Saturday, September 27, 2008

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

OK all, I'm a David Levithan fan and a Michael Cera fan, so I'm just a little bit excited about the film adaptation of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist coming out on October 3rd, the day after my birthday (ahem). Nick is a guitarist in a queer-core band in New York City, and he's trying (though not very hard) to get over his break up with a girl he thought he loved, and who seemed to love him back until she cruelly cheated on, then dumped him. After playing late at a punk club, he sees his ex coming toward him, and he asks the random girl sitting next to him (Norah), if she will be his girlfriend for the next five minutes. Ultimately, their relationship lasts a bit longer than five minutes.
Nick and Norah is one of many fabulous YA books that has a strong connection to a playlist or soundtrack. You can see author and fan created playlists here:
Other books that feature music prominently include High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, Morvern Callar by Alan Warner, Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina (though it's a playlist of Kylie Minogue songs), King Dork by Frank Portman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky,
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuenhert , Beige by Cecil Castellucci, Heavy Metal and You by Christopher Krovatin, and Born Confused by Desai Hidier.
Stephenie Meyer has playlists for each book in the Twilight series on her website:
And this website has playlists contributed by YA authors, including Sarah Dessen and Bennett Madison:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Teen Library Council Application Deadline

Do you want to be involved in Teen Library Council? Have you been involved in the past and want to continue? Well as you may have heard, you need to fill out one of our new Teen Library Council applications, and the deadline is this Friday the 26th!

The mission of the Tigard Public Library’s Teen Library Council is to assist the library in creating events and developing resources that fulfill the needs and interests of teens and to promote the library to teens and the Tigard community. Being a member of the Teen Library Council (TLC) provides you with a chance to be a representative of the library while exercising your creativity, developing leadership skills and having a positive, lasting impact on library collections, services and programming.

To be a TLC member, you must be in grade 6-12 and able to commit to meeting regularly (the first Tuesday of every month from 5:00-6:30), attending special events that the TLC plans and occasionally working on projects outside of the regular meeting time.

So, come by the library and pick up an application if you haven’t already. And remember, if you can’t make the time commitment now, TLC members will be planning occasional work sessions and social hours in which non-members can participate.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Have You Been Reading?

So way back in June (I know, ages ago), we let you know about the nominees for the Teens' Top Ten. Voting will take place during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.

And the nominees are...well, the list is too long for this blog! You can pick up a bookmark with the titles in the Teen Room or check out the complete list with summaries at the official page.

I know school has you busy, so relax with some reading just for fun. You've probably read a couple of these already (Eclipse, anyone? or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Game- I just lost and so did you

Alright, people. You are all now playing The Game. You have always been playing. You were winning up until this point, and now you are losing. You lose every time you remember that you are playing, and you win when you forget. When you lose, you must declare out-loud that you just lost.

To learn more about The Game, check out the official website:

Thanks to Elizabeth for introducing me to The Game. I feel less alone in the Universe, now that I know that everyone is playing, whether we are actually aware we are playing or completely ignorant of that fact. I am now enlightened.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Stump Your Librarian

Stump Your Librarian

OK, teen-aged folk. I challenge you to come up with a tough question and stop by the young adult desk to ask us. If we can't find the answer in 10 minutes or less, you get to pick out a book of your very own. Think you can stump your librarian? Hah! I'd like to see you try!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Because Pirates Are Fun

Do you dream of salt water, hard tack, and plunder? Then, arrrgh, matey, you should be parrr-tying with the library this Friday, September 19* from 5-8 p.m. in the Community Room. Arrr-ive in costume, parrr-ticipate in craft creations, and enjoy a swashbuckling movie**. Savvy?

*Because it's International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day, of course!

**What's the movie, you ask? Well, there's a missing pirate ship, some bank robbers, and...

Monday, September 15, 2008

Calling All Guitarists!

Want to brush up on your guitar skills? Want to know how to get started on the guitar? This Saturday, September 20 from 1-4 p.m., two guitar masters will be offering a Guitar Workshop. Michael Suffin and Justin Price will be in the library's Community Room answering questions, demonstrating technique, and well, you get the idea. Open to all beginner and intermediate students.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Get Mortified!

Imagine getting up in front of an audience full of strangers and doing a dramatic reading of your middle school journal. That may not sound too terrible to you, but to me it closely ressembles hell, although it would certainly be entertaining.

Mortified is coming to Portland's Someday Lounge on September 19th and 20th. Local folks will read portions of their teenage-diaries in front of a live audience. Find out more about the Mortified project, books, and performances here:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Book Group Rave Reviews!

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, M16.
The TPL Teen Book Group Says:

Stormbreaker is one of the greatest books I have ever read!

Intense and fast-moving, good if don't wanna read The Scarlet Letter.

Lots of suspense!

There are parts in Stormbreaker you will never forget.

Teen critics are raving!

In the end, everything was really wrapped-up.

If you're looking for an exciting, thrilling comedy, Stormbreaker is the book you are looking for!

