Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Also, the library will be expanding weekend hours - Saturdays, 10-6 p.m., and Sundays, Noon-6 p.m. As always you can catch up on all things library 24/7 from our website.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
For even more fun, these are just three of the bigger awards given. There are also special awards for other categories, like best audio recordings (ask Miss Janet about her work with that committee), best informational book, and more.
Friday, December 19, 2008
This is one of my favorite picture books, though it is definitely not your typical picture book. It is a poignant and realistic portrayal of a little girl's adjustment to living in a new country far from home. If you enjoy the first one, you can also check out Yoon and the Jade Bracelet and Yoon and the Christmas Mitten.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
two unlikely souls
finally meet each other
is it really love?
by Sophie, age 11
mwa ha ha ha ha
i will eat your pea-sized brain
mwa ha ha ha ha
by Max, age 11
Howl's Moving Castle
a wizard named Howl
Blue demon named Calcefer
and a girl named Sofie
Ethan, age 10
Monday, December 15, 2008
Are you anxious to read Janet Evanovich’s latest mystery, Jeffery Deaver’s newest forensic puzzler or Danielle Steel’s current romance?
Maybe you prefer nonfiction. Do you enjoy reading about the lives of the rich and famous?
You might check the Bestsellers’ shelves to see if John Lennon: The Life by Philip Norman is available or maybe Ted Turner’s Call Me Ted is on the shelf.
You’ve heard all your friends talk about In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. A copy just might be available for checkout when you come in the Library.
The loan period for the Bestsellers is 14 days. The turnaround is quick, so be sure to check the Bestsellers’ collection each time you visit the Library.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Homeschooler's Guide to Free Teaching Aids, 10th edition (2008-2009), published by Educators Progress Service. Contains over 1,000 free teaching aids to use in your homeschooling program, all arranged by subject.
Homeschooler's Guide to Free Videotapes, 10th edition (2008-2009), published by Educators Progress Service. Contains over 1,000 free videos and DVD's to use in your homeschooling program, all arranged by subject.
The Homeschooling Book of Lists by Michael Leppert and Mary Leppert, published by Jossey-Bass, 2008. Contains homeschooling models and methods, lesson plans, and many valuable resources that can be used in your program.
Homeschool Resource Guide for Oregon published by the Oregon Home Education Network, 2008. Contains legal information, resources, statewide groups, alternative education, resources for special needs students, and a list of contact information for approved testers.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
And of course, if you don't want to go out and buy books, always remember you can stop by the library and any of the librarians can help you locate one of these great books!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
If you and/or your kids are fans of the Harry Potter, Golden Compass or Molly Moon series', you will really enjoy The Book of Nonsense. It is the first of what will be a series of 5 books by local author, David Michael Slater.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
It seems the norm now for authors to have blogs, which is a great way to see what they have in the works, their writing process, and the things that they notice and are inspired by.
A couple I like to check on...Mo Willems (plenty of doodles), Esme Raji Codell (great picture book recommendations!), Jane Yolen (not a traditional blog, but check out the journal section). What author blogs or websites do you like? Who do you wish had a blog (I vote for Cynthia Rylant!)?
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
If this inspires you and yours to get crafty, then stop by the Mega Craft Workshop, Saturday, November 29 from 1-4 p.m. in the Community Room. All ages can be creative crafting jewelry, ornaments, cards, snowflakes and much more. Make a present for yourself or someone else.
Don't forget that your library has plenty of books on crafts, from crocheting to origami, jewelry making to woodworking.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Some popular artists including Lisa Loeb (Catch the Moon and Camp Lisa), Bare Naked Ladies (Snacktime), and They Might Be Giants (Here Come the 123s and Here Come the ABCs) are now making music for kids that adults also will enjoy. You might also want to check out Justin Roberts, Brady Rymer, Uncle Rock, and Dan Zanes. These guys may have gotten their starts doing kids' music, but their music is enjoyable for people of all ages.
If you have a favorite CD you enjoy with your kids that the library doesn't own, let me know and I'll see if I can find it for our library.
