Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Procrastinators Rejoice!

For all of you late minute homework types, or just super library visitors, the library is now open more hours on the weekends! Yep. Saturdays from 10-6 p.m. and Sundays Noon-6 p.m., you can stop by the Teen Desk and say "Howdy!"

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Teens' Top Ten

Hey, if you cast your memories way back to October, you may recall that we celebrated Teen Read Week and encouraged you to vote for books for the Teens' Top Ten. Well, in a thoroughly efficient process that just may make Minnesota green with envy, the votes are counted and the list is available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the American Library Association's Teens' Top Ten to see the top reads of 2008, as selected by teens all over the country. You won't be surprised that Eclipse made the list, but perhaps a few of the selections will be new to you and fabulous reading!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Publish Your Personal Story


The Teen Health and Wellness database is a fabulous resource for information about your body, mind and health. One of my favorite features is a section that publishes personal stories written by teens. You can read these stories here, or submit your own story.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dancing for Change

At 15 years old, Ruby has little to look forward to. She's dropped out of school to earn money for her family, working at a slaughterhouse in the Yards of Chicago. But a chance encounter with a aspiring gangster has her trying her luck as a taxi dancer, an elegantly dressed woman who is paid 10 cents per dance to swing around the floor with the men who visit the club.
1940s Chicago comes alive in Christine Fletcher's Ten Cents a Dance. Ruby's struggle to keep her job (considered very disreputable at the time) a secret from her family, her confusing relationship with Paulie the gangster, and the tension between the races makes this story an edge-of-your-seat drama. With great descriptions of the clothes, people and sounds of the time, Ten Cents is a fascinating glimpse into another time and place in American history.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Project T-Shirt

Hey, I wanted to tell ya'll about this fabulous program coming up at the Tualatin Public Library on Tuesday, December 23. At Project T-Shirt your can transform your dull, dreary duds into total fabulousness. Register ahead a time, bring a T-Shirt or two, and learn how to design and create stencils and apply them with fabric paint. A great way to make a last minute gift or fashionably spoil yourself!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Favorites

I've been working my way through the list of books Anna and I will be discussing at the Mock Printz workshop next month, and I wanted to share with you a couple of my new favorites:




Like Boy Meets Boy, My Most Excellent Year is what you want the world to be. The teen voices, while not authentic, are funny, intelligent, loving, and self-reflective. Six-year-old Hucky is so real, he jumps of the page and makes faces. I loved the format, alternating narration from the point of view of different characters through writing assignments, email, IM, and other correspondence. The question is, what 14-year-olds know that much about musicals? Obviously not of this world.




Elena and her sister, Dora, are opposites yet very close, until Dora begins to vanish into deep, psychotic depression. She spends time in a psychiatric ward that is so bad, she asks Elena to save her. Elena is left to figure out how she can rescue her sister without betraying her confidence. Schumacker creates vivid characters by sharing little moments of intimacy that tell the reader so much about who they are. This is a great story about how depression impacts a family, and how Elena untangles her own identity from her sister's.






Frankie is a student at Alabaster, and expensive and competitive boarding school. She blossomed during the summer between her freshman and sophomore year, and when she returns to school is surprised by the attention from her senior-stud crush, Matthew. He becomes her boyfriend, and while she tries to be satisfied by that amazing fact, she is troubled by the fact that he is more devoted to his best friend, Alpha, than to her. And while she likes being part of his group of friends, she senses that her status among them is tenuous at best. Most of all, she hates the way everyone underestimates her. So, when she discovers the existence of a "secret" society at Alabaster, she endeavors to become its secret leader. This is certainly the most feminist teen book I have ever read, and that along with its clever humor and sensitive introspection makes it an absolute pleasure. The boy's interactions seem at times contrived, but Frankie with her self-reflection and deception is spot-
on.
Robin (AKA Birdy) joined the army after 9-11 and is sent to Iraq with a Civil Affirs unit. His job is to help convince Iraqi civilians that Americans are good people who want to help them. he finds this difficult without clear instructions, and when he can barely tell the difference between his enemies and his allies. The other members of his squad become his best Friends, and it seems clear that they are chosen for their duties because of their compassionate natures, their common ability to sympathise with anyone, even the enemy. Birdy and his friends express their doubt and confusion about the reasons for the war, and manage to find moments of joy and friendship within the insanity. The book has not so much a plot as a series of events that alternate between chaotic and boring, but that is what war is, right?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Twilight Dolls?

