Estoy aburrido!

Mango language learning system logoDo you understand the title of this post? Use Google Translate to find out what language it is and what it says. Or just find out below.

Last week I gave some suggestions on how to entertain yourself during the long cold dark winter months. Learning new stuff is a great way to exercise your brain and pass the time. For those of you who want to learn another language, the Oregon Public Library has a new language learning resource called Mango. You can learn Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and Russian and more. Learn how to use Mango in this  YouTube video.

The title of the post says “I’m bored” in Spanish.


screen shot of wii tennisWhy play video games at home..when you can play them at the library and meet new people! Once a month the library hosts an after school game session. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Drop-in anytime during the session to play: Guitar Hero, Wii Resort and Sports , online games, and various board games. No registration. For ages 11-15.

Next Session is:

Tuesday, January 11
4:00-5:30 pm
Sue Ames Room

2010 ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults

The end of the year means lots of top ten lists of the best, worst, and beyond. Each year American Library Association complies a list of the best books for young adults. The ten top is below. What is your top ten reads in 2010. They don’t have to be published in 2010.

  • Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennanbook cover of demon's lexicon
    Sixteen-year-old Nick and his family have battled magicians and demons for most of his life, but when his brother, Alan, is marked for death while helping new friends Jamie and Mae, Nick’s determination to save Alan leads him to uncover a devastating secret. (ages 14 & up)
  • The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin
    Tamika, a fifteen-year-old hearing-impaired girl, Jimmi, an eighteen-year-old veteran who stopped taking his anti-psychotic medication, and sixteen-year-old Fatima, an illegal immigrant from Africa, meet and connect in their Bronx, New York, neighborhood, with devastating results. (ages 15 & up)
  • The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong
    Still mourning the death of their mother, three brothers go with their father on an extended sailing trip off the Florida Keys and have a harrowing adventure at sea. (ages 12 & up)
  • The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinksbook cover of reformed vampire support group
    Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them–until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime. (ages 14 & up)
  • Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli
    Fourteen-year-old Calogero Scalise and his Sicilian uncles and cousin live in small-town Louisiana in 1898, when Jim Crow laws rule and anti-immigration sentiment is strong, so despite his attempts to be polite and to follow American customs, disaster dogs his family at every turn. (ages 14 & up)
  • Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
    One day David Small awaoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal chord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old boy had not been told that he had cancer and was expected to die. (ages 16 & up)
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Steadbook cover
    As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space. (ages 12 & up)
  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X.  Stork
    Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm. (ages 14 & up)
  • Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
    Three short stories about kissing, featuring elements of the supernatural. (ages 14 & up)
  • Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M.  Walkerbook cover of written in bone
    Written in Bone tells the stories of eight colonists—their lives, deaths, and their place in our country’s history.   Even though these people left little or no written record of their live, archaeologists and forensic anthropologists have learning about their lives by reading and revealing the stories that life and death have written in their bones.   From these tales I discovered how truly tough life was in those days and gained great respect and admiration for the many different people whose sacrifices ultimately led to the birth of the United States.  I have tried to capture the remarkable stories of these people in Written in Bone. – author  Sally Walker (ages 12 & up)

I’m Bored!

Winter is here which means cabin fever season has arrived. Here are some ideas on how to keep busy and keep from going crazy.

  • Organize your closet, room, whatever.
  • Learn a hobby. Oregon Library has a monthly knitting and crocheting club called Knit Together. We also have books and DVDs on learning new skills and hobbies.
  • Learn a winter sport (ice skating, cross-country skiing, hockey)
  • Volunteer. The library has volunteer opportunities.
  • Learn to cook. The library has tons of cookbooks.
  • Create a human comic book.  Think up a storyline and take pictures of friends acting out the story. Print the pictures, add speech bubbles, glue to blank book, and you have a human comic book.
  • Play online games if you’re alone. Here are ideas from the Games page of the Oregon Public Library.

(image by Benoit Dupont)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The wait is almost over. The movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 opens this Friday, November 19. Potter fanatics, however, will be at midnight showings on Thursday, November 18.

Find movie times and buy your tickets at Local Movie Showings (

Read the reviews at Rotten Tomatoes.

Enjoy the trailer!

Not Turkey, Tofurky

Happy Tofurky Day!

The big American eat-a-thon, better known as Thanksgiving, is happening in a couple of weeks. For many the star of the meal is turkey, but everyone has a must-have side. Mine is my mom’s stuffing. For some, though, it is hard to find something that they can eat at Thanksgiving. Vegetarians and vegans find themselves in this position. Below are links to vegetarian and vegan recipes that most meat eaters would love.

If you’re not up for cooking a dish, offers suggestions on how to easily make a dish veggie friendly.
The Veggie Table

Happy Eating!

If you like the Hunger Games, try…

The Hunger Games trilogy is one of the hottest reads in teen lit today. If you want to read similar books, try one of the following titles.

Adoration Of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearsonadoration of jenna fox book cover
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a 17 year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

Diary of Pelly D by L. J. Adlington
When Toni V, a construction worker on a futuristic colony, finds the diary of a teenage girl whose life has been turned upside-down by holocaust-like events, he begins to question his own beliefs.

Epic by Conor Kostickepic book cover
In New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, 14 year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik’s father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.

Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Nessknife of never letting go book cover
Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about why Todd’s colony has no girls and women and why the men can hear each others thoughts. Todd and Viola must find a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World. Book one of Chaos Walking

Mortal Engines by Philip Reevemortal engines book cover
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a 15 year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another. Book one of Hungry City Chronicles.

Unwind by Neal Shustermanunwind book cover
In a future world where those between the ages of 13 and 18 can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.


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