Saturday, March 25, 2017

Art of the Story 2017 performer spotlight: Kevin Locke

Hear Kevin Locke perform at the 2017 Art of the Story festival:
Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota translation “First to Rise”) is a world famous visionary Native American Hoop Dancer and preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute. He is a NEA Heritage Award Fellow and Cultural World Ambassador from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.

Kevin is Lakota and Anishnabe. His instructions were received from his immediate family and community and from extended family in every part of the world. He has learned many lessons in global citizenship and how we each draw from the richness of our individual heritages.

His role in life is to entertain, educate, engage, and empower the minds of both youth and adults in the North American Indian cultural arts and history of Native Americans. His special joy is working with children on the reservations to ensure the survival and growth of indigenous culture.

Having performed in over 90 countries around the world, he has made appearances to over 1 million students and guests in over 10,000 schools and events in the last 35 years. Kevin’s goal is to inspire youth in reaching greatness and uniting the world in oneness. Kevin has recorded twelve albums of music and stories, most recently The First Flute, Open Circle, Keepers of the Dream, and Dream Catcher. Find out more at

Learn more about Kevin Locke in this video:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Art of the Story 2017 performer spotlight: Ingrid Nixon

Hear Ingrid Nixon perform at the 2017 Art of the Story festival:
Ingrid Nixon is a world-traveling storyteller, who loves nothing more than to whisk away listeners on journeys of the imagination. Exploration nail-biters, lies, tall tales, traditional and personal stories—she tells them all, bringing characters to life using voices, gestures, and animated facial expressions. Her creative approaches to story crafting help make traditional tales relevant to modern audiences.

Ingrid’s first CD, Grimm’s with a Twist, offers deliciously dark stories spiced liberally with humor and pathos. Her new recording, Operation Bouncy Chair, features personal stories about the important things in life: family, love, and coffee. She is a champion liar many times over, a claim that makes her mother both proud and worried. After living in Alaska for many years working in the wilds as a National Park Service ranger, she currently hails from Washington State. Find out more at

Hear Ingrid perform at The Moth:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Art of the Story 2017 performer spotlight: Norm Brecke

Hear Norm Brecke perform at the 2017 Art of the Story festival:
Norm Brecke tells everywhere; from narrating for the Seattle Symphony to being a featured teller at the PowellsWood Storytelling Festival, from the Seattle Art Museum to Tom’s Shoes.

Norm spices folktales to make them unique, spins personal stories that reflect his Northwest roots, and performs entertaining historical programs. He often brings music to his stories with guitar, ukulele, banjo, or jaw harp.

Norm taught elementary school for 14 years and developed after-school storytelling programs as well. He and his wife teach storytelling to adults at workshops and Portland Community College. Find out more at

Here is a video of Norm performing Bear Girl:

Monday, March 13, 2017

Art of the Story 2017 performer spotlight: Brianna Barrett

Hear Brianna Barrett perform at the 2017 Art of the Story festival:

Brianna Barrett is a playwright, filmmaker, performer, cancer survivor, and punch-card-carrying regular at every locally-owned tea shop in Portland. As a member of Portland Storytellers’ Guild, she teaches storytelling workshops and coaches first-time tellers at the local HHH Foundation's Notes of Hope annual benefit concert.

She was named Portland's Best Storyteller in Willamette Week Magazine (Best of Portland, 2016). Brianna has recently appeared in the Affable Gentlemen, The Yarn, and Imagine Live at the Pickathon Music Festival. She also facilitates a weekly writing workshop for cancer survivors at Oregon Health & Science University. Find out more at

Here is a video of Brianna performing at the Portland Storytellers' Guild:

Friday, February 17, 2017

WCCLS 2015-16 Year in Review

Did you know that WCCLS libraries have 1,657,104 items you can check out?

Or that our library users check out an average of 33,004 items per day?

Or that WCCLS member libraries see an average of 10,943 visitors each day?

Find out more fun statistics in the WCCLS 2015-2016 Year in Review, or in the At-a-Glance infographic.

As WCCLS Director Eva Calcagno points out, “As a group, our goal is to provide consistent, quality library experiences for residents of all ages through free access to collections, programs that educate, entertain and inform, services that meet diverse needs, and electronic resources that provide wherever/whenever access beyond library walls.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Library Closures for Presidents' Day, February 20, 2017

Some, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, February 20, 2017, in observance of Presidents' Day.

WCCLS member libraries that will be CLOSED on Monday, February 20:
  • Aloha Community Library
  • Banks Public Library
  • Beaverton City Library
  • Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library
  • Hillsboro Shute Park Library
  • North Plains Public Library
  • West Slope Community Library
  • WCCLS offices & courier services

The following member libraries will be OPEN:
  • Cedar Mill Community Library
  • Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • Tualatin Public Library - closing at 6:00p.m.
  • Tuality Health Resource Center

For regular hours and contact information, please visit:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Welcome to WCCLS

If you live in Washington County, you are eligible to apply for a library card and use the services of WCCLS libraries. We do not check your immigration status.

WCCLS does not share your name and address with other government agencies.

Your reading record is protected under Oregon Law.


Haddii aad ku nooshahay Degmada Washington, waxaad xaq u leedahay inaad dalbato kaarka maktabadda oo aad isticmaasho adeegyada maktabadaha WCCLS. Ma baari doonno xaaladaada sharciga imigirayshanka.

WCCLS lama wadaagi doonta magacaaga iyo cinwaankaaga wakaaladaha kale ee dawladda.

Xogtaada akhriska waxay ku dhawrsan tahay Sharciga Oregon.


Si usted vive en el Condado de Washington, entonces tiene derecho a solicitar una tarjeta de la biblioteca y a utilizar los servicios de las bibliotecas del WCCLS. No vamos a verificar su estado de inmigración.

El WCCLS no comparte su nombre y dirección con otras agencias del gobierno.

Su registro de lecturas está protegido por las leyes de Oregón.

Monday, February 6, 2017

How to Spot Fake News

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions created this handy infographic to help all of us spot fake news in our social media feeds and elsewhere.
To learn more, check out the article written by WCCLS Director Eva Calcagno in the latest edition of the WCCLS Newsletter (PDF).

Going on vacation? Put your library holds on pause!

So you found something you want to check out at the library, but there was already a waiting list. You put the item on hold, but now you’re headed out of town for a few weeks. Of course you don’t want to miss picking up your long-awaited hold while you’re gone!

Happily, our library catalog makes it easy to put your holds on pause. Here’s how:

Once you’ve logged into your library account, click on Requests.
  1. Click the checkbox to select all in the upper-right hand corner of the list. You can pause any items that haven’t already shipped to you.
  2. Click the Suspend/Reactivate Selected button.
  3. Enter the date you will return.
  4. Click Submit.
You will notice the status of these items changes to “Inactive” with the date listed of your return. While you're away, you will keep marching up the holds queue until that date. At that time, your holds will be shipped to the library you selected, if you are first in line by then.

Check out this 1.5 minute video for more details!