Saturday, March 29, 2008

Archduke of Freak Coincidences

It's funny the bizzare ways that knowledge can reach you. I am no expert in 20th century European history, so I had never hear of Archduke Franz Ferdinand until recently. Really recently. He's a pretty important figure, as the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire whose assisination in 1914 sparked World War One. Nope, never heard of him. Until last month when a local student asked me to help her find biographies about him. Every teenager in Tigard must be doing a report on His Dukeness, because we didn't have a single book about him on the shelf. Anyway...This teen gave me an impromptu history lesson, I said "huh, how interesting," then promptly forgot about ol' Franzie. Then a creepy thing started happening; he kept coming up...Whether in casual conversation, books unrelated to WWI, or an Eddie Izzard stand-up routine, I kept hearing about this dude who, as far as I was concerned, did not exist until February.

So, in case you're interested, check out the above link to his bio. As you can see, he was a pretty suave guy, and since the universe has been pounding him on my head, I though I'd turn around and pound him on yours.

By the way, I'm reading a fabulous book (the one that keeps referencing Duke Ferdy randomly). An Abundance of Catherines is smart, fun, and wonderfully unpredictable. When Colin gets dumped by his 19th girlfriend named Katherine, he sees himself as a failure of a human being whose potential is melting away like an Otter Pop in the hot sun. When his friend harasses him until he agrees to go on a post-graduation summer road trip, he may actually begin to heal from his broken heart, or at least learn to date someone who isn't named Katherine. Then again, maybe not. I don't know, I haven't finished it yet...

Monday, March 24, 2008

If You Were Mayor...

Win a laptop? That's right. Middle, high school and college students are invited to ener the "If I Were Mayor..." 2008 Student Contest. There are 3 ways to win - poster, essay or video. The contest runs March 21, 2008 through May 30, 2008.
For an entry form and a complete list of rules, stop by the Teen Room at the Tigard Library. Start those creative wheels turning...what would you do as mayor?

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Improv Games

On Thursday, March 27 from 6-8 p.m., we will be visited by Deborah Hamazon, a member of the mysterious Hamazonian tribe of hilarious improv artists. Join her in the community room for an evening of comedy, from the side-splitting to the bitter-sweet. You will not be mere audience members, you will be creating this theater experience yourselves! You do not need to be experienced improvisors or performers; you do not need to come in costume. Just be there and be ready to Say Yes!

Summer Anime Fest Logo Contest!

Summer is mere months away, and the Teen Anime Club is already getting busy planning our summer Anime Fest. So, show the world your artwork: create a logo for the Anime Fest and submit it by the May Teen Anime Club meeting (Thursday, May 15). The winner will have their logo featured on all our publicity for the event, and who knows, we may end up using a lot of your other artwork too!

You can create your logo using whatever medium you choose. Pen and's up to you. We ask only that you base it on the Anime Fest themes of anime and metamorphosis.

Have fun!


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Zine Scene

Last call for Tigard Teen Zine submissions! Send your original artwork, poetry, book reviews, etc. as soon as possible to either Lisa or Anna (see the main Teen Page for contact info).

The Zine will be sent to the press on Monday. Get to work!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Can't wait for Spring Break?

In the category of great boredom blasters, here are two "sports" that have been in the news of late.

With the Pen Spinning World Cup of 2008 underway, brush up on your pen spinning skills with these great tutorials from Pentrix.

Who hasn't ever thumb wrestled? Now the sport is officially recognized with its own Federation.

When you're done, escape boredom, improve your vocabulary and help end hunger with FreeRice . Who knew doing something good for others could be so much fun?!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Online Novel from Local Author!

Does this sound tantalizing?:
A killer. A summer camp. A cute boy. Combine these and you have key elements for the perfect murder mystery, but your hero won’t be a young wizard or a strawberry-blonde sleuth who’s been solving mysteries since the 1950s. She’s Echo Shaw, a smart and cynical 16-year-old with a knack for riddles.

Beaverton author Amy Alexander has begun to publish her new mystery series online. You can sign up to recieve portions of the book for free. (Just like 19th century serialized novels, ala Dickens!) This article gives more information about this innovative author's project:, and this is the author's website:

Happy reading!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Do you rock?

Maybe it was playing GuitarHero or hearing Music Fest teens belting out their favorite songs...either way this tidbit of local rock hit the right note -- Girls Rock. With a documentary out, this group started in Portland to give girls a chance to rock out during the summer vacation. Now there are camps around the US and throughout the year.

Whether you're in the school band or just play air guitar, go all out and rock out. For kicks, check out these suggestions for teen books that feature music.

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman. High school senior (and young Republican) Leo Caraway learns his biological father is a punk rock legend.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine. In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza learned to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice.

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin. From the same author who brought you Elsewhere, Naomi has a nasty fall and has no memory of the last four years. Her friend creates a playlist of her life, hoping to spark her memory.

Friday, March 7, 2008

WCCLS Photo Contest

Hey, any photographers out there? Washington County Cooperative Library Services is having a Photo Contest, and they need more youth entries. Find out more at this website:

Speaking of pictures, look to your right and you will see photos from our Music Fest!

Monday, March 3, 2008

News Just for You

If the rainy weather's been stopping you from enjoying the new Tigard Skate Park, you could catch a new movie out about skateboarding, set in Portland, and based on a teen novel Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson. Of course, your library has copies of the book and you can find out more about the movie here.

The Library of Congress is trying out Flickr to showcase some of their photograph collections. Check out this little piece of American history, yours for the viewing.

Interested in a job in the video-game world? Check out this article on the reality of making it happen.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Teen Tech Week Is Coming!

Hello all! Our Music Fest in celebration of Teen Tech Week is on Thursday, March 6 from 6-8. This is the first ever event planned and presented by the Teen Library Council! If you're a TLC member, don't forget to come at 4:30 to help set up.

The Rhyme Time Trivia sheets are in the YA area. Use library recources to fill them out, then turn them into someone at the YA or children's desk for a fabulous prize! (MP3 player...oooh, ahhh).

Finaly, in the spirit of the coming festivities, here are some great, free websites you can use to explore music and create personal radio stations and mixed tapes:

* Make mixed tapes of emerging indie artists!
* Featuring young artists on this humorous radio program from National Public Radio!
* Explore the science of music!
* All about music!
* Create streaming radion stations tailored to your own musical tastes!
* Musical social networking!
* Part of the Musical Genome Project; Create your own streaming radio stations. Discover new artists!
* Reviews of albums and artists!



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