Friday, December 30, 2011

Featured Resource - Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is a research tool developed especially for kids in grades K-5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, and a popular search method that moves from broad subjects to narrower topics using a subject based topic tree. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines.

The video to the left gives an introduction to using Kids InfoBits, and is provided by Gale. Click on the icon to the bottom-right of the video to view in it full-screen mode.

Check out Kids InfoBits with your WCCLS library card handy.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Library hours over the holidays

Wondering what the hours of your favorite WCCLS library will be over the holidays?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New to downloading books with Library2Go? Read our top 8 tips for new users

Have you got a brand-new ereader, tablet, or smartphone? Want to download ebooks and audiobooks using Library2Go? Here's where to start.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Top Books of the Year at WCCLS

Well 2011 is almost up, and it's time to look back at the year that was. There are many "best of" lists published each year, but we thought it would be more interesting to see what library users in Washington County read the most this year. Below you'll see the seven fiction and nonfiction print books published in 2011 that were the most frequently checked out in WCCLS libraries this past year. What were your favorites this year?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Portland Trail Blazers Summer Reading reward - tickets now available!

Now that the NBA season is underway, we are pleased to report that kids who finished the 2011 Summer Reading Program at WCCLS and received a Blazers voucher can now order tickets.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest

Are you a local teen artist? Submit a design to our Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest. The winning design will be used on all 2012 Teen Summer Reading program materials across Washington Co., including posters, bookmarks, flyers and more!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Banks Public Library mid-day closure December 9th

The Banks Public Library will be closed from noon to 2 pm on Friday, December 9th.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

eBook Reader Tech Petting Zoo @ Hillsboro Main Library -- Tuesday, 12/6

Considering buying an eBook reader?

Come to the Hillsboro Main Library on Tuesday, 12/6, between 6 and 7:30 p.m. to sample various eBook readers, including the new Kindle Fire, Barnes and Noble NOOKs and iPad, and learn about using library eBooks. Librarians will be there to show you how to use library eBooks with your eBook reader. No registration required. Expect to spend 15 - 20 minutes at this walk-in event.

Can't make it to this event?
Stop by the reference desk at Main Library and ask about trying out our eBook readers. We have several for you to sample and would love to help you learn about using our eBook collection, Library2Go. If you need help getting started with eBooks, head on over to the WCCLS help guides available at http://www.wccls.org/library2gohelp.

Friday, December 2, 2011

NW Dance Theatre Presents Excerpts from "A Nutcracker Tea" at the Tualatin Library

NW Dance Theatre will make a special appearance at the Tualatin Library with excerpts from A Nutcracker Tea, a family-friendly adaptation of the Nutcracker ballet.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Swinging Christmas concert with Brian Oberlin at Cedar Mill

On Friday, December 9 at 7:00 pm, Cedar Mill Community Library's Music on the Mezzanine will feature Portland's singing multi-instrumentalist Brian Oberlin on his signature instrument, the mandolin. Brian will perform a delightful mix of swingin' holiday favorites from his new CD, "Brian Oberlin Solo Swing Christmas."

Monday, November 28, 2011

Giant used book and media sale for the Cedar Mill Library

The Cedar Mill Library is holding a big used book and media sale - so big that they can't hold it in the library!

Find the sale at Cedar Mill Lumber, on Barnes and Cornell. Look for signs pointing you to the sale.

The sale will be held on the following dates:
  • Friday, Dec. 2nd from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 4th from noon to 5 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 5th from 10 am to 2 pm
You will find thousands of gently used books, CDs, books on tape, VHS and DVDs for sale.

If you would like to donate items for the sale, or volunteer your time, it would be appreciated. Find details at the Cedar Mill Library's website.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Unplug the Christmas machine at the Cedar Mill Library

Unplug the Christmas Machine! Participate in a free workshop to reinvent a joyful, less commercial Christmas on Sunday, December 4th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm in the Cedar Mill Library's Community Room.

Learn how to make this the warmest and most enchanting Christmas ever! Based on the work of Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock Staeheli, we'll share holiday traditions, complete worksheets, and brainstorm new approaches, helped along with laughter, fun and chocolate! The workshop is facilitated by Becky Lovejoy, a Cedar Mill staff member.

