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.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Do you prefer "geek" or "nerd"?

What do authors Holly Black, Scott Westerfeld, Libba Bray and John Green have in common (besides being authors, of course)? They all consider themselves geeks. And they've all written about their geek-selves, along with a slew of other super YA authors, in Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd. From theater geeks to Star Trekkers, there's a story there for every geek.

When Jessie's friends transform in to wanna-be punkers, she's not so happy. Especially since they do it just to hang out with Jessie's brother's bandmates. On the outs with them, she spends her time sewing (she makes different skirts for moods, holidays, and just because) and hanging out with her brother. Suddenly she's making friends with band kids and the local Dungeons and Dragons crew. Could she secretly be a nerd at heart? Follow Jessie as she goes Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, a hilarious story of friendship, family and embracing your inner nerd by Julie Halpern.

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