Saturday, December 27, 2014

Gracefully Grayson

When 6th grader Grayson looks in the mirror, "he" doesn't see the shiny athletic pants and long, baggy t-shirt everyone else sees. Instead, he imagines a shimmery, flowing skirt. But as he gets older, it is getting harder and harder to envision himself on the outside the way he feels on the inside. Something's gotta give. He has always been the quiet, serious kid who eats lunch by himself in the library and who the teachers call on if they need someone to give the right answer. Despite a shy nature, when his school puts on the play, Persephone, he comes to a crossroads. For the first time, he feels he may be able to express his, or more accurately, her true self in the title female role. But are her classmates ready to see "him" as a "her"? How will her aunt and uncle (with whom she has lived since the age of 4 when her parents were killed in a car crash) respond? Will she be able to reconcile the relationship with her cousin who has become antagonistic toward her over the last few years? Gracefully Grayson, by Ami Polonsky, is a sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes heart-warming read about courage, friendship and family love.
reviewed by Holly

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Are you there, readers? It's me, Ed Grimley.

I just erupted in giggles while at my very serious job at the Young Adult Reference Desk. Now, erupted is a very strong word that evokes imagery that, on close inspection, may make the reader suspect that I exaggerate a bit when I describe myself giggling. And to the reader I say, calm down. It's a common expression. Let's not get sidetracked. 

Here's what caused my mirth: I was browsing through Amazon's best books of the year according to celebrities, looking for gems I may have missed while ordering books for the YA collection. Of course, I had to click through and see what Martin Short had to recommend. Martin Short, for those of you who were not born in the 80s, have never seen season 10 of Saturday Night Live, or generally don't pay attention to the important things in life, is an actor, comedian, and skilled musical theater performer. I'm telling you this because he's only tweeted 126 times and most of those are re-tweets, so he may as well not exist.

Anyway, I was looking at Martin Short's recommendations and there, right there, was We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. We Were Liars is an incredible YA book I can't tell you too much about because of reasons. You should just believe that it's good and read it now. It involves boats, aunts, grandpas, love, private islands, pain, more pain, and ice cream. So Martin Short has read We Were Liars and liked it so much he recommended it to the dozens of people at least who read Amazon's book lists. Martin Short reads teen lit. This makes me giggle because it never occurred to me I could have something in common with Ed Grimley, except maybe for morning hair. And it makes me happy for many reasons: 1) Martin Short is not afraid to declare his affection for a teen book. He shouldn't be. E. Lockhart's book is literary and masterful. It pulls off writerly things that are very difficult to do. Being a teen book doesn't make it less than an adult book, in my estimation it makes it more. 2) We Were Liars is not a funny book. I like being reminded that funny people do not pursue laughter all the time. I think we expect our comedians to always be on, always make us laugh, pressure that can make healthy people overwhelmed, and sad people sadder. 3) I recently brought a box of beautiful, brand new YA books to a family event and invited my loved ones to pick one to keep. Strangely, they were all reluctant, pawing through the books tentatively and repeatedly asking me for reassurance that they were worthwhile in spite of being YA. The teen lit prejudice affects my work at the library where I'm faced with countless opportunities to defend YA against doubters and haters, but I've never had it strike so close to home. Thank you, Martin Short, for restoring my faith in grown-up human readers. Now people, listen to Uncle Marty- Go forth and read YA!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


The Forces is strong Saturday, October 11, from 2-4.
Two years ago in a library not far, far away we celebrated Star Wars Reads Day for the first time. Now you can join the party once again with games, crafts, trivia, prize drawings and The Clone Wars on the big screen. We encourage costumes and photo-ops with with members of Cloud City Garrison (a legion of dedicated fans with film-authentic costumes).
This is an all ages program!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

November Book TRON

Come join the fun at the Teens Read Outrageously Now! Or better known as Book TRON book club.
Stop by the reference desk in the Children's Room to sign up and get a free copy of November's Book.You can call to register, too! 503 718-2656. Pick your book up later.
We discuss, do stuff and the Burgess Community Room from 4:30-6:00, November 17.
The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine is our November book. It received starred reviews in School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Publisher's Weekly. It's about two friends in 1958 during integration in the deep south. Publisher's Weekly called it "riveting."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Teen Summer Reading Art Journal

The 2014 Spark Art Journal is done. Many thanks to all of the teens who submitted their artwork. We couldn't have done it without you.

Come pick up your copy today!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Oregon Battle of the Books 2014-2015

If you're looking for the Oregon Battle of the Books list for grades 6-12, look no further. You've come to the right place. We have the list linked to the WCCLS library website.

For grades 6-8, click here. Then click Find It.

For grades 9-12, click here.  Then click Find It.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Registration Required. Sign up Today! 
Call us at 503 718-2656 to register.
Are you getting ready for college entry tests? Learn from the pros. Teachers from the Huntington Learning Center will share tips and tricks and answer your questions at this beginning test prep workshop. Discover the difference between  the ACT and the SAT, new features of the SAT, testing dos and don'ts and how best to prepare.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Knights of Veritas

What was knighthood like in the Middle Ages? The armored Knights of Veritas will demonstrate ancient fighting techniques with authentically weighted, detailed swords. Learn how medieval scientists sparked a reaction that lasted centuries! This program lasts from 7-8 in the Burgess Community Room on Tuesday, August 12.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Mad Science: Spin! Pop! Boom!