What did you most enjoy about the holidays? Bring back the magic by rethinking old habits, simplifying, creating new traditions, and balancing the material world with the spiritual one. Take the Holiday Pledge, laugh about the Ten Hidden Gift-Giving Rules, brainstorm how to find or make gifts without breaking the budget, and more.

To reserve your space or for more information, e-mail us at seabrookxmas@comcast.net. Can't make it? Request an electronic copy of the "Unplug the Christmas Machine" handbook or check out the books on simplifying Christmas in the WCCLS catalog.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Encourage our future scientists at the First Lego League at Cedar Mill

The public is invited to encourage our future scientists and creative thinkers – as teams of 4th through 8th graders practice their live presentations for the upcoming county-wide First Lego League competition.

Each team has researched a problem in this year’s challenge - Food factor: keeping food safe - and has come up with an innovative solution.

Cheer on the teams on Tuesday, November 29th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Friday, December 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Lewis and Clark meeting rooms.

First Lego League teams can register to reserve a presentation time slot. To register, stop at the Youth Services Desk at Cedar Mill Library, Youth Services Desk, or call (503) 644-0043 x112, or email Nancy at nancys@wccls.org.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

UPDATE - Kindle books by Penguin publishers are once again available in Library2Go


We are pleased to share that Kindle lending for ebooks published by Penguin has been restored in Library2Go - Penguin changed their mind on the issue. You should now again be able to access Penguin ebooks for Kindle in Library2Go.

If you do experience any troubles accessing Kindle books, please contact us here.

Thank you for your patience!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Garden Home Community Library Book Sale December 3rd

Visit the Garden Home Community Library's Book Sale on December 3rd from 9 am to 3 pm.

You'll find hundreds of hardback and paper bound books, CDs and DVDs including fiction, crime, history, biography, children and young readers, cooking, hobbies, health and wellness, travel, arts and literature. Prices are $.50 and $1.00, and your purchases support the Garden Home Library.

You can also browse the many booths at the Garden Home Recreation Center's 27th annual Holiday Bazaar, happening at the same time.

Find the Garden Home Community Library Garden Home Community Library at the Garden Home Recreation Center - 7475 S. W. Garden Home Road, in Portland (map).

Monday, November 21, 2011

Transfer of wma audiobooks to iOS 5 devices available once again

We are pleased to let you know that you can once again transfer wma audiobooks to iOS 5 devices via OverDrive Media Console for PC. Visit our guide for instructions.

For more information about Library2Go, visit our Library2Go help page.

Happy downloading!

Kindle books by Penguin publishers in Library2Go

We were just made aware this afternoon that all ebooks published by Penguin are no longer available for Kindle lending in Library2Go.

Penguin ebooks are still available in EPUB and PDF formats - only Kindle availability has been pulled by the publisher.

Penguin says they pulled Kindle availability due to security concerns. From their statement - "[D]ue to new concerns about the security of our digital editions, we find it necessary to delay the availability of our new titles in the digital format while we resolve these concerns with our business partners."

If you had Penguin books in Kindle format on hold in Library2Go, they are no longer available. We apologize for the inconvenience this might cause. At this time we do not know if or when Penguin will restore access to Kindle lending for their titles, but we will keep you informed.

Here is how to tell who the publisher of a book is:

1. Click on the title of the book for its full record

2. Look for the publisher

Crime writer Neal Hirschfeld at Garden Home Community Library


Neal Hirschfeld is an author, screenwriter and prize-winning journalist, and he will be appearing at the Garden Home Community Library on Tuesday, November 29th at 7:00 PM.

Hirschfeld's latest work is called Dancing with the Devil, a book co-written with Louis Diaz, an undercover agent with the DEA and a man who was instrumental in bringing down some of the nation's and the world's most notorious crime rings.

Find Hirschfeld's books in the WCCLS catalog.


Award-winning author Brian Doyle to appear at the North Plains Public Library on Nov. 30th


Join the Friends of North Plains Public Library in welcoming award winning author Brian Doyle as guest speaker at the monthly book club meeting, held at the North Plains Public Library on Wednesday, November 30 at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Portland Magazine editor Brian Doyle has been awarded the 2010 Book of the Year Editor's Choice Award for Fiction for his novel Mink River. The story takes place in the fictional village of Neawanaka on the Oregon coast and features a cast of fascinating characters, human and nonhuman, including a crow named Moses. Copies of Mink River are available through Washington County Cooperative Library Services.

