Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Family Square Dancing

Ring in the New Year, by bringing the whole family to the library for an evening of square dancing with the Tri Squares Square Dance Club.  Club members will teach the basics of square dancing.  Then it will be time to bow to your partner and do-si-do!  It's all happening on Friday January 3rd at 7:15 p.m. in the Brugess Community Room.  Be there, or be square!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Winter Vacation Story Times

School is closed for the winter break, but the Tigard Public Library isn't! And neither are the story times here at the library. All of our regular story times will happen next week (as they did this week) as long as the Library is open, with the exception that Fun For Ones will be replaced with Drop-in Play Time. Unfortunately, that does mean that you Toddler Time people will be missing out because the holidays are on Wednesday this year, but come to the all ages Family Story Time on Friday instead!

Friday, December 27, 2013

The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.

You may think you know what a fib is, but Gregory K. has a whole different take on "fibs." Well, yes, he does tell a fib or two or 14, but he has also invented a new type of poetry based on the Fibonacci Sequence. You might think that means he is a mathematician trying to write poetry. Actually, he is anything but. He is a poet trying to fit into a family of mathemeticians, and the only way he can think of to do that is to enter City Math, the citywide math competition his brother has won for the last several years. He tells a few fibs which lead to a few more and pretty soon he is in over his head.

What kind of project will Gregory K. think up for this prestigious math competition? How will his fibs come back to haunt him? Will his family ever learn who he truly is inside?

Read The 14 Fibs of Gregory K., by Greg Pincus, to find out. Recommended for Grade 3 and up.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

WEEKEND ADVENTURE: Winter Wonderland Crafts

While the weather outside is frightful, come inside and do something delightful!  We've got some wonderful winter themed crafts the whole family will enjoy.  Beat your own wintery fun-foam necklaces, paint winter themed suncatchers, assemble snowman tubbey dolls, plus much, much more!  All the winter wonderland fun will be happening in the Puett Room on Saturday, December 28th, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Coby's Picks #5

Here are Coby's latest favorites. In case you're not keeping track, he is now 2 1/2.

May There Always Be Sunshine, by Jim Gill
Street Sweepers, by Connor Dayton
Trucks, Trucks, Trucks, by Peter Sis
Tu y Yo, by Maggie Maino
Maisy Learns to Swim, by Lucy Cousins
Moo!, by David LaRochelle

Friday, December 20, 2013

Lego Construction Zone

Join us this Sunday, December 22, from 1:30-3:00pm for Lego Construction Zone. You might be saying, "We have Lego bricks at home, why come to the library just to play with Lego bricks?" Because building with Lego bricks at the library is way more fun! Experience social interactions and feel inspired by other Lego enthusists. We also have a nifty down-hill track for racing your brick vehicles!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013




What's the difference between STEM and STEAM? Art!
They're acronyms for the same movement. Currently educators are promoting activities that focus on science, technology, engineering, (art) and math. Many agree that in the 21st century, students, and humanity in general,  must go beyond memorizing facts and figures. They must be able to interpret data quicker and in new ways.
Now that you know what STEM/STEAM is, we look forward to sharing ideas with you once a month on how you can incorporate science, technology, engineering, (art) and math in to your child's daily life.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Holiday Handbells Concert

Ring in the holiday season wit the Bells of the Cascades, Oregon's premier community hand bell
ensemble.  They will perform a wide range of hand bell music, including secular, sacred, and popular pieces.  This fun dynamic group transforms age-old bell-ringing traditions into a unique musical event.  This melodious cheer takes place on Tuesday December 17th at 7:30 p.m.  The show is expected to run until 8:30 p.m. and will be held in the Burgess Community Room.  This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Tigard Library.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sensational Snowflakes

No two snowflakes are the same. That most certainly will be the case when you create your own unique snowflake artwork to decorate your house for winter. Join us for this Sunday's Weekend Adventure, Sensational Snowflakes, December 8 from 1:30 to 2:30 in the Puett Room.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Purchasing tablets, ereaders, and MP3 players

With the holiday shopping season upon us, many people are interested in purchasing personal technology items such as tablets, ereaders, and MP3 players.  Do you know what kinds of qualities you are looking for in such a device?  Or are you looking for specific features for a child or someone elderly?  Look no further.  The Kansas State Library has put together a great resource on choosing the right piece of personal technology for you or for a loved one.  Visit http://kslib.info/devices and choose the appropriate device you are interested in to learn more about available products. 

