Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Anime Fest!

The time has come, my little friends, to talk of other things, of sushi, and soysauce, pikachu, and cats with many legs!

When: 2-6 p.m

Where: Tigard Public Library Community Room

What: Cosplay, candy sushi, food tasting, calligraphy, art, Sudoku and Anime!

Why: Because we are anime-lovin’ freaks!

Be There!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Café Night - It's très fun!

Thursday, July 24
6-8 p.m.
Community Room (Notice! Room Change!)
A writing workshop, an open mic night, super snacks...what more could you want? It's like a mini-trip to somewhere super swanky. Oh wait, the library is super swanky! Come ready to work on your prose, poetry, and art.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Your Photogenic Selves

Have you, by any chance, noticed a lack of photos of yourself on this blog? We have a diverse group of teens attending our programs, but only a small minority have had their parents sign photo release forms, so we can't use your pictures. Anna and I will have a stack of photo release froms at all programs now, so if you haven't filled one out already and would like to see your fabulous faces here, grab one, rope your adult-type into signing it, and return it to the library!

(The Internet says this is a "photogenic goat." All hail the great Google.)

Origami and more Punk Publishing

Another week of exciting Summer Reading activities has begun. Next up is our origami workshop on Thursday, July 17 from 4-6 in the Commmunity Room. Learn some great new folds, include insects and other creepy-crawlies.

And, don't forget, the second half of the Teen Zine workshop is on Friday, July 18 from 4-6 in the Puett room. We had a great time creating a zine together last week, and this week we will work on our own zines as well as the library's summer zine! Registration is full, but there may be room for you to drop in...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Living with the After

Above ground the world has suffered a nuclear attack. At least, that's what Eli's father told them six years ago when he had his family flee to a secluded and secure bunker. His grandmother and twin brother were left behind, an event that still affects now 15-year-old Eli. The compound has everything - every movie imaginable, duplicates of prized possessions, stockpiles of favorite foods, and even an animal pen and vegetable garden. But then the animals are poisoned, the light bulbs start going out, and the flour goes bad. When Eli finds his brother's laptop he notices a wireless connection. How can there be wireless Internet if the world has suffered a nuclear holocaust? Is his father keeping them safe in the compound or keeping them hostage?

S.A. Bodeen slowly unravels this mysterious and horrifying story of surviving in The Compound.

For other stories of survival and deception, check out City of Ember (DuPrau), Among the Hidden (Haddix), and The White Darkness (McCaughrean).

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Do you have a case of "Twilight" fever?

For all of you anxiously awaiting Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, here's something else to look forward to...a release party for the book hosted by none other than your very own Tigard Public Library and Barnes and Noble!

What? Bella and Edward's Engagement Party
When? Friday, August 1st, 10 p.m. to Midnight
Where? Barnes and Noble Bookstore at Washington Square Too
Why? Because we love the book just as much as you do!!!

Book-related costumes are encouraged...so dress up! It should be plenty of fun with crafts and games, and maybe a few prizes. Oh, and it's free. (Have you put the book on hold yet?)

So dress up and stay up for a super party. Drop us a comment or stop by the Teen Desk for more info.

(Are you rooting for Jacob or Edward? And what's up with the cover for the new book? What does that mean?)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Road Trips

Summer months...time to hit the road, or at least pretend to with one of these road trip novels.

How to Be Bad (Lockhart, Mlynowski, Myracle) Written by three of the funniest YA novelists around, follow three girls as they alternate telling about their hilarious adventures on a weekend road trip. Breaking and enterin, crashing parties, how much trouble (and fun) can they get into?

Red Glass (Resau) When her family wants to adopt a six year old orphan, Sophie, who is afraid of everything, hits the road with the boy, her crazy aunt, the pool guy, and his cute teenage son on a trip through Mexico that may just change her life.

The True Meaning of Smekday (Rex) Did Gratuity "Tip" Tucci ask the aliens to invade? Did she ask for her mother to be beamed into a space ship? Did she ask to be relocated to Florida? Definately not. So she refuses to hop on the transporter and instead drive (with her cat, of course) down to Florida, where all Americans have been sent. She does not count on meeting J. Lo, an alien with plans and a secret of his own.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Punk Yoga and Punk Publishing

Yes indeed, the above picture illustrates yoga of the tongue and face. So, now that I hopefully have your attention, come one and all to our Punk Yoga workshop this Thursday from 3:30 to 5:00! Marianne is an experienced yoga instructor who you make recognise from your very own library. She has a great class planned, with a spectacular array of music ranging from The Clash to Coldplay. What is Punk about yoga, you may ask? Come by on Thursday to find out!

And, to continue our anarchic week, bravely bursting through the boundaries and limitations of convention, we will be having a zine workshop in the Puett room from 4:00 to 6:00 on Friday. This is the first of a two part series, the second part being on the following Friday. Learn how to create your own, homegrown, grassroots publications. No editors, no assignments, no teachers. You are only limited by your imagination!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Is your swordhand your right or your left?

It's winter, 300 years ago, far away in Eastern Europe. Peter and his drunk father live in a small hut at the edge of a village. The snow holds secrets of something dark approaching...or has it already arrived? With the gypsies come murmurs of something sinister - people changing, lots of people changing. But how? And what does Peter's father know of all of this?

If you like scary stories, mysteries, or just a really good tale, check out My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick. At just a little over 200 pages, this quick read packs a serious punch, or jab, or whatever one does with a sword. Plus with all the talk of snow, you may feel just a little cooler in this summer heat.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

We Want Your Book Reviews!

Since you've all been so busy reading this summer, I know you have some books you would like to share. Submit your reviews to get them published on the blog (or maybe even the zine!) Just email your reviews to me (lisae@tigard-or.gov), making sure you include the author, title, your thoughts, to whom you would recommend the book, and how it transformed your thinking. (Metamorphosis, remember ;-) You could also review movies, music, and graphic novels!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Get Punchy @ Your Library

This Thursday, July 3rd, there will be a martial arts workshop from 2-4 in the community room. An instructor from Tigard's own Oregon Martial Arts Club will demonstrate techniques from a mixed bag of martial arts with one of his Teen Tigers, and then will lead a workshop. Registration is required and there are a few spots still available, so call 503-718-2656 or stop by the children's desk to register and guarantee a spot in the program.



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