Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cornelius Library Improvements Pay Off

photo, Cornelius Public LibraryPaul G. Allen Family Foundation recently gave the Cornelius Public Library a $45,000 grant to promote targeted library services to Latinos. This continues a previous one year grant received last March from the Library Services and Technology Act through the Oregon State Library.

The funds support a bilingual library staff person to improve and market library services for Latinos in Cornelius. Since the beginning of the program, the library has received two other grants to get over 1,500 new Spanish language books. The usage of this collection increased 300%.

Maria Aguilar, the Latino Outreach Coordinator, has worked in the Washington County Library system for several years. This year's goals include implementing new ongoing programs such as "Bilingual book babies," a learning time for parents and children 0-2 and "Intercambio," a conversation group for adults learning English or Spanish.

The entire library has made great improvements in the last 2 years. Cornelis served almost 42,000 visitors in 2008 (a 50% increase over 2007) and checked out over 60,000 items.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided a $7,800 grant and the Friends of the Library provided a match to replace and add additional computers. A group of volunteers rearranged the materials within the library in May to emphasize the natural light and allow for more open space for group meetings and programs.

All this increased activity resulted in the county rewarding the Cornelius Library with a permanent funding increase of $34,000 which is being used to expand library hours.

New programs, new computers, new books, new hours — new reasons to love the library!

Mon – Fri 10am – 7pm

Sat 10am-5pm

Sun 12pm-5pm

Cornelius Public Library is located at 1355 N Barlow Street, in downtown Cornelius.

For more information about The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, visit

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Library2Go Fans: The New Release of the OverDrive Media Console is Available

It's upgrade time. With the 3.2 release of the OverDrive Media Console, "nearly all OverDrive WMA Audiobooks in your download collection are now compatible with the iPod®, iPhoneT, iPod touch®, and iPod nano®, as well as Zune® and thousands of other portable devices, with a simple upgrade of OverDrive Media Console to version 3.2 on Windows® PCs,” according to the latest issue of digital dispatch, OverDrive's email newsletter to customers.

New features allow users to:

  • Send MP3 Audiobooks to the iTunes® Library with Transfer Wizard.
  • Burn audiobook parts to CD in just a few clicks using Burn Wizard–on all supported Windows operating systems.
  • Perform a test burn.
  • Enjoy a new playback option wherein OverDrive Media Console automatically resumes playback from the most recently played point.
  • Let OverDrive Media Console alert them of software releases and news about the software–automatically.
  • With iTunes v8.1.0.52 (or newer) in place, use Transfer Wizard to send titles to the iPod shuffle®.
For more information and downloads, visit the OverDrive Media Console home page.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Libraries Lend a Hand in Tough Times

Check out this video from the Today show about the importance of libraries in a recession.

In these tough economic times, people are turning to libraries for everything from free internet access, job searching and computer classes to borrowing DVDs.

68% of Americans now have a library card, and 73 percent of libraries are the only source of free public access to computers and the Internet in their communities.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Beaverton has kids' book club kits

Thinking about starting a kids' book club this summer?

Beaverton City Library can help. They created Juvenile Book Club Kits.

These kits come with 8 copies of a book, a resource guide, further information about both the book and the author, questions (and answers), and some craft ideas.

These kits target Grades 3 to 5.

10 kits are now available:The kits are like regular books in that you can check them out for 3 weeks, and put a hold on them. Look them up by searching on Juvenile book club kit as the title, or Beaverton City Library Children's Division as author.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

7/15: The Brody Theater does improv at Garden Home

photo, part of the Brody Troup
The Garden Home Community Library is pleased to present a wild night of Improvisational Comedy featuring the gang from The Brody Theater!

This takes place Wednesday July 15th at 7:00 p.m.

Share in the hilarity, then join in on the fun with games led by the performers. You won't want to miss this wild and crazy good time!

This event is free and open to the public.

The show is appropriate for audience members age 10 and up.

The Garden Home Community Library is located in the Garden Home Recreation Center at 7475 SW Oleson Road, just north of Garden Home Road.

