Friday, October 13, 2017

Help us organize the research section of the WCCLS website!

Do you have a spare 5-10 minutes to help with the WCCLS website? 

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 want to improve the use of the Research section of our website, and the information you provide will help create the structure of the improved section.

During the card sort, you will be given a set of online cards to organize in a way that seems logical to you. 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.  The survey will close October 27.  Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sherwood Public Library wins national grant for $5000

Getting advice on good books is going to get a lot easier in Sherwood. Thanks to a grant from LibraryAware and NoveList, Sherwood Public Library is launching a new service called Book Match @ Sherwood Public Library to help match readers to books they will love.

Library staff have always specialized in recommending books. This national grant for $5000 will allow Sherwood Public Library to take that basic service to the next level to meet the local demand in our community of readers. Readers will be able to submit requests for book recommendations via online and paper forms in English and Spanish, in addition to in person and over the phone. Librarians will deliver customized list of recommendations designed to suit individual interests and preferences, reading levels and desired formats.

More than 50 libraries submitted proposals for the Engaging Readers at Your Public Library Grant. The two other winners are Chatham-Kent Public Library (Ontario) and Dallas Public Library (Texas). Part of what made the Sherwood grant request so competitive was the growing success and high participation rates in the local Adult Summer Reading program and book clubs, and how the proposal fit into the library’s new Strategic Plan. Through a process that began in Fall 2016 with Library staff, community forum members and Library Advisory Board members, three key strategic directions emerged as service priorities for the next three years. The top goal relates directly to reading: The library inspires and facilitates reading, viewing and listening for pleasure.

A design firm, ZOnion Creative Group, which specializes in working with non-profits and libraries, has created the Book Match logo and will design more marketing materials, including a comprehensive recommendations booklet that will be ready in time for Summer Reading. Book Match @ Sherwood Public Library will soft-launch this Winter and have the full range of services implemented by Spring.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Interactive Workshop and Discussion at Tualatin Library

How can we prepare ourselves so that we are not caught off guard when we see public harassment or hear racist or insensitive comments? Building a more supportive community by interrupting everyday incidents, often takes skills that many of us don’t feel we have. This interactive workshop can provide you with tools that help prepare you to interrupt or de-escalate such situations when they are happening.

Wednesday, October 11
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Tualatin Public Library

You will be trained to recognize harassment directed at yourself or others, and be given choices as to how to respond. Scenarios will be discussed including helping others who are being victimized as well as ideas on self-protection. Discussion and role-plays will be utilized.

This workshop is presented by the Human Rights Council of Washington County (HRC). Facilitators will be Rob Solomon, retired mental health clinician and past president of HRC, and Peg Pfab, Secretary of HRC.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Garden Home Community Sustainability & Repair Fair

Garden Home Community Library is hosting its 7th annual Sustainability Fair.

Friday, October 13, 5:00-7:30PM
THPRD Garden Home Community Rec Center Gym
FREE and open to the public

The event is family-friendly, with topics of interest for everyone: parents or retired, apartment dwellers or homeowners.
  • Repair Fair: Sign up ahead of time and bring up to two broken items for volunteers to fix 
  • Test drive a Nissan Leaf: valid driver’s license required
  • Hosiery recycling station: Bring in your old stockings (any condition) to donate to Recycled Crafts
  • Learn from nineteen green living exhibitors, including new ones for this year: ecoShuttle, H2O at Home, Portland Urban Beekeepers, Reduce Your Waste Project, Umpqua Bank, and Victory Seed Company

Monday, October 2, 2017

New Cornelius Library Groundbreaking

Librarians, local officials, and the public enjoyed a fun circus-themed ceremonial groundbreaking for Cornelius Place on Saturday, September 23.

