Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Oregon Book Awards honor 6 authors' books available at WCCLS libraries

The Oregon Book Awards took place last night, and the Oregonian has a nice article about the authors and their books. Poets and Authors also has more details.

We're pleased to mention that Washington County libraries have all six of the Oregon Book Award winners books.

cover, ConvictionsCreative Nonfiction:
Convictions: A Prosecutor's Battle Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves, by John Kroger (the Oregon attorney general).

cover, Hiding ManGeneral Nonfiction:
Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme, by Tracy Daugherty.

cover, LivabilityFiction:
Livability, by Jon Raymond of Portland.

cover, IQ Book OneYoung Adult Literature:
I.Q. Book One: Independence Hall, by Roland Smith of Wilsonville.

cover, All-American PoemPoetry:
All-American Poem, by Matthew Dickman of Portland.

cover, Keep OnChildren's Literature:
Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole, by Deborah Hopkinson of West Linn.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

TumbleBook Library - fun reads & an early literacy tool

cover, a TumbleBook called 'For Just One Day'The TumbleBook Library is now available from WCCLS.

What exactly is a TumbleBook, you might ask. A TumbleBook is an eBook for prereaders and readers. They combine clear story telling with just the right amount of visual movement to enhance the overall story experience — like a story time with a little something extra. And, TumbleBooks are available in English, French and Spanish.

Each story gives you the running time of the story, as well as the reading level. When you're in the story, the text is highlighted while it's being narrated so readers can follow along. Pages turn automatically — or you can read at your own speed. You can turn off the narration, too.

While TumbleBooks are a great early literacy tool, they are awesome and fun, especially when parents and teachers are involved with the process.

To use the TumbleBook Library, just have your WCCLS library card handy.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

12/7-12 Food for Fines!

Two of the WCCLS libraries are participating in Food for Fines Week this year, each with its own twist.

Sherwood Public Library

The Sherwood Public Library is partnering with Sherwood's Helping Hands to bring you another “Food for Fines” week. This year it will be Monday, December 7 through Sunday, December 13.

Fines on library accounts may be paid with donations of non-perishable food items. Each food item accepted is equal to one dollar of overdue/late fees. However, food will not be accepted as payment for replacement charges for lost or damaged items. All donations go to Sherwood's Helping Hands program for use in making holiday baskets and other offerings for local families in need.

Questions? Ask at the Circulation Desk or call 503-625-6688.

Sherwood Public Library is located at 22560 SW Pine Street in downtown Sherwood.

Tigard Public Library

Tigard Public Library asks, do you have overdue library fines? Reduce or eliminate them while helping those in need.

The Tigard Public Library will hold its second Food-for-Fines drive Sunday, December 6 through Saturday, December 12. Food collected will be donated to a Tigard food pantry to be distributed to local families in need.

Every two non-perishable food items donated will equal $1 in fines. A maximum of $10 per account may be waived with food donations, but patrons may contribute as many food items as they wish. The Library will also accept cash donations to the food pantry. Donated food will be used only toward payment of fines—not for damaged or lost items or accounts that have been sent to collections.

Acceptable donations include: Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon), canned and box meals (chili, soup, macaroni and cheese, etc.), peanut butter, pasta, rice, cereal, canned fruits and 100% fruit juice.

Please, no unlabeled or rusty cans, homemade, perishable or open items.

Questions? Call 503-684-6537.

Tigard Public Library is located at 13500 SW Hall Blvd, north of Bonita Rd.

12/12: Hillsboro Book Release Party at Hillsboro

Meet the authors of a new pictorial history book about Hillsboro! Join local authors Debbie Raber and Kimberli Fizgerald for a book signing event at the Hillsboro Main Library on Saturday, December 12, at 1 PM. The authors will share information about their new book Hillsboro — a recent addition to Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series.

Kimberli Fitzgerald, a preservation planner and consultant and Debbie Raber, a project manager for the City of Hillsboro Planning Department, are both longtime Hillsboro residents who assembled the book. With the help of the Hillsboro Historic Landmarks Advisory Committee, the authors selected vintage images provided by Hillsboro residents and the Washington County Museum to include in the book.

Copies of Hillsboro will be on sale at the event with proceeds going to the Hillsboro Downtown Business Association (HDBA) to help support Main Street preservation programs. The book may also be purchased from the HDBA, or at local retailers. Royalties will be donated to the city for historic preservation.

In addition to the several copies of Hillsboro that the library has purchased, the library has other local history resources including the Hillsboro Argus from its first issue in 1894 to the present. An accompanying obituary index covering one hundred years is unique in Washington County. A one hundred year history of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, 43 years of Hillsboro High yearbooks, the Index of Oregon Land Claims, and Sandborn maps can all be found at the Main Library.

Hillsboro Main Library is located at 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, just north of Airport Rd.

12/4 Garden Home closed; 12/5 Annual Book Sale

The Garden Home Community Library & the Recreation Center will be closed on Friday, December 4 to get ready for the annual Bazaar and Booksale.

On Saturday, December 5, the Garden Home Recreation Center will be hosting its annual Holiday Bazaar with pancake breakfast, music and over 100 vendors (plus the passport program)!

