Friday, July 29, 2011

Not to be Missed!

Local musician Colin Meloy of Decemberists fame and illustrator Carson Ellis are married, which is convenient as they've been working on an amazing project together: A new series of books set in the wilds of a fantastical Portland and Forest Park. The first book Wildwood is due out August 30th. I'm almost done reading an advance copy (professional perk), and I can't tell you how difficult it was to put it down after my break today. Check out the book trailer below:



Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Martial Arts of Brazil

Next week we're doing something we've never done at the library before: We've invited a Capoeira instructor and his students to demonstrate and workshop their art at the library! On Thursday, August 4 from 3-4:30, Contra Mestre Pedro Cruz of Capoeira Raca will share this incredibly vibrant and musical martial art/dance style with all of you. Teens will be able to participate, and folks of all ages are welcome to watch the demonstration. Don't forget to dress in comfortable clothes (pants, preferably), because you will be up and moving! Check out this video to see what Capoeira is like. The first time I saw this art (and every time since), I was left with a feeling of happiness. The rhythm, the music, the dancey feeling of collaboration, and just the amazing ways human bodies can bend. This is not to be missed!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Anime Fest!

It's time for Anime Fest, this Thursday, July 28 from 3-6 p.m. in the Community Room! In addition to tasty teas and treats, watching some anime and making bento, we'll be folding some nanibirds (like the cool paper stuff in this book) and having fun with haiku. For extra fun, you can cosplay as your favorite globetrotting anime character.* It should be excellent!

*If you have extra ideas, send them my way...because I've got no clue for this one. Help?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Reading for School?

Do you have a summer reading assignment for your school? Have you checked out (or read) the book yet? If not, don't wait! There may be a waiting list. Stop by the Young Adult Desk or give us a call (503-718-2652) to see if the book you need is available.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Book Buzz

So even though it's summer (and actually a warm day today), I have goosebumps. I just watched the book trailer for what looks like an amazingly creepy story, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. *Cue haunting music* There's already a long list of people who have it on hold (I'm definitely one of them). See for yourself....

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What next?

Listening to the radio on the way to work this morning, it occurred to me that there is no better Death Eater anthems than Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like a Hole." (Click the link to a music video that demonstrates that instruments covered in debris can still sound good and there is nothing more fun than whipping water around with your dreadlocks.)

Now, for the uninitiated (are there any of you out there, still?), the Death Eaters are followers of the dark side in the Harry Potter universe. Where Harry and his cronies embody all that is good and loyal and human, the Death Eaters are cruel, cowardly and smelly, though often fashionably clad in leather corsets.

As you all know, the newest film release is the last we are likely to see of Harry's world, with the exception of Pottermore of course, whatever that may be. I didn't start reading about Harry until I was in college, when The Sorcerer's Stone was assigned in a class. And I read along with the rest of the world as the books became more popular and JK Rowling became richer than the queen. I left the theater this weekend and noticed people openly weeping, and I assumed they grieved not only over events in the film but for the end of an era. (OK, I might have been crying too, but don't tell anybody.) However, I'm comforted that we will never see the end of these books. I'm confident people will be reading them in life-support pods as they zoom towards colonies in far-reaching branches of the galaxy.

So, lets all support each other as we transition into a world without Potter newness, a world of re-reading and re-watching. Please share your thoughts in the comments about how HP has impacted you and what you think will come next. Also, lets get to work on an awesome playlist. What songs do you think embody the themes and people of the Potter universe?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Red Riding Retold

Wolves attack and kill Grandma, but little else is familiar in the retelling of the Red Riding story in Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. As children Scarlett and Red survive a fenris or werewolf attack that kills their grandmother and horribly scars Scarlett. Now teenagers the girls are avid fenris hunters, which is a good thing considering that fenris attacks seem to be on the rise. The wolves are hunting for a Potential, one of the rare humans that change into wolves when bitten, to add to their pack. The girls, along with their woodsman friend Silas, head to the city to track the killers. Drawing from folklore and mixing in some modern day action and romance, Sisters Red is an engaging read (and an awesome bookcover!).

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hugo

One of my favorite books of the last few years was Brian Selznick's brilliant and Original The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Martin Scorsese has made an already cinematically beautiful book into a movie, due out in November. Check out the trailer below:


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Earth to Library...

I learned something today: It takes 5 stamps to mail a postcard from the capital of Siberia to Tigard, Oregon. On June 17, teens created postcards that they sent to distant lands via Postcrossing, and we're already starting to get postcards back, one from Siberia and one from Australia. They'll be in display on the bulletin board behind the YA Reference Desk. Come on by and check them out!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

On the Map

I have a mission for you.

Next time you're in the library, look for the map on the bulletin board behind the Young Adult Reference Desk.

Now, find a pin to the left of the map and mark a place that you have traveled this summer, whether in reality or through books. Fantasy and science fictional realms are included.

So far the map indicates that you are all quite worldly, though only one person so far has traveled south of the equator.

I dare you to go even more exotic. Try one of these great books:

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.

Keeper by Peet Mal:
In an interview with a young journalist, World Cup hero, El Gato, describes his youth in the Brazilian rain forest and the events, experiences, and people that helped make him a great goalkeeper and renowned soccer star.

Spud by John Van de Ruit:
In 1990, thirteen-year-old John "Spud" Milton, a prepubescent choirboy, keeps a diary of his first year at an elite, boys-only boarding school in South Africa, as he deals with bizarre housemates, wild crushes, embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, and much more.

The Conch Bearer by Chitra Divakaruni:
In India, a healer invites twelve-year-old Anand to join him on a quest to return a magical conch to its safe and rightful home, high in the Himalayan mountains.

The White Darkness by Gereldine McCaughrean:
Taken to Antarctica by the man she thinks of as her uncle for what she believes to be a vacation, Symone--a troubled fourteen year old--discovers that he is dangerously obsessed with seeking Symme's Hole, an opening that supposedly leads into the center of a hollow Earth.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Your Summer Travel Log

The Summer Reading Program is rolling right along! Don't forget to turn in your submissions for the Teen Travel Journal. We're looking for writing, artworks and photography about places you've visited, either in person or through books. You could have your work published in our summer journal, and with each submission, you choose a prize drawing you want to enter. The prize options include a Book Lovers bag with lots of books and a Barnes & Noble gift card, a Get Creative bag with Joann's gift card and art supplies, or the chance to have a donation in your name made to Heifer International.

Now, let me tell you something about Heifer International. This is a charity that takes money and turns it into financial and nutritional independence for families around the world. How? Cows, goats, bunnies, chickens, and geese. That's right, if you win this prize drawing, you can change someone's life with farm animals. Awesome.

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