Thursday, December 1, 2016

2017 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest

Hey! Are you an artist who also happens to be age 12-18? Submit a design to our Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest!

The winning design will be used on 2017 Teen Summer Reading program materials across Washington County, including posters, bookmarks, flyers and more.

The winner also receives a $150 gift certificate for Powell's Books. The second place winner receives a $50 gift certificate for Blick Art Materials, and the winner of honorable mention will get a $25 Blick gift certificate.

The contest opens Monday, January 2, 2017, and the last day to submit your entry is Monday, February 13, 2017. Click here to get all of the contest details and the entry form (PDF).

Winners will be announced at the end of March. Good luck!

Passport to WCCLS: Redeem stamps December 1-16

WCCLS turns 40 this year! Have you been exploring neighboring libraries and getting your Passport to WCCLS stamped? (Library mascots have!)

Don’t forget to take your passport back to your library, so that you can enter the Passport Drawing. You must redeem your stamps December 1-16.

The Drawing will take place on December 20, and winners will be notified.

Passport Random Drawing Prizes:
  • Apple iPad Air 2 (16 GB, Wi-Fi only)
  • Classic Film Series (4 tickets) Sherwood Center for the Arts
  • Family Matinee Series (4 tickets) Sherwood Center for the Arts
  • THPRD – Conestoga Party (kids party for 10)
  • Cultural Experience: Admission Passes for two to Pittock Mansion
  • Wine Tasting Experience for two to Blooming Hill Vineyard
  • WCCLS Book Bag includes water bottle and commemorative 40th WCCLS Anniversary T-shirt

Monday, November 21, 2016

Groundbreaking for New Cornelius Public Library scheduled for Summer 2017

The City of Cornelius announced today that the Cornelius Place Development is approved, with groundbreaking scheduled for summer of 2017. The announcement marks a major step in a multi-year effort to bring the project to reality.

The City achieved the additional funding needed to bring the Cornelius Place Project to reality with an Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) award valued at over $8 million to the project’s affordable housing partners, Bienestar, Inc. and BRIDGE Housing.

The multi-use Cornelius Place development will house the expanded Cornelius Public Library including much needed community convening space, a YMCA center, and 45 affordable housing units for adults age 55 and older. The new library will provide a variety of services to support children, families, and seniors, including pre-reading and early education programs, student success programs and adult education.

The Cornelius Public Library is closing in on the last $800,000 of its $4.8 million capital campaign fundraising goal and expects the OHCS award to accelerate the final fundraising push.

“We have worked hard over a number of years to bring the Cornelius Place development project to reality. This will be cornerstone of our city,” said Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin. “The new Public Library will offer information and services desired by our diverse population. We look forward to working with individuals, local business and foundations to fully fund the library portion of the project by March 2017.”

Cornelius Place is a joint project of the City of Cornelius Public Library, Bienestar and BRIDGE Housing. BRIDGE joined the project team this year, bringing considerable financial, real estate, and development expertise.

Friday, November 18, 2016

WCCLS libraries welcome all community members

Washington County Cooperative Library Services and our member libraries reaffirm that we welcome and serve every member of our community. As we witness unrest across our nation following this month’s historic national election, and learn about acts of violence, discrimination and bigotry in our communities, we remind everyone that public libraries are a refuge and a place of common ground. We welcome and include all people, and want every member of our community to feel safe and comfortable using our spaces and resources. We expect that library users will show each other the same respect.

As the American Library Association President, Julie Todaro, wrote, “Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.”

The libraries of Washington County encourage you to use our libraries for education, entertainment and enlightenment. We continue to welcome everyone into our libraries, our shared community gathering spaces.

Thank you,

Eva Calcagno, Director
Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Las bibliotecas de WCCLS dan la bienvenida a todos los miembros de la comunidad 

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (Servicios de Bibliotecas Cooperativas del Condado de Washington) y nuestras bibliotecas miembro reafirman su bienvenida y servicio a todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad.  Al ser testigos de los disturbios en toda la nación después de las históricas elecciones nacionales de este mes, y saber de los actos de violencia, discriminación e intolerancia en nuestras comunidades, recordamos a todos que las bibliotecas públicas son un refugio y un lugar de encuentro. Damos la bienvenida e incluimos a todas las personas, y queremos que todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad se sientan seguros y cómodos en el uso de nuestros espacios y recursos. Esperamos que los usuarios de las bibliotecas demuestren el mismo respeto hacia otras personas.

Como escribió el Presidente de la American Library Association (Asociación Estadounidense de Bibliotecas), Julie Todaro: “las bibliotecas de nuestro país trabajan para todos los miembros de la comunidad, incluyendo las personas de color, inmigrantes, discapacitados y las más vulnerables de nuestras comunidades, ofreciendo servicios y recursos educativos que transforman las comunidades, abren las mentes y promueven la inclusión y la diversidad”.