Doyle is the author of ten books, including The Grail, Thirsty for the Joy: Australian and American Voices, Epiphanies and Elegies, and The Wet Engine. Doyle’s essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, The American Scholar, and in newspapers and magazines around the world. His essays have also been reprinted in the annual Best American Essays, Best Amercian Science & Nature Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Library hours and closures during the week of Thanksgiving

See the chart below for WCCLS member libraries hours during the week of Thanksgiving.

Remember that you can download ebooks and audiobooks 24/7 using Library2Go!

 
Library
Wednesday
Nov. 23rd
Thursday
Nov. 24th
Friday
Nov. 25th
Saturday
Nov. 26th
Sunday
Nov. 27th
 
Banks
Normal Hours Closed Closed Normal Hours Usual Closure
 
Beaverton
Closing at 5 pmClosedClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Beaverton
Murray Scholls
Closing at 5 pmClosedClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
 
Cedar Mill
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal HoursNormal Hours
Cedar Mill at
Bethany
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal HoursNormal Hours
 
Cornelius
Normal HoursClosedClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
 
Forest Grove
Normal HoursClosedClosedClosedUsual Closure
 
Garden Home
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal HoursUsual Closure
 
Hillsboro
Closing at 6 pmClosedNormal HoursNormal HoursNormal Hours
Hillsboro
Shute Park
Closing at 6 pmClosedNormal HoursNormal HoursUsual Closure
 
North Plains
Closing at 5 pm ClosedClosedNormal HoursUsual Closure
Oregon College
of Art and Craft
Normal HoursClosedClosedNormal HoursUsual Closure
 
Sherwood
Closing at 6 pmClosedClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
 
Tigard
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal HoursNormal Hours
 
Tualatin
Closing at 6 pmClosedNormal HoursNormal HoursNormal Hours
Tuality Health
Resource Center
Closing at 5 pmClosedClosedUsual ClosureUsual Closure
 
West Slope
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal HoursUsual Closure
 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

All libraries (except for Tualatin) closed for Veterans Day

Cover of sheet music written to celebrate
the return of veterans at the end of WWI
(From the American Memory Project
of the Library of Congress)
All WCCLS member libraries except Tualatin Public Library will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 11th, in observance of Veterans Day. 

You may be interested in exploring the Veterans History Project, part of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress

"The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war." 

The project collects and digitizes video and audio interviews, photographs, diaries, and more. It covers wars from World War One to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

It's an amazing, important and growing digital resource. Take a look!

Friday, November 4, 2011

North Plains Public Library welcomes award-winning author Brian Doyle in November


Join the Friends of North Plains Public Library in welcoming award winning author Brian Doyle as guest speaker at the monthly book club meeting, held at the North Plains Public Library on Wednesday, November 30 at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Portland Magazine editor Brian Doyle has been awarded the 2010 Book of the Year Editor's Choice Award for Fiction for his novel Mink River. The story takes place in the fictional village of Neawanaka on the Oregon coast and features a cast of fascinating characters, human and nonhuman, including a crow named Moses. Copies of Mink River are available through Washington County Cooperative Library Services.

Doyle is the author of ten books, including The Grail, Thirsty for the Joy: Australian and American Voices, Epiphanies and Elegies, and The Wet Engine. Doyle’s essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, The American Scholar, and in newspapers and magazines around the world. His essays have also been reprinted in the annual Best American Essays, Best Amercian Science & Nature Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies.

Award-Winning Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher Performs Music From Four Centuries

Award-Winning Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher Performs Music From Four Centuries

Monday, November 7, 7:00pm
Tualatin Public Library

Many musicians dream of a chance to perform at Carnegie Hall. Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher has played at the historic concert venue in New York four times. His most recent show, in March 2010, was sold out. Fletcher will take a different stage when he performs the music of Bach and many other composers at the Tualatin Public Library at 7 p.m. November 7. Fletcher said he does not approach a library performance any differently from a performance in a prestigious music hall. Audiences will leave his performances with a similar sample of his musical talents, but might experience more.  Peter does the same performance he would do at Carnegie Hall as he would in a library.

Fletcher began his illustrious career playing on a baritone ukulele at the age of six, but that wasn't good enough for the music loving first grader. By the time he was seven, he was taking classical guitar lessons from John Sutherland, the author of "Everybody's Classical Guitar." Peter started with classical guitar because Sutherland said it would make a good base no matter what style of guitar he wanted to play. Peter loved it and decided to stay with it.

The concert will feature selections from Fletcher's 2008 CD release on Tower Hill Records: Music of the Baroque. Other repertoire will include Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring from Cantata No. 147 as well as the Chaconne in D minor by J. S. Bach; Usher-Waltz, an unusual and intense piece by Russian guitarist and composer Nikita Koshkin; two works from Maurice Ravel's exquisite Mother Goose Suite; Francisco Tarrega's ever popular Recuerdos de la Alhambra; two exciting crowd pleasers by Spanish composer Joaquin Turina; Grieg's Chanson de Solveig from Peer Gynt; and music of Praetorius, Ponce and Reusner.

The program will culminate with Koyunbaba, by composer/guitarist Carlo Domeniconi. This is one of the most unique and exciting works in the classical guitar repertoire. Proclaimed Peter Burwasser of Fanfare Magazine: "Fletcher plays it all with a gracious virtuosity that makes for a very pleasing hour plus of unaffected musical poetry."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Find the Hillsboro Public Library on Facebook!

Welcome to Facebook, Hillsboro Public Library! If you are on Facebook, head on over to Hillsboro's page and like them to get updates from Hillsboro in your news feed.

See all of the WCCLS member libraries who are on Facebook by visiting WCCLS' Facebook page and clicking on See All at the top right of the Likes box.


We look forward to reading the updates from Hillsboro!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hillsboro Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

Before the crowds arrive at the fall 2008 sale
Image from the Hillsboro Library Friends' website
Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not browse the Friends of the Hillsboro Library's fall book sale? It starts Friday, October 28th, and runs to Sunday, November 6th. The sale is held in the meeting room at the Hillsboro Main Library and is open during library hours

You'll find kids books, cookbooks, mysteries, fiction, nonfiction, reference books, large print, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and even videos and LPs. There are more than 50,000 items to choose from, so you're likely to find something you'll enjoy.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Improvements made to the OverDrive Media Console mobile app

Do you use the OverDrive Media Console app to download epub ebooks and mp3 audiobooks directly to your mobile device from Library2Go? You will be pleased to hear that OverDrive has made some improvements to the process. 

You can now:
  • Choose your loan period when you check out on your mobile device
  • Easily perform advanced searches on your mobile device
  • Search within your results to get more easily to what you want
We have updated the guide to using the OverDrive Media Console app on your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch).

If you have any questions about getting started with Library2Go, check out our Library2Go help page.

Happy downloading!


Monday, October 24, 2011

iOS 5 upgrade and Library2Go

Do you transfer wma audiobook files from your Windows PC to your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)? If so, please be aware that the OverDrive Media Console software is not compatible with iOS 5 and the transfer process will no longer work if you upgrade your device to iOS 5

OverDrive, the vendor that provides OverDrive Media Console, is aware of the issue and working on a fix. However, we do not have an estimate from them as to when an updated version of the software will be available.

Please note that downloading epub ebooks and mp3 audiobooks directly to your iOS device via the OverDrive Media Console app still continues to function normally with iOS 5.

If you have any questions, please visit our Library2Go help page.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Improved Library2Go help information available



Visit wccls.org/library2go to find an updated page with improved information on using the Library2Go service to download ebooks, audiobooks and videos. 

The page has guides for the devices most frequently used with Library2Go - iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, Kindle, and Nook.

We will be adding more guides and more troubleshooting information as time goes on. We hope that you find it a helpful resource if you're getting started with Library2Go, or if you have a question. If you have questions or feedback about the page, let us know!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Portland Trail Blazers Summer Reading reward update

The children who participated in Summer Reading 2011 and met their reading goals received a certificate for one free ticket to a select Portland Trail Blazers home game. Due to an unexpected labor dispute between the NBA and its Players’ Union, the exact start date of the NBA season has become uncertain and the Summer Reading schedule for the Portland Trail Blazers has not yet been announced.

Once games resume, here are the steps (pdf) to find out which games will be on the Summer Reading schedule. Remember, these instructions will not apply until the games resume.

