Friday, April 30, 2010

5/18: Attention Tualatin City Residents

photo, Tualatin Public LibraryBallots are in the mail for the upcoming May 18th election. One of the items on the ballot is Measure 34-177 which is titled “Annexation into the Library District of Clackamas County”. The measure only affects Tualatin’s Clackamas County residents; however, all voters in the City of Tualatin can vote on the issue.

More information about Measure 34-177 can be found on the Tualatin City website:

Voters can drop off their ballot inside the Tualatin City Library or in the white mailbox outside Tualatin City Council Chambers. Questions about the measure or any Tualatin City Library topic can be directed to the Library Director, Abigail Elder at 503-691-3074.

Teen Health & Wellness speaks your Language.

photo, Teen Team 2008 by McCracken County Public LibraryTeens need someone to speak their language, and Teen Health & Wellness does just that.

You can instantly translate any article into 50 languages, such as Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese, Yiddish, and more. Every article in the database includes a Translation Widget in the upper right corner, which is right next to the Bookmark & Share Widget. The Bookmark & Share Widget allows you to do just that—bookmark in Delicious or share in Facebook, Twitter, Digg or just about any other popular social service.

Access Teen Health & Wellness with your WCCLS library card at

Thursday, April 29, 2010

5/16: Meet Adventure Dad Joe Kurmanskie

Joe Kurmaskie and two of his sonsHillsboro Main Library is pleased to present author and adventurer Joe Kurmaskie, Sunday, May 16 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Bestselling author, performer, journalist, educator, and “Adventure Dad” Joe Kurmanskie has been addicted to the intoxicating freedom and power of the bicycle since age five when he borrowed his sister's banana-seat. That first exhilarating ride set in motion a lifelong love affair with the road and the wheel.

Fresh from a summer of cycling five African countries, Joe will offer up some tales and images from an epic that covered 100 kilometers of bush country—Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Malawi and Mozambique.

Joe is author of Metal Cowboy and Mud, Sweat and Gears. He’s been a contributing writer to Bicycling Magazine, Details, Men's Journal and worked as an editor for five years at an AP newspaper.

He’s the star of Discovery Channels new “Adventure Dad” upcoming TV series and lives in Portland Oregon with his wife Beth and three boys.

Hillsboro Main Library is located at 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway.

OCAC switches to Summer Schedule 5/11

photo, people in the Oregon College of Art LibraryThe Oregon College of Art & Craft is primarily a college, and its hours reflect that.

The OCAC library will be closed Sunday May 9th and will be returning to its Summer Hours schedule (Tues – Thurs, 12-3pm), beginning the following Tuesday (May 11th).

The OCAC library won’t be returning to its regularly scheduled hours until classes begin again after Labor Day.

If you request OCAC books, CDs and DVDs, be aware that they only will be processing materials and receiving courier service on the days they are open (Tues – Thurs). Thus, any requests for OCAC materials over the summer may be significantly delayed. Thanks!

The OCAC library is located at 8245 SW Barnes Road.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Symphony Storytimes to Debut at the Hillsboro Main Library in May

photo, Two Star Symphony by Ed Schipul The Oregon Symphony will bring their innovative Symphony Storytimes series for preschoolers to the Hillsboro Main Library every Wednesday morning in May at 10:15 a.m.

Hillsboro librarians are eager to see familiar faces light up when the music begins at the Main Library on Wednesday, May 5.

In each interactive session, a symphony musician will introduce children to an instrument in one of the four families of musical instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Hillsboro Youth Services librarians Kay Carman and Laurie Kramer will read specially chosen stories while accompanied by live music that enhances and deepens the storytelling experience.

After storytime, children will be able to make their own instruments and enjoy an instrument “petting zoo.”

Symphony Storytimes at the Main Library (2850 NE Brookwood Parkway) will be free and seating will be on a first come first served basis.

Wednesday, May 5 will feature the cello, May 12 the clarinet, May 19 French horn, and May 26 various percussion instruments.

Free bookmarks with suggested reading and recommended CD's featuring the Symphony Storytime instruments will be available at each session.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

5/8: Celebrate with the Birds at Hillsboro Main

photo, Bird on a Wire by John 'K'Celebrate with the Birds at Hillsboro Main Library, Saturday, May 8 at 2:30 p.m.

Eat like a bird using your beak, see nests and eggs close up, touch feathers and bones and learn about bird habitats and behavior.

Experts from the Jackson Bottom Wetlands will provide plenty of information and hands on fun for children ages 5 to 12.

