Thursday, August 9, 2018

Banks Library temporarily closed - Thursday August 9, 2018

Banks Public Library will be closing immediately (1:00 pm Thursday August 9) due to electrical issues.  The Library will most likely remain closed tomorrow as well. 

For regular hours and contact information for all libraries, please visit:

Update 8/10/18: The electrical issues are resolved, and the library will re-open with regular hours on Saturday, August 11.  Thank you for your patience!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Stay Cool at Your WCCLS Library

Check your library's hours this week - they all have air conditioning and many are open until 8 pm or later!

Tualatin Public Library will be open extended hours on Sunday, July 29 until 7 pm.

Tips for Staying Cool:
  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device when it is very hot.
  • Avoid strenuous activities in the heat of the day.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature. Find a splash pad or fountain.
  • Don’t use your stove, oven, washer or dryer on very hot days. 
  • Eat small, light meals.
  • Close your blinds and curtains to keep sunlight out.
  • If the temperature falls at night and it’s safe to do so, open your windows to let the cool air in.
Stay hydrated:

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Library Closures for Independence Day - July 4, 2018

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed next Wednesday, 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!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Temporary Service Changes at OCAC Library

OCAC entrance by Tedder,
CC BY 3.0
Due to staffing limitations over the summer, OCAC Library collections will not be available to fulfill holds placed by general WCCLS cardholders. If you need access to particular titles, consider using our interlibrary loan service to make the request, and we’ll try to get those books from other libraries across the country.

The OCAC Library will not serve as a holds pickup location over the summer, or a place to return WCCLS library materials. Please pick up your holds and return WCCLS library materials at an alternate WCCLS member library. The nearest WCCLS public libraries are the Cedar Mill Community Library and the West Slope Community Library.

In the meantime, patrons are still welcome to visit the library during open hours to browse materials in the library. However, OCAC cannot loan out materials until regular service resumes.  Also, donations are not being accepted at this time.

Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to resuming our usual service levels for the public in the fall.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Summer Reading Starts June 1st – Something for Everyone!

Librarians across Washington County have been hard at work preparing for the 2018 Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) Summer Reading program, and it all starts on Friday, June 1. We invite you to stop by your library and experience a summer of FUN!

WCCLS brings three performers to each of our 16 member libraries designed to engage and entertain elementary and pre-reader age kids. Dates and times are listed on our website (

Loaded with a massive library of video games, a climate controlled game theater is pulling up to your local WCCLS library this summer! Join Game Truck for a round of laser tag. Enjoy life-sized Jenga and other games while you wait your turn at each event! Dates and times are listed on our website (

And WCCLS libraries make the summer fun for adults with great events, fun prizes for book lovers, and perfect book suggestions in your inbox. Share your favorite reads, connect to your community, and make new friends. WCCLS libraries are hosting a slew of events for adults – for details check out the fun at

Sign up online at or at your library through July 31.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Beyond Invitation: How Do We Create Inclusive Communities?

More and more organizations and communities are working toward being "inclusive." But what does that entail? Having a statement at the end of a job announcement to encourage communities of color, queer people, and women to apply can be a start, but how do policies, environment, and culture support this invitation? How do they fail to support it? How do we know if a space is inclusive and accessible for all?

This is the focus of "Beyond Invitation: How Do We Create Inclusive Communities," a free conversation with Rachel Bernstein. This program will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 7:00pm and is hosted by the Tualatin Public Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Rachel Bernstein is the partnership and training manager at Oregon Humanities. For the past decade, as a political and nonprofit professional, her work has focused on building the civic capacity and engagement of coalitions, organizations, groups, and individuals. As a Conversation Project Leader, she appreciates discovering what Oregonians are already doing to create inclusive communities and what questions they are still struggling with.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Julie Wickman at 503.691.3069 or via email at

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities' programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Library Closures for Memorial Day, 5/28/18

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

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

Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Save a stamp: drop off your ballot at a Washington County ballot box

Washington County elections officials are encouraging voters to mail or drop off their ballots as soon as possible this election season so that all ballots are processed in a timely manner.

Voters should have received their ballots by mail over the recent weekend. Information about vote-by-mail, voter eligibility and other election matters may be found at the Washington County Elections Office website or by calling 503-846-5800.

Voters will have until May 10 to send their completed ballots in appropriately signed envelopes with a postmark from the U.S. Postal Service. After this date, completed ballots should be dropped off at official collection sites in order to meet the election's 8 p.m. deadline on May 15.

Many ballot drop sites are inside or outside of WCCLS libraries. Check the list to find one near you!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

14th Annual Art of the Story Festival Announces Story Slam Winners

Student Slam Winner - Evelyn Elston & Adult Slam Winner - Kristen Olsen-Huddle

Evelyn Elston, a senior with the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton, is the winner of the first annual WCCLS Art of the Story Student Story Slam held earlier this month. Kristen Olsen-Huddle was selected as the winner of the fourth annual WCCLS Art of the Story Adult Story Slam. Both tellers are scheduled to participate in the Festival Finale Showcase the evening of Saturday, May 5, at the Sherwood Center for the Arts. The showcase, hosted by the Sherwood Public Library, features performances by all three professional tellers in the festival Geraldine Buckley, Rick Huddle, Habiba Addo, plus Elston and Oleson-Huddle.

Evelyn Elston is a senior at Arts & Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton. Her main interests include theater and writing, and she serves as the student body president at her school. She will be going to college in the fall, but is currently undecided on where. Her favorite place to be is Detroit Lake state park. 

Kristin Olson-Huddle
Kristin always knew she want to be an actress, she also knew she had a story to tell, but she had to get the chops to get there. She went to a free acting intro and ended up down a rabbit hole doing weird improv for a few years. A class turned into a performance troop, The Tuesday Group and branched out to be part of the crew for a Monthly Variety Show, Scratch PDX. On her own she put together a solo show that she performed with Portland Story Theater’s Singelhandedly, The One Fest, Orlando Fringe and as an independent production. She has told stories on stage at the local Moth, Portland Story Theater’s Valentine’s show, The Mystery Box Show and Nevertheless, We Persist. In other news, she is super mom to twin one year olds and married to that guy, Rick Huddle.

WCCLS invites you to experience the stories these five exceptional tellers will share the evening of Saturday, May 5. Enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres preceding the showcase in partnership with Reedville Catering and no host beverages will be for sale by Smockville Brewhouse in the lobby. Sherwood Center for the Arts (22689 SW Pine St, Sherwood, OR 97140).