Thursday, June 30, 2011

What fiction would you call home?

This just in via Bookshelves of Doom: Author Jeff VanderMeer is working on a book called If You Lived Here: The Top 30 All-time Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Worlds, and you can help. Just click through to this website and fill out the form nominating your favorite fictional realm. Don't forget to share your pick in the comments: We want to hear about it too!

If I got to choose a fantasy realm in which I would live out the rest of my days. I would definitely go for Terry Pratchett's Discworld. From Ankh Morpork to the Chalk, there's no place I'd rather be, especially if I got to hang out with Granny Weatherwax and the Feegles.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Supervillian Reject

Golden City has an unusually high population of heroes and villians. Thanks to a genetic virus, both heros and villians become marked on their 16th birthday, when the thumbprint changes to reveal H or V. Damien, son of Mistress Mayhem, has eagerly awaited the announcement of his villian nature. Except on his birthday, his thumbprint changes to a X, leaving his status unknown. Horrified that he might be a superhero and *gasp* be able to fly (no self respecting villian would fly), Damien hides his X while he figures out his future. The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell is for fans of graphic novels, superheroes (and villians) and fun science fiction.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Magic for Muggles

Attention Muggles! Don't miss an opportunity to learn some tricks from the world of wizards at our Magic for Muggles program, Thursday, June 30 from 4-6 p.m. in the Community Room. You can bring the whole family to enjoy trivia, search for the Deathly Hallows, visit Honeydukes, make a potion, hone your quidditch skills and more! We encourage you to come in costume, and we'll be dressed up too!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Are You an Odd-Fish?

If you loved Roald Dahl (Matilda, James and the Giant Peach) as a kid, you'll probably love James Kennedy's The Order of Odd-Fish. Jo has grown up in the desert with her eccentric and forgetful Aunt Lily. Jo showed up in Aunt Lily's laundry room with a note declaring her "dangerous." On Christmas Day a Russian colonel and a large cockroach (he walks on his hind legs) show up and Jo's ordinary life becomes bizarre. Soon they are all on the shores of Eldritch City, where fantastic creatures roam the streets, knights battle in insults and apologies, and a dark, gloomy and mysterious cloud hangs over Jo's existence. For fans of alternate worlds, silly stories and great mysteries.

Friday, June 10, 2011

You Are Here

Teen Library Council presents yet another episode in the life of Pencil Paul. Stay put for the bloopers, because they're really the best part, and don't forget to stop by the library to sign up for Summer Reading!

You Are Here from Tigard Library on Vimeo.

Carpe Pisum...

...which I'm pretty sure means "Seize the Pea," is a truly impressive short film made by students of Tigard High who have also been known to frequent the library. Watch it:

Friday, June 3, 2011

Your Private IOA (Pronounce it like the state. Get it?)

Summer Reading has begun, and with it the sun has decided to make an appearance. (Oh Sun, please stay with us for a good long while...We've missed you so!) Celebrate with us on Saturday, June 4 from 2-3 at the library gazebo when Portland band IOA will be rocking a concert for all ages. Show up to sign-up for Summer Reading, get sticky with Otter Pops and soak in some vitamin D.

Find out more about IOA's unique, experimental jungle rock sound here:



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