Congratulations to the kids who met their summer reading goals!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Family Resource Fair at the Beaverton City Library


Are you looking for a one-stop place to find out about family-friendly, low-cost/no-cost programs for your children? Then mark your calendar for Beaverton City Library’s Family Resource Fair on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Beaverton City Library (map).

Coordinated by Beaverton City Library’s Children’s Services Division, the Family Resource Fair is a free, community event, where families can learn about local programs and services for children, infants through upper elementary grades. Exhibits from more than 30 local organizations will be available that highlight children’s dental and vision care, educational support for kids of all abilities, mom’s groups, fine arts, mentoring, and more. See a list of organizations at the fair here.

Children will also have a chance to participate in fun activities and games. In addition, children ages 3-5 years old, not already tested in other programs, can receive free vision screening. Families visiting at least 15 tables will be entered into a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

Please note the Beaverton Farmer’s Market runs from from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm. You may need to arrive earlier than usual to find parking.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"Speed Dating" for Solar & Clean Energy Oct. 13th

Come and explore solar as well as other clean energy options at a friendly, fun roundtable event at Hillsboro Main Library.

Hillsboro is offering a solar incentive program to encourage residents and businesses to "go solar." The Hillsboro Solar Advantage program, in collaboration with SolarWorld USA and Tanasbourne-based LiveLight Energy, provides an opportunity to purchase and install a SolarWorld rooftop solar system with packaged incentives. Participants who sign up by October 31st can take advantage of 2011 federal and state tax credits. State tax credits will be lower in 2012.

Hillsboro Main Library is hosting a workshop on Thursday, October 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Come and explore solar as well as other clean energy options at this friendly, fun roundtable event. Meet with table hosts and collect handouts about all your energy options.

There are other opportunities to learn about solar energy and attend workshops. Check the schedule at the Hillsboro Solar Advantage web site.

Questions? Call Peter Brandom, City of Hillsboro Sustainability Manager, 503-681-6191, or email peterb@ci.hillsboro.or.us.

To enroll in the program, call LiveLight Energy, 503-690-4366 (weekdays only) or 888-919-2887, email solar@livelightenergy.com, or sign up at HillsboroSolarAdvantage.com.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Used book sale at the Tigard Library this weekend



The Friends of the Tigard Library are hosting a used book sale in the Community Room of the Tigard Public Library

Browse and buy used books, CDs and DVDs over two days. The sale is held on Friday, October 7th, from 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, October 8th, from 9 am to 3 pm.

See the official book sale flyer here. (pdf)

Monday, October 3, 2011

A Highland Fling at the Cedar Mill Library Oct. 7th

A Highland Fling on the Mezzanine

To mark Oregon Days of Culture, the Cedar Mill Library is proud to present a special Music on the Mezzanine featuring highland pipes played by Matt Rucker, Cedar Mill's own resident bagpiper. The program begins at 7 pm on Friday, October 7.

Matt began learning to play the Great Highland Bagpipes in the spring of 2006. His instructor is Mark Tomasetti, Pipe Major of the Portland Metro Pipe Band.  Matt played for two years as Pipe Sergeant of the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band and currently plays as a member of the Portland Metro Pipe Band. Last summer Matt placed second in the Grand Aggregate for Grade Two Solo Competition in the Pacific Northwest. Next August, Matt will travel to Glasgow Green, Scotland to compete in The World Pipe Band Championships.

As the Great Highland Bagpipe tends to be a bit overpowering for a library setting, Matt will be playing a shuttle pipe made by John Walsh Bagpipes. For variety, he will also play a set using a penny whistle.

The 4th annual Oregon Days of Culture takes place between October 1 and 8. It's the 9th anniversary of Oregon's unique and powerful cultural tax credit. Presented by the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Days of Culture celebrates the vibrancy of Oregon heritage, humanities and arts. The eight-day celebration showcases everyday culture in every Oregon community. Find all event listings at oregondaysofculture.org and while you're there (between October 1-31), submit your photo of Oregon culture for the chance to win $1,000 in cash, fancy cameras, and other swell prizes.

Featured Resource - U.S. History in Context


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When you have questions about the history of our country, U.S. History in Context is the resource to go to. It is a complete overview of U.S. history that covers the most-studied events, issues, and current information. It includes primary sources, encyclopedia articles, reference sources, full-text periodicals and scholarly analysis.

