Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Beyond Invitation: How Do We Create Inclusive Communities?

More and more organizations and communities are working toward being "inclusive." But what does that entail? Having a statement at the end of a job announcement to encourage communities of color, queer people, and women to apply can be a start, but how do policies, environment, and culture support this invitation? How do they fail to support it? How do we know if a space is inclusive and accessible for all?

This is the focus of "Beyond Invitation: How Do We Create Inclusive Communities," a free conversation with Rachel Bernstein. This program will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 7:00pm and is hosted by the Tualatin Public Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Rachel Bernstein is the partnership and training manager at Oregon Humanities. For the past decade, as a political and nonprofit professional, her work has focused on building the civic capacity and engagement of coalitions, organizations, groups, and individuals. As a Conversation Project Leader, she appreciates discovering what Oregonians are already doing to create inclusive communities and what questions they are still struggling with.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Julie Wickman at 503.691.3069 or via email at

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities' programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Library Closures for Memorial Day, 5/28/18

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

All of our online resources and e-books are available!

Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Save a stamp: drop off your ballot at a Washington County ballot box

Washington County elections officials are encouraging voters to mail or drop off their ballots as soon as possible this election season so that all ballots are processed in a timely manner.

Voters should have received their ballots by mail over the recent weekend. Information about vote-by-mail, voter eligibility and other election matters may be found at the Washington County Elections Office website or by calling 503-846-5800.

Voters will have until May 10 to send their completed ballots in appropriately signed envelopes with a postmark from the U.S. Postal Service. After this date, completed ballots should be dropped off at official collection sites in order to meet the election's 8 p.m. deadline on May 15.

Many ballot drop sites are inside or outside of WCCLS libraries. Check the list to find one near you!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

14th Annual Art of the Story Festival Announces Story Slam Winners

Student Slam Winner - Evelyn Elston & Adult Slam Winner - Kristen Olsen-Huddle

Evelyn Elston, a senior with the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton, is the winner of the first annual WCCLS Art of the Story Student Story Slam held earlier this month. Kristen Olsen-Huddle was selected as the winner of the fourth annual WCCLS Art of the Story Adult Story Slam. Both tellers are scheduled to participate in the Festival Finale Showcase the evening of Saturday, May 5, at the Sherwood Center for the Arts. The showcase, hosted by the Sherwood Public Library, features performances by all three professional tellers in the festival Geraldine Buckley, Rick Huddle, Habiba Addo, plus Elston and Oleson-Huddle.

Evelyn Elston is a senior at Arts & Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton. Her main interests include theater and writing, and she serves as the student body president at her school. She will be going to college in the fall, but is currently undecided on where. Her favorite place to be is Detroit Lake state park. 

Kristin Olson-Huddle
Kristin always knew she want to be an actress, she also knew she had a story to tell, but she had to get the chops to get there. She went to a free acting intro and ended up down a rabbit hole doing weird improv for a few years. A class turned into a performance troop, The Tuesday Group and branched out to be part of the crew for a Monthly Variety Show, Scratch PDX. On her own she put together a solo show that she performed with Portland Story Theater’s Singelhandedly, The One Fest, Orlando Fringe and as an independent production. She has told stories on stage at the local Moth, Portland Story Theater’s Valentine’s show, The Mystery Box Show and Nevertheless, We Persist. In other news, she is super mom to twin one year olds and married to that guy, Rick Huddle.

WCCLS invites you to experience the stories these five exceptional tellers will share the evening of Saturday, May 5. Enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres preceding the showcase in partnership with Reedville Catering and no host beverages will be for sale by Smockville Brewhouse in the lobby. Sherwood Center for the Arts (22689 SW Pine St, Sherwood, OR 97140).

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Art of the Story 2018: Adult Story Slam Contest

Ellen Wolfson
John Wylder
Kristin Olson-Huddle
Maggie Lot
The Art of the Story kick-off program is an Adult Story Slam Contest. This Slam is a competition within a set time limit, placing emphasis on a storytellers content and performance. The 2018 contest features Ellen Wolfson, John Wylder, Kristin Olson-Huddle, and Maggie Lott.

This program for adults takes place at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 21, 7-9 p.m.

Each story must be an original work. First person, real life adventures are expected. Fiction, folktale/myths are not allowed. The four tellers each have 10 minutes to tell their story from memory.

This Slam is judged by the audience! The winner receives a cash prize and the opportunity to tell a story at the Festival Finale May 5 at the Sherwood Center for the Arts.

Learn more about the participants.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Art of the Story 2018 performer spotlight: Geraldine Buckley

Hear Geraldine Buckley perform at the 2018 Art of the Story festival:
Award-winning storyteller and educator Geraldine Buckley is internationally known for her trademark wit, warmth and humor.  She is also known for personal stories that make people laugh and think. She has been involved in storytelling, speaking, conducting  workshops, and coaching for over thirty years in the US, Canada, England, Holland, South Africa, Spain and New Zealand. 