And once you've purchased your device, be sure to check out Library2Go to download FREE ebooks, music, and movies from the library!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

SUPER TUESDAY: Leapin' Louie

December has just begun, so why not start the month off right with our next SUPER TUESDAY event!  On Tuesday December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Burgess Community Room, Master entertainer, Leapin' Louie Lichtenstein will be joining us for some high-energy comedy with lasso tricks, juggling, magic, and more!  This is one show you won't want to miss.  This guy is fantastic!!!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

17th Annual Mitten Tree

2013 marks the 17th annual Mitten Tree!  Stop by the Puett Room (located inside the Chidren's Room) anytime during the month of December to help decorate the branches of the mitten tree.  Donations of new scarves, mittens, and hats will be accepted.  At the end of the month, all items will be given to the Good Neighbor Center and they will distribute the goods to homeless families in our area and in Washington County.  The Mitten Tree is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Tigard Library.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's MEGA CRAFT time!

It's back and it's better than ever!  Everyone's FAVORITE Craft party, MEGA CRAFT will be here on Sunday December 1st, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Burgess Community Room!

For two whole hours, see how creative you can get creating unique crafts to keep for yourself or to giveaway as gifts.  Here's some of the crafty highlights:
  • Greeting Cards
  • Table Centerpieces
  • Felt Magnets
  • Snow Scenes
  • Sachets
  • Fabric Flowers
  • Origami Boxes
  • And so much more!
So join us for a few mintues, or for the whole two hours.  Mega Craft is open to everyone no matter  age or ability.  For a sneak peek of some of the crafts, stop by the library and visit the lobby display.  See you there!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Lego(R) Construction Zone - November

Join us in the Puett Room for a brick building extravaganza. You'll be in good company if you are a Lego fan. You can begin building at 1:30pm. The fun lasts until 3:00pm. This program is for all ages.

Friday, November 15, 2013


It's that time of year when things get busy....and when Youth Services staff here at the library get busy planning for our ever so popular MEGA CRAFT!!!  I just got asked when it will be happening this year, so I thought I'd write a post sharing the good news...it will be here before we know it!  And without further adieu, MEGA CRAFT 2013 will be held on SUNDAY DECEMBER 1ST, 1:30-3:30 p.m.  It's open to all ages.  So.....mark your calendars now!  It will be a fun-filled and one heck of a crafty time!  Don't miss it!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Read and Splash! Library Card discount on 11/14 & 11/15

Read and Splash! 
Library Card discount on Thursdays and Fridays!
The Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark in McMinnville has announced a new promotion that they hope to run a few times throughout the year. After this November Read and Splash! series – they will pick back up in January with a New Year’s Resolutions: Read More theme. The waterpark is a “sister” organization to our Cultural Pass destination the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (they are on the same property – but charge separate admission access).  WCCLS Library card holders can take advantage of this new Waterpark promotion totally independent of the use of the Cultural Pass membership.

Show your library card at Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark in McMinnville
at the waterpark admissions desk and swim for only $15.00!  (MUST be used on the dates specified to get discount)

Dates: Thursday and Friday: Nov. 14 & 15

Time: 3 pm – 8 pm (ONLY)

Please note: Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a supervising adult while in the Waterpark. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by a swimming adult while in the water. Swimming adults are required to pay admission. Adults may supervise a maximum of 4 children (1:4 adult to child ratio).

One library card per discount. If your family has a “family” library card, the discount can be applied to up to (4) people.

For more information: please contact the Museum at 503-434-4185 or events@sprucegoose.org or visit the  WCCLS page: Read and Splash! Library Card discount at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Binny for Short, by Hilary McKay

Belinda, Bel, Bin, Binny, whatever you want to call her, is being haunted by the ghost of her not-so-dear Aunt Violet. When Aunt Violet bequeathes her house to Binny and her mother, brother and sister, with "particular regards" to Binny, they move to the seashore away from the cramped apartments they have lived in since their dad died. There she tries to solve the mystery of just where Aunt Violet sent her beloved dog, Max, which led to the ugly words she spoke to Aunt Violet in their last converation.

If you can get past the depressing beginning of the book and the depressing-sounding summary I just gave, you will not be sorry. Binny for Short, by Hilary McKay, is actually a very charming, sweet story about family, friends (or enemies, depending on the way you look at it), and starting over. For upper elementary and middle school.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates

Just when I think there can't possibly be a new, original take on magic, I am happily proven wrong. Magic Marks the Spot, the first in the new series, The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, by Caroline Carlson, is a charming tale about a High Society girl named Hilary who just wants to be a pirate. And that's not a very easy feat when you consider that your dad is an admiral in the Royal Navy who will do anything he can to thwart piracy in the kingdom. Or when you've been rejected by The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates just because you're not the right gender. Or when you've just been sent to Miss Pimm's Finishing School for Delicate Ladies.

If you're in the mood for a frolicky tale of magic and piracy, this is the book for you. 3rd grade and up.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

SUPER TUESDAY: Rhythm From Head to Toe!

Everyone can find rhythm in everyday objects!  Acrobatic dancer and improvisationalist Aaron Wheeler-Kay will explore rhythm using the body both as a toy and a tool. This one-man show will get your toes tapping, hands clapping, and ears tuned in!  Join us on Tuesday November 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.  This will be a great program for all ages!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tigard Library Celebrates 50 Years of Book Bliss

Step back into 1963 at our
blast-from-the-past birthday bash!

Rock out with Oregon’s famed nostalgia band Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts. Get a taste of the ‘60s with a handful of Chex Mix and discover the Library’s lively past. Tell us about your Tigard library history.

It’s a happening…with cake!

Music and history: George and Yvonne Burgess Community Room

Crafts and games: Puett Room

Food and drink: Library Lobby

Additional parking will be available after 1:30 p.m. at the Tigard Christian Church across the street.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Kid Lit Celebrations!

2013 is an important year as it marks the anniversary of many very important books that have made a huge impact in the world of children's literature.  Here's some books that I bet you didn't know were celebrating some big milestones this year:
  • It's the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (this celebrates the first publication of the British edition)
  • Patricia Polacco is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Keeping Quilt
  • Roald Dahl’s darling 5-year-old genius Matilda  is marking her 25th anniversary
  • Celebrating its golden 50th anniversary this year is Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever
  • Also marking its 50th anniversary this year is Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are which won the 1964 Caldecott Medal.
  • Annother golden anniversary goes to Leo Lionni’s beloved Swimmy which received a 1964 Caldecott Honor Award
  • It's the 70th anniversary of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • And finally, Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon will be celebrating its 75th anniversary
Happy Anniversary to these wonderful children's books!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Let's celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed on by making mini-altars and skeleton puppets, decorating sugar skulls, and making tissue paper marigolds. We'll enjoy hot cocoa and pan de muertos, too! Join us in the Puett Room Sunday, October 27 from 1:30-2:30. This program is for all ages.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's Book Sale Time!

The Friends of the Tigard Public Library present their fall Book Sale!  Come to the Burgess Community Room located inside the library during the following times for some teriffic book bargains:

Friday October 25th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday October 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday Bag Sale, October 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Be sure to stop by the circulation desk at the library for a 50 cent off coupon, one per person (does not apply to the bag sale on Sunday).  See you there!

Monday, October 21, 2013

**Important Costume Parade Parking Info**

This Friday, October 25, at 10:15 and 11:15 will be our 4th Annual Costume Parade in Family Story Time! Unfortunately, I neglected to mention that the Book Sale will be happening at the same time. Overflow parking is at City Hall, so please allow plenty of time. Please, please pass this information on to other friends who may be attending.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Choose Kind!

October is Bully Prevention Month.  Just one act of kindness can make an impact.  Join the national movement to Choose Kind, inspired by the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  This is the inspiring fictional story of the incredible ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive.  He goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan.  Here he endures the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Random House, the publisher of the book has launched a campaign for readers across the globe to Choose Kind.  Here you can sign a pledge to be kind, find book resources, and learn more about the author, R.J. Palacio. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Lego Construction Zone - October

Join us this Sunday October 20, for Lego(R) Construction Zone. The fun begins at 1:30pm and continues until 3:00pm. This program is for all ages.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It's Pumpkin Time!

Kids ages 4 & up are invited to a pumpkin craft weekend adventure!  On Saturday October 12th, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. we'll be making pumpkin masks, ornaments, magnets, and perhaps, just maybe, there might me some pumpkin decorating involved too!  So come celebrate the harvest season with this bright orange ornamental object of fall.  And be sure to come prepared to get messy!!! (with permanent markers that is!)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Long, Long Line

Do you or your child find it frustrating to wait in a really long line?  Why not try the book The Long, Long Line by Tomoko Ohmura.  Here's a line up of 50 animals (from smallest to largest) waiting in line for a ride on a "Jumbo Coaster".  I can't give the details away about this ride, but as you turn the pages, the intensity builds to see what all the excitement is about.  Surely once you get to the end of the line, your child will want to get back in line all over again!

