Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Novel Searches

Did you know you can now use Facebook to surf the web, or to find the favorite books, restaurants, musicians, whatever of the people who live in your area or socialize in your circle? Or live in any area and socialize in any circle, for that matter. It;s true, Facebook is putting the information it collects about its users (we'll talk about privacy later) to good use and making it easy for you find out more about your world. Click here to try it out.

Emily Papagni of Multnomah County Library has written a fabulous post about different types of search options, including Facebook's. Click through to read more, like how there's a Russian search engine that's growing in popularity. It searches for not only the information you need but it's algorithm makes some eerily accurate guesses about the problem you may be trying to solve through your search and makes appropriate suggestions. There's also a search engine that lets you weed out the most commercial, search optimized results to see the fascinating web sites that may be buried under the top results. I tried the same search using each one of the engines Emily describes and Google and was fascinated with the differences.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Needle Felting

SCULPTURAL NEEDLE FELTING WORKSHOP Wednesday, January 15 • 6:30–8:30 p.m. Local fiber artist LeBrie Rich will demonstrate needle felting techniques for creating realistic fiber sculptures. Explore techniques and materials and make a small felted sculpture in class. Supplies and tools provided. Registration is required and begins Monday, December 16. Limited to 25 people. Please call 503-718-2517 This is gonig to be a really fun class - sign up today!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

All Ages Anime

We're ringing in the new year a little early. We can't help it. We're just too excited for 2014. Join us Friday, December 27, from 2-4pm with Japanese games, crafts, snacks, and a screening of Studio Ghibli';s latest film (rated PG) about a group of Yokohama teens looking to save their school's clubhouse fromthe wricking ball to make room for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics construction.

Click here to learn more about the 1964 Olympics.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest

If you or someone you know is  an artist, submit work to the WCCLS Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest. There are prizes and noteriety to be had! Don't delay. Act now. Time's a wastin'.  The deadline is February 15th, 2014.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

It's snowing!

OK. Well, it might not be snowing outside today in your neighborhood, but you can make a snowflake and add it to this perpetual field of snow where, remarkably, it's always snowing!
Hover over individual snowflakes and see who made them and from what part of the world.

Friday, December 6, 2013


There are still a few slots open for teens who want to join the OTAKU book club. We are reading Black Butler by Yana Toboso. Stop by the reference desk in the Children's Room to register and pick up your free book.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Mitten Tree

Help to keep a community member in need warm this winter by donating new mittens, gloves, a hat, or scarf to the Mitten Tree.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Mega Craft!

It's time to feel craft-alistic! Mega Craft: where you can make some of your gifts for the family and friends.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I'll take that, in 3-D, please.

The ability to print in 3-D is becoming more and more popular and available. Take a look at Thingiverse! There are tons of people, using their imagination, dreaming up products, and sharing their creations with others, free of charge!
What will you dream up?

A skull playset, anyone?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ashton Kutcher, you're my hero.

Click here. Watch it and take notes. That is all.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

These are a few of your favorite things

....and you have to sing it (above title).

The Teen Choice Awards for 2013 have come and gone. Enough time has gone by.
Go ahead, you know you want to: click here and mock all of the things on the list.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Honoring the Brave

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day. Take a moment (or two) to personally thank someone you know who has served in American's miliary. If you don't know anyone personally, stop where you are. We're going to use our imagination.Close your eyes. Picture in your mind a person in a miliary uniform. Say a genuine thank you to that person. Open you eyes. You've done your part for someone who has done their's for this country.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Happy 50th Birthday, Tigard Public Library!

Hi gang! Today is the library's birthday. Maybe your grandparents or your parents were around when the library opened it's doors for the first time. Let's celebrate. Stop by today between 2-4pm for some cake and entertainment.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead/ Día de los Muertos is just around the corner. It's time to get out your dancing skeletons, make an altar for a loved one who has passed, and enjoy pan de muerto. If you've never heard of the holiday, you can learn more about it here.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #32

Carley Rae Jepson's "Call Me Maybe" song has inspired a lot of parodies. The Star Wars version is a favorite at Scrap-Cracklings. Do you have a favorite? Post your favorites in the comment box! This zombie one is pretty fun, too.

Monday, October 14, 2013


The Zombie Underground Party is this Wednesday, October 16 from 5-7pm in the Burgess Community Room. We'll dress up like zombies, eat (Jello) brains, enjoy games and a movie based on the book Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.

You might need this some day. No. Really, you might.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Teen Read Week- Seek the Unknown

It's that time of year again, people. The time that teen books reign supreme. Of course, for some of as that's a year long phenomenon, but this is the week we get to shove YA lit in peoples' faces and declare all those who don't read it sadly unenriched.

