Thursday, January 29, 2015

New wccls.org

WCCLS is pleased to announce that we have begun work on an improved and updated website.  Our current WCCLS.org was last redesigned in 2008 (over six years ago!), with a brief homepage-only refresh in 2011.  We are looking forward to a modern, new look.  More importantly, we are working hard to make it easier to find things on our website.  Since almost 30% of our website traffic comes from people using mobile devices, we are also excited that the new wccls.org will be mobile-friendly, with a responsive design that automatically resizes to each device.

The WCCLS website is designed for our patrons, and we need your help!  You will have several opportunities in the coming months to offer guidance with this project, starting with this one:

Please take 5 minutes to fill out this short survey.

Thank you for your assistance and support!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WCCLS library catalog is back online

Thank you for your patience during our scheduled maintenance. The WCCLS catalog is now back online. You may now access all online services, including:

Holocaust survivor Miriam Kominkowska Greenstein to speak at Tualatin Public Library

Hear a fascinating story of courage and survival


Tualatin Public Library
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

In 1939 Miriam Kominkowska was nine years old, living happily with her loving family in the small town of Lubraniec, Poland. Everything changed on September 1 when Germany invaded Poland.

In the Shadow of Death is the story of young Miriam's resilience and fierce determination to live, as she experienced the terrible devastation of Lodz ghetto, endured the loss of her family, and survived the grim horror of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Join us to hear her story.

Mrs. Miriam Greenstein will have copies of her autobiography In the Shadow of Death, A Young Girl's Survival in the Holocaust available for $20 and can be autographed at the end of the program. Proceeds go to the endowment fund for the maintenance of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.

Parking at the Tualatin Public Library is limited because of parking lot improvements; additional parking is available at nearby public parking lots. See Construction Around the Library for more information.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

North Plains hosts an evening with Robin Cody

North Plains Public Library hosts An Evening With an Author, Saturday, January 24 at 7pm.

Oregon Book Award winner & author of Voyage of a Summer Sun: Canoeing the Columbia River, Robin Cody will read from his works and lead a discussion.

The event is free, but space for this event will be limited to 50. Please RSVP with North Plains Public Library if you plan to attend.

This event is supported by the Cultural Coalition of Washington County, the Friends of North Plains Public Library, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Most popular books & items at WCCLS

With all the 'best of' lists coming out this time of year, we like to peek at our own numbers to see what's popular with readers right here in Washington County.

Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series continues to be totally popular with young readers and families, with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel claiming 1,971 checkouts last fiscal year (2013-2014) and over 1,000 more since July 1, 2014.

Children's author Mo Willems appears to be our top circulating author these days, with literally dozens of his titles taking up space within our top 100.

http://catalog.wccls.org/mobile/view.aspx?author=lena+dunham&title=Not+That+Kind+of+Girl
Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl topped our list for 3M Cloud Library's Adult Nonfiction category.

http://catalog.wccls.org/mobile/view.aspx?author=gillian+flynn&title=gone+girlIf you believe Robert Galbraith and J.K. Rowling are, in fact, one in the same, that author claimed 3 titles in our top 10 for 3M Cloud's Adult Fiction. Congrats to Gillian Flynn (and the four three other authors whose works beat out Fifty Shades of Grey on this list!). Flynn's Gone Girl: A Novel also ranked #6 in our physical book checkouts last fiscal year:


3M Cloud Adult Fiction:
1. Switchblade, by Michael Connelly
2. Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
3. Personal, by Lee Child
4. The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling
5. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
6. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
7. The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith
8. Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich
9. High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella, by Lee Child
10. A Sudden Light, by Garth Stein

And what, you might ask, was the number one top-circulating item in the WCCLS system? Disney's 2012 film Brave on DVD with 2,601 checkouts between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

WCCLS catalog maintenance scheduled for Sunday & Monday, January 18-19

Please remember: the WCCLS catalog will be offline for scheduled maintenance starting at 9pm Sunday, January 18 and running through Monday, January 19, 2015.

In addition, all WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, January 19, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, except for Tualatin Public Library, Tigard Public Library, and Tuality Health Resource Center

During this time, the following services will be unavailable:
The following will be available during the downtime:
*3M Cloud Library users: please ensure you are logged into your user account via the 3M Cloud app on your reading device prior to our catalog downtime. You will be able to search, checkout, and return e-books via the app but not through the WCCLS catalog during this maintenance period.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cedar Mill Community Library closed Sunday, January 18

Please note that Cedar Mill Community Library will be closed for renovations this Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Cedar Mill Library at Bethany will remain open on Sunday (12pm-5pm), and both libraries (along with most other WCCLS member libraries) will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 19. Regular hours and services will resume on Tuesday, January 20.

Also, please be aware that the WCCLS library catalog will be offline for maintenance beginning Sunday, January 18 at 9pm through Monday, January 19.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest - Now Open!

Hey! Are you an artist between ages 12-18 and a Washington County library card holder? Submit your design to our Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest!

The contest runs now through February 14, 2015.

The winning design will be used on 2015 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.

Remember: the last day to submit your entry is Saturday, February 14, 2015. Click here to get all of the contest details and the entry form (PDF). Good luck!

Free Workshop on Getting Published, January 20

Garden Home Community Library invites you to attend our Free Writer’s Workshop on Getting Published on Tues., Jan. 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. and learn the pros and cons of various publishing methods.

This program will be led by Paul Gerald. Gerald, author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland and Breakfast in Bridgetown, has authored five books and self-published one of them. He’s seen book publishing as both a published author and an independent publisher, and he’s even sought out an agent for future projects.

In this workshop Gerald will discuss the pros and cons of the varying publishing methods, share stories and hints and suggestions, and try to answer all your publishing-related questions.

Please call 503-245-9932 to RSVP.

Garden Home Community Library: 7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland OR  97223.
We are located inside the THPRD Garden Home Recreation Center. The cross street is SW Garden Home Rd, across from the Lamb’s Thriftway and the Shari’s Restaurant.