Monday, November 17, 2008
All of the following can be found on the shelves of Tigard Public Library and can be requested from other Washington County cooperating libraries should you be unlucky enough to find that someone has gotten to the goods before you. This list isn't exhaustive by any means. We have a bunch of other great cookbooks in the WCCLS system, just conduct a subject search for Thanksgiving Cookery in the WCCLS catalog to see our county's current collection of culinary compendia.
Tigard Public Library's Current Thanksgiving Recipe Holdings (by popularity):1. Jacques Pepin's Thanksgiving celebration [DVD]
Jacques Pepin, his daughter Claudine and his wife Gloria fix a Thanksgiving dinner which includes home cured salmon, salmon tartare with cucumber salad and salmon caviar, and salmon gravlax with cucumber, sweet onion and rye bread, turkey with apple cider glaze and bread and mushroom stuffing, brussels sprouts, gratin of butternut squash, a spicy cherry ginger chutney, and finishing with chocolate-bourbon-prune cake, and pears poached in citrus juice.
2. Betty Crocker Complete Thanksgiving cookbook: all you need to cook a foolproof dinner.
Betty Crocker comes to the rescue with this complete do-it-yourself guide to making a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings-and none of the headaches. Perfect for beginners and Thanksgiving "first-timers" as well as more experienced cooks, it includes 130 of Betty Crocker's most popular and time-tested Thanksgiving recipes. The book covers a range of recipes, from traditional roasting to new and interesting cooking variations like brining, grilling, and even deep-frying turkeys, plus lots of great ideas for sides, desserts, and more. Twelve count-down menus cover every aspect of the meal-such as when to set the table and how to time the gravy so it's ready to serve at just the right time. The menus suit a whole range of lifestyles and situations, from dinner for two to dinner for twenty, from vegetarian and low-fat menus to a super-simple, low-stress menu for first-time cooks.
3. Giving thanks: Thanksgiving recipes and history from pilgrims to pumpkin pie
Perfect for parents, kids, teachers, history buffs, and of course Thanksgiving cooks, Giving Thanks is a true keepsake cookbook, meant to be shared and enjoyed year after year. Thanksgiving specialists Kathleen Curtin and Sandra L. Oliver and the world-famous Plimoth Plantation trace the colorful history of the holiday, from the story of “The First Thanksgiving” to twenty-first-century customs. Then the real fun begins—a delicious assortment of more than eighty recipes, from appetizers to desserts, old-fashioned mincemeat pies to modern pumpkin cheesecake, generously seasoned with plenty of fascinating trivia.
4. Thanksgiving Fun
This activity book offers a cornucopia of ideas for parents and kids, featuring decorations, cards, costume, and gift instructions. The book includes recipes for gingerbread turkeys and pumpkin pie, games and a section on historical information as well as similar international harvest festivals.
5. The Thanksgiving table: recipes and ideas to create your own holiday tradition
Sometimes the only thing Thanksgiving hosts have to be thankful for is putting their feet up at the end of the day. For novices, orchestrating The Feast is no easy task. And even for old pros it's a bit of a challenge. Enter The Thanksgiving Table: the lowdown on the how to. Everything from the foolproof secret to a moist bird and how to truss and carve it to menu suggestions and simple, elegant table settings. Plus, recipes for classics like cranberry relish as well as more innovative dishes--and a whole section devoted to vegetarians. And maybe best of all, do-ahead tips and plenty of food and technique photographs to make planning in advance a breeze.
6. Chuck Williams' Thanksgiving & Christmas
Wouldn't you know it? There isn't a description to be found anywhere. If you have any experience with this popular title from the Williams-Sonoma kitchen library, we'd love to hear about it in the comments.
7. Thanksgiving: festive recipes for the holiday table
Whether your tastes run to the traditional or more adventurous, this Thanksgiving can be the tastiest one ever with the help of this Williams-Sonoma cookbook. From first course to last, cooks will find everything they need for a delicious holiday gathering.
8. Making Thanksgiving special [videotape]
Celebrate Thanksgiving with TV hostess Sharon Anderson and her guests. You'll find dozens of fresh, new ways to add to your family's Thanksgiving tradition.