Las bibliotecas del Condado de Washington los invitan a ustedes a que utilice nuestras bibliotecas para educarse, entretenerse e ilustrarse.  Seguimos dando la bienvenida a todos en nuestras bibliotecas y en nuestros espacios compartidos de reunión para la comunidad.


Eva Calcagno, Directora   
Washington County Cooperative Library Services


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Library closures for Thanksgiving week

See the chart below for WCCLS member libraries hours during the week of Thanksgiving.

Remember that you can download ebooks and audiobooks 24/7!

Nov. 23
Nov. 24
Nov. 25
Nov. 26
BanksNormal HoursClosedClosedNormal Hours

Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours
Murray Scholls
Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Cedar Mill
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Cedar Mill at
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Closing at 2:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Forest Grove
Normal HoursClosedClosedClosed

Garden Home
Closing at 3:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Shute Park
Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

North Plains
Closing at 5:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Oregon College
of Art and Craft
Normal HoursClosedClosedUsual Closure

Closing at 6:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Closing at 6:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Tuality Health
Resource Center
Normal HoursClosedClosedUsual Closure

West Slope
Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Friday, November 4, 2016

Library Closures for Veterans Day

Most, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closing in observance of Veterans Day - Friday, November 11, 2016.

Libraries open on Friday, November 11th:
Oregon College of Art and Craft (open 9:00AM-5:00PM)
Tualatin Public Library (open 10:00AM-6:00PM)
Tuality Healthcare Library (open 11:00AM-5:00PM)

Libraries closed on Friday, November 11th:
Banks Public Library
Beaverton City Library
Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
Cedar Mill Community Library
Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany
Cornelius Public Library
Forest Grove City Library
Garden Home Community Library
Hillsboro Brookwood Library
Hillsboro Shute Park Library
North Plains Public Library
Sherwood Public Library
Tigard Public Library
West Slope Community Library
WCCLS offices & courier services

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Drop off your ballot at a WCCLS library

Tuesday, November 8 is Election Day, and several WCCLS member libraries have official Washington County Elections ballot drop boxes on site.

Click on the links below for locations and library hours.

24-hour Drop Off Sites
Voters may drop off their completed ballots before the 8 p.m. election day deadline at several 24-hour drop-off sites, including:
  • Washington County Elections Office, 3700 SW Murray Boulevard, Beaverton
  • Washington County Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building (Rear Entrance), 155 N. 1st Avenue, Hillsboro
  • Banks Public Library, 111 Market Street, Banks
  • Cornelius City Hall, 1355 N Barlow Street, Cornelius
  • Forest Grove, Pacific Avenue and Birch Street, Forest Grove
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro
  • King City - City Hall, 15300 SW 116th Avenue, King City
  • North Plains City Hall, 31360 NW Commercial Street, North Plains
  • Sherwood City Hall, 22560 SW Pine Street, Sherwood
  • Tigard City Hall, 13125 SW Hall Boulevard, Tigard
  • Tualatin City Offices - 18880 SW Martinazzi Ave, Tualatin

Indoor Drop-Off Sites (open only during library hours)
Official drop boxes at indoor locations include:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2016 Summer Reading Highlights

Washington County residents read a lot of books last summer! Here are some highlights from the 2016 Summer Reading program:

Kids & Teens Summer Reading

  • 31,513 participants county-wide
  • 20% increase in program attendance throughout the summer compared to 2015
  • In an online survey, 86.37% of respondents “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that summer reading helps their children become better readers.
  • 100% of respondents said that they personally enjoyed sharing books or talking about reading with their children this summer.

Adult Summer Reading

  • 5,911 particpants, a 34% increase from 2015!
  • 2,020 book reviews were posted at
  • In an online survey, 32% of participants said they discovered a new author, series or genre.
  • 31% said they felt more motivated to read. 

Comments from participants:

  • "My teens shared some very interesting books with me over the summer."
  • "We set a goal of reading 20 books. We more than doubled our goal!"
  • "My kids got a kick out of mom being in the adult summer reading program!"
  • "[I] loved that it motivated me. I hadn't read for a few years because of young kids and exhaustion. It made me aware I was neglecting a love of mine and I could fix that."

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

WCCLS Events Calendar Upgrade, October 18

Starting Tuesday, October 18, the WCCLS Events Calendar will look slightly different. Due to a scheduled upgrade, the new calendar interface has a more modern appearance and adapts better to mobile devices. It also has a few new features, like maps with directions to events.

Watch this short video for a sneak peek: