Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Kids Portal for Library2Go!

We are pleased to announce a new child-friendly interface to help you and your kids discover ebooks safely and effectively in our Library2Go collection.
Simply login to your WCCLS Library2Go account, then scroll down on the main screen until you see the OverDrive for Kids eReading Room link (below). Here you may browse and search through all available children's titles. You can also filter titles by Interest and Reading Levels, as well as by Lexile measure or Accelerated Reader (ATOS) level.

To switch back to the regular Library2Go site -- which includes adult and young adult titles -- just click on the Main Collection button at the top left of your screen.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Website maintenance scheduled Tuesday, April 22

The WCCLS website will be unavailable from 9 pm to 11 pm on Tuesday, April 22nd, to perform scheduled maintenance.
While the site is down, you can still access the following: 

Thank you for your patience! If you have questions or comments, you can reach us at webmaster@wccls.org.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cowboy Poetry at Tualatin Library

Tualatin Public Library hosts Tom Swearingen on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.  Tom is a local Tualatin resident and the winner of the National Finals Rodeo 2013 Cowboy Poetry Week Contest.  His original cowboy poetry is often based on his own experiences and observations, many of which occur on horseback.  Tom is a popular performer at cowboy gatherings, horse camps, rodeos, and wherever else you find folks who live and appreciate cowboy life and western heritage.  This event is part of the Oregon Reads 2014 William Stafford Centennial Celebration.

Free for all ages.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Heartbleed bug

There has been a lot of talk this week about the Heartbleed bug that affected massive numbers of websites around the world.  WCCLS has taken steps to ensure that our servers are updated and protected against this bug.

This isn't an issue that affects personal computers or public computers in libraries (http://www.businessinsider.com/heartbleed-bug-explainer-2014-4).  It affects the software that powers online services such as banking or social media websites.

As a general security precaution, it is a good idea to change your password on any site where you have an account.  You'll want to change your password after the website has been updated to protect against the Heartbleed bug.  Password manager LastPass has created a tool that allows you to check if the website in question has been updated:  https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/

For more details about the Heartbleed bug, visit this website: http://heartbleed.com/

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Director at Tualatin Public Library

Tualatin Public Library welcomes Jerianne Thompson as its new Library Manager.   Thompson is a familiar face in the library; she has been the Interim Library Manager since last year, and has been the Public Services Supervisor since July 2011. Thompson is taking over for former Library Manager Abigail Elder, who is now Library Director at Beaverton City Library.

Prior to moving to Tualatin, Thompson previously served as Collection Development Coordinator and Branch Supervisor for the Linebaugh Public Library System in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Thompson holds a Master of Information Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Paul Hennon, Community Services Director calls Thompson an effective leader charged with creating “an inviting community center where learning, discovery, and interaction flourish.”

“Tualatin Library is the heart of our community, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to shape the vision of the library as we plan for the future,” says Thompson.

Tuality Health Resource Center closed on Friday 4/4

The Tuality Health Resource Center is closed today, Friday, April 4th.

Find Tuality Health Resource Center's normal operating hours and contact information on the WCCLS website.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Art of the Story: 10th Annual Storytelling Festival

Join us for the 10th Annual Storytelling Festival, April 5 – April 12! 

See the schedule of events for times and library locations.

Performers in this year's festival include both local and national storytellers - Habiba Addo, Will Hornyak, Alton Takiyama-Chung, Olga Loya, and Bil Lepp
Adults and children ages 6 and up are welcome to attend (recommended ages are noted in the schedule), and four performances are exclusively for adults.
The festival also features two storytelling workshops and a community story swap. The week wraps up with a Finale Concert, featuring all of the festival's storytellers in one great event on April 12th. A reception precedes the Finale with a no-host-bar and complimentary hors' doeuvres.
All events are free. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Life After War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home at Tualatin Library

When does a war end? Does it ever? Many returning soldiers bring wars back with them, and these wars can reach beyond the battlefield, infiltrating the very thing that defines comfort and safety: home.

Join the Tualatin Library and photographer Jim Lommasson Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. for a free conversation about Life After War.  Lommasson has collected oral histories from returning soldiers and documented their struggles at home. In this conversation, participants will consider the wars at home faced not only by returning veterans, but also by communities at large.

Jim Lommasson is a freelance photographer who received the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize for his first book, Shadow Boxers: Sweat, Sacrifice & the Will to Survive in American Boxing Gyms. His second book is Pentimento: Portland’s Lost and Found Carousel. Lommasson is currently working on a book and traveling exhibition about American veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars called Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stories—Life after Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

We have a winner for the 2014 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest!

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is proud to announce the winner of its 2014 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest: Jacqueline Brown!

Jacqueline Brown's winning entry

A ninth-grader at Sunset High School, Jacqueline has been awarded top honors for her unique and electrifying design which depicts a reader poring over the wondrous contents of a book.  Her design expertly captures this year’s Teen Summer Reading theme: Spark a Reaction

Jacqueline will receive a $150 gift certificate for Powell’s Book and her art will appear on all countywide Teen Summer Reading publicity this summer.

This is the fifth consecutive year that WCCLS has encouraged teens to capture the spirit of Summer Reading through their creative art.  35 pieces were submitted at the public libraries in Washington County during the months of January and February.  On March 11th, a panel of teen librarians met to review feedback collected from local Teen Library Councils and select the winning piece.
Second place - Katie Fo

2nd Place and Honorable Mention winners were also awarded.  These individuals will each receive a gift card for Dick Blick Art Materials.

Here is the full list of 2014 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest winners:

1st PlaceJacqueline Brown 
(Sunset High School)
2nd Place Katie Fo
(Southridge High School)
Honorable Mention Rebecca Dan
(Glencoe High School)

Honorable Mention - Rebecca Dan
The Summer Reading Program inspires kids with a sense of wonder and helps to promote good learning habits.

Summer Reading in Washington County will officially begin on June 1st.  Teens can sign up at their local public library to earn prizes for reading, including tickets to Portland Thorn and Trail Blazers games, a round of miniature golf at Bullwinkles Family Fun Center and a deep discount to Oaks Amusement Park.  For more details, please visit www.wccls.org/tsrp in early May.

The Teen Summer Reading Art Contest was made possible by a grant from the Oregon State Library.