Friday, December 31, 2010

The Grimm Legacy

Through a series of good deeds and hardships, Elizabeth gains a job at the New York Circulating Material Repository. This is pretty much one of the coolest libraries, with collections of items from throughout history available for check out or reference. Need to create an authentic 17th century costume? Just check out an original to get the details. (There were so many things I wished I could check out!)

Elizabeth even gains access to one of the special collections...the Grimm Collection of magical objects collected by the brothers when they collected the stories. But not all is well at the library. People have disappeared and so have magical items. Someone seems to be stealing these items and selling them to private collectors. Elizabeth, of course, gets pulled into the mystery. A mystery, some magic and a little drama, The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman was an adventure of a tale.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Celebrate the New Year -- with Anime!

It's become an annual tradition here at the library -- the All Ages Animanga Fest, happening this year on Thursday, Dec. 30 from 4-6 p.m. in the Community Room. Watch a Miyazaki classic The Cat Returns, sample Japanese treats, make some crafts and play traditional Japanese New Year's games.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chilly Reads

When the temperatures dip down, I enjoy reading stories of people much colder than I. Yep, it makes me feel better, maybe even a little warmer. Here are my top three picks.

Ice by Sarah Durst. This modern-day retelling of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" follows Cassie as she finds out that her grandmother's fairy tales of the Polar Bear King are real and he's come to claim her as his queen.

Peak by Roland Smith. After Peak gets into trouble again, his mountaineering father shows up to keep an eye on him. What Peak finds out is that his father really wants to make him the youngest person to climb Mount Everest. Great detail of mountain climbing, which isn't as glamorous as it may sound.

Shackleton's Stowaway by Victoria McKernan. Based on the true story of the 1914 Antarctic expedition, this fictionalized account weaves the story of an 18-year-old stowaway with the facts of the two-year journey of the crew over sea and ice after their ship is crushed.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Long Walk to Water

The year is 1985. The country is Sudan. Eleven-year-old Salva is forced to leave his village due to the war going on. He does not know whether he will ever see his family again, but has come to accept that they are probably dead. He walks and walks with other refugees across the war-torn country, rows home-made boats across the Nile, and walks and walks some more across a desert until he reaches a refugee camp in Ethiopia. He experiences and witnesses terrible horrors, but never loses hope.

The year is 2008. The country is still Sudan. Eleven-year-old Nya walks and walks every day to get water for her family. Three trips a day to the pond which is miles away from her village and eventually dries up so that every year her family then has to camp by a lake that is days away from their village. The only reason they don't permanently stay by the lake is because it is too dangerous because of the war.

The lives of Salva and Nya eventually intersect. Little did Salva know when he was Nya's age that he would do so much for his war-torn yet beloved country years after he left Sudan for the United States.

Linda Sue Park, author of Newbery Award winner A Single Shard, wrote A Long Walk to Water, based on the life of Salva Dut. It is a heartrending story about hope, at times difficult to read because of the horrific events the reader experiences with Salva.

Reviewed by Holly, Youth Services Librarian. Cross-posted on Family Book Bag Blog.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Computer Game Fun

Relax after a hard day of school work with a little Casual PC Gaming at the library. We'll open up the Technology Room on Tuesday, December 7 from 5-7 p.m. so you can solve puzzles, dodge traps and explore new worlds with a few computer games. Try some classics like Beneath a Steel Sky and newer stuff like Spelunky. 

Back in the day I was pretty awesome at some game that involved a city skyline, large gorillas and throwing bananas. If you know the name, add it in the comments! Otherwise, see you then!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Are You an Otaku Teen?

Are you a manga fan? Want to hang out with other fans? Join our Otaku Teens. The first meeting happens next week...Thursday, December 2 from 5-8 p.m. in the Community Room. You'll be reading Yu Yu Hakusho and watching the anime.