Meanwhile, the Garden Home Library be holding its annual used book sale from 9:00 AM to 3 PM. They have hundreds of books, plus CDs and DVDs, Entertainment books and canvas bags.

Garden Home Community Library is located at 7475 SW Oleson Road, just north of Garden Home Road.

11/19: New Moon Over Bethany

cover, New MoonSo you think you know everything about New Moon by Stephenie Meyer?

Are you ready for the next installment of the Twilight Saga in theaters on November 20th?

Come to our special New Moon event near our Bethany Branch library at the Terrace Plaza Community Center on November 19th from 6-8 PM.

Try your hand at the New Moon trivia game and see if you can win a prize.

Play Wii baseball with the characters from Twilight or play the werewolf game if you're more of a Jacob fan.

For more info call 503-617-7323 and we’ll see you on the 19th.

Terrace Plaza Community Center is located at 15220NW Laidlaw Rd. Teens & Tweens only (grades 6–12) event.

Sunday 12/6: Prehistoric Man in Southeastern Oregon

photo, Dr. Dennis JenkinsHillsboro Main Library is presenting Dr. Dennis Jenkins, senior staff Archaeologist of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon, at 2:00 PM on Sunday, 12/6.

Dr Jenkins will explore the processes and results of archaeological and paleogenetic investigations at the Paisley Caves, near the Summer Lake Basin in south-central Oregon. He will provide the most up-to-date evidence for the association of humans and Pleistocene animals in Oregon's high desert country more than 14,000 years ago.

Radiocarbon dating of camel and horse bones, bone and wood tools, and dried human feces containing Native American DNA to the same age of roughly 14,300 years ago indicates that people lived in the caves and may have hunted camels, llamas, horses, and bison in central Oregon at the end of the ice age.

This colorful slide show takes the audience through the scientific processes employed in proving that this was the case.

Hillsboro Main Library is located at 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, just south of Dawson Creek Dr.

12/4: Friday night movie, 300, at Hillsboro Main

Hillsboro Main Library is presenting the film 300 on Friday, December 4th at 7:00 PM

A small band of Spartans make a heroic defense of Greece against the invading Persian Army in 480 BC.

After the film, there will be a discussion of the historical accuracy of the movie compared to the ancient sources.

Hillsboro Main Library is located at 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, just south of Dawson Creek Dr.

OCAC closed over most of the Thanksgiving week

photo, The Oregon College of Art and CraftThe Oregon College of Art and Craft Library will be closed Wednesday 11/25th, Thursday 11/26th, Friday 11/27th, and Sunday 11/29th, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

They will be open to students and instructors on Saturday, 11/28.

Thanks for your understanding and Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Weekend Library Schedules

Thanksgiving weekend schedules for WCCLS Libraries
Wednesday, November 25
Libraries closing early
  • Beaverton City Library closes early at 5 PM (10 AM–5 PM)
  • Hillsboro Main Library closes early at 6 PM
  • Hillsboro Shute Park closes early at 6 pm
  • Sherwood Public Library closes early at 6 PM (10 AM–6 PM)
  • Tualatin Public Library closes early at 6 PM (10 AM–6 PM)
  • Tuality Health Resource Center closes early at 3 PM (11 AM–3 PM)
All other libraries open regular hours.

Thursday, November 26 - All libraries are closed

Friday, November 27
  • Banks
  • Beaverton
  • Cornelius
  • Forest Grove
  • North Plains
  • Sherwood
  • Tuality Health Resource Center

open late
  • Garden Home Community Library opens at 10:00 AM (to 3:00 PM)

Saturday, November 28
  • Forest Grove City Library
Sunday, November 29
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft

Turkey hotlines

Ian Crowther's Turkey Much Information
Creative Commons!
Need some cooking help for Thanksgiving?

Trying to figure out whether the turkey's actually done? Or what to do when it catches fire? We have a few toll-free phone numbers you might want to keep handy.

OSU Extension Service's Food Safety Hotline
open: Tuesday, 11/24 and Wednesday, 11/25 from 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline
open: Weekdays, 7:00 AM–1:00 PM
Thanksgiving Day, 5:00–11:00 AM

Butterball Turkey-Talk Hotline
open: everyday (in November & December), 6:00 AM–6:00 PM
¡y en español!

12/3: ¡Amo Leer! I Love Books! at Cornelius

Cornelius Public Library has added 700 Spanish and bilingual children's books to their collection. Please come help them celebrate!

Martes, 8 de Dic, 6pm
Celebre una Gran adición de 700 libros en Español y bilingües para niños!
¡Premios! ¡Refrigerios!

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 6pm
Celebrate an amazing addition of 700 Spanish and bilingual children’s books!
Prizes! Refreshments!
Cha Cha the Clown!

Cornelius Public Library
1355 N. Barlow St., Cornelius.
(503) 357-4093

Featured Database — Culinary Arts Collection

photo, Pinoy feast by VannaGocaraRupa/Guido G
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Indulge yourself and your loved ones with new recipes from some of the country's best food industry and nutrition magazines including Bon Appetit, Real Simple, Sunset, Redbook, Essence, Good Housekeeping, and Vegetarian Times. The Culinary Arts Collection presents general interest magazines, academic and trade journals, books, and news about food, entertaining, and wine.