Friday, October 4, 2013

More Great Websites for Kids

The Great Websites for Kids Committee (from the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association) has announced six new sites for inclusion in Great Websites for Kids. They are as follows:

BBC Primary History
This is a great history site for primary grades to learn basic information about a few specific periods in history and the people of the era. This visual site does a great job of including timelines and biographical information in a way that younger learners can understand and enjoy. The website is designed like a toybox and will allow children to really "explore" the different topics.

The US Government's website for kids explores jobs, health, art, school subjects and more. Choosing personal interests or researching your latest school report can be done on this website through text, games and informational videos.

Mi Heroe (Spanish site "My Hero" project)
My Hero is a project to celebrate the best of humanity. Students can add to the project by submitting their own essays about their heroes. Mi héroe es un proyecto para celebrar lo mejor de la humanidad. Los estudiantes pueden aportar al proyecto por presentar sus propios ensayos sobre sus heroes.

Smithsonian Kids
Smithsonian Kids includes a lot of information and activities about a lot of topics, including dinosaurs, world cultures, animals, outer space, history, and more…many of which are also exhibits at the Smithsonian museums.

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms
A wide range of genetic terms are explained thoroughly but concisely by leading experts in the field. Multimedia elements include downloadable pdf’s, audio clips with explanations of terms, and 3D models.

Walking With Dinosaurs
Created by the BBC, Walking with Dinosaurs features individual pages featuring interesting facts, images and statistics on particular dinosaurs.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Are you speaking to me?

Interactive books are one of the best ways to get your children excited about reading. Whether it’s finding Waldo or hunting for the answers to clues, books that ask the reader to do (or not do) something are enticing and can reinforce the love of reading. Two such books are Warning: do not open thisbook by Adam Lehrhaupt and Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson.  You'll have more fun reading these titles than five monkeys in a tree.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

75 Years of the Caldecott

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Award. (1938-2013). I have to admit, this is my FAVORITE children's book award!The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Stop by the Children's Room at the library and check out a Caldecott Medal or Honor book from one of the many books we have on display. We've also got a quiz too! See if you can match an illustration to the title of a book from recent medal and honor books. Complete the quiz then turn it in to the children's desk to be entered into a darwing to win a fabulous prize. The last day to turn in completed quizes is October 29th. For a complete list of winners, click here.

So come celebrate 75 years of the Caldecott Award at the library!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Evan's Picks #4

And now for the latest installment of Evan's Picks. Here are his current favorites:

Knock, Knock!, by Saxton Freymann and 13 other children's authors
5-Minute Marvel Stories
Some Smug Slug, by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Ghost in the House, by Ammi-Joan Paquette
Magic Tree House series, by Mary Pope Osborne
Magic Tree House non-fiction companions, by Mary Pope Osborne
Andrew Lost series, by J. C. Greenburg

Sunday, September 29, 2013

SUPER TUESDAY: Cirque Du Libre

Come one, come all to a literary circus of a lifetime! 
Motion Magic will be presenting their acrobatic show filled with traditional and original stories told through circus theater. Embark on an adventure with acrobatic clowns, wild animals, juggling, hat tricks, a belly cancer, AND tons of audience participation.  You do not want to miss this show!  So....join us in the Community room on Tuesday October 1st at 6:30 p.m.  The show is open to all ages too!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Design your Own City!

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Perhaps you'd like to try your hand at urban planning! Join us at the library tomorrow: use mixed media to create your own set of cardboard buildings, plan a city map, and design a wooden car you can drive through your freshly constructed town. See you there! Construct A Town Saturday September 28 1:30-2:30 in the Puett Room

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Coby's Picks #4

After a long break, I will try to be more consistent about posting Coby's latest picks. So here is what he is reading now:

Can You Say Peace?, by Karen Katz
I Love You Nose, I Love You Toes, by Linda Davick
A Kitten Tale, by Eric Rohmann
Soy Bajito = I'm Short, by Ana Galan
Maisy Goes to Preschool, by Lucy Cousins
Nighty Night, Little Green Monster, by Ed Emberley

Friday, September 20, 2013

LEGO Construction Zone for September

Hey there LEGO funs! Join us for the September LEGO Construction Zone at the library. We'll have lots of fun playing with LEGO's. You bring the creativity, we'll supply the LEGO's! Join us in the Puett Room on Sunday September 22nd, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Kids ages 5 & up are welcome to attend!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Re-Boot Camp is back!