Originally posted 7/7/2009

7/18: Bethany Grand Opening (& 2nd birthday)

photo, Cedar Mill Community Library at Bethany
Consider it Version 2.0.

You are invited to celebrate your new expanded library (and its second birthday too!)
Saturday, July 18, 2009, 10 am
Ribbon Cutting, Refreshments and Fun!
15325 N.W. Central Drive, Suite J-8 on Main Street at Bethany

Initially posted 7/7/2009

The Summer Reading Fun starts right now!

Find some books that strike your fancy, and let the summer begin!

Yes, it's that glorious time we know as Summer Reading, when we offer all sorts of fun incentives and great events to get you to read. And by you, I mean, just about everyone.

This year, Summer Reading includes babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kids, and teens. For a quite a few of our libraries, it also includes adults. There are some great programs and some great things to read.

Learn more at our Summer Reading website,, or just go to your Washington County library and sign up.

Cedar Mill Bethany is now moved... across the street

photo, moving books across the streetAfter an amazing day of moving and final network installation and tweaking, the expanded Cedar Mill Community Library at Bethany opened to the public at 10 am Friday, June 12. Kudos to Roxanne Wilcox and the Bethany crew of staff and volunteers who moved the entire library of 30,000 items, shelves, computers, and furniture in about 4 hours.

The new library, 15325 NW Central Drive Suite J-8, is directly across the street from the old library. At 4,600 square feet, the new location is 2 and one-half times larger than the old space which opened July 2007.

Check out the photos from the buildout in CMCL's Flickr site.

They'll be having a 2nd birthday celebration next month on July 18th after the dust settles.

Initially posted 6/15/2009

7/6: Cornelius will be open more hours!

photo, Cornelius Public LibraryGood news for westside library users. Cornelius Public Library has new, extended hours starting Monday, July 6th.

Every day, Cornelius will be open for an extra hour.

Here are their new hours:

Mon – Fri10am – 7pm
Sat10am – 5pm
Sun12pm – 5pm

Cornelius Public Library is located at 1355 N Barlow Street, in downtown Cornelius.

Originally posted 6/18/2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New Online Resource: World Book Discover

World Book Discover offers multimedia reference with text-to-speech capabilities, automated translation into 14 languages, life skills activities, and more for older students reading below grade level. Easy-to-read articles accompanied by reading comprehension questions. Includes a visual dictionary with text in English, Spanish, and French and a searchable video series featuring experts from NASA, Sea World, Carnegie Hall and other notable institutions.

World Book Discover can be found under Reference and Youth on the Online Resources page.

Independence Day Weekend Hours

photo, fireworks in Portland, photo by Ben Amstutz
by Ben Amstutz
Thinking about celebrating our nation's independence by visiting a Washington County public library over this Independence day weekend?

Great idea. Most libraries are open Friday, and some open on Sunday.

Open Friday July 3rd:All WCCLS libraries are closed Saturday, July 4th.

Open Sunday, July 5th:

New Online Resource: LearningExpress Library

With LearningExpress Library, you can prepare for GED, US Citizenship, ASVAB or SAT and many civil service tests online. Take courses on writing resumes and preparing for interviews. You will need to create your own individual username and password to take tests and track your progress. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

You'll find LearningExpress Library under Careers, Education, or Jobs on the Online Resources page. We hope you find this new resource useful.

Anuncio de Trabajo: Ayudante de la Biblioteca

Ayudante de la Biblioteca: La Ciudad de Cornelius está contratando a un ayudante para proveer servicio al cliente, hacer trabajos y solucionar problemas por la computadora, y trabajo manual dentro de la Biblioteca. Tiene que dominar el inglés, habilidades del español son deseables. Esta es una posición de medio tiempo, el sueldo comienza a $11.28 por hora, es requerido trabajar fines de semana y por las tardes.

Aplicaciones de empleo están disponibles en el Municipio de la Ciudad de Cornelius, o llamando al 503.357-9112. Para ser considerado, entregue una carta de presentación, la aplicación completada y un currículum a la Ciudad de Cornelius, 1335 N. Barlow St., Cornelius, OR 97113. Revisiones de las solicitudes comenzaran el 19 de junio del 2009.

