Thursday, October 20, 2016

Portland Opera to Go: Hansel and Gretel

On Saturday October 22 at 2:30 p.m., Portland Opera's touring troupe present a live presentation of the Grimm Brother's well known fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.  This performance will be an adapted 50-minute English-language version of the original 100+ minute German opera by Engelbert Humperdink, which will make for a perfect musical experience for children!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Lighten Up!

Hey, it’s time to lighten up! Winter is coming…Will your kids be walking and biking in the dark? If they are 10-14, they can join us to customize their backpacks, jackets, bikes, etc. with reflective materials, and create LED accessories to brighten their way. They can even make a jack-o-lantern light! Registration is required, so call 503-718-2656 or stop by the Children’s Reference Desk to sign up.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Annual Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Tigard Library will be having their annual fall used book sale on October 14th through 16th, which will be held in the Burgess Community Room.  Stop by for great prices on books, DVD's, music, and more!  Proceeds from the sale benefit library programs. 

Shopping dates and times:
Friday October 14, 9am-5pm
Saturday October 15, 9am-5pm
BAG SALE: Sunday October 16, 11am-3pm

And when you stop by the library between now and October 15th, be sure to go to the Circulation Desk and pick up a coupon worth 50 cents off your purchase during the sale! (Unfortunately, the coupon is not good for the BAG SALE.)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Crank it Up! Moving Sculptures Workshop

Sunday, October 9 
1:30-3:00 p.m
*All ages

Join us for some S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, and math) fun as we experiment with making moving sculptures (automata) using the elements of simple machines. Stick with this challenging project to create a unique piece of art!

*This program is all ages but the automata project may be very challenging for kids under 8. Younger participants can experiment with creating 3 dimensional art using foam shapes and cardboard or work together on an automata project with an older sibling or parent!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Estate Planning for Parents with Children under 25

Whether your child is still a minor or college-age, this presentation is for YOU!
On Wednesday October 5 at 7-8:30 p.m., estate planning attorney Michelle-Shari Kruss will discuss how to determine guardianship for minor children and decide who will receive  your assets.  She will also identify important legal documents to assist your college students with financial and medical decisions.  This event is intended for an adult audience.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Super Tuesday Clown Show with Live Animals!

Join us on Tuesday October 4th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Burgess Community Room as we will be entertained by Eartha The Ecological Clown as she presents "The Magic of Planet Earth"!  Eartha is a very unique clown that teaches ecological awareness featuring her Moluccan Cockatto, "Major".  There will be other live animals, puppets, and some suprisees in her magical show.  All ages are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Reading in the Car with Motion Sickness

Growing up, I was a child who had to sit in the front seat of the car on long car rides due to motion sickness.  I've out grown that, but I am unable to read anything while traveling in a vehicle as a passenger.  As a librarian, I've heard of children who are able to read in the car while it is in motion.  But what about the kiddos in your life who are not reading on their own yet or who get motion sickness while traveling?  I do get a lot of families coming in asking for audiobooks to listen to in the car during long car rides (which I highly recommend!) 

But what about the time you have to sit and wait while the car is parked.  How do you keep your youngest entertained while waiting for an older sibling to get done with soccer practice?  Well, I just came across this article from The Children's Book Review website tackling that very topic.  The article offered three suggestions for perfect opportunities when to pass out print books to your kiddos while waiting in the car when it is not in motion:
  1. When you're sitting in the carpool lane for a while...hand over a book to your little ones.
  2. You’ve just dropped your budding musician at music lessons and there is 15 minutes to kill before your gymnast starts tumbling...pull out a book.
  3. You’re on the interstate and traffic is at a standstill..pass out the books to the backseat drivers.
And don't forget, if you ever need any reading or audiobook recommendations, please stop by the children's desk.  We are always more than happy to assist you in finding just the right book!

Monday, September 26, 2016

It's Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week 2016 is September 25 to October 1

The Banned Book Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read.  This Coalition seeks to engage communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about book censorship.  Hundreds of books are removed or challenged in schools and libraries across the U.S. each year.  The American Library Association estimates that 70-80% of challenges are never reported.  Join the library this week as we celebrate our 1st Amendment Rights by checking out a book from one of our Banned Books Week displays, located in the Children's Room, the Young Adult Room, and adult titles located near the Adult Reference Desk.  To discover books that have been banned across the country, check out this list of Frequently Challenged Books from the American Library Association.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Learn new skills with Lynda!

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Once you create your FREE account with your own login and password, you can begin to access the online video courses.  To learn more about and how to create your own profile, check out this FAQ Sheet from WCCLS.

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Sometime in the maybe-not-so-faraway future, a robot named Fuzzy is starting school. Of course, just because he is the first robot student doesn't mean he's the first robot in the school. Duct cleaners, garbage emptiers, even the vice principal are all robots! In fact, Vice Principal Barbara pretty much runs the school.

Max is a big fan of robots, so when Fuzzy starts school, she rushes to meet him. She takes one look at him. He takes one look at her. He keels over and completely freezes. Oops.

After a reboot, or whatever it is you do to unfreeze a robot, Max is summoned to Robot Integration Program HQ, formerly the school's auditorium before music and drama were done away with. Now the fun and excitement begin...

Failed tests, discipline tags, robot-nappers, fuzzy logic, out-of-control robots, space travel, a little of everything.

Read Fuzzy, by Tom Angleberger (of Origami Yoda fame) and Paul Dellinger. I recommend for about 3rd to 8th grade.