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.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #10

What do you get when you cross a musical group with a performance-art bent and Rube Goldberg?
You get an amazing performance piece that begs to be watched over and over again.

This Too Shall Pass




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