Friday, June 23, 2017

Cool off at your WCCLS Library this weekend

Washington County Public Health is reminding people to take precautions over the next few days to avoid heat-related illnesses, such as heat cramps, heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

“If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, find a place to stay cool. Consider visiting a library or indoor shopping mall to get away from the heat,” says Deputy Health Officer Dr. Christina Baumann. “Also, please remember to check on any vulnerable neighbors.”

Check your library's hours for this weekend - they all have air conditioning!

Tualatin Public Library will be open extended hours on Saturday (10AM-9PM) and Sunday (1PM-9PM).

In addition, please see this public health press release for a comprehensive list of places to beat the heat this weekend in Washington County. Washington County will also post any updates to cooling center information.

Tips for Staying Cool:
  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device when it is very hot.
  • Avoid strenuous activities in the heat of the day.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature. Find a splash pad or fountain.
  • Don’t use your stove, oven, washer or dryer on very hot days. 
  • Eat small, light meals.
  • Close your blinds and curtains to keep sunlight out.
  • If the temperature falls at night and it’s safe to do so, open your windows to let the cool air in.
Stay hydrated:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Fine rates changing for Adult and Young Adult materials

WCCLS is pleased to announce that fine rates for Young Adult and Adult materials in all formats will become 25¢ per day effective July 1, 2017.

As WCCLS Director Eva Calcagno noted, “WCCLS member libraries have undertaken this change to simplify the policy - charging one rate of 25¢ per day for Young Adult and Adult materials, regardless of format – books, CDs, DVDs, etc. Fine rates for print and recorded materials had not been adjusted since 2003 and the video fine rate has been the same since the 1980's.”

This change is step two in a two-part process to adjust overdue fine rates for all patrons. WCCLS implemented a new no-fine policy for all children’s (juvenile) material materials on June 1 of this year.

What is not changing is that WCCLS will continue to bill patrons for replacement charges for all materials that are never returned, or are lost or damaged.

For more information, read here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Banks Public Library begins Community Room construction

Banks Public Library began construction of the Jane Moore Community Room on June 1.

During construction, several traffic, parking, and building entry changes will occur:
  • Driveway closed to through traffic
  • Parking is on Market Street or the center spaces in the adjacent church parking lot
  • Library entrance is the south lobby door, from Market Street
  • Book drops are not available. During closed hours, library materials may be returned to any WCCLS library.
The Library will be open regular hours, with some short-term closures and noise. Construction hours are 7:00AM to 4:00PM. Construction is scheduled to be completed by mid-October.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Library Closures for Memorial Day, 5/29/17

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed
Monday, May 29
, in observance of Memorial Day.

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

Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Foster Care 101 discussion at Cedar Mill Library

About 7,500 children are in foster care in Oregon on any given day.  Join experts from different organizations, as well as a foster family, to discuss the current state of foster care in Oregon and the many different ways in which we can help kids in our community.

Whether you just want a better understanding of how foster care works or you’re ready to help, National Foster Care Month is the perfect time to learn more!

This discussion will be held on Wednesday, May 24, at 6:30 PM, in the Cedar Mill Library.

Monday, May 15, 2017

We are reorganizing our digital library to expand our collections!

On June 14, WCCLS will move out of the Oregon Digital Library Consortium (Library2Go) into our own OverDrive collection so we can better serve digital readers in Washington County. We are also moving the e-books and all audiobooks currently in Cloud Library over to our OverDrive platform, where we will continue to grow our digital library going forward.

If you use OverDrive now, starting June 14 you will need to update your bookmarks, and/or re-login to OverDrive or Libby apps, choosing WCCLS as your library rather than Library2Go. The tried and true OverDrive app has features you’ve come to expect, the new Libby app from OverDrive offers a new, easy-to-use interface. Both the Libby and OverDrive apps will provide access to the same great WCCLS digital collections.

Additionally, we will retire our Cloud Library platform on June 15. If you have holds on titles in Cloud Library that you don’t think you will read by June 13, please log into your OverDrive account and place new holds on those same titles using OverDrive. If you haven’t used OverDrive before, here is how to get started.

With these changes, you will see wait times for popular titles go down, limits for your holds and checkouts will go up, and we look forward to being able to offer expanded collection options for patrons of all ages.  If you have questions or need assistance, please send us a message or learn more here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Grant awarded for new healthcare e-books

WCCLS extends its sincere appreciation to the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation for the generous grant of $1,000.

We chose to use the funds to boost our digital library to include titles that match the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation’s mission of supporting nursing students, and improving access to health care for rural residents.

Our digital library of downloadable e-books provide 24/7 access to information for residents of Washington County and use of e-books is increasing dramatically. They are particularly useful to residents who may not be able to access the library during open hours, due to their work or school schedules, or lack of transportation options.

Check out the 35 titles we were able to purchase in OverDrive thanks to the foundation.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fine free children's materials beginning June 1

WCCLS wants all children to use the library, explore library collections and participate in summer reading!

In order to help families and reduce barriers to library use,  WCCLS is eliminating overdue fines on children’s materials beginning June 1.

This coincides with the kick-off of the annual Summer Reading Program.

For more information read here.

Friday, May 5, 2017

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 11 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 16.

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