Friday, July 31, 2015

Walk 'N' Words Story Time

The City of Tigard's strategic plan is all about being active and living interconnected lives.
What better way to get action and feel interconnected than by coming to a walking story time. We'll start in Puett Room and head down the nature path behind the library. We'll go on a bear hunt, hop like frogs and much more, all while wearing animal masks and shaking music shakers made by participants before the story time.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Traditional Andean Dance

Experience Peruvian culture through the rich music and dance of Chayag.  Dressed in traditional, vibrant attire, Chayag will entertain the audience with their interpretations of authentic songs and dance.  Also learn the steps to a traditional dance.  This event will be held in the Burgess Community Room on Saturday August 1 at 2:00 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m.  All ages are welcome to attend.  This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Tigard Library.

Summer of Local Heroes Guest Reader: Firefighter

Join us this Friday, July 31 at 10:15 and 11:15 in the Community Room for our guest reader, Lt. Tim Weathers, of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. After stories, he will get decked out in all his firefighter gear just like he does every time he goes to fight a fire.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pete the Cat Party

Sometimes Pete likes his white shoes, sometimes Pete likes his blue shoes, but Pete the Cat always likes his library shoes! Join us Tuesday, July 28 in the Burgess Community Room from 2-4 for all things Pete the Cat! All ages.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Thinker Tinker Lab - Kitchen Science

Let's get messy with stuff around the kitchen!
Join us Monday for this all ages program in the Puett Room. 
This messy fun begins at 2pm and lasts until 4pm.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mini Walking Workshop

Judy Heller of Wonders of Walking will demonstrate methods to promote safety, increase efficiency, endurance, and speed in walking for leisure, exercise or sport.  After the demonstration, practice warm-up, movement, and cooling down during a short walk.  This workshop is designed for everyone on Saturday July 25th, 2--3:30 p.m.  This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Tigard Library.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Komedy 4 da Kidz!

Angel Ocasio, local kids comedian is coming back this summer!  He'll present a high-energy, very funny one-man variety show jam packed with physical comedy, jokes, juggling, and comedic magic!  His show is perfect for the whole family!

Come see him live in the Burgess Community Room on Tuesday July 21st at 3 p.m.!

This program is generously sponsored by Washington County Cooperative Library Services.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Thinker Tinker Lab - Yarn

Thinker Tinker Lab This Monday is all about yarn. What can you do with yarn? 
Weave it, string things on it, cut it, finger-knit, and more!
Join us Monday for this all ages program, July 20 from 2-4pm in the Puett Room.

Friday, July 17, 2015

STEM-Powered Old-Fashioned Games

And now, for the event I have been waiting for all summer (actually, all spring, too)...

...Drum roll, please...

Nobody is too old for Candyland, at least not the life-sized version! That is one of the many activities you will be able to do this Sunday, July 19 from 1:30 to 3:00 in the Puett Room, outside in the courtyard, and in the field behind the library.

Draw and play your own hopscotch.

Design, build and run your own obstacle course.

Why use building blocks to build a tower when you can use big boxes instead?

And if you just want some nice, calm time with your family or friends, hang out in the library gazebo and just play some good old-fashioned board games.

What do all of these activities have in common? They develop the old-fashioned STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) skill of spatial orientation, something that you just don't use when playing Wii or Minecraft.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Claim Your Summer Reading Prizes!

It's mid-August and has your child or teen turned in their summer reading record to claim their prizes yet?  There's still time!  August 31st is the last day to claim prizes and pick out a book to keep.  Kids and teens who turn in their reading record get to pick out a book to keep for their very own, get a voucher for a ticket to a Trailblazer game and get a discounted coupon to go to Oaks Park.  It's not too late!  Stop by the library today!

Summer of Local Heroes Guest Reader: Timber Joey

This Friday, July 17, our next Family Story Time guest reader is the Portland Timbers' own Timber Joey!!! Because he is in such high demand, he will be reading at the 10:15 session only. After stories, kids will get a chance to ask Timber Joey any questions they want. But don't worry, if you can't make it at 10:15, I'll still hold a story time at 11:15, this time sans Timber Joey. See you in the Community Room!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Start Claiming Your Summer Reading Prizes!

