Sunday, December 27, 2009

Stuff Swap

Did you get new stuff over the holidays? Need to clean out some old stuff from your room? Swap it, Wednesday, December 30 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Puett Room. Just bring your books, clothes, video games, etc. and swap it with other teens. No baby books or holey socks!

While you're there, get our new Winter schedule to check out the fun stuff we have planned for you (like button making and dance classes)!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

New App for Teen Book

I love that authors are exploring how to bring their stories and characters beyond the pages of their books, and even their websites. Cathy's Book is a mystery that invited readers to investigate the many clues included with the book, as well as those found on the website and through telephone numbers readers can call. And now readers can download an iPhone or iPod Touch App to get even more involved in the mystery! Rad.
If you're a mystery reader or would like to try a new genre, stop by the YA Room and check out our mystery book display. You can also pick up a Sherlock Holmes movie poster behind the YA Reference Desk.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

BookTRON Battles it Out

BookTRON was divided this month between members who LOVED City of Bones with a Twilight-like passion, others who were sort of meh, and one who genuinely thought it sucked. If you like books with romance, mysteries, magic, missing parents and vampire vs. werewolf brawls, then give City of Bones a try and let us know what you think.

Here's what BookTRON had to say:
  • It was kind of boring because it was like a lot of other books.
  • I liked it because each character stood out and was unique.
  • I liked that the story didn't exclude gays, and all the guys were hot.
  • I couldn't connect to the main character, which made the book unbearable.
  • I really, really, really liked it, because the beginning. middle and end were all good, unlike some books that drag in parts.
  • It was exciting and had a lot of action.
  • It made the reader curious about everything that was hapenning to the main character.
  • The whole time I was thinking, what's going to happen next?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Best Teen Books

There are lots of lists floating around with picks of the best teen books of the year. At the top of my list (mostly 2009, some earlier but I read them this year) are Liar by Justine Larbalestier, King of the Screwups by K.L. Going, Flygirl by Sherri Smith, and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. (Of course, I have a lot more, but I tried to limit myself!)

What were yours? Comment, please!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Teen Summer Reading Art Contest

Calling all artists! Want to have your work displayed on posters, fliers and bookmarks throughout the county? Would you like to win a Flip camcorder? Then you should probably submit your artwork to our Teen Summer Reading Art contest.
If you're a Washington County resident, stop by any library and pick up our guidelines and submission form. You know how talented you are, so why keep it to yourself?
We are only accepting submissions between January 4th and February 26th, so start creating now!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Creative Gift Making

Nothing says unique like something you make yourself. With some simple sewing skills, fabric scraps and odds-n-ends, you can make fabulous creations. A book and some instructions don't hurt either, especially when the books are as fantastic as these three.

softies by Therese Laskey (New YA 745.5924 LAS) Just look at the cover! And yes, patterns are included. From a "Ms. Green Tea Bag" to the "Lonely Dollop," these are fun and funny plushies.

Cute Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo (New YA 745.5 CUT) Yes, these are cute, very cute. A little bit manga, a lot of cute.

Stray Sock Sewing by Daniel (New YA 745.5924 TA) Everyone has stray socks. Transform them into crazy creatures. I am pretty much smitten with the little red pig.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Nightlight: A Parody

Belle Goose meets sparkly Edwart Mullen in this send up know. And so the ocelot falls in love with the calf: Nightlight: A Parody

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Graphic Novel Versions of Your Favorite Fiction

I was reading Graphic Novel Reporter this week, and there a great series of interviews with comix creators, including a couple with Frank Beddor and Laurie Faria Stolarz, two novelists who have recently adapted their books into graphic novels. There's a lot of these adaptions out there, and if you love a book so much that you cry when you finish the last page every time you read it, perhaps you can turn to the comic version to experience a colorful version of your favorite book's universe. Maybe the pictures will look like the pictures in your head, or perhaps they'll inspire you to see the book as you never have before.
Frank Beddor's re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland, The Looking Glass Wars, is now also the vivid and surreal Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars. Join Hatter Madison, the red queen's bodyguard as he searches for Princess Alyss through a sinister and bizarre world.

Laurie Faria Stolarz's dark series about witchcraft is now Black is for Beginnings.

