Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Libraries Expand Collection of Quality Spanish Publications

Currently, in Washington County, approximately 30% of all students registered in first grade are Latino. Many Latino households speak Spanish as their first language. There is a strong correlation between literacy in a first language and literacy in a second language. Providing quality books to children and adults in their original language has a positive effect on their English literacy.

With this goal in mind, last November two librarians from WCCLS member libraries attended the acclaimed International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico to acquire Spanish language materials to expand our collection that is locally available to both students and all WCCLS library cardholders. This fair attracts more than 750,000 attendees, and almost 2,000 publishers are represented. Our librarians focused on obtaining titles that are typically unavailable for purchase in the United States. Due to their efforts local readers now have access to 2,154 new quality publications in Spanish.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Survey: Tell us about your child's summer reading experience!

Did enjoy a great summer with your child this year through the Summer Reading Program?

Fill out the Summer Reading Survey to tell us all about it in four short questions! 

The survey is English and Spanish.

Encuesta: ¡Cuéntenos sobre la experiencia de su niño con la lectura en el verano!

¿Disfrutó con su niño el Programa de Lectura de Verano?

Complete la encuesta sobre la Lectura de Verano y cuéntenos sobre la misma en cuatro preguntas breves.

La encuesta es en inglés y en español.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Grant awarded for Early Learning Washington County

Early Learning Washington County has been awarded $100,000 to support growing numbers of immigrant and refugee families in Washington County. The federal grant provides 3,500 family friendly early literacy book bags so that students can be prepared to succeed in school. The bags contain books and supplies in Arabic, Chinese, English, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Abigail Elder, Director of the Beaverton City Library is excited about what this means for Washington County communities: “We know successful integration of immigrant and refugee families in our communities is often tied to their children's academic success. Their children are expected to do well in school, learn English quickly and contribute to the family's successful adjustment. This grant award helps us help them do that.” The Beaverton Library will also add more culturally and linguistically appropriate books for children and adults to their permanent collection.

The grant is awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Oregon State Library. Early Learning Washington County is a partnership between United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and Washington County Health & Human Services to improve educational outcomes for children in Washington County. Washington County Cooperative Library Services is working with Early Learning Washington County and Beaverton City Library on this grant to improve library services for new county residents.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Libraries closed on Labor Day

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day.

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Want to check out a book but the library's closed? Download e-books and audiobooks to your smartphone, tablet and more - 24/7!

If you have any questions, please contact your local WCCLS library

Monday, July 11, 2016

Best Outdoor Adventures at Tualatin Public Library

Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike, paddle, or bike ride?  

Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon author Adam Sawyer will present some of the best hikes, paddles, bike routes, and adventures within an hour’s drive from the Portland, Oregon, area.

Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Free for Ages 16 and up
Tualatin Public Library Community Room

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Learn online for free with

We have exciting news! You can now access’s wealth of online video learning for free with your WCCLS library card.

With over 4000 skill-building courses in the areas of business, creative arts, and technology, you are sure to find quality, on-demand training for personal and professional growth. normally charges individuals for accounts, but with WCCLS’ subscription, all WCCLS cardholders can access this great online training at no cost.

To get started, visit with your library card handy. What will you learn today?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Library Closures for Independence Day - July 4, 2016

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed next Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Libraries will return to their regular schedules July 5. Please check our schedule for your library's hours.
Our online resources and e-book digital collections are always available. Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer Music Programs at Tualatin Public Library

Feel the rhythm at the Tualatin Public Library this summer.

Beat the heat while listening to some cool tunes on a Sunday afternoon. From jazz to folk to steel drums, there's something to satisfy every musical taste!

All concerts are free and for all ages.

Adlai Alexander Trio
Sunday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Noted for the sweetness and wide range of his voice, Adlai Alexander performs with intricate guitar in a way that’s rare in both the acoustic and jazz worlds. Jazz, Bossa Nova and a 60s twist.

Chris Garcia Jazz Trio
Sunday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m.
An eclectic mix of musicians with a broad range of influences, combined with an exciting passion for music, Chris Garcia Jazz trio brings the perfect groove to the library.

Two Spirit Jazz
Sunday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Two Spirit Jazz current repertoire comes from the American songbook and from the vast supply of American jazz and blues.

Boy & Bean
Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Boy and Bean are a swing/jazz trio that focuses on music from the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

The Doubleclicks
Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m.
The Doubleclicks are a nerd-folk musical duo consisting of sisters Angela and Aubrey Webber. They are known for performing nerd-friendly comedy music.

Northwest Panman Steel Drums
Sunday, July 31 at 2:00 p.m.
Get your groove on at a live steel drums concert with Northwest Panman, Terry Baber.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Why Play Matters at Tualatin Public Library

“Grow up and stop playing.” Most of us have heard this admonishment in some form as we moved from youth to adulthood. But is it good advice? Research shows that play and physical activity can have positive effects on children’s health, well-being, and education; they also boost health and creativity in adults. What is the value of play?

This is the focus of “Why Play Matters: Promoting Health and Creativity for Kids and Adults,” a free conversation with play activists Jonathan Blasher and Tara Doherty.

Tualatin Public Library Community Room
Thursday, June 23, 7:00 p.m.

This program is hosted by the Tualatin Public Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Please note: this session will include interactive play for all levels of ability.