Friday, May 30, 2008

Summer Reading 2008

Sign up for Summer Reading begins Sunday, June 1! Commit to read 15 hours this summer and you will receive a prize book of your choice and enter a drawing for several fabulous prize bags. Your 15 hours of reading can include falling into a good book while snuggled on a blanket in the warm sun, teetering on the edge of your seat while burning through a pile graphic novels, perusing your daily newspaper, blog or favorite magazine, or even listening to a good audio book while on one of those family road trips that tend to occur this time of year.

In addition, Anna and I have put together a vast array of amazing programs just for you. This summer, you can transform your junky old Tee-Shirts into fashionable new creations, participate in the re-creation of our library zine, experience the wonder that is Punk Yoga, hunt for glowy things in the dark, and much, much more. Our first program of the summer, on Thursday, June 19, is a Gamefest in the community room! Stop by the library to pick up a flyer about all our summer programs, sign up for Summer Reading, and say hello to your friendly neighborhood librarians.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

High Skies Adventure

Framed for the assassination of the king, sent to the brutal mining prison, branded for life as a traitor, disowned by family...things are not looking good for Conor Broekhart. One thing keeps him from wallowing in well-deserved despair, the dream of flying. From the author of Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer, Airman is an adventure story of redemption and revenge, set off the coast of Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century when flight was still a dream. This book had me clinching my teeth in anger, wringing my hands nervously and hoping for a chance to cheer on Conor.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Spring Flingy-ness

Yes indeed, the Spring Fling occurred last Friday and a grand time was had by all, as demonstrated by this picture and the others you will find to your left. I must say that my gorgeous photographic backdrop added an extra element of class to the evening, as did my circa 1960s prom-ish dress. By the way, I don't normally dress like that.
So, now Anna and I are taking a little program break while we get ready for Summer Reading (more on that later), so stop by and see us at the library and look for us at a school near you!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Towel Day!!!!

Okay, people. I hope you're ready, for the day is nearly here. What day, you ask? Why, Towel Day, of course. So please, find your favorite towel and carry it around on Sunday, May 25, in memory of the brilliant Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy (not the actual Guide, of course, just the series of novels that feature the Guide prominently.) If you don't know why we carry towels for Mr. Adams, Don't Panic, the following excerpt from Hitchhikers' should make it all clear:

"A towel, it says ['it' being the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy, the second most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have, and certainly the most useful book], is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical value - you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a bush, but very, very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with."

P.S. I have no idea what a "face flannel" is. You're going to have to ask a British person.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

We Want Blog

Too young to vote? No biggie. Your voice is still important this election year, so make it heard! is looking for teens to blog about issues surrounding the 2008 election.
Possible Topics Include:

What teens can do to participate in the election
The Issues: where you stand, questions you have, etc.
The Candidates and the Issues: where they stand
The Candidates on the Trail: profiles of the candidates and analysis of the strategies used by the campaigns to gain support
What Teens are Saying: Thoughts and feedback from your friends and classmates on issues related to the election
Reaction to election-related news pieces, article, etc.

Spring Fling GameFest

Don't forget! This Friday, May 23 from 6-8pm is our Spring Fling GameFest. DDR, Smashbrothers, a bit of Wii, book bowling, and corsage and crown making for the bold. Oh, and of course, snacks. Join Lisa and I in the Community Room for a grand time. You can also dress up (if you want) in your spring flingiest finery.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

City of Ember movie!

"Lights shine in the city of Ember—but at the city limits the light ends, and darkness takes over. Out there in the Unknown Regions, the darkness goes on forever in all directions. Ember—so its people believe—is the only light in the dark world.
And now the lights of the city are beginning to fail.
Is there a way to save the people of Ember? No one knows. But Lina Mayfleet has found a puzzling document, and Doon Harrow has made discoveries down in the Pipeworks. With these clues, they start their search.
"...Contains a satisfying mystery, a breathtaking escape over rooftops in darkness, a harrowing journey in the unknown, and cryptic messages for readers to decipher... The cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for the next installment."— Kirkus (starred review)"
If you loved The City of Ember, or even if you have not yet read it (like a certain Teen Librarian I know *ahem*. Ok, it's me.), the movie looks awesome! Check out the trailer here:

Monday, May 19, 2008

Strength in Silence

As stories about princesses go, there are no crowns, party dresses, masked balls or princes to be found in the pages of Donna Jo Napoli's latest spun tale Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale. Melkorka is celebrating her 15th birthday in the city when her brother suffers a brutal attack. In response, her family plans a retaliation and sends Melkorka and her younger sister away for safe keeping, which would have been fine had a ship of Russian slave traders not spotted them. What follows is Melkorka's journey across strange lands and seas, challenging her prior view of slavery, and testing her will and courage to survive. Recommended for fans of historical fiction, grades 8 and above.