Other Young Adult authors that have gone graphic include Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Holly Black, Ellen Schrieber and many more. And comix go the other way too. There are novelizations of series such as Vampire Hunter D, Trinity Blood, Batman and more! Whether you read primarily fiction, non-fiction or comix, you can always find an easy path into something new, if you know where to look, or if you ask your friendly librarian.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Moon Freebies in the YA Room!

Whether you are sparkly or furry,
come one and come all in a hurry.
Get in here fast,
for while supplies last,
we're in a New Moon swag give-away flurry.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

National Gaming Day: A Gathering of the Ages

Calling all generations: Celebrate the American Library Association's National Gaming Day at the library on Friday, November 13.

Teens, grab your siblings, parents, and
Grandparents! Grandparents grab your grandkids to mingle and play at the

Join us for Board Games, Bingo, Chess, Nintendo Wii, and swing dance and music.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Killer Unicorns and Plant People

Sixteen year old Astrid is a regular teenager, babysitting and hanging out with her boyfriend, when a little unicorn approaches her, bows to her, oh, and then impales her boyfriend. Her mother has always ranted about her family's heritage as unicorn hunters, but no one actually believed her. Now Astrid is thrown into a new world, where unicorns are evil human killers on the brink of an uprising. Astrid, whose family line and her virginity earmark her as the right material for unicorn killing, finds herself in Rome, training with other acceptable girls for her birthright. For adventure, girl power, and fantasy try Diana Peterfreund's Rampant.

Laurel thinks she's a typical teenager, who prefers to only eat raw fruits and veggies, walk barefoot, and wear tank tops even on the coldest days of the year. Then she gets a bump that grows and grows on her back and then blooms. Yep, she's a plant of sorts, albeit a highly evolved one. Now someone's after her, her father's sick, and she has to figure out how to conceal her petals. Perfect for readers who love fantasy, a little romance and a mystery --Wings by Aprilynne Pike.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil...

...and I Want to be Your Class President, is a new book by one of the writers/producers of The Daily Show. Fans of Evil Genius and Artemis Fowl will enjoy this one, as it's much along the same lines. And I encourage you to check out the website for the book, which is among the best and silliest I've ever seen:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Teen Read Week is Here!

It's that time of year people! Celebrate Teen Read Week at the library! We'll be highlighting the Teen Top Ten in the Young Adult Room (favorite books of 2008 chosen by teens, for teens), and of course, Thursday is the Zombie Tea Party! Join us in the Community Room from 5-7. The Teen Library Council will be our makeup artists, and we will have a distressed-clothing workshop so you can begin your transformation into the undead. Learn the Thriller dance! The best zombie wins a prize!
BookTRON members: Don't forget the Zombie Party is also your October meeting. Be there to pick up your book for next month and talk about The Alchemyst.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fall Frenzy

Our first Game Fest of the school year is coming up this week (Thursday, October 15, 5-7 in the Community Room), and you all should be really excited. Why? Well, not only will we have the usual Game Fest fun, with Guitar Hero, Wii, Bingo and what-not, we will also have one of the best crafts we've ever come up with. I am ringing my own bell a bit here, but this craft rules. So I shall tempt you to the Game Fest by saying you must be there to find out what the craft is, etc., etc.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

While at the Tigard High School back to school night, I learned about a wonderful resource for Tigard/Tualatin students and staff. Affordable health care! The School-Based Health Center at Tigard High School supplies medical and mental health services to students and TTSD staff, regardless of their ability to pay. Please find out more here:
And don't forget about our fabulous Teen Health and Wellness Database, which you can access with your library card and search for answers to your health-related questions. You can also check the site for personal stories from other teens.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Stump Your Librarian

It's that time again, boys and girls. Time to Stump Your Librarian. Stop by the young adult desk before the end of November and ask a tough question. If we can't answer within 10 minutes, you get to pick out a book for keeps!
Small print: Maximum one attempt a day. Try not to be too embarrassed when your librarians school you.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Conflict and Confusion

For Sam (Samar), besides her name and her complexion she has no ties to her past. Her mother left her family, her religion and her upbringing behind when she had Sam. Now, just days after the 9/11 attacks, a man wearing a turban appears at her doorstep. He's her uncle.

Sam finds that she needs to know more about her Punjabi heritage, her family and her beliefs. Faced with racism and fear, Sam, her friends and her family try to figure out life in Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Celebrate Banned Books Week

Thanks to Omnivoracious for the link! See our displays and booklists for more information about Banned Books Week.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Share your artwork, play "Name That Manga," watch something cool on the big screen and enjoy yummy treats at this week's Animanga Club, Thursday, September 24 from 5-7 p.m. in the Community Room. Fun will be had by all. Cosplay always enouraged.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Book Trailer Magic!