But you need to sign up. Why? So that you can get a free copy of the book! Just stop by the Children's Desk to register.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Extraordinary Sisters

April, May and June are three very different sisters. April is the serious, studious one; May the outcast; and June the bubbly Miss-Popular-wanna-be. But that all changes when after their first day at their new school they all discover one incredible secret...they have superpowers. Out of the blue, each finds they can do something out of the ordinary.

Will they use their powers for good or evil or just try to survive high school? Does life get better or worse with super abilities? Are sisters more or less annoying when you share a secret? Find out in The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway (also the author of Audrey, Wait!).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

60 second book recaps

I just discovered a great online resource for those of you plowing or slogging through your school reading lists. 60 Second Recaps breaks down books you are likely to find on middle, high school and college reading lists. Each book on the site comes with a summary and videos explaining plot, characters, themes, motifs and more. The videos are quick and entertaining. In fact, I've never been so tempted to re-read Oedipus Rex. Check out the website if you need inspiration for your book reports and critical essays, or if you just want inspiration for your next great read.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Further proof you can sing about anything...

Nerdfighter Hank Green, brother to YA author John Green, has posted a video of himself singing about Phineas Gage, the gentleman who, in the mid-19th century, accidentally blew a hole through his brain, and it didn't really seem to bother him:

The best part is the message on Hank's guitar, "This machine pwns noobs." I will award a free book to the first TEEN who can tell me what that message is spoofing. Just comment below if you think you know.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fever Crumb

The future is a bleak place with no power, plenty of superstition and the fallout of a crumbled hierarchy. In London, Fever Crumb is the only girl in the Order of Engineers, having been found as a baby by one of its members. Now fourteen, Fever has been asked to help an archeologist in a dig. What she discovers is a link to memories that can't be her own, but that feel quite real all the same. Rich in detail and action with a touch of steampunk, Fever Crumb is a character that stands on her own (this book is a prequel to a series I have not read, but sounds just as intriguing). Start an adventure with Philip Reeve's Fever Crumb.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Suzanne Collins Book Signing

Attention all you Hunger Games fans:
Suzanne Collins will be signing (or, rather, stamping) books at Powells in downtown Portland on Sunday, November 7 at 12 p.m. as part of her Mockingjay book tour! Just sayin'...Follow this link if you want more information:

Note that there are many other fabulous authors visiting Powells this month, including Laurie Halse Anderson.

Monday, October 25, 2010

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing month! Participants can sign up online and, on November 1, begin writing a 175 page (50,000 word) novel. While you're writing, you get to talk to other writers on the websites forums, and if you finish, you not only get the pleasure of having completed an entire novel, you get a snazzy certificate! I'm totally doing it. How about you?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Teens Have Spoken

In August and September, 8,000 teens voted for their favorites of the Teens Top Ten nominees, and the number one pick is Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, second book in the Hunger Games trilogy! The other books to win a place on the top ten include:

2) City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
3) Heist Society by Ally Carter
4) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
5) Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
6) Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
7) Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
8) If I Stay by Gayle Forman
9) Fire by Kristin Cashore
10) Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Happy Reading!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Science Fair Time

Ah, science fair time. Those fun projects that you get to research and develop for school. For me, it's the time to panic about how many scientific terms sound like foreign words to me. And time to help you find something (because all of the related books are checked out!) to help with your projects.

Enter the fantastic world of Science Online. This resource is available to you 24/7 and very easy to use. Unlike the Internet, all of the articles, terms and topics are completely accurate and up-to-date. You can search a specific idea or explore general concepts. There are even some experiments available through the site. All you need is your library card number and you can start searching!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Speaking OUT Against Bullying

The American Library Association has compiled this list of resources for teens (and their allies) who have experienced bullying because of their sexual and/or gender orientation. This, as well as the It Gets Better Project, is a response to the recent rash of teens who have taken their own lives when they lost hope. Please, don't despair, help your friends, and we are always happy to help you get the information you need here at the library. Check out the Teen Health and Wellness Database if you want to learn more.

