Monday, May 23, 2016

It's the Last Week of Spring Story Time!

Parents and Caregivers--just a reminder that this week, May 23-27 will be our last week of our Spring Story Time session.  We will take a 2-week break starting May 31st so we can get ready for promoting the summer reading program at local schools.  And don't forget...Summer Reading sign-ups start on June 1st!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Gifts from the Garden

Flower Pot Craft
Join us in the Puett Room Saturday, May 14 from 1:30 to 2:30 to celebrate Gifts from the Garden Month. Decorate a flower pot and then plant flowers in it! Then combine soil and a lima bean in a clear container to take home and watch how plants grow. This is a program for all ages.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Run Wild with Puppets!


Let your imagination RUN WILD with a puppet from the Library!
Come on in and see our new and exciting assortment of puppets available for check-out! 

What research says about puppet play:
  • Loving interactions with people and exploring objects are as necessary to a child's brain development as food is.
  • Sensory experiences and social interactions build brain connections for future learning.
  • Multi-sensory, playful, and interactive experiences linked with language and books create profound memory connections in the brain.
  • Playing is just plain fun!
Our puppet collection is quite durable and will last through many exciting imaginary adventures. If your puppet does get messy, please bring it back to the library with a 
note.  We’ll take it from there.  Please do not put your puppet in the washing machine or dryer. They Can’t swim.  Thanks!

The puppet collection is generously sponsored by Friends ofthe Tigard Public Library

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Portland Ballet

Come experience the magic of dance with the Portland Ballet's most advanced students.  See a choreographed demonstration of a dancer's daily class exercises, then watch selections from both classical and contemporary ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, or The Fire Bird. There will be some opportunities for audience participation too...and don't forget to wear your tutu!

Please join us in the Burgess Community Room on Tuesday May 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Kindergarten Registration

Don't forget....the last day to register your 5-year-old child for kindergarten at your local public school is June 1st, 2016.  Once you child has registered, have them wear their red TTSD t-shirt and stop by the children's desk in the library to pick up a special activity packet!  Check out this quick informational video posted on the WCCLS Facebook on how your can register your child:

Friday, April 29, 2016

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Bring the whole family to the Library Puett Room Sunday, May 1 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and make your very own unique flower vase!  Top off your finished vase with with fresh flowers for your special loved one.   One vase per person, please.                                                    

Thursday, April 28, 2016

New Books for Arbor Day 2016

It feels like every year I do a post on Arbor Day books.  I can't help myself.  I'm an Oregonian Tree Hugger and I'm not ashamed of it either!  I am so pleased to share even more books about trees...books that are brand new.  So place your holds now so you can be a book lover and a tree hugger (just like me!) this Arbor Day, April 29, 2016!

Secret Tree Fort by Brianne Farley
I LOVE trees and I LOVED building forts when I was a kid.  Here's the story about a tree that is ideal for reading quietly under, plus being the foundation for the most magnificent tree fort.   It also makes for the perfect setting for about squabbling sisters.  So any way you look at it, trees are perfect for any sort of childhood situation.

The Cow Who Climbed a Tree by Gemma Merino
Now this is the silliest tree story that I've ever read!  Who knew that cows could climb trees?  Well, Tina the Cow certainly can!  And when she does, she meets new friends up in the branches.  Her sister thinks her experience is "Impossible! Ridiculous!" and full of "Nonsense!"  Just wait until you read this one.  Readers will be in for a surprise!

From Apple Trees to Cider, Please! by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
There's an apple festival underway at the farm and lots of work to do to make the cider. This visit finishes with a cider doughnut and a cup of freshly pressed cider. It's DELICIOUS! Told in crisp, action-driven rhymes from a young child's point of view, here's a realistic account of how apple cider is pressed, flavored with the charm and vigor of a harvest celebration.

Little Tree by Loren Long
Little Tree is very happy in the forest, where he is surrounded by other little trees and his leaves keep him cool in the heat of summer, but when autumn comes and the other trees drop their leaves, Little Tree cannot be persuaded to let his go, even after they wither and turn brown.
The Little Tree That Would Not Share by Nicoletta Costa

The Tree in the Courtyard by Jeff Gottesfeld
A horse chestnut tree lived outside of Anne Frank's window.  The tree watched her play, laugh, and write in her diary.  When strangers invaded the city and warplanes roared overhead, the tree watched the Anne peek out of the curtained window of the annex. It watched as she and her family were taken away and when her father returned after the war, alone.  Sadly, the tree died the summer Anne Frank would have turned 81, but its seeds and saplings have been planted around the world as a symbol of peace. Its story, and Anne's story, are beautifully told and illustrated in this powerful picture book illustrated by one of my favorite illustrators, Peter McCarty.

Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup
A peek-through hole on the cover of the book continues on each page to the very end in this book where children can view the seasonal changes of a tree..  I really love the bold and vibrant color illustrations.  Plus, this book will be a lot of fun especially for toddlers!

The 52-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (Juvenile Fiction)
This series started off with a 13-story treehouse, now it has evolved into 52-stories.  Now Andy and Terry must try to solve the mystery of: What happened to Mr. Big Nose? Because it's hard to turn in your next book when your publisher has vanished! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

See to Read

Did you know that at least 15% of preschoolers have undetected vision issues that need to be corrected with glasses? The Oregon Legislature passed a new law requiring all incoming kindergartners to provide proof of vision screening. See to Read is participating in this statewide initiative by providing free vision screenings in public libraries across the state. OHSU's Elk's Children's Eye Clinic is partnering with the Oregon State Elks, Oregon Library Association and the Oregon Lions to provide this service at the Tigard Library on April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Come to Family Story Time and stick around afterward for your child's free vision screening.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Novels in Verse

Since it is still National Poetry Month is about to come to an end and I've already blogged about my favorite recently published poetry books for children, I thought I should also include books that I have really enjoyed that have been written in verse.  Never heard of novels written in verse?  They are a type of narrative in which a novel-length narrative is told through poetry rather than through prose.  These books can be simply written or have complex stanzas.  Some books will have just one narrator and some will have multiple voices with dialogue and narration.

If you have a elementary or middle school student at home who struggles with reading, these books are perfect choices to give them as they will feel like accomplished readers going through lengthily paged books just like their peers.  The extra white space on each page and the spacing between lines will reward the reader with a positive reading experience.  I especially like to recommend these books to readers who have a short turn-around time to get a reading assignment and book report done for school as these books still carry a lot of punch.

Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolf
In small town, post-World War Oregon, twenty-one 6th grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game, during which one girl's prejudices comes to the surface.  I highly recommend listening to this on audio as listeners can pick up on the multiple voices, views of point, and the personalities of each character.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Juvenile Biography & Young Adult Biography)
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Jacqueline Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960's and 1970's, living with the remnants of Jim Crow laws and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line is a glimpse into her own soul as as a child as she searches for her place in the world.  Plus it is a 2015 Newbery Honor Book and a National Book Award Winner for young people.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
This is the story about fourteen-year-old African-American twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan.  They wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their retired professional basketball player father ignores his declining health.  I just LOVE this book and very pleased that it won the 2015 Newbery Medal.  It makes for an entertaining, yet emotional read.  I highly recommend this one!!! Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamara Wissinger
Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. But when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased. This book is told in many different types of poems from Sam and his sister's point of view, making it a fun read, especially for transitional readers.  It also includes a primer at the back of the book on rhyme, poetry techniques, rhythm, stanzas, and poetic forms.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
A young Vietnamese girl chronicles her life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam, travel to the United States, and start a new life in Alabama.  A Newbery Honor Book and National Book Award Winner for Young People.

Like Pickle Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberg
When nine-year-old Eleanor's beloved babysitter Bibi moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor must spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter while mourning the loss of her old one. This book will serve as a good title to share with children who must say good-bye to a favorite babysitter.

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Jack DOES NOT like poetry.  In fact, he doesn't want to write a poem for his class assignment.  But then he comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him.  Then he surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of The Great Depression.  This won the 1998 Newbery Award.

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March 
by Lynda Blackman Lowery (Young Adult Non-Fiction)
This 50th-anniversary tribute shares the story of the youngest person to complete the momentous Selma to Montgomery March, describing her frequent imprisonments for her participation in nonviolent demonstrations and how she felt about her involvement in historic Civil Rights events, all while she turned 15 years old during the march.

Witness by Karen Hesse
A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920's when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.  I also highly recommend listening to this on audio as listeners can pick up on the multiple voices, views of point, and the personalities of each character during this haunting time in U.S. history.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

ORCA Winners and New Nominees

The Oregon Readers Choice Award winners have been announced!

Upper Elementary Division

Middle School Division

Counting by 7s by Holly Sloan

High School Division

The Living by Matt de la Peña

Thanks to all who voted! The new line up of incredible nominees has also been announced. I'm looking forward to sinking my teeth into these fabulous books. Are you?