You may know that we're planning a Zombie Tea Party (Thursday, October 22). What you may not know is that there are a series of books combining classic Jane Austen books with, well, zombies and sea monsters. Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom for the link.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Arts Journal is Here!

After months of explosive creativity, the Express Yourself arts journal is finally here. Stop by the Teen Art Gallery in the Young Adult Room to pick up your copy and see amazing artwork by your fellow teens. It's got it all: Fan art, dragons, grafitti, gothic sock puppets...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Vote Now!

Want to have a say in the Top Ten Teen Books of the year? Then vote from now until September 18. Voting is only open to teens (oh, but if I could vote...!) so give your opinion. Winners will be announced during Teen Read Week (Oct. 18-24).

Monday, August 24, 2009

Know-It-All Fairy

Charlie, 14 years old, has a parking fairy. Yep, she can't drive, but if she could she'd always get the best parking places. Charlie lives in a world where everyone has a fairy, from helpful ones (good hair fairies) to ridiculous ones (always-playing-your-favorite music fairies) to bizarre ones (all-the-boys-your-age-will-fall-in-helplessly-in-love-with-you fairies).

She just wants a new one, so she's been starving her fairy by not letting it help her, which means walking everywhere. Unfortunately, the school bully has other ideas and wants her to help him park. The new super-cute boy doesn't believe in fairies even though he has a getting-out-of-trouble fairy.

Fantastic characters, funny dialogue (check out the glossary in the back) and great twists make How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier a top pick.

If you had a fairy, what do you wish it was? Comment with your answer!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Last of the Summer Reading Reviews

Well, folks. The sun is shining and a gentle breeze is blowing. The soothing sounds of a string quartet are drifting out of the Houghton Room, celebrating the library's fifth anniversary in our new building. 'Tis a beautiful day, tinged with sadness that the summer is coming to a close, and anticipation of the lovely Oregon autumn. We had a great time celebrating the end of Summer Reading at our Late Night Mystery Night. Thanks to all of you who completed the program and wrote your reviews. Though we have already done the prize drawing, it is not too late for you to drop off your reading records and pick out a free book. You have up until August 31.

And now I shall share with you a few more teen reviews so you can get some book and movie recommendations for the last of the dog days:

Hairspray, 2007
Hairspray will dance and sing its way into your heart! Funny.

Bird Cage, 1996
A great and funny movie that you'll just die for.

Sydney White, 2007
A funny chick-flick proving dorks rule.

Janes In Love, 2008
by Cecil Castellucci
An inspiration to art rebels; the Janes strike again with another fabulous book.

The Graveyard Book, 2008
by Neil Gaiman
If you like suspense, adventure, and dark humor, this book is for you. Inventive and masterfully told, it will keep you guessing 'til the last page.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, 1990
by Avi
A fantastic adventure that will shock you again and again, proving that girls can rule the world. Anybody loving pirates and a determined girl will love this.

Airborn, 2004
by Kenneth Oppel
Airborn is a breathtaking, unforgettable science fiction adventure with the unique setting of an airship high in the sky. In an alternate Victorian era, new friends Matt and Kate discover a mysterious creature that only Kate's grandfather has seen. I loved this exciting story filled with action, mystery, pirates, and hints of romance. I recommend this book to all teen and advance preteen readers looking for a thrilling adventure. the two sequels are also great books-- be sure to read those too, because after you read Airborn, you'll just want more of Matt and Kate's exciting adventures.

The Da Vinci Code, 2004
This book was everything from mysterious to exhilirating. No only was the book insightful, but also educational. If you are looking for a book that will consume your mind, the read The Da Vinci Code.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Twilight Convention?

Ready?!? There's going to be a Twilight Convention in Portland! Okay, it's not until next September (yep, you have a whole year to wait and wait for the fun) but it's still fun to think about. Check out the details here.

While you're waiting, check out our Twilight booklist, full of ideas of other books to hold you over until the next book or movie. And as a sneak peek at this fall, we'll be having a Teen Wolf Game Fest just days before the new Twilight movie. See you then!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Back to School Books

Getting ready for back to school can be a chore. Get into the school mindset with a few set-in-school reads.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. When Frankie learns that her exclusive school has an exclusive club for boys only, she decides to crash the system. Fantastic pranks, intrigue and secrets make for a funny and interesting read.

