Monday, July 22, 2019

Tuality Healthcare Library to close August 12

The Tuality Healthcare Library will be permanently closing on August 12. This closure was a difficult decision and a component of Tuality’s broader efforts to meet budgetary goals for the coming fiscal year. Tuality has been a valued special library in WCCLS for many years, and we will miss their unique contribution to our Cooperative.

When will the Tuality library close?
The last day the Tuality library will be open is Friday, August 12. All Tuality library materials must be returned by August 12.

What will happen to Tuality material checkouts and holds?
If you currently have any Tuality library items checked out, you will no longer be able to renew them past August 12. As of July 22, no Tuality library items will be available to check out, and they will no longer appear in the online catalogs.

What will happen to the Tuality library collection?
Tuality is finding new homes for their library collection among staff, community members, nonprofits, and WCCLS libraries.

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Tigard Library Celebrates Halsted Bernard as new Director

The Tigard Public Library is pleased to announce that Halsted Bernard has been selected as our next Director of Library Services. Halsted is a familiar face at the library. She has been our Circulation Manager for three years and served as one of the library’s interim co-directors for the past seven months.

After a competitive recruitment, she becomes the Tigard Public Library’s sixth director. In announcing Halsted’s selection as director, Tigard City Manager Marty Wine described Halsted’s compelling qualities of enthusiasm and commitment to partnerships and innovation, which qualified her for this position.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Library Closures for Independence Day - July 4, 2019

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed next Thursday, 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 digital library are always available.

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Bethany Library Opens Annex in Bethany Village

You are invited to the Bethany Library Annex Open House! 

When: Saturday, June 22 from 1-3pm
Who: All Ages
What: Games and crafts  
Where: Bethany Library Annex 4888 NW Bethany Blvd, Suite K-2, Portland, OR 97229     

A small library in Washington County is getting a little bigger thanks to community support and the last countywide library levy. Nested in the center of one of the region’s most rapidly-growing neighborhoods, Bethany Library receives more than 200,000 patron visits each year and lends out around 750,000 items. At just 4,000 square feet the branch has been undersized from its opening in 2007. “We have not found another library that delivers as much service from such a tiny footprint.” Says Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries Executive Director, Peter Leonard.

Located outside city boundaries, the library is not eligible to receive public funding for a building project. So its governing nonprofit, Cedar Mill Community Libraries Association, has been leasing space from supportive private developers in order to provide library services in the expanding community. Central Bethany Development is holding space for a larger library in the planned Bethany Plaza, but construction is at least a few years out.

In the meantime the library is opening an annex that it will use for programs including the 2 dozen that it already offers children and their parents every month. The additional space will accommodate new programs for babies, adults and teens.
The library also plans to allow local nonprofit groups to use the space for meetings beginning next year.

The Annex is located down the street from Bethany Library between the Subway Sandwich shop and Salon Desire in Bethany Village. Find scheduled programs at

Monday, May 20, 2019

Library Closures for Memorial Day, 5/27/19

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

All of our online resources, e-books, and streaming video are available!

Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Oregon College of Art & Craft closing in May

The Oregon College of Art & Craft will be permanently closing in May. OCAC has been a valued special library in WCCLS for many years, and we will miss their unique contribution to our Cooperative.

When will the OCAC library close?

The OCAC library is open through the end of the semester, May 17. All OCAC library materials must be returned by May 10.

What will happen to OCAC material checkouts and holds?
If you currently have any OCAC library items checked out, those will have a due date of May 10.  Holds on OCAC materials are now only allowed for OCAC registered patrons. No renewals are allowed for any OCAC materials.  As of May 20, all OCAC items will no longer appear in the online catalogs.

What will happen to the OCAC collection?
OCAC is finding new homes for their library collection, including Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), Washington County Cooperative Library Services member libraries, and other non-profit cultural institutions who will care for and make the collections accessible. That means you can look forward to seeing more wonderful arts and crafts titles at your local library!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Art of the Story 2019 performer spotlight: Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr.

Hear Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr. perform at the 2019 Art of the Story festival:
The Reverend is a native Detroiter and an inspirational storyteller and musician celebrating the history, humor and power of American Roots music. A 2018 Kresge Fellow, his deep love for traditional African American and American traditional music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs.

For more than thirty years Robert has entertained and educated audiences of all ages. At the heart of his message is the belief that our cultural diversity tells a story that should celebrate, not just tolerate.

Rev. Robert Jones makes his home in Detroit while performing throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. While Robert has been a featured storyteller at venues such as the National Storytelling Festival, the late Kathryn Windham’s “Tale Tellin’ Festival”, he is also an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, accomplished at guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.

Acclaimed photographer James Fraher writes about Robert: “Perhaps the world’s most highly educated blues musician, an ordained minister, a longtime DJ, and a living encyclopedia of blues history, the Reverend Robert Jones is comfortable among juke joint loud talkers, fancy-hatted church ladies, and PhDs alike."

Learn more about Robert at

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Art of the Story 2019 performer spotlight: Jasmin Cardenas

Hear Jasmin Cardenas perform at the 2019 Art of the Story festival:
Cardenas is a bridge builder and believes in the power of stories to unite us. She joyfully made her national debut at the 2016 National Storytelling Festival’s Exchange Place stage. One of the first Latina’s to receive The Race Bridges Storytelling Fellowship, Jasmin uses storytelling and theater to pursue justice and humanity. She launched the bilingual Cuentos Aqui Storytelling literacy program for the Chicago Public Libraries. Her stories are available on podcast.

A professional actress, director, writer and Chicago native, Jasmin has performed at Steppenwolf, Goodman Theater and Adventure Stage Chicago, among others. Her one-woman show ¿ Niña Buena? toured throughout Chicago and to an international festival in Mexico. Currently Jasmin is focused on working class stories with her collective The Workers’ Theater, made up of low wage workers in America. A proud SAG-AFTRA member - her TV credits include NBC's Chicago Fire, Showtime’s The CHI & ABC’s Betrayal. Learn more about Jasmin at and listen to a story at

Friday, April 26, 2019

Art of the Story 2019 performer spotlight: Lawrence Howard

Hear Lawrence Howard perform at the 2019 Art of the Story festival:
Originally from New York, Lawrence Howard knows how to take listeners on a journey through the rich landscape of story. One of the founders of Portland Story Theater, he delivers stories that resonate with adult audiences. Lawrence draws from his rich repertoire of adventure, personal and mythic tales, as well as rhyming narrative poetry, to create compelling story programs for people from all walks of life. He is best known as the creator of the Armchair Adventurer series, which brings to life the Heroic Era of Antarctic Exploration at the turn of the 20th century. He can recite hundreds of bawdy limericks and likes to brew his own ginger ale. Learn more about Lawrence at