Friday, April 29, 2011

Plant and Book Sales to Benefit Several Local Libraries

This week, several WCCLS libraries' Friends groups will host plant and book sale fundraisers. Proceeds from these sales will be used to support local library operations.

Hillboro Public Libraries
Fri., April 29 - Sunday, May 8, during library hours
Hillsboro Main Library (2850 Northeast Brookwood Parkway)

The Spring Used Book Sale is hosted by Friends of the Hillsboro Public Library. Twice a year, the Friends fill the Meeting Room at the Main Library with books, CDs, Videos and more. Non-fiction is sorted into categories and Fiction is sorted by genre and author.

Cornelius Public Library
Thur., May 5 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
City Council Chambers (1310 N. Adair St., 97113)

Friends of the Cornelius Library is having their Spring book sale. The sale will offer cookbooks, biographies, lots of craft, tole painting books and patterns, textbooks for the homeschoolers, self-help, and history. There will be a nice selection of kids and teen books, videos, lots of music CD's, and jigsaw puzzles.

Banks Public Library
Fri. & Sat., May 6 & 7 from 3 - 7 p.m.
Sunset Park - Schlegel Hall (485 South Main St., 97106)

The Friends of the Banks Public Library will host a huge sale of books, videos, plants and garden art. Plants include everything from vegetable starts to trees. Come out and find a gift for Mother's Day!

Cedar Mill Community Library
Sat., May 7 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Cedar Mill Community Library (12505 NW Cornell Road, 97229)

This is the 6th annual "Blooms for Books" Library Plant Sale - a dedicated crew of volunteers have grown over 2,000 perennials, shrubs and trees for this year’s sale. The Pumpkin Ridge Gardens in North Plains is bringing an even larger selection of their beautiful, organically grown annual, perennial and vegetable starts, including several grown especially for the library. Look for edible flowers as a special category this year, and veggie starts especially suited to our cooler summers. The library receives 30% of the purchase price of these plants.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Featured Resource -- Oregon Career Information System

Photo by o5com

Find an overview of occupations, industries, military employment, self employment, job searching, local and national schools and financial aid. Interactive tools to help you find schools that match your needs and explore career options. The emphasis is on Oregon.

Check out Oregon Career Information System with your WCCLS library card handy.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Reading Makes You Feel Good!

Artwork © Todd Parr. Used with

Throughout April the member libraries of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) will celebrate the joys of reading in observance of the National Month of the Young Child. The focus of the celebration is to reinforce the importance of early literacy skill development among young children - to prepare them to enter school ready to read and learn. Our member libraries offer an abundance of free and locally accessible resources to aid parents and child care providers as they introduce children to the joys of language development and reading.

Photo by Jenny Giovanini.

In collaboration with the Oregon State Ready to Read program, WCCLS is pleased to host award-winning children’s author Todd Parr for an interactive reading, book signing and question and answer session designed for children and adults. Children and families from throughout the county are invited to attend one of the following Reading Makes You Feel Good events.

Tuesday, April 19, 10:15 a.m. Hillsboro Main Library 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
Wednesday, April 20, 3:30 p.m. Beaverton City Library 12375 SW Fifth Street
Thursday, April 21, 4 p.m. Tigard Public Library 13500 SW Hall Boulevard

Website maintenance 9:15pm, 4/18

WCCLS will be doing maintenance tonight on the servers that provide the website. There may be brief interruptions to accessing the website and the catalog between 9:15 and 10:15pm, but for no more than two minutes each and less than 10 minutes total, we expect. Contact us is you have questions or experience access issues after the maintenance. Thanks for your patience.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Help Your Child get Ready to Read at Cedar Mill Library

Getting ready to read begins at birth and parents are the key! Every day you do things that help your child get ready to become a reader.

Cedar Mill is presenting three seminars for parents of children from birth to 5 on the latest research-based information about the skills children need to develop before they learn how to read.

Each seminar is focused on a specific age group with tips for choosing and sharing books and activities that best match that developmental stage:
  • Parents of children birth to two: Wed., April 13, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Parents of children 2 & 3: Wed., April 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Parents of 4- & 5-year-olds: Mon. April 25, 6:30-8:30 pm
We'll cover brain development and the six early literacy skills that research show are the basis for getting ready to read.

Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they actually read or write.

All seminars will be held at Cedar Mill Community Library in the upstairs meeting room. Adults only please. No registration required. Questions? Call 503-644-0043 ext. 112.