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams. Cody lives for football and the girl of his dreams, until she's sent away to a far away boarding school in Vermont. When she goes missing, Cody, recovering from a crushing football injury, decides to solve the case.
Schooled by Gordon Korman. Capricorn has always been homeschooled by his hippie grandmother on their remote farm. But when she falls and breaks her hip, Cap must move in with the local guidance councilor and attend public school. With no knowledge of pizza, television or middle school, hilarity insues.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt. Holling Hoodhood, the only student in his class neither Jewish or Catholic, must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher studying Shakespeare plays while everyone else attends their respective religious schools. A pair of rogue rats, yellow tights, and the sounds of the 1960s create a silly and serious story to enjoy.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Time Waster!

Okay, this is the perfect combination of wasting time and still making your brain work. Must Pop Words! Like the great word making games of the past, this one puts your reshuffling skills to the timed test. So brush off your brain and get ready for the school year.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Reviews of the Week part Deux

'Tis time for some more reviews and recommendations from teens at the TPL. If you would like to submit reviews for chances to win prizes, don't forget to take a review card when you turn in your summer reading records.

The Phantom Tollbooth, by Nortan Juster
I don't know if a book can get better than this one! I would rate it 5 stars for...EVERYTHING!

Can You Keep a Secret by Sopie Kinsella
Nice book! It is about how a 25 year old woman, Emma,tells all her secrets to a stranger who sat next to her in the plane the rode. But in the end, that stranger is actually her boss and what will Emma do if her boss remembers every singe secret of hers?

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit is a book about Bilbo Baggins who encounters a visit from Gandalf, a wizard, and some dwarfs. Bilbo was drawn into the magical adventures they spoke of. Now he is up to one. Together they encounter many obstacles to get back treasures from Smaug, a dragon who stole all of it.

The Ransom of Mercy Carter by Caroline Cooney
An outstanding historical fiction read! This book really gives you a view into the past to see what happened in Deerfield, Massachusetts to the town of white settlers. The way the author describes the events, it make you feel as if you are actually there. I highly recommend this book.

Stay tuned for more reviews!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Derek Kirk Kim at the TPL this Thursday

When: Thursday, August 6, 6-7 p.m.

Where: The library Community Room

What: Graphic novel artist and author Derek Kirk Kim is giving a presentation about his latest work and what it takes to do what he does.

Who: Teens and adults are invited

Why: Because Derek is AWESOME! Check out this video, if you don't believe me:

Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Long Absence and Reviews of the Week

Hello all! I have missed writing to you. I've been at the library as usual, keeping myself occupied with the Summer Reading Program, which is fantastic, if I do say so myself. We've enjoyed seeing all you teens at the Art Labs and other programs. We have a ton of submissions to the Arts Journal, which we'll be compiling in the next couple of weeks. Those of you who would like to have an impact on the look of the journal should join us for Art Lab on Tuesday, August 4.

We've also been getting a lot of reviews from Summer Reading finishers who have been sharing their thoughts on the books, music, and movies they've experience this summer, whilst earning more chances to win prizes. That's right! Prizes! The time to sign up for Summer Reading has passed, but there's still plenty of time to turn in your reading records and pick up review forms. Don't forget!

Here are a couple of teen reviews for your reading pleasure:

Peak by Roland Smith:
There are two reasons why you might want to read the novel Peak. The first reason might be for what it presents itself to be, a great novel with its own twists and turns. Then you see that along the way, this book is a guide for writing. The character himself is considered a writing prodigy and is given a "tutor" to hone his skills and create a masterpiece. From there, his life takes a wrong turn and he ends up with the opportunity to do something he never thought he could: summit Mt. Everest. Along his journey, he'll meet many friends and people so real you feel that you could search their name on the web and you'll get an infinite number of hits. It helps that the author of this book actually has done a thorough job researching the climbing topic before writing a whole book on it. The one told to be writing the book is Peak, for a school assignment. Even if the story fills up two moleskins (notebooks) I feel that more could have been added, a prelude about Josh Wood, a prologue on Peak, or that's just me begging for more. Peak is just the kind of book for those who want adventure and can only find it in a book. Who knows one day you could find yourself on the snow in the death zone of Everest itself.

