Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Curt Carlyle's performances cancelled

photo, Curt CarlyleWe're sorry to announce that Curt Carlyle, due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, will not be able to perform his scheduled appearances at Washington County libraries. Curt Carlyle - A Cutting Edge Juggling Show has been cancelled.

Please check your library's calendar and/or Summer Reading pages for up-to-date information.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

8/8: Birding with the Audubon Society

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Hillsboro Main Library is pleased to present a program on Birding with the Audubon Society. It will take place Saturday, August 8, at 2pm in the library's meeting room.

A volunteer from the Audubon Society will be speaking about the organization and present a slide show on common backyard birds.

Audubon Society of Portland promotes the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. They focus on the local community and the Pacific Northwest.

At least 209 bird species have been documented in the Portland Metro Area, and nearly 500 species of birds use Oregon for some part of their life-cycle. That makes Oregon the fifth-highest in bird diversity among the states and provinces in North America. The presence of these creatures helps preserve the health of our environment, supports our economy and enrich our lives.

While we see blue jays, robins and sparrows everyday, did you know the largest known Vaux's swift roost in the world occurs every fall at the Chapman School in northwest Portland? As many as 35,000 swifts congregate for their fall migration — and practically that many people come to watch them. Four percent of the known peregrine falcon nests in the state of Oregon occur within Portland City limits. Our parks and greenspaces serve as valuable rest-over spots for migrating neotropical songbirds.

Learn more about Audubon's role in protecting birds, wildlife, and wildspaces, and learn more about the birds in your backyard — and how to encourage more to come and thrive.

The Hillsboro Main Library is located at 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, just east of the Hillsboro Airport, and just south of Dawson Creek Drive.

Original post date: 7/27/2009

Cedar Mill's Immigrant Oral Histories are all posted

Cedar Mill Community Library has posted the last of this years oral history project podcast. They will be added to the library’s permanent local history collection.

Community members who have immigrated, or have family members who immigrated, were invited to share their stories. Under the direction of Sunset High School history teacher Matt Hiefield, students interviewed and recorded the participants’ stories.

Cedar Mill librarian Mark Richardson then edited and posted the stories as podcasts on the library’s website.

Here are the most recent podcasts posted:

photo, Chann NounChann Noun is a local immigrant from Cambodia who lived under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in the late seventies and early eighties. He eventually fled Cambodia and lived in a refugee camp for four years before coming to the US to rebuild his life here. He struggled with the language once here but thrived with the help of his host family, the Livesays.

photo, Elin Helene Simmons as a childElin Helene Simmons was born here but traveled to Sweden to live with her family when she was young. Born to a Swedish father and a Norwegian mother, she eventually returned to the States as a child to settle in California as her dad pursued his radio career. She and her husband moved to Portland after they retired to be closer to their children.

photo, Chris GniewoszChris Gniewosz was born in Canada to Polish immigrants of nobility who fled Poland to escape persecution during World War II. They moved to the Portland area after living in Canada. Mr. Gniewosz has written two books with his mother about these experiences called Noble Youth and Noble Flight, available in our collections.

photo, Reinhart and Wilhema EngelmannReinhart Engelmann and his wife Wilhema. German immigrant Reinhart talks about working in the high tech field in the US and being a professor here. He also discusses life during and after WW2 Germany. Wilhelma, a Yugoslavian immigrant of German descent, discusses what life in the US was like for a mother raising her children in a foreign country with limited English language skills. She also discusses what being an immigrant in Germany was like compared to the US.

photo, Alice Koppel Kern as a childAlice (Koppel) Kern was born in the small town of Sighet, Romania in 1923. Twenty one years later, she experienced the horrors of both Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, imprisoned during WW II along with millions of other European Jews. In 1944, all Jews in the small town of Alice’s birth were rounded up and shipped off to Poland. Alice and her mother were among them. They were allowed only the clothes on their backs.

Alice survived but weighed less than 50 lbs. when she and her fellow prisoners were liberated by American forces after the war. The Swedish Red Cross transported her to Helsingborg, Sweden, where she began her recorvery and sought to be reunited with the surviving members of her family. It was there in Sweden that she met her future husband, Hugo Kern. Alice and Hugo immigrated to the United States in 1948. They made their home in Portland OR and raised 4 daughters. Ms. Kern describes her experiences in her book Tapestry of Hope and in the video A Journey to Remember, available in our collections.

8/2: Computer Music Programming for Teens at Cedar Mill

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Cedar Mill Community Library invites teens to come make music on Sunday, August 2nd from 2–4 PM.

You won't need instruments. At least, not in the conventional sense.

Learn the art of making music with a computer. Turn any computer into a drum machine, synthesiser or sampler using PureData, an open source programming language.

Registration is required — you can do that by calling (503) 644-0043 x112. But only if you're a teen (6th through 12th grades).

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

Originally posted 7/28/2009.

Severe Weather Cooling Centers Locations (Updated 7/29, 5 pm!)

When there's severe weather in Washington County, the Severe Weather Shelter system is activated. There are several daytime Cooling Centers available.

