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!



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