Monday, November 23, 2015

Call for Story Slam Contestants

The 12th Annual Art of the Story Festival announces a call for Story Slam contestants.

A Story Slam is a competition within a set time limit, placing emphasis on a storytellers content and performance.

This Slam is judged by the audience.

Story Slam Contest
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7-8:30 p.m.
Beaverton City Library
(Adult program)

The winner receives a cash prize and the opportunity to tell a story, along with nationally acclaimed tellers, at the Festival Finale on April 9.

Contestant Entry Deadline: November 30, 2015

Email for more information.

2016 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest

Hey! Are you an artist who also happens to be age 12-18? Submit a design to our Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest!

The winning design will be used on 2016 Teen Summer Reading program materials across Washington County, including posters, bookmarks, flyers and more.

The winner also receives a $150 gift certificate for Powell's Books. The second place winner receives a $50 gift certificate for Blick Art Materials, and the winner of honorable mention will get a $25 Blick gift certificate.

The contest opens Saturday, January 2, 2016, and the last day to submit your entry is Monday, February 15, 2016. Click here to get all of the contest details and the entry form (PDF). Good luck!

Friday, November 20, 2015

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 24/7!

Nov. 25
Nov. 26
Nov. 27
Nov. 28
Banks Normal Hours Closed Closed Normal Hours

Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours
Murray Scholls
Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Cedar Mill
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Cedar Mill at
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Closing at 2:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Forest Grove
Normal HoursClosedClosedNormal Hours

Garden Home
Closing at 3:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Closing at 4:00ClosedClosing at 6:00Normal Hours
Shute Park
Closing at 4:00ClosedClosing at 6:00Normal Hours

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

Closing at 6:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Normal HoursUsual ClosureNormal HoursNormal Hours

Closing at 6:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Tuality Health
Resource Center
Normal HoursClosedUsual ClosureUsual Closure

West Slope
Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

City Club Friday Forum on The Art of Storytelling
WCCLS is a proud co-sponsor of the November 20th City Club of Portland Friday Forum on The Art of Storytelling. The Friday Forum features internationally acclaimed Native American teller Gene Tagaban (One Crazy Raven), Lawrence Howard (co-founder of Portland Story Theater), living African-American historian Chetter Galloway and Mindy Netifee (co-producer of Backfence PDX).

To register to attend this event, visit the PDX cityclub website.

Washington County asks: Have We Heard From You Lately?

Washington County Seeks Your Ideas to Improve Community Involvement
Washington County's Community Involvement Transition Planning Team is seeking your input about enhancements to Washington County's community involvement program. You can help expand and improve the ways that our community contributes to decision-making that shapes our livability in Washington County. Here are three direct ways to help:
  • Take an on-line survey – Provide feedback about enhancements to the county's public involvement program by completing a brief web-based survey from November 16 until November 30. Your input will help the Transition Planning Team refine their recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Community event December 1 – Come and learn more about the work of the Transition Planning Team, the options under consideration and provide input about recommendations for re-shaping Washington County's community engagement program. This event is planned for Tuesday, December 1, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Willow Creek campus of Portland Community College.
  • Sign up for on-going notices – Stay current with this important effort by receiving updates about the county's community involvement program. Add your email address to the eSubscription service under the "County Administrative Office" category listed at this website:
The 13-member Community Involvement Transition Planning Team was appointed by the Washington County Board of Commissioners earlier this year to explore a broad range of public participation models and strategies. Oregon State University's Extension Service staff support for the county's Citizen Participation Organizations (CPOs) ends in early 2016. OSU Extension announced in 2014 that it had re-evaluated its institutional strengths and role in this county program and would not continue to administer the program on the county's behalf in the future. More information about the transition process is available at:

Sponsored by: Washington County Administrative Office

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tualatin Library presents Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stories

Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stories – Life After Iraq and Afghanistan is a book of 50 oral histories by very thoughtful men and women of all demographics, experience, and opinions.

Saturday, November 14, 2:00 p.m.
Tualatin Library Community Room
Free for ages 18 and up

Every American should hear what our warriors have to say about war and homecoming. Author and photographer Jim Lommasson will be presenting.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Library Closures for Veterans Day

Most, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closing in observance of Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

Libraries open on Wednesday, November 11th:
Oregon College of Art and Craft (open 12:00-5:00 p.m.)
Tualatin Public Library (open 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
Tuality Healthcare Library (open 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Libraries closed on Wednesday, November 11th:
Banks Public Library
Beaverton City Library
Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
Cedar Mill Community Library
Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany
Cornelius Public Library
Forest Grove City Library
Garden Home Community Library
Hillsboro Main Library
Hillsboro Shute Park Branch
North Plains Public Library
Sherwood Public Library
Tigard Public Library
West Slope Community Library
WCCLS offices & courier services

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Libraries Thank Voters for Continued Support

On Tuesday, November 3rd Washington County voters approved the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) replacement operating levy. Unofficial returns as of November 4 give the levy a 64% approval. With nearly 97,000 votes counted, the library community is delighted with this show of support from Washington County voters. According to Eva Calcagno, Director of the Cooperative Library Services, “WCCLS would like to thank the voters of Washington County for their continued support of countywide library services with the passage of Measure 34-235!”

The renewal of the local option levy, Measure 34-235, means that funding from the approved levy will maintain and expand countywide operating support at an increased rate of 22¢ per $1,000 of assessed value for the next five years, beginning July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021.

Following the election returns Calcagno remarked, “With this increased funding, WCCLS and member libraries will maintain and expand the services and collections our patrons want, both in the library and in the community through increased electronic offerings and outreach programs to meet people where they are. We look forward to offering the residents of Aloha more convenient direct neighborhood access to the WCCLS system with the addition of the Aloha Community Library as a full member. We congratulate the residents of Bethany, Cornelius and Hillsboro who will welcome expanded library operations in coming years, as well as the residents of Banks, Garden Home, North Plains and Tigard who will see increased open hours at their local libraries.”

Thank you, voters, for your continued confidence in your public libraries as vital components of your quality communities since 1976.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Too late to mail, not too late to vote!

Washington County elections officials are asking last-minute voters to drop off their ballots at official collection sites as soon as possible so that all ballots are processed in a timely manner. The deadline for voting is 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 3.  

With only a few days left in the vote-by-mail election period, Washington County has received 289,567 ballots, or about 22 percent of all registered voters in the county so far.

Drop-off Sites Available
Ballots will also be collected until 8 p.m. Tuesday at several official drop-off sites throughout the county. All official drop-off sites are listed on the county's website. Many WCCLS libraries have ballot boxes available.

24-hour Drop-off Sites
Voters may drop off their completed ballots at several 24-hour drop off sites, including: 

Indoor Drop-Off Sites
Official drop boxes at indoor locations include: 

Saturday Hours to Help Meet Election Deadline
To assist with the last-minute rush of voters, the County Elections Office at 3700 S.W. Murray Boulevard will be open this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Voters with questions or concerns are welcome to call or visit during these Saturday hours.

Drive-through Service on Election Day Only
A drive-through service will be provided at 3700 S.W. Murray Boulevard on November 3 only. This drive-through service will be offered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be accessible from the right-most northbound lane of S.W. Murray Boulevard, just north of the Tualatin Valley Highway.