Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Library Closures for Presidents' Day, February 15, 2016

Some, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, February 15, 2015, in observance of Presidents' Day.

WCCLS member libraries that will be CLOSED on Monday, February 15:
  • Banks Public Library
  • Beaverton City Library
  • Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Hillsboro Main Library
  • Hillsboro Shute Park Branch
  • 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
  • Tuality Health Resource Center
For regular hours and contact information, please visit: http://www.wccls.org/your_libraries.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Teen Librarian Named Tualatin's Employee of the Year

Aimee Meuchel, Teen Librarian for the Tualatin Public Library, was selected as Tualatin’s 2015 Employee of the Year. 

After being named Tualatin’s first Teen Librarian in 2008, Aimee was instrumental in forming the Teen Library Committee.  Through the Teen Library Committee, teens help Aimee and other library staff to plan and deliver programs for teens, children and families. Teens develop leadership, planning, and organizational skills through their work with the committee.  She also developed and leads the Summer Teen Library program.

Aimee’s approachability, genuineness, creativity, care, and concern for the teens she mentors is what makes the Library Teen Room “the place to be”.  Aimee was honored by the Oregon Young Adult Network at the 2015 Oregon Library Association Conference. The “You’re Excellent” Award was given in recognition for her positive and significant contribution to teens in Oregon libraries.

“I can think of no one more deserving of this award than Aimee” said Sherilyn Lombos, Tualatin City Manager.  “Aimee’s dedication to the teens of our community and to building an amazing place for teens to be is inspiring and worthy of recognition.”

The Tualatin City Council will present Aimee with a proclamation at their February 22, 2016 business meeting.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WCCLS website, catalog & accounts will be down Tuesday morning, February 9

Due to fiber maintenance work, all WCCLS websites will be down on Tuesday, February 9, from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. While we expect that we will back online at 6:00 a.m., unforeseen issues are always possible.

During this time, you will NOT be able to access the following services:
  • WCCLS catalog (searching, placing holds, etc.)
  • Your online account 
  • WCCLS website
  • WCCLS events calendar
  • The telephone renewal line
  • Access to online research resources
  • Cloud Library
  • Library2Go Overdrive

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your patience!

Forest Grove Librarian read into the Congressional Record

Forest Grove City Library Youth Librarian Ann Dondero retired last week after 36 years of service. On the occasion of her retirement, Senator Jeff Merkley read the following tribute into the Congressional Record on January 27, 2016. Congratulations, Ann!
Photo from OregonLive.com
Mr. President, just about every successful person can point to a teacher or other adult who inspired and encouraged them as a child, a person who spurred curiosity and love of learning. Today I wish to recognize the hard work and dedication of one of my constituents who played that role for countless Oregonians, Ann Marion Furukawa Dondero, from Forest Grove.

Ann was raised in Sunnyside, WA, and graduated from Whitman College in 1966 with a psychology degree and a teacher’s certificate. She taught first grade for 3 years in St. Paul, MN, while her husband, Russ, completed graduate school and later taught second and fourth grade in Boiling Springs, PA, when Russ started his political science
teaching career.

When Ann and Russ moved their young family to Forest Grove, Ann continued her education and enrolled in night classes at Pacific University where Russ had started teaching. In addition to raising their two sons, Tony and Jason, Ann also began volunteering in Forest Grove’s library across the street from her classes.

Eventually, Ann’s enthusiasm to share her love of reading turned into a career spanning five decades. The library became Ann’s classroom where she worked with parents and caregivers to help children become active readers.

Photo from OregonLive.com
In 1975, Ann and her former colleague Barbara Dunnette organized BEAR month—Be Enthusiastic About Reading—at the Forest Grove Library, and the tradition has continued ever since. January 2016 will be the 37th annual BEAR month at Forest Grove.

Ann’s dedication and love of learning is an inspiration to our State and our Nation, and I have no doubt there are kids today who are better off because of Ann’s selfless devotion. I thank Ann for her many years of hard work and for the great things she has done to promote reading and literacy in the Forest Grove community.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tualatin Library presents Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six week educational series designed to help unpaid family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend with a chronic illness. Caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to reduce personal stress, communicate their needs effectively in challenging situations, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions. 

Tualatin Library Community Room
Tuesdays, 2/16-3/22,  1:30-3:00 p.m. 
Free  (Suggested optional donation of $30 for textbook)
Ages 18+
Pre-registration is required. Register by calling Debbie Croft at the Washington County Family Caregivers Services office, (503) 846-3089.

You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, or friend, someone who lives at home, in a facility, or across the country. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Use the Tigard Library? Fill in their annual survey

The Tigard Public Library is doing their annual survey.

You can fill it out online throughout February, or by paper in the library from Sunday, January 31, to Saturday, February 13.

Anyone can take the survey whether or not they have used the library. Last year, 2,781 people responded.

This year the survey will ask people to rate customer service and to suggest programs or services they would like the library to provide.  It will also ask about e-books and e-audiobooks, as well as how people learn about library events and services.

The Tigard Public Library has conducted annual surveys for more than 20 years.  Past survey responses have influenced several changes in library operations such as re-opening on Thursdays, allowing people to pick up their own reserved books, adding more programs for children and families on weekends, and offering a wider variety of computer classes. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Coming soon: protecting your OverDrive/Library2Go account with a PIN

Beginning February 1st, you will need to enter the PIN for your OverDrive/Library2Go account when logging in. Here’s what you need to know.

Why is the PIN requirement being added?
We are adding the PIN requirement to your OverDrive login to protect the privacy of your account. Your account PIN is required for all of our other online services, including the Cloud Library, online research resources, and your library account.

What is my PIN?
Your PIN for OverDrive is the same as the PIN you use to log into your library account online. If you need to reset your PIN, please contact your local library for assistance.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Tigard Library Seeks Local History Volunteers

The Tigard Library will hold an open house to acquaint people with its local history room on Monday, January 25, at 6 p.m. The library is looking for volunteers who will assist people in using its local history resources. Volunteers welcome library users to the room and answer basic questions about Tigard history and materials available at the library.

The local history room is currently open to the public on Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.  Additional volunteers would allow the library to open the local history room more often. 

The library’s local history librarian will train volunteers to become familiar with the collection and provide an overview of local history projects and resources. Volunteers will provide basic assistance to the public and convey more complex inquiries to history librarians for further research.

For more information about the open house or to RSVP, please call 503-718-2517.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Access the New York Times online with your library card!

With your WCCLS library card, you can now get unlimited online access to the New York Times, both inside and outside the library.  

Find the details about our online New York Times access in the Research section of our website.

Read unlimited articles – we’ve taken care of the paywall for you.

Some of the highlights include:
  • All NYT articles published between 1851 and 1922, and from 1981 to present
  • Full access to the International New York Times 
  • Full access of book reviews back to 1981
  • Market Data charts, indexes and interactive tools
If you have any questions about New York Times access online, please ask staff at your local library.