A search on Thanksgiving recipes brings up lots of recipes and ideas for holiday celebrations.

Check out the Culinary Arts Collection with your WCCLS library card handy.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

H1N1 Flu information / información acerca de la Gripe Pandémica H1N1

animated cartoon, sneeze into a hankie, or into your sleeve, or wear a surgical mask
Cover your Cough!
thanks to the Minnesota Department of Health

Oregon Department of Human Services has established a central Web site for Oregonians related to the H1N1 flu:

Entitled Influenza in Oregon, the web site has current news and press releases. You'll also find information for providers, employers, parents and the general public.

Washington County Health & Human Services also has information on H1N1 Flu.

Hay los hechos acerca de la gripe H1N1 en español (PDF).

11/1: WCCLS scheduled maintenance

photo, maintenance news, by psd or Paul Downey
Creative Commons!

WCCLS will be unavailable on the evening of Sunday, November 1. This scheduled maintenance begins at 6:15pm, and all items on our servers will be down until about 6 am.

You will still be able to download audiobooks and video via Library2Go and ask questions online.

You won't, however, be able to search for materials, place them on hold, renew them, or check your account, nor will you be able to access our Online Resources during that time.

We're sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

Spooky halloween activities at Cornelius!

photo, Halloween by Fabio Venni
Creative Commons!
Celebrate October at the Cornelius Public Library with fun family activities!

Friday, October 16, 4–6pm - Pumpkin decorating
Create & take home a spirited mini pumpkin! All supplies provided to first 50 participants.

Friday, October 30, 7–8pm - Scary story time
Enjoy a bilingual presentation of child–friendly scary stories & songs. Wear costumes & stay for treats!

Celebre el mes de octubre en la biblioteca pública de Cornelius con ¡actividades para toda la familia!

Viernes 16 de octubre, 4–6pm - Decore una calabaza
¡Decore y llévese a casa una calabacita! Calabacitas y materiales para los primeros 50 participantes.

Viernes 30 de octubre, 7–8pm - Cuentos de espantos
Disfrute una presentación bilingüe de cuentos y canciones de espantos para niños. ¡Venga en su disfraz y tendremos refrigerios!

Cornelius Public Library
1355 N. Barlow St. 503–357–4093

11/14: Garden Home NOT closed for building maintenance

photo, Garden Home LibraryGarden Home Community Library will not be closed this Saturday, November 14, for building maintenance.

The building maintenance has been rescheduled. We'll be there from 9am until 3pm on Saturday at 7475 SW Oleson Road, just north of Garden Home Road.

Veteran's Day closures... and openings

photo, Veteran's Day Parade by Marques Stewart
Creative Commons!
Wednesday, November 11 is Veteran's Day. Many city and county offices are closed on 11/11.

These libraries will be open Wednesday, November 11.These libraries will be closed on Wednesday, November 11.
  • Banks Public Library
  • Beaverton City Library
  • Cedar Mill Community Library
  • Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Hillsboro Main Library
  • Hillsboro Shute Park Branch
  • Homebound Services
  • North Plains Public Library
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • West Slope Community Library

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

OSU Extension climate change series in Hillsboro

OSU Extension is offering free, public seminars focusing on aspects of climate change. The speakers are experts in their fields.

The series takes place at the Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building, 155 N 1st, Hillsboro in the Shirley Huffman Auditorium. Enter through doors at the rear of the building.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 — 7–8:30 pm.
Linking population growth, development and global warming
Derric Jacobs, Ph.D. Candidate, OSU

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 — 7–8:30 pm.
Climate Models and Predicting the Future
Karen Shell, Ph.D., OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 — 7–8:30 pm.
Humidity and seasonality of influenza
Jeffrey Shaman, Ph.D., OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences

For more information contact the OSU Extension service at (503) 821-1150 or see http://extension.oregonstate.edu/washington/ for a complete flyer.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October Early Literacy Workshops for Parents at Cedar Mill & Bethany

Wanna get your kids ready to read? They need more than the ABCs.

Getting your kids ready to read is also known as early literacy. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they learn to read and write.

October is Early Literacy Month at Cedar Mill Community Library and Cedar Mill Bethany. They are offering early literacy workshops for parents of children younger than five years old.

The workshops will focus on the six early literacy skills that are vital for kids before they learn to read. They will include current research on the brain, tips for sharing and choosing books for little ones, activities to help develop the six literacy skills, information packets, and most of all, how to keep this fun for both you and your kids.Workshops are for adults only. No registration required. For more information, call the Youth Services Desk 503-644-0043 ext 112.

Cedar Mill Library @ Bethany is offering a Playful Early Literacy Class for Parents of children 0-5 years. Learn 25 fun things you and your child can do throughout the day that support pre-reading skills. Workshop is for adults only. No registration required.

Birth to Five-year olds: Sunday, October 25, 1:00-3:00 pm - Terrace Plaza Community Room, 15220 NW Laidlaw Rd.