Monday, October 11, 2010


Isabel wakes up in the mist with a twisted ankle, helpless to run away from the riders swiftly approaching. From this point on, she finds herself in the duty of Prince Rokan, told that she is the immortal Shifter, called upon to protect the royal family in times of need. But there are plenty of secrets and no one is being honest, including Isabel who has little memory of her former life and feels more human than she should. Fans of Graceling will appreciate this strong and confused heroine trying to find the truth in her new life in Mistwood by Leah Cypess.

Friday, October 8, 2010


Saturday is John Lennon's 70th birthday! Such an amazing songwriter and performer whose music has lived on, light years beyond the Beatles. So here's an interesting thought experiment...The Beatles first concert appearance in America was February 11, 1964. So if there was a radio broadcast of that performance, and the radio waves moved through space at the normal radio wave rate (the speed of light), after 46 Earth years that concert can now be heard about 435 trillion miles (or 74 light years) away. Canopus, the second brightest star in the night sky, lives 74 light years away. Maybe there's a planet with life orbiting Canopus, and if so, just about now, are there Canopi people rocking out as they listen to the Fab Four for the first time? Carl Sagan would say, "If not, it's an awful waste of space."

A bunch of famous folks have put together a YouTube tribute channel for the beloved Walrus (Wait, was the walrus Paul?), so watch and enjoy:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Spooky Non-Fiction Fun

   Yes, I know it's only the beginning of October, but I do love this time of year. I was looking through our non-fiction and found a few creepy titles to help inspire you.

Me Make Monster by Jenny Harada. Many, many monster crafts, both spooky and awesome!

How to Cosplay, Vol. 1. Love manga and want to dress up as a character? Tips and tricks to looking very cool.
Vampireology: A True History of the Fallen Ones by Nicky Raven. An excellent multi-media book of all things vampire.

How to Be a Zombie by Serena Valentino. The essential guide for any zombie-wannabe.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Banned Books Week

It's that time of year once again, people. The time when we reflect on how incredibly lucky we are to have the freedom to read! This was a big year for book challenges, with the Stockton, Missouri school district's banning of Sherman Alexie's brilliant book The Absolutely True Diaries of a Part-time Indian, and Ellen Hopkins being uninvited to speak at a teen lit festival in Texas. This controversy has been quite a boon for Ellen Hopkins' books, which have been flying off the shelf! Oh, the irony.

Excuse me while I launched into a very librarian-y diatribe: I know not every book is for every body, and I LOVE talking to you all about the kind of books you like to read (and the kind you don't) and connecting you to your next great read. Keep this conversation going! Find us in the YA room and tell us about the books you've loved, the books you hated, the books you found meh and the ones that shocked you. Lets all take a moment to feel grateful that we get to have these conversations, and to celebrate our incredibly diverse reading tastes.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It Was a Monster Mash

Get in a spooky mood with our Make Your Own Monster program on Sunday, Oct. 3 from 2-4 pm in the Puett Room. You can make your monster scary or sweet. Either way, you'll create a super plushie that's easy to make.

And while you're here, you can try to Stump the Librarian (ask us a question we can't find the answer to). I haven't been stumped yet. Think you can? Stop by the Teen Desk.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cast Your Vote For Games

The Get Schooled Teen Game Fest is this Thursday, September 23 from 5-7 in the Community Room. Come to this event to not only play video games, but to trade tips with other gamers, thus enhancing your competition. Thanks to a state grant, we now have a lot of games to choose from and not enough time to play, so click the link below to a short survey and cast your votes for the games you would like to play at the library:

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Stump Your Librarian

'Tis time to Stump Your Librarian once again, people. Stop by the YA desk. Think of a tough question. If we can't answer it ten minutes, you get a free book.

So far this year I've been stumped twice. My record for answering a question is a minute and a half. Giggity.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You will come to the screening of my movie from 5-7 in the Community Room on Thursday, September 9. Prepare to laugh.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Radical Writers Summer Journal is Here!