Attention 4th and 5th graders! Re-Boot Camp was on extended leave, but after 3 years, it is back! Want to learn research skills, prepare for school reports and have fun, all at the same time? I can't hear you! Did you say YES?! Call the Children's Desk at 503-718-2656 to register. It will be upstairs in the Technology Room on Wednesday, October 30 and November 6 from 4 to 5:30. Please plan to attend both sessions.

Friday, September 13, 2013

International Dot Day

Sunday, September 15 is International Dot Day! "What is International Dot Day?" you may ask. Why, it is a day devoted to celebrating Peter Reynolds' charming picture book, The Dot. Join us in the Puett Room from 1:30 to 2:30 this Sunday as we do all sorts of dot activities.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Back to School With Seuss!

What time is it?  It's Seuss Time! (And back to school time too!) Join in the back to school fun by inspiring your child’s curiosity. Help your kids continue to be enthusiastic about learning with some Seuss-inspired activities from Seussville.  How about making some pinwheel sandwiches for your child's school lunch?  Or some Big Chrunch-err-oo's for an after school snack?  Check out the Seussville Back to School with Dr. Seuss! page for some more school related activities.  It will be Seuss-tastic!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

SUPER TUESDAY: Legends of Mexico

Join us for our first SUPER TUESDAY for the new school year!  On Tuesday September 3rd at 6:30 p.m. we will have local Latin American folk musicians, Grupo Condor come and perform.  They will present a bilingual performance called Legends of Mexico, which consists of ancient Mexican legends from the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs, and Huncholes through masks, movement, dance, and ancestral songs and music.  The performance will be held in the Burgess Community Room and is suitable for ages 5 and up.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Today is the LAST DAY to claim prizes!

TODAY, Saturday August 31st is the LAST DAY to claim summer reading prizes.  The library will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. so there's plenty of time for kids and teens to stop byt the children's desk today to turn in your summer reading records to claim your prizes and pick out a book to keep!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Don't forget to claim your summer reading prizes!

Just a reminder, that TOMORROW, August 31st will be the LAST DAY to turn in summer reading records!  Bring your kid or teen to the library today or on Saturday so they can claim their prizes and pick out a book to keep for their very own!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


 Let you imagination RUN WILD with a puppet from the library!

Thanks to the continued and generous support from the Friends of Tigard Public Library, we now have a new, exciting assortment of puppets available for check-out!

Our Puppet collection contains a fabulous assortment of all shapes and sizes sure to delight and inspire imaginary adventures and conversations galore.

The puppet collection is quite durable and will last through many fun adventures.  Help us keep them looking fresh by following the guidelines below:

If you puppet gets messy, please bring it back to the library with a note.

Please do not put your puppet in the washing machine or dryer.  They can't swim.  Thanks!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dogs & Tales

Could your child use a helping paw with reading? Reading aloud to a dog creates a relaxed, non-judgmental environment to help children develop their reading skills and build confidence. Our volunteer dog-and-owner teams are all certified in pet-assisted therapy.

In order to make sessions accessible to more readers, kids may sign up to read with a dog team ONCE EVERY OTHER WEEK. On the alternate week, they may sign up for the waiting list. If there is room on the day of the program, we will fill slots using the waiting list.

You may call the Children's Desk at 503-718-2656 to register your child. Beginning readers through 5th grade are welcome.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Last Week to Claim Summer Reading Prizes!

This is a reminder that TODAY marks the last week to claim summer reading prizes!  Kids and teens who turn in their reading records to the children's desk will get their goodie bag full of fun prizes including a discount coupon to use at Oaks Amusement Park and a voucher to claim a ticket to a Trailblazers game.....AND pick out a brand-new book to keep for their very own!  So be sure stop by the library before Saturday August 31st!!!

Friday, August 23, 2013

August Lego® Construction Zone

Join us in the Puett Room from1:30-3:00p.m. on August 25th for a special LEGO® Construction Zone. The students from the Tigard High School Technology Team will be on hand to demonstrate their robot. As always, we'll supply the building blocks, you bring the creativity!  Ages 5 and up are welcome to come play and build. See you there!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Improv Showcase for All Ages

Join us on Friday, August 23 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Burgess Community Room for the Teen Improv Showcase!

Our performers will work hard at the workshops this week to learn the art of improvisational theater and put on a great show. Be there to cheer them on!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August Story Time Break

It's that time of year where we will be on a 2-week story time break.  We will go on break  starting August 19th.  We will resume the day after Labor Day.  Still want to stop by and visit the library?  Not a problem!  We'll have toys available for your little one to play with in the Puett Room!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rock Stars! The building blocks of the earth beneath your feet!