To celebrate Teen Read Week (October 13-19) this year, we are giving away books and partying like zombies. Stop by the YA Room any time this week to pick out a free book. You can read it, or not, then place it somewhere clever for a new reader to discover. Take a picture of your book drop and we'll post it on WCCLS' Facebook.

Then, join us on Wednesday, October 16 from 5-7 p.m. for our Zombie Underground party. We'll be making undead dolls, playing eyeball mini-golf, consuming snacks and showing a certain movie based on the book Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.

Be there!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Scrap Cracklings #31

You may or may not have heard of Kelvin Doe, otherwise known as DJ Focus. He is a teen from Siera Leone who is changing the world for the better with his creations from being a self-taught electrical engineer.

Here he is talking about his discoveries.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #30

You've heard of Awkward Family Photo's, right? If you haven't, take a moment or two and enjoy how the family photo can go terribly wrong.
Avoid having your family photo posted there by taking a few pointers from Unbored: the essential field guide to serious fun by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Larsen.
Pointers include:
  • Shoot a lot of photos
  • Natural light is best, and even better when not in direct sunlight
  • Get Close - keep the focus on the family, not the surroundings.
  • Stay in the picture. In other words, use the self timer.
  • Get funky with the setting - but not too funky. See above picture.
  • Accessorize
  • Go abstract - instead of shooting the faces, take a picture of everyone's feet.
  • Reward with candy - make sure it's not blue.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Banned Books Week, September 22-28

We live with a lot of freedom to read what we want to read in this country and not be judged or persecuted. The freedom to read is the cornerstone of every library's mission statement.
Some people do not want you to have this freedom. As a result books that are challenged in the library have the potential to be banned. Here are a few that have been challenged in Oregon

Monday, September 23, 2013

SAT Workshop

Hello college-bound students. Would you like to learn the ins and outs of taking the SAT?
You'll get all the tips and tricks from the pros at this workshop we're offering, Tuesday, October 8, from 5-7pm.
Sign up today!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #29

The creator of many beloved animated movies including Howl's Moving Castle and, more recently, The Secret World of Arrietty, Hayao Miyazaki is retiring. Sad face, sad face.
Learn more about his final project here.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


OK, is it just me, or does it look like the girl on this cover is about to deliver a giant raspberry (or zrbrt, if you will) on the neck of this angel/boy? I mean, her lips are at ultimate pucker...

This book, My Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush will arrive at the library this month to a Young Adult fiction section near you. In it, unpopular Jenna is delighted when a gorgeous new guy at school, who is apparently also an angel, is as attracted to her as she to him. According to a review from Kirkus,  "Unfortunately, they're plagued both by Luke's ancient nemesis, Adam, and by their community-theater production of Fiddler on the Roof. Luke, Jenna and Adam are all involved in the accidentally farcical  performance, battling out a theoretically epic fray around costume changes and musical numbers. Goofy  humor--complete with a recurring supernatural chorus of Michael Jackson songs, an angel with an algebra quiz and the lifesaving antics of babysitter's nightmare David Lipski--is suitably slapstick." 
I'm especially intrigued by the "supernatural chorus of Michael Jaskson songs." If you are too, check out this refreshingly comedic take on supernatural romance.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #28

Be a smart kitty.
Did you know that MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has fee onlinecourse materials?
Through its MIT OPEN COURSEWARE program, anyone with a curious mind can enjoy a quality education in many fields of study. People all over the world are using it.
Have you always wanted to know more about nanomachines? How about evolution and society?
This isn't your average DIY, this is college levle DIY!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #27

Feel like singing the blues? Every blues singer needs a harmonica. Here's a way to make one using popsicle sticks.
Now you can sing the blues about not having a "real" harmonica.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #26

Morse Code was invented about 160 years ago and was developed by Samuel F.B. Morse.
It is still in use today!

Here is a great tutorial

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #25

It's that time of year again...

You might be starting at a new school in a new town. Or you might be heading back to the school you've grown to know and..er...love? Either way, it's been a while since you've stepped foot in a classroom, cracked open a geometry book, and maybe seen some of your friends.

Here are some handy tips on making sure that the first day of the rest of your year goes well.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

OCD and the Library

The video above features an incredible spoken work artist performing his composition about falling in love. It's gone viral, and I keep seeing it pop-up everywhere. Neil Hilborn has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The way he incorporates his tics and compulsions into his work is breathtaking.

