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.



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