Monday, March 30, 2015

Art of the Story 2015 performer spotlight - Sam Payne

Sam Payne
Sam Payne is a storyteller, songwriter, and jazz musician who has performed in places as far away as Bulgaria, Japan, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Sam holds an English degree from Weber State University, and a Master's in Education from Southern Utah University. An award-winning radio writer and host for over 12 years, Sam currently hosts The Apple Seed: Tellers and Stories, a radio program broadcast nationally on the art of storytelling.

Sam co-directed Soundcheck Series, a program for independent songwriters, and is the director of Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts in American Fork, Utah.

Sam’s stage presence, craftsmanship, and soaring voice have established him as favorite with audiences and critics alike. The Deseret News said of Sam’s work, "Let's talk about storytelling: Sam Payne is a master at it."

Sam is performing at the following 2015 Art of the Story events:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Learn American Sign Language at the Tualatin Public Library

Join the Tualatin Public Library for a ten week series of classes to learn American Sign Language (ASL) beginning Saturday, April 4 – Saturday, June 13, 2-3pm (no class 5/23).  Presenter Jonah Eleweke, American Sign Language Coordinator at PSU, will introduce us to the basics of ASL.

Among hundreds of signed languages around the world, up to two million people speak ASL in North America alone -- the 3rd or 4th most used language in the U.S. after Spanish and English.

 American Sign Language (ASL) is the sign language of the Deaf community in the United States, in the English-speaking parts of Canada, and in parts of Mexico. Because it is a manual and visual language that does not require normal hearing, deaf and hard of hearing people of all ages can easily receive and communicate information, thoughts, and feelings through ASL.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Art of the Story 2015 Performer Spotlight -- Chetter Galloway

Chetter Galloway is a storyteller whose focus is on African and African-American tales. Originally from Suffolk, Virginia, he now calls Portland, Oregon home. Chetter is an accomplished interpreter of living history and has also worked as a museum curator and educator, developing educational outreach programs for schools.
Chetter Galloway

Chetter began his storytelling career at Carters Groves Historic Site in Colonial Williamsburg, where he told the stories of the lives of free and enslaved Africans in the 18th century. He continued this work Historic Brattonsville in Rock Hill, South Carolina and the Atlanta History Center, and has gone on to engage audiences at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival; Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site; The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival; The National Black Arts Festival; The National Storytelling Conference; The Smithsonian; and on CNN.

In 2003, Chetter entered East Tennessee State University’s Masters of Storytelling Program. While at ETSU, Chetter honed his craft and developed a one man piece, "Free at Last, Not let me Fly," that he adapted into an educational school assembly program.

Since 2014, Chetter has quickly become involved in the local storytelling scene. He is an active member of the Portland Storytellers Guild, has performed with the Portland Story Theater Urban Tellers, and at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.

Chetter will be performing at the following 2015 Art of the Story events:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

35th Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens Eruption

2015 marks the 35th anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.  Where were you when the mountain blew on May 18, 1980?

On Tuesday, March 31 from 7-8:30 p.m., the Garden Home Community Library is hosting a slideshow and discussion about the eruption led by author Christine Colasurdo.  

Share your memories of the event and Spirit Lake.

Space is limited.  No need to RSVP but the door will be closed if we reach capacity.

About the author:  Writer, teacher and calligrapher Christine Colasurdo is a recipient of 2010 Fishtrap Fellowship and an award-winning poet. She was born in Portland, Oregon and earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in French and English from Portland State University in 1984. Upon graduating she moved to France, where she studied at the Université de Poitiers for a year and worked in Paris for two years. After returning to the U.S. in 1987, she worked as a graphic designer, writer, and editor in San Francisco, California. She earned her Master of Arts degree in English literature from U.C. Berkeley in 1992.
Colasurdo has published two books on the outdoors. Her first book, Return to Spirit Lake (1997, rev. 2010), is a memoir of her experiences as a child camping, hiking, and working at Mount St. Helens in Washington. In 2005 it was honored as a “Washington Reads” book by the Washington State Librarian. Her second book, Golden Gate National Parks: A Photographic Journey (2002), celebrates the ecological richness of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. Her poetry is featured in anthologies Fading Light and the Marin Poetry Center’s 2013 Trees, and her prose is featured in anthologies Holding Common Ground (2005) and In the Blast Zone (2008). She has given talks in Oregon, Washington, and California and has led tours to Mount St. Helens for the Oregon Historical Society and the Society of Environmental Journalists. In 2000 and 2005 she was a featured guest on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.” In 2000 she was also a featured guest on Public Radio International’s “To The Best of Our Knowledge.”

