Sunday, June 9, 2019

Bethany Library Opens Annex in Bethany Village

You are invited to the Bethany Library Annex Open House! 

When: Saturday, June 22 from 1-3pm
Who: All Ages
What: Games and crafts  
Where: Bethany Library Annex 4888 NW Bethany Blvd, Suite K-2, Portland, OR 97229     

A small library in Washington County is getting a little bigger thanks to community support and the last countywide library levy. Nested in the center of one of the region’s most rapidly-growing neighborhoods, Bethany Library receives more than 200,000 patron visits each year and lends out around 750,000 items. At just 4,000 square feet the branch has been undersized from its opening in 2007. “We have not found another library that delivers as much service from such a tiny footprint.” Says Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries Executive Director, Peter Leonard.

Located outside city boundaries, the library is not eligible to receive public funding for a building project. So its governing nonprofit, Cedar Mill Community Libraries Association, has been leasing space from supportive private developers in order to provide library services in the expanding community. Central Bethany Development is holding space for a larger library in the planned Bethany Plaza, but construction is at least a few years out.

In the meantime the library is opening an annex that it will use for programs including the 2 dozen that it already offers children and their parents every month. The additional space will accommodate new programs for babies, adults and teens.
The library also plans to allow local nonprofit groups to use the space for meetings beginning next year.

The Annex is located down the street from Bethany Library between the Subway Sandwich shop and Salon Desire in Bethany Village. Find scheduled programs at library.cedarmill.org/events/bethany-calendar.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Library Closures for Memorial Day, 5/27/19

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

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

Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Oregon College of Art & Craft closing in May

The Oregon College of Art & Craft will be permanently closing in May. OCAC has been a valued special library in WCCLS for many years, and we will miss their unique contribution to our Cooperative.

When will the OCAC library close?

The OCAC library is open through the end of the semester, May 17. All OCAC library materials must be returned by May 10.

What will happen to OCAC material checkouts and holds?
If you currently have any OCAC library items checked out, those will have a due date of May 10.  Holds on OCAC materials are now only allowed for OCAC registered patrons. No renewals are allowed for any OCAC materials.  As of May 20, all OCAC items will no longer appear in the online catalogs.

What will happen to the OCAC collection?
OCAC is finding new homes for their library collection, including Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), Washington County Cooperative Library Services member libraries, and other non-profit cultural institutions who will care for and make the collections accessible. That means you can look forward to seeing more wonderful arts and crafts titles at your local library!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Art of the Story 2019 performer spotlight: Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr.


Hear Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr. perform at the 2019 Art of the Story festival:
The Reverend is a native Detroiter and an inspirational storyteller and musician celebrating the history, humor and power of American Roots music. A 2018 Kresge Fellow, his deep love for traditional African American and American traditional music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs.

For more than thirty years Robert has entertained and educated audiences of all ages. At the heart of his message is the belief that our cultural diversity tells a story that should celebrate, not just tolerate.

Rev. Robert Jones makes his home in Detroit while performing throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. While Robert has been a featured storyteller at venues such as the National Storytelling Festival, the late Kathryn Windham’s “Tale Tellin’ Festival”, he is also an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, accomplished at guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.

Acclaimed photographer James Fraher writes about Robert: “Perhaps the world’s most highly educated blues musician, an ordained minister, a longtime DJ, and a living encyclopedia of blues history, the Reverend Robert Jones is comfortable among juke joint loud talkers, fancy-hatted church ladies, and PhDs alike."

Learn more about Robert at www.revrobertjones.com

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Art of the Story 2019 performer spotlight: Jasmin Cardenas


Hear Jasmin Cardenas perform at the 2019 Art of the Story festival:
Cardenas is a bridge builder and believes in the power of stories to unite us. She joyfully made her national debut at the 2016 National Storytelling Festival’s Exchange Place stage. One of the first Latina’s to receive The Race Bridges Storytelling Fellowship, Jasmin uses storytelling and theater to pursue justice and humanity. She launched the bilingual Cuentos Aqui Storytelling literacy program for the Chicago Public Libraries. Her stories are available on podcast.

A professional actress, director, writer and Chicago native, Jasmin has performed at Steppenwolf, Goodman Theater and Adventure Stage Chicago, among others. Her one-woman show ¿ Niña Buena? toured throughout Chicago and to an international festival in Mexico. Currently Jasmin is focused on working class stories with her collective The Workers’ Theater, made up of low wage workers in America. A proud SAG-AFTRA member - her TV credits include NBC's Chicago Fire, Showtime’s The CHI & ABC’s Betrayal. Learn more about Jasmin at www.jasmincardenas.com and listen to a story at www.soundcloud.com/2ndstory/episode-32-jasmin-cardenas-nina-buena

Friday, April 26, 2019

Art of the Story 2019 performer spotlight: Lawrence Howard


Hear Lawrence Howard perform at the 2019 Art of the Story festival:
Originally from New York, Lawrence Howard knows how to take listeners on a journey through the rich landscape of story. One of the founders of Portland Story Theater, he delivers stories that resonate with adult audiences. Lawrence draws from his rich repertoire of adventure, personal and mythic tales, as well as rhyming narrative poetry, to create compelling story programs for people from all walks of life. He is best known as the creator of the Armchair Adventurer series, which brings to life the Heroic Era of Antarctic Exploration at the turn of the 20th century. He can recite hundreds of bawdy limericks and likes to brew his own ginger ale. Learn more about Lawrence at www.lawrencehoward.name/about.htm

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Art of the Story 2019 performer spotlight: Kelly Hoffman


Hear Kelly Hoffman perform at the 2019 Art of the Story festival:
Take sheer physical power coupled with dynamic cadences, throw in a rich and varied life filled with powerful personal experiences and you start to get an idea of what an evening with Kelly is like. Hoffman has been telling stories to delighted audiences since grade school, only now when she does it she (usually) doesn’t get in trouble! Kelly has been performing on stage for over 16 years for audiences of all ages.

Throughout her life, Kelly has been a member of the Merchant Marines, a Firefighter, an Officiant, a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Mom, a Wife, and a Storyteller. She has also been a winner, a loser, a fighter, a lover, a jerk, a kind woman, and everything in between. Kelly has two master’s degrees, each focusing on the healing benefits of storytelling in society and in families. Her passion for story comes from the pure joy, connection and community created when the right story is told at the right time in the right way to the right people. Whether a story of courage or comedy, you’ll find yourself relating, connecting and cheering for all the right reasons.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Art of the Story 2019: Older & Wiser Story Showcase

Washington County Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services, Beaverton City Library, and the Older and Wiser Storytellers sharing their unique stories and the experience of aging in our community.
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Elsie Stuhr Center are proud to partner to present

This program for adults takes place at the Elsie Stuhr Senior Center in Beaverton on Tuesday, April 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

This is a new festival showcase featuring Cynthia Butts, John Wylder, Janis Collins, Chuck McConnell, and Frances Hunter.


        

Monday, April 22, 2019

Art of the Story 2019: Adult Story Slam Contest

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 2019 contest features Janet Liu, Patrick Gannon, Sankar Raman, Norina Beck, and Mike Devenney.

This program for adults takes place at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 27, 7-8 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Each story must be an original work. First person, real life adventures are expected. Fiction, folktale/myths are not allowed. The five 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 4 at the Sherwood Center for the Arts.

Learn more about the participants.