Stop by the Young Adult Room to pick up your copy, and see some of the fabulous new submissions in the Teen Art Gallery!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fall Programs Ready!

I know...summer's not over yet, but the Teen Scene, our Fall program brochure, is ready for reading. You can check out the events on our website or pick up a copy in the Library. What's in store for you? Well, you can make your own monster, get medieval, eat ice cream or rock out with some video games, just to name a few things.

And if you're scrambling to do your back to school reading, ask any of our librarian's for help finding a book or try a downloadable ebook or audio book through Library2Go (you can ask us for help figuring that out too!).

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Save the Words!

Fans of good deeds and vocabulary can help the Oxford Dictionaries Save the Words. On the interactive site you can browse through oft-forgotten words. Find a word you really like and pledge to "save" it by using it as often as you can.

For example, I found a nidifice in my wisteria yesterday. What word will you save from oblivion?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pizza and Pictures

Like being creative? And pizza? Then stop by Wednesday, August 18 from 5-7 p.m. to help us put together Radical Writers, your library summer journal. All summer long you've submitted book reviews, artwork, poetry and more. Now it's time to put it all together, but we need your help.

Help us make the journal and enjoy some pizza while you work. See you in the Puett Room!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

End of Summer Reading Party

Like a mystery? And prizes? Make sure to attend our Teen Mystery Night & Summer Reading Wrap Up Party, tomorrow, August 12, from 7-10 p.m. in the Community Room. You can dress up as your favorte book character if you'd like.

Just make sure you turn in your reading records before or at the beginning of the program for a chance to win one of our fabulous prize bags! Solve a mystery, eat cake and possibly win some prizes! See you then.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Library Videos or Why Librarians are Rad

There's been a rash of fabulous viral library videos lately. I say "rash" not because they are annoying and itchy, but because they keep popping up, seem to be spreading and are incredibly catchy. What a gross analogy.

One NPR blogger wrote about this trend, theorizing that libraries are the next cupcake. I'm very happy to let libraries be the next cupcake, as long as we still get to have cupcakes too. Anyway, check out some of these videos and enjoy:

Librarians Go Gaga - Lots of inside jokes about cataloging and information behavior from my alma mater, but still a worthy piece of entertainment. The guy with the banjo used to insist on the correct pronunciation of the word "llama."* And he brought up llamas a LOT.

Library Spice - Then, Brigham Young U did this parody of the Old Spice commercials.

Shirtless Spice - Then, somehow, Mr. Old Spice himself did this commercial for libraries. Awesome.

Who you gonna call - And finally, Improv Everywhere reenacts the opening scene of Ghostbusters in the New York Public Library. I'm just speechless.

So, it's high time we start cranking out a few more videos here at the TPL. That's why, starting in the fall, the Teen Library Council will be writing, directing, producing and starring in short films and book trailers for our very own library. Catch the wave of the new cupcake while you have the chance: Come by the library to pick up a Teen Library Council application!

*It's "ya-ma."

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Be Radical--Write...

...or draw or review. There's still time to submit something (artwork, poetry, short stories, book reviews or fanfic) for our teen summer art journal. Plus, every submission gets you a ticket to enter the drawing for our special prizes (think gift certificates for movie tickets, books and more). Pick up an entry form in the Young Adult or Children's Room and submit away!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Knights Are Coming!

Want to see knights in action? Stop by this Saturday, July 24, from 2-4 p.m. in the Community Room to watch the Knights of Veritas. These Knights bring the medieval Age of Chivalry to life through interactive educational demonstrations of arms, armor, combat, knighthood and chivalry. It's history with a zing!