The Garden Home Library is located at 7475 SW Oleson Rd in Portland, inside the THPRD Garden Home Community Center.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Help make our website easier to navigate!

You are invited to participate in a card sort activity.

Wednesday, April 1, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Hillsboro Library Shute Park Branch
RSVP to attend

Thursday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tualatin Public Library Community Room
RSVP to attend

The purpose of a card sort is to help us organize content on our website in a meaningful way, so that people can navigate it quickly and easily.  We are in the process of redesigning our website, and the information you provide will help create the structure of our new site.

During the card sort, you will be given a set of cards to organize in a way that seems logical to you, and to give each category a name. There are no “right answers” in a card sort, but as a group we can see trends that will inform the navigation of our website.  You can complete the sort individually, or work with 1-2 other people.  After the sort is complete, we will have a group discussion about your experience.

If you are able to join us, please RSVP using the links above.  Each session is limited to 20 participants.  We welcome those with all levels of experience with our website; you don't have to be familiar with our current site to participate.

Thank you for considering the giving of your time to make the WCCLS website more useful!

Friday, March 20, 2015

New and Improved Access to Online Resources

On Wednesday, March 25, WCCLS will be switching over to a new authentication system for our online resources. This will provide WCCLS card holders with a simpler, yet more secure, method for accessing a large number of information resources.
What does this mean for you?

•  When you access online resources from home, school, or work, you will be asked to input your WCCLS library card number (under your barcode) and password on this new login screen:

•  When you access online resources on a library computer or on your own wireless device while connected to in-library wifi, you'll be taken directly to the requested resource as before, without having to log in.

If you have questions, please ask staff for assistance at your local library.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Visit your library during Spring Break!

Looking for something fun to do during Spring Break?  Your local library has a lot going on for kids and teens! 

In addition to storytimes, libraries are offering movies, LEGO and game events, origami and crafts, science programs, crafts, and teddy bear sleepovers.  

Ask your local library for details, or check out our calendar of events to find exciting events happening near you!  Click here for the calendar, and then select your library in the right sidebar to view events.

Art of the Story 2015 performer spotlight - Judith Black

Judith Black
Judith Black brings to her storytelling a varied background in education, theater, and creative writing. Having studied at Wheelock College, she taught for several years before moving to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

She excels in the retelling of history from new perspectives, tickling familial dysfunction, and ironic explorations of aging. Featured on such stages as the Montreal Comedy Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Art Museum of Cape Town, she has appeared ten times at the National Storytelling Festival, and is the winner of storytelling’s most coveted prize, the Oracle Award. Last year she took the craft of American storytelling abroad to France, Sweden, and Finland. Judith's work is dedicated to keeping storytelling alive.

Judith will be performing at the following 2015 Art of the Story events:
Here's Judith Black on Mid Life Crisis:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Announcing 2015 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest Winners!

Katherine Guo's winning entry
WCCLS is very proud to announce the first place winner of our 2015 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest: Katherine Guo! 

An eighth-grader at the International School of Beaverton, Katherine has been awarded top honors for her unique and bold design which depicts a Mardi Gras style mask laying over an open book. Her design expertly captures this year’s Teen Summer Reading theme: Unmask

Katherine received a $150 gift certificate for Powell’s Books, and her art will appear on all countywide Teen Summer Reading publicity this summer.

Second place goes to Ashley Fenner, and Rebecca Dan's submission garnered her an Honorable Mention. Both are students at Glencoe High School and both will receive gift cards to Dick Blick Art Materials.
Second place - Ashley Fenner

Honorable mention - Rebecca Dan

This is the sixth consecutive year WCCLS has encouraged teens to capture the spirit of Summer Reading through their creative art. A total of 67 pieces were submitted at the public libraries in Washington County during the months of January and February. On March 10, feedback collected from local Teen Library Councils was reviewed and the winning pieces were selected. A big thank you goes out to all 67 artists who participated this year!

The Summer Reading Program inspires kids with a sense of wonder and helps to promote good learning habits. Summer Reading in Washington County will officially begin on June 1. Teens can sign up at their local public library to earn prizes for reading. More details about Summer Reading will be available later this spring.

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