Via the super cool blog readergirlz, there will be Twilight dolls. Strange or cool? So far I've only seen Edward and Bella dolls.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Americans Born Reading-More Reviews from the Book Group

Before I list the reviews, I must first deliver an important bulletin. Ahem. ATTENTION: The Teen Book Discussion Group has been consumed by BookTRON: Teens Read Outrageously Now, and will respond to no other name. That is all.

And now, I know you are dying to find out what BookTRON thought of American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, the autobiographical story of the son of Chinese immigrants and a Monkey King [Note upon later reflection: This is not to say that the hero of this book was created as the result of a union between Chinese immigrants and a Monkey King. What I mean is that there is a son-of-immigrants and there is also a Monkey King in the story. Watch your grammer, friends.]. This is the first graphic novel we have read and discussed, and it was a hit:

BookTRON says:

  • "Hilarious!"
  • "Totally an all-age book."
  • "It's a nice quick read if you have the time to sit down and look at it."
  • "Humorous and unexpected, while still telling a good story."
  • "The Monkey King is really cool!"
  • "It was funny!"
  • "I think there should be a sequel!"
  • "I am the monkey king; I can do anything."

Friday, December 12, 2008

On the Stage


Need a monologue for an audition? Or just want to practice your craft? Budding actors should check out one of these new books in the Young Adult collection.

Actor's Choice: Monologues for Teens edited by Erin Detrick (792.028 ACT)
Audition Speeches for 6 to 16 Year Olds by Jean Marlow (792. 028 AUD)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Texting

Right now you can ask a librarian a question at Tigard by walking in, phone, email, or IM/chat. I came across a library that was using text messaging for questions. Would you use text to ask a librarian a question? Answer the poll to the right and let us know. What kind of questions do you think you would want to ask? When's my book/movie/CD due? Or more homework-y kinds of questions? Comment here.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Best Books of '08?

A lot of places are putting up their picks for best books of 2008. I know that I've had some favorites this year (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler, and Airman by Eoin Colfer to name a few). I know there are still a few weeks of '08 left, but what books would you have on your list? Leave them in the comments!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Vamp Camp this week!!!!

Join us at the library on Friday, December 5 from 7-9 for our Vamp Camp. Dress up, eat snacks, win prizes, learn how to make realistic vampire bite FX from a professional makeup artist, share your gothic artwork, make an Ankh necklace, listen to cemetery music and watch a classic vampire movie. Remember the werewolf game? We'll be playing a vampire version, for all you LARPers! Costumes are encouraged but not required, and you're welcome to bring your aged vampire-fan friends, as the event is for teens and adults alike. Come to the Young Adult Room before Friday to preview our fabulous door prize.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Graceling - Killer Talent

In a land of seven kingdoms, those whose eyes change to two different colors are "graced." For some, this means a talent like baking, swimming, or predicting the weather. For Katsa, it means that with her incredible strength and speed she has a killing grace. When her talent is discovered (at eight years of age, she protects herself and accidently kills an older cousin), her uncle, the king of one of the kingdoms, sees the opportunity for an assassin. Katsa is sent to the far reaches of King Randa's kingdom to teach the greedy and insubordant a lesson by chopping off a few fingers or breaking a few bones.

Now an older teenager, Katsa has grown tired of the killing and seeks a more fulfilling life. She forms a group, known as the Council, to protect those who need protecting and to act in the best interest of all inhabitants of the kingdoms.

Katsa's life becomes complicated, however, with a mysterious kidnapping, a gorgeous and graced fighter, and rumors of strange happenings in the kingdom of Monsea.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore is a great combination of fantasy, adventure and a little romance. This debut novel had me staying up late to read what happened next to the characters that I had grown to know. This book had a lot of hype (super reviews months before it was released) which had me nervous that it wouldn't live up to expectations. Well worth the hype! Check out the author's blog for more info.

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