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.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wimpy Kid 8 is in Your Near Future

Diary of a Wimpy Kid book #8 will be released in November (place your holds now before the waiting list gets longer!).  But for now, the title and color of the book have been a well kept secret.  On 8-8-13 the color of the book will be revealed!  While you wait, go to to shake the crystal ball to see what Greg Heffley has revealed for the future.  Abrams Books, the publisher is trying to get 800,000 shakes (or clicks) on the crystal ball before August 8, 2013, so let your Wimpy Kid fan shake that ball!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Super Tuesday: The Physical Comedy of Henrik Bothe

Join us on Tuesday July 30th at 7 p.m. in the Burgess Community Room as jaws will drop once Henrik gets his plates spinning.  Can you guess how many plates he can spin at once?  Don't let the picture fool you!  Henrik Bothe will keep the whole family reveted and laughing with his physical comedy, including juggling attop a six-foot-tall unicycle!  It's going to be AMAZING!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

National Parent's Day is July 28th

In honor of National Parent’s Day on Sunday, July 28th, the U.S. Government Printing Office is promoting one of their parenting publications.  The 32-page PDF booklet is available for free on Internet in English and in Spanish.

The booklet give tips on teaching you (the parent) to be responsible, committed, positive, patient, attentive, precise, diligent, results-oriented, and innovative with your child.  For example: “Your responsibility for your child’s education begins with modeling at home. If your kids see you reading, they will want to read. If you drag your kid to every Civil War battle site because you are a Civil War buff, your child may ace his or her American history exams. When you volunteer at your child’s school, your kids are going to see how important their education is to you.”

·    The authors also recommend a large number of parent-child and pro-school activities. Some of the examples are reading aloud to your child each day starting at birth, playing games with your child, contacting his or her teachers, visiting his or her school, AND taking your child to the library!!!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Monday July 29, 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, July 26, 2013

July Lego® Construction Zone

Drop in to work on your creations with other LEGO fans! We'll supply the building blocks, you bring the creativity! Our next LEGO® Construction Zone will be on Sunday, July 28th in the Puett Room at 1:30-3:00 p.m. Ages 5 and up are welcome to come play and build. See you there!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Maker Mondays

If you're looking for something fun to do with your teens, or you'd like a little break from the kiddos to brush up your technological prowess, you simply must join us for our Maker Mondays series of events. We're meeting every Monday from now until August 19 to share amazingly simple technology tools that will inspire you to create, repair and entertain. Next Monday from 4-6 p.m. in the Technology Room, experts from Free Geek will show you how use free, open source software to transform your old, slow computers into well-oiled, customized machines that will actually do what you want them to do. The following week will be an incredible 3-D printing demonstration, and the week after that we'll show you how to make music and games using simple apps on your devices, and you'll get to play with our Makey Makeys, a deceptively simple technology that transforms pretty much anything into a controller.

The Maker movement is a growing phenomenon, and people everywhere are tapping into their powers of invention. It turns out, with a little innovation and help from fellow making enthusiasts, you can create whatever you can imagine, regardless of skill level. Want to disguise a mixer as a Boba Fett helmet? No problem. Want to make shrinkydinks and polymer clay mustaches using your own "Easy Make Oven?" Why not. How about a "PB & J 2.0" with 9 different flavor combinations? Yum. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Great Websites for Kids

The Association for Library Service to Children has updated their Great Websites for Kids web page. 
This web page features links to websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings such as animals and dinosaurs; games and entertainment; history and science; art and music; and much more. There is also a special section with sites of interest to parents, caregivers and teachers. Each site entry includes a brief annotation and a grade-level rating.  Here is a listing of websites that have been added to the webpage:

B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
One of the oldest and broadest directories of carefully chosen web sites for students, this father-son collaboration is a "go-to" destination for anyone with homework to do, a research or science project, or any other informational need.

Common Core - State Standards Initiative
Devoted to the task of defining Common Core State Standards, this site provides detailed definitions of what students are expected to learn. It serves as a resource to teachers and parents embarking on the education of young people, especially in the context of relevance to real-world knowledge and skills that are necessary for success in college and careers.

Dav Pilkey's Extra Crunchy Website-O-Fun
Meet Dave Pilkey in comic book form! Explore his books, videos, games and book app! Be sure to check out "Fun Stuff" for more activities and silly facts.

Engineer Girl
The Engineer Girl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.
A collection of hands-on science and math activities, created by staff from science museums around the country, this website is a resource for educators, homeschoolers, parents, and anyone looking to teach school-aged children about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) using interactive, non-classroom methods.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
A user-friendly resource for parents, caregivers, or anyone impacted by or concerned about learning disabilities (LD). Features guides for understanding LD symptoms and treatments in an age-appropriate context, from preschool through adulthood.

Start With A Book
Themed books (fiction and nonfiction) and activities to engage children in reading and learning during the summer. Helpful literacy tips, resources and printables for parents and caregivers. "Read. Talk. Explore."

Tween Tribune
Daily news sites for kids, tweens and teens. From animals to entertainment, you will find the most compelling, relevant and interesting news all on one site! Registration Required.

Tween Tribune en Español
Noticias diarias en español para niños y adolescentes.