OCD affects about 3% of the general population of the U.S., including about 1 in 200 minors. People usually begin displaying symptoms between the ages of 6 and 15. That means that someone you know, perhaps even someone close to you, has some degree of Obsessive Compulsive disorder. In spite of the restrictions the disorder's typical behaviors can place on a person, lots of people with OCD live incredible, creative lives. Want to know more? Try one of these fabulous new books:

OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Vaughn

Danielle Levine has an impressive hat collection and a different pair of Chucks for every mood. She stands out everywhere, even in her alternative high school filled with weirdos. When her unique English essays land her in a dreaded social skills class, she's surprised to meet someone who just may understand her better than she understands herself and introduces her to a community of people who accept her for who she is.

OCD Love Story by Corey Haydu

In an instant, Bea felt almost normal with Beck, and as if she could fall in love again, but things change 
when the psychotherapist who has been helping her deal with past romantic relationships puts her in a group 
with Beck--a group for teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #24

Do you love all things geek? How about baking?
Ro over at Nerdy Nummies has combined all thinks geeky and baking.
Enjoy! You might even be inspired enough to make these...

Friday, August 16, 2013

Did you Make It?

Hey, are you a Maker, whether high-tech or otherwise? Did you attend any of our Maker Monday events this summer? Well, come to our final Maker Monday event, the Made It Showcase to show off what you've made, play with our digital instruments one more time, and once again see 3-D printing in action.

Remember, perfection is not needed to achieve beauty. The image above is from a Flickr group of 3-D print fails. Impressive, no?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #23

Bubbles! Remember how much fun you had with bubbles when you were a kid? It's OK to still enjoy the fun of bubbles now that you're practically a grown up! Maybe you babysit and need a littel inspriation on how entertain the youngsters. Or maybe you just like good clean fun (pun intended). Check out this HowToons tutorial

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Surprise Videos

One of my co-workers just stumbled across this awesome set of teen-made videos about the library. Thank you, Jennie Sheila McCarthy, for being awesome!


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #22

Maybe you imagine yourself Katness or Gale. You see yourself running through the forest with your bow and arrow hunting your own food. No? Well how about just the bow and arrow part? This tutorial is amazing and fun. The best part is it really works. While you won't be putting dinner on the table, you might have more fun launching these Qt arrows from and equally cute bow.

For complete instructions, click here.

If you don't have a pocket knife, scissors work well, too!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #21

The future....it's happening as I type.

A college degree could be in your future even if you think you can't afford it.
There is lots of financial aid - not bank owned loans - that could help you earn the higher education degree that you deserve.
You might be thinking, "You know, I don't have the best grades."
Don't let that stop you. Take a look here. You just might be the right person at the right time with the right interests for that particular school or scholarship.
You might also take a look at what's available here.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Maker Alert!

Staying busy this summer? If not, you can't blame the library for failing to keep you occupied! Our newest series of events began yesterday. Did you join us in the Technology Room for Maker Monday? If so, bully for you! If not, don't fret, you can sign yourself up to explore Code Academy and learn how to create content for the Internets, from web pages to games. Then, join us next week for our next Maker Monday from 4-6 p.m. in the Technology Room. Experts from Free Geek will show you how to transform your old, funky, slow computers into technology that does what you want it to do using free, open source software. Be there!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #20

Toilet paper tubes. We know them. We use them. We've recycled them in many ways. Remember in preschool when you made (insert various craft here)?
Well Anastassia Elias has taken toilet paper tube art to the next level.

For more information click here

Monday, July 15, 2013

Random Club, Tuesday July 16, 2-4pm

Greetings from days gone by when people played games on a hard surface with chairs all around it. Sometimes the games were long; sometimes short. But usually they had cardboard playing fields and plastic or wood game pieces.
You too can go back in time and play these kinds of games!
Just visit the Tigard Young Adult Room Tuesday, July 16th from 2-4 for Random Club.

You will not need headphones, you will not need batteries or a charger. You won't even need electricity! Just bring your opposable thumbs and let the magic happen.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #19

Oscar Wild once said, "Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known."
Talk about intense! This artist creates amazing images with good 'ol fashion Excel.
Read the whole storyand look at his art more closely, here.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #18

Teens are doing amazing things! Don't believe me? Check out this video about a project called MINDDRIVE. Click here to watch the video.

The tour for this project is over, but the students involved in MINDDRIVE are working on other projects.
Take a look at MINDDRIVE

Friday, July 5, 2013

Random Club, July 9, 2-4pm, Teen Room

This week in the Teen Room we'll be celebrating mustaches. Among the ways we will honor that upper lip adornment: Play a mustache guessing game, make a mustache, apply a fingerstache temporary tattoo.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Random Club - July 2, 2-4pm, Tigard Teen Room

...We interupt our regularly scheduled Scrap-Cracklings for this important announcment...

