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 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).

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Scheduled WorldCat downtime this weekend

WorldCat has alerted us that they are scheduled to be down starting at 10:00 PM on Saturday, July 9th, and will hopefully be back up by 8:00 AM on Sunday, July 10th.

Thank you for your patience during this time. If you want to search WorldCat, but don't need to make interlibrary loan requests, you can try using, which is freely available on the web.

If you have any questions about using WorldCat or interlibrary loan, don't hesitate to ask a librarian!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Featured Resource - NoveList

Need some help finding your next great read? NoveList helps fiction and nonfiction readers find new authors or titles. Describe a book and get suggestions of titles to read. Find book reviews, information to use in book discussions, and lists of award-winning books.

Check out NoveList with your library card handy!