Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Win $1000?

Yes, it's book related! Audrey's breakup with her boyfriend prompts him to write a number one single, about her. Suddenly Audrey's famous. Great. -- Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway.

You, too, can have your chance at fame. Go to the contest webpage, download the lyrics, come up with a snappy tune and film your own music video. Submit and vote. The contest ends June 10, 2008. Who knows... you could win the grand prize - $1000 American Express gift card. And read the book, of course!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging -- The MOVIE!

The hilarious book Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison is making its movie debut this summer! The book, the first in the series, follows 14-year old Georgia (and her crazy cat Angus) through her adventures of life, love and well, you have to read the book! Check out the trailer and get started on the series.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Tigard Reads

During the entire month of May, the Tigard Public Library presents Tigard Reads 2008 with events all with the same theme - China. There will be a puppet show, a calligraphy class, a tea ceremony, author talk and more. Some of the events do have registration. So for a full schedule and more information, check out the website or ask a librarian! Look for booklists of suggested readings in the YA Room.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Memories of Others

CNN recently noticed a growing publishing trend - memoirs. These real stories usually have a great narrative, mixing story lines with historical fact. Check out one of these next time you're in the library...

940.5318 LEV Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine A young Czech girl's life is explored through what is left in her suitcase after the Holocaust.

947.7 GRI Out of Line: Growing Up Soviet by Tina Grimberg. A Jewish girl talks about social conditions during her childhood in the Ukraine.

951.056 LI Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution by Moying Li

956.95 BAR Tasting the Sky: a Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat. A Palestinian refugee talks about bombs, friendship and learning to read.

966.404 BEA Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. A child soldier during the civil war in Sierra Leone shares his story.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Poetry and Publishing

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate the Tigard Public Library is hosting Poetry and Publishing, Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 to 9 p.m in the Community Room. Stop by for either or both of the evening's events.

At 6:30 p.m. the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) is offering a zine workshop. A zine is a self-published journal or magazine that is frequently photocopied. Those who wish can bring an original work to use as the beginning piece of their zine.
At 8 p.m. enjoy a poetry slam. Read a poem of your own or someone else's and receive a sweet treat.

Don't feel like participating? Observers are welcome for both parts of the event. Check out the classes and other resources available at the IPRC.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Laying Down the Law

Teens get to drive and get a job, but what else? For the scoop on teen rights, check out What Are My Rights? 95 Questions and Answers About Teens and the Law (346.0135) and its web companion site Ask the Judge covering laws concerning teens and family, schools and health issues.

What's really cool about the web site is that it covers stories about teen rights in the news right now. Give your opinion or ask a question. Check out the modern story about civil disobedience using pennies to pay for school lunch.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Nick and Norah Podcast

Many of you may know that a film adaptation of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is currently in production and will be released in October of this year. The film stars Michael Cera from Juno and Kat Dennings from 40-Year-Old Virgin. The book is about two teens who meet in a club in New York City and embark on a night of romance, eerie coincidences, and hardcore punk-rock. There are free podcasts available on the publisher's website: You can listen to the authors, David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, reading exerpts from the book, as well as author interviews. Did I mention it's free?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Stephanie Meyer Visiting Portland!!!

You heard me right. The illustrious queen pf contemporary teen vampire romance will arrive at a zipcode near you on Tuesday, May 20. She will give a talk at Powells Books to promote The Host, her new adult book. (Don't worry, I ordered copies for the YA collection too). Check out her website to find more information about this event as well as The Host:

Monday, April 7, 2008

Fun and Games

I know all of you are probably working on your homework... but should you be looking for some fun games online you should check out these, recently reviewed in VOYA, a magazine for teen librarians.

Escape! This game is ridiculously hard. The goal is to keep the red block from bumping into either the blue blocks or the walls. Every time I was about to quit, I ended up hitting "play" again.
Eight Letters in Search of a Word Fans of scrambled letter games should give this a try. The more words you find out of the eight letters, the more points you earn.
TravelPod Travler IQ This addictive geography game (brainy but true) presents twelve levels of geographical location challenges. The closer you are to the actual target the more points. Brush up on your map skills and click.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Tell a Tale

I'm a big fan of fairytales, original and retold (East by Edith Pattou, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, and Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier to name a few).

So when I see that Penguin Books is hosting "We Tell Stories: Six Authors, Six Stories, Six Weeks" and one of those stories is a create your own fairytale by Kevin Brooks (Being, Candy, The Road of the Dead) I had to check it out. You add elements to the plot and "ta-da!" the story changes!

You should also check out the other authors and stories while you're there.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

April is National....

Poetry Month Are you a poet? In addition to the numerous books of poetry the library has (811) you can head to Teen Ink. See what other teens are writing and maybe submit something of your own.

Kite Flying Month Make a kite (629.13332) and then fly it! More online information at the official website.

Frog Month You can hear their ribbits behind the library at night. Check out this online exhibit on frogs (597.89) from the American Museum of Natural History.

(The numbers are, of course, Dewey numbers for finding books in the library.)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Bunny, bunny...It's April First!

In honor of this glorious, sunny, April Fool's Day, I'm posting about various hoaxes that have arisen globally to plague and torment the gullible. This website lists what it deems the top 100 April Fools Hoaxes of all time: I was especially impressed with Big Ben going digital, and the legendary Hotheaded Naked Ice Borer.

Google (All hail the Great Google) invented a good and geeky one. Click this link to find out more about TiSP (Toilet Internet Service Provider): I am embarrassed to admit (so I might as well do so on the Internet), that I was ever so briefly taken in by this one, but only because I was on the hunt for cheap and decent Internet access. I could no longer suspend disbelief when I got to the part about "GFlushing™ the fiber-optic cable down to the nearest TiSP Access Node."

So, if you ever think you're falling for something that may not be completely factual, you can use this website to verify your suspicions:

And, finally, if you're ever looking for a little quality satirical (read as FAKE) news, us librarian types highly recommend The Onion:



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