Cornelius Place is a multi-use development that will house the expanded Cornelius Public Library, as well as a community convening space, a YMCA center, and 45 affordable apartments for adults age 55 and older. The new library will provide a variety of services to support children, families, and seniors, including pre-reading and early education programs, student success programs, and adult education. Learn more at

The Groundbreaking program included remarks from:
Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin and his wife, Janel
  • The Honorable Jef Dalin, Mayor, City of Cornelius
  • The Honorable Suzanne Bonamici, Congresswoman, 1st District, U.S. House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Susan McLain, Representative, 29th District, Oregon House of Representatives
  • Kathryn Harrington, Representative, District 4, Oregon Metro
  • Alison Lorig, Senior Vice President, BRIDGE Housing Corporation
  • Nathan Teske, Executive Director, Bienestar
  • Emily Leach, SVP & Commercial Team Leader, Heritage Bank
  • Karen Hill, Director, Cornelius Public Library

Performers included Aztec
Dancers, Huehca Omeyocan
"There have been many years of effort by many people, which has made this happen," said Washington County Cooperative Library Services Director Eva Calcagno. "I hope the event reinvigorates community support for its library and fosters community."

Learn more about supporting this project.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Library Card options in honor of National Library Card Sign-up Month

WCCLS libraries offer library cards that fit a variety of needs. Most registered patrons have General cards. This is the card we prefer to issue as we want all residents to have full access to library services and collections. But one size does not fit all.

In the last few years, the E-access card has become more popular for school students. In partnership with a school, students are registered for WCCLS E-access cards which provide access to electronic resources only – research databases and e-books. This is useful for schools that issue students tablet computers to complete classroom and homework assignments. WCCLS began offering online registration for E-access cards for all residents through our website this September.

Another new option that WCCLS offers is a Youth Access card. Youth Access cards are designed for children up to 17 years old, and in addition to providing access to electronic resources, the Youth Access card will allow up to five checkouts of books or audiobooks as well. It is designed to fill the gap between E-access only and a full service General card. It’s a Goldilocks card – not too restrictive, not too open, but just right for many children and students, and for families that want their children to have access to library materials but are concerned about limiting potential costs if materials are lost.

WCCLS Director Eva Calcagno said, “We are rolling out these new options as part of our five-year levy plan to reduce barriers to library access and improve and expand services that support children and learning. We know that an essential ‘back to school’ supply is an active public library card!”

Celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month by visiting your library to get a card for everyone in your family!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New! Apply online for an E-Access Library Card

WCCLS is happy to announce that you can now apply online for an E-Access library card!

What can you do with an E-Access card?
Online registration is currently open to Washington County residents who do not currently have a WCCLS library card. If you already have a WCCLS library card, you currently have access to everything listed above!

To check out or place holds on physical items, please visit your library to get a different kind of library card.

Celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month by applying for a card today!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cool off at your Library this Labor Day Weekend

An extended period of very hot weather is expected over the next several days in Washington County.

“We urge people to limit their time outdoors if possible, wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing, drink plenty of water, and stay in air-conditioning as much as they can,” says Washington County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Christina Baumann.

Check your library's hours for this weekend - they all have air conditioning!

In addition to regular hours, North Plains Public Library will be open on Labor Day, 10AM-7PM. Library materials will be available on a self-service basis.

Tualatin Public Library will be open extended hours on Saturday (10AM-7:30PM). Additionally, the Library lobby and Community Room will be open 1-7PM on Monday (Labor Day). Library services will not be available that day. Please call or check their website to confirm extended hours.

Please view a comprehensive list of places to beat the heat this weekend in Washington County from Health and Human Services. Please note that Monday is Labor Day, and many places are closed or have reduced hours.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Representative Bonamici learns more about Growing Early Readers

Representative Suzanne Bonamici visited the Beaverton Library August 29th to learn more about the Bridging Cultures: Growing Early Readers grant project. The project is a partnership between Early Learning Washington County, the Beaverton Library, and WCCLS. The $100,000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant was funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Family friendly book bags were distributed to local organizations that work with immigrants and refugees. The bags included three levels of developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate books in Arabic, Chinese, English, Somali, Spanish or Vietnamese. Also included are wordless picture books and related activities and supplies. More culturally and linguistically diverse books for children and adults will be permanently housed at the Beaverton City Library. The grant goal is to help more children be prepared to enter school ready to read.

WCCLS Program Supervisor Stephanie Lind said “We would like to thank Congresswoman Bonamici for coming to the Beaverton City Library today to learn more about our IMLS grant funded projects. We were thrilled to be able to have our community partners there so that you could hear first-hand about the impact this funding has had on new immigrant and refugee populations in Washington County.”