Check out U.S. History in Context with your WCCLS library card handy.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

West Slope Library closed Friday, 9/30

The West Slope Community Library will be closed all day Friday, September 30th for staff in-service. 

The library will resume regular hours of operation on Saturday, October 1st.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kindle now compatible with Library2Go

We are pleased to share with you that Kindle users are now able to download ebooks from Library2Go. To get started, visit the Library2Go page and click on the Kindle image on the left of the screen.

For information about using public library ebooks on your Kindle, visit Amazon's help page.

Check out the help pages on Library2Go as well.

We have updated our Library2Go information page to reflect the fact that Kindles are now compatible with Library2Go. As we learn more about how Kindle lending works, we will be updating the page with more information.

If you have questions, please contact your local library or contact us

Happy downloading!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Beaverton Libraries closed Thurs., 9/22

Both the Beaverton City Library and Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls will be closed on Thursday, September 22nd, for a staff in-service day.

Both libraries will resume normal hours of operation on Friday, September 23rd.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Online resources are back to normal



Thank you for your patience as we worked on resolving an unexpected issue with how our online resources were displaying. The online resources should be displaying normally again.

If you are still seeing the online resources display in an unusual way, or if you are still having trouble accessing them, please try clearing your browser's cache. Delete your cookies, temporary files, browser history, etc. Then close and re-open your browser. You should now be able to access the online resources as normal. 

If you've tried this already and are still having trouble accessing online resources, please contact us.

Nook and e-reading workshop at the Hillsboro Public Library

Questions about ereading, the Barnes and Noble NOOK, or Library2Go? Come to the Nook workshop at the Hillsboro Public Library on Tuesday, September 27th, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.

If you have a NOOK, bring your device to get help from Barnes and Noble staff. If you are considering purchasing a NOOK, this would be an excellent time to try one and ask questions. Learn about the new NOOK Simple Touch, the original NOOK, and NOOK Color (and all the apps!) at this hands-on workshop.

Also get your questions about the library's ebook service, Library2Go, answered by library staff.

No registration is required for this workshop, just drop-in and expect to spend 10 - 20 minutes (depending on your questions).

Questions about this workshop? Contact Hillary Ostlund, reference librarian at Hillsboro, at hillaryo@ci.hillsboro.or.us.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Our website is back up

Thank you for your patience as we worked on bringing you our new homepage to wccls.org.

At the moment the display of our online resources has some issues, which we are working to resolve. However, we believe you should still be able to access our online resources.

When you go to access the online resource you want, click on the Bookmark this link to the right of the resource. 


Then click on the Continue to... link to access your chosen resource.


If you have any questions or are not able to access your chosen resource, please contact us.

Thank you for your patience!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Meet Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen at the Garden Home Library

Meet Oregon's Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen at the Garden Home Community Library on Tuesday, September 20th, 7:00 - 8:15 PM.

Ms. Petersen will read some of her poetry and answer questions. Books of her poetry will be available to purchase. This event is free and all are welcome.

Paulann Petersen was named to a two-year appointment as Oregon's sixth Poet Laureate by Governor Ted Kulongoski on April 26, 2010. "Paulann Petersen is the perfect choice to serve as Oregon's poet laureate," said Governor Kulongoski. "Her wonderful poetry and her commitment to sharing her craft with the people of Oregon through her teaching and service exemplify the kind person that is ideal to serve in this position." Petersen was born and raised in Oregon and spent half of her adult life in Klamath Falls. She is a widely published poet, with four collections – The Wild Awake (2002), Blood-Silk (2004), A Bride of Narrow Escape (2006) and Kindle (2008) – and several chapbooks to her credit.

Petersen has received several awards, including Stanford University's Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, two Carloyn Kizer Poetry Awards, and Literary Art's Stewart Holbrook Award for Outstanding Contributions to Oregon's Literary Life. Her poetry is featured on TriMet public transportation in Portland as part of Poetry in Motion as well as in many publications. Petersen is a committed teacher who has taught high school English and led dozens of workshops schools libraries, colleges, and writer's conferences across Oregon.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sign up now to get our new monthly e-newsletter

On September 15th we'll be sending out our first issue of a new WCCLS e-newsletter called Make It! The monthly e-newsletter will feature a selection of great seasonal titles chosen by library staff across Washington County - all craft, hobby, DIY, home and garden-related.

