Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Fast forward two generations, and Nutaaq's great-great-granddaughter, Blessing, happens upon the blue bead when going through her grandmother's things. Blessing has just been sent to live with her grandmother, who she hardly knows, while her mother is in rehab. The bead becomes sort of a security item for Blessing, and her grandmother does not know she has it. As she comes to terms with some losses in her life, she also gains understanding of her Inupiaq Eskimo heritage.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
The Library initiated the Food for Fines program last year to assist patrons and others hit hard by the recession. Library users donated 2,493 pounds of food while the Library waived nearly $1,000 in fines.
Here's what you need to know if you want to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity: Every two non-perishable food items donated will equal $1 in fines. A maximum of $10 per account may be waived with food donations, but patrons may contribute as many food items as they wish. The library will also accept cash donations to the food pantry (but these won't count against your library fines). Donated food will be used only toward payment of fines—not for damaged or lost items, or accounts that have been sent to collections.
Acceptable donations include:
- Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon etc.)
- Canned and box meals (chili, soup, macaroni and cheese etc.)
- Peanut butter
- Pasta, rice, cereal
- Canned fruits
- 100% fruit juice
It's important to remember that the Library will not accept unlabeled or rusty cans, homemade, perishable or open items.
If you've got any questions don't hesitate to call us at 503-684-6537 or log onto our main website at www.tigard-or.gov/library
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
- Amusing Moments in the Wild: Animals and Their Friends (Babies and up)
- The Tale of Pale Male: A True Story, by Jeanette Winter (Pre-School and up)
- Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle, by Brian Dennis (Pre-School and up)
- Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship, by Isabella Hatkoff (Kindergarten and up)
- Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World, by Isabella Hatkoff and family (Kindergarten and up)
- Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends, by Carol Buckley (Kindergarten and up)
- Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again, by Isabella Hatkoff (Kindergarten and up)
- Little Big Ears: The Story of Ely, by Cynthia Moss (2nd grade and up)
- Emi and the Rhino Scientist, by Mary Kay Carson (3rd grade and up)
- The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours, by Jane Goodall (3rd grade and up)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
This is their story told in a powerful new non-fiction book Almost Astronauts:13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone. Stopped from their dream by jealousy, prejudice and unwritten rules, these women never accepted their fate. A powerful story for anyone wanting an understanding of America's quest for space.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
- Penda Diakite, Portland author of the children's picture book, I Lost My Tooth in Africa
- Isamu Fukui, author of the Truancy series for young adults
- Alec Greven, author of the How To Talk To... books for elementary-aged children, starting with How to Talk to Girls
- Isabella Hatkoff, author of several true stories about amazing animals, great books for young and older readers alike
- Cayla Kluver, fantasy author for young adults
- Christopher Paolini, author of the popular Eragon series for upper elementary and older kids
A Potty for Me! By Karen Katz
Even Firefighters go to the Potty: A Potty Training Lift-the-Flap Story By Wendy Wax
Everyone Poops By Taro Gomi
No More Diapers for Ducky! By Bernette Ford and Sam Williams
On Top of the Potty and Other Get-Up-and-Go Songs by Alan Katz and David Catrow
Time to Pee! By Mo Willems
Go Potty Go! For Boys and Girls DVD
Keys to Toilet Training, 2nd edition by Meg Zweiback
Saturday, October 17, 2009
One of the story times that I most looked forward to was New Versions of Old Tales. I told the stories of the Three Little Pigs and Rapunzel, and then read books that were twists on those well-known tales. In fact, after the story of Rapunzel, I had one little girl tell me "I'm scared." It turns out that my crowd was a little young to really appreciate the fairy tales and their silly counterparts. The books are so much fun I thought I would share some titles with parents whose kids are old enough to be familiar with some of the traditional fairy tales and who might appreciate an alternate version.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
In recognition of this new release, we have Diary of a Wimpy Kid goodies to giveaway. Kids can come visit the juvenile fiction area in the library and pick up some take home activity sheets, and a bookmark, and other fun goodies (while supplies last, of course), and they are going fast! Just look for the great big Greg Heffley standee, and that's where you'll find all the fun goodies!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Scavenger Hunt •Pick a shape (circle, square, triangle). Hunt through your house for things with that shape. Count them as you go. If you can, take a picture of each item and make a shape book with your photos.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Anyway, the book made me think of other books that also incorporate music into them. Jane Cabrera, Iza Trapani, and Nadine Westcott (author and/or illustrator), have turned many children's songs into picture books. Even if your child can't read yet, s/he will likely know the songs in these books and be able to "read" right along with you while you sing the words on the pages. This feeling of mastery will encourage your child's enjoyment of books.
Here are just a few more of my very favorite books that are also songs. Your kids may not know these songs, but they sure are beautiful books!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Here are some ways you can help increase your child's vocabulary:
- Just read a book. Did you know that books have 3 times as many rare words in them than just regular conversation?
- Don't simplify hard words when reading; instead, explain them.
- Practice dialogic reading. What, you may ask, is dialogic reading? Basically, it is having a conversation about what you are reading. Include your child in the story. Ask open-ended questions about what they see in the pictures and what they hear in the words you are reading.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Things you can do to encourage your child's development of Print Awareness:
- Get one of those little photo albums that fits one picture per page (you can find them at a dollar store). Take some pictures of your child's favorite people and things and then type or write up one- or two-word labels to put in the other sleeve that faces that picture.
- Leave books in places where they are available for your child to experience in his/her own way, not way up on a forbidden shelf.
- Let your child help with the grocery list, even though s/he don't know how to write or spell yet. Just remember what s/he told you for each thing s/he wrote down, because the scribbles will probably only make sense to him/her.
Join me in a couple of weeks with my final installment of Early Literacy, Ch. 6: Vocabulary.
Monday, August 31, 2009
In reading world news...Reading Rainbow will be off the air shortly. Have no fear, you can still check out episodes at your library.
You or your kids fans of The Series of Unfortunate Events? If so, glad tidings for you, as Lemony announces that there is a new series in the works. Bad news...not until 2012!
Fall means new events for grown ups as well. Check out the full offerings here, or pick up a schedule at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor. Highlights include book groups, computer classes, job seeker classes, music and movies.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
- Find a time to read when you are BOTH in a good, relaxed mood. Do NOT try to force your child to read.
- Help your child find books that interest him/her. It's even OK if s/he wants to read the same book over and over again. That's actually normal.
- Find ways that will involve your child in the story. For examle, repetition is great; your child will love joining in and feeling extra smart because s/he knows what to say along with the story. Stories that involve the audience in some way are good, too. Think Mo Willems' Pigeon books.