Are you ever too old to witness the excitement of Mad Science? Who doesn't like to watch chemical reactions? Join us Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30 in the Burgess Community Room for eruptions, spinning, popping, and more.
All ages!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is coming to speak at the Tigard Public Library!! He is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger -- the co-editor of Boing Boing ( and the author of young adult novels including Homeland, Pirate Cinema  and Little Brother. He also writes for adults.
He will speak about  how technology and politics affect our lives as readers and as citizens.
Don't miss this event happening Wednesday July 9 from 7-8:30 in the Burgess Community Room.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pony Day!

Pegasisters and Bronies! A a little bit of Equestria is coming to you in the form of an awesome all ages program!  This My Little Pony themed program will feature a cutie mark station, Pinkie Pie's Cupcake Factory, Fluttershy's Egg Hunt, Rainbow dash's Pony Sports and, for the ultimate fan, a trivia contest. Equestria wouldn't be complete without a Brony Corner  for the proud teen and adult fans. Costumes encouraged for Everypony!! Never been to Equestria? Then join us in the Burgess Community Room from 2-4 p.m., Friday June 27th!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Teen Game Fest - Tournament of Champions

On Friday, June 20 from 2-4 the Tigard library will host an event for those with a competitive spirit. Invite your friends and attempt to dominate in the ultimate battle over the full spectrum of games, including Super Smash Bros. Brawl(R)! Meet us in the Burgess Community Room. Prizes for the winners. Food and fun for all!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Spark a Reaction Art Journal

Submit your drawings, poetry, photography, stories to the Teen Summer Art Journal.
Submissions are being accepted now.

Friday, June 13, 2014

I Heart Felted Beads!

Teens! Are you looking for some good clean fun? Get tactile as we combine wool, water, a little soap, and a lot of elbow-grease! 
Make something for you, for someone you love, or both!
This program is Sunday, June 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Puett Room.
This program is for kids 5 and up.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer Reading Starts Today

Today is the first day of the rest of your summer reading life!
Come in and sign up. Just for signing up, you will get a free pass to Bullwinkle's to play miniature golf and one free swimming pass at Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District's pool.

More information about Bullwinkle's can be found here.
More information about THPRD can be found here.

For completing your summer reading goal, you will get a free book and a discount ride bracelet to Oaks Park Amusement Park.

Not only will we give you a free book for finishing, we will give you other chances to win prizes. Fill out a Bonus Reaction ticket to enter our weekly prize drawings.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Castles of America?

Are you cray-cray for castles? Did you know the USA has it's fair share of castles? OK, so maybe they're not hundreds of years old. Many folks might have settled with the house designs of the times, but not the creative-types. Intrigued and beguiled by castles, they said to themselves, give me shelter and make it a castle!"
This castle is in Creswell, Oregon.

Would you want to live in a castle?

A list of castles of the USA can be found here.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Snip it, Bend it, Use it!

Let's get wired up! Learn how to make artsy paperclips, fashionable rings and a wearable bird's nest pin out of wire.
Registration required. Stop by the Children's Reference Desk or call 503-718-2656.
This program is Sunday, May 11 from 1:30-3:00pm in the Puett Room.

Monday, April 28, 2014

What's your Young Adult reader rank?

I'm a big fan of the Forever Young Adult blog, and I'm a big fan of Young Adult literature. So when Forever YA created an Ultimate YA Checklist, I was like oo, oo rank me! This is a fabulous list with lots of books that have, you know, official literary merit alongside books that, um, don't, but are still fun and enlightening to read. I'm rather proud of my 53% score, making me a Belle. It's true, I have always wanted to swish around on a ladder. How do you rank? Click through to find out.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Convos with Coco

Have you seen Convos With My 2 Year Old?
It's just enough silliness paired with bizzare to be deliciously funny.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Movable Art

I came across the art of Theo Jansen by accident and what a happy accident it was!
He has engineered giant wind-powered creatures.

Question: could you make something similar on a much smaller scale using plastic straws?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Word Cloud Workshop

They say words are an artform. It's espeically true when you make a poem into a word cloud.
Come to the Word Cloud program Friday, Apirl 11, 2014 from 2-3!
It takes concrete poetry to a different level.
If you can't make it to the program, take a look at Tagxedo
and make one on your own.
The word cloud poem above is Hug O' War by Shel Silverstein.
This one to the left is Early Bird by the same poet.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

TechnARTology Art Show

Hey, we made up a word: TechnARTology. Hang on...OK, according to the Great Google I guess we're not the first to make up this particular word, but just 783 (many of them from our advertising) results indicates an impressive, if not complete, level of originality. Just saying. Anyway, the TechnARTology Art Show is happening right this very moment until March 31. The art is up in the YA Room (including the above piece by Morgan Chamberlin) and will soon be on our Facebook page for you to vote by "liking." Stop by the library's IRL or virtually to check it out!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Teen Tech Week