Learn about the Code of Chivalry, as the Knights of Veritas pit myth against fact with thrilling demonstrations of historical combat technique! Their authentically weighted and detailed steel swords and armor provide an eye-opening experience.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Contests, Contests

For those of you who signed up for our Summer Reading program, don't forget to send in your entry form for the Dive Into Saving for College program. Three winners from each congressional district in Oregon will be chosen to win $1000 each to use towards your College Savings Plan. We have plenty of entry forms at the library and you can see more of the rules here.

If you've read The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, you may have dreamed, as I did, I living in a museum and exploring after hours. Well, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is looking for just that: someone over 18 who will live in the museum for a month, write about their experiences and do some other very cool stuff. Sounds like fun? Check out the official speak here.

On a more local note, Oregon has introduced its own Reader's Choice Award for kids and teens, called ORCA and they desperately need a logo. Grand prize is $200 gift certificate to Powell's (and the winning design would be the new logo). Oregon residents aged 8-18 can send in their entries by August 13, 2010. Find out more on their webpage.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Libba Bray is a Goddess...

...and not just because she calls librarians (and teachers) part therapists, part magicians, part marines and wholly awesome. Her Going Bovine won the Printz Award for Young Adult literature this week. And her acceptance speech is thoroughly entertaining me even as I type. If you haven't read the book yet, for gosh sake, hurry. And follow this link to listen to her speech, in which she manages to explain the molecular influence of good jazz on one's body:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Prizes are Ready!

Come on down to the library, people. Today’s the day you can start picking up your Summer Reading prizes. If you’ve finished your 15 hours of reading, bring your reading record to the Children’s Reference desk and turn it in for your free book, Oaks Park coupon and Blazers ticket.

Also, don’t forget to submit to the summer arts journal. I want more FAN FICTION! Submission forms are at the library, or you can email your submissions directly to

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Calling All Percy Jackson Fans!

If you're going to be in the 4th grade or up and you love Percy Jackson as much as I do, come join us at Camp Half-Blood on Wednesday, July 14 from 3 to 6 in the Community Room. See the movie The Lightning Thief, enter a trivia contest, and find out who your "god parent" is. I already know who mine is: Athena. Go figure, I'm a librarian.

---Crossposted from the Family Book Bag Blog. Written by Holly.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Water Fun @ the Library

Spray bottles, sponges and squirt guns...yep, it's Tidal Wave time at the library. This Thursday, July 8 from 3-5 p.m., come to the library ready to have a splashing great time. Guess how much a water balloon weighs, compete in relay races and cool off with other water games. Bring a towel and be prepared to get wet!

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Tentacular Good Time!

130 people toroughly enjoyed our visit with Roland Smith yesterday, and he enjoyed us too:

My favorite moment was when Roland was done speaking and I said folks could have their book signed. Everyone shot up from their seats as if suddenly lit aflame and launched themselves toward poor Roland. I thought he might be trampled. But he's a pro and an all around stand-up guy, so he took it all in stride.

Next up is Spanish Family Movies on Saturday and our Game Sharks Game Fest on Thursday, July 1. Don't miss it. I tested out Beatles Rock Band on the Xbox, and my was it fun. Did you know that I am not only a librarian, I also get to be a game tester on a semi-frequent basis? Mrs. E says, "Don't be a fool! Stay in school."
P.S. Check out the shape of the wrinkles above Mr. T's nose. Wow. How does he do that? If I could do that, I wouldn't have to tell anyone to turn off their cell phones ever again.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Saving for College?

This summer the Oregon College Savings Plan and public libraries throughout the state are teaming up to bring you the Dive into Saving for College program. You could win a $1,000 Oregon College Savings Plan account.

What do you have to do? Sign up for Summer Reading at the library! Look for entry cards for Dive into Saving for College. Fill it out and drop it in the mail for a chance to win! Fifteen lucky winners will chosen at the end of the summer. Find out more here or stop in the library for the entry form and rules. Entries must be postmarked by August 20, 2010 and received by August 24, 2010 to be eligible.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hoop It!

