Monday, April 29, 2013

ORCA Votes are in!

The votes have been counted state wide and Oregon kids have selected winners for each division of the Oregon Readers Choice Award! We're especially excited to see two graphic novels on the list:

Junior (Upper Elementary) Division:

In this innovative graphic novel by Jason Shiga, readers make choices and follow the paths to over 3,800 possible outcomes. Amazing!

Intermediate (Middle School) Division:

Smile by Raina Telgemeier is a graphic memoir depicting some of the dental trauma Raina experience in her middle school years. It'll make you cringe AND make you laugh.

Senior (High School) Division: 

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is the steampunk prequel of City of Bones, which is coming soon to a theater near you. Find out more about the origin of the mysterious group of shadow hunters that protect humanity of demons of all stripes.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #9

What the world needs now is for someone to find googly eyes in an unexpected place.

"But I don't have any googly eyes at the ready," you say? Well if you click here, Phil Hansen, of the Tattoo a Banana fame, has created a googly eye .pdf just for you.
No excuses! Googly eye things until your heart's content.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #8


Did you know there is a giant patch of garbage practically in our own backyard? Garbage made by humans and mostly for a one time consumption. One time!?! And when I say giant, I'm talking TWICE the size of Texas!
It's called the Pacific Northwest Garbage Gyre.

Since moving to Mars isn't an option yet, let's take care of planet Earth!
Today is the day before Earth Day. But really, every day should be Earth Day. What better way to celebrate the earth every day than to make a pledge to create less garbage. Not just recycle, but opt out of making it in the first place. You might be saying, "How do I do that? Everything comes wrapped in plastic!" Well, Bea Johnson at Zero Waste Home found lots of ways to refuse packaging and buy products with low-impact on the planet and you can too!
Think about it this way.What would you rather paddle through? This:
Or this?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #7

At the library we love to organize. Just look at our collections. Some are arranged by author and some are arranged by number. We organize to find things. But sometimes it's fun to just organize stuff so that it's art in itself.
Here is an interesting perspective on organizing stuff.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #6

Let's make it rain in the house!
You will need:

Clear container. Can be a drinking glass, clear plastic cup, or a clear glass jar.
Shaving cream.
Blue food coloring

Fill the glass with water
Spray some shaving cream on top
Explain that when a cloud gets really heavy, it starts to rain.
Drip the blue food coloring on top of the shaving cream.
Did it work?
Share the results with your friendly YS librarian and receive a small but delicious prize!
Photo courtesy of Pinterest



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