For more information about these and other cooling center sites on conventional phones, call 211info (dial 211). They have the latest information for the Metro area, including Washington County. To access 211info Information and Referral by cell phone, call 503-222-5555.

The most current and up-to-date information on Cooling Centers, maintained by Washington County


Beaverton First Baptist
5755 SW Erickson Avenue, Beaverton
Tri-Met #88
Singles, families, youth
No pets
Light lunch provided
12 noon to 7 pm, Tuesday 7/28–Thursday, 7/30


Hillsboro Main Library
2850 Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro
Trimet, bus #46
10 am – 8 pm ( Mon. – Fri.)
Hillsboro Senior Center
750 SE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro
Trimet, bus #57
9 am – 9 pm (extended hours, Mon. – Fri.)
Shute Park Branch Library
775 SE 10th Avenue, Hillsboro
Trimet, bus #57
10 am – 8 pm (Mon. – Wed.)
10 am – 6 pm (Thurs., Fri.)
Sonrise Church
6701 NE Campus Way, Hillsboro
Trimet: buses #47, #48, and Orenco Station/NW 231st MAX
Singles/Family — all served.
Limited pet space
Meal provided (light lunch and water)
12 noon to 5 pm, Tuesday 7/28 – Friday 7/31
Tyson Recreation Center
1880 NE Griffin Oaks St, Hillsboro
Trimet, bus #46
5 pm – 9 pm (extended hours, Mon. – Fri.)
West Police Precinct
250 SE 10th Avenue, Hillsboro
Trimet, buses #47, 48
3 pm – 9 pm (Mon. – Fri.)
Westport Church
20085 NW Tanasbourne Drive, Hillsboro
10 am – 4 pm (Tues., Thurs. & Fri.)

Special Populations

Rolling Hills Community Church

3550 SW Borland Road, Tualatin
Homeless only
Van will pickup homeless persons at:
  • Tigard Chamber, 11:30 am
  • Tualatin Grocery, 11:45 am
12 noon – 5 pm, Wednesday 7/29 and Thursday 7/30
Safe Place Youth Shelter
454 SE Washington Street, Hillsboro
Trimet: bus #57, and Hillsboro Central Transit Center Max Stop (at 3rd Ave)
Homeless teens (Ages 14 to 19 years only)
Day Use
No Pets
Meal provided (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
open 24 hours, Tuesday 7/28 – Friday 7/31
Singing Hills Christian Church
Seniors only
3025 SE River Road, Hillsboro
10 am – 4:00 pm, Thursday 7/30 only
Sunwest Retirement & Assisted Living Homes
for seniors only

Unless noted, everyone is welcome at any of the cooling stations. Children should be accompanied by an adult. For a recorded message regarding the location and hours of available Hillsboro cooling stations, please call 503-681-5295.

If you choose to tough it out at home, remember these tips from the City of Hillsboro and the Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services:

  • Keep air circulating with fans; take cool sponge baths.
  • Go to an air-conditioned building if possible.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-weight clothing. If going out, wear a hat.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
  • Check up regularly on elderly neighbors and relatives.
  • Drink lots of water or non-alcoholic beverages before you get thirsty.
  • Avoid alcohol and coffee.
  • Limit physical activity and direct exposure to the sun.
  • Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Use your ashtray, not the road, when disposing of lit smoking materials while driving.
  • Do not leave infants, children, people who cannot get out of a car unassisted and pets in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down.
  • Check with your health care provider about how the warm weather may affect your prescriptions.
  • Contact your health care provider if you experience prolonged heat-related symptoms, or if those symptoms significantly affect the ability to care for yourself.

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are common in hot weather. However, heatwaves can strain the heart, worsen lung ailments like asthma or emphysema, and also impact chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Air conditioning is the single most important factor in reducing heat related risks, If you are heat sensitive, visit air-conditioned buildings if your home is not air conditioned. Just a few hours out of the heat can make a big difference.

Check on your elderly or disabled neighbors, friends and relatives during the heatwave. Many people experiencing heat-related symptoms may be unaware that they are having a problem. It's critical to check on elderly and disabled people living alone or who are socially isolated.

And what are heat-related symptoms? Muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting, extremely high body temperature, rapid, and strong pulse or confusion. If these occur, call 911.

For more information about services for the elderly and disabled, call Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services at 503-640-3489.

Originally posted 7/27/2009, last updated 7/30/2009.

OCAC Hours July 28-30

Oregon College of Art & Craft will be closed from 12-3pm on Tuesday, July 28th and from 12-1pm on Thursday, July 30th. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, August 4th.

Originally posted 7/27/2009.

Monday, July 13, 2009

7/23: Local author discusses Windless Summer at Hillsboro Main

cover, Windless Summer by Heather Sharfeddin
Sherwood author Heather Sharfeddin will read from and discuss her book, Windless Summer at Hillsboro Main Library on Thursday, July 23rd at 7pm.

Don't miss this chance to hear a great local author talk about her writing! And, of course, copies of Windless Summer are available to borrow from the library.

Hillsboro Main Library is located at 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, north of Cornell, east of the Airport, south of Dawson Creek Road.

For more information, check out online
or call 503-615-6500.