Tuesday, November 13, 2018

WWI Trench Art Exhibition

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I

Oregon College of Art and Craft Library
November 7 - December 19
Monday-Friday | 9am - 5pm
Open to the Public

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I, Veterans Day 2018, the OCAC Library hosts a small exhibition on trench art curated by students Will Benson and Thea Kinner. Trench Art in World War I features physical pieces of trench art, printed images, and WWI literature.

"Trench art objects are holders of soldiers’ memories and reminders of the conflict they faced. Made out of recycled war refuse such as shell casings, spent bullets or whatever came to hand, they open a window to the past.

They tell us things like where soldiers went and what their surroundings were like. They also give hints about soldiers’ thoughts and actions. Something as simple and functional as a matchbox cover can provide a map of a soldier’s movements while other, more decorative examples, show a desire to find and create beauty, to camouflage war in art."

Library Closures for Thanksgiving week

See the chart below for WCCLS member libraries hours during the week of Thanksgiving.

Remember that you can download ebooks and audiobooks and stream videos 24/7!

Nov. 21
Nov. 22
Nov. 23
Nov. 24

Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
BanksClosing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours
Murray Scholls
Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours
BethanyNormal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Cedar Mill
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Normal HoursClosedClosedNormal Hours

Forest Grove
Normal HoursClosedClosedClosed

Garden Home
Closing at 3:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Shute Park
Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

North Plains
Closing at 5:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Oregon College
of Art and Craft
Normal HoursClosedClosedUsual Closure

Closing at 6:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Closing at 6:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Tuality Healthcare
Closing at 2:00ClosedClosedUsual Closure

West Slope
Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Library Closures for Veterans Day

Many of the WCCLS member libraries will be closing in observance of Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11, or Monday, November 12, 2018.

Libraries closed Sunday, November 11:
Cornelius Public Library
Garden Home Community Library
Tigard Public Library
West Slope Community Library

Libraries closed/closing early on 
Monday, November 12:
Aloha Community Library
Banks Public Library
Bethany Library
Cedar Mill Library
Cornelius Public Library
Forest Grove City Library
Garden Home Community Library (closing at 6 pm)
North Plains Public Library
Sherwood Public Library
Tuality Healthcare Library
West Slope Community Library
WCCLS offices & courier services

Libraries open both days:
Hillsboro Brookwood Library
Hillsboro Shute Park Library
Tualatin Public Library

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Send in Ballots November 2018

Voters Urged to Mail or Drop Off Ballots Early

Washington County elections officials are encouraging voters to mail or drop off their ballots as soon as possible for the November 6 General Election.

Voters should have received their ballots by mail last weekend.

Voters will have until November 1 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 November 6.

Ballot drop-off sites can be found on the Washington County website.

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.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Pay Your Fines Online

WCCLS is excited to announce that patrons can pay their account fines and fees online, starting today!

How does it work?
  1. Log in to your account.
  2. View your fines and fees.
  3. Click the "Pay Fines Now!" button and follow the directions.
More information can be found on our website.

If you have additional questions, please contact your local library branch.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Teen Read Week 2018

Teen Read Week 2018

Author Talks & Writing Workshop
William Ritter – author of the Jacoby series

The Cooperative invites local teens to meet and chat with Oregon author of the Jackaby series, William Ritter. He is brought to Washington County by WCCLS as a local promotion of the American Library Association’s Teen Read Week™.

All sixteen of the WCCLS member libraries are offering copies of Ritter’s title Jackaby, while supplies last, to give away to teens starting in September. WCCLS will present three engagements with Ritter for local teens in early October - two author talks and one writing workshop.

The workshop focus is Fundamental Facets of Fiction. Participants will learn about world building, character creation, pacing and more. Enjoy an engaging, interactive talk and leave with techniques and tips to boost your writing.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Begun in 1998, Teen Read Week™ is held annually during the second week of October (October 7 – 13, 2018). Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

William Ritter is an Oregon educator and author of the bestselling Jackaby series. He is the proud father of the two bravest boys in the Wild Wood, and husband to the indomitable Queen of the Deep Dark.

Tigard Public Library: Tuesday, October 9, 6 - 7 p.m.
Sunset High School: Thursday, October 11, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Hillsboro Public Library, Shute Park: Wednesday, October 10, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

William created a video just for his WCCLS visits. View it here!

Visit the Calendar of Events or William Ritter's blog for more details.

Monday, September 24, 2018

8th annual Garden Home Sustainability & Repair Fair

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 12 from 5-7:30

WHERE: In the THPRD Garden Home Community Rec Center’s Gym
Address: 7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223. At the intersection of SW Garden Home Rd & SW Oleson Rd.

This event is FREE and open to the public. It’s family friendly.

There are topics of interest for everyone: parents or retired, apartment dwellers or homeowners. A list of exhibitors is included in this press release.

A sampling of our exhibitors:

econstruction NW *NEW EXHIBITOR
Happy Baby Food
New Seasons Market
Portland Urban Beekeepers
River West Village
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) Nature Park
Tualatin Riverkeepers
Victory Seed Company
WashCo Bikes (formerly Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition) *NEW EXHIBITOR

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Labor Day Library Closures

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, in observance of Labor Day.

Image via PlaceIt
Want to access books and movies but the library is closed? Download e-books and audiobooks  and watch movies on your smartphone, tablet and more - 24/7!

If you have any questions, please contact your local WCCLS library

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Banks Library temporarily closed - Thursday August 9, 2018

Banks Public Library will be closing immediately (1:00 pm Thursday August 9) due to electrical issues.  The Library will most likely remain closed tomorrow as well. 

For regular hours and contact information for all libraries, please visit: http://www.wccls.org/your_libraries.

Update 8/10/18: The electrical issues are resolved, and the library will re-open with regular hours on Saturday, August 11.  Thank you for your patience!