School's (almost) out for summer. Kick off your summer fun with our hula hoop workshop. Learn a few hooping tricks while you're at it. Compete to see who can spin the hoop the longest! And yep, you'll be able to create your own fabulous hoop while supplies last.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Lost in Translation

So, I was ordering books for our Young Adult Spanish collection today and I came across this description of E.D. Baker's The Frog Princess. Seems this publisher used translation software rather than an actual bi-lingual person to try to convince librarians like me to buy this book. Bad idea with hilarious results:

"Emerald Princess is a rare: DUCKS and it looks like a donkey when laughs. One day you come across a frog speaker, said to be the prince of Montevista eadric Alta and asking him a kiss to undo the spell that made him a witch. Emerald is what gives, but...Is she who is transformed into a frog! Together they must go in search of the witch who spells to Eadric to get back to people."

That is an exact quote, punctuation and all. DUCKS!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Deelay Ceelay rocks the library!

Top 5 Reasons Why the Library is Especially Awesome Friday, June 4

1) It will be loud
2) It will make you want to dance
3) It will be colorful
4) It will be electroni-rock with crazy visuals, like nothing you've ever seen or heard at a library before
5) It will be completely and utterly free

One of Portland's top bands, Deelay Ceeley, will be playing in the Library Community Room from 7-8:30. Just follow the sound of the live drumming and be there! Check out the band's website to learn more about their unique sound and performance style and download free music:

We'll have a table set up at the show where you can sign up for Summer Reading: Make waves!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Make Waves (At Your Library)

Sign up for Summer Reading June 1st! Think you can read at least 15 hours this summer? When you do, you'll qualify for some fabulous prizes. Think you're a Radical Writer? Submit your artwork, poems, short stories, book reviews or fanfic to enter an exclusive drawing. Your work may be published in our Radical Writers summer journal.

Don't forget to pick up the flyer to see our summer programs...hula hoop making, surf movie marathon, water fight and so much more fun stuff.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Your Library Needs You!

Want to get out of the house this summer, help out the library and get something to put on your resume? The library is looking for a few good teens for the Teen Summer Volunteering program. Get an inside peek at the workings of the library, hang out with other teens and do a good deed.

What will you be doing? Shelving, shelving and shelving! You might also find books, help out at programs and help staff with projects.

Sound interesting? Than check here for information about signing up or ask next time you're in the library.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Teen and adult Retrogaming is Friday, May 14 from 5-7 in the Technology Room (the computer classroom on the second floor of the library). We'll be playing online emulators of games from way back in the 80s and 90s. A vintage good time will be had by all! The first to make it across the Oregon Trail wins a prize. If you dare to challenge me at Arkanoid II, you will know how it feels to be pwned old-school. I should warn you, I actually owned an Apple II GS.

Can't make it to the program? No problem. I've pasted links to some of the games we'll be playing below:

Virtual Apple- Depending on which game is selected, may need to install a plug-in. Has Oregon Trail and Arkanoid II. Almost every Apple II game ever made!
Virtual Atari- no downloading required, complete with images of classic game cassettes, must hit “Reset” to start games.
Classic Arcade Games- flash games do not require download, includes Mario, Zelda, Tetris, Pong, etc.
Classic Arcade Pack-Includes, Frogger, Pong, Tetris, Pacman and others, requires download, nice looking and sounding games

Star Guard-Requires unzipping and downloading
Hero Core-Requires unzipping and downloading, fun and cheesy story

Spelunky-Requires unzip and download. Nice tutorial to introduce controls.

Monday, May 10, 2010

City Contests

Does you dream of political greatness? Get a headstart with the City of Tigard's poster/essay/video contest "If I Were Mayor" going on now through May 28th. Check the City's page for the full set of rules and how-to's. Tigard students (including homeschoolers) in grades 4th-12th can enter!
Also, the City is sponsoring a sidewalk art contest to decorate the new Burnham Street/Ash Street sidewalks. Students in 6th-8th can try their hand at creating a design for a concrete stamp depicting either the Western Pond Turtle or the Northern Red-Legged Frog. Check the City's page if you, like me, have no idea what either of those look like (and for more information!).

