry with herself for not seeing it. Miles spends the summer of her senior year on a downward spiral of pharms, tobacco and depression, realizing that she is in love with Jamal, her best friend, and growing closer with Laura's grieving father. Sound depressing? Well, it is, but the writing is gorgeous and somehow life-affirming in-spite of all that darkness. Kind of like...well, life.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Guitar Notes

For guitar (and music) fans, check out the library's Guitar Festival! Ever Sunday at 6 p.m. in September the library will offer an outdoor concert, with different styles each week. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic while listening to bluegrass, Mexian, classical and more.
And for guitar players, Saturday, September 20, from 1-4 p.m. bring your guitar and questions to the Beginner and Intermediate Guitar Workshop presented by instructors Michael Suffin and Justin Price.

For more information scroll down on Adult Program's page.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Back to School Game Night

In case you haven't heard, it's Back to School this week, and I know you're all really excited. To celebrate this momentous occasion, why not blow off your homework and join us for a Back to School Game Fest on Thursday, September 4 from 5-7 in the Community Room? There will be DDR, Wii, Smash Bros., Singstar, duct-tape book covers, and a fabulous door prize. Be there!

Also, make sure to come by the Young Adult Area and look at Anna's lovely display of School Days books, the kind of material that may just get you into the school-y mood.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Samurai Girl Goes Live

The popular Samurai Girl series by Carrie Asai will air as a mini-series this coming weekend on ABC Family. The first book of the series The Book of the Sword follows Heaven, who as a baby was the sole survivor of a plane crash. Now on her wedding day disaster strikes, and 19 year-old Heaven must pick up the sword and follow her destiny. With adventure, great characters and plenty of fight scenes, this is a book for anyone who likes a good action movie.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Teen Library Council Open House

Mark your calendars, for it is nearly time for our Teen Library Council Open House, Tuesday, September 2 from 5-6:30 in the Puett Room. Teen Library what?, you may ask. Or maybe not. Anyway, the Teen Library Council is an opportunity for you to have a real influence on teen programs and collections here at the library. Members help us plan and put-on events, select materials for our YA collections, and generally shape teen offerings at the TPL. Members must be able to attend our regular monthly meeting, the first Tuesday of every month from 5-6:30, but if you can't make the time commitment, there are other opportunities to help out. Join is for the Open House to learn more, fill-out TLC applications, socialize, and eat snacks (of course).

Still not convinced? You should know, the following influential figures have all been involved with the Teen Library Council:

Justin Timberlake, Barak Obama, Albert Einstein (pictured), Jennifer Lopez, Judy Garland, Will Ferrel, Captain Kirk, Marilyn Manson, Cher, Miss Piggy, King Kong, Harpo Marx, Drew Barrymore, and Samwise Gamgee

Who would these people be without the Tigard Public Library?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Video Downloads from Your Library!

Yep. It's true. In addition to great downloadable audio books (like Eragon or Twilight), Library2Go now offers downloadable videos! There's everything from Feature Films to instructional yoga to learning to play the guitar. All you need is your library card number. These check out just like the books, magazines and movies in our library building.
Need help getting started? Just ask one of your super friendly librarians for help!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Freshly Sharpened Pencils

The end of summer always brings up mixed feelings for me. I hate to see all those long days of reading go away, but I love school-time. Yes, I was a strange teenager who anxiously awaited collecting my textbooks and class syllabi. So what? Anway...this nostalgic feeling had me putting together a book display in the Young Adult Room (check it out!) of some of my favorite stories that, naturally, take place at school.

Among my favs -- Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fatah, The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci, and Schooled by Gordon Korman.

The Fall Flyer is also ready! Find out what cool stuff Lisa and I have planned for you all. A new writing group, more anime fun, and a pirate party! Argh!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Reunion and Review

Thursday, August 21
2-4 p.m.
Puett Room
Come share your memories of the summer and create a summer reading collage. Also, help put together the Summer Zine! Preview and brainstorm upcoming Fall programs. Snacks provided, of course!



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