Monday, May 22, 2017

Library Closures for Memorial Day, 5/29/17

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed
Monday, May 29
, in observance of Memorial Day.

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

Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Foster Care 101 discussion at Cedar Mill Library

About 7,500 children are in foster care in Oregon on any given day.  Join experts from different organizations, as well as a foster family, to discuss the current state of foster care in Oregon and the many different ways in which we can help kids in our community.

Whether you just want a better understanding of how foster care works or you’re ready to help, National Foster Care Month is the perfect time to learn more!

This discussion will be held on Wednesday, May 24, at 6:30 PM, in the Cedar Mill Library.

Monday, May 15, 2017

We are reorganizing our digital library to expand our collections!

On June 14, WCCLS will move out of the Oregon Digital Library Consortium (Library2Go) into our own OverDrive collection so we can better serve digital readers in Washington County. We are also moving the e-books and all audiobooks currently in Cloud Library over to our OverDrive platform, where we will continue to grow our digital library going forward.

If you use OverDrive now, starting June 14 you will need to update your bookmarks, and/or re-login to OverDrive or Libby apps, choosing WCCLS as your library rather than Library2Go. The tried and true OverDrive app has features you’ve come to expect, the new Libby app from OverDrive offers a new, easy-to-use interface. Both the Libby and OverDrive apps will provide access to the same great WCCLS digital collections.

Additionally, we will retire our Cloud Library platform on June 15. If you have holds on titles in Cloud Library that you don’t think you will read by June 13, please log into your OverDrive account and place new holds on those same titles using OverDrive. If you haven’t used OverDrive before, here is how to get started.

With these changes, you will see wait times for popular titles go down, limits for your holds and checkouts will go up, and we look forward to being able to offer expanded collection options for patrons of all ages.  If you have questions or need assistance, please send us a message or learn more here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Grant awarded for new healthcare e-books

WCCLS extends its sincere appreciation to the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation for the generous grant of $1,000.

We chose to use the funds to boost our digital library to include titles that match the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation’s mission of supporting nursing students, and improving access to health care for rural residents.

Our digital library of downloadable e-books provide 24/7 access to information for residents of Washington County and use of e-books is increasing dramatically. They are particularly useful to residents who may not be able to access the library during open hours, due to their work or school schedules, or lack of transportation options.

Check out the 35 titles we were able to purchase in OverDrive thanks to the foundation.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fine free children's materials beginning June 1

WCCLS wants all children to use the library, explore library collections and participate in summer reading!

In order to help families and reduce barriers to library use,  WCCLS is eliminating overdue fines on children’s materials beginning June 1.

This coincides with the kick-off of the annual Summer Reading Program.

For more information read here.

Friday, May 5, 2017

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 11 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 16.

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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Exploring Religious Differences Conversation at Tualatin Public Library

Religion is a topic traditionally not discussed in mixed company. But what do we lose when we avoid exploring our religious differences? Oregon is among the states in the US where people are most likely to identify as religiously unaffiliated. Many Oregonians have spiritual practices that both align with and transcend institutional definitions. Others filter strongly held values through religious traditions and frameworks. What are the tools we use to talk about religion without dismissing others’ beliefs or flattening the beautiful and sometimes harrowing complexities of our experiences?

This is the focus of:
In Good Faith: Exploring Religious Difference in Oregon,”
a free conversation with Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo.
Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 pm
Tualatin Public Library

Harlan-Ferlo has created extensive curricula on religion and intercultural competency and served for nine years as an Episcopal school lay chaplain. She is trained in facilitation for community, conflict, and collaboration with a creative arts focus. Elizabeth holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and her poetry has been published in many literary journals, including Fourteen Hills, Anglican Theological Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. She hosts the Eavesdrop podcast and curates the Artists in Conversation Series for Interfaith Muse.

This program is hosted by the Tualatin Public Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities. 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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WCCLS receives two Oregon Library Association awards

This year the Oregon Library Association (OLA) recognized two Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) affiliates at their annual conference in Salem on April 21.

WCCLS Director, Eva Calcagno expressed, “it is with great pleasure that WCCLS joins OLA in recognizing both Martín Blasco and the Aloha Community Library Association. We are honored that they represent WCCLS and offer wonderful symbols of the tremendous impact of libraries life-long learning on the diverse residents of our County.”

OLA presented its 2017 Librarian of the Year Award to Martín Blasco, WCCLS Outreach Librarian for Latino and Multicultural Services. This award is presented to an Oregon Librarian for exceptional service and Blasco has made many contributions through his service to member libraries and their communities.

The Association recognized Mr. Blasco for his outstanding work in Washington County, as well as his dedication statewide in creating an Oregon Chapter of the National Reforma organization for librarians in the region, and for serving on the prestigious Caldecott Award Committee of the American Library Association.

OLA presented its 2017 Library Supporter of the Year Award to the Aloha Community Library Association. This award is presented for exceptional efforts to support and promote libraries.  According to Aloha Library Director, Terri Palmer, “the non-profit Aloha Community Library Association (ACLA) was founded in 2011 and it has established a tradition of working with members of the community to build an institution that grows and adapts to meet the needs of their patrons.”

In approximately six years, the dedicated residents of Aloha went from a crazy idea to start a non-profit library association to a full-service library operating as part of a strong countywide library system. The library is ideally situated in a highly used shopping center, within walking distance of a high school, a middle school, several elementary schools, and numerous apartment complexes.  It has created a new heart to a community beginning to define its own destiny.

As a result of the ACLA efforts the new Library offers Aloha residents:

  • A 30% increase in open hours – now open 6-days a week for 47 hours per week
  • Four times the space – including significantly expanded public and staff areas
  • Doubled computer access for the public to 14 stations,  plus free Wi-Fi access
  • Integration with the WCCLS.org website and catalog
  • Access to Cooperative’s shared collection of over 1.6 million books, e-books, CD’s and more
  • Convenient local hold pick-up and drop-off location for WCCLS items in the heart of Washington County
  • More robust program offerings for children and adults

The Oregon Library Association (OLA) provides advocacy, education, leadership and collaboration to continually strengthen Oregon’s libraries and the communities they serve. Over 1,000 librarians, library employees, and library supporters are part of the association.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

NEW! Cultural Pass online reservation system launches May 8

Did you know that your WCCLS library card can get you free admission to nine local cultural destinations? It’s true, but until now that admission has required coordination with your local library as well as a visit there to pick up a physical pass.

Starting May 8, you will be able to reserve Admission Passes to these destinations from the comfort of your own home. This service allows WCCLS library cardholders to browse destinations by date or venue and reserve, print or cancel admission tickets online. The new reservation system makes it easy to plan your next adventure or family trip!

Check www.wccls.org/culturalpass beginning May 8 to learn more.