Friday, July 18, 2008

OCAC closed through August 30

Oregon College of Art and Craft

The library at Oregon College of Art & Craft will be closed for construction from August 12 - August 30.

The OCAC collection, however, will still be available to WCCLS members—just place a hold on the item you'd like, and it will soon be on its way to your member library.

And, the photo contest winners are...

Wayne Welch and the Grand Prize Winner, photo by Julie Wickman
photo of Wayne Welch and the Grand Prize Winner, by Julie Wickman
The newly remodeled Tualatin Public Library hosted a reception honoring the 2008 WCCLS Photo Contest participants on Thursday, July 17. The winning photographs in both the youth and adult categories were unveiled at the reception. Contest prize sponsor Wayne Welch, owner of Oregon Photo & Digital, presented the awards for 1st, 2nd and honorable mention in each age category. A continuous photo slide show displayed all the participating photographs.

The winning photos will be used on the WCCLS website, with several already in rotation on the front page. The photos will also begin a countywide tour of the WCCLS member libraries, including a display in the Washington County Public Services Building.

You can view all the participating photos at

By the Numbers

  • 183 pictures submitted by 121 contributors.

  • 5 judges reviewed and selected 4 winners in young adult and adult photography.

  • In young adult submissions, 24 young adults contributed 36 photos.

  • Entries came from Aloha, Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gales Creek, Gaston, Hillsboro, Metzger, North Plains, Portland, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, & Yorktown, VA.

And the winners are... (the story continues, and, warning, the page is very photo heavy)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Washington County Libraries Debut Computer Reservation Software

The libraries of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services are beginning to use PC Reservation, a new internet computer reservation and time management software. This software will allow library members and guests a new way to sign up for computer time and manage their print jobs.

While West Slope Community Library has been using PC Reservation since June 10, the majority of libraries will not begin their installations until July 14 running through the 25th. On the day of installation, internet computers may not be available to members.

If you have used the libraries' internet computers before, this new software will not be unusual. If no one is sitting at a computer, you can press any key or move the mouse to escape the screensaver.
You will notice that the computer is either reserved or available. If it is available, click on the colored Available link to sign in. Enter your full WCCLS library card number and password. If you do not have a WCCLS library card, see library staff to get a guest pass.

You are now logged in. Click Use this Computer and then click that you agree to the Library Terms of Use. The Session Information window remains open and visible, allowing easy access to how many minutes you have left.

If you need to leave the computer for a moment, you can easily lock it by clicking the Lock button in the Session Information window. When you come back, you just log in, and you're back where you were before you left.

When your session is coming to an end, you'll see a message that will allow you to save your work. When you are finished, just click Done, also in the Session Information window, to log out.

If you still have money on your print account from the old software, it will be transferred to the new system. And if you have problems with printing, you're still welcome to ask a library staff member for help.

Garden Home's Summer Used Book Sale Saturday, August 9

Garden Home Community LibraryCheck out thousands of donated books and other media at the Garden Home Community Library's Summer Used Book Sale. It's taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, August 9 at the Garden Home Recreation Center under its awning.

The Garden Home Recreation Center is located at 7475 SW Oleson Road in Portland.

The collection runs the gamut, and are priced to move at 50 cents to a dollar each.

And if that's not enough, the Rec Center is also hosting their annual Bow Wow Bash, which also takes place from 11am-3pm. The bash includes the Beaverton Police K9 Unit, fly ball demonstrations, dancing dogs, agility course, information booths, raffle, and food, with special guest The Oregonian's Deborah Wood.

Tualatin Public Library Grand Opening

Join us Saturday, August 9th, 11:30am after the Crawfish Parade for the official Grand Opening of the Library. Mayor Lou Ogden and City Manager Sherilyn Lombos will preside over the festivities. Learn more about the spectacular art featured in the library, as well as the artists who created it. Live music and refreshments will be provided.

Tualatin Public Library open now in Martinazzi location

The Tualatin Public Library is now open in its newly remodeled building. The renovated building is located at 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue in downtown Tualatin.

Initially, the library had announced Monday, July 14 as the opening date. However, they opened Friday, July 11 at 10am, several days ahead of the published opening date.

The remodeled location has almost three times as much square footage as before. This means more space for books, music, movies and Internet access. Tualatin Public Library features other improvements as well:

  • 64 parking spaces, an increase of 35 spaces

  • Improved pedestrian access

  • Dedicated Children and Teen areas

  • Designated social and reading areas

  • A vending area, and espresso Bar

  • A Community Room for Library programs and large group gatherings

  • Two small group study rooms

  • An enhanced Library entrance separate from City Offices

But that's not all. Energy-efficency and sustainability are not just buzzwords for the Tualatin Public Library. The remodeled building uses natural ventilation, day lighting, selection of materials, energy efficient lighting and mechanical units, as well as controls that monitor and adjust for use and time.

The project has been registered with the US Green Building Council, and would have been able to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification of Certified or Silver if certification had been pursued.

The Tualatin Public Library's hours are:

Monday & Thursday10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Bethany's Birthday Bash, Saturday, July 19

The Bethany branch of the Cedar Mill Community Library is celebrating one year of library service! It’s been a busy year filled with check-outs, check-ins, and lots of holds. And we're flattered that the Bethany community has really embraced its new library.

In celebration, you’re invited to our Anniversary Bash—an afternoon of treats and magical entertainment with Ryan Thomas, a student magician who performs really “cool stuff!” Saturday, 7/19, 2-4 pm. No registration is required, and it's free!

The Cedar Mill Community Library at Bethany is located at 15320 NW Central Drive Suite D-6, in the Bethany Village Shopping Center. For more information, call (503) 617-7323.