9. Thanksgiving dinner
Valuable for veteran feastmakers and first-timers alike, this thorough and engaging examination of that most American meal is, like the dinner itself, traditional and satisfying. While the husband-and-wife authors confess, "We think about Thanksgiving all year," they suggest that "normal" people should start planning during the first week of November. In chapters for each course, from soup to leftovers, straightforward recipes with plenty of do-ahead steps transform fresh ingredients into Ojai Valley carrot soup, winter white pureeno accent...or pumpkin praline pie. (via Publishers Weekly)
Descriptions of these materials, with slight modifications for clarity, are provided from our public access catalog and/or the publisher unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Perhaps your teen has lent you his or her (most likely her) treasured copy of Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. You liked it didn't you? It's OK, you can tell us. We liked it too. Anyway, you may of heard that the Twilight movie, filmed just a few miles away in St. Helens, is coming to a theater near you on November 21st. Here at the library, we've joined forces with Adult Services to create an opportunity for you to get a little gothic with your teen. On December 5 from 7-9 p.m. in the Community Room there will be a Vamp Camp for teens and adults. Watch a classic vampire movie, contribute to a gothic art gallery, enjoy crafts and snacks, and get horror make-up instruction from a professional make-up artist. See you there!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Also, stop by the Children's Room for a display of books about Native American culture and folklore. One of my favorite children's authors and illustrators is Paul Goble, whose beautiful artwork and storytelling are fluid, imaginative, and rich in detail. See a description of his work at the Museum of Nebraska Art, which features a curriculum link about the geometry in Goble's artwork.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
If you'd like to more, come on down to the library! We're always happy to help.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
The exhibit will explore the imagery associated with vampire lore, classic cemetery art and mortality. The deadline to submit entries is November 10. Exhibit themes are: Stone Gardens, Moonlight and Ruins, Immortal Dawn, and Forever Now.
Download the contest guidelines and entry form here.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
We're also happy to provide some light snacks to help you maintain your vigor through the long march of political progress. Stop by the Community Room of the Tigard Public Library anytime that is convenient for you on November 4th from 4:30-11 PM to watch the polls close and results roll in.
For more information about this event or other Library programs, call the Library at
503-684-6537 or visit the Library web page at www.tigard-or.gov/library.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I suspect there are writers who would bargain their souls to be able to write with such simple clarity and to make humor and gravity sit together so easily in the same paragraph. If you are interested in social issues, this book will confirm your suspicions and possibly incite you to activism. I would, however, recommend this book to almost anyone, because it is primarily a book about people - a topic that never gets old.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Some other fun, easy books from an animal's point of view include:
- Runaway Ralph, by Beverly Cleary
- Birdbrain Amos, by M. C. Delaney
- Lucky in Left Field, by Betsy Duffey
- Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery, by Deborah and James Howe
- Babe, the Gallant Pig, by Dick King-Smith
- Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride, by George Selden
- Stuart Little, by E. B. White
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
- Little Monster at School (J Mayer)
- Dr. Suess: Green Eggs and Ham (J Seuss)
- Muppet Babies Preschool Playtime (J 372.21 MUP)
- The American Sign Language Dictionary on CD-ROM (J 419 STE)
- Jumpstart Spanish (J 468 JUM)
- My Amazing Human Body (J 612 MYA)
- Spy Kids Official Spy Codebook: Mission: The Underground Affair (J 793.932 SPY)
- I Spy Spooky Mansion (J 794.8 ISP)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Online resources or databases are collections of reliable, accurate and current information accessed from the convenience of your home or library. Unlike the Internet, where anyone can post whatever they would like, these collections are reviewed and selected for inclusion. These resources offer newspaper and magazine articles, encyclopedia entries, images, and other reference materials.
Just go to the Washington County Cooperative Library Services homepage and click on Online Resources. Under the tabs on the left are headings "For Kids" and "For Youth" or you can always scroll through the full selection under "View All."
There are resources for all age groups and subjects. The World Book collection offers the breadth of an encyclopedia with the ease of keyword searching. Science Online offers everything from current research to science experiments. For state and country reports Culture Grams provides indepth facts with recipes and pictures.
Want a little instruction? Just stop by the Children's or Young Adult Reference Desk for a mini-tutorial for you or your student. These resources are a great way to boost your students research skills.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Poetry is one of the wonderful ways to encourage children to have fun with language. Nursery rhymes and songs are early poetry, that introduce youngsters to an early literacy skill -- phonological awareness. Playing with rhymes, words, and phrases increases a child's ability to learn how to read, by understanding that words are made up of sounds. Older children develop their sentence building skills. Children of all ages increase their creativity and imagination.