If this sounds interesting, you may like these other titles as well:
A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Library 2 Go

Can't find a copy of your favorite book? Have to read a classic by tomorrow morning and they're all checked out because, guess what, your entire school had to read the same book? Or maybe you prefer listening to books? Well, Library2Go just added a whole bunch of YA titles to the database. In order to access these, click on "Periodicals" from the library catalog or WCCLS website (, then find Library2Go in the "View All" list. Click on the smaller link and search for your favorite books. It's free with your library card, and some books you can burn or download onto MP3 players and keep forever!

Why Generation Y?

Your generation is known by all sorts of monikers. Generation Y, The New Millennials, Generation 9-11. A group of young people has begun to question all of these names, and has proposed The Splinter Generation as a more suitable alternative. You may or may not agree with this nomenclature, but these young folks are asking you all to participate in a conversation; about life, about yourselves, about your generation. Check out their website ( to find out more, to submit your writing to their online compilation, and propose your own name for your generation. If you have any nifty ideas, send them to me as well and I will share them here. Let's get a list going!

My ideas:

iGeneration (I like this, but Microsoft may sue)

Generation Best

Gnration Txt (can you tell I never text message?)

Generation of really long domain names and email addresses because all the good ones are already taken which is really too bad but also kind of fun because you can come up with some funny

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What I Read

I love book reviews. I like creating lists of things to read for next week, for my next vacation, for other people to read. One of the best parts (for me) of being a teen librarian is being able to recommend great books to read.

Here are some of my favorite places for book reviews of books you (teens) might like to read.

Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists! With booklists like "Fanging Around" and "Slacker Fiction" what's not to like?! Read to the reviews, respond to the reviews, write your own.

Teens Read Too I can't believe the number of reviews that are posted here every month! To narrow it down, they put their top picks in italics.

YALSA Booklists & Book Awards For what librarians have read and loved (enough to give awards and special recognition to) check out YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). Find booklists like the Alex Awards (books written for adults that teens will probably like), Great Graphic Novels, Teens' Top Tens and plenty of others.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Super-sized Non-Fiction for Teens

In the Young Adult New Books Display area, several oversize non-fiction books have arrived. Not just for reports, these books offer great glimpses into their subjects.
Butterfly by Ben Morgan and Thomas Marent (595.789) From the creator of the brilliant Rainforest book, this beautiful book stands on its own with amazing close up pictures of all the stages of butterfly life.

The Deep by Claire Nouvian (591.77 DEE) The illusive creatures of the deep are captured in their glow-in-the-dark eeriness. Some of these don't even look real - more like science fiction/fantasy creations from the imagination of an artist.

Eyewitness Vietnam by Donald Gilmore (959.7043 EYE) A stunning portrait of the controversial modern war is brought to life with first hand accounts, including a CD with selected interviews.

A History of Western Art by Antony Mason (709 MAS) This comprehensive guide is a readable Art Appreciation class, with beautiful reproductions of the artwork.

Deadline Approaching!

Have a submission idea for this summer's Anime Fest? Turn in your design for the poster along the themes of "Metamorphosis" and "Anime." The winning design will be featured on our flyers for the library's Anime Fest 2008. So turn in your submission in person or email the Teen Librarian by Thursday, May 15!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Smart, Funny and Footnotes

While I've seen her books for a while, I finally picked up two E. Lockhart novels this past month - The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and The Boyfriend List. I have been kicking myself ever since for not having picked up her books sooner. Lockhart's main characters are smart and funny, and love to explain things with footnotes.

In The Boyfriend List, Seattle teen Ruby Oliver is trying to explain the cause of her panic attacks to her shrink, a recent breakup, being snubbed by former friends, and parent troubles. Okay, so admittedly it doesn't sound that funny, but I did a whole lot of laughing out loud.

Frankie Landau-Banks of The Disreputable History returns to her upscale private school with a newly developed body and goes from invisible to girlfriend of the cutest boy in school. Trouble (and hilarity) ensues when Frankie infiltrates the boys-only prank club to create some of the best practical jokes in the school's history.

Her new book (written with two other YA authors) How to Be Bad is now on order at the library and looks like it will be a great summer read!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

School's Out = Summer Job?

Anyone hoping to snag a summer job? For job info, like how to write a resume or a cover letter, check out the library's database - Oregon Career Information Center.

In addition to job help, they have an occupation sort that asks you questions (how much money do you want to make, do you like to travel, etc.) and then suggests jobs you might like. Click on a career and find out what qualifications you need, schools that offer training, and what that training is. There's even a scholarship finder that matches you with possible money.

Next time you're in the library, check out the Careers and Education Collection on the shelves behind Young Adult Fiction.

Interested in volunteering instead? See what help the library needs on the Tigard Public Library's Volunteer Opportunities page.



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