And another semi-relevent quote: "Tigard Library has cool librarians!" Why thank you, thank you very much.

Next month's book if Life as We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer: Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

Sign-up at the Children's Reference Desk to participate in the next book discussion, and get a free copy of the book!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New (and Random) Non Fiction

I love non-fiction, that collection of the strangeness that is real life. My top picks in the latest batch of new books that the Tigard Library has received follow.

Bike, Scooter, and Chopper Projects for the Evil Genius by Brad Graham and Kathy McGowan (Y NEW 629.2272 GRA). Inexpensive parts, simple tools, and designs to create some pretty wicked (sorry!) vehicles. Step-by-step instructions, plenty of pictures, and 14 different projects make this book an easy way to unleash your evil genius.

Oval Office Oddities by Bill Fawcett (Y NEW 973.09 FAW). Which presidents died in debt? What pets did each have? Lincoln was "Honest Abe," but who was "Old Hickory of the Granite Hills?" Find these answers and plenty more presidential tidbits just in time for the big election in November.

Manga for the Beginner by Christopher Hart (Y NEW 741.51 HAR). This is the essential book, written by the best-selling author of drawing and cartooning books. Get tips for drawing hairstyles, movement, animals and more.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Wowsers Review!

Suzanne Collins, author of one of my favorite series Gregor the Overlander, has a new book coming out next month. The Hunger Games is set in a dark future where North America has become a TV-centric dictatorship. I, for one, am super excited about it, even though it sounds a little grim. For the scoop, check out Stephen King's review of the book in Entertainment Weekly. Yes, I said Stephen King!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Find the 39 Clues

Attention all ye Lightening Thief fans: Local author Rick Riordan has written the first in a new series of books. Here's the publisher's description: What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39 Clues? What if you were given a choice, take a million dollars and walk away, or get the first Clue? If you're Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the Clue, and begin a very dangerous race. Join Amy and Dan as they begin their hunt for the 39 Clues in Book 1: Maze of Bones, written by New York Times best-selling author Rick Riordan. The high-octane adventures accelerate in Book 2: One False Note, by Gordon Korman, and continue for a total of ten exhilarating books written by well-known authors.

The best part is, you can take an active role in your reading. There's on online game, and a set of playing/trading cards that go with this adventure series! Find out more or play the game here:

Friday, September 5, 2008

Books you can't put down...

Well, while you've all been busy with your summer reading, I've been trying to keep up. So, here are a few of my favorite books from the last month or so:

Marcus is just a regular, Bay-area teen right? Well, after the bombing of the Bay Bridge, there's no such thing as normal anymore, according to the over-zealous Department of Homeland Security. Marcus, fed-up with being treated as a terrorist no matter where he goes, finds ways to subvert government-sanctioned discrimination and abuse with everyday items. Imagine starting a grass-roots revolution with an XBox. Marcus and his friends cause all kinds of creative havoc while chanting "Don't trust anyone over 30." This book is funny, sexy, authentic, and terrifyingly close to our post 9-11 reality.

When a boy at Kimberly's (aka Skim) high school commits suicide, everyone starts treating her like she's gonna be next. So she's goth, quiet, and artistic, studying to become a witch, that doesn't mean she's ready to start walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. The story of this graphic novel is told through Skim's diary entries, and ink-drawings depicting the somehow fascinating mundanities of every-day life. The author and illustrator have an amazing sense of the minute events and interactions that can have a huge impact on your life and outlook.

Miles and Laura are first cousins who have grown-up together as sisters. Laura has always been the sunshine to Miles' dark night, so everyone who knew her was shocked when she took her own life. And Miles was angry. Angry that Laura never told her that she was feeling bad, that she wanted to die, and angry with herself for not seeing it. Miles spends the summer of her senior year on a downward spiral of pharms, tobacco and depression, realizing that she is in love with Jamal, her best friend, and growing closer with Laura's grieving father. Sound depressing? Well, it is, but the writing is gorgeous and somehow life-affirming in-spite of all that darkness. Kind of like...well, life.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Guitar Notes

For guitar (and music) fans, check out the library's Guitar Festival! Ever Sunday at 6 p.m. in September the library will offer an outdoor concert, with different styles each week. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic while listening to bluegrass, Mexian, classical and more.
And for guitar players, Saturday, September 20, from 1-4 p.m. bring your guitar and questions to the Beginner and Intermediate Guitar Workshop presented by instructors Michael Suffin and Justin Price.

For more information scroll down on Adult Program's page.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Back to School Game Night

In case you haven't heard, it's Back to School this week, and I know you're all really excited. To celebrate this momentous occasion, why not blow off your homework and join us for a Back to School Game Fest on Thursday, September 4 from 5-7 in the Community Room? There will be DDR, Wii, Smash Bros., Singstar, duct-tape book covers, and a fabulous door prize. Be there!

Also, make sure to come by the Young Adult Area and look at Anna's lovely display of School Days books, the kind of material that may just get you into the school-y mood.



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