Starting on July 15th, kids and teens can start to claim their summer reading prizes!  Stop by the children's desk with your child or teen's completed summer reading record anytime between July 15th and August 31st to get the following:

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Thinker Tinker Lab - Tubes and Tape

It's our second Thinker Tinker Lab!
This time it's tubes and tape. What can you create? We'll have a variety of materials for you to think about and tinker with: paper tubes, tape and paper and tape to make paper tubes!
Join us for this all ages event, Monday, July 13 from 2-4pm in the Puett Room.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Picture Book Lists

We want to make finding books easy for you and your kiddos.
When you select books on subjects your child enjoys, you are promoting early literacy.
Here are a few of our most popular picture book subjects

Numbers & Counting
Books Toddlers will love!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Saturday Family Matinee

Come inside for a break from the heat and enjoy a screening of this year's Oscar-winning animated superhero flick.  It will be complete with snacks and superhero inspired activities too!  All ages are welcome to attend on Saturday July 11th at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Check out our new helper!

We're excited to introduce our new Automated Materials Handling system! The system will help us check in and sort items faster, and it will help you because items that you return using the system will be checked in right away. Watch this video to learn a little about how it works:
NEW Tigard Public Library AMH from Tigard Library on Vimeo.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Juvenile Blu-Rays

Question: Does the Tigard Library carry Juvenile Blu-Ray movies?
Answer: Why, yes, as a matter of fact, we do!

Question: Where does the Tigard Library keep Juvenile Blu-Ray movies?
Answer: At the very end of all the Juvenile DVDs, where the Spanish movies used to be.

Question: Well, then, now where are the Spanish movies?
Answer: They are now kept in front of the Juvenile Non-Fiction DVD collection.

I know at least one person who is ecstatic about this news: my husband! And I hope you are, too!

We have moved all the family Blu-Ray movies into the Juvenile collection, and though it is now fairly small, I will be working to beef up this collection with popular feature films. If we don't own a Blu-Ray title you think we should, let me know and I'll see what I can do!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Eric Herman and Puppy Dog Dave Concert

Did you enjoy the Recess Monkey concert last month?  Want to hear some more rockin' kids tunes from musicians who really know and love kids?  Come to our Eric Herman and Puppy Dog Dave concert on Tuesday July 7th at 3 p.m. in the Burgess Community Room.  Eric Herman's music videos have gotten nearly 50 million views on YouTube.  Now you and your family can enjoy the comedy and creativity of this outrageously fun songs firsthand!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Thinker Tinker Lab - Bee A Superhero!

It's the first Thinker Tinker Lab! Honeybees, the superhero pollinators!

Monday July 6th from 2-4pm in the Puett Room, all ages.
We'll be learning about Honeybees and how you can "bee" a superhero to the bees.
Games, and activities, including the opportunity to plant a seed that will grow into a flower the bees will love.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tractor Time

It seems like tractors have been growing in popularity these days, along side the other popular pieces of machinery like trucks, planes, and trains.  This popularity has resulted in a number of tractor picture book stories that is sure to please the youngest of readers.  Check out some of these new and older titles:

Following the Tractor
by Susan Seggall
Follows the story of a tractor as it plows, sows, and harvests the fields throughout the course of a year, with a little help from some other farm machinery.

Big Tractor
by Nathan Clement
For kids who really like looking at tractors more close up, this book is for them.  Readers can watch the farmer drive his tractor, named "Ol' Partner" working on farm chores around the farm such as planting, cultivating, and harvesting.

by Loren Long
When Otis was first introduced back in 2009, I was very impressed to learn of a character who is a tractor.  Years later, he has become one quite popular literary piece of machinery.  So in this first Otis the friendly little tractor  tale, he gets cast away behind the barn when a big new yellow tractor arrives.  But when trouble occurs, Otis is the only one who can help and save the day!

Stanley the Farmer
by William Bee
It's going to be a busy day down on Stanley's Farm, as Stanley the hamster and his friends Shamus and Little Woo have a lot to do!  They've got to work on plowing the field, planting seeds, and harvesting the wheat.

The Rusty Trusty Tractor by Joy Cowley
Mr. Hill of Hill's Tractor Sales bets Micah's Grandpappy that his rusty old tractor won't make it through another hay season.  But Micah learns that Grandpappy's tractor, like an old friend, doesn't let him down!