Thursday, April 30, 2009
Each experiment features a mini intro, a handy list of supplies (most of which are household items), step-by-step instructions and yep, the "scientific excuse" behind the trick. A little bit magic, a little bit science, a lot of fun!
Cross-posted on the Tigard Teen Blog.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
What could be more spring-like than a new windsock? Come join us Saturday, May 2 from 1:30 to 2:30 at Weekend Adventures to create your own. Of course, these will be made out of paper, so you won't actually want to hang them outside, but they're still fun, pretty, and spring-like. Weekend Adventures are for elementary-aged kids and their families.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker
Bear's efforts to keep out visitors to his house are undermined by a very persistent mouse. (ages 3-7)
A number/color book reminding us that it just takes one to make everyone count. (ages 3-6)
Posy the kitten has lots of adventures catching spiders, swiping crayons, tangling yarn, and cuddling. (ages 2-5)
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Photo courtesy of mySAPL
Come to the second floor of the Library and ask the librarian to point you in the direction of the books on crafts. You’ll find books on weaving, embroidery, porcelain and glass painting, scrapbooking, woodburning, origami, tatting, knitting and much more.
Would you like to learn how to knit or crochet to be able to use all those fabulous yarns that are available? Learn how to get started or share your knitting and/or crochet knowledge with others.
Join the new Tigard Library knitting group on Saturday, May 2, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Houghton Room on the second floor of the Library. Dust off that project you can’t seem to finish or bring the materials to start something new. Library staff member Shela Perrin will book-talk her favorite knitting and crochet books available at the Library. Find out what is new in the world of yarn projects.
The group meets on the first and third Saturdays of the month in the Grace Tigard Houghton Room. New members are always welcome.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We have some fun family activities planned all week long to entince you off the couch and into the library to celebrate TV-Turnoff Week. In addition to our regular weekly story times, check out these events:
- Poetry in the Lobby (Sunday April 19th 1-5pm)
- The Giving Tree Revisited with Dave the Earthsinger (Tuesday April 21st 7pm)
- Food Art with Addie Boswell (Wednesday April 22nd 7pm)
- Getting Unplugged with local author and former self-proclaimed TV-addict Ellen Currey-Wilson (Thursday April 23rd 7pm)
For detailed descriptions of all these events, please visit our website:
To learn more about TV-Turnoff Week and Screen Awareness, please visit:
Monday, April 20, 2009
Visit our website for upcoming library events including presentations, performances, and workshops.
And thanks to Gary for volunteering his time to share his enthusiasm and wit with our community.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The Underneath written by Kathy Appelt
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom written by Margarita Engle
This book utilizes compelling free verse in alternating voices to lyrically tell the story of Cuba's three wars for independence from Spain. Combining real-life characters (such as legendary healer Rosa La Bayamesa) with imagined individuals, Engle focuses on Rosa's struggle to save everyone--black, white, Cuban, Spanish, friend or enemy.
Savvy written by Ingrid Law
This rich first-person narrative draws readers into a wild bus ride, winding through the countryside on a journey of self-discovery for Mibs Beaumont and her companions. Newcomer Law weaves a magical tall tale, using vivid language and lively personalities, all bouncing their way to a warm, satisfying conclusion.
After Tupac and D Foster written by Jacquline Woodson
This tightly woven novel looks back on two years in a New York City neighborhood, where life changes for two 11-year-olds when a new girl joins their game of double Dutch. Bonded by Tupac's music, the three girls explore the lure of freedom and build a friendship that redefines their own identities.
The John Newbery Award is awarded to a U.S. author for the most distinguished contribution to American children's literature (up to age 14).
The winner of the 2009 Caldecott Award is:
The House in the Night written by Susan Marie Swanson, illustrated by Beth Krommes Richly
Detailed black-and-white scratchboard illustrations expand this timeless bedtime verse, offering reassurance to young children that there is always light in the darkness. Krommes' elegant line, illuminated with touches of golden watercolor, evoke the warmth and comfort of home and family, as well as the joys of exploring the wider world.
The 2009 Caldecott honor books include:
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever written and illustrated by Marla FrazeeIn lively, detailed, subtly retro cartoons, Frazee gently pokes fun at adult expectations and captures the unbounded joy of two friends experiencing a parent-free summer adventure.
How I Learned Geography written and illustrated by Uri ShulevitzRecounting memories of his family's flight from the Warsaw Blitz and his years as a refugee during World War II, Shulevitz employs watercolor and ink to depict a boy liberated from his dreary existence through flights of fancy inspired by the map his father buys in the village market.
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa SweetSweet's mixed-media collage and primitive watercolors flow seamlessly with Bryant's prose to reveal the important bits and pieces of Williams' ordinary, yet extraordinary, life as a doctor and poet.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Come by the library and visit our Beverly Cleary and D.E.A.R. display display, or check out one of our many books by our beloved local author. You may want to start with Henry Huggins, her first book, her autobiography, The Girl from Yamhill, or, my personal favorite, Dear Mr. Henshaw, a story about a boy who writes letters to his favorite children's author. The letters become like a diary.
To find out more about D.E.A.R. Day and Beverly Cleary, follow this link: http://www.dropeverythingandread.com/
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Barner, Bob. Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! (J 595. 7 BAR)
Cronin, Doreen. Diary of a Fly
Cronin, Doreen. Diary of a Spider
Cronin, Doreen. Diary of a Worm
Egielski, Richard. Buz
Ehlert, Lois. Waiting for Wings
Fleming, Denise. Beetle Bop
Florian, Douglas. Insectlopedia (J 811 FLO)
Kirk, David. Little Miss Spider
Manning, Mick. Yuck!
Prince, Joshua. I Saw an Ant in a Parking Lot
Prince, Joshua. I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track
Provost, Elizabeth. Ten Little Sleepyheads
Ross, Michael Elsohn. Snug as a Bug
Sturges, Philemon. I Love Bugs!
Trapani, Iza. The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Westcott, Nadine Bernard. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Gotta Book is a blog with ambitious aim of posting 30 previously unpublished children's poems in 30 days. Not just any old poems, but poetry from such greats as Nikki Grimes, Jack Prelutsky, Jane Yolen, and Jon Scieszka.
On display now in the Children's Room...poetry, of course! Stop by the Juvenile Non-Fiction section (J 811) and browse for some poetry. Check it out with your child and get some inspiration for some fun family writing of your own!