It's Your World- If You Don't Like It, Change It by Mikki Haplin
This insightful book provides details on ideas such as racism, the environment, gay rights, and animal welfare. It's your World is a great resource for every teen who decides to change their world.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Anime Fest

Thursday, July 30, from 2-6 p.m. stop by the Community Room for the awesomeness that is Anime Fest. With food tasting (yum!), cosplay, sudoku and of course, anime-watching, you can catch some or all of the fun. What will we be watching? How about Final Fantasy, Princess Mononoke, and One Piece (either the movie or episodes, your choice). Bring your artwork for our summer arts journal while you're at it. See you then!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Prizes, People!

Finished with your 15 hours of reading? Turn in your Summer Reading Log for your prizes! In addition to the fabulous rewards for reading (including a book of your choice!) you also have the option this year of doing more. Yep, who doesn't love a bit of a challenge?! If you choose to accept this mission, you must review a book or a movie or a CD or, well, you get the idea. Tell us a little about it, what you thought about it, and any other interesting tidbit. Turn this in as a raffle ticket for one of six super drawings (check out the buckets behind the Teen Desk for more info!). You can turn in as many reviews as you would like before the drawing date. So give us your opinion and you could be a winner. Got questions? We've got answers, so stop by and ask Lisa or Anna for more info.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Muggles and Magic

Harry Potter fans of all ages are invited to an evening of crafts, trivia and games, Thursday, July 16 from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room. Each person will receive a report card as they enter. Take at least four "classes" and be entered in drawings for fabulous prizes. Care to wear a costume? Be declared the best dressed and win a prize! Test your HP IQ for a chance to win more fantastic prizes. Don't miss this magical night at your library!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Dancing in the (Book) Aisles

I'll admit I'm pretty addicted to reality dance shows. The drama, the costumes, the dancing!

So how great is it that the library is hosting its own dance workshop this Thursday, July 9 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Community Room?! Stop by for a hands-on lesson in Bollywood dancing, the fast moving, expressive dance often seen in Indian films. The teacher will have music and video to accompany the lessons (so you can see what it's supposed to look like!).

Registration is required, so call or stop by the Children's or Young Adult Desk at the Library to sign up.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Move it! Move it!

Do you like to dance?...sing?...generally rock? Don't miss our Song & Dance Game Fest this Thursday, July 2, from 4-6 p.m. What's that? Competition DDR and Guitar Hero, you say? With prizes?! Yep, plus the usual board games, snacks and all around fun.

While you're there, sign up for our Bollywood Dance Studio, happening Thursday, July 9, from 3-4:30 p.m. Learn the coolest dance moves from a pro. Sign up before the program to save your spot!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Girl vs. Evil

Okay, so when it came to reading a Rosemary Clement-Moore book, it was kind of like my reading E. Lockhart. I hear how great they are, but for some wacky reason I didn't get around to reading one of their books. Last year, I read my first E. Lockhart book and boy, did I wish I had picked it up sooner. I heart E. Lockhart. So, point is, I should have learned my lesson.

This weekend I picked up Rosemary's Highway to Hell, part of the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series. Wow! So good! Any book that references Dr. Who and Red Dwarf is just pretty awesome.

Maggie and her best friend D&D Lisa are heading to the Texas beach for spring break. Just for the record, they are not spring break kinda people. Driving through the night, they spot what they think are headlights up ahead and then promptly run over a very large and very dead cow in the road. One other bit of info, Maggie is psychic and Lisa is a sorceress and there is some definite weird mojo going on in the small town of Dulcina. Add a lot more animal attacks, a strange, wealthy family that owns most of the county, freaky dreams, and the possibility of a demon on the loose, and you've got one great story!

Don't miss the rest of the series Prom Dates from Hell and Hell Week.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Art Experiments

Like being creative? Tuesdays from 2-3:30 p.m., this summer you can stop by the "Art Lab" in the YA Room for some artistic expressions. Each week, we'll have plenty of supplies available for you to draw, sketch, sculpt, etc. Just bring your ideas. Every other week, we'll also offer a special craft. For example, this Tuesday, June 23, you can make your own magnetic poetry. Later this summer we'll be making goth sock puppets, fiber art and creating a art journal. So stop by and express yourself each Tuesday in the Teen Room!



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