Job Posting: Library Aide
Join a fun and rapidly changing library with a small team of dedicated staff at the Cornelius Library!

A recent grant and budget changes are expanding our resources including programs, library hours and staffing. We anticipate needing 2 new employees for approximately 15 hours each per week to work primarily at the Circulation counter, but also to assist with most aspects of a small library. Weekend hours are required. Bilingual Spanish/English skills are desired. Pay begins at $11.28 per hour.

Please go to the City of Cornelius web page and click on “Jobs” for an application packet and complete job description. Application review will begin Friday, June 19th.

Monday, June 1, 2009

6/21: Tualatin’s Adult Summer Reading Kick-Off

logo, the Oregon Beetles
Please join us Sunday, June 21 from 2–4 PM at the Tualatin Public Library as we kick-off the Adult Summer Reading program with a free concert with the Oregon Beetles. All ages are welcome.

The Oregon Beetles (formerly known as Runway 3) are a local band that covers Beatle tunes. In addition, there will be food and craft tables set up for adults to “Be Creative”, which is our summer reading theme for this year.

No matter how old or how young you are, Tualatin Public Library has a Summer Reading program for you. Our Adult Summer Reading Club is open to adults’ ages 18 and older.

Beginning June 1, for every book adults read, they can fill out an entry form either online at or in person at the library. Monthly winners will be drawn at random.

At the end of the summer we will draw from all entries for one grand prizewinner. The grand prize this year is a gift certificate for two adults to stay two nights at Kah-nee-ta High Desert Resort in Warm Springs, Oregon.

Tualatin Public Library is located at 18878 SW Martinazzi Ave, just north of Nyberg Road.

6/28: Teen guitar jam at Cedar Mill

photo by marcus_in_ny
photo by marcus_in_ny

Cedar Mill Community Library offers one of two teen-only music-related summer activities Sunday, June 28th, from 2–4 PM. The program's called Jamology.

Come, bring your guitar and get tips and tricks from two local musicians on the art of jamming. Because mixing your sound with other musicians can be hard initially.

It's an opportunity to learn about guitar-playing styles, experiment with different equipment for different sounds, and to meet and play with other teens.

Please know how to play basic chords and how to tune your guitar. And register in advance at (503) 644-0043 x112.

Cedar Mill Community Library is located at 12505 NW Cornell Road, just off Saltzman Rd.

originally published 6/19/2009.

Clackamas County Library District Changes

From: Washington County Cooperative Library Services

To the residents of:
* The City of Damascus
* The City of Johnson City:

Your Washington County Library service will CHANGE effective July 1, 2009 due to a change in library service area coverage.

Your Washington County library card is expiring because you live in a Clackamas County city that declined to participate in the new county-wide Library District that was approved by Clackamas County voters in November 2008. Washington County has a reciprocal agreement with neighboring counties that extends free borrowing privileges to all residents within their service areas. As of July 1, 2009, your area will not be included in the new Library District of Clackamas County and therefore you will no longer be covered by this agreement.

Residents of Damascus and Johnson City may visit any Washington County public library and purchase a card for an annual fee of $95 in order to continue library service. The fee is equivalent to the average amount of property taxes paid by residential households in Washington County to support countywide library service.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact your Washington County Library. A list of library locations, hours and telephone numbers can be found on this website:

We appreciate your patronage and look forward to continuing to service you in the coming year.

updated 6/30/2009

Bethany moves Thursday, June 11

The Cedar Mill Community Library at Bethany is moving across the street into a space two and a half times larger to serve their busy and growing community.

The Bethany branch will be closed until 1 PM Thursday June 11. Library services may be limited until the move is fully completed. For updates, check their website at And for pictures of preparing the new space, see CMCL's Flickr site.

The new address is 15325 NW Central Drive Suite J-8 in Bethany Village—directly across the street from the old location.

Originally posted 6/10/2009