Stop by the Children's Room and check out the J 811s for books of poetry.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Please remember, these novels are not for the faint of the heart and squeamish...you probably don't want to whip these out when the kids are around and some may even prove too visceral and grotesque for the most courageous readers.
Of course, there's no reason to bypass the standard scribes of the scary if you're looking for a late night fright. Some of the most famous and well-read writers include Stephen King, Anne Rice, Peter Straub, Clive Barker and Dean Koontz. Another author of note with whom you might be less familiar is Bentley Little. His works often take the mundane and familiar, say your local Walmart for example, and turn them into hotbeds of the macabre and shadow cabals.
A search through various Internet forums and discussion groups has also found several books that are so scary they've stayed with their readers far longer than the time they took to read. The following books could be classified as horror, thrillers or science fiction but all of them are haunting and all can be found at the Tigard Public Library (if someone hasn't gotten to them before you):
- The Ruins - Scott Smith
- The Terror - Dan Simmons
- American Psycho: A Novel - Bret Easton Ellis
- Infected: A Novel - Scott Sigler
- Lost Boy Lost Girl: A Novel - Peter Straub
- Lullaby - Chuck Palahniuk
- Boy's Life - Robert McCammon
- The Woman in Black - Susan Hill
- Black Hole - Charles Burns (Graphic Novel)
If the above options leave you shaking in your boots, you might want to consider these top 10 lessons for surviving a zombie attach from The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks, also available in the TPL:
- Organize before they rise!
- They feel no fear, why should you?
- Use your head: cut off theirs.
- Blades don’t need reloading.
- Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
- Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
- Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
- Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
- No place is safe, only safer.
- The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Attention all you Maurice Sendak fans: In honor of Banned Books Week, we have been displaying the work of the beloved author of Where the Wild Things Are and Mickey in the Night Kitchen in the display case in front of the Puett Room and along the shelves that house the juvenile music collection. You may be surprised at the number of books that Mr. Sendak wrote, illustrated, and collaborated on. Come by to check out these books soon; the display will not be up much longer!
Our next display will feature the work of Kevin Henkes, author of Olives Ocean, Lilly's Purple, Plastic Purse, and Owen.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Dr. Frankenstein's Human Body Book by Richard Walker (J 611 DRF). This DK guide is a "monster," with plenty of diagrams, real pictures, and snipets of information. On heavy board paper, this is perfect for budding scientists to explore on their own or with a grown-up. For ages 5-12.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
When : Friday, October 10 from 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday, October 11 from 9 am -3 pm
Where: Library Community Room
What: used books, DVDs, CDs
Funds from the sale support Tigard Library programs and projects (like our book clubs).
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
The post I looked at yesterday on apples* is already on an "older" page because of ten new posts. While this makes browsing a little hefty, this does mean that there is a wealth of topics covered. *The apples post brought to mind some ideas for home fun. Bring home a variety of apples and have a taste test. Have kids describe the different tastes and textures. Use any leftover pieces for apple prints or painting.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Here is a list of my favorite silly books:
Barrett, Judi. Never Take a Shark to the Dentist
Gordon, David. The Three Little Rigs
Greenberg, David T. Skunks!
McMullan, Kate & Jim. I Stink!
Numeroff, Laura. Chimps Don’t Wear Glasses
Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Pig a Pancake
Pinto, Sara. Apples & Oranges: Going Bananas with Pairs
Willems, Mo. Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Saturday, September 20 1-4 p.m. Guitar Workshop with Michael Suffin and Justin Price. Open to all beginner and intermediate students. (Community Room)
Sunday, September 21 6 p.m. Larry Wilder and Nolan Bronson present finger-picking Americana, country and folk. (Gazebo behind Library)
Wednesday, September 24 7-9 p.m. Presenting one of the films in the iconic blues series by Martin Scorcese. (Community Room)
Sunday, September 28 6 p.m. Cascadia Guitar Duo, classical guitar including Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, and Contemporary compositions. (Gazebo behind Library)
See the Adult Services web page for more info.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
In the spirit of this wonderful excuse to sound fierce and funny, here are a few of our recommended readings.
