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  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!