Friday, August 28, 2015

Washington County 2016 Community Cultural Participation Grant Opportunity

The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) opens its grant cycle on Tuesday, September 1st.  Washington County based not-for-profit arts, heritage and humanities organizations are encouraged to apply for grants to be used during calendar year 2016. Organizations may apply for grants of up to $1,000 or $2,000. To apply for a $2,000 grant, an organization must be a 501(C)3 non-profit.

A strong grant application will address priorities of promoting cultural diversity, developing community and/or cross-cultural partnerships, providing matching-fund or cost-sharing. Proposals should be geared toward a specific event, activity or communication of the organization.

Applicants to this grant program can apply for activities or opportunities that address one or more of these five goals:
  1. Public Awareness, Audience Building and Participation: Marketing and promotion
  2. Support Existing Cultural Organizations: Professional development and capacity building
  3. Increase Public Art Opportunities: Installations with high impact and/or educational purpose
  4. Support Cultural and Heritage Learning: Education and cultural learning programs/participation
  5. Increase Youth Access to the Arts: School-based arts and cultural opportunities and arts awareness  
The Washington County Cultural Plan, detailed 2016 Grant Guidelines, and application instructions for the Community Cultural Participation grant program are available online on the CCWC website. Application are submitted online only through the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s grant application site.

The grant application period ends October 12th at 5pm. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the grant orientation session scheduled for:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 4:30-6:00 pm
Hillsboro Public Library – Main  Library Board Room (second floor)
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro 97124

The CCWC was established in 2005 to distribute funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust to promote the cultural identity, quality of life and economic vitality of Washington County and its arts, heritage and humanities organizations. The Coalition has distributed over $385,000 in grants to Washington County based organizations over the last 10 years.

The Oregon Cultural Trust was established by the Oregon Legislature to strengthen Oregon’s culture through the establishment of a permanent endowment. The Trust primarily receives funding from the sale of Cultural license plates and from gifts from individuals and businesses through an Oregon State tax credit program. The Trust invests a portion of proceeds from the endowment in annual grants to Oregon counties and tribal groups, funding for statewide cultural agencies, and competitive grants to cultural non-profits. To learn more about the Trust or to make a donation please visit the website.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Announcing a new WCCLS website in September

WCCLS will be launching a new-and-improved website on September 15.  The new wccls.org is:
  1. Mobile-friendly.  Over 30% of WCCLS website visitors come by mobile devices.  With the new website, no matter if you’re using a desktop or a mobile phone, content will automatically resize for easy reading.
  2. Clean and uncluttered.  The new website was designed by the WCCLS in-house web team, with a focus on simplicity and accessibility.   
  3. Easy to navigate.  The web team used input from library users through in-person and online studies (more than 300 responses—thank you!) to make it easier to find the content you need.

No interruption of service is expected, and the online library catalog will not change.  We look forward to serving you better through the new wccls.org!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

"Your Own Business" series at Beaverton City Library

Starting Your Own Business: 
Feasibility & Business Plans

Tuesday, September 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
Beaverton City Library Meeting Room A
Registration is optional.

Curious about starting your own business? Learn more about what to consider before taking the leap, as well as some tips for getting started writing your business plan. Presented by Analizza Lambino of the Small Business Administration's Portland District Office and Portland Community College's Small Business Development Center.


Marketing 101 for Small Business
Tuesday, September 22, 6-7:30 p.m.
Beaverton City Library Meeting Room A

Registration is optional. To register call the SCORE office at (503) 326-5211.

This class will provide an overview of marketing basics with an emphasis on low cost marketing ideas including an overview of social media options.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tualatin Library extends hours on Friday

The Tualatin Public Library will extend hours on Friday, July 31, until 9pm to serve as a "cooling center." The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Portland-metro area through Friday night, with forecasted highs of 100 degrees.

The Tualatin Library normally closes at 6pm on Friday through Sunday but is open until 9 pm on Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 503-691-3074 or visit online.

The Juanita Pohl Center is another Tualatin location where residents without air conditioning can find some relief. The JPC will be open regular hours on Thursday and Friday: 8 am - 5 pm. The JPC is located at 8513 SW Tualatin Rd. (inside Community Park). For more information, call 503-691-3061.

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and claiming more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. The most vulnerable individuals are those who work or exercise outdoors, adults over 65, infants and children under four, the homeless or poor, and people with chronic medical conditions.

Washington County Public Health advises taking precautions to avoid heat-related health issues, including staying hydrated, staying in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible, and avoiding strenuous activities. For more info: http://www.co.washington.or.us/hhs/news/heatwave-june-2015.cfm.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Partners in Diversity Survey

Partners in Diversity is seeking minorities who are unemployed or underemployed to take an online survey (located in the purple section of their homepage).  The survey is available in several languages.


The nonprofit organization is collecting data in an effort to help minorities and English Language Learners overcome barriers to living wage jobs in the greater Portland area. Your participation is appreciated!
Partners In Diversity
Partners in Diversity is an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute, whose mission is to partner with Oregon and SW Washington member employers to attract and retain professionals of color.

Monday, July 13, 2015

North Plains Public Library open more hours

Thanks to funding from the Washington County Cooperative Library Services and approval of the 2015-2016 budget by the North Plains City Council, the North Plains Library will be open 50 hours each week - one hour earlier each weekday and Saturday and eight summer Sunday afternoons.  Visit early and visit often!

Monday-Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday:10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Scheduled Maintenance for Online Resources

Our authentication system for online resources will be undergoing routine maintenance on Sunday.  As part of this upgrade, you may experience a brief period of downtime from 9:00 pm on Saturday, July 11, through 3:00 am on Sunday, July 12.

You will still have access to our online catalog and e-books during that time.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hillsboro Main Library closing early on July 17

The Oregon International Air Show is happening July 16-19, next door to the Hillsboro Main Library.  Since major roads around the library will be closed during parts of the show, the Hillsboro Main Library will close at 6pm on Friday, July 17

The library will be open regular hours on Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (12-6pm). The Shute Park Branch will be open normal hours throughout the weekend.

Brookwood Parkway will be closed between Cornell Road and Dawson Creek Parkway during the following times:
  • Thursday, July 16: 11am-3:45pm
  • Friday, July 17: 10:30am-3:45pm and 7-10:30pm
  • Saturday, July 18: 10:30am-5pm
  • Sunday, July 19: 10:30am-5pm
Traffic will be allowed to access the Library from the north during the road closures, but expect extensive delays.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tigard Library Installs Automated System to Check in Items Faster

The Tigard Library has a new automated check-in system:

NEW Tigard Public Library AMH from Tigard Library on Vimeo.

“We are excited about this new system,” said Library Director Margaret Barnes.  “By checking in items faster, we’ll be able to get them off people’s accounts and back on the shelf quicker so that other patrons can check them out.  Our goal is to increase customer satisfaction and confidence.”
   
In 2014, checking in items manually required about 190 hours a week.  The new system will check in up to 2,500 items per hour.  It reads the radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag to determine what type of material it is, and then sorts it into the correct bin for re-shelving. 

The Tigard Library is the third library in Washington County to install an automated check-in system, along with Hillsboro and Beaverton.