Monday, August 30, 2010

Oregon College of Art and Craft's Fall Hours begin today

Oregon College of Art and CraftThe Oregon College of Art and Craft Library is shifting to its fall schedule today. The regular hours are similar to past hours, but the library will be no longer be open on Sundays.

Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Saturday 12 noon – 5 PM
The OCAC Library is located at 8245 SW Barnes Road.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Cornelius Friends of the Library Receive a Grant from Wal-Mart

Cornelius Public LibraryThe Friends of the Cornelius Public Library recently received a $5,000 grant from the local Wal-mart.

The grant will buy a self-checkout machine for the Cornelius Public Library. The self-checkout will make library operations more efficient.

This year the library served over 60,000 people, a 35% increase over the previous year. In addition, 92,000 books and other library materials were checked out.

"We had to reduce part-time staff budget by 50% this year and we expect to be just as busy as last," reports Director Karen Hill. "Our priority right now is keeping our library open every day, 57 hours a week."

The Friends of the Library raise money to buy equipment and provide programs the library would not otherwise be able to afford.

The self-checkout machine will help the library keep up with the increasing demand of library materials and services. The machines are extremely popular and reduce staff needed for the most common and simple transactions, allowing them to perform other duties like outreach and in-depth reference assistance.

Children especially love the self-checkout, because they can zap their cards and books by themselves. The self-service options free up library staff to help patrons who need personal service. "The self-check allows us to better serve our customers. Really, everyone will benefit with this investment."

Wal-mart offered several community grants as part of their grand opening celebration in Cornelius. They also contributed $2,000 over the last 2 years to the Children's Day celebration sponsored by the Cornelius Library and Centro Cultural every April.

The Cornelius Friends of the Library and the Library itself have been recipients of several large grants this year including the Oregon International Airshow for $1,500; the Spirit Mountain Community Fund for $3,000; The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for $5,850; the Fred Meyer Fund for $7,250 and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for $45,000.

WCCLS will be at Concerts on the Commons in Tualatin tonight

Would the sweet Cuban salsa sounds of Aquamiel be a good way to begin your weekend?

Tonight is the last Concert on the Commons for 2010, and Portland's salsa-timba band, Aquamiel, will be providing the entertainment. The festivities begin at 5, and the show begins at 6:30.

WCCLS will be there to provide information about our libraries, services and the upcoming levy renewal.

Concerts on the Commons are held on the plaza near the lake at Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

All WCCLS Libraries closed for Monday 9/6, Labor Day

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That's right. Labor Day is a U.S. federal holiday, observed this year on Monday, September 6.

All WCCLS Libraries will be closed for the holiday.

We resume normal library hours on Tuesday, September 7.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Victor Kits @ Your Library

A new resource for people living with cancer, mental illness, Alzheimer’s, autism, difficult teens, or other challenging life circumstances, is now available through Washington County Cooperative Library Services member libraries. Victor Kits are small collections of books and DVDs with notebooks containing web resources for inspiration and connection, and guest books for users to share their feelings and insights with others. The films and books were chosen to encourage users to reflect on their own experiences through a different lens, and find hope, humor, meaning, or simply respite, in the stories of others. Films are feature films which are life-affirming and engaging fictional explorations, or documentaries which examine the experiences of real people confronting medical or personal challenges. The books are memoirs, or informational books with an emphasis on case studies of real people. The notebooks contain some factual information, short lists of websites and resources for inspiration and connection, and a guest book.

“The guest book idea is a new one for libraries. It was inspired by my sister-in-law who enjoys staying in B & Bs and writing in the guest books she finds there,” said Forest Grove librarian, Linda Taylor, who developed and donated the Victor Kits for area libraries as a tribute to her brother, Victor, who died of prostate cancer last fall. “The Kits are not for the newly diagnosed, but for the many of us who are living with daunting personal challenges and want to feel less alone and isolated. The dictionary defines “victor” as ”the winner in a fight, battle, contest or struggle.” Taylor adds, “There is more than one way for us to be winners.”

Taylor makes it clear that these kits are not for the newly diagnosed or a substitute for medical care and advice from doctors or mental health professionals. “Treatment options need to be discussed with the experts. These kits are for when you are past the stage of needing just information, and are looking for the lemonade in your pain.”

There are currently nines themes available for Victor Kits: Living With Mental Illness, Living With Death and Dying, Living With Cancer, Living With Breast Cancer, Living With Depression, Living With Postpartum Issues, Parenting Difficult Teens, Parenting Children With Autism or Asperger’s, and Living With Alzheimer’s. The final kit, Living With Cancer #2 will be available in the near future. They can be reserved by phone, in person, or through the library website by searching for ‘victor kit’ at Tuality Health Resource Center and WCCLS Homebound Services have collaborated on the project, and have copies of the kits. Kits are also available at Beaverton City Library and Forest Grove City Library, but can be sent to any library by request.

Contact: Linda Stiles Taylor
Librarian, Forest Grove City Library
Direct: 503-992-3247
Voice Mail: 503-992-3245

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Featured Resource — World Book Encyclopedia

The World Book Encyclopedia has been published since 1917, and it is well known for its accuracy, objectivity, and reliability. You probably used World Book as a student. Remember? Now World book Encyclopedia is available to you and your family members online in 5 different versions to meet your various needs. Using your library card, login to one or more of the following to enhance your research.

  • World Book Discover
    Multimedia reference with text-to-speech capabilities, automated translation into 14 languages, life skills activities, and more for older students reading below grade level.

  • World Book Online For Kids
    For young public library patrons. Offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities.

  • World Book Online Info Finder
    Contains content and features designed for school-aged patrons' homework and research needs.

  • World Book Online Reference Center
    For advanced researchers and information seekers. Features thousands of e-books, tens of thousands of articles, and hundreds of thousands of primary source documents and features developed especially for public library patrons

  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
    Spanish language version for elementary and middle grades, or beginning Spanish students.