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Fans of Roland Smith!

Have you heard that Roland Smith will be coming to the library in June to talk about Tentacles, his newest book? Well he is. And we'll be giving away 50 copies of the book! I was reading Roland's blog today and learned of another opportunity to get a free copy of one of his books. Once Roland's Facebook page gets 5000 fans, he will chose ten lucky fans to get signed copies of Cryptid Hunters. Which is, coincidentally, the BookTRON book for May. Become a fan for a chance to win!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Build It @ the Library

Join us for our first ever Legos party this Sunday, April 25, from 1:30-3 pm in the Community Room. We'll provide the blocks to play with at the party. In addition, a local Robotics team will be on hand to provide demonstrations of their creations! What will you build?

Monday, April 19, 2010

You Chose

The Younger Readers Choice Award winners have been announced. Young readers from Oregon to Alaska read and voted for the following:

4th-6th graders Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
7th-9th graders Schooled by Gordon Korman
10th-12th graders City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

Kiddos, I have read all three, and I approve of your voting. Good books all around! Next year Oregon will be hosting their own Choice Awards, so bring on the books and start reading!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

What adults should start learning from kids...

I recently came across this video of incredible child author Adora Svitak speaking about how childhood optimism, innovation and creativity is our key to a successful future. In her talk, Spitak illustrates that kids thrive in a collaborative environment, and that adults should aspire to trust them and be receptive to their ideas. So how many adults in your life, when setting rules for you, have asked if you have any rules for them? What a genius idea. Adora's talk reminds me of something easily forgotten from the cynical perspective of an adult: Kids' fantastical ideas are not unrealistic. Rather, they are coming from great big brains that have not yet learned a bunch of impassible limitations, and that is incredibly powerful. Check out the video and Svitak's Blog.

Monday, April 12, 2010

More Book Spine Poetry

Here's my attempt:
I'm really missing punctuation. Do you think it would work if I put an Emily Dickinson volume where there should be an ellipsis? Trust me, for an English major, that joke is hilarious.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fowler Media Fair Projects on Display

They're here...
And there...
Media Fair's on display!
Here it is!
Hippity, hoppity.

Hmm, I wonder if I've ever quoted Dumbo before. Anyway, come to the Young Adult Room to see a few fabulous Fowler Middle School media projects on display! I am particularly fond of the partially eviscerated sheep.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Poetry--Book Spine Edition

Get creative with your books...create poetry using the words on the spine. Here's my attempt using only Young Adult New Fiction (the fourth book is Awakening). Give it a try and send us your poetry! 
Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the idea!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The new edition of Scratched is here!

Come by the library to pick up your copy of the spring issue of Scratched, our zine created by teens, for teens. This issue features lots of original art, writing and tips for a peaceful planet. You can find the zine in the Young Adult Room on the shelf above the music CDs. You will not want to miss the "10 Things You Will Probably Never Have on a To-do List" list. Hmm a NOT to-do list...Let's see:

1) Teach your grandmother to suck eggs
2) Martinize your shorts
3) ...Got suggestions for the list? Then comment on this blog post.

* The image above depicts Stimpson J. Cat of Ren and Stimpy, one of the best cartoons ever (which I just flagrantly plagiarized), drawn and created by John Kricfalusi.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It's Time

Have questions or concerns about alcohol and drugs? Join a frank conversation with other teens on April 6th from 7-8:15 p.m. at Tigard High School.

Monday, March 22, 2010

What are you suggesting?