Piratepedia by Alisha Niehaus (J 910.45 NIE). A complete guide to all things pirate.
Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World by Jane Yolen (J 910.45 YOL). A guide to the lives of women pirates throughout history.
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long (LONG) A how-to story for young pirate wannabees.
Pirates Don't Change Diapers by Melinda Long (LONG) To claim their treasure the pirates must first calm the baby!
The Old Pirate of Central Park by Robert Priest (PRIEST) A retired pirate battles with a retired queen over control of the sailboat pond.
Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper (J SOMPER) Twins separated in a tragic accident, pirate rescues and vampires? Sounds like an adventure!
I Love My Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck (LEUCK) A papa story with a swashbuckling twist.
Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke (FUNKE) Pirates kidnap a fiesty little girl named Molly, only to find that they're the ones who should be shivering in their boots.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Mad Science presents Spin, Pop, Boom!
Tuesday, September 16, 7 p.m.
If you have a budding scientist in the house, you might also want to check out these fun juvenile fiction and non-fiction titles:
- Lunch Walks Among Us by James K. Benton (from the Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist series)
- Jake Drake, Know-It-All by Andrew Clements
- Phineas L. MacGuire...Gets Slimed! by Frances O'Roark Dowell
- The Kid Who Named Pluto: And the Stories of Other Extraordinary Young People in Science by Marc McCutcheon
- Cool Chemistry Concoctions : 50 Formulas That Fizz, Foam, Splatter & Ooze by Joe Rhatigan & Veronika Gunter
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Angelina Ballerina books by Katharine Holabird
Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle
Eloise books by Kay Thompson
Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox
Madeline books by Ludwig Bemelmans
Olivia books by Ian Falconer
Priscilla books by Nathaniel Hobbie
Pinkalicious and Purplicious by Victoria Kann
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Kids' Book Club
For Grades 1-4
Meets at 3:45-5 p.m. on Mondays or Tuesdays
Monday September 29, October 27, November 24
Tuesdays, September 30, October 28, November 25
Super Readers Book Club
For Grades 4-6
Meets on Tuesdays 4-5 p.m.
September 16, October 21, November 18 and December 16
Teen Book Group
For grades 6-12
Meets on Thursdays 4:30-6 p.m.
September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11
The youth services librarians are enthusiastic to have your child/teen participate in one of the book groups. Stop by the children's reference desk today to register and to pick up the selected book for the month. Books are generiously provided by the Friends of the Tigard Public Library.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
For the early months, choose books that have big bright pictures (pictures of faces are great), and hold them about eight inches away from your baby's face, so she can see them with her growing eyes. When we grown-up types pick up a book, we don't really think about how to use it, forgetting that books are an information technology and we all have to learn how to use them. The more you read with your infant, the more you may see them, once they can pick up objects, turning board book pages from right to left, and tracking words and pictures from left to right (if they're reading English books). And remember, the more your baby sees you read, the more likely she will be to be drawn to reading herself.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Here are just a few examples:
Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Grades K-3)
Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight, by Kathleen Krull (Grades K-5)
Knockin' on Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates, by Lynne Barasch (Grades 2-3)
Jeff Gordon: Racing's Brightest Star, by Marty Gitlin (Grades 3-6)
Soulja Boy: Tell 'Em, by PeggySue Wells (Grades 3-6)
The Riches of Oseola McCarty, by Evelyn Coleman (Grades 4-6)
Taylor Swift: Country's Sweetheart, by Lexi Ryals (Grades 4-6)
The Tree of Life: A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin, by Peter Sis (Grades 4-7)
Lang Lang: Playing with Flying Keys, by Lang Lang with Michael Frency (Grades 5-9)
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
With school starting *gasp* next week, check out our back to school displays of picture books and parenting books about school. Your Dewey number for the week - J 372 - for more books for kids about going to school.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Check out our weekly schedule on the right hand side of the page. We'll also feature pictures from recent events, lists of helpful links, and other snazzy tidbits.
So peruse the page and find out what your Children's and Teen Librarians are talking about. As always, we'd love to hear what you think...so drop us a line from time to time.
To the books....!