Spark children's imaginations by sharing a "Wonder of the Day" and exploring a "Wonder Playground." A project of the National Center for Family Literacy.

The Great Websites for Kids Committee has the charge to administer and evaluate ALSC’s great sites within the criteria and procedures established for selection and reconsideration and to complete other web site selection tasks as appropriate.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Eisner Awards for Youth Announced

The 2013 Eisner Comic Industry Awards, commonly referred to as the Eisner Awards, were announced on Friday July 19th.  Since 1988,  the prize has been given for creative achievement in American comic books.  This major comic book award is sometimes referred to as the Comics Industry's equivalent of the Oscar Awards.  Out of 29 categories, three are specifically aimed at youth.  Here are the awards for youth:

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7): Babymouse for President, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8–12): Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (kaboom!)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17): A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel , by Madeleine L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson (Farrar Straus Giroux).--However, in my opinion, this book is perfectly suited for upper elementary school students.

Congrats to the authors and illustrators of hese fine pieces of art and storytelling!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Super Tuesday: Rock 'N' Roll Kindy

You can join a band on Tuesday July 23rd from 4-5 p.m. with Mo Phillips!  This super interactive rock 'n' roll show is all about creating music and having a good time.  Everyone will get to write and record a song with Mo Phillips by using you hands, body, and voice to sing and dance in silly ways.  It's going to be one spectacular jam-packed hour of music!
Can't make it to the show?  Or want to make and record more music with Mo?  He'll be performing at other libraries in Washington County, which you can visit too for free.  Click here for a calendar of show times.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Monday July 22, 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, July 19, 2013

Adventure Time!

What time is it? Adventure Time at the library! Make your own Finn or Jake hat, mix potions with Princess Bubblegum, get smart with math-related games, make crafts, and so much more. Oh My Glob! You might even win an official Finn hat.
Join us in the Puett Room from 1:30-2:30, Sunday July 21 for this all-ages event.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dig Into Creepy Crawly Reading Fun!

Does your youngster want to have some creepy crawly reading fun?  Stop by the library this week and check out our display of books that have to do with worms, bugs, underground critters, dirt, and gardening!  All of these books are available for check out.  PLUS, we'll have related coloring and activity sheets available while supplies last!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Monday July 15, 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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Adventures with Bugs!

Join us for our next Saturday Weekend Adventure as "The Bug Chicks" come to teach about bugs!  This team of entomologists will introduce participants to the world of insects, spiders, and their relatives.  See tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions, and other creepy crawlies up close.  This program is open to children ages 5 and up.  The program will take place at 2:00 p.m. and at 2:45 p.m. in the Puett Room and will be limited to the first 50 attendees for each session.  Get your place in line by obtaining at ticket at the children's desk to save your spot in line.  Tickets will be taken at the door of the Puett Room.  Can't get in to see the bugs?  No worries, we'll have buggy crafts and coloring sheets available in the Magazine and Juvenile Fiction area of the children's room.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

E-Readers now available for check out!

Starting this week, the library will have e-readers available for you to check out!!!
These will be circulating preloaded ereaders, which is part of a pilot project intended to introduce our curious patrons to the world of reading electronically.  Some of these readers will be loaded with bestsellers and other popular books.  We will have 10 Kindle Paperwhites and 10 Nook Simple Touches available for check out.  Each divice will be preloaded with approximately 15-20 titles each and will focus on bestseller titles.  Users will not have the ability to add or delete titles from the devices.  The e-readers will check out for 14 days, are non-holdable, and non-renewable, so that means, first come, first served!  There's a limit of one e-reader per patron and there's a $1.00/day for overdue fines.  All readers MUST be returned to the Tigard Public Library.



Monday, July 8, 2013

Announcing Longer DVD Loan Periods

Beginning today, Monday July 8th, our Adult and Young Adult DVDs will now check out for 3 weeks, just as our Children's DVD's have this year. That means all of our regular DVDs (Juvenile, Young Adult and Adult ) will check out for three weeks.  However, this will not apply to our Blue labeled Non-Holdable collection, which will still continue to circulate for only one week, as these are very popular and in high-demand.  So no more worrying about getting all those movies you intented to watch over the past week turned in on time (except for the blue labeled ones, of course!). You now get 2 extra weeks!!  Hooray!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Super Tuesday: Buster the Clown

Join us for our first a Super Tuesday event of the summer!  Buster's Red Nose Revue will be here to share his wondrously wacky clown world.  His physical comedy will leave your face cracked up and your belly splitting!  You don't want to miss this fun filled evening of laughs!  It's all happening in the Burgess Community Room on Tuesday July 9th at 7 p.m.  All ages are welcome to attend.
Can't make it to the show?  Don't worry, he'll be performing at other libraries in Washington County, as you are welcome to visit Buster at other libraries for free. Click here for complete list of all his shows.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Monday July 8, 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, July 5, 2013

I Spy with My Little Eye...

Sunday, July 7 from 12-6pm we will have an Seek-and-Find game in the library's back yard. Put on your I Spy eyes and explore our outside "digs" at this all-ages event. Pick up a game card at the Children's Desk, then see how mahy objects you can find as you walk along the path behind the library. Enter your completed game card for a chance to win a prize.