Geraldine teaches workshops, and performs in conferences, colleges, churches, schools, corporations, and house-concerts. She has appeared as a featured teller in festivals throughout the US, including twice at the National Storytelling Festival, in Jonesborough, TN., and the Timpanogos Festival in Orem, Utah. 

Geraldine was the Protestant Chaplain at the largest men’s prison in Maryland until January 2010. In addition she conducted workshops in Rimutaka, the largest men’s prison in New Zealand. The inmates performed a Haka, a ceremonial dance as a thank you. She was thrilled.

Geraldine is frequently heard on Sirius radio. She has recorded three CDs, each which is a recipient of a gold award from Storytelling World. She has as a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Regent University.  Geraldine lives in Frederick, Maryland, 45 minutes from Washington, D.C. Find out more on her website

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Art of the Story 2018 performer spotlight: Rick Huddle

Hear Rick Huddle perform at the 2018 Art of the Story festival:
Rick Huddle is a storyteller, educator, and musician. He has toured all over the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and Colombia. He is a Moth Story Slam winner and has performed at the National Storytelling Festival- Exchange Place.

Drawing on influences of David Sedaris, Spalding Gray, and a touch of Carol Burnett, he performs personal monologues that juxtapose self-deprecating humor with self-honoring humility.

Rick believes that stories, songs, and laughter can help us better understand ourselves and each other- especially those with whom we don’t agree. His most treasured work is teaching social-emotional skills to young students with special-needs.

He lives in Portland, Oregon with his talented and charming wife, Kristin, and their wonderful little twins, Gus and Marlo.  Learn more about Rick at

Friday, April 6, 2018

Librarians Attend the International Guadalajara Book Fair

For the past three years librarians representing WCCLS have been attending the Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) de Guadalajara to purchase Spanish language books not available through traditional U.S. publishers. The FIL is an internationally-recognized book fair that brings together over 1,000 publishers from across the Spanish-speaking world.

The Spanish language books purchased by WCCLS librarians at the FIL are available for checkout to library users throughout Washington County through the shared WCCLS catalog. During the most recent book-buying trip in 2017, six librarians traveled from Washington County libraries and purchased 3,656 books. They purchased picture books, children’s novels, cookbooks, basic education materials, self-help titles, fiction, and much, much more. The majority of these titles are original Spanish-language titles, and cannot be purchased through US-based distributors. Additionally, the FIL showcases independent publishing houses whose print runs for titles are often quite small; librarians are able to purchase unique books directly from these indie publishing houses.

During the past few years, Washington County librarians have purchased original titles from countries representing the diversity of Washington County’s Spanish speaking community, with books from Mexico, Peru, Chile, Guatemala, and Venezuela, among others. The librarians have also been able to purchase books bilingual in Spanish and Mesoamerican indigenous languages such as Maya. “We are especially pleased with the number of children’s titles we found that positively reflect various Latin American cultures,” remarked librarian Crystal Garcia, from Sherwood Public Library.

Besides providing books in Spanish, many WCCLS libraries also offer Spanish language early literacy workshops for parents of young children, in-person assistance from Spanish-speaking staff at the libraries, Spanish kindergarten readiness programs, computer classes in Spanish, Spanish language story times, celebrations and activities for Día de los Niños and Día de los Muertos, English language learning materials, citizenship classes, and more. To learn about these services go to

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Announcing 2018 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest Winners!

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is proud to announce the winner of its 2018 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest: Ruth Hailey!

First Place Artwork by Ruth Hailey
A eleventh-grader at Forest Grove High School, Ruth has been awarded top honors for her color design which depicts musical instruments burst out of a stack of books. Her design expertly captures this year’s Teen Summer Reading theme: Libraries Rock!

Ruth receives a $200 gift certificate for and her art will appear on all countywide Teen Summer Reading publicity this summer.

This is the ninth consecutive year that WCCLS has encouraged teens to capture the spirit of Summer Reading through their creative art. Fifty-six pieces were submitted digitally or the public libraries in Washington County during the months of January and February. On March 13th, feedback collected from local teens was reviewed and the winning piece was selected.

2nd and 3rd place winners were also awarded. These individuals will also receive gift certificates to ($100 and $50, respectively)

Second Place Artwork by Sarah He

Below is a full list of 2018 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest winners:
  • First Place: Ruth Hailey, Forest Grove High School
  • Second Place: Sarah He, Westview High School
  • Third Place: Jasmine McCleskey, homeschool student

Third Place Artwork by Jasmine McCleskey
The Summer Reading Program promotes reading habits that last all year. Summer Reading in Washington County will officially begin on June 1st. Teens can sign up at their local public library to earn prizes for reading, including tickets to Portland Thorns, T2, and Trail Blazers games; a round of miniature golf at Bullwinkles Family Fun Center, a deep discount to Oaks Amusement Park, and Buy One-Get One admission to the Oregon State Fair.

The Teen Summer Reading Art Contest was made possible by a grant from the State Library of Oregon.