Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Announcing the 2020 Teen Art Contest Winners!

1st place - Emily
Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is proud to announce the winner of its 2019 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest: Emily L!

Emily is an 8th grader at Stoller Middle School and Bethany Library patron. Teens around Washington County voted for this design as their favorite depiction of the 2020 Summer Reading slogan, "Imagine Your Story."

Emily receives a $200 gift certificate for Amazon.com and her art will appear on countywide Teen Summer Reading publicity this summer, including posters and bookmarks.
1st place - Emily

2nd and 3rd place winners were also awarded.
  • 2nd Place: Angelina G. Tualatin Public Library
  • 3rd Place: Helena L. Beaverton Murray Scholls Library
  • 3rd Place: Ayesha K. Bethany Library
Local students Helena L. and Ayesha K. tied for Third Place, and both received prizes.

2nd place - Angelina 3rd place - Helena 3rd place - Ayesha

Monday, March 2, 2020

Washington County Boards and Commissions Vacancies - Spring 2020

Includes Vacancies on Cultural Coalition of Washington County

The Washington County Board of Commissions has announced a Spring 2020 recruitment cycle, accepting applications for consideration for the county boards and commissions from February 25 – April 7, 2020. The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) is among the Boards accepting applications.  For the CCWC, there are 5 positions available now and 3 positions available after Dec 31, 2020

Read the County media release for boards and commissions vacancies.

Description: CCWC administers state funds directed to Washington County from the Oregon Cultural Trust. The CCWC distributes funds through a competitive grant program to Washington County-based arts, heritage and humanities organizations to address priorities identified in the Washington County Cultural Plan. The CCWC works to promote greater awareness of the cultural life of Washington County.

Member Description: Between nine and fifteen members who reside in Washington County or are members of a business or organization significantly involved in arts, heritage or humanities activities in Washington County.

Term: 3 years

Meetings: Typically meets the third Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. of the following months: Feb, May, Sept and Nov. Additional meetings required for members participating in the Grant Review process, or serving on other committees such as the Grant Celebration or the Communications committees.
Contact: Jodi Nielsen, (503) 846-3235

The application deadline is April 7, 2020 or open until filled. Applications may be obtained by visiting the Boards and Commissions website.

Boards, committees and commissions advise the Board of Commissioners on matters of interest to people who live and work in Washington County. Committees themselves do not pass ordinances to establish policy; their purpose is to study issues and make recommendations. Commission members are volunteers appointed by the County Board of Commissioners. In many cases, members must be residents of Washington County. Serving on an appointed board or commission is a great way for Washington County residents to participate in decisions that affect them and to learn more about how local government works.

Washington County Community Engagement Media Contact:
Tricia Kennedy, Senior Administrative Specialist
(503) 846-6284

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Test Prep Tools for the ACT & SAT

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash
Studying for the ACT or the SAT? WCCLS and our member libraries are here to help students and their families thrive. We offer a number of resources so that you can prepare for the tests that remain an important factor in college admissions:

LearningExpress offers study guides and practice tests.

HelpNow offers practice tests plus live help from tutors.

Lynda Library provides evergreen courses on studying and test-taking strategies for college entrance exams.

Overdrive contains up-to-date collections of ebooks on studying for the ACT and the SAT.

And our libraries offer a wide range of print books covering ACT and SAT test preparation.

In addition to the resources and collections we provide, you can always find helpful staff and study areas at your local WCCLS library.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Library Closures for Presidents' Day, February 17, 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closures 2020

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, except:
Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 21.

As always, e-books and streaming video are available 24/7 for checkout!

Monday, January 13, 2020

WCCLS catalog and online accounts are back up!

Thank you for your patience while the WCCLS catalog and online accounts were unavailable for software updates! We are now back up and running as usual.

If you are seeing any odd behavior with the catalog or account, please clear your browser's cache (instructions here). We aren't expecting any problems, but this should resolve any issues.

If your browser is not storing your WCCLS barcode and PIN when you log in to your account, clear your browser's cache, and then adjust your browser's settings for saving login information.

Questions? If you have questions about your WCCLS account, please contact your local WCCLS library for assistance.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Updates to Catalog, January 12 - 14

Starting at 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 12, patron catalog accounts will be unavailable. This is because WCCLS will be performing software updates during this time. We anticipate that accounts will become available sometime on Tuesday, January 14.

Here's what you need to know: 
  • No library materials will be due on Sunday, January 12, Monday, January 13, or Tuesday, January 14
  • Follow WCCLS on Facebook and Twitter to get the most frequent updates about the downtime 
  • When accounts are available again, we will also announce it on our News & Events blog 

What will be available during the software updates? 
  • You can still search the catalog, but not log in to your account. The alternate catalog will not be available.
  • You will NOT be able to access streaming video via Kanopy 
  • You will be able to access downloadable e-books and audiobooks via OverDrive 
  • The wccls.org website will be available, including WCCLS online resources and the events calendar 

Thanks in advance for your patience while we work to upgrade our catalog and account software! We apologize for the inconvenience.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Winter Holiday Library Hours

Check the table below to find out when WCCLS member libraries will be closing over the holidays. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season! Remember that you can download e-books and audiobooks any time.

Dec. 24
Dec. 25
Dec. 26
Dec. 31
Jan. 1

Closed Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Closed Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Closing at 5pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed
Murray Scholls
Closing at 5pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Cedar Mill
Closed Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed
Cedar Mill at
Closed Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Closing at 2pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 6pm Closed

Forest Grove
Closing at 3pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Garden Home
Closing at 3pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 3pm Closed

Closing at 4pm Closed Closing at 6pm Closing at 4pm Closed
*Hillsboro libraries will close early at 6pm on Thursday, January 2

North Plains
Closing at 2pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Closing at 2pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Closing at 4pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 4pm Closed

Closing at 6pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 6pm Closed

West Slope
Closing at 4pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 4pm Closed

Thursday, December 5, 2019

2020 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest

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 2020 Teen Summer Reading program materials across Washington County, including posters, bookmarks, flyers and more.

Winners also receive gift cards for Amazon.com:
First Prize: $200
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $50

Digital artwork submissions are accepted! Enter the contest online, or visit any WCCLS library to drop off your entry.

Submissions will be accepted starting Monday, January 6, 2020, and the last day to submit your entry is Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Click here to get all of the contest details and the entry form.

Winners will be announced in May. Good luck!