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!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Old Books Go Digital

Ever signed up for an email account, or bought tickets online and had to verify that you are a real person by typing in letters or numbers that look a distorted? If so, you've probably helped digitize old books and newspapers.

This article from NPR talks with the creator of reCAPTCHA about the hows and whys of this cool project. So far Internet users have helped transcribe text equivalent to 17,600 books. Its work that humans can process but computers cannot. You can also check out reCAPTCHA's website for more information.

So next time you're asked to read/type a security word you can wonder what you've helped to digitize!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Teen Notes on the Web

Check out this article about a teen quitting high school to devote more time to...Guitar Hero! He does have home tutors, who help with his studies when he's not practicing. His dream? To make a living as a competitive video gamer.

Some fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series are so unhappy with the latest book Breaking Dawn, they're requesting a refund.

Thanks to her web presence, Savannah Outen, a Hillsboro teen is making it big on Radio Disney. Check out an interview with the new star on the left hand side of the page.

School's starting soon and that means that the latest book of Christopher Paolini's Inheritance trilogy Brisingr will be published! Have you put your copy on hold yet?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Late Night Game Night

It's the end of summer reading! Teens are invited to celebrate a super summer with Lisa and Anna this Thursday, August 14 from 8-10 p.m. It's a mystery night/wrap-up party/scavenger hunt with prize drawings, glow in the dark fun, and snacks! Stay up late (even past the library's 9 p.m. bedtime!) for some buggy fun.

This will also be the last chance to turn in your reading tickets for the prize drawings!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Nostalgia starts earlier and earlier these days...

The above picture is from a book made by comix artist John Martz ( called Excelsior 1968. He took his mothers' high school yearbook and turned every face in it into a cartoon! Awesome...

Speaking of yearbooks...Perhaps as the summer rolls lazily along you're beginning to think about school and the legacy you will leave behind as students. Perhaps you are starting at new schools and would like to know a little about their history. Perhaps not. If not, stop reading now. The rest of you, read on.

I have just discovered that the Local History Room at our very own library has quite the collection of old yearbooks from local schools. There are Fowler Middle School books going back to 1957, and Tigard High books all the way back to 1930! If you'd like to see how teens did their hair in the 1940's, or, even better, the eighties (ugh), come by the local history room during its open hours (Wednesday from 10-12 and Thursday from 1-3) to peruse old photos of your academic ancestors.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Call Me Sergio

Ed McIff has a pretty normal life. He's got a super smart friend/neighbor, silly little sister, and a job at a video store - where he's required to wear tuxedo pants, a frilly shirt and a name tag that reads "Sergio." Yep. He's cool like that. So one day when a beautiful girl walks in and starts to talk to him, he assumes an identity a little more suave, like Sergio. Misunderstandings, crushes, and hilarity result in a Shakespeare-like (minus the confusing language) comedy told in the voices of the four main characters. The Loser's Guide to Life and Love by A.E. Cannon

Don't forget to send in your book reviews and recommendations. You can send them as a comment here, email them to Lisa or me, or drop them off at the Young Adult Desk.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

YA Authors in Second Life

Many of you are probably already running Second Lives. I started one several months ago, but alas, I figured I'd try to get a handle on my first life before launching another one! Well, for those of you who already running around on private islands as avatars rocking your digital fashions, there's a great new resource in Second Life for book lovers. This library hosts YA author talks within Teen Second Life: Meg Cabot will be the featured author on August 8th! If you don't already have an account, you may want to sign up: It's free!

By the way, in case you haven't noticed yet, if you scroll down to the bottom of this blog, you will see that we have now had over 1000 page views! Of course, we've had a lot more than that, but we didn't start counting until May :p Anyway, thanks for tuning in!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Breaking Dawn is here!

Lisa and I had a blast Friday night at the Barnes and Noble release party of Breaking Dawn, the newest in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Thanks to our five library volunteers (Andreea, Grace, Keiana, Michelle and Rachel), we had four fabulous tables with crafts like body glitter, bookmarks, and bracelets.
For those of you "biting" for something to read while you wait for your copy, stop by the Tigard Library for our updated booklist of supernatural romances like Twilight! Some of my favorites....A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt.



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