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2009 Teen Author Lecture

M.T. Anderson is perhaps best known for his National Book Award and Printz Honor-winning duet, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. (Volume 1: The Pox Party and Volume 2: The Kingdom on the Waves.) Feed, his satire on consumerism and the decline of language, is both critically acclaimed and controversial, and has been challenged in many schools, including some here in the Pacific Northwest. He is also the author of several picture books; a vampire novel, Thirsty, published before the current craze; and a series for younger readers, Pals in Peril, (Whales on Stilts, The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen, and Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware), which satirizes classic children's adventure books.

Youth Services Director Ellen Fader welcomes the audience, Hillsdale Library Teen Council member Ulysses Duckler introduces Mr. Anderson. Among other topics, Anderson's wide-ranging talk touches on writing as a way to travel through time, how the incessant marketing messages directed at teens attempt to convince them that unless they continue buying, they will always be found wanting, and how a writer's dark vision can be a spur for readers to change a broken world.

Date of Event: October 12, 2009

Target Audience: Teens and Adults

Direct download: 20091012_MCL_MTANDERSONCC.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 2:24pm PST

Enjoy some highlights from Woodstock Library's October 6th celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Listen to clips of beautiful Chinese music performed by the Orchids and Bamboo Ensemble as well as lively bilingual songs sung by children who participated in the bilingual sing a long. Learn more about some of the special programs Multnomah County Library offers via interviews of library staff and the special guests invited to participate in the festivities.
Direct download: 20091006_WODMidAutumnFestival.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 12:07pm PST


Direct download: 20091006_WOD_Chinese_Language_MidAutumnFestival.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 9:16am PST

Bog Child (Booktalk)

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd. 18-year-old Fergus runs high in the Irish hills to escape. His brother, an IRA sympathizer, is on a hunger strike in prison, and might die soon. Fergus needs to succeed in school to get to continue his studies. And now even his running is no escape, because he's been asked to be a courier for strange packets he suspects are drugs. When Fergus finds a bog mummy from the year AD 80 he's amazed at how her story parallels his own.

Direct download: 20090821_MCL_Bog_Child_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 2:31pm PST

Facts of Life; Stories (Booktalk)

Facts of Life; Stories by Gary Soto. What do you do when you find out your new friend  is secretly robbing people's houses? What would you do if you found out you weren't a legal citizen - and your parents never told you? Ten short stories about Latino kids who all have to make an important choice. The decision is up to them!

Direct download: 20090821_MCL_Facts_of_Life_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 1:30pm PST

Brothers Torres (Booktalk)

Like the book The Outsiders? Check out Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees. Right when Frankie gets up the nerve to ask Julianne to Homecoming, it all blows up with his older brother Steve, who's been staying out all night with local Cholos and picking fights in their small New Mexican town.

Direct download: 20090821_MCL_Brothers_Torres_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 1:16pm PST

Three local crafter-writers discuss their writing in the context of the followng questions:  1. How did each of you become crafty authors?  2. What is your best advice for someone who aspires to write a craft book?  3. Name a favorite craft book and/or a local resource for craft supplies.  4. How do you go about searching for interesting craft materials?

Susan Beal is a non-stop crafter and writes the blog, West Coast Crafty. She is the author of Button it Up : 80 Amazing Vintage Button Projects for Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, Housewares & More; Beadsimple : 150 Designs for Earrings, Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, and More :  Essential Techniques for Making Jewelry Just the Way you Want It; and Super Crafty : Over 75 Amazing How-to Projects.  Diane Gilleland is the author of Kanzashi in Bloom : 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give, and the blog, CraftyPod.  Alicia Paulson is the author of Stitched in Time : Memory-Keeping Projects to Sew and Share and the blog, Posie Gets Cozy.  The audience question and answer period is included.

Direct download: 20090920_MCLWriters_HwdCrafters.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 3:12pm PST

An Interview with Anne Rutherford: Tapestry of Tales 2009 Anne Rutherford returns to Tapestry of Tales Storytelling Festival in 2009 for its 10th Anniversary.  In this interview Anne talks about how she became a storyteller, where she finds her inspiration, and more. 

Learn more about Tapestry of Tales Storytelling Festival. 
Direct download: 20090922_MCLTapestryInterviewAnneRutherford.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 4:19pm PST

To get you excited for the fifth annual Zinesters Talking series of events in October and November 2009, Christopher Cuttone, library assistant at North Portland Library and member of the Zine Library Group, reads zine reviews and teasers.

Direct download: 20090225_Christophers_zine_reviews.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 12:15pm PST

Hey Kids!  Listen to an interview with Amy Sachs of the Pixie Project, and learn all about adopting and taking care of cats and dogs.  Then check out these great books on cats and dogs, which you can find at the Multnomah County Library:

Shelter Dogs

The Bravest Cat

Everything cat : what kids really want to know about cats

Everything dog : what kids really want to know about dogs

How to talk to your cat

How to talk to your dog
Direct download: 20090917_MCL_Pets.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:57pm PST