It's Teen Tech Week, a time for you to show how competent and ethical you are with technology.
This Saturday, show off your maker skills by coming to the DIY Recycled Robot Battle program.
It's from Noon to 2:00 in the Burgess Community Room.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Google Doodles Galore

Today is Valentine's Day and I heart the Google Doodle:

As I clicked through it I fondly remembered all the other sweet, funny and educational doodles the Great Google has bestowed upon us and I thought "I wonder if there's an archive?" Well, of course there is. You can view all the doodles ever from all over the world. You can even view those made for specific countries from Algeria to Venezuela! (Which are geographically close together if not alphabetically, hence they've had the exact same doodles so far this year. But, you know, still pretty cool.)

Friday, February 7, 2014


This might sound like an invitation to swim in our Olympic-sized chocoloate filled pool, but it's not. It's an invitation to create personalized chocolate treats on Monday, February 10 from 5-7pm. Some chocolate flavors inspire love, some fear. Create a chocolate-y Valentine for your sweetie or anti-Valentine for your frenemy, all while watching a tasty movie.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Felted Beads Program

You're never too old to play with bubbles. At the I Heart Felted Beads program you can play in some bubbles while making some felted beads.
The program runs from 1:30-3:00, Sunday, February 9th in the Puett Room.
You can make a barrette, a garland, or a key fob with your felt bead creations.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
-Nelson Mandela

Learn how to be powerful and change the world! Sounds good to me.
Did you know top universities like Yale and Stanford offer some of their classes online for free?
Take a look at Coursera. It will change your world, which is a lot like changing the world.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Spark a Reaction with Art

You still have time to submit your work to the 2014 Teen Artwork Contest.
February 15, 2014 is the deadline.
You could win $100.00 giftcard to Powell's books!
Information and rules can be found here.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

I feel the same way, J.D.

Who would be your author-bestie?

Saturday, February 1, 2014


There is still time to join us at this program. What does it cost, you might ask? Nothing that will come out of your wallet. However, it will cost you a phone call or a trip to the library. You must register for this program. Registration comes with a free copy of this month's book!
OTAKU Teens is a great way to get to know other teens who love manga and anime. You'll get to eat Japanese snacks, craft it up, draw manga, and watch anime. Monday, February 17 from 4:30-7:00 is our next meeting. We're reading Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Book Awards

Every January, the American Library Association announces awards for exellent literature.
The Michael L.Printz award is for excellent young adult literature.
This year's winner (drumroll, please),

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

The Printz award is just one of many awards.
They can be found here.
Make sure to take a look at the Alex Awards.
Those are books written for adults that have teen appeal.

Friday, January 24, 2014

TEEN GAME FEST - Tournement of Champions

Join us Monday, January 27 from 4:30-6:30 in the Burgess Community Room for (cue the monolithic marquee emerging from rocks and an echo announcement)
If you have a bit of the competitive spirit burning a hole in your game controller, stop by the library and attempt to dominate in this ultimate battle  over the full spectrum of games, including Super Smash Bros. Brawl(R)
Did I mention prizes? There will be prizes for winners, and food and fun for all.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Picture Books for Teens

Do you miss the good ol' days when the books you read had fewer words and lots of pictures? Do you like edgier stories? If so, take a look at the Emily the Strange series.  It is a series of picture books for teens found in the graphic novel section in the Young Adult area of the library. There are two novels as well, but don't worry, the novels are heavy on the graphics, too.

Emily is quite strange. Is she a vampire? Or does she just like to act like one? She doesn't like to make friends, she likes to make enemies. However, she does have quite a following. There's even talk of a movie.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Austens Everywhere

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was first published 200 years ago. Many readers regard it as one of the greatest English language novels of all time, and it is certainly the most iconic among those written by the amazing Jane Austen. If you haven't read it yet, for goodness sake what are you waiting for?

Pride and Prejudice has inspired countless adaptations on film and in print. As you can tell from this friendly debate over at Forever Young Adult, most folks base their film preferences on which Darcy is hottest. (Colin Firth FTW!) There have been hollywood films, Bollywood musicals, mini series, and, most recently, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a YouTube adaptation. 

There are also, of course, a whole plethora of books written in honor of the world of Regency romance Jane Austen created. You can read about the events of the book from almost any other character's perspective. You can read about events that occurred beyond the pages of the original novel. You can read comic book adaptations. You can even enjoy Elizabeth Bennet as a detective or a zombie hunter. Follow the link for a sampling of the Austen-tatious books on offer at your library:

Thursday, January 2, 2014


Teens Read Outrageously Now!
There is still time to join this energetic club. What's in it for you, you might ask? Well, for starters, when you register you receive a free copy of the book. When you attend the program, you receive a fun and welcoming atmoshpere of like-minded teens.
Monday, January 20th from 4:30-6pm, we will be discussing Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Join us!



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