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