Lisa and I love finding movies, CDs and books to buy for the teen collections. While we try to keep a look out for new and interesting titles, sometimes we miss things. So if you notice we're missing something that you think the library should own, make a suggestion!  You can fill out the online form here, fill out a "Suggestion for Purchase" card scattered throughout the library, or mention it to one of us at the desk. You can ask for a specific title or something general, like "More books about ____, please!". It's your collection, so exercise your voice and tell us what's what, nicely, of course.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

For the Win!

Here's a great opportunity to get advance copies of Cory Doctorow's new book for young adults,For the Win, way before it's due out in in May. The author and his publisher are looking for young reviewers, so if you're under 19, you can request a copy. Only 200 are available, so act fast!:
Doctorow's first book for teens was Little Brother, one of my faves of 2008.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Group Boredom

Behold, the fantastic movie created at our Teen Movie-Making Project this past Sunday, March 7.
Group Boredom from Tigard Library on Vimeo.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Just a few words

Favorite things: studying, quiet-time, chores -- weird?

Could you write your life story in six words? I Can't Keep My Own Secrets has collected six-word memoirs from 800 teens. From the funny ("I never got my Hogwarts letter." - Deanna H.), to the heartbreaking ("Always listening, but never really heard." - Agnes T.), to the inspirational ("Follow your dreams. Not your parents." - Srishti K.), this is a great book to browse through or read cover to cover.  You might be inspired to write your own six word memoir.  Feel like sharing? Post yours in the comments!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Test Prep

If you're getting ready for the big tests (ACT, SAT, etc.), then you should check out Learning Express. With your library card, you can prep with some exercises and even take practice exams (with scores and tips!).  Create your own account so that you can go at your own speed and save your progress.  Even if you just want a little self-guided tutoring there are plenty of exercises available. Best of all, it's free!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Teen Movie Project

Movie buffs, wanna-be directors, screenwriter hopefuls, and editors are needed for the Tigard Teen Movie Project. On Sunday, March 7 from 1-5 p.m., two teams will use mini cameras to create a mini film. Think you want to try it out? Sign up at either the Teen Desk, Children's Desk or give us a call (503-684-6537).

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dance Off Depression

Dance-off Depression, people! That’s right. This Friday, February 19, from 5-8 p.m. teens and adults are invited to the community room to dance away the doldrums with the guidance of a professional dance instructor. Go retro and learn Depression Era dances like the Lindy Hop and the Fox Trot. So you think you can dance? Now you can find out for sure! After the dance lesson, it’s ladies choice at our Sadie Hawkins dance.

Depression Era snacks (like Twinkies. Yum.) will be provided.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Only somewhat depressing...

The teen book discussion group, BookTRON (Teens Read Outrageously Now) is meeting Thursday, February 11 from 4:30-6:00 in the Community Room. BookTRON is usually full, but as a special treat for Tigard reads, and with the generous support of the Friends of the Library, we have purchased extra copies of A Long Way From Chicago to allow more teens to participate. It's a quick read, and it's not too late to sign up. If you're a teen in grades 6-12, stop by the Children's Reference Desk to register and pick up your free copy of the book.

Teens are also invited to participate in one of the Adult Book Discussions this month. Stop by one of the reference desks upstairs to find out more and pick up your free copy of
Grapes of Wrath.

Young Adult authors have written some fantastic depression-era stories for teens. I recommend:

Ten Cents a Dance by Portland author Christine Fletcher.
We meet Ruby who has had a hard time surviving the depression years after her mother could no longer work and she had to quit school to support her family by working at the same meat-packing plant that caused her mother's injuries. Ruby is 16, and she wants to dance, listen to music and have fun just like any other teenager. When she learns about a local taxi dancing club, she senses an opportunity to make more money and have fun at the same time. However, dancing with strange men at a dime a pop ends up being harder work than she thought possible, especially since she must hide her new profession from her family.

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

Dust by Arthur Slade
Eleven-year-old Robert is the only one who can help when a mysterious stranger arrives, performing tricks and promising to bring rain, at the same time children begin to disappear from a dust bowl farm town in Saskatchewan in the 1930s.



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