Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Now is the time to start thinking about planning your summer garden.  How will it grow?  Take a look at some of these new picture books that can teach your youngsters about the growing cycle right outside their door.

If You Plant a Seed
by Kadir Nelson
While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness and how planting more than one seed can can produce so much more than just a single plant in this sweet story about sharing, kindness, and generosity.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
by Kate Messner
Above the ground, the world is full of green--leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down below in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home. In this exuberant book, discover the wonder and activity that lie hidden between the stalks, under the shade of leaves and down in the dirt.  What I love about this book is that it provides an excellent way to teach kids about the importantant role that animals play in creating and providing nutrients for the soil, which provides the food plants need to grow in a fun and loving way.

Paddington in the Garden
by Michael Bond
In typical Paddington stule, hapless mischief leads to blind luck, and his garden turns out to be a most unique site to behold.  This makes a perfect read for any Paddington fan.

How to Grow a Friend
by Sara Gillingham
This book has dual meanings.  Making a new friend and nurturing that relationship is just like starting a seed in some soil and nurturing the plant as it grows.  Watch a friendship grow as flowers in a pot grow.

And if you need home gardening advice, please contact an Oregon State University Master Gardener at the Washington County Extension Office at 503-821-1150, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.--4:00 p.m. for sustinable home gardening practices based on scientific horticulture research.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Winner Announcement

This year, 40 children at the Tigard Public Library submitted thier vote for their favorite 2015 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award book.  The votes were then submitted towads the state-wide tally.  The winning title was Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli.  Congratulations Jerry!

For a list of the 2015-16 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominees, click here.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Lego Construction Zone

Did you know there are artists that use LEGO bricks to make sculptures? Nathan Sawaya was the first ever LEGO brick only sculptor, but now there are several others.
What will you make this Sunday, April 26? You can make your creations from 1:30-3:00 in the Puett Room. This program is best for ages five and up.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Annual Spring Book Sale

The Annual Spring Friends of the Tigard Library book sale is coming up!  Three days of used book bargains...a book buyer's dream!  Stop by the Burgess Community Room one of these sale days:

Friday April 24th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday April 25th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
BAG SALE DAY! Sunday, April 26th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
And stop by the Circulation Desk inside the library for a fifty cent off coupon!
(Sorry, it does not apply to the Bag Sale)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Oregon Reader's Choice Award Winners Announced!

The winners for the ORCA book award were announced on April 17, 2015. 
In case you missed it, the winners are:

Upper Elementary:
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Middle School Division
Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Hig School Division:
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Friday, April 17, 2015

Is it a maze or is it a labyrinth?

If you haven't been to the library in a while, you're in for a treat. The display cube is featuring mazes and labyrinths. Do you know the difference between a maze and a labyrinth? It's been said that you enter a maze to lose yourself; you enter a labyrinth to find yourself.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ninja Power!

Calling all small ninja fans!  Ninja's have really been taking on the picture book scene lately...and there's some pretty good ones out now too that are lots of fun.  Check out some of these titles:

Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas
One morning, six young ninjas are dropped off at Dojo Daycare. As soon as their ninja moms and ninja dads have left: KABOOM! KAPOW! The ninja boys and girls kick, push, punch, and quickly turn the place upside down in a full-blown ninja riot. Try as he might, the hapless master can't control the children, and the disaster plays out through lunchtime and story time. No one heeds the master's repeated mantra of honor, kindness, and respect-- until one little ninja steps up and rallies his ninja pals to undo all that they have done, just in time for pickup.

Ninja! by Arree Chung
A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear--a true ninja can overcome all challenges

Ninja Boy Goes to School by Nathan D. Wilson
A little boy explains what it's like to go to school--when you're a ninja.

Ninja Cowboy Bear Presents The Way of the Ninja by David Bruins
In this story about friendship, the daring ninja learns that the greatest thrills and the best adventures are the ones we share.

Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop by Todd Tuell
Basic illustrations and simple, rhyming text reveal a young ninja who uses his special moves to sneak up on the family dog, take a cookie from his brother, and escape Granny's kisses, but before day is done he meets his match.

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz
In this twist on "The Three Little Pigs" tale, Pig One and Two neglect their ninja school martial arts training and are no match for the wolf, but Pig Three's practice and dedication saves the day. Includes glossary of Japanese martial arts terms.

Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed by J.C. Phillipps
Although ninjas should be silent and use stealth, Wink finds his enthusiasm gets him into trouble with his teacher until he finds the perfect way to express both traits.

You Wouldn't Want to be a Ninja Warrior: A Secret Job That's Your Destiny by John Malam
This non-fiction book examines the skills needed to become a ninja, including practicing with weapons everyday, listening and not asking questions, and keeping identity secret.  Perfect for ages 8 and up.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Books With Umbrellas!

Since April Showers bring May flowers, it would only be appropriate to explore books that focus on umbrellas as one of its story characters.  Have fun with your umbrella with these books, but don't get the pages wet!!!

Ella, Of Course by Sarah Weeks
When Ella is banned from bringing her umbrella to the dance recital, she comes up with an ingenious solution to the problem.  Just look how Ella peeks out from behind her umbrella!

One Rainy Day by M. Christina Butler
When Little Hedgehog goes for a walk one rainy day, his new umbrella proves its value in most unexpected ways.

The Umbrella by Jan Brett
Carlos goes into the cloud forest to look for animals, but he manages to miss seeing them even though they have an adventure with his umbrella.

Where is Rusty? by Sieb Posthuma

A sweet picture book about a curious young dog, Rusty, who gets lost in a big department store. When Rusty goes shopping with his mother, Henrietta, and Toby, his nose leads him astray and on a new adventure.  Can you see him hiding among the umbrellas?

Zig and the Magic Umbrella by Sylvie Kantorovitz
Zig, a small, blue creature who lives in a rainy, gray world, grabs hold of a red umbrella and is carried away to a colorful forest where he becomes a hero--and a friend.

And when you are done reading your books, here's a song to sing while you are out in the rain under your umbrella:

Come Under My Umbrella 
(Sung to the Tune of "Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?")
Come under my umbrella, umbrella, umbrella
Come under my umbrella, it's starting to storm
With thunder and lightning
And wind and rain
Come under my umbrella, it's starting to storm

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cardboard Construction!

What can you make with a cardboard box? Just about anything you can imagine!
Join us this Saturday for cardboard building fun, and learn a few 3D construction techniques along the way. We'll be making games and maps using relief techniques, standing cardboard animals using slots, rockets with cones and tubes, and towering it up with box upon box, complete with embellishment. Come to the Puett Room on Saturday, April 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m. All ages welcome. See you there!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Arbor Week!

It's National Arbor Week in Oregon. Show your love of trees this week by planting a tree, honoring a tree, or appreciating the fresh air trees make for us.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Peter Pan and Tinker Bell Show

Calling all Neverland fans!  

Enter the land where Wendy keeps house and the lost boys roam.  Captain Hook is out to stop the boy who never wants to grow up, while Tinker Bell faces losing her best friend.  Only Peter and Tink's friendship can save their friends and each other.  This live dramatic show will be presented by Dragon Theater Princesses on Tuesday April 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Burgess Community Room.  All ages are welcome to attend.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Poem Trees


Let's celebrate Arbor Week and National Poetry Month by painting a tree in the style of Douglas Florian. Come to the Puett Room from 1:30-2:30 on Sunday, April 5.

We'll use mixed-media on brown paper bags to create a one-of-a-kind tree. If you're feeling extra inspired, write a poem about your tree! Dress to get messy at this all ages event.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers

We've all heard the old English proverb growing up, "April Showers Bring May Flowers"...or at least I did growing up.  And while we're still in the rainy season, why not cheer up with some of these picture books with stories about rain that will result in some happy endings.

Blue on Blue 
by Dianne White
In this poetic picture book, a family experiences a thrilling seaside thunderstorm, from the wind and first drops of rain to the messy mud after the sun returns. With gentle, rhyming text and vivid artwork, this depiction of nature's stormy patterns turns a storm into a celebration

by Linda Ashman
As an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through 
puddles in frog-themed rain wear.  I really love the collage illustrations 
and the facial expressions on the old man!  

Toad Weather 
by Sandra Markle
On a rainy day, Ally's mom asks her to come outside where, amidst the oil slicks, dripping awnings, and splashing cars, they find a toad migration taking place.

Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain? 
By Harriet Ziefert 
Take a trip outside in the mud as a little girl steps out into her rainy yard in search of her missing kitten. During her hunt, she discovers a series of charming garden denizens on the way to finding Kitty. After celebrating the glories of a rainy day, the book ends with a heartwarming reunion between girl and cat!