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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Art of the Story 2019 performer spotlight: Kelly Hoffman

Hear Kelly Hoffman perform at the 2019 Art of the Story festival:
Take sheer physical power coupled with dynamic cadences, throw in a rich and varied life filled with powerful personal experiences and you start to get an idea of what an evening with Kelly is like. Hoffman has been telling stories to delighted audiences since grade school, only now when she does it she (usually) doesn’t get in trouble! Kelly has been performing on stage for over 16 years for audiences of all ages.

Throughout her life, Kelly has been a member of the Merchant Marines, a Firefighter, an Officiant, a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Mom, a Wife, and a Storyteller. She has also been a winner, a loser, a fighter, a lover, a jerk, a kind woman, and everything in between. Kelly has two master’s degrees, each focusing on the healing benefits of storytelling in society and in families. Her passion for story comes from the pure joy, connection and community created when the right story is told at the right time in the right way to the right people. Whether a story of courage or comedy, you’ll find yourself relating, connecting and cheering for all the right reasons.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Art of the Story 2019: Older & Wiser Story Showcase

Washington County Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services, Beaverton City Library, and the Older and Wiser Storytellers sharing their unique stories and the experience of aging in our community.
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Elsie Stuhr Center are proud to partner to present

This program for adults takes place at the Elsie Stuhr Senior Center in Beaverton on Tuesday, April 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

This is a new festival showcase featuring Cynthia Butts, John Wylder, Janis Collins, Chuck McConnell, and Frances Hunter.


Monday, April 22, 2019

Art of the Story 2019: Adult Story Slam Contest

The Art of the Story kick-off program is an Adult Story Slam Contest. This Slam is a competition within a set time limit, placing emphasis on a storytellers content and performance. The 2019 contest features Janet Liu, Patrick Gannon, Sankar Raman, Norina Beck, and Mike Devenney.

This program for adults takes place at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 27, 7-8 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Each story must be an original work. First person, real life adventures are expected. Fiction, folktale/myths are not allowed. The five tellers each have 10 minutes to tell their story from memory.

This Slam is judged by the audience! The winner receives a cash prize and the opportunity to tell a story at the Festival Finale May 4 at the Sherwood Center for the Arts.

Learn more about the participants.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Art of the Story 2019: Student Story Slam Contest

This year, the Art of the Story festival includes a Student Story Slam.  A Story Slam is a competition within a set time limit placing emphasis on a storytellers content and performance. It’s great entertainment! Each story must be an original work. First person, real life adventures are expected. Tellers have 10 minutes to tell their story from memory.

This Student Slam is judged by members of the Portland Storytellers’ Guild. While this event is not open to the public, the Student Slam winner receives a cash prize and the opportunity to tell a story at the Festival Finale on May 4. For more Festival events and information, visit

Meet the contestants:

Aishwarya Marathe has lived on three different continents and is Indian by origin. At present, she is a junior at Arts and Communication Magnet Academy. Aishwarya has participated twice at Lakewood Theater's "Young Playwrights Festival," a semi-professional experience in workshop and staged-reading format. Besides writing plays and prose, Aishwarya performs on the violin and oboe in her school orchestra and in an ensemble, and she has been learning Kathak, an ancient form of Indian Classical Dance, for ten years. She is also being vocally trained in Hindustani music. Her strong connection to her Indian heritage form the base for her writing, whether to explore a new aspect of her background or to give people of color a voice.

GRAYSON WRIGHT : Cookies Were Never so Complicated.
Grayson Wright is 18 years old and has attended Arts and Communications Magnet Academy since the 6th grade. Grayson has been writing her entire life and prefers to write short stories and poetry. The thing Grayson is most passionate about is architecture and she'll be studying it at the University of Oregon next year. Grayson, author of various opinion editorials, is very outspoken and is a huge social and political activist.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Announcing 2019 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest Winners!

First Place Artwork by Amelia Querbach
Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is proud to announce the winner of its 2019 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest: Amelia Querbach!

Amelia is a student at Meadow Park Middle School. Teens around Washington County voted for this ethereal design as their favorite depiction of the 2019 Summer Reading slogan, "A Universe of Stories."

Amelia receives a $200 gift certificate for and her art will appear on countywide Teen Summer Reading publicity this summer, including posters and bookmarks.

2nd and 3rd place winners were also awarded. These individuals will also receive gift certificates to ($100 and $50, respectively). The 2nd place artwork by local student Emily Lian was chosen to be featured on 1-inch buttons.
Second Place Artwork by Emily Lian

Local students Emma Hill and Ava Reynolds tied for Third Place, and both received prizes.

Third Place (tie) Artwork by Emma Hill
Third Place (tie) Artwork by Ava Reynolds
Teens can join the Summer Reading Program at their local Washington County Library starting June 1.