- I Spy books, by Walter Wick (ages 3 to 8)
- The Egypt Game, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (ages 7 to 10)
- The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin (ages 8 and up)
- The Maze of Bones: 39 Clues, by Rick Riordan (ages 8 and up)
- One False Note: 39 Clues, by Gordon Korman (ages 8 and up)
- The Sword Thief: 39 Clues, by Peter Lerangis (ages 8 and up), coming in March 2009
- Word Nerd, by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund (ages 9 and up)
- An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green (ages 14 and up)
- The Apprentice Adept series, by Piers Anthony (ages 14 and up)
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Another resource for finding great reads is Novelist, with recommended reads and book discussion guides for all ages, which can be accessed from home or in the library using your WCCLS library card. Check it out!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Once the upgrade is complete, you searching may continue! It will look different, so if you have any questions (as always!) you can ask your librarian. A new feature that I'm really looking forward to using is the saved Title Lists. Now you can make a list of titles and save it to your computer or to a disk. With the new version the list saves to your account (both in the library and on the web) and you can continue to add titles to a list over time. Make a list for titles you loved, want to read (but not put on hold quite yet!), or just about anything else.
*For library computer users...there will be no wireless access, but you do have internet access by getting a guest pass from the reference desk (your library card number won't work).
Friday, February 20, 2009
In a world where the sky is no longer blue and tainted rivers of poison make the lands impassable, Elspeth Gordie protects a secret. She is a Misfit. After the Great White, a man-made holocaust, the world changed. Old-timer books were banned; those who questioned the religious majority were burned; and those who were born with special psychic powers spurned from the lasting radiation of the holocaust were deemed Misfits, alienated from the rest of society. An orphan who lost her parents to burning by the Herder Faction and now is shuffled between orphanages, Elspeth soon finds it impossible to conceal her powers. When her secret is exposed, she is sent to Obernewtyn to be with others of her kind.
How can Elspeth seek to learn the extent of her powers? Who else will discover her remaining secrets? Will she, just a young girl, survive to fulfill the destiny she has been told she must face?
Obernewtyn is the first in the series of The Obernewtyn Chronicles, by Isobelle Carmody. I actually learned about these books from a teen reader (thanks, Paula!), and I am eager to read the next in the series. Our teen librarian is working on completing the series in our collection, as the books have been hard to get. This is a book for teens, possibly sophisticated younger readers, and also something adults may enjoy. I know I did!
#2 The Farseekers
#4 The Keeping Place
#6 The Stone Key
#7 The Sending (tentative publication date September 2009)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Help your child learn a little bit of Oregon history through the "Oregon Passport to Adventure". By participating in this activity, your child can earn their very own copy Apples to Oregon.
Stop by the children's room and pick up a copy of the passport, have your child participate in 5 of the 10 activities listed inside. One of the activities includes completing an activity sheet, which we have many on display. Another activity is drawing a picture of an Oregon symbol, which we will hang up in the library for all to see.
Quantities are limited, so complete your passport by February 28th!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
In March join your Children's Librarians for our series of informative and interactive workshops on early literacy. These free workshops will give you the tools to help ensure your child begins school ready to read.
The workshops are for adults only and do require registration. All workshops will be in the Puett Room. Please call 503-684-6537 and ask for the Children's Desk or stop by.
Early Talkers: For parents of children from 0-24 months
Monday, March 2, 6-8 p.m.
Talkers: For parents of children from 2-3 years
Monday, March 9, 6-8 p.m.
Pre-Readers: For parents of children from 4-5 years
Monday, March 16, 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
And next time you're in the library, check out the displays in the lobby and in the Children's Room regarding the event.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Maybe you all have already heard of him, but I have just discovered a new picture book author and illustrator who I love: Petr Horacek. He has a really cool illustrating style, kind of similar to Eric Carle, but definitely his own style. In several of his books, there are cut-outs, so the pages share parts of each other's pictures. He has written both board books and picture books. They are all entertaining and fun. In fact, one of my little guy's favorite books is Choo Choo. It's a very short little book perfect for him (he's 13 months) with different-shaped pages that make it easy for him to turn the page and keep his attention, because all it is is sound effects of the train.
Here is a list of all of his books that the library owns:
Beep Beep (board book)
Look Out, Suzy Goose (picture book)
A New House for Mouse (picture book)
Silly Suzy Goose (picture book)
When the Moon Smiled: A Bedtime Counting Book (picture book)
Friday, February 6, 2009
Photo courtesy of georgeBK
Fortunately, we’ve got a great way for you to get to the head of the line. As long as you don’t have any materials that need to be unlocked (some DVDs and CDs, for example) or any holds waiting for you behind the Circulation desk, you can head right on over to the self-service kiosks and checkout your books yourself.
While the idea of handling all the work on your own might seem at first a little scary, once you try it one time there’s a 97.418% chance that you will come back to use these again and again (and you’ll probably want to tell all your friends about how tech-savvy you are too).
We’ve made the checkout process as easy as possible – just follow the picture-based instructions on the screen to get on your way. First you scan your library card and the screen will tell you all about your account including how many books you have out currently, if there’s a balance on your account, if you have Hold requests to pick up and more. After that you just put your first book down and run it under the laser scanner. Our smart machine will automatically checkout the book for you and process it for safe removal from the premises (no alarms for you)! When you’re finished just make sure you hit “print” and take your receipt with you.
Please try not to be too obvious about your joyous “line cutting” when you wave to everyone standing in line on your expedited and worry-free way out the door!
If you really miss those few minutes you used to spend chatting with our ever energetic and helpful staff at the Circulation desk, don’t despair! You can always visit our Reference librarians at the Children’s, Young Adult or Adult desks to ask those pressing questions and engage in witty banter. And don’t forget that you’ll always have a chance to stop by Circulation if you have Holds or materials that we need to unlock for you...or just want to say “Hi!”
Thursday, February 5, 2009
It is very busy and has a ton of pop-ups, but I find the amount of crafts it has outweighs the annoyances I face with format of the website. You can also find a ton of songs and rhymes under the Storytimes link. You can just browse or you can type in a word or two to narrow down a topic.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Photo courtesy of shashiBellamkonda
Many people know that Consumer Reports ranks cars and appliances by features and reliability. You may not know that it also evaluates services like cell phone plans and offers money management advice. The library has always-available copies of the magazine in the reference section upstairs, but you can also search and browse Consumer Reports from home if you have Internet access. Here's how:
- Go to Consumer Reports online:
- Go to www.wccls.org
- Click on "Online Resources"
- Click "Magazine Articles" in the left-side column
- Scroll down and click "MasterFILE Premier"
- Log in with your library card number
- Search and browse:
- To search
- Type consumer reports in the "Publication" box and click the search button
- Type your search words in the box at the top
- You can refine your search using the subjects in the left-side column, and read the full article by clicking "PDF Full Text"
- To browse:
- Click "Publications" on the bar at the top.
- Type consumer reports in the second box and click the browse button
- Click "Consumer Reports" in the results list.
- Click the year then month of the magazine you want to browse in the right-side column.
- Click the "PDF Full Text" link for the article you want to read.
- To search
Another online source I use for purchasing advice is http://www.consumersearch.com, which offers product suggestions based on reviews from many different sources including Consumer Reports. It has some ads, but is free to use.
- Charles Dunham, adult services librarian