Sign up now so you don't miss the first issue! Visit our Good Reading sign-up page, mark the box next to the newsletter(s) you want, and enter your email address at the bottom of the screen.

Friday, September 9, 2011

WCCLS website down Tuesday 9/13, to bring you a new homepage

On Tuesday, September 13th, starting at 9:00 PM, the wccls.org website will be down for a few hours. We will be working hard to bring you a new homepage for wccls.org. We are excited about the new design, which is based on public surveys and user testing.

Public surveys show that Washington County residents particularly value the following aspects of library service, which we highlighted on the new homepage:
  • Programs for children
  • Library open hours
  • New titles added to library collections
  • Online resources for job hunters
User testing showed the need for an easier way to get answers to commonly asked questions. The “How Do I” box in the center of the page is the result.

The new page will feature the ability to search the entire wccls.org site, as well as the catalog and online resources.

We also have included information that particular audiences will find useful. Information for Spanish speakers, teens, kids, homebound patrons and job hunters will easily accessible from the new homepage.

Once the new site is up, we welcome your feedback! Send us an email to webmaster@wccls.org, or let us know via Facebook or Twitter.


A preview of the new wccls.org homepage

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Portland Guitar Duo in concert at the Cedar Mill Community Library

Come see the Portland Guitar Duo in concert at the Cedar Mill Community Library on Friday, September 16th, at 7:00 PM.

Formed in 1999, the Portland Guitar Duo, James Manuele and Foti Lycouridis, share a mutual enthusiasm for the medium. Their repertoire covers the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century periods and is performed on original, authentic guitars from the 1800s that have been restored to playing condition.

Born in California, James Manuele began playing the guitar at age eleven. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Mansfield University, where he also studied voice and viola. Later, he earned his Masters of Music in Guitar Performance at Portland State University and currently teaches at both Clark College in Vancouver and at Concordia in Portland.

Foti Lycouridis was born in Egypt of Greek parents. In 1981, he started his music education at the University of Portland. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance and a Master's in Music Theory. He also performs on 19th c. guitar, 10-string guitar and Baroque lute.

For a preview, watch the video of the Portland Guitar Duo performing at Oregon State university:

Friday, September 2, 2011

Featured Resource - GREENR


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GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) is a source for studying sustainability and the environment. This resource allows you to navigate issues, organizations, and country portals, and provides news, video, primary source documents, interactive maps, refereed case studies, and more in research categories such as energy systems, healthcare, food, and green collar jobs.

Check out GREENR with your WCCLS library card handy.

Libraries closed Monday, 9/5 in observance of Labor Day

All WCCLS libraries will be closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day.

Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5th. Visit wccls.org/closures for a list of upcoming holiday closures for the rest of 2011.

Monday, August 29, 2011

North Plains Public Library will implement fines starting September 1st

The North Plains Public Library will implement standard WCCLS fines on North Plains library materials, starting Thursday, September 1st.

For details about fines at WCCLS libraries, how to renew your materials online, and more, visit WCCLS' Borrowing Policies page.

If you are a North Plains Public Library patron and have any questions, you can call the North Plains Library at (503) 647-5051 or send them an email.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sherwood Library closed until 1 PM today, 8/19

Due to a staff in-service, the Sherwood Public Library will be closed until 1:00 PM today, August 19th.

Thank you for your understanding!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Website down after 9pm tonight, 8/18

Due to server maintenance, wccls.org will be unavailable after 9pm tonight, Thursday, 8/18/11. You won't be able to look up titles, place holds, renew materials, or log into Library2Go. We're very sorry for the inconvenience, but everything should be back to normal first thing Friday morning. Thanks for your patience.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Gale databases - downtime this weekend

All of the Gale databases subscribed to by WCCLS will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance from 11:00 pm on Saturday, August 3rd to 3:00 am on Sunday, August 4th. These include resources such as the magazine databases Academic OneFile and General OneFile. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Featured Resource - Historic Oregon Newspapers

Search and access complete content for historic Oregon newspapers that have been digitized as part of the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP). Only titles published before 1922 are included. They are digitized primarily from microfilm.

