Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Libraries Closed Due to Weather

On Tuesday, 11/23:

Banks Public Library

Late Openings:
Hillsboro Main Library and Shute Park Branch Library will open at 12:00 pm.

Closing Early:
North Plains Public Library will close at 5pm today.

Monday, November 22, 2010

12/4 Garden Home Library Annual Holiday Used Books and Media Sale

Garden Home Community Library is holding their Annual Holiday Used Books and Media Sale on Saturday December 4 from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m, in conjunction with the Garden Home Community Center Holiday Bazaar.

The sale will take place at 7475 SW Oleson Rd (at the corner of Oleson & Garden Home Road).

Library patrons have been generous with their recycled books and we have great choices for holiday purchases. Save money and treat yourself and others to some great winter reading. Hundreds of books include offerings for children, youth, cooking, diet, exercise, biography, history, fiction, crime, politics, economics, math/science, and do-it-yourself.

The bargains abound with hardback books, CDs, and DVDs for $1 and paperbacks at $.50. 2011 Entertainment books are also available for $25.

All proceeds benefit the Garden Home Community Library, located at the sale site, 7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223. For further information, please call 503-245-9932 or visit www.wccls.org.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Weekend Winter Weather Advisory

Stock up on hot chocolate. This weekend's weather news from the Office of Consolidated Emergency Management (OCEM), Washington County:
The forecast for late this week and early next week calls for the coldest weather of the season so far...

Snowfall should remain above 1,500’ – 2,000’ through Sunday. The greater Portland Metropolitan area could see snowfall near the surface during periods of heavier showers.

Late in the weekend and early next week we may see more significant cold air move into the area. If this arctic air materializes it could bring overnight temperatures down into the 20’s in the valleys. If any moisture is available this means we could also see some snow down to the valley floors by early next week.

A lot of details are still "up in the air". Nonetheless, it’s probably time to start winterizing outdoor faucets and cover up the foundation vents.
Good idea. OregonLive.com has a "Winterize your home" checklist, and the Oregon Human Society has advice on winterizing your pet.

NWCN.com has tips on winterizing your car, but everyone will tell you that if you don't have to go out, don't. If you do, here are links to weather and road reports:

Watch WCCLS News & Events for library closures due to weather. But even if it looks like your library is open, it might be closing early, so call first before making the trip.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Friends of the Forest Grove Library Used Book Sale, 11/15-20

The Friends of the Forest Grove Library will hold their Fall used books sale at the Rogers Room in the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave., November 15-20.

A Friends members-only pre-sale will be held on Monday, November 15 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friends memberships may be purchased at the door: $5 for individuals and $10 for families.

On Tuesday, November 16 and Wednesday, November 17, the sale will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Prices at the sale are $2 each for hardbound books and $1 each for paperbacks. DVDs and CDs, LPs and books on tape are $1. On Saturday, November 15, shoppers can fill grocery bags with sale books and pay just $5 per bag.

Library supporters are encouraged to bring donations of serviceable books (no magazines, please) to the library.

All proceeds of the sale will be used for the benefit of the Forest Grove City Library.

Friends of the Forest Grove Library was established in 1973. The organization supports library programs for children and adults, provides volunteer help for library projects and purchases equipment for the library.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

11/8: Energy Efficiency Workshop @ Shute Park Library

Free energy savings workshop for Hillsboro residential customers.

Portland General Electric and the Energy Trust of Oregon is presenting a free energy efficiency workshop for Hillsboro residential customers. Participants will receive a free copy of the book Cut Your Energy Bills Now and a kit for home energy efficiency, which includes compact fluorescent light bulbs, one high-performance showerhead, and simple tips for saving energy.

You’ll learn about:

• The most cost-effective improvements

• How a whole-home approach will boost your savings

• Qualifying for cash incentives and tax credits that make upgrades affordable

• No-cost and low-cost projects you can do yourself

Monday, November 8, 2010, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Shute Park Branch Library, 775 SE Tenth Ave. in Hillsboro.

Participation is limited to 20 people and registration is required.
Register online
Register by phone: 866-365-3526, option 8
Register by email: homestraining@energytrust.org

Local Libraries Appreciate Community Support

On Tuesday, November 2nd, Washington County voters approved the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) library operating levy. Unofficial returns as of November 3 gave the levy a 66% approval. With just over 175,000 votes cast, the library community is delighted with this show of support from Washington County voters. According to Eva Calcagno, Director of the Cooperative Library Services, "we recognize that voters were faced with multiple funding measures and we truly appreciate their willingness to reinvest in libraries".

Following the election returns Calcagno remarked,
The passage of the library levy is a fabulous affirmation from voters that they are pleased with library service and believe that public libraries are vital to our communities. The American Library Association President refers to public libraries as 'first responders' in an economic crisis - providing the tools to help people find jobs, further their education, and support free, family entertainment. We feel very fortunate that in the current economy we have been entrusted with continued financial support for the next 5 years so that we can continue the services and programs our patrons rely on.
The renewal of the local option levy, Measure 34-180, means that funding from the approved levy will continue countywide operating support at the same rate of 17¢ per $1,000 of assessed value for the next five years, beginning July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2016.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

12/4: Tualatin Library Annual Holiday Used Book & Media Sale

In consideration of the tight economy, the community is invited to stretch their book budget even further by visiting the Friends of the Tualatin Public Library annual Holiday Used Book & Media Sale on Saturday, December 4, 10am-4pm. The sale will be held at Haggen Food and Pharmacy located at 8515 SW Tualatin Sherwood # A, Tualatin, OR 97063.

To kick-off the annual sale, there will be a special Preview Sale for Friends of the Library only from 9am-10am. Friends memberships will be available at the door.

"In addition to saving money by buying used books, our Used Book Sale customers are making a positive contribution to 'reduce, reuse, recycle' by lengthening the lifespan of books that might otherwise be discarded," said Tualatin Public Library Program Specialist Julie Wickman. "Repurposing books through the sale is another way to recycle these materials."

The Friends have been sorting items all year long and have put together an impressive selection of hand-sorted books & media that will be available for purchase at bargain prices. Take advantage of this opportunity to save money and get some of your holiday shopping done at the same time!

The Friends of the Tualatin Public Library are a nonprofit organization made up of members and volunteers who love the library! They are dedicated to promoting the Tualatin Public Library so the community can better enjoy the many benefits and resources.

For more information, or to join the Friends of the Tualatin Public Library before the sale, visit www.tualatinfriends.org, or call the library at 503.691.3074.

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