Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Shute Park's Intercambio adds another weekly group

Conversation Piece, a photo by Holly Gramazio, aka several bees

Intercambio is the Spanish word for exchange. At Hillsboro's Shute Park Branch, Intercambio is a Spanish/English conversation group. This bilingual conversation group is free and meets every Saturday at 10:30 AM.

It's been such a success, Shute Park is adding a second Intercambio in September, meeting on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm.

Both Intercambios are open to all learners of English and Spanish. Learn new vocabulary, enhance your speaking skills, and meet new people!

The Shute Park Branch is located at 775 SE Tenth Avenue, in Shute Park, just south of the pool.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Search the catalog from the WCCLS front page

a screenshot of the new library catalog search box
Did you notice anything different on the WCCLS website today? If you said, there's a search box for the library catalog right up top on the front page, you'd be correct.

That's right. You can now do what library staff call a keyword search, right from the front page.

Try it with the important words from a title, or an author's name, or a person, place or thing, when you're looking to see if we have a physical item you'd like to borrow.

We hope you like it!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

8/26: Mastodons of Washington County at Tualatin

photo of statue of mastodon by shortlake
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Tualatin Public Library has a mastodon on display.

Yes, a mastodon. Pleistocene megafauna. Extinct for more than 10,000 years. It's at the Tualatin Public Library.

And on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 7 PM, Dr. John George (who dug up the fossil while he was a student at PSU), and Dan Gilmour (current graduate student writing his thesis on the mastodon fossil) will be speaking on Tu Tu Tuala, the 5-ton female Tualatin Mastodon.

It's fitting that the presentation happen at the library, as the fossil was excavated right across the street in what is now a parking lot.

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

8/21: Spanish pajama party at Cornelius

pajama party at the library!
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Cornelius Public Library will be hosting a spanish language pajama party on Friday August 21st, from 7-8 PM. Bring your stuffed friends — cookies and milk will be served along with bedtime stories and familiar songs en español.

¡Tendremos una hora de cuentos en pijamas en la biblioteca!

Venga en su pijama y disfrute historias para dormir y canciones en la biblioteca de Cornelius. ¡Tendremos a una invitada especial! ¡Su oso de peluche también es bienvenido!

Habrá galletas y leche.

Viernes, 21 de agosto 2009

7:00 PM a 8:00 PM

En la Biblioteca Pública de Cornelius

Para más información llame al 503-992-5384

Cornelius Public Library is located at 1355 N Barlow Street, just north of Hwy 8 off 13th Ave.

8/23: Holocaust survivor speaks at Hillsboro

Hillsboro Main Library is pleased to present a talk by Auschwitz survivor Helen Handler, Sunday, August 23rd at 2:00 p.m.

At age 16, Helen Handler was deported, with her family, from Hungary and deposited on the Auschwitz-Birkenau train platform. They were then separated. She never saw them again, never to learn how they died or where they were buried.

Handler survived Auschwitz, then another concentration camp, and in the last days of WWII, a death march, and being closed with one thousand others in a huge barn. Only 30 survived.

Over the next five years, she went from country to country and hospital to hospital. For two years she couldn't even sit up. Eventually, she ended up in United States.

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

8/17-21 Beaverton offers World Language Storytimes

Beaverton City Library

The Beaverton City Library will host World Language Storytimes this week, August 17 through August 21. This program takes place at 10:30 AM in the Storytime Room and is for all ages. Storytimes will be presented in several different languages:

  • Monday, August 17, 2009 - Stories in Japanese

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - Stories in French

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - Stories in Hindi

  • Thursday, August 20, 2009 - Stories in German

  • Friday, August 21, 2009 - Stories in Mandarin Chinese

Beaverton City Library is located at 12375 SW Fifth St. in Beaverton.

Originally posted 8/14/2009.

8/24-28 OCAC library's student orientation hours

Oregon College of Art & CraftThe Oregon College of Art and Craft's library will be open from 9 AM – 5 PM on Monday 8/24 and Tuesday 8/25.

However, the rest of the week the library will be closed due to student orientation on campus.

This should not affect holds processing, as materials will still be routed and processed as normal.

Tigard Library Birthday Bash!

Tigard Library Celebrates Five Years at New Location

Time flies at the Tigard Public Library. The Library will throw a birthday party on Saturday, August 22, from noon to 4 p.m. to celebrate its fifth year in the current building.

Entertainment will include retro music, juggling, kids' crafts, balloons, tours, prize drawings and refreshments. For more information, see Tigard Public Library's page at City of Tigard's website.

This party is funded entirely by the Friends of the Tigard Library and the Tigard Library Foundation.

8/16: No WCCLS maintenance

photo, maintenance news, by psd or Paul Downey
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In spite of what we said earlier, WCCLS will be online after 6:15 PM on Sunday, August 16, 2009.

But what does this mean to you? All access to WCCLS online services, such as the website, the catalog, Library2Go, and electronic databases will be available.

You will be able to renew items, put materials on hold, or find books, CDs or DVDs in our catalog.

We thank you in advance for your patience and consideration.

Reposted 8/14/2009