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