After the program, everyone's invited to go on a bird tour of the library's "back yard."

Hillsboro Main Library is located at 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway.

5/6: Cornelius Book Sale

Cornelius Public LibraryBooklovers, mark your calendars! The Friends of Cornelius Public Library's next sale is Thursday, May 6th, 9am until 8pm in the the City Council Chambers, 1310 N. Adair St.

There will have books, puzzles, audio books, music, video tapes and DVD's! This year there is a great collection of children's hardback books!

Don't miss this book sale with lots of extras! All proceeds go to the Friends in support of Cornelius Public Library activities.

Contact the Cornelius Public Library for more information at or 503-357-4093.

The Catalog is back, and better than ever!

Thanks for your patience. The upgrade is now completed!

The upgrade was for our catalog software. We hope you'll enjoy the new features.

Once again, you can peruse books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs to your hearts delight. With an active library card, you’ll be able to put titles on hold, renew some titles you already have, and check out your library account.

If you’d like to learn how to use all of the awesome power of the new catalog, we have some resources for you:

Friday, April 16, 2010

4/30-5/9: Hillsboro Main hosts book sale

photo, Hillsboro Main LibraryHillsboro Main Library is hosting its Friends of the Library Used Book Sale starting April 30.

You’ll find kids books, cookbooks, mysteries, fiction, nonfiction, reference, large print, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs—even videos and LPs at the sale.

Come in any time during library open hours and browse.

Hillsboro Main Library is located at 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, north of Cornell & south of Evergreen, in Hillsboro

6/3: Tigard Public Library Will Close Thursday Mornings

photo, Tigard Public LibraryBeginning Thursday, June 3, the Tigard Public Library will open at 1 p.m. on Thursdays as a result of service and personnel reductions throughout the City of Tigard. All other Library hours will remain the same.

Library Hours as of Thursday June 3, 2010

SundayNoon–6 PM
Monday–Wednesday10 AM–9 PM
Thursday1–9 PM
Friday10 AM–9 PM
Saturday10 AM–6 PM
Closing the library one morning a week is one of several actions the City has taken to shore up its budget as a result of the lagging economy. With this closure, the Library will be open 66 hours per week.

“Along with other City departments, the Library will be operating on a reduced budget next year,” said Margaret Barnes, director of library services.

“Although we will have fewer staff, our goal is to provide the same kind of competent, caring service that Tigard residents have come to expect. We hope the public will continue to support the Library and appreciate their understanding during these tight economic times.”

The Tigard Public Library is located at 13500 SW Hall Blvd in Tigard.

Monday, April 12, 2010

New hours at North Plains May 1st

photo, North Plains Public Library
North Plains Public Library will be changing its hours starting Saturday, May 1st.

The new hours will be:
Monday–Wednesday11 AM–7 PM
Thursday–Saturday11 AM–5 PM

North Plains Public Library is located at 31334 NW Commercial St. in downtown North Plains.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

4/20-21: Library Closures at Cornelius & West Slope

Cornelius Public LibraryThe Cornelius Public Library (1355 N Barlow Street, Cornelius) will be closed all day on Tuesday, April 20 and Wednesday, April 21, for interior painting and software upgrades. The library will re-open for regular hours at 10 AM on Thursday, April 22.

West Slope Community LibraryThe West Slope Community Library (3678 SW 78th Avenue, Portland) will be closed Tuesday, April 20, for staff development. The library will re-open Wednesday, April 21 at 9:30 AM for regular business hours.

4/27: Digital Photography Basics at Cornelius

photo, Love those Hello Kitty earrings, by Jean-François ChénierCornelius Public Library asks:
  • Want to take better pictures?
  • Learn all those crazy new features?
  • Ask an expert about digital photography?
If you said yes, then come to a bilingual introduction to digital photography, Tuesday April 27 at 5:30 PM, at Cornelius Public Library.

You can get some helpful hints for using your digital camera in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring your camera and your sense of humor!

Cornelius Public Library is located at 1355 N. Barlow St. (next to the Fire Station) in Cornelius.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Featured Resource - Biography Resource Center

Featured Resource — Biography Resource Center

photo, New! Biographies! by K Covs

Search for people — live or dead, current or historic, from all eras and fields of endeavor — by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as keyword and full text.

Artists, religious leaders, newsmakers and scientists are among the biographies found in this service. Get articles from respected reference sources as well as articles from hundreds of magazines and newspapers and tens of thousands of images and links to vetted websites. For all ages.

Check out Biography Resource Center with your WCCLS library card handy.