Ages 5 and up are invited to join us in the Puett Room from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 18 to meet some REAL rock stars!  The Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals will be on hand to answer your questions about rocks and minerals and tell you how to start your very own collection!
Participants will get to choose their very own rock pal to take home along with some great handouts.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Are Your Kids Having Trouble Eating Their Veggies?

It' that time of year when those of us who have gardens are starting to harvest our freshly grown vegetables.  Parents, are you having a hard time getting your little ones to eat their vegetables?  Fret no more, help is on the way!

The new findings, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, show that a conceptual framework encourages children to understand why eating a variety of foods is ideal and also causes them to eat more vegetables by choice.  The study done by two scientists from Stanford University devised an experiment to test their hypothesis that children would be capable of understanding a conceptual approach to nutrition. 

The "results showed that the children who had read about nutrition had a greater and more comprehensive understanding of nutrition and bodily processes. Their ingestion of vegetables during snack time increased voluntarily, while the amount of vegetables consumed by children in the control groups remained relatively unchanged".

The bottom line: This study indicates that combining educational concepts with behavioral information may result in children making voluntary changes and it supports other studies that show picture books have a powerful influence on children’s understanding of concepts and the world around them as well as their behavior. So please, come to the library, we've got lots of books about nutrition and the four food groups.  We'd love to show them to you!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Super Tuesday: Dragon Theater Puppets

It's been a while since we've had a puppet troupe come and do a puppet show.  We've figured it's about time, so Dragon Theater Puppets will be presenting "I Dig Dinosaurs" on Tuesday August 13th at 7 p.m. in the Burgess Community Room.  Join us for puppet fun featuring an archaeologist who builds a time machine to see real dinosaurs.  When he accidently travels to the wrong time period, things get completely out of hand!  This will be great fun for all ages!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Final Monday Drop-in Playtime 2-4pm

Join us in the Puett Room this Monday, August 12, for our last Drop-In Playtime. The Tigard High School Japanese Honor Society will be providing and origami demonstration from 2-4pm.  All ages!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Outdoor Games of Mexico / Juegos al aire libre de Mexico

Join us on Sunday August 11 from 1:30-2:30 for some fresh air and a chance to play outside. Play Avion, Encantados, Balero and several other games that you might already know. The names may be different, but the fun will be the same!

Domingo 11 de agosto de 1:30-2:30 en el patio de afuera de la sala Puett. Para todas las edades.
Disfruta el aire fresco, el sol en tu piel y la oportunidad de jugar afuera. Juega al avion, a los encantados, al balero y muchos otros juegos que tal vez ya conozcas. El nombre puede ser diferente, ipero la diversion v a ser la misma!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Summer of Seuss

Parents, are you looking for some last-minute end of summer fun?  Why not check out the Summer of Seuss page located over at Seussville.com?  They've got lots of
Seuss-y like activities, like a recipe for a "Pink Ink Yink Drink" (a strawberry smoothie),  having a "Seuss Spa Day", making a kite, and creating Seussical Musical instruments.  Stop by and join in the fun!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Monday August 5, Drop-in Playtime

Join us in the Puett Room and dig into a grab bag of fun! Stop by on Monday afternoons from 2-4pm for an all-ages suprise activity. Dress-up? Toys? Tunnels? Crafts? Games? Dig it! Be surprised every Monday until August 12.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Book Club Lotto Begins TODAY!

Have your kids liven up their reading by joining a book club!  We get together once a month to talk about a great book and enjoy related activities.  Meetings are held once a month on Tuesdays beginning in September.  Submit your child's name at the Children's Reference desk between August 2-30.  Participants will be selected by lottery on Saturday August 31st. 

We've got two great book groups to choose from!  The Kids Book Club is for kids in grades 1-3.  This group will be reading books from the 2013-14 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee List.  Super Readers is for kids in grades 4-6 and they will be reading books from the 2013-14 Oregon Reader's Choice Award Nominee List.

Enter the lottery TODAY!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Reading We Will Go!

Looking for adventure this weekend? Come explore the jungle outside the library. Bring your family to go on a story hunt, following the path from page to page as you read a fabulous, interactive book in the outdoors. Watch out! You might find...a tiger! Stop by the Gazebo at 1:00 to make a few projects and write your own book.
Saturday, August 3, 11-5 p.m.