Tattoo a banana! No really you can tattoo a black and, er, ah, yellow image onto a banana.

You can design something as simple as this.


Or as complex as this.

If that doesn't a-peel to you ,then you can always make button.  Bring your own pictures or choose froma variety of images that we'll provide.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #17

Today is Let It Go Day.
This is a day to let go of things that are holding you back, weighing you down, or keeping you from being the best person you can be.

Are you feeling guilty about something you did a long time ago? Let it go.
Are you still mad at your third grade teacher for being mean to you? Let it go.
Are you still sad about a friend that said something to hurt your feelings? Let it go.
Holding on to a helium-filled balloon? Let it go.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Random Club Begins!

Looking for something to do this Tuesday? Look no further!
The Tigard Public Library Teen Room is the place to be Tuesday afternoons from 2-4pm. Join us for Random Club. There is no theme, it's, you know, random.
This Tuesday, June 25, we will be creating black-out poetry and mini books.
Black out poetry is random poetry. We will have pages from discarded books for you to use. You'll take a sharpie and mark out every word except the words you want as your poem.
At this Random Club you will also get to choose from 4 different books to make. Make one, or make them all! They're fun and easy.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #16

Today is Father's Day. I have been celebrating Father's Day all my life not knowing that the holiday is not that old. While the idea for it first began in 1910, the official Presidential Proclamation didn't happen until 1966.
What will you do for your dad today? You could do something complicated like make dinner for him. Or you could keep it simple. Tell him about a time you remember in your life when he was there for you.

Top it all off by saying those words every parent longs to hear: "I think I'll clean my room."
Whatever you do, do not make him a cake that looks like this


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #15

Let's wish Donald Duck a happy birthday! Pretend I just said that like Donald Duck.
He was born today, June 9, 1934. Doesn't he look good for being 79 years old?

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #14

Yesterday was Say Something Nice Day.
Today is Yell "Fudge" At The Cobras in North America Day.
In order to keep poisonous cobras out of North America, (anywhere north of Panama Canal) it is exremely important to go outside at noon - right now, it's noon - and yell "Fudge" to keep the cobras away.
It has worked so far. Cobras are only found in southern Africa, through southern Asia, and some of the islands of south east Asia. Quick! Get out there and yell, "Fudge." It could mean the difference between finding an average garter snake sunning itself on the rock in your yard, or finding a poisonous snake staring you down at the doorstep.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Summer Reading Begins Tomorrow

We start summer early around here. Why? Because we can. Sure, you have two weeks of school left with finals still ahead of you. Sure, it's still cold and rainy and it seems like the sun will never appear again. So what? It's summer time at the Tigard Public Library!

Our cult of teen summer fun is hundreds strong and growing. Stop by the library tomorrow to sign up for the teen Summer Reading Program and read, listen and watch to earn prizes. Come to our fabulous events like the Wizard Rock Ball, Awkward Party, Random Club, Improv Workshop, and so much more.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #13

Look at this beautiful drawing! No, it's not a blank page. Think of it as a detailed drawing of the fabled Atlantis on white paper with a white marker. You can almost see what daily life was like. See how the artist captures the beauty of it all? Or not. Exercise your creativity! You decide what the drawing above is. Post it in the comments!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #12

In honor of the Portland Rose Festival, let's talk about roses. Oh, stop it. Roses can too be interesting. 85% of America says their favorite flower is the rose.
Did you know the world's largest rose bush is in Tombstone, Arizona? It was planted in 1885. It's so big that the base of it measures six feet in diameter and 150 people could stand under it at the same time.

The oldest rose bush can be found in Hildesheim, Germany. It is believed to be 1,000 years old! The cool thing about that rose is even though the cathedral it grew upon was destoyed in 1945 by an allied bomb, after the rubble was cleared, it began to grow again.
Roses are the universal symbol of love, friendship, success, and peace.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #11

It's Limerick Day!

It's Mother's Day!

Maybe it should be 'Write Your Mother a Limerick' Day!

A limerick is a humorous poem that has five lines. The first, second and fifth line must have seven to ten syllables and rhyme. The third and fourth lines only need five to seven syllables and must also rhyme. AABBA might be a helpful mnemonic for the format.
The great Edward Lear was the rock star of limericks in his day, and is still known more for his irreverent poetry than his landscape paintings. He is most known for the Owl and the Pussycat.
You've probably heard hundreds of limericks in your life. Nursery Rhymes are often limericks. Wait a second! Mother Goose wrote many nursery rhymes!
So if today is Limerick Day and Mother's Day; and nursery rhymes, which are often limericks were written by Mother Goose; maybe a more fitting term for today should be Mother Goose Day.



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