Check out Historic Oregon Newspapers!

Cedar Mill's Novel Destinations Concert Series Closes with Spirited African Rhythms

Fools in Paradise, an eclectic 6-person group performing a variety of music on African instruments, will be the final concert in the Cedar Mill Community Library's Adult Summer Reading Program concert series. They will perform on Thursday, August 11, at 7 PM.

The band's traditional Zimbabwean mbira (kalimba) songs will transport you to another time and place. The rousing marimba music from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana and Guinea creates an energetic, danceable sound, while the original material combines African melodies with moving and thought-provoking lyrics. Saxophone, congas, djembe, electric bass kalimba, shakers and vocal harmonies round out the sound. You will love listening to this joyful, upbeat music!

Weather permitting, this concert will be held outside the Cedar Mill Library in the plaza near the Libertine Deli. If you can't make the event, find their CD in the WCCLS catalog.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Two new online resources available

Thanks to funding from the Oregon State Library, WCCLS cardholders now have access to two new online resources.

GREENR is a new, authoritative online resource that focuses on the academic study of sustainability and the environment. It allows users to navigate issue, organization, and country portals and provides news, video, primary source documents, interactive maps, refereed case studies, and more in research categories such as energy systems, healthcare, food, and green collar jobs.

U.S. History in Context is a complete overview of U.S. history that covers the most-studied events, issues, and current information. It includes primary sources, encyclopedia articles, reference sources, and full-text periodicals and journals.

If you have questions about using these resources, contact your local librarian. To see all of the online resources that WCCLS offers, visit our Online Resources page.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Craft Night at the North Plains Public Library

Are you a crafter? Enjoy meeting new people and hanging out in a beautiful space? Consider dropping in at the North Plains Public Library's monthly craft night.

This relaxed and diverse group of crafters meets on the last Thursday of each month, between 5:30 and 8 pm. This month the group meets Thursday, July 28th. Bring whatever craft you're working on at the moment and create in a friendly environment with other like-minded people.

If you have questions, contact the friendly staff at North Plains. Happy crafting!

Enjoy Delicious BBQ and Support Banks Public Library

The Friends of the Banks Public Library and Burnt Ends BBQ are joining to offer you a chance to enjoy delicious barbecue and support the Banks Public Library at the same time.

Celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd, and visit Greenville Park in Banks (map) from 6 pm to dusk, where Burnt Ends BBQ will be serving beef brisket sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw, and barbecue beans.

You can also pre-order beef ribs, pork ribs or chicken at the Banks Library up until Wednesday, July 27th. Details:
  • Rib dinners (feed 2-3 people and come with two sides): $28
  • Whole chicken dinners: $18
  • Half chicken dinners: $12
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Banks Public Library. Come out and enjoy delicious barbecue in a great setting, all for a good cause!

Monday, July 18, 2011

"We Are Readers" - Favorite Book Photo Shoot


Be a part of the next chapter. You are invited to grab your favorite book, either from your home collection or the library, and have your photograph professionally taken -- for FREE. Join in the celebration! Pictures taken during the photo shoots may become part of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services' 35th Anniversary celebration this year, as well as the redesign of the wccls.org site.

Sign up here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Share your vision of libraries 35 years from now

2011 is the 35th anniversary of Washington County Cooperative Library Services, which began in 1976. In WCCLS' summer newsletter, hot off the presses this afternoon, WCCLS' director Eva Calcagno muses on the changes in libraries and library service over the past 35 years.

What she really wants to know, though, is what do you think libraries will be like 35 years from now? What would your ideal library look like, feel like, offer you in 2046?

Share your thoughts with us on Facebook or send us a tweet (@wccls) with the hashtag #lib35. We're looking forward to hearing your vision for libraries in the future!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cultural Coalition of Washington County Announces $43,000 in County-wide Cultural Investments

The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) recently awarded grants totaling $42,945 to 25 county organizations for cultural projects to be conducted between July 2011 and June 2012. Grants were distributed through a competitive process to address goals of the Washington County Cultural Plan in amounts ranging from $500 to $3990.

WCCLS libraries which were awarded grants include the Cedar Mill Community Library and the Sherwood Public Library.

For more details, see the media release on our website, or download the press release (PDF).