Thursday, October 20, 2016

Drop off your ballot at a WCCLS library

Tuesday, November 8 is Election Day, and several WCCLS member libraries have official Washington County Elections ballot drop boxes on site.

Click on the links below for locations and library hours.

24-hour Drop Off Sites
Voters may drop off their completed ballots before the 8 p.m. election day deadline at several 24-hour drop-off sites, including:
  • Washington County Elections Office, 3700 SW Murray Boulevard, Beaverton
  • Washington County Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building (Rear Entrance), 155 N. 1st Avenue, Hillsboro
  • Banks Public Library, 111 Market Street, Banks
  • Cornelius City Hall, 1355 N Barlow Street, Cornelius
  • Forest Grove, Pacific Avenue and Birch Street, Forest Grove
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro
  • King City - City Hall, 15300 SW 116th Avenue, King City
  • North Plains City Hall, 31360 NW Commercial Street, North Plains
  • Sherwood City Hall, 22560 SW Pine Street, Sherwood
  • Tigard City Hall, 13125 SW Hall Boulevard, Tigard
  • Tualatin City Offices - 18880 SW Martinazzi Ave, Tualatin

Indoor Drop-Off Sites (open only during library hours)
Official drop boxes at indoor locations include:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2016 Summer Reading Highlights

Washington County residents read a lot of books last summer! Here are some highlights from the 2016 Summer Reading program:

Kids & Teens Summer Reading

  • 31,513 participants county-wide
  • 20% increase in program attendance throughout the summer compared to 2015
  • In an online survey, 86.37% of respondents “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that summer reading helps their children become better readers.
  • 100% of respondents said that they personally enjoyed sharing books or talking about reading with their children this summer.

Adult Summer Reading

  • 5,911 particpants, a 34% increase from 2015!
  • 2,020 book reviews were posted at
  • In an online survey, 32% of participants said they discovered a new author, series or genre.
  • 31% said they felt more motivated to read. 

Comments from participants:

  • "My teens shared some very interesting books with me over the summer."
  • "We set a goal of reading 20 books. We more than doubled our goal!"
  • "My kids got a kick out of mom being in the adult summer reading program!"
  • "[I] loved that it motivated me. I hadn't read for a few years because of young kids and exhaustion. It made me aware I was neglecting a love of mine and I could fix that."

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

WCCLS Events Calendar Upgrade, October 18

Starting Tuesday, October 18, the WCCLS Events Calendar will look slightly different. Due to a scheduled upgrade, the new calendar interface has a more modern appearance and adapts better to mobile devices. It also has a few new features, like maps with directions to events.

Watch this short video for a sneak peek:

Friday, September 30, 2016

WCCLS web services unavailable October 4, 6:30 AM

All WCCLS web services will be offline for scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, October 4, starting at 6:30 AM. Estimated downtime is one hour.

During this time, the following services will be unavailable:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Quake Up! Earthquake Preparedness Fair on October 1

Bounce back faster from disaster! The quality of life after an earthquake is dependent on how well prepared you and your neighbors are. Don’t miss Quake Up! 2016, an educational and hands-on event which will help you and your family prepare for an earthquake or other disaster.

Beaverton Farmer's Market
Across from the Beaverton Library on SW Hall Blvd. (between 3rd and 5th)
Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Receive information, visit with experts, attend presentations, and enter drawings for emergency supply giveaways. Learn how to prepare for a major earthquake, including what steps to take during and immediately after the quake itself, and what to do in the following days and weeks after a disaster.

Large earthquakes occur within a seismic zone just off the Pacific Northwest’s shores, extending along the entire Oregon Coast. A major strike that will impact the entire Northwest is due—significant damage can be expected to reach inland to the Tualatin Valley, Portland region and other population centers. Quake Up! is a showcase of public information, education and step-by-step tools for the Washington County community to better survive the “big one” and recover.

Can't make the event? 
Check out a Preparing Together Kit from your library - a discussion guide and toolkit to help families and communities prepare for emergency. Resources are also available online.

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.

Image via PlaceIt
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