Sunday, October 24, 2010

Local Libraries Receive Top Ranking

Do residents in Washington County love their libraries? The answer is a resounding YES, as shown by the record-breaking 4,078,577 annual visitors to cross the threshold of the fifteen Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) member libraries between June 30, 2009 to July 1, 2010.

With over 4 million annual visitors – the WCCLS member libraries win by a long shot when compared to several other well known and beloved destinations for entertainment and education in Oregon.

By the numbers - other Oregon destinations:
  • 3 million annual visitors to Spirit Mountain Casino
  • 2 million annual visitors to Multnomah Falls
  • 1.64 million visitors to the Oregon Zoo in 2009-10
  • 1.08 million total attendance to OMSI in 2009-10
  • 800,000 season game attendees in 2009-10 for the Portland Trail Blazers

Using fiscal year 2008 data, the current issue of Library Journal ranks libraries nationwide on a number of per capita measures including circulation, program attendance, visits and Internet use. Among the top 20 in circulation per capita of all Oregon libraries are the following WCCLS member libraries:

  • #1 Cedar Mill Community Library (33.83 per capita circulation)
  • #3 Garden Home Community Library (27.87 per capita circulation)
  • #10 Tualatin Public Library (17.46 per capita circulation)
  • #11 Tigard Public Library (17.15 per capita circulation)
  • #12 Beaverton City Library (17.12 per capita circulation)
  • #16 Sherwood Public Library (15.69 per capita circulation)

And yet one more reason to love your Cedar Mill Community Library: in October, as previously reported, Oregon Business published its "2010 List of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon." Cedar Mill Community Library Association is ranked number 11.

Peter Leonard, Executive Director, comments,

“We were very pleased to see these rankings. I think they really speak to the library's unique relationship to the communities we serve. The Cedar Mill and Bethany communities have really come together around their libraries.

"While our funding comes primarily from Washington County, our locations in unincorporated areas mean that we don't have municipal tax support for capital projects or other operating needs.

"The library has to continually nurture local community involvement and volunteer effort. When you have 700 volunteers and more than 1,200 households that support the library financially every year, you have a very responsive, community-oriented library."

"Since the passage of the local option levy for countywide library services in 2006," says WCCLS Director, Eva Calcagno, "WCCLS member libraries have worked very hard to improve customer service and be responsive to patron needs. The recognition from the Library Journal and Oregon Business is a pleasant acknowledgement that library use has increased as a result.”

Washington County Ballot Drop Sites for Nov. 2, 2010 Election

Ballot drop sites open 24 hours until 8pm, November 2, 2010:

Inside drop sites available during normal business hours until 8pm, November 2, 2010:

For the statewide ballot drop site location, visit

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cedar Mill Community Library in List of 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For

The Cedar Mill Community Library Association is #11 out of 33 large nonprofits honored by Oregon Business Magazine in the article "2010 List of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon."

The selection was based on an anonymous survey of employees and an independent assessment of employment practices.

Almost 5,000 nonprofit employees from more than 150 organizations around the state participated in the second annual 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon survey.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Family Resources & Local Libraries – A Winning Combination

Storytimes for toddlers, summer reading programs for all ages, homework and research assistance for students - public library services and families have long been a winning combination.

Saturday, October 16th, 10am—2pm, Beaverton City Library will host the third annual Family Resource Fair for the community. The fair is a one-stop experience for families seeking free fun for children ages 0–11.

Beaverton City Library will gather over 30 local family-oriented organizations together to provide parents with a convenient “one-stop” event to access resources for both adults and children. A partial list includes

Event coordinator Ann Burgess, Children’s Services Librarian, says, “the annual resource fair is designed for all ages, and features family-friendly community organizations, books and activities for kids, and raffle prizes donated by Beaverton businesses. In addition, staff will be on hand to serve as interpreters for several languages frequently spoken by area residents, including Spanish. Parents of preschoolers are also encouraged to bring their children for a free vision screening".

Parents can expect to find fun activities for their kids, the opportunity to learn about an array of local services – such as home school resources, and families who visit ten or more tables will be eligible to participate in the Resource Fair Raffle!

No registration is required to attend the fair. All children attending the event must be with accompanying adult.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Featured Resource — Science Online

Chemistry Outfit, No. 1, 1947

Great for homework help. Great for adults too. Find the latest science news, science experiments, conversion calculators, diagrams, videos, animations. Easy-to-understand explanations about our physical world.

Check out Science Online with your WCCLS library card handy.

Project Gutenberg eBooks added to Library2Go

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