Friday, January 30, 2009

Oregon Reads in Tigard 2009!

February 3rd marks the one year anniversary of my arrival at the Tigard Public Library to be your librarian. I’ve learned many interesting things this year. I’ve learned that DDR is fun though challenging for the uncoordinated, vampires make creepily protective boyfriends, Sweeny Todd’s audience has extended to middle schools, Tigardites are voracious readers and last, though certainly not least, I’ve learned how to pronounce the word “sesquicentennial” (ses-qui-sent-en-neal). Why, you may ask? Well my inquisitive friends, this year marks the 150th anniversary of Oregon’s statehood, and the Library is celebrating this sesquicentennial (see, it’s fun to use in a sentence, too) with special activities for folk of all ages. Most notable for you teen types, there is a special BookTRON meeting on Thursday, February 5th from 4:30-6:00 in the Community Room. Bat 6 is the book of the month, but all are invited, whether you have read the book or not, to come and participate in an indoor Very Softball Game. For the writing group on February 11th, Anna will guide you through some Japanese forms of poetry and introduce you to the work of Lawson Inada, Poet Laureate of Oregon. On February 19th, Lawson will be visiting Tigard High as well as the library for writing workshops and readings. Lawson’s the best! You won’t want to miss this. You also won’t want to miss the Love Bytes Game Fest on Friday, February 13, featuring Boy vs. Girl competitions, love song playlists and valentines.

There’s lots of other stuff going on in addition to all this fabulousness, Click here to learn more about what’s happening at the Tigard Library, and here to learn what’s happening county-wide.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Super Bowl Party!

Yep, the library's hosting a Super Bowl party this Sunday, February 1, from 3 p.m. until the game ends! Snacks, soda, and Wii games available. Also, there's a halftime game challenge, with the winner receiving 4 tickets to a Blazer game!
Watch the game on the big screen with your friends (or just stop by for the commercials), challenge your librarian to a Wii game, and maybe go home with a prize.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Band Name Blow Out!

We just got a fabulous new book in the YA Non-fiction section that has inspired me to new levels of genius. That may be overstating a little bit, but you can judge for yourself.

The book is The Band Name Book; an encyclopedia of band names from the ordinary to the extraordinary with articles explaining band name origins. Ever heard of Deep Banana Blackout? Fatkid Dodgeball? Blue Oyster Cult (more cowbell!!)? How about the creatively capitalized New Zealand band mOoFiSh?

Get ready, cause here's where the genius part comes in: I know you all have had those moments when you say something and the instant it leaves your mouth you know it would make a great band name. Well, now's your chance to test your band naming instincts with our Band Name Blow Out Contest. Between now and the Press Play Game Fest on March 13, during Teen Tech Week, submit your band name ideas in the comments of this blog post. Use your first name or a nickname only, then come to the Game Fest or check the blog to find out if you are the winner! An itunes gift certificate will go to the submission that a panel of librarians and teens judges to be the best! Read on for the contest rules and criteria:

* Make submissions through the blog only, please
* Use your first name or nickname when you submit
* Make sure your idea is original
* Team or partner submissions are OK, as long as you don't mind sharing
the prize

Monday, January 26, 2009

Who's the Winner?

Today the American Library Association announced the book awards for 2008 , including the Michael L. Printz Award for young adult literature. And I've actually read the winning book! And I liked it!
Drumroll please.....the winner is Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Most reviews include the powerful first line of the story (deservedly so, it's a pretty good first line). This confusing, gripping story follows two plot lines, with little introduction. I had to keep turning back pages to put characters and events in order, or at least some kind of order. I think that's what I liked so much about the book though. What happened, what's happening, how characters are feeling and acting, it's not obvious. The reader is expected to work at the story, wrestling with the emotions and responses along with the characters.

So what's the story about? Hmmm. Taylor, abondoned as a youngster, has grown up at the boarding school down Jellico Road. She's 17 now and leader of the school, responsible for her group in the territory wars. Yep, a war between the school kids, the military cadets who spend several weeks camped out at the school, and the townies from the nearby town who don't attend the school.

If you're interested in a complicated, adventurous tale of friendship and individuality, pick up Jellicoe Road.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Animanga Notes

The Animanga Club is meeting this Thursday, January 22 from 5-7 p.m. in the Community Room. We'll be creating our booklist of must-be-read manga titles for new manga readers. What would be on your list?
Also, we'll be watching a Fullmetal Alchemist movie. Which one? Stop be and see! As always, cosplay encouraged, Wii available, and snacks provided.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Teen Gaming Survey

We're hoping to enhance our gaming program with some new games and activities, but we'd like to hear from you first! Come by the library and fill out a gaming survey (they're on the YA computer counter), letting us know what kind of new games and gaming programs you would like to see at the library.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The New Zine is Here

Come by the library (YA Room, by the Graphic Novels) to pick up the new issue of the zine! It has lots of fabulous art and poetry by your fellow teens. Do any of you publish your own zines? If so, we'd love to see them!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Contraptions, Gizmos, and the Evil Genius

Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom, I found this wonderful little time waster. Your mission - to build a contraption to move the block from one side of the screen to the other. I'm sure there's all sorts of engineering and logic involved, or if you're like me you press a bunch of buttons and hope it kinda works.

And how is this remotely library related? (1) I met some cool Lego Robotics people at our last Teen Book Club meeting. (2) I stumbled across a book I had ordered, Bike, Scooter, and Chopper Projects for the Evil Genius by Brad Graham.

Making stuff from parts is just fun.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Game Fests are Baaaaack!

We welcome back the monthly Game Fest this Thursday, January 15 from 5-7 p.m. Stop by the Community Room for some Dance Dance Revolution, Wii fun, Bingo, Twister and more. Every Game Fest will have a theme (because Lisa and I like themes). This month's "Frost Bites," so expect frozen treats, scarf making, snow painting and werewolf games.
See you for the fun!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Magazines at the TPL

Guess what! We have ordered subscriptions for FIVE new Young Adult magazines! Most of them have already arrived and are on the shelf waiting for your perusal. They are:

LàTeen Magazine: Entertainment, arts and living for Latino teenagers. Check out the magazines Myspace page.

Teen Vogue magazine: Unfortunately, Cosmo Girl is no longer with us, but Teen Vogue should fill in as a fashion and lifestyle magazine just for you. It will appear on our shelves in March or April. And this magazine has a Myspace page, as well.

New York Time's Upfront is a news magazine for young people.

Shojo Beat has manga and anime news, as well as serialized manga that has not yet been published in book form in the US. It focuses on romantic manga stories.

Shonen Jump also has anime and manga news, as well as serialized manga. It focuses on more action-y stories.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Highest Raves for Everest Book

The Teen Book Club recently met and discussed Roland Smith's Peak, the story of a boy attempting to become the youngest person to climb Mount Everest. Here are the reviews.

"Peak is the story of a 14 year old's adventure to the highest mountain in the world: Mount. Everest."

"Peak was a very captivating; dramatic, horrifying, and exciting at the same time."

"Good description of climbing on Everest."

"Amazing! I'm not into rock climbing and I thought it would be boring, but no other rock climbers have gotten their faces frozen to buildings with mayors inside in the middle of the night. I could hardly put it down!"

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

TLC Resolutions

It's that time of year, folks, and the Teen Library Council members have put together their New Years resolutions, highlighting goals for the council. We're proudly displaying them here, and we encourage you to share your own resolutions by commenting on this post.
  • Get six new members
  • Eat more healthy snacks and cupcakes
  • Keep the room more clean during meetings
  • Read to kids
  • Always listen to music, and have a different person choose every month
  • Have a different activity theme every month



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