Sunday, May 31, 2009

Summer's Almost Here!

With school ending soon, your librarians are getting ready for a super Summer Reading Program. Sign up starting June 1st to keep track of your reading and earn prizes. Lisa and I have some fantastic programs planned, like a juggling workshop, sidewalk chalk graffiti, stuff swapping, and much more.
Stop by our Teen Desk to pick up a brochure and sign up for summer. And don't forget to Express Yourself @ Your Library (that's the theme, so go for it!).

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Got Anime Art?

Calling all you artists and anime fans. Want to have your work spread all over the planet? Well, at least the library... Submit your anime/manga/J-Pop/video game art to us by Thursday, May 28 (You can bring it to Animanga Club, if you like), and we will consider using it for our Anime Fest poster this summer, just like we used Kat's drawing (above) last year! You can either email the image to lisae@tigard-or.gov, or just bring it by the library. Make sure it has your name (nicknames are OK), grade, and phone number. Let us know if you're submitting an original that you want returned.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Science - in Comic Form

How do you tell the difference between cells? How many genes does a chicken have? What exactly does DNA do?
Okay, I like science, but honestly, I find it difficult to read. That's why I was so excited to see the new book The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA by Mark Schultz. If you're interested in the why and how of genetics, this is your guide. The pictures are cartoon-style, but still detailed, and super easy to read.*
This guide presents the history of DNA science, what we know, and what is left to find out. Whether you need to know for school or are just interested in finding out, you should definitely give The Stuff of Life a try.
* I especially like the picture of a virus and an exploded cell (page 109). Cool.


Monday, May 18, 2009

Recess!!!!

This Thursday, May 21, from 5-7 p.m. stop by the Community Room for a Recess Game Fest. In addition to the super MarioKart for the Wii, Guitar Hero, and board game fun, enjoy your favorite recess games like jacks, four square, and jump rope. We'll have after-school snacks along with a preview of our super summer schedule.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Attention Pendragon Fans



The tenth and final installment of the Pendragon series with be out on May 12. The library will soon have it on order, so check the catalog so you can place your hold. Look on the Pendragon Adventure website for more info and for book-related games: thependragonadventure.com.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

When Science Explodes

Any book that tells you how to make a Frankenstein hand, burning ice, a CD hovercraft and blubber is pretty much a good bet with kids. Throw in the fact that it's got cool pictures, easy instructions and great "Take Care" notes sure to satisfy anxious parents and it rises to the level of an awesome book for anyone. The book in question is The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists by Sean Connolly, a sure bet for some not-even-science-fair-time fun.

Each experiment features a mini intro, a handy list of supplies (most of which are household items), step-by-step instructions and yep, the "scientific excuse" behind the trick. A little bit magic, a little bit science, a lot of fun!

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