Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Get Your Motor Running...

Summer Reading starts June 1!
Stop by the library to register, either in the Children's or Young Adult Room, and start reading your way towards prizes!

While you're in the YA Room, add a pin to the map on the bulletin board, marking a place you will be visiting this summer whether in reality or through books. The map is already up, and marked locations so far include Australia, Dubai, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Minnesota and Las Vegas! You are certainly a worldly bunch of peoples.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Briony has no feelings, no heart because she is a witch. She tells us from the first page that she deserves to hang because she is guilty. From there the story unfolds with a horrible beauty as she tramps through the soggy earth of Swampsea. Her stoic nature is tested again and again by her child-like sister Rose and a lion-like youth Eldric. Briony wants to save her sister from the swamp cough and to do so must confront the swamp and the Old Ones who dwell there. Chime by Franny Billingsley slowly unwinds with all the tension of a horror story and the heartache of a love story.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Want to volunteer?

We're looking for a few good teen volunteers to help the library this summer. Jobs include shelving (lots of shelving!), helping with programs and other activities. If you're interested, check out the facts here. Volunteering is great for your resume and college applications. Plus, library work is fun, says the librarian!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Study Time

Cramming for finals? Want a quiet place to study? Our study rooms can be reserved for two hours a day, giving you a table and white board and, hopefully, some study motivation! Just stop by the Reference Desk upstairs or call 503-718-2517 to reserve your room. Now get to studying!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Another Reason Why Libraries Are Awesome

Oh, to be in New York City tonight, when 500 lucky folks will stay up all night at the main branch of the New York Public Library playing a "Find the Future" scavenger hunt. Watch the game trailer below, and log on here to play the game yourself online (starting May 21).

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Be a Frood

As you know, the Boy Scout and intergalactic hitchhiker's motto is "Always be prepared." And there is nothing in the universe more massively useful than a towel. As the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy proclaims:
"You can wrap it [a towel] around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is."

So, if you're hoopy enough to celebrate the life and works of Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy among other froody books, carry your towel with you on Wednesday, May 25 (Towel Day) to honor his memory. Stop by the Young Adult Desk with towel in tow between 3 and 7 p.m., and you can pick out the button of your choice.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

If You Were Mayor...

What would you do if you were the mayor? All it takes is an essay or video (depending on your grade) with your ideas, an entry form and you're set! See the rules and application here. The